I'm now going to be posting two days behind...
Tuesday, October 28
Going to keep this one really simple because I am wiped out after a very long day yesterday (which was Wednesday and today is actually Thursday so it's all very confusing!)
Lousy sleep on this night, mostly because of Bella, actually. She came into our bed at 3-something and couldn't stop wriggling (eliciting a shout from Max). Then I was up an hour later when Lily cried and then again at 5-something for the day when Lily was up.
Lily watches her projector and I play on my phone in her room until she starts fussing.
Oliver and Max are up now, too, but Bella continues to sleep. Shhhhh! We let her sleep in as much as we possibly can because she is chronically never quite getting enough.
Lily demands to be held. Oliver demands waffles. Toonses demands attention. I demand coffee. Work demands emails. Supply meets demand.
Herpes of the craft world are this morning's tablescape theme.
Bella comes down around this time and I get her set up with breakfast, too.
Lily continues to make it clear that she wants to be in my arms at all moments, thanks.
I make Bella's school lunch (she is still too young and naive to balk at stinky food like tuna or eggs so I take advantage of that!) and when Oliver saw that I snuck in a mini 3-pack of whoppers he begged for a lunch, too. So I made him the same version and stuck it in the fridge for later.
Here are the notes I tucked in their lunches that day.
Lily is ready for her first nap so I get her settled for that. Love my baby but it's quite a relief to have these nap breaks since she is so demanding lately.
I have an organizing bee in my bonnet on this day and clean out our art cabinet while the kids eat breakfast. It is overflowing with drawings and half-done crafts and driving me crazy. I also pull out all the toys that need to go back downstairs.
I will secretly recycle a decent chunk of the art but I do find these keepers. Lots of story writing right now for B.
Bella is now pretty much ready for school but I have to convince her that perhaps I can re-do her headband. I re-do it using the same around-the-forehead technique she likes (but now without hair horns sticking out of the top) and show her this picture...
I would also like to note that she adores this shirt ever since her Nana bought it for her two years ago. She wears it in all seasons. I also like the Halloween flair on her feet. And her leggings are polka-dotted. I keep my feedback limited on her clothing as long as it's weather appropriate. I rather enjoy seeing what she comes up with.
I wake up Lily so we can drop Bella at school.
Less theatre-ready today with jeans and a sweater. Lily remains pajama'd per ususal. No shower today.
Cool. Totally wanted Oliver to put the broom there.
It's babysitter day! Like my birthday every Tuesday for four hours! My sitter's mom entered a random raffle and bid a dollar on some things and got this prize designed for a toddler. So now Lily has a Dora stool and a potty seat waiting for her down the line :) There were a few other random trinkets in there for Oliver and Bella. Lily was quiet enamored with the packaging.
Lily has been fed recently so I am able to get going right away once our sitter arrives.
Toonses is being an epic pest about trying to get out lately so once again he takes advantage of me heading out and scampers out quickly. I think he thinks the rustling leaves are all mice.
I head to Lund's Kitchen to do some computing and eat breakfast. It's my first time eating breakfast there although it's a go-to location for lunch on babysitter days. I order biscuits and gravy even though I know it's not the best choice for my IBS/FODMAP issues. But I've been thinking about biscuits and gravy for weeks - it's a craving I seem to get every fall. Probably from the times I had it while visiting my sister in North Carolina in the fall.
Then my breakfast comes (after clearly sitting under a heat lamp for several minutes) and I'm horrified at the amount of onions going on and the way it's trying too hard to be nouvelle cuisine.
I try to push the offending onions to the side but it's the most oniony thing I have ever encountered in my life. (Hyperbole? Wha? Me?) I don't mind a small, reasonable amount of onions in things like soups or pasta dishes but here they are overpowering. They are undercooked and the entire dish smells like a freshly chopped white onion. It doesn't meet my craving in the slightest and I dislike raw onion taste and then there's the fact that I am supposed to completely avoid onions whenever possible because of the aforementioned IBS. Thankfully I used a coupon I had on me so this only cost me $2 but still... I am sad clown. A few bites and I give up and shove it to the side where it assaults me with onion breath until a server takes my plate 20 minutes later.
Yes, I did just devote that much blog space to onion thoughts. This is because Max was unwilling to let me go on and on about it.
Have to sneak home to nurse Lily midway through my morning and I switch some laundry while I'm at it. Lily is generally down with laundry watching for a few minutes here and there so that helps me keep up with it during the day.
Thankfully both kids do ok with me coming and going this morning. Sometimes they struggle to have to separate not just once but twice.
Impromptu date lunch with Raj! Whole Foods is our usual go-to since it's midway from his office and our house.
I admire the crazy gelato display, even though I'm not much of a gelato person.
I pick up some prune juice for Lily, milk, tomatoes, and our lunch items.
