Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Activities lately 

We’ve been keeping busy with holiday activities lately.

One day we built a gingerbread house. Nolan had fun putting the candy in the icing.

We go to story time often. 

Eliza’s definitely a little toddler now. She’s talking more each day and starting to play more independently. 

Working hard to build a tower.

Nolan working on some M&M graphing. He loved getting to eat a few too! Love teachable moments like this where they are learning and getting a special treat too.

She just barely fits in her baby towels. 

Play date with friends. It’s not always easy managing two 2 year olds and two 1 year olds but they do have fun together. 

This was the best photo I got of all the kids. They move so fast now.

Celebrating Eva’s 3rd Birthday.

Eliza loved the balloons.

Practicing making cookies with playdough. I’d like to make some sugar cookies with the kids soon but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Looking in the snow for holiday characters at the library.

Eliza loves taking care of her baby. 

We definitely have our good moments and our challenging moments. Having two toddlers in the house can be very sweet but it can also be very exhausting. Eliza seems to be almost ready to drop her morning nap. The mornings I’ve tried lately she hasn’t seemed tired. Hopefully soon she will start taking one good longer nap. Here’s what our schedule typically looks like on a one nap day for both kids.

Nolan 2 years 7 months and Eliza 15 months 

6:20am Jeremy’s alarm goes off. Sometimes I fall back asleep and sometimes I get up and get ready for the day before the kids wake up. 

7-8 am Eliza usually wakes up some time between 7 and 8. It depends on the day. 

8-9am Nolan usually wakes up sometime between 8 and 8:30. I typically get him by 8:30. He’s really good about waiting for me to come get him from his toddler bed.

8:30-9:30 breakfast, diaper changes, potty for Nolan, get everyone dressed.

9:30-10am play at home

10am-12pm morning outing if we do one. In the winter we have been generally doing the library, a friend’s house, or the mall play area and walking indoors at the mall. We are definitely missing the warmer weather and playing outside more often.

12-1pm lunch and get ready for naps

1pm- Eliza usually goes down first and Nolan plays independently or watches one 30 minute show. 

1:30-2pm story time with Nolan

2-4pm Nolan naps and Eliza usually wakes up around 3pm or sooner. She’s still not the greatest at taking one good two hour nap. I remember this one to two nap transition being tricky with Nolan too and he has been a better sleeper all along. Hopefully as she approaches 18 months her afternoon nap will be longer. She often has a dirty diaper which wakes her earlier than she should wake up. 

4pm afternoon snack

4:30-6pm play outside if weather permits before it gets dark. 

6-7pm dinner and clean up downstairs

7-8pm bath and bedtime routine 

8pm bedtime for Eliza and typically 8:30pm bedtime for Nolan. Since the time changed we’ve been trying to get them to bed close to 7:30 and 8 but if they are behaving well and playing nicely we let them stay up a little longer. I put Eliza to sleep while Jeremy reads to Nolan and then he likes to snuggle and sing some songs with me before he goes to bed. 

8:30-10pm Jeremy and I have a little time to ourselves but we are both usually pretty tired and get ready for the next day, watch a quick show, and get to bed. 

I definitely agree with the quote people often say about being a parent and raising children. The days are long but the years are short. There are moments where the days feel so tiring, and I don’t know how I’ll make it to the weekend but then I look back and feel like our kids are growing up very quickly. It’s all such a bittersweet process. 

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