I will be blogging everything I eat this week. You can find that at my Mothership Eats blog. I'll be keeping it simple, not a lot of detail there, so just ask if you have questions. (Or concerns, ha!)
Today is photo heavy. It will wane as the week goes on...
5:45 AM - My alarm goes off. I NEED that time in the morning by myself and will obviously go to great lengths to have a moment alone before the day starts. I drink some coffee, take care of the cats, start up some laundry, and then try to tackle my Project 52 for the week.
6:30 AM - Oliver wakes up and I nurse him and we play a bit until it's time to wake up Bella, who has been sleeping in our bed these days. Having the kids share a room is still not a successful thing - he wakes up and bleets too much. It will be tricky to switch her back to the kids room, but I do confess to enjoying the short-term cosleeping. Helps that we have a big old king-sized bed! Oh and WHY we are waking her up is because she has resumed napping!! For this week at least... It works as long as she doesn't sleep past 7 am.
7:30 AM - B-fast. B usually eats half now and then saves the rest to eat as a snack at 9. She's such a good eater that I am very lax about staying at the table & focusing on the food.
Oliver drops his sippy cup four million times. This is such a messy stage!
8:30 AM - Post breakfast playtime & planning. I figure out the meals for the week along with a grocery list. After that we put our schedule for the day up on the white board. Bella likes knowing what comes next.
8:40 AM - Head upstairs to start winding Oliver down for his nap. Dancing ensues. Notice the excellent window coverings. You can find garbage bags like that at Home Depot, in case you wanted to pin it on Pinterest to do yourself.
9 AM - Oliver goes down easily for his nap. I get Bella set up with her Dora for the day and make some scrambled eggs & sliced apples for myself, knowing Bella will probably want some (she does).
She also eats the remainder of her big breakfast. Her appetite never fails to surprise me. I do a little computer stuff and get a call from our neighbor who says that she wants to take Bella on a playdate to the park and over to her house for lunch. Woo hoo! Bella loves our neighbor and other kids in general so she is excited.
11 AM - We drop Bella off at the neighbor's house and Oliver and I head to the grocery store to pick up a few things.
11:30 AM - Decide to take advantage of my time with only one kid and the nice weather and do a Couch-to-5K workout. I do my shorter 2 mile loop that takes me over the Stone Arch Bridge. I stop to take a picture of the Mill Ruins.
12 PM - Just Oliver and I for lunch. Avocado, sweet potatoes, beets, and blueberries for him and tuna salad on lettuce with chips for me.
1:30 pm - Right after Bella gets home, Oliver goes down for his second nap. Bella then tries everything possible to delay her own nap. In the end she does go down (success!) but Oliver wakes up shortly after (ARG!). I quickly take him from the room to keep her from waking up and he's clearly still very sleepy as I'm nursing him. I manage to get him to fall back asleep on my chest - this hasn't happened in months! Maybe he's getting sick? Or his molars are coming in?
4 PM - I wake up Bella and she crawls into my bed next to Oliver. Her outfit was part of the delaying before her nap :)
4:30 PM - Head outside to get rid of some lingering crabbiness and enjoy the weather. We try out all the new toys from the consignment sale.
6 PM - Husband/Daddy arrives home. He takes this picture of B while I get dinner ready. Independent play is slowly but surely starting to happen. Sometimes :)
Dinner = Chana Masala from the freezer over brown rice, Trader Joe's Palak Paneer, cucumbers, yogurt. Oliver LOVES the chickpeas and cucumbers and signs for more.
6:30-7:30 - Oliver goes to bed. I take a shower while Bella hangs out in the bathroom with me. Then fix-it girl helps Husband installs a safety gate on the window while I clean the disaster that is my home. I don't bother cleaning much during the day.
8 PM - I finish cleaning and start blogging & do some email catch-up.
9:45PM - Um...how did I think I would have time to blog & put the photos from week in the life into Shutterfly each night? Oy. Oh well. Husband and I watch Mad Men while I eat dessert (chocolate mousse-type thing). All in all, today was a pretty good day.
9:57 - Nevermind - Mad Men will wait until tomorrow. We are exhausted. To bed we go.