Day in the Life {2.7 Years Old}

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Umm, hello… where did December go? Holy cow, we were consumed with the holidays this year. So much, in fact, I totally missed Qman’s monthly Day in the Life post. Oops! Well, the little dude is 2 years and 7 months old now and such a boy. He’s still my baby, but now that’s he’s talking a lot more and forming all sorts of interesting ideas (he randomly told me that Murphy likes treats more than hot chocolate the other day), I’m starting to see glimpses of a little person. It’s so much fun. THIS is my favorite age so far. Anyway, here’s a recap from last Friday!

5:35 AM: I hear Quinn on the baby monitor. He’s fussing, but not crying, so I grab my iPhone and scroll through Instagram. He falls right back to sleep, but I’m wide awake.

5:40 AM: I get out of bed, pour myself an iced coffee with coconut creamer and collagen. Then, I sit down at my laptop to get a jumpstart on work before Qman is up for the day.

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5:59 AM: Work time doesn’t last for long because, before I know it, Quinn is up and at ’em! I carry him downstairs and he immediately gets on his “car” and starts cruising around the house. Gooooooood morning!

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6:19 AM: Quinn rides his car for awhile and then switches to “Dirty,” so he can dump some blocks. “Dump it!!”

6:34 AM: He eventually gets bored of his ride-on toys and asks to play with my handheld spiralizer. The kid loves making veggie noodles! AND he will taste them from time-to-time. Ninety-nine percent of the time, he decides that they’re “eww, gross” before handing me the chewed up bits, but at least we’re making progress in the veggie/new food department. The willingness to taste a new food is really high up there on the feeding hierarchy chart!

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And, of course, when we’re finished zoodling, we give Murphy the carrot ends to eat.

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6:45 AM: While Quinn is happily making carrot noodles, I start to cook us breakfast. Between helping him zoodle and cooking two different breakfasts, it takes me much longer than expected. Usually, breakfast is the quickest meal of the day!

7:15 AM: We’re finally ready to eat 30 minutes later! 🙂 On the menu for me: Scrambled eggs with breakfast potatoes, kale, and ketchup. For Qman: Mini pancakes, (skinless) apple chunks (“eww, skin”), Stonyfield yogurt, and milk.

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7:45 AM: We finish eating breakfast. Qman plays in his playroom while I clean up.

8:00 AM: I do some Instagram stuff and then get us ready to go to the gym.

8:40 AM: We leave for CrossFit.

8:55 AM: We arrive at CrossFit. I work out. Qman plays with the “tiny kids.”

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10:00 AM: Class ends. We play at the gym for a little while before heading out to run some errands. We need a few groceries, so I asked Quinn if he’d rather go to Target or Whole Foods to get them. His response: “Whole Foods better.” Well, ok, then… to Whole Foods we go!

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10:51 AM: We arrive at Whole Foods and score a tractor shopping cart. (We actually avoided a mini-meltdown, thanks to some perfect timing by an employee. Quinn and I didn’t see any tractor carts at the front of the store, which almost became an issue, but we lucked out!) I bump into a college friend and her son. We chat for awhile. Then, Qman and I grab a muffin and an iced coffee. He picks the Glorious Morning Muffin (my fav) and eats about half, so I finish off the rest. #momwin #muffinfriday

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11:45 AM: After that, we finish our grocery shopping and then drive home.

12:00 PM: We arrive home. I make us lunch.

12:30 PM: Time to eat! For me: Ground beef mixed with cowboy caviar over carrot noodles and kale. For Qman: Fish sticks with ketchup, carrot noodles (“eww, gross”), and Trader Joe’s cheese crackers, which are the only thing he eats.

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12:45 PM: We finish lunch. Qman watches a show while I clean up the kitchen, and then he goes down for his afternoon nap.

1:00 PM: I test out a recipe for CNC and take some photos. I clean up the kitchen, empty the dishwasher, yada yada.

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1:45 PM: I sit down at my laptop and do some work.

