The date is Friday, April 10, 2015.
Dave’s almost 33
Henry is 5 1/2
Ben is 3 years, 2 months
Ellie is 7 1/2 months
I was due for a work day for DITL. I’m typing it up nearly a week later. Pretty sure this will be my most brief DITL but hey, at least I did it!
4:50 a.m. – Ben wakes me up, calling out from his room like he often does. He comes into my room and I tell him it’s way too early to get up and take him back to his room. He’s awake in there, though, and occasionally talking so I’m awake for the day now, too. Second day in a row of a sub-5 a.m. wake-up for the day and I’m really not happy about it.
5:30 a.m. – Ellie wakes up. I bring her into bed with me to nurse her because I’m exhausted and just want to keep laying down, but then Ben’s back, too, and his rolling around is too distracting for her, so I take her into her room to feed her in the rocker like usual. I bring her back to bed after she eats and she’s wide awake and happy. Ben’s being whiny and asking to go downstairs, even though it’s not even 6 a.m. yet.
6 a.m. – Time for me to get in the shower so Dave takes Ben and Ellie downstairs. Ben asks Dave the same thing he asks every single morning – “When we get downstairs, can I have Cocoa Cuffs (not Puffs – Cuffs – and it’s actually chocolate Cheerios, but whatever), yogurt and a Chew?” He repeats it multiple times on the way down the stairs. I shower and Dave brings Ellie upstairs when it’s time for him to shower. I put her in her room to roll around on the floor and play with her toys, and after a few minutes she army crawls out into the hallway and I can tell she’s filling her diaper. I change her and go back to getting ready. She crawls through the hallway and into her brothers’ room, and it makes me nervous to have her near the stairs (even though we have a baby gate up, but still) and to be in their room where I can’t see her and she might find something small to put in her mouth. So I put her in her bouncy seat – which she’s really too big for now – outside the bathroom door and continue to get ready. She poops a second time, the little stinker.
7 a.m. I finish getting ready and head downstairs with Ellie. The boys are on electronic devices, surprise surprise. I want to say no, and yet, what else am I going to have them do first thing in the morning? Watching TV would be the alternative, and they’re probably learning more on their devices. Whatev. Dave works later on Tuesdays and Fridays, so these mornings are slightly more leisurely for me since I have help. The downside is that he obviously then gets home later, too.
Dave’s made coffee – Shelly brought us some Tim Horton’s stuff from a recent trip, and it’s yummy. It’s Friday so it’s garbage day, so he hauls the trash from the back to our bigger garbage cans by our garage. I make and eat breakfast, feed Ellie breakfast, get my bottles and pump parts packed and get dressed. Shelly arrives while I’m upstairs getting dressed and I try to snap her picture through the window but it doesn’t work out so well. Henry’s asking me to come down and watch one of his Zumba dances, which we just discovered this week and which I posted about the night before this. When I get down there, he’s too self-conscious to do it in front of all of us, so he says someone needs to leave the room. “You or Shelly.” So Shelly gets up to get coffee. But then he doesn’t want to do it in front of me either. So I go into the kitchen with Shelly.
I hang out and talk for a few minutes, and before I leave I snap a selfie of me and Dave, and she asks how I did it without pressing the button on the front of the phone. I show her that she can use the side buttons and her mind is blown. I make fun of her saying that yeah, my mind was blown when I first heard about that, too … like three years ago. She laughs and then flips me off, which surprises me coming from my sweet Shelly! Ha.
8:10 a.m. I leave and head to work. Takes me 15-20 minutes usually. Can’t remember if I listen to the radio or listen to something It Works-related. I go back and forth. Get to work, pour myself my coffee and check social media and email.
9 a.m. My team has our morning meeting, and since it’s my coworker’s last day before maternity leave, she has brought a big cookie cake to share, and I have to pass since I’m currently on day five of the Whole 30. She has also brought some scarves and hats she no longer wants, so after the meeting, a couple of us go into her office and claim a few of them. I have her take our pic.
9:30-4:30 Work day is normal. Blah. I have a brand new iPhone 6 that I just got earlier in the week and I’m loooving it, especially the fact that I don’t have to put a passcode in anymore and it just recognizes my thumb print! For lunch I have lettuce wraps with lunch meat, bacon and avocado, and they’re surprisingly super satisfying. Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes on the side – mmm. When I’m done I run to the store since we need a few things, including something yummy for me and Dave for dinner tonight. Friday night means pizza night in our house, and this is our first Friday on the Whole 30. I get myself some salmon from the case and him some nice marinated chicken breasts from the case. It’s really nice outside and I curse having to go back into my office for the rest of the afternoon. Soon it’s raining, though, and the lights in our office flicker a few times. I pump twice, at 10 and 2, and I have my Greens at 3.
