Day in the Life {2 Years Old}

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A certain little someone turns 2 years old today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, QUINN!!!), so I thought it was the perfect time to write another Day in the Life post. Although, the day that I picked to blog about (Monday) actually ended up being kind of downer. Quinn and I are feeling better today, and I figured you guys would want to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of our day, so I decided to blog about it anyway. Hey, just keeping it real for you guys!

6:38 AM: After a rough night of sleep (Q-man woke up a few times + multiple UC flare bathroom trips), Mal wakes me up to say that he needs to leave for school. Quinn is already awake and hanging out downstairs, which means my wonderful and amazing husband let me sleep in. <3

6:40 AM: I (literally) stumble downstairs (6+ weeks of flare symptoms = super lightheaded when I stand up) and head into the living room to hang out with Quinn. During this time, I take approximately 5 million trips to the bathroom. Clearly, things are going well on the UC front.

7:19 AM: I make Quinn some breakfast. He eats one bite of cereal and signs “all done.” Ok then.

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7:23 AM: I make myself breakfast: Two eggs on gluten-free toast.

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7:25 AM: I take a few bites of breakfast and then help Quinn build a blanket fort. He plays while I eat.

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7:31 AM: Quinn and I play and play and play some more.

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7:51 AM: At one point, Quinn decides that Murphy is not allowed on the pug couch and a mini meltdown ensues. I try to explain that Murphy is allowed to be on this particular couch, but Quinn doesn’t agree. Despite my best efforts to distract him, his mini meltdown turns into a full-blown tantrum. I realize Quinn is probably hungry, so I pick him up and bring him over to the blender in the kitchen. I ask him if he wants a smoothie and he immediately starts to calm down.

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8:09 AM: Smoothie success!

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8:11 AM: Quinn is content with his smoothie, so I get myself ready for CrossFit. I get dressed and make a protein shake to bring with me (collagen + OJ – I add water post-workout).

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8:30 AM (on the dot): I call my GI doctor’s office to see if I can get an appointment because I’m really not doing well. Thankfully, his NP has a cancellation for later that afternoon, so I take the appointment and then pray that Mal can leave work early to watch Quinn.

8:40 AM: Quinn and I leave for CrossFit.

8:55 AM: We arrive at CrossFit. Quinn plays while I work out.

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10:00 AM: Class is over, which means it’s playtime for the kiddos!

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10:30 AM: Quinn and I stop by the pet store next door to say “hi” to the puppies and birds (obviously) and then we drove home. On the ride, Quinn falls asleep. He was so tired.

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10:55 AM: I put Quinn down for a nap, take a shower, and get dressed for the day. I’m suddenly starving, so I house a Chocolate Hazelnut Butter-Filled Clif Bar (that was waiting for me on my doorstep when I arrived home) and it tastes pretty darn delicious!

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11:15 AM: It’s lunch and food prep time! I wasn’t able to do my usual Sunday prep the day before, so I whip up all sorts of tasty recipes for the week, including a number of veggie dishes from Mollie Katzen’s The Vegetable Dishes I Can’t Live Without, which is an old favorite. Remember when I met her back in 2009? She was so cool.

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I make Spinach-Artichoke Gratin, Arugula Pesto, Brussels Sprouts Braised in Maple Mustard Sauce, Coconut Ginger Carrots (I fed the ends to Murphy), and a Hash Brown Breakfast Bake.

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12:11 PM: I finish prepping and clean up the kitchen.

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12:39 PM: Lunchtime! On the menu: Spinach-Artichoke Gratin (2 servings) + a hash brown patty that was leftover after making the Breakfast Bake.

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12:49 PM: I break out my laptop and answer some emails.

1:11 PM: Quinn wakes up from his nap. We cuddle on the couch and watch TV while he wakes up.

1:31 PM: I make Quinn some lunch, but he’s not interested.

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1:45 PM: Mal is able to leave work early (hooray!!), so I drive into Boston for my appointment.

2:46 PM: I arrive a little early, so I swing by Whole Foods and grab a smoothie.

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3:00 PM: I meet with the NP. We chat. I ask her a million questions. We come up with a plan (more drugs). Miraculously, I don’t cry while I’m in her office, but I am extremely frustrated (with my body) when I leave.

4:00 PM: I drive home and battle rush hour traffic.

5:31 PM: I arrive home and immediately hear crying when I open the front door. Mal hands me a puke-covered Quinn and then asks: “Do you want to give him a bath or clean the couch?” Well, hello. Haha! I opt for bath duties and head up stairs to clean off poor Quinn. (He ends up coming home from daycare the next day with Hand, Mouth, and Foot Disease. We actually thought he had poison ivy on his feet when we sent him that morning. Oops!)

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5:45 PM: I give Quinn a quick bath (he’s crying the whole time, so I hurry through it), get him dressed in clean clothes, and take his temp. I grab the Motrin and then we head downstairs together. I give him some, put Finding Nemo on TV, and then we cuddle on the couch.

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5:58 PM: I’m hungry, so I reheat some of the food that I made earlier in the day. I ask Quinn if he’s hungry, but he shakes his head no.

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6:05 PM: Even though Quinn says he’s not hungry, I bring him a sippy cup of water and some crackers, which he grabs out of my hand, but doesn’t eat any of them.

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6:53 PM: Quinn and I continue to watch Finding Nemo. I’m feeling snacky, so I bring a box of Peanut Butter Puffins into the living room. Quinn wants some too, so I give him a snack cup full of them. He’s finally eating! Hooray!

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7:25 PM: Quinn finishes his Puffins, so I take him upstairs to brush his teeth. We read books and then I put him to bed.

9:15 PM: I’m hungry again (my appetite is always so weird when I’m in a flare), so I make a piece of toast with PB2 + liquid coconut oil and a glass of OJ mixed with collagen while Mal and I watch Friday Night Lights. We actually started the series awhile ago, but didn’t stick with it. We recently started watching it again and now we’re hooked!

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9:30 PM: Mal and I head upstairs to bed.

9:45 PM: Lights out.

The end.

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