2:41 PM: I start to feel kind of blah, so I decide to relax and watch a documentary that a friend recommended. He told me it profiles Dan Harris, so I had a feeling I would like it.

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4:00 PMMinimalism is such an amazing film. So much of it resonated with me, and it made me want to get rid of the majority of our belongings and move into a tiny house. Ok, maybe not. I love our house. But, seriously, the film has me thinking twice about how we live.

4:11 PM: Qman wakes up from his nap. We cuddle on the couch.

4:16 PM: Cuddle time is over, and Qman is off and running again. Well, technically, riding… he’s back on his bike for 8,000 laps around the house.

4:31 PM: I’m feeling snack-y, so I break out some olives that I bought at Whole Foods.

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4:49 PM: Dada arrives home and Quinn immediately greets him with with his play tablet. He says: “Cheese, Dada.” Yup, definitely my kid.

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5:00 PM: We’re all hungry, so while Mal takes a shower, I throw together a quick dinner.

5:29 PM: Dinnertime! On the menu: Tuna melts for the boys. For me: Tuna salad made with guacamole, relish, and cucumber slices. Mal and I also break open a bottle of wine. Happy Friday to us!

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6:00 PM: After dinner, I quickly clean up and then head into the living room to play with the boys. I totally space on snapping photos, but we played with Legos, puzzles, and then have a dance party in the living room before bed. (No one takes off their shirts.)

7:15 PM: Mal takes Qman upstairs for bed, and I finally remember to snap a photo for this blog post (below). Oops. #bloggerfail

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7:25 PM: I head upstairs to see if Quinn got all of the “sugar bugs” off his teeth. He loves showing us his teeth after he brushes them. Haha!

7:40 PM: Mal reads Quinn a couple of books and then comes back downstairs. We catch up with our DVR shows.

8:30 PM: Mal breaks out the Extra Toasty Cheez-Its, and I eat approximately 1 million of them.

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9:15 PM: We’re both exhausted and head to bed.

9:29 PM: Lights out.

The end.



  1. I just watched Minimalism too! Great film. Definitely makes you think/decide you need to toss. all. the. things!

  2. Love your day in the life posts! Someone once gave me advice for my 2 toddlers – not to let a nap exceed 2 hours and no napping after 3PM. It helps with the EARLY (pre-7AM) wakeups! Just wanted to share 🙂 I so wish I had a Whole Foods near me..

  3. Sounds like an awesome day, but busy! I like those Cheezits too! My dad saw them and bought them for me, and now every time I see them on sale, I buy them.

  4. Quinn and my son have similar sleeping patterns. My son is three months younger and I’ve always related to your day in the life posts. I guess early bird gets the worm!

  5. Hi! I read that you take a collagen supplement. I have thought about this as well but have read mixed reviews about it. Some say it is great and some say you don’t need it. I was wondering what improvements you have seen? Thanks!

    1. Sorry, I should have explained that. If you don’t have kids, it’s probably not familiar. At daycare/preschool, they use 2 + number months to quickly say how old a kid is. For instance, 2.9 (2 years + 9 months) is a big one because Qman will officially be old enough for preschool!

      1. He might be two years and seven months, but that doesn’t mean he’s 2.7 years.

        Even childless people understand how ages work, btw.

  6. I really have to try zoodles – I know I would love them! Cannot believe how quickly time is flying by, before you know it Q-Man is going to be 3!!! Any taught of having another baby? You sure make cute ones!!!

  7. The extra toasty Cheez It’s are amazing. My daughter got me addicted to them. I have to try not to buy them

  8. My babe is 14 mo and I was curious about your schedule. Looks like we are on about the same in terms of wake up and bedtime! Apparently kids make us all early risers.

  9. I’ve been meaning to watch Minimalism! I just started my own decluttering resolution on my blog–maybe the documentary will help motivate me to do more than my measly goal of eliminating 10 items a month. But hey–gotta start somewhere!

    And can’t wait for that maple granola recipe!

  10. I would love an update on Q-man and his eating! What has worked? What are the current struggles? How do you deal with a picky eater?

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