Friday, January 22, 2016

A Typical Day in Our Life

Yesterday, my baby turned ONE! My husband stayed home so we could all spend the day together. We had a great day and we are looking forward to her party this Saturday. I will share more about her turning one and her 12 month update with you sometime next week.

Today, I want to share with you a "day in the life" post. When I went through the results of my blog poll from the beginning of the year, I found that almost every participant wanted to see more "a day in the life" posts on the blog. Wednesday of this week was a relatively normal day in our life and so I decided to take pictures throughout the day to share with you.

6 a.m. - I wake up to sound of Piper crying in her nursery across the hall. I check my phone for the time and I get excited. I may not have gone to sleep until 1:30 a.m. because of some insomnia but Piper slept through the night! This happens about once or twice a week now that we currently have a break from teething and her cold is clearing up.

 

 
Most mornings Piper wakes up happy but this morning she was a sad girl. It's okay though because after a diaper change we go downstairs to find that "dada" hasn't left for work yet! That makes for a happy baby and mama.




6:30 a.m. - I make a bottle and a cup of coffee while Nick and Piper share some morning snuggles. They say their goodbyes and I feed Piper while watching the morning news. When she's done eating, she wants to get down and play. I play with her for a while and finish up my coffee.

7:15 a.m. - I put Piper in her pack and play for some solo playtime while I jump in the shower and get ready for the day.
 



7:45 a.m. - Time for a quick breakfast! I share a Plenti Yogurt cup with Piper.
 



8 a.m. - Piper sits in her high chair with her water and watches some cartoons while I start planning out my day. Today is production day for my shop so I organize my invoices according to what needs made today.  Piper is laughing at the tv still so I jump on social media real quick to share an ad for the Plenti yogurt campaign I'm currently working for the blog.

8:30 a.m. - I change Piper's diaper and and we play in her nursery for a bit until she starts to yawn and rub her eyes.

9 a.m. - I put Piper in her crib. She's instantly up, giggling and babbling (trying to convince me she's not tired yet) but I leave the room anyway. I stay close, I tidy up our bedroom, make the bed and listen for Piper to go down for her nap.



 
9:15 a.m. - Piper is asleep! I debate whether or not to have a second cup of coffee but I make the better choice of drinking water, instead. I grab all of my materials to make a couple banners for the shop and get to work. This is the time when I do the naptime hustle because I never know how long Piper is going to nap.


 

10 a.m. - I was able to get the one banner I needed to get done complete and just in time because Piper is up and ready to play! We play in her nursery for a while. I go back and forth between playing with her and letting her play by herself while I respond to a few messages on my phone. I love it when she plays by herself (with me still near) because I'm always interested in seeing what she finds while exploring on her own. However, I don't think I'll be as happy about it once she figures out how to start climbing. (This in-between stage with her mobility is fun and we're all enjoying every moment of it!)





10:45 a.m. - Piper's great aunt Brenda calls to see what Piper wants for her birthday. We Facetime with her (and her cat) for a while until it's time to go get Piper dressed for the day and ready to eat some lunch!





11:15 a.m. - Piper gets a diaper change and dressed. I let her play in the living room with her toys while I go into the kitchen to make a couple grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. Before I know it, Piper is tugging at my legs; she wants up to see what I'm making. I show her the grilled cheese spinach sandwiches and she willingly goes right into the high chair. She eats every last piece of her grilled cheese sandwich and so do I!




12 p.m. - I finally give in to the second cup of coffee. I sip on my coffee while Piper drinks her bottle on my lap. When she's finished, she wants down to play some more. Life as a one year old is really fun; play, play, play. We play with her cars, we read books and we play with her stuffed animals until she ventures away to start tearing up her alphabet mat on her own.





12:45 a.m. - While Piper is playing solo (tearing up her alphabet mat) I use that time to make a call. I hope she stays relatively quiet during the call because I'm calling in to pay a bill. Piper stays quiet throughout the call! She is still playing well so I package up the banner I made from earlier and clean up the rest of my materials from earlier.

1:30 p.m. - Piper starts yawning and rubbing her eyes. I take her upstairs, change her diaper and put her down for a nap. As soon as I start to leave the room she starts to babble and play. I know this trick, so I walk out the door and close it behind me. I stay upstairs within earshot, just in case she starts to fuss. I lay in bed for a bit, watching the monitor and answering more messages on my phone.




2:00 p.m. - Piper is asleep and despite wanting to nap myself (with only going on 4 1/2 hours of sleep), I go downstairs and start the naptime hustle, round two. This time, I use her nap to get some cleaning done. I pick up the aftermath from playtime, put together the entire alphabet mat, I clean up the dishes (from dinner last night and lunch that morning) and I clean all the counters.




2:50 p.m. - I finish cleaning and I think I may sit down to relax until Piper wakes up and just like that, I hear her start to cry. I go upstairs, change her diaper and bring her downstairs with me. We look out the window together. Piper loves to look out the window for fun every day but today we were doing it for a reason. I have a customer coming to pick up a banner around 3:00 p.m.




3:10 p.m. - The customer arrives for the banner. Piper helps me greet them and she plays shy at the door. We give them the banner, they give us the payment and a sweet thank you note along with it!

3:15 p.m. - Piper is starting to get fussy. I call my husband to see what time he will be home. He says that he's leaving work soon and the countdown for "dada" begins. Piper becomes inconsolable for apparently no reason at all. She reaches to be held but then as I pick her up she pushes away to be put down. I try a few different things to make her happy but it just seems like she wants to complain. This goes on for about 30 minutes, then all of a sudden she starts crawling away from me and starts to play. I'm left confused but relieved that she's happy again!




3:50 p.m. - I start looking out for the school bus for Uncle Evan. Piper is so happy to see him once he arrives! Evan reads books to her and they play happily. I finally sit down and relax for a bit while watching them play.




4:10 p.m. - DADA IS HOME! Piper is so happy to see him (and so am I). We catch each other up on our day for a little while and then Nick takes over with the kids. He feeds Piper a bottle and plays with her and Evan for a bit so I can get started on dinner.




4:30 p.m. - I grab some ingredients for an easy and yummy dinner. Chicken sausage stir fry! I usually try to use fresh ingredients when I make dinner but some days the frozen veggies win for the convenience factor.

5:10 p.m. - Dinner is ready! I put a lid on it to keep it warm and go out to join my husband and the kids.




5:30 p.m. - My mom arrives to pick up Evan. After Evan leaves Nick, Piper and I sit down to eat dinner. Nick and I usually share what we eat for dinner with Piper but since the chicken sausage I used was a little spicy, Piper ate rice and black beans instead.

6:00 p.m. - Nick and I take Piper upstairs to play. We have carpet in our room and so we have Piper practice walking and she takes her first couple steps! We continue to play and have fun together until bath time.




7:00 p.m. - Nick gives Piper a bath while I clean up the dinner dishes. Piper loves bath time and Nick has a lot of fun teaching her bad habits like splashing and pouring water everywhere. They enjoy their one-on-one time together and I love listening to them play from the other room.




7:30 p.m. - We change Piper into her sleeper and feed her the last bottle of the day. We read a couple books then turn down the lights and turn on the sound machine. I walk her around in my arms. I put her down in her crib and she fall asleep within minutes.

8:00 p.m. - Nick and I spend some time together. We lay in bed and watch a couple shows. I love having our bedroom back now that Piper is in her own room! Watching tv while being cozy in bed is a luxury!




9:00 p.m. - I write most of this blog post and then it's time for bed!

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