(If you’d rather watch instead of read scroll to the bottom for a video of our day or you can always do both!! But, please be kind. I’m new to the whole videoing world, but I’m giving it a go!)
Call me inquisitive, curious or just plain nosey…I really like to get an inside look on people’s lives. It’s so interesting to see how other people live day in, day out. I remember being a little girl and thinking everyone was exactly like my family and did things just like we did. That all changed when I was over a friends house and they were all having milk for dinner. Yup, something as little as that sent my world reeling. People drink milk for dinner? I thought it was just for breakfast or at least it was in my house. From then on I found it so entertaining to see the way different people live.
Then enter motherhood and my curiosity spiked even more. What do moms do everyday with their kiddos? I have found that our days can look very different depending on the mom and how many children they have.
Well, I thought you all may want to know about how my life as a stay at home mom/blogger mom looks like. So, I’m going to give you a little sneak peek into a typical day.
Let me preface this with saying that if you’re a new mom and don’t have a schedule yet please don’t freak out. I remember Foster being a newborn and people asking me his schedule or when he napped and then me being totally confused because we had absolutely no type of schedule. He kind of led the day. I had no idea when he was going to wake up, go to sleep, want to eat or play. So, give your self some space to figure it out.
Now a year later we have a loose schedule that we stick to most days. Our day…
I usually try to get up when Aaron does so I can get his things together for him and say bye. Then I’m off to work on my blog, pay bills or do some other grown-up stuff before Foster wakes up.
He has been waking around six or seven. When I see him starting to stir on the monitor I stop what I’m doing to go get his breakfast ready. This part is kind of new. I’ve discovered that if I have his breakfast ready things go a lot smoother because he’s not having to wait for me to prep it while he’s hangry. This has been a recent adjustment and has made our mornings go a lot smoother. That’s the beautiful part of a schedule. If you see it’s not working, you can change it to make it fit what’s best for you and your child.
After I have prepped breakfast I go into greet my little man. I’m still nursing, so I do that and then we usually read a few books before exiting his room to go get Hunley (our dog). This is always a fun time because Foster is so excited to see her. He’ll go over and start shaking her crate to try and get her out. Then we go outside for Hunley to potty and for Foster to explore the poop filled lawn (gross).
From there we either get settled into the high chair for breakfast or if it’s a day I’m running I get him all strapped in the jogging stroller and he eats while I run. I’ve found that if he has food and a beverage on most any outing it goes much smoother. I mean who isn’t happier with food and a drink though?!
Once breakfast or my run is over we have some play time. That usually consists of Foster pulling out pots, pans, measuring cups or any toys that have been left strewn across our house while I unload the dishwasher or fold laundry. He is becoming so independent and loves to walk around the house with his little teddy bear swinging in hand looking for something else to grab and bring to me. Lately his favorite thing to do is put my shoes in the clothes hamper. It’s the little things in life.
After we’ve had breakfast, played and read he’s usually ready for his first nap that happens between nine and ten. I think he could be going towards one nap soon but it’s just so hard to tell. Especially since he’s showing pretty strong sleepy signs by 9:30 and is up by about 10:30 or 11:00. There’s just no way he could stay awake from 11:00 to 7:00. It just wouldn’t be pretty. So, as of now we’re sticking to two naps.
While Foster naps I work on my blog most days, but somedays I’ve put cleaning off as long as I can so I need to tackle the dust bunnies. Other’s I may pay bills or organize something that is getting too cluttered in our home.
Once he wakes up it’s time for lunch. I usually try to fix his lunch while he naps for the same reasons I do it in the morning. Baked sweet potatoes and cheese are two of his favorites but the food he absolutely loves more than any other is fruit. He is a boy after my own heart.
After lunch is when I usually try to run some errands. I feel like I forget at least one or two things every time I go to the grocery, so that’s when we’ll go pick that up.
Getting in the car is for sure my least favorite part of the day. Once again, I must come equipped with food, drink and toys. Foster has never liked the car. Since he was a newborn he acted like I was hanging him by his toenails every time I tried to put him in his seat. I don’t know why. I’m guessing because he doesn’t want to be alone. We’re hoping it will help once we are able to put the car seat front facing. Most days it’s getting better, so that’s very good!
If I don’t have any errands to run we’ll go to the library, pool, splash pad or have a play date.
In the afternoon is when I try to be social because he loves, loves, loves people!! Even if it is just going to the grocery he’s happy. But, I’ve also made an afternoon out of go to Pet Co to see the animals (and people) there. It’s the next best thing to the Zoo.
Usually he’s ready for his second nap around 3:00, so we make or way home at least by then if not before.
Once he’s asleep I work on my blog once again. Blogging is a lot of hard work and still new to me so every minute I can invest in it I try to take advantage of.
Aaron usually gets home around 5:30 and Foster has been awake about thirty minutes by then. So, that gives me time to start prepping dinner a bit.
When Hunley hears the garage door opening she goes crazy because she knows that means Aaron is home. Foster has learned that when Hunley goes crazy that means daddy is home, so then he gets excited. It’s a wonderful kind of ripple effect.
Once their greeting is over we try to go upstairs to workout. This is a very new addition to our day and definitely a hard adjustment. I would much rather work out in the morning but we’re trying to do it together as a family and that’s important. So, we’ll usually do a Jillian Michael’s workout or one from 21 Day Fix.
When I’m really on my game I’ll have dinner cooking so it’s ready when we’re done, but that’s a rare occasion. Usually after we finish I’m scrambling to try and get our dinner ready while Foster, Aaron and Hunley are running around the house.
Since doing the Whole 30 I’ve been cooking meals that have meat, veggies and potatoes but I try to stay creative with it. Foster usually has Mac n Cheese, sweet potatoes, fruit or some variation of our meal. He’s not really into meat or veggies hence the huge emphasis on fruit!
After dinner I’ll clean up while Aaron and Foster get some time together. Aaron pretty much takes over at night time. He does the bath and getting ready for bed. It’s a really sweet time that they have together and a good time for me to finish anything I didn’t get done during the day.
When our little man is asleep we usually get some coffee and head upstairs to talk, chill-out or watch TV. Sometimes you just need to veg out at the end of the day.
There it is ladies and gents. Those are the bones of a pretty normal day for us and you know what we always try to make every day above dirt a good day! Life is crazy and fast, so I believe it’s important to enjoy every second.