Monday, April 24, 2017

A Day in the Life

It's been a loooooong time since I've done ADitL post, so I thought it was time for an update. I love to look back at old versions of these posts and marvel at how life has changed.

Friday, April 21

BD & LA are 37
MC is 4.75
GL is 8 months

12:40am -  GL is awake upstairs in her room & hungry. This is the first time she's been awake since I initially put her down for bed around 6:30pm. Go nurse her and she falls back asleep easily after nursing for about 20 minutes or so. Put her back in her crib and go back to bed for a few hours.

3:03am - GL is awake upstairs in her room & hungry. Go nurse her and she falls back asleep easily after nursing for about 20 minutes or so. Put her back in her crib and go back to bed for a few hours.

6:10am - GL is stirring upstairs, and MC starts calling for mommy about 30 seconds later. She has a toddler clock that doesn't turn green until 6:20am but that doesn't stop her from calling for someone as soon as she wakes up. After 6am is actually later than usual for her these days. BD and I both get up - I go in to nurse GL, and he goes to see about MC.

6:20am - I know that GL won't go back to sleep at this point, so I go ahead and turn on her light so MC will know it's okay to come in GL's room.

6:25am - MC comes in going 100mph, fully dressed including hair bow.

6:35am - GL finishes nursing, change diaper and pj's. MC climbs in the chair with us, chatters incessantly, and plays in GL's room.

6:40am - Downstairs to get breakfast for MC. BD leaves to take Piper for a walk. Smoothie and dry cereal for MC's breakfast this morning. GL plays on mat in the kitchen while I work on packing up MC's snack for school - today it's apple slices, a babybel cheese, and pretzel nibblers.

7:10am - GL has a dirty diaper. MC is finished with her smoothie and cereal and asks for a cinnamon toast bagel (toasted bagel with butter, cinnamon & sugar sprinkled on - one of her favorite breakfasts). Tell her I'll fix it as soon as I'm done changing GL's diaper upstairs. I've been feeding prunes to GL for the past several days to resolve a...digestive issue...and it has clearly worked, so it takes several minutes to get her all cleaned up.

7:25am - Fix MC's bagel. She's watching an episode of Sofia the First on Netflix while eating her bagel, so GL and I go back to the bathroom to chat with BD while he gets dressed for work. About 3.5 minutes pass before MC is calling me. This child never likes to be alone.

7:35am - MC finished with bagel, so we head upstairs to finish getting her ready for preschool. Sometimes this is a big struggle in the mornings, but today is goes mostly smoothly - potty, brush teeth, wash face. She requests a pony tail with a hair band that matches the bow she's already picked out.

7:50am - Downstairs to put on shoes and get backpack, and MC & BD are off to school and work. GL is ready for her first nap, so we head upstairs to check diaper, put on sleep sack, and nurse before putting her down in her crib.

8:15am - GL sleeping so I head downstairs, turn on monitor, and make sure my phone ringer is on but low. I've not yet gotten a call from preschool but am always nervous that my phone will be on silent if they call. Start a load of laundry and in the process of gathering up the load, realize that I've never emptied our swim bag after lessons on Tuesday - ICK, I don't want to deal with mildewy swimsuits! Go in the laundry room and remember that MC had an accident at school yesterday and the clothes are still tied up in a bag sitting on the washer. IIIIICCCKKK! What have I been doing this week?!! Decide to go ahead and start the other load, then wash the pee clothes with the swimsuits, since they will both need a vinegar soak before washing. Start washer.

8:30am - Head into the kitchen to clear MC's breakfast dishes off table. Heat up last night's leftovers for my breakfast. Sit on couch and turn on laptop to check in on the world while I eat. (I almost never turn on the TV in the mornings and just enjoy the silence. I am an introvert so I treasure these few minutes of alone/quiet time I get to myself in the mornings.) Eat and check FB, blogs, local news, etc. Text with my neighborhood mom friends.

9:00am - GL starts fussing upstairs. Less than an hour is not enough nap for her, so I will leave her for 15 minutes before checking on her. Hopefully she will be back asleep by then. Get up to switch laundry into dryer, start the other clothes in a vinegar soak. Check on Piper who is outside. She is obsessed with chasing the squirrels off the bird feeder in the backyard and does not want to come in.

