Warning- long post. I'm behind with blogging lately and wanted to catch up on what day to day life is like lately. I've been staying home a lot during the week for many reasons lately. First of all, it's summer in Georgia. It's very hot and humid lately. Second of all, it's not so easy getting all three of us out the door before it's time for her morning nap. A typical week day morning usually goes like this. Their current ages are 2 years and 2 months and 10 months.
Jeremy's alarm goes off at 6:10. He's up and out usually by 6:30-6:40. Eliza typically wakes up around 7-7:15 but it varies day to day. I nurse her and then let her play while I get myself dressed and ready for the day. Then the two of us and the dog go downstairs, and I make breakfast for the 3 of us. I change her diaper and take her pjs off. She can be a bit messy at times so I wait to put her outfit on for the day until after she eats.
I typically give them fruit, eggs, part of bagel, cereal, or yogurt. Eliza has transitioned to eating what we are eating as long as it's pretty soft and can be cut into small pieces which has made life easier than when I was spoon feeding her puréed food. She loves to self feed so once I get her in the high chair she's usually good to go unless she has a hard time picking something up. Once breakfast is prepped, I go get Nolan. He gets up between 8-8:30. He's always been a great 12 hour sleeper. Eliza's more of a 10-11 hour sleeper.
We have a little routine when I go get him. I open his blinds, turn off the sound machine, take his stuffed animals (he calls them his friends) out of his bed per his request, pick out an outfit, and then we head back downstairs. All three of us eat breakfast at 8:45-9 am. Eliza's a pretty quick eater. Nolan it depends on the day. Sometimes he's faster than others. If we are trying to get out the door I usually try to help him speed it along, and if we are staying home, he can take his time.
After the three of us eat breakfast, clean up, and I get them both dressed, it's usually about 9:30. Eliza typically naps at 10-10:30. If I want her to nap in her crib, that leaves a very small window to go out. Some days we go to the park just for 30-45 minutes so Nolan can play before it gets too hot, and then I come home and put her to bed if she didn't fall asleep in the car.
Eliza's morning nap is sometimes short and sometimes longer. I like to spend her nap time doing a teaching activity with Nolan. If there's something I need to get done, I let him watch a show for a little while as she naps. At 11 she wakes up and I nurse her. We have play time for a little while and eat lunch around 12. It's pretty much the same routine as the morning. I prep the meals while they play, and we all eat together. At 12:30 we head upstairs, they play more, read books, and have a change of scenery from the toys downstairs. It's generally been too hot to play outside unless I do the kiddie pool or ball pit underneath our deck where we have some shade.
I aim for both of them to nap at 2. Lately Eliza's been playing on the floor in Nolan's room while I read to him and he gets sleepy. She generally doesn't want to sit and read as long as he does but we do try to read together sometimes. Nolan helps put Eliza in her crib and then he walks into his bed. He knows that everyone in the family is resting now. Lately Eliza isn't tired until closer to 2:30-3 so she usually plays a little more after Nolan goes to sleep. I hope for a long nap from her but she's hit or miss. They are usually both up around 3:30-4.
From 4-7 is our best time for an outing. We usually wait for Jeremy to get home around 4:45-5ish and go out as a family. We like to do the food trucks on Tuesdays, go out somewhere for dinner, or just go on a walk after dinner at home. Around 7, it's time for baths, new diapers, pajamas, and story time. We've been bathing them together and then each of us gets one of them dressed. Since I'm still nursing Eliza, I put her to bed and Jeremy generally puts Nolan to bed. Sometimes Nolan stays up, and I'll put them both down or he will ask for Mommy to snuggle with him after Jeremy reads to him. That's how our week days look lately. On the weekends we try to keep that routine too and Jeremy and I take turns running errands during the day/watching the kids.
As you can see, there isn't a whole lot of free time between naps, nursing, feedings, and meeting all their needs. Both of them are at very demanding ages. I also want to take a minute to say I'm sorry that lately everything I do is a maybe. That's been an adjustment for me. Pre children, when I made plans, I was there. Lately, life with two small children close in age is very unpredictable. I can't always get out of the house quickly, and if I skip naps too often, I end up with cranky children which doesn't make for an enjoyable outing. This is just a stage in life for us, and I know we will get back to getting out more as their sleep needs change. For now, these babies needs are my focus, and we will get back to more of social life soon I hope!
This often happens when I'm trying to get out the door. They both just want to stay home.
They're both usually happy when we do go to a friends.
Nolan and his friend Mason.
Those top teeth broke through this week which made for a lot of crying and interrupted sleep. Poor girl.
He loves books.
He likes to try and change the dolls diaper when he see me changing Eliza's diaper. It's pretty cute.
The size 6 diaper of his is a little too big for this doll haha.
Weekend walks on the trail behind our house.
Our next door neighbors pool opened this weekend. Nolan had a blast aside from the time he fell off the float. He said he got lost in the water. Fortunately he had his floaty on and the big kids and Jeremy got him back to shallow water. I'm glad he's starting to be comfortable in the water and enjoying the pool so that he will hopefully be ready for formal swim lessons soon. The pool right now is pretty stressful since we have two who aren't independent swimmers. We have to keep our eyes and hands on them at all times.
Eliza did well sitting in the shallow end and didn't cry this time!
Pool time with Daddy