It’s time for another A New Day In The Life post. I originally planned to write one per month as a way to remember Quinn’s first year, but somehow I missed March. I guess it was a busy month, but isn’t that what happens with the baby book too? My sister told me she stopped writing in Matthew’s around 10 months, so maybe that’s it? I dunno. But, here’s a peek inside our day yesterday!
5:35 AM – Murphy finishes his breakfast, so he comes back to bed, which involves walking all over me until he’s comfortable. I try to go back to sleep, but I’m wide awake, so I get up.
5:40 AM: I say good morning to Mal. He’s listening to a podcast, so I check my email, play Instagram, and read blogs.
6:30 AM: I make breakfast, which is a big bowl of oatmeal with a tropical fruit puree (I made some for Quinn yesterday), ground flaxseed, chicken sausage, and apple butter.
6:40 AM: Mal brings the baby monitor into the kitchen to show me how cute Quinn is being. Apparently, he just woke up and he’s closely examinng the bumpers on his crib. After that, I go in and wish him a goooooood morning! I change his diaper and then we say good morning to Dad and Murphy.
6:50 AM: It’s breakfast time for Quinn. I give him a mini almond butter and apple butter sandwich and he gobbles it up. He’s bouncing around in his chair because he loves it so much. I start eating my breakfast. Mal leaves for work.
6:55 AM: Quinn and I eat breakfast together. I realize the house is super quiet, so I turn on the TV for some background noise. Quinn is done with his sandwich and wants his bottle, so I put one together for him. While we eat, we talk about the dining room light, practice waving, and I tell him about what we have planned for the day.
7:00 AM: I finish eating my oatmeal, but Quinn still has about half of his bottle left, so I unload the dishwasher and clean up the kitchen. Murphy babysits while I am away.
7:15 AM: I smell something funny when I sit down with Quinn again, so I change his diaper. Breakfast intermission.
7:20 AM: I feed Quinn pureed mixed veggies. After we finish, Quinn is totally content playing with the spoon and the other toys on his tray, so I make him another puree. I alternate fruits and veggies, so the next one is banana-blueberry-peach.
7:30 AM: Quinn is messy, messy, messy after breakfast, so I clean him up and change his clothes. I bring him into the living room and give him some toys to play with while I clean up breakfast.
7:35 AM: I start this post while watching Quinn play with his activity table.
7:40 AM: Quinn wants to walk, so we use his walker and cruise all over the house with pit-stops at Murphy’s water bowl (Quinn’s favorite) and to open drawers and cabinets.
8:00 AM: Iced coffee time! We take a quick trip to Marylou’s.
8:20 AM: We return home. Quinn plays for a little bit, but then he starts to rub his eyes and get a little cranky, so I put him down for his morning nap. He goes right to sleep. I head into the kitchen to do some meal prep. I make Breakfast Potatoes with green pepper and onions, Sweet Potato Wedges, and roasted Brussels sprouts.
After food prep, I do a bunch of random stuff around the house: I work on this post, reply to emails, clean out my purse, register for babysitting at KFIT, take the roasted veggies out of the oven and pack them up in Tupperware, clean up the kitchen, get dressed for the gym, and order some stuff from Amazon.
10:00 AM: I hear Quinn chatting away in his room, so I head in and see him SITTING up. Well, hello, Quinn! It’s the first time he’s done this, so I snap a picture and send it to Dad.
10:05 AM: I notice that Quinn’s clothes are wet (diaper leak), so I change him into a new outfit.
10:10 AM: Time for second breakfast! Quinn eats banana slices, more mixed veggie puree, a bottle, and some oatmeal. I try a snickerdoodle Complete Cookie and, holy cow, it’s delicious. (I got it from the Vitamin Shoppe yesterday. It’s high in protein, vegan, and non-GMO.) It reminded me of a cinnamon Pop Tart, which I used to eat every morning all through middle school and high school. I seriously loved them, so, not surprisingly, I was pretty obsessed with this cookie. It actually might taste better than a Pop Tart because it was thicker and had cinnamon-sugar on top. For real. I planned to eat only half of it, but it was so amazing, I ended up eating the whole thing. Holy yum!
10:45 AM: We finish eating second breakfast, so I get us ready to go to Fit Factory, a new-ish gym in the area where both Mal and Kerrie have been working out on occasion. Both of them have raved about it (it has CrossFit, Body Pump, spinning, yoga, and more), so I wanted to check it out. You can get a free pass online, so I signed up for one and took Quinn with me since Fit Factory has babysitting too.
11:00 AM: We drive to Fit Factory.
11:20 AM: We arrive at Fit Factory. I bring Quinn to daycare, get a tour of the facility, run 8 miles on the treadmill, pick Quinn up from daycare, and then drive home.
1:15 PM: We arrive home. Quinn falls asleep in the car on the drive home, so I move him from his car seat into his crib. I guess my transfer was unsuccessful because he wakes up about 5 minutes later. I change his diaper.
1:20 PM: Time for lunch! Quinn has roasted sweet potatoes, chicken, and a bottle. I ate leftover Chicken Ole with brown rice and broccoli. I made a protein shake while Quinn took his 5-minute nap, so I finish that too.
2:00 PM: We finish lunch, and I really want to take a shower because I’m hanging out in super sweaty clothes. I move Quinn’s ExerSaucer into the bedroom, pop him in it, and then take a quick shower.
2:15 PM: Playtime. Diaper change. More playtime. A lot more walking. (Have I mentioned this kid loves to walk?)
3:00 PM: It’s nap time for Quinn. Meanwhile, I work on this post and reply to some emails.
3:30 PM: Quinn wakes up and then it’s snack time. We eat rice Chex. Quinn also has a piece of whole wheat bread with fig butter (from Trader Joe’s) and a bottle.
4:15 PM: We do some more playing and walking around the house. I throw some chicken breasts in the oven for dinner. (Mal has a school event later in the evening and needs to eat early.)
4:45 PM: Mal comes home. We catch up about our days.
5:15 PM: Mal plays with Quinn while I walk Murphy.
5:35 PM: Murphy and I return home from our walk. I feed him dinner. I also put a load of Quinn’s laundry in the wash.
5:45 PM: Mal eats dinner while I change Quinn into his PJs and overnight diaper. Then, we join Dad for dinner. On the menu: Baked chicken breasts with roasted Brussels sprouts, Sweet Potato Wedges, and brown rice. Quinn also has a bottle and some banana-blueberry-peach puree.
6:00 PM: Mal leaves for his event. Quinn and I finish up dinner.
6:30 PM: Time for books! We cuddle on the couch and read a bunch of books before bed.
6:45 PM: After we read books, I put Quinn to sleep. He’s exhausted after not having his usual afternoon nap, so he goes right down. I switch Quinn’s laundry to the dryer and then put in another load of our stuff. Then, I pour myself a glass of wine and nuke a Quest Bar for dessert. I lounge on the couch.
7:05 PM: I work on this post.
7:30 PM: I fold laundry while watching TV (Married at First Sight – season two).
8:45 PM: Mal comes home. We hang out and chat.
9:00 PM: I get ready for bed, finish this post, and then read for a bit.
9:30 PM: Lights out.