Here’s the last A New Day In The Life post! I’ve written one of these every month since Quinn was born as a way to remember his first year. Now that he’s a year old, I decided to “officially” end the series. I’m sure I’ll do another “day in the life” post again at some point, but, for now, I’ll stop the monthly ones. Ok, that said, here we go with a look inside our day yesterday!
6:35 AM: Quinn wakes up. He’s standing in his crib and ready to start the day.
6:40 AM: I change his diaper and set him loose. The kid is a maniac.
6:45 AM: I empty the dishwasher while keeping Quinn entertained with random items from around the kitchen. He is fascinated by the metal protein shaker ball.
7:00 AM: It’s breakfast time for Quinn. He eats mango, Rice Chex with milk, and a bottle (with milk).
While we eats, I make my breakfast.
7:35 AM: Breakfast time is over, so Quinn plays while I clean up.
7:45 AM: Diaper change intermission.
8:00 AM: I take Quinn and Murphy for a walk around the neighborhood.
I make sure to grab my iced coffee!
8:30 AM: We return home. I pour myself iced coffee #2.
8:45 AM: Quinn eats an apple + carrot “Crusher” from Trader Joe’s.
He shares a little with Murphy.
I snack on a few chocolate-covered cashews. I bought them on a whim at CVS the other day, and I can’t keep my hand out of the bag!
9:00 AM: We attempt Quinn’s morning nap, but it’s a no-go, so we wreak havoc around the house.
9:15 AM: We attempt Quinn’s morning nap again. No-go. More havoc.
9:35 AM: We attempt his morning nap a third time and we finally have success. Hooray! (This one is actually quite a bit later than usual, but it seems like he is moving his nap later and later in the morning.)
9:40 AM: I throw dinner in the crockpot, which is a Cabernet Pot Roast and tri-color potatoes from Trader Joe’s.
9:50 AM: I make Mal a pot of coffee for iced coffee since he’s out.
9:55 AM: I sit down to work on this post. I check my email. I work on Friday’s Stroller Summer Shape-Up post, which includes the final workouts of the series + a sweeeeeeeeeet GIVEAWAY.
11:45 AM: I keep sneaking 2-3 chocolate-covered cashews at a time from the bag, and I’ve done it about a half dozen times, so I finally make myself some “real” food for lunch. On the menu: Scrambled eggs with cheddar, sautÃ©ed summer squash and zucchini, kale, and buffalo sauce.
12:40 PM: Quinn wakes up from his morning nap. I change his diaper and then feed him lunch. While he eats, I get us ready to meet a friend and her son for a walk at the park.
1:15 PM: We swing by Marylou’s for a couple of iced coffees.
1:30 PM: We walk and talk at the park.
2:45 PM: Quinn and I arrive home. He plays in the backyard while I take a quick call related to an upcoming blog opportunity.
3:00 PM: Our outdoor playing moves inside.
3:30 PM: We take a break to have a snack. We eat veggie chips + guac. Quinn also sucks down another “Crusher.”
3:35 PM: Dad comes home. Once he gets settled, we all head out for a family walk/workout.
On our walk, I test out a stroller workout with Quinn while Mal snaps photos for CNC.
Murphy also enjoys some “lawn surfing,” which is so nice to see. He’s back to his old (goofy) pug self!
He eventually stops to bark at Jeff. Yup, he’s definitely back to his old self.
4:45 PM: We return home. Quinn and I play while Mal makes some phone calls.
5:30 PM: Quinn starts to get hungry, so I feed him dinner. While he eats, I prepare dinner for Mal and me. Our pot roast + potatoes turned out wonderfully!
6:15 PM: It’s bath time for Quinn. I start bathing him and then Mal takes over while I clean up after dinner. Once everything is clean, I eat about a million more dark chocolate-covered cashews. Someone take them away from me!
6:45 PM: We start Quinn’s nighttime routine, which typically includes a bottle + books, but, this time, we add in some “Air Buddies” (aka one of Matthew’s favorite movies and highly recommended) to help him wind down. He loved it so much and laughed every time he saw a dog.
Murphy liked the movie too and growled every time he saw a dog. Haha!
7:30 PM: Quinn goes to bed.
7:35 PM: I clean up the house and then work on this blog post.
8:45 PM: I finish this post and then get ready for bed.
9:00 PM: I watch TV with Mal and Murphy. (Yay, Big Brother is back on!)
9:30 PM: I climb into bed and lights out.
Question of the Day
Moms and Dads, did your little one start switching things up with their naps/sleep patterns around this age?
The last couple of nights were tough getting Quinn to sleep. It’s usually a piece of cake. He’ll even sometimes put himself to bed by grabbing his blanket and putting his head on our shoulder when we pick him up, but Monday and Tuesday night were rough. We think it’s related to him transitioning from two naps to one, so we’re just doing the best we can. A couple of Mal’s co-workers said their kids did the exact same thing at this age and suggested letting him stay up at bedtime, so he’ll take a longer nap in the morning. That way, he’ll be able to power-through the afternoon and allow his body to adjust to one nap. Of course, we know every kid is different, so we’re feeling him out. Last night went much better than the previous two nights (maybe because he skipped his afternoon nap?), but we still don’t know what’s the best move for us. Man, we thought we had the bedtime routine down and now the little guy is switching things up!