9:15am - Clear up my own breakfast dishes. I need to get started washing the dishes in the sink that are leftover from yesterday. I usually try to get a load of laundry and the previous day's dishes done while GL naps, but instead I let the siren song of the Internet lure me back in to sitting on the couch for a few more minutes. GL has stopped fussing and is back asleep. Type up a few notes for this post, check FB, reread the multiple emails I got yesterday with details about MC's upcoming dance recital - it is an overwhelming amount of information for a 4 year old's recital.

9:40am - Back in the kitchen - put away clean dishes and wash dirty ones.

10:00am - GL stirring upstairs - happy sounds, which means she took an almost 2 hour nap and is ready to get up. Go get her and nurse, change diaper and dressed for the day.

10:20am - Play with GL on the floor downstairs. She is so, so close to crawling! She can get on all fours but so far pushes herself backwards instead of moving forward.

10:40am - Change into exercise clothes, put GL in jogging stroller, and leash up Piper. Head out for walk.

11:25am - Home from walk, nurse GL. Play on floor with GL for a few minutes. Pack up a car snack for MC when I pick her up, which will hopefully prevent a tired-from-school meltdown in the car. This technique has about a 70% success rate.

11:45am - Buckle GL in car seat, head out to pickup MC from preschool.

12:05pm - Arrive at preschool to pickup a happy MC. She has made a Lorax puppet! She tells me all about it all the way home and she had music with Ms Kris so I hear all about that. She has a kitty cat stamp on her arm! They learned about Earth Day this week at school so she is full of lots new information. She is happy with the snack I brought her but the second we pull in the garage things go downhill. I opened GL's door first instead of MC's; I didn't unbuckle her the right way; she has sand in her shoes, etc. etc.

12:25pm - Home from preschool pickup. MC is being a little manic - sometimes the school-to-home transition is really difficult for us. It's like she needs all of my attention to make up for the 4 hours she was away from me. I try my hardest to be patient and understanding, but honestly this can be one of the most challenging times of the day for us. GL is signing for milk, so I ask MC to get out markers & paper to color with, and I sit down to nurse GL. MC mad/sad/complaining about every little thing and says "I think I'm crabby because I'm just hungry." At least she has a little self-awareness! I suggest lunch on the deck which is met with much enthusiasm.

12:40pm - Get lunch ready for everyone and head outside to eat on the deck and enjoy the beautiful weather. It is actually a little hotter than I realized but under the shade of the deck umbrella it's pretty comfortable. Sandwiches for MC and me, carrots for GL. Chat about our day, the weather, and whatever else crosses MC's mind.

1:15pm - GL ready for her afternoon nap - rubbing eyes and signing for milk. I gather up most of our lunch stuff and get both girls inside. Turn on TV for MC and she picks up with her markers and dot-to-dot puzzle. Take GL upstairs - change diaper, sleep sack, nurse. She's out in about 10 minutes today.

1:35pm - Downstairs to check on MC. She's still happily coloring and watching Berenstain Bears. Tell her she's got about an hour until quiet time. Go gather up the remaining lunch stuff on the deck. Pick up in the kitchen a bit. Text with my neighborhood mom friends. Everyone is planning to play in the cul de sac this evening, but MC has dance until 6pm then straight to supper/bath/dinner for her so we'll miss play time tonight.

2:00pm - Sit in the den and just hang out with MC. She's obviously tired but it's too late for a nap today so she will have to tough it out. Realize clothes are still soaking in washer, start them washing. Get load out of dryer and pile on couch. Fold a few clothes and chat with MC about her day, life in general, and answer approximately 1500 questions.

