We had another snow day and Mal was home from school yesterday, so I thought it would be fun to give you guys a little peak into our day. Here’s another edition of A New Day In The Life!
5:25 AM: I hear Quinn on the baby monitor. He’s on and off crying. Maybe he’ll go back to sleep? Mal let me sleep in until 8:00 AM (!!!!!) on Sunday morning, so it’s definitely my turn to wake up with the peanut.
5:35 AM: I pick up Quinn. Even though he was just crying, he’s still sort of asleep. He puts his head on my shoulder and I rock him back and forth. It seems like he wants to go back to sleep, but as soon as I think this, he pops his head up, enthusiastically reaches for the overhead light, and says “da.” Ok then, he’s up for the day.
5:40 AM: I change Quinn’s diaper and get him dressed for the day since his pajamas were a little wet. (On weekends and snow days, he typically stays in his “jams” a little longer.) He wears overnight diapers, which usually work just fine, but we’ve recently had a few overnight leaks. I heard if you size-up to the next diaper, it usually helps. I just ordered these diapers in a size 4 on Saturday, so they should be here any day now. I hope they work! Side note: We’ve been using Boxed (my review here) to order everything lately, but, sadly, they don’t sell overnight diapers. (If you think shopping for bulk items is a hassle, you should definitely check out Boxed. And you can save $5 off your order with code B8TGW.)
5:45 AM: I put Quinn in his highchair, make a bottle for him and grab some solids from the fridge. On the menu this morning: homemade asparagus and sweet potato. (I seriously love making baby food for Quinn! I have this baby food maker and it is SO EASY to use!) Quinn loves playing with the jar lids, so, in between bites, I pour myself a glass of iced coffee and feed Murphy (Quinn loves watching him eat).
6:25 AM: Breakfast intermission for a diaper change.
6:30 AM: Quinn eats a few more bites (we’re onto a banana-apple-oatmeal mixture) and then it’s time to play. While Quinn plays, I grab a bag of Gluten Free Chex Granola Mix and chow down. So hungry. It’s a brand new bag, so I eat all of the cereal clusters out of it before I put it away. (I have zero control around granola.)
7:00 AM: Quinn starts to get tired, so I pick him up, rock him, and he’s sound asleep for nap #1 of the day. Face down, butt up. It’s always pretty easy to get him down for his first nap, but the other ones”¦ well, they can go either way.
7:01 AM: I immediately start working. It’s a snow day, so Mal is off from school, which means we keep Quinn home from daycare. I take advantage of the quiet time.
7:30 AM: Mal wakes up. He immediately picks up the living room since Quinn and I left it a mess. He makes himself an egg sandwich.
7:45 AM: The smell of Mal’s egg sandwich makes me crave one too, so I cook one up and refill my iced coffee.
8:20 AM: I finally finish Monday’s post and then ”˜play’ email. Truthfully, my heart sinks as I look at my inbox. (Oooh, so dramatic!) I like to keep my inbox at 50 messages or less, but right now it’s at 231. *Sigh*
8:45 AM: Quinn wakes up. He’s having a blast in his crib (he’s so talkative – like Dad), so I watch him play on the monitor while I finish up an email.
8:50 AM: I pick up Quinn from his crib and take him to the couch to cuddle while we watch the news. HOLY SNOW.
9:00 AM: I change Quinn’s diaper and then hand him off to Dad while I go back to work.
9:40 AM: Quinn starts to get hungry, so I steam some asparagus (I give him the tops) and spread some peanut butter on an English muffin. Mal takes over mealtime, so I can get back to work.
10:00 AM: I’m hungry again, so I toast up an English muffin and spread some Teddie peanut butter on it. I eat it while I work: More email fun, coordinating giveaway prizes, printing LLC paperwork to sign, scanning a confidentially agreement, preparing and sending invoices, tracking earnings, replying to pitches, negotiating budgets, updating links in a post for next week, answering reader questions, starting five different drafts of blog posts”¦ basically, I try to do a million things at once and somehow it is how I work best.
11:00 AM: Baby break! Mal takes a shower, so I hang out with Quinn.
11:15 AM: Back to work.
11:30 AM: Quinn goes down for nap #2.
12:30 PM: I make a mug of tea and eat a dark chocolate truffle. Then, I schedule some social shares via CoSchedule, which, my friend Gina told me about. Blogger friends: CoSchedule is the BEST THING EVER. It makes sharing your blog posts so incredibly easy. Try it out. I promise you: It is life-changing.
12:55 PM: Quinn wakes up from his nap. I change him and then get him dressed to take his 8 month picture with Murphy. I can’t believe our little guy is already 8 months. Look at him in his jeans and hooded sweater (both are from ThredUp). He’s a little boy.
1:15 PM: I reheat my tea and then I am back to work.
1:25 PM: Mal makes himself lunch, so I play with Quinn, who also starts to get hungry. I set him up in his highchair and then give him some bites of butternut squash and a few hunks of English muffin with peanut butter, which he loves. He is smiling and kicking his feet as he eats them. (Yup, definitely my kid.) Meanwhile, I throw some apple and mango chunks in the baby food maker to make a purÃ©e for later on.
1:35 PM: I sit down to work again.
2:35 PM: Mal needs to start chipping away at the snow outside, so I stop working to hang out with Quinn. I toast the other half of my English muffin from the morning and slather it with peanut butter.
2:40 PM: I put Quinn in his highchair, give him some toys and then roll him into bathroom, so I can take a shower. Then, I get dressed.
3:00 PM: Quinn and I play for awhile on the floor in the living room and then I put him in his ExerSaucer, so I can unload the dishwasher and clean up the kitchen. The dishes piled up quickly with all three of us snowed in and snacking all day!
3:30 PM: Quinn is sleepy again, so I put him down for nap #3 of the day. (Yay! This nap is always a struggle for us, but he didn’t put up much of a fight. It’s like he knew it was a snow day and that’s what you do!) I make another mug of tea, eat some honey roasted almonds, and pick up the house.
4:00 PM: I sit down to do some work with a 30-pound pug on my lap.
4:15 PM: Quinn wakes up. I change his diaper and then we read books with Murphy.
4:30 PM: I feed Quinn a snack.
5:15 PM: We check on Dad outside. Yikes.
5:30 PM: I change Quinn into PJs, make him a bottle, and get his dinner ready.
5:40 PM: Dinnertime for Quinn!
6:15 PM: Quinn seems tired, but he has no interest going to bed quite yet. We play and hang out with Dad, who is finally done with the snow-blowing and shoveling after 3 hours. My gosh, there is a lot of snow out there!
6:35 PM: Quinn finishes his bottle and goes right to sleep about 10 minutes later.
6:45 PM: I eat dinner, pour myself a glass of wine (because, well, we are snowed in), and work on this blog post.
7:30 PM: I finish this blog post and watch American Ninja Warrior with Mal.
7:45 PM: I eat a bowl of French Toast Crunch.
8:30 PM: I get ready for bed and then hit the hay.