Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A typical Monday...

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I don't know if I have ever actually posted a post of what my typical day looks like since becoming a family of 4 and Mark actually working. It's a post that's fun for me to go back and read so if these kind of posts bore you...skip it! ;)
Our schedule looks very different every day because Mark has different hours than a normal 8am-5pm job. Mondays and Wednesdays are a lot alike because he has the same hours (9am-6pm). So if you care continue reading...here we go:

We are usually up and going pretty early on Mondays. Mark has to set his alarm so that means everyone starts to "stir" around 7am (give or take 45 mins.) I get up and start my morning routine. Feed the kids breakfast, (yogurt, fruit, cereal) they watch a little Disney Channel, and have a little playtime (play dough, blocks, whatever they can find).
 While they are playing Mark finishing up getting ready and heading to work. I am going to behind him and picking up. (Just keeping real folks!) I empty the dishwashing, make the beds, wipe down bathroom, move the laundry...you know all the fun stuff.
 About 9:30-10am Sloane starts to get fussy. She has to be rocked to sleep so I put on a show I know will keep Buddy interested and go put her down. Once she is asleep I usually sweep the upstairs because the dogs sleep in the kitchen and since Sissy is still a crawler I HATE the hair! I try to also sit and snuggle with Wyatt a little bit while she is sleeping. This is usually the only 1on1 time I get with him during the day. We play or just sit and snuggle...he likes to drink his milk on the couch while I check e-mails, do work, etc.
 Sissy is only sleeping for about an hour in the mornings now so the quiet time is short lived. ;) Once she gets up make sure they are both in clothes by this time and have clean diapers. We get a small snack and get ready to leave the house.
 Until recently the small time from when Sloane wakes up until about 1pm is the only time I can run errands. Wyatt has been taking a nap only about 50% of the time now so my time frame simply goes on how he is doing/acting. Today we went to the grocery, Hobby Lobby, and the bank. (and it goes without mentioning...we pulled through McDonalds for a large Diet Coke.) I wish I would have thought about taking a picture as we were checking out at the grocery. It was our last stop and I knew Buddy would be napping. They were in the double cart and were both done being so close touching each other. I laughed and said something along the lines "keeping it real" to the employee.  
I called my mom and Mark for a quick chat on the way home. They both had snacks and some of "their milk" while we were grocery shopping. It's so nice now that they can share some foods. When I pulled into the driveway they were both asleep! I made a successful double transfer to their beds and then unloaded the groceries and the rest of the car. (I try REALLY hard to bring EVERYTHING in the house each time we get back home. The car stay WAY cleaner this way.)
 While the kids napped I moved laundry, let out/feed the dogs, and cleaned (swept, swiffered, dusted) the living room. The living room is too hard to clean while they are awake because I can't move the furniture without them thinking I am creating a jungle gem. It becomes quite the challenge to also wet Swiffer around little feet and bodies that are in my way messing with my dust pan. Like I said it's just easier when they are sleeping. After I finished those few chores I sat down with a snack and the computer for a bit. I returned EXPEDITEstl e-mails and try to do a little business "catch up" and then I blog/Pinterest until someone starts to fuss.
Sloane usually wakes first...I try to feed her some solids while I pump. After I am finished I give her a bottle. We are cutting back the bm and beginning to eat more solids slowly and surely. ;) Usually both of them are awake by about 3:30 or so. I try to do a fun craft or activity in the afternoon. It was beautiful outside so we decided to take a walk. We had a blast!
 After the walk we continued to play outside a bit. We played with sidewalk chalk and Wyatt enjoyed just playing in the landscape rocks. ;/ Boys! They both needed a bath by the time we came inside.
Wyatt didn't want to take a bath AT ALL so we had no time for pictures.  Sissy on the other hand...
 After baths they played together in Wyatt's room while I started dinner...
 Dinner prep before Mark got home...salad, salmon, and rice. I do my very best to have it sitting on the table as soon as he walks through the door. It's been a challenge getting used to this but it's working. It's late so the kids have usually already snacked but we still all sit together. It's important to us for this to happen each night.
 After dinner Mark usually takes Sissy and puts her to sleep. It's turned into "their special time" since he isn't home during the day to get to rock her at all. I clean up the dishes, get the dishwasher started, begin getting Buddy prepared for bed. (this is a long process in itself. Grrrr!!!) Mark plays with Wyatt while I finish picking up and then I take Buddy to bed.
After this I have no more pictures...I usually lay down with Wyatt until he falls asleep and then Mark and I get some time to visit. This particular evening I fell asleep. ;( I HATE it when it happens! If I don't fall asleep we enjoy each other. We watch TV sometimes but there are many nights the TV doesn't even come on and we just chat! I look forward to this time every day!

Well-there it is...a "normal" Monday! Hope everyone had a great one!

1 comment:

  1. I love this! So similar to our daily routine with the toddler/baby combo. I am in awe you can transfer them into bed from the car. If my girls nap for even one minute in the car they get a 2nd wind and they will not transfer! Ugh. Busy, busy days we are living. Thanks for the peek into your day. Fun!


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