In very typical fashion, I gt sushi and ice tea and Max gets a sandwich and a cream soda. That cream soda is basically like carbonating the Torani vanilla syrup at a coffee shop.
*Funny story the sitter told me after we got home. For some reason Oliver told our sitter he likes sushi. And then he said that Bella and I liked sushi, too. So she asked what Max liked and he said sandwiches. Haha! Little guy knows us well. He can also identify which beer Max likes at Trader Joes with an accuracy that I don't have - I get mixed up but Oliver knows!*
We have a little time to kill so we wander into World Market next door to Whole Foods. I see some Pumking and decide I need to buy it one last time this season. And then I see these cat bottles and fall in love.
I get home from our date and the sitter informs me she got both kids to sleep! (How come sitters are always able to get my kids to nap when we - the parents - can't manage to get it done? It was like that when Bella was dropping naps, too.) Having free time at home in the middle of the day is an absolute luxury. I lounge in bed and play on my phone and look at Instagram and Feedly and Facebook.
Lily does wake a half hour later but I bring her into my bed to nurse her and she snoozes for another 45 minutes. What a lovely, lovely day this is turning out to be!
Lily wakes and we do some selfies.
Around 3 pm I gently wake up Oliver and to ease the transition I offer him the chance to watch a show. He is always so happy to see me after a morning with the sitter. We spend a lot of time talking about how mommy needs a break and why that is important but both he and Bella remain vocal that they don't quite agree.
I dislike how much real estate this produce takes up. Git! And I think it's time to admit I'm not going to do anything with those green tomatoes my mom gave me from her garden. I also need to get those squashes cooked up this week. Maybe I will make squash soup and make Max take it for lunches since I'm not a big squash fan.
Lily pie lets me put her in her exersaucer for a few and having freedom arms in the kitchen feels amazing.
I tackle the dishes and then print off the new meal planning sheet and chore chart I made earlier that morning. Then comes some laminating. *insert heart eyed emoji*
Here's my current working grocery list. I have yet to perfect it, which is pesky.
I also use this pocket of time to get some tomato and roasted pepper soup cooking. I tend to cook things in stages, often cooking and freezing veggies that need to be used up. So the roasted peppers I cooked and froze a couple weeks back.
Time to get Bella at the bus stop! It's feeling really chilly.
Beyba's home! This coat is so cute.
The sitter left a little treat for B in the fridge.
All three kids play independently for a brief sliver of time and it's magical. I quickly work to finish up the soup.
Then I have the big kids help me make some applesauce muffins. I made homemade applesauce in the crockpot last week but then neither kid would eat it because it was too different looking. So I stuck it in the freezer until now. Of course, once they saw it again they were all "YUMMY!"
Oliver's face when he sees Bella licking the beater that he wants is perfect.
As I clean up I realize I'm out of my cleaning spray so we make some more.
My current recipe is half vinegar and half water and then maybe 5-ish drops of each oil (lemon, orange, tea tree, and "Good Samaritan" which is essentially Thieves). Oliver especially loves the mixing process and also spraying it. I use it to clean pretty much all counters and stuff but I do keep regular old bleach-containing cleaners for the toilets. And I let the cleaners use whatever during their monthly cleaning, which, to be honest, is the only time that floors are being mopped and showers and tubs cleaned...and bathrooms scrubbed...and carpets vacuumed...I do clean toilets one other time n the month, though, so that's something at least?
Sooooo much Ergo time lately. I have really gotten a ton of use out of that carrier with all three kids.
The kids are in really good spirits today (I'm sure Oliver's nap has quite a bit to do with it - he is willing to let Bella boss him around!) and they play around me happily while I take care of random things. Today is one of those very nice days where I feel so put together and on top of my shit. Then I remember it's because I had essentially 5 hours to myself. Yeah, that would make one feel like life is quite manageable.
Max comes home, greets us, quickly changes into his pjs (I so get that!) and offers to take Lily and finish cooking dinner. Hooray! I sit at the counter and pour myself a glass of chilled Pumking and feel happy.
Artsy photo of the soup. Turned out really good!
Then bedtime shenanigans start and I deal with Lily first and then get Bella to bed. Bella wants to do word games instead of reading a book. Points for being creative but sigh. I set a timer because she needs super strict limits when I put her to bed (and even then it's not enough mama time and she will cry as I leave and try to hang on to me). She wants me to write out some music, which is new. I should pick up a beginner piano book for her for Christmas and I can start teaching her some basics on our keyboard.
Finish up with B and go downstairs to get Monday's blog post typed up.
A couple hours later I go in to dream feed Lily and find she has gotten stuck in the crib! Hmmm...maybe g-fri can roll a bit?
I finish up my blog post while half watching an Aziz Ansari stand-up routine that a coworker recommended to Max. I also eat too much Halloween candy. I knew I shouldn't have bought it so soon ahead of time!
We head to bed.
Why am I still awake? This is way past my bedtime. I read myself to sleep.