every now and then, i see occasional blog posts about what a typical day is for the writer. i like the idea, both for those of you who are interested, and for me to be able to look back and remember what my daily life was like when alex was nearly one(!).
most mornings, alex wakes me up around 6 or 6:30am. we used to sleep until about 8 or 9, but now that she’s sleeping the whole way through the night, those days are gone. if i’m really tired, i get her and bring her back to our bed to nurse and hope that she dozes off again until at least 7. if not, we go downstairs, change the diaper and nurse for a bit. then i settle her with a book or toy while i let the dog outside and make my coffee. i take it pretty slowly – checking email, etc., while i drink my coffee and she plays nearby or snacks on some cheerios. that is my ideal early morning, but usually her playing turns into me thwarting her attempts to do her own internet surfing or coffee-drinking or stair-climbing. we hang out, nurse intermittently, and then i make our oatmeal around 8:30 – mine with brown sugar and her’s with mashed banana and flax seed. after that, it’s a shower for mama and washing dishes or starting laundry. somewhere in the morning, alex takes a mini-nap for about half an hour and i either do some work or have another cup of coffee.
when daddy wakes up, it’s usually a little play time with him, and then when he leaves for work around 11 or 12, it’s actual nap time. (we’re in the middle of reconfiguring morning naps.) after wake-up and a delicious lunch of something like avocado and fish, we usually do something fun – a few times a week, that involves playing with our friends and neighbors sarain and mink. other exciting activities include going to target or walking to save-a-lot to get some groceries, walking to the park, going to the library, play dates with friends, etc. i really try to get out of the house in some form.
after her late afternoon nap, we often go out and work in the garden and yard. our yard has been kind of a lost cause since we moved in four years ago, and this is the first summer i’ve actually been around to try to redeem it. it’s also the first time we’ve had a somewhat successful garden. yay! sometimes alex plays in the dirt. other times, she occupies herself with her plastic slide while i pull lots of weeds from our weedy yard and flower beds. sometimes we stay inside and watch ellen or oprah. (alex loves the music on ellen.)
around 6, alex gets her dinner while i start prepping for mama and daddy’s dinner. it’s usually messy for her, so she goes straight into her bath afterwards.
after bath, alex gets some naked time while i clean up, and if the dog is lucky, we all go for a walk together and relax until daniel comes home around 7:30ish – then it’s more play time with daddy until bedtime at 8. after that, we eat our dinner and i either get busy finishing laundry or cleaning the kitchen, or i play a lot of word twist on facebook and watch tv. and then it’s suddenly 11pm, like right now, and i realize that i should get some sleep, because 6:00 comes early!
oh – tell us about your days, pretty please!
if you look closely in the first picture, you can see where alex fell off of a chair and split her lip last week. no stitches, but lots of blood at first. seriously, though, you would think nothing happened after the first five minutes – the girl is tough!