2:30pm - Tell MC that it's time to go upstairs to her room for quiet time. She wants to take the iPad today, so we head up together to get her settled. I come back down and make her a snack - take it upstairs and set her red timer (1 hr visual timer). I come back downstairs and type up a few notes for this post, check FB. Switch soaked and now washed clothes into dryer, thankfully everything smells fresh and clean. Fold and put away some clean clothes and notice that there is a package on the front porch. It is the new shorts I ordered a few days ago. I am embarrassed to admit that I had to order a couple pairs of new shorts for this summer because my ones from 2 summers ago no longer fit. I am horrified at the size of the new shorts but I know I will be more comfortable and actually look better in clothes that fit instead of squeezed into too tight clothes. So I try on the shorts and they do fit but I'm not thrilled about it. When GL was born I made myself a promise that I would never again talk bad about a body that could grow and birth (with no pain meds!) and breastfeed two beautiful people. I have kept that promise but that does not mean I love the current shape or size of this body. A few weeks ago when I discovered that none of my shorts fit, I made a commitment to prioritize exercise and so far I have kept that commitment so I am proud of that. Despite that, after I tried on the shorts and realized that they do actually fit (I was sorta hoping that all of my old shorts didn't fit because they all spontaneously and simultaneously shrunk and the new ones were going to be way too big!), I have to give myself a stern "chin up, Buttercup" speech about how I'm trying to raise little girls who know that their self-worth has nothing to do with the size of their bodies, and how can I expect to convey that to them when I can't get my own self to believe it. And, I remind myself, that even if I wear this size for the rest of my life those two little girls upstairs are absolutely worth wider hips and a soft tummy and a larger size shorts. Remind myself there are worse things than buying bigger shorts. Phew, that was pretty heavy stuff for Friday afternoon! Cut the tags off the new shorts and throw them in the washer so I can wear them this weekend.

3:30pm - MC's quiet time is over. She wants to work on her project for Kindermusik next week - she needs to build a building, so we gather up some supplies and work on that for a while. She wants to do it all herself so I mostly just sit and keep her company and occasionally help when she asks.

4:00pm - GL starts stirring - go get her and nurse while MC continues to work on her building. Change diaper and clothes. Bring GL into the room with MC. Remind MC we have about 30 mins until time to get dressed for dance.

4:10pm - Text from BD that he is headed home from work. He is taking MC to dance class this evening. GL plays on the floor while MC is still working on her building which she is now calling a "movie theater farm". I am very impressed with how long her attention span is for this project! At this point she's sticking pony beads to blue tape and calling them rocket ships. She has big rocketship, small rocketship, medium, big, large, etc - she chats constantly while she works.

4:25pm - Remind her that it's time to get dressed for dance and ask her to please go use the potty before we put on her tights and leotard. As she leaves the room, she purposely steps on GL's hand and makes GL cry, then laughs about it. I put her in time out in her room where she proceeds to pee on the floor. Good times. BD comes in the door and starts cleaning up the floor. MC hugs GL and apologizes to her, and I help MC get into her dance outfit.

4:45pm - BD and MC leave for dance. GL and I go downstairs, and she's signing for milk so we sit down and nurse. GL and I play on the floor, and I turn on the TV and watch some of the Dateline I recorded last week.

5:30pm - Start cooking supper. We stick with quick and easy on Friday nights, since it's pretty hectic after MC's dance class. Tonight I'm doing chili dogs and mac & cheese. Get all that going while GL plays on the floor in the kitchen. Look outside just in time to see it begin to pour. Run outside to put down deck umbrella and get Piper in out of the rain. I guess we didn't miss play time in the cul de sac with our neighbors this evening after all, haha!

5:55pm - BD and MC arrive home from dance. Wash hands and get everyone's supper on the table. GL is having applesauce and a rice rusk.

6:30pm - Supper is over and was mostly uneventful. BD and I even got a few sentences in to each other! MC plugs in the blue Christmas lights on our front porch. We have them up for the month of April to support our friend who has autism since this is autism awareness month. We all head upstairs to start the bedtime routine. I help MC potty, brush teeth and floss, wash face, and into PJ's while BD changes GL's diaper and gets her into PJ's. MC comes into GL's room and picks out a book to read together. We all sit together in GL's rocker and read, then goodnight hugs and kisses.

