Q-Man (aka “Cumin”) turns 22 months old later this week, so I documented last Friday as a way to remember this time in our life. I’m actually heading to Los Angeles for part of this week, so I didn’t want to miss our usual Day In The Life post, so I decided to do it a little early. With that, here’s a glimpse into what life is like at almost 2 years old. (I’ve actually started to tell people that Quinn is “almost two” instead of 20-something months because it’s kind of awkward, right?) FYI: A few people asked me how I’m able to remember what time everything happens in these Day In The Life posts. My iPhone automatically time stamps the pictures that I take, so I use them as reference points to recap my day.
4:58 AM: I hear Quinn on the baby monitor. He’s tossing and turning and crying a little bit. I really hope he goes back to sleep.
5:01 AM: Quinn is full on crying now, so I reach over Mal to grab the baby monitor to see what’s happening in his room. He’s still laying down (so there’s a chance), so I go in and try to help him back to sleep.
5:05 AM: Success! I climb back into bed, but the second I lay down, Quinn starts crying again. Crap. This time, Mal goes in and attempts to work his magic.
5:09 AM: Mal climbs into bed. Success!
5:45 AM: Quinn wakes up again. This time, he’s standing up and wailing in his crib. He’s definitely not going back to sleep. Mal offers to get up with him since I haven’t slept all week (i.e. terrible night sweats = multiple wake-ups + outfit changes). Mal takes Quinn downstairs. I fall back to sleep.
6:30 AM: Murphy decides it’s bath time and licks himself repeatedly until he annoys me so much, I get out of bed. Rise ‘n’ shine?
6:31 AM: I immediately open the refrigerator and realize I’m out of iced coffee. (I typically brew Marylou’s at home, but I recently finished off the bag. Whomp whomp.) I end up using two pods in my Keurig to make iced coffee.
6:33 AM: Iced coffee hack: Use two pods, brew a small cup/put Keurig on strong setting, add milk, and then ice cubes = not watered-down iced coffee.
6:34 AM: I hang out with Mal, Quinn, and Murphy in the living room. We play. We watch Paw Patrol. I drink my iced coffee and try to wake up.
7:20 AM: I deal with a blog issue while Mal makes breakfast for Quinn.
7:27 AM: I take Murphy for a walk.
7:49 AM: On the walk back to our front door, I make a joke about adding a donkey planter to our yard. He is not amused.
7:58 AM: When we return, Mal is making us (the humans, not Murphy) breakfast.
8:01 AM: Quinn is done eating, so I snag a few bites of his yogurt.
8:10 AM: Breakfast is served: Cheesy eggs + toasted Sourdough with ghee.
8:24 AM: I start a grocery list since I know I’m going to be away most of the week and want to make sure mealtime is as stress-free as possible for my boys.
8:27 AM: Mal gets dressed for CrossFit while I get Quinn ready for the day. I also pack Mal’s gym bag with diapers, wipes, and snacks (just in case – for Quinn, not him).
8:45 AM: I say goodbye to Mal and Quinn as they leave for CrossFit, and then I get ready for the day.
9:07 AM: Our coffeemaker recently started acting weird, so I try to clean it with vinegar + water. Sadly, it doesn’t work. Later, Mal also tries to take it apart to clean it with no luck. Boo. It’s actually our second Cuisinart coffeemaker. We loved our first one so much, we actually bought the exact same one, but it seems like they might have a 4-year-ish lifespan since this one died after about the same amount of time. Anyone have a coffeemaker that they especially love? I think it’s time for us to move on.
9:09 AM: I clean up the house, fold and put away laundry.
9:30 AM: I have a call about a potential partnership opportunity.
9:47 AM: I drive to KFIT to pick up Kerrie.
9:55 AM: On the way, I swing by Whole Foods and buy a couple of Vietnamese cold brew coffees (one for Kerrie and one for me).
10:15 AM: I arrive at KFIT. I check email/social media while I wait for Kerrie.
10:20 AM: We drive to Boston.
11:00 AM: We arrive at MGH. I have about 15 minutes to spare before my appointment, so Kerrie and I pop into Whole Foods to grab a snack. She hangs out there while I go to my appointment.
11:09 AM: I arrive at the Infusion Suite and eat my snack, a granola + coconut gomacro bar, which is quite tasty. I will definitely buy this bar again!
11:21 AM: I get Entyvio infusion #3, which is an important one– meaning we’ll know for sure in the coming weeks if it will work for me or not. Fingers crossed.
12:05 PM: I meet Kerrie outside Whole Foods and then we walk to Soulcycle Beacon Hill for a class.
12:16 PM: Soulcycle time!
1:20 PM: It was a great class and we had a blast!
1:25 PM: Kerrie and I drive back to the South Shore. I drop her off at KFIT.
2:17 PM: I stop to get gas on my way home. (I mostly just snapped this photo for the time stamp.)
2:30 PM: I arrive home. I catch up with Mal and Quinn and then hop in the shower.
3:19 PM: I shove a handful of crackers in my mouth since I still haven’t eaten lunch, and I’m starving.
3:26 PM: We take Murphy for a walk.
4:00 PM: We swing by Hornstra Farm for milk and eggs. We, of course, stop to say ‘hello’ to the baby cows.
4:36 PM: We arrive at Hingham Beer Works for a late lunch/early dinner.
5:09 PM: Time to eat. Pizza for Quinn.
5:10 PM: Coconut Sea Scallops for Mama. Mmm! I absolutely loved this dish!
5:34 PM: We play and run around outside.
6:15 PM: We arrive home and get settled.
6:23 PM: I open a very special surprise from my friends at Brooks: Nantucket Adrenaline GTS 16! I am so pumped about them, I seriously consider going for a run right then just so I can test them out. How adorable are they!?! Hello, blue plaid? Plus, there’s a whale and a lobster on them. I’m totally obsessed.
7:00 PM: I take Quinn upstairs and give him a bath.
7:15 PM: I change Quinn into his pajamas and then we read books.
7:30 PM: Night night for Quinn.
7:45 PM: I make myself a beverage made with orange juice, lemon seltzer, and collagen. I also eat a couple of Lindt chocolates.
7:50 PM: Mal and I spend about 20 minutes trying to pick a movie to watch. We eventually find one (The Martian), but it’s kind of long and we don’t want to stay up that late, so we catch up with House of Lies instead.
9:15 PM: We head upstairs.
9:30 PM: Lights out.
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