I leave just before 4:30 and head home, careful to not forget my groceries in the fridge! Get home at like 4:50 and greet my kiddos as I’m putting down my armloads of groceries. It’s always crazy town when I walk in the door, total noise and chaos as everyone greets me and tries to talk at once. I have Shelly take our picture on the couch for my DITL post. Ben’s eye is pink and a little crusty, and we hope he’s not getting pink eye. It’s fine in the morning, thankfully.5 p.m. We tell Shelly good-bye and to have a great weekend. After spending a few minutes with the boys, I head upstairs to change into comfy clothes and nurse Ellie. Snap a few selfies while in the rocking chair and marvel at how much I love love love this and how much I’ll miss it when we’re done. I put a headband in Ellie’s hair because it’s always in her face and I think it must drive her crazy!
5:25 p.m. Get the pizzas from downstairs, preheat the oven and make my dinner of salmon, cauliflower and baked potato. Ellie’s in her bouncy and stays occupied with a Baby Mum Mum. While I’m cooking and trying to get Ellie’s food prepared, too, I’m in and out of the bathroom with Ben about 10 times, as he’s having poop issues, like always. The kid is terrified to poop – on the toilet, in his diaper, anywhere. He’s pooped on the toilet twice ever. Usually, though, after much, much misery on everyone’s parts, we give in and he poops in a diaper every few days. I can’t get over the amount of poop and poop issues in my life right now. Oh dear God I just can’t wait til the kid finally decides he’s ready to poop on the toilet. I sure didn’t realize at the time how lucky we were with Henry, who peed and pooped on the toilet at 2 1/2 and never looked back! Eesh.
6:35 p.m. We’re sitting down eating when Dave gets home, and we’re all happy to see him. He makes his dinner and sits down with us, and we talk about our day, eat and then clean up. Henry’s doing crafts and comes up with some really cool things, per usual. Tonight it’s guys from Minecraft, as he’s officially obsessed with that game right now. He’s so proud of everything he creates, I love it.
I ask him if he wants some strawberries for dessert with me, and he looks at me incredulously. He says “Strawberries aren’t dessert! You know what’s dessert? Dessert.” Cracks me up. Touche, kid.
7 p.m. I take Ellie up to bath, one of my favorite times of day, just me and her hanging out. I take her pic on the bed and realize she’s pooped again – such a pooper today! I clean her up and put her in her little pink tub. She loves the bath and splashes happily, and when I ask her “where’s Elmo?” she looks around for the Elmo cup until I present it and she beams and grabs for it. She yells into it and puts it in her mouth for awhile, and then I use it to wash and rinse her hair. I get her out and we make faces in the mirror, and I tell her for the millionth time that she’s the cutest girl on the planet.
7:30 p.m. I put her jammies on and sit in the rocking chair with her and she attacks my boob as if she’s super hungry. She conks out within about five minutes, per usual, and I sit there with her in my arms longer than normal tonight. All sounds peaceful downstairs and I’m in no rush to get the boys to bed, so I just rock and snuggle her. Awhile later I stand up, hold her for another minute since I just love that feeling of her weight in my arms as she sleeps, and then I put her in her crib, zip her into her sleep sack, give her a kiss and head downstairs.
8:15 p.m. Bedtime for the boys. Henry and Dave sadly inform me that Henry’s Zumba videos that he has just fallen in love with have been taken down due to copyright issues. What bad timing!
We only read one book tonight since it got kind of late. Ben asks me to scratch his back and then Henry asks, too, so I scratch both simultaneously and tell Dave to take a picture since my phone is sitting right beside me. Why I have to ask, especially on a DITL day, is beyond me but whatever. ;)
8:30 p.m. Ben comes out of his room and says he has a hang nail, so I clip it and then clip all his nails because they’re really long. I snap a pic of us sitting in the bathroom and then send him back to bed. Downstairs Dave settles in to watch the Brewers game. Usually I use this time to work or clean up or do some yoga, but I am just exhausted from the week and already ready for bed. I head up to bath by like 8:45.
8:45-10 p.m. Somehow despite heading upstairs super early, I’m still not in bed til 10:08 p.m. But that’s really early for me and it feels good! I use the bath time to read a bit of the book I’m reading, The Aviator’s Wife, which I’m really enjoying. It’s the first book I’ve read for pleasure in a loooong time, I’m sad to say! I check on my sweet sleeping kids, Dave tucks me in and I happily go to sleep.
And so concludes another installment of Day in the Life!