6:55pm - BD and MC leave to head to her room to read more books. I nurse GL and sing a few songs to her. I can hear some commotion coming from MC's room but can't tell what drama has happened. I put GL down drowsy but awake

7:10pm - Head downstairs, I can hear BD reading to MC as I walk past her closed door. Turn on GL's monitor and pick up my phone to check-in on text messages and FB.

7:20pm - GL starts crying. This is a new thing this week, and I'm hoping it's just the 8 month sleep regression and will pass soon. Head back up to her room to check on her. I can hear BD singing to MC as I walk past her closed door. GL has flipped over to her belly and squirmed all the way to the other end of her crib and can't reach her paci. Give her paci and pat her butt. She raises her head to look at me several times but doesn't fuss. I continue patting until she goes back to sleep.

7:40pm - Sneak out of GL's room and head downstairs. BD cleaning up a few dishes in kitchen. Turn on workout DVD and let it start loading. It has a ton of promos that I can't skip through so while it loads I type up notes for this post. BD comes in den with iPad and reads some articles and watches some videos about the UNC basketball banquet that was earlier this week.

8:15pm - Start workout. BD gathers up iPad and baby monitors and goes in our bedroom so I can workout in peace.

8:45pm - Finish workout. Chat with BD for a few minutes. He's got a snack and planning to watch some TV. Type up the last of this post. Check in on FB and a few websites.

9:15pm - Hit the shower.

9:35pm - Dry hair, pj's on, brush and floss teeth.

9:50pm - In bed, turn on Friends DVD and set sleep timer for 30 mins. I'll be asleep way before that timer turns the TV off. BD will keep baby monitors with him until he comes to bed, then turn on the ones in our room while we sleep.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

GL's First Swim Lesson

The indoor pool where we normally do MC's swimming lessons during the winter months has been closed for the past several months to address a leaking issue. During that time, she took lessons at another, older indoor facility. The older facility only has one pool - divided for lap swimmers and swim lessons - so the water in that pool is considerably colder. Due to the water temperature Coach Melissa didn't want to start GL's lessons until Homestead Pool reopened. Homestead has two separate pools - one for laps and one for activities, so they can keep the activities pool at a warmer temperature.

Earlier this week, we were finally able to go back to Homestead Pool, so GL was able to have her very first swim lesson!

Coach Melissa does sibling lessons together, so at this point GL does her lesson for about 5-7 minutes at the beginning, then MC has her lesson for the rest of the time.

We worked on "pours" which teaches GL to hold her breath and just getting her acclimated to the pool itself.

Coach Melissa taught me a few things to do at home in the bathtub to work on breath holding and also taught me how to hold GL in the pool, so that she can feel her own buoyancy in the water and get used to it. GL was not thrilled to be held by Coach Melissa but did do better when I was holding her. She and I just hung out in the pool and she kicked her legs and splashed her hands in the water while MC finished up her lesson. 

Hopefully we are setting her up to be a confident swimmer who is comfortable in the water!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter 2017

MC and GL woke up on GL's first Easter morning to discover that the Easter Bunny had visited us overnight! Their baskets were filled with a few toys, books, music CDs, and a little bit of candy for MC.

After GL woke up from her morning nap, we headed outside to get some Easter pictures. The day before we had bought all of our annual plants for the spring and summer but hadn't planted any of them yet, so we used those as background props to add some "spring" to our photos.

While I took pictures of the girls, BD hid a few plastic eggs filled with chocolate candies in the backyard for MC to find. We hunted eggs last year that were filled with candy, but I think MC must've forgotten because she was happily surprised to discover the eggs had something in them! She loves to hunt for eggs; she also loves to hide them for others to find. She will hide them and then walk around with you as you hunt to give you hints (aka tell you where she hid them). The enthusiasm at this age makes everything more fun!

On Saturday before Easter we dyed some eggs. Last year we were a little disappointed with the saturation of the color from the dye, so I thought I'd be smarter this year and buy two decorating kits so we could double the dye amount. And it made no difference! However, we dyed a few using liquid food coloring, and those turned out the best! So next year we'll skip the egg decorating kits and just go for plain ol' food coloring.

