Nursing first thing. We nurse twice a day now. Once upon a time I imagined I would nurse until Oliver was18-24 months (I nursed Bella until 20-ish months), now I'm grateful for each additional day. 10 months would be great, a full year wonderful. Then we'll see...
Always all squished in there in the mornings.
I decided to go for the half & half in my coffee, stomach issues be damned. I had to use it up before it went bad, right?
Bella has a bit of a surprisingly tough time with puzzles so I try to encourage them. I heard somewhere that very verbal kids sometimes have trouble with spacial stuff and I'm wondering if maybe that's why? On the flip side, she is close to reading so that's cool.
Baby tossing before work.
It's a babysitter day! Woo hoo! I will admit that I'm conflicted about her help. On one hand - it's so great for getting things done and giving me space. Really beneficial from a mental health standpoint. On the other hand, I feel guilty about the expense, especially since she is currently coming two mornings a week instead of one since she had extra time available. I need to just EMBRACE the time and let go of the guilt surrounding it. We don't have our parents nearby so this is pretty much it in terms of help. I also need to stop filling that time purely with errands & tasks like grocery shopping or icky to-do items. So today I kept it errand & task free...for the most part, anyway.
Coffee & internet in my bedroom.
I decide to go to yoga for the first time in eons...actually for the first time in about 9 months and 26 days.
I have been going here on and off since 2005 so it takes me back to go into the building and studio. Interestingly, Husband was the one who got me into hot yoga by bringing me to Bikram. Then he quit going and I got really into it.
After yoga the instructor asks me about my pelvic floor. I enthusiastically say it's great. Because I didn't really know what else to say. Haha. How's your pelvic floor doing these days?
Home, post-shower. I will have pink cheeks for hours.
I went to Wild Roast (a coffee shop/restaurant) not far from our place and got a curried chicken salad, diet coke and a peanut butter rice krispie bar. The bar totally put me over the top. Ugh. I spent an hour getting my Shutterfly book started for the Week in the Life project.
Back home before naptime. Bella took approx 25 self-portraits on my phone. She did this again later in the day, too.
Reading before naps.
I wake her at 4 pm to prevent a super late bedtime and she is not so happy.
The quickest way to end drama is to get outside STAT so we decide to go to the grocery store to pick up a few things + dry cleaning. Plus, I want a latte :) Bella perks up quickly "I feel better now, Mama" and takes pictures from the stroller with my old point & shoot camera.
On the way I ponder dinner plans and decide that the soup I had planned would not be good since it's so warm & humid out. Then I decide we should have a picnic - I wanted to check out a new playground anyway. I pick up some Nacho Doritos to make it a full fiesta.
I pour out a special surprise for Husband.
B wanted to take her tricycle and I thought it would be good practice/exercise. This was not a good idea as Husband or I carried it most of the way. Also, she hasn't figured out steering so it can be quite the arm work-out to keep her from careening into the road.
I can't believe this playground has always been here and we didn't know. It's so much better than the other two right by our place.
Realize it's almost 7 pm and Oli has to get to bed. We head home and start Oliver's bedtime routine. He loves having his teeth brushed/brushing his teeth.
Get Bella in the bathtub, girlfriend is dirty.
Bella likes to carefully lay out her clothes. Those are her pinkies next to her pjs. Parents, take note: this is what happens when your child find the "back-up" lovey you stuffed away in the closet. Haha.
After Bella's bath, Husband decides she needs a haircut this very night. He did the last (and only) haircut and did a good job so I don't mind. But then he cuts off A LOT of hair.
I look like this as I see what is happening before my very eyes...
Oops. But Bella loves it so all's well that ends well, although I will admit to being bummed that she won't have those pretty ringlet curls again for a while.
I spend the last half hour of the day reading blogs and answering a couple emails before heading up to bed. We are both exhausted, per usual.
And that's Wednesday!