Finished product! MC had also dyed eggs earlier in the week at school, so we added those to our stash. We didn't actually do anything with the real eggs, except hide a few in the den to entertain MC while GL took her morning nap on Easter day.

Monday, April 17, 2017


Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring Fun!

We've been having beautiful spring weather, and now that the pollen is mostly gone we have been trying to take advantage of it as much as possible.

We eat lunch on the deck after preschool almost every day.

We had a picnic at the playground in between preschool and swim lessons.

We tried out the new shave ice place in Chapel Hill.

We celebrated my 37th birthday with a cookie cake that MC designed.

Monday, April 10, 2017

GL is Eight Months Old!

Look who is 8 months old!

She was very interested in the sticker on her shirt this month and kept trying to pull it off. I had to keep calling her name to get her to look at the camera so I could snap a few pictures.

 Her newest trick is to put her tongue between her lips and blow/spit every where. She loves it, and we can have a whole "conversation" that involves nothing but laughing and spitting at each other. She also likes to do it while she's nursing, which covers me in a fine mist of slobber and breast milk. But she's so darn cute that I don't really mind it too much!

She is so, so close to crawling! I expect she'll be on the move in the next week or two. She wants to sit on her bottom and lean forward over her feet, but so far she hasn't been able to get those feet out of the way to get going. She eventually gets frustrated that she can't go anywhere, but when I pick her up to give her a break, she immediately tries again as soon as I set her down. She is determined!

8 Month Info

(weighed & measured @ home)

Her sleeping is still good overall. I am able to lay her down in her crib while she's drowsy but awake, and she will put herself to sleep. Her stretches of night sleep are getting longer, although she's still up on average twice a night to nurse. I usually put her down between 6-7pm, and she wakes up between 6-7am. Her naps are at least an hour long, sometimes up to two hours. She takes a morning nap about 2 hours after she wakes up, then usually a 30 min catnap when we drive to pick up MC from preschool at noon, then a late afternoon nap.

She is eating pureed foods once and sometimes twice a day. I'd estimate that she only eats about 1/2 an ounce or so in each setting. We've tried lots of different foods - apple, banana, pear, avocado, sweet potato, peas, carrots - and she seems to like most everything.

She is wearing 9 month clothes. It is getting warm here, so I've pulled out the boxes of MC's hand-me-downs from the summer she turned one.

She is doing lots of babbling with hard consonant sounds - mostly da, ba, and ga. She has also begun to sign for "milk" when she is ready to nurse.

First road trip and stay in a hotel, including sleeping in the Pack N Play - she did great with all of it! 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Go Tar Heels!

 "I only like the Tar Heels. I don't like Duke or any of the other teams that are bad." MC, age 4

Good choice, kiddo. The Tar Heels won the 2017 NCAA Championship!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Break 2017 - Atlanta, GA

We made a last-minute decision to take a long weekend trip to Atlanta, GA during MC's preschool spring break. We stayed in a hotel in downtown Atlanta, so we could just walk to the attractions we wanted to see. BD's mom and step-dad were able to meet us in Atlanta on short notice, so it was a nice combination sight-seeing + grandparent visit.

It was GL's first road trip, so we weren't quite sure how she would do for an extended time in the car, but she did great!

On the way there we stopped at the Georgia state welcome center so BD could take a conference call for work. The girls and I entertained ourselves with snacks, markers, puzzles, and toys in a shady grassy area.

The first day we went to the Georgia Aquarium. BD and I have both been to the aquarium but it has been years ago. We saw a sea lion show and a dolphin show that were really fun. MC was really interested in the jelly fish and sting rays.

We also rode the Atlanta SkyView ferris wheel, which we could see from our hotel. It's like 22 stories high and has enclosed gondolas - quite different from the ferris wheel at the state fair!

The next day we went to the Atlanta Children's Museum. It was definitely one of the best Children's museums that we have visited. It was not crowded while we were there; it was well staffed and maintained, and all of the exhibits were interesting.

After nap time we spent some time at Centennial Olympic park, playing on the playground and open grassy space.

The next day we headed home - both girls were exhausted, so they slept really well and we made good time coming home.