Monday, January 22, 2018

A Day in the Life: 3 Years Old

Now that Piper is 3 years old, I figured it would be a good time to share an updated "day in the life" post with you all.

Keep in mind, if it were summer, our days would look fairly different, with a lot of outside play, but; Piper is a winter baby and, we have some cold winters over here. Most of our days are spent inside  lately and so, we've mastered an indoor schedule that works well for our family.

7:00 / 8:00 a.m.

Piper wakes up, we try to use the potty and we feed the fish.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Piper is a lot like her mama and takes a long time to wake up and get moving. We use this hour to snuggle and slowly wake up with some quiet play, usually accompanied by some music. I try to keep the television off first thing in the morning.

9:00 a.m. 

During this hour, is when we eat breakfast. Sometimes we'll eat breakfast together but, if I want to use this time to be productive {like laundry} and/or Piper asks for it, she can watch a show during breakfast.

10:00 a.m.

I guess I can't speak for Piper but, I'd have to say the 10:00 hour is our favorite hour to spend together. We're both fully awake, fed and ready to do something! Whether it be running errands, going to the gym {child watch for Piper}, going to the library, out for a play date, or staying in with some at-home pre-school; this is time we're ready to get stuff done!

During her at-home preschool days, I've been starting school time out with an active song {like head, shoulders, knees and toes}, followed by some educational play. Whether it be playing with the alphabet or numbers, we keep it fun and light.

11:00 a.m.

Depending on the day, this hour is also used for everything listed above. But, on at-home preschool days, this hour is used for some more free-play.

11:30 a.m. / 12:00 p.m.

When lunch time rolls around, we either eat together or, Piper can eat while watching a show.

1:00 / 1:30 p.m.

Around 1 p.m., I start helping Piper wind down. We usually go upstairs to feed the fish in her bedroom and pick out a couple books to read. I read to her while she lays down in bed and she uses the rest of the time to either "rest" or "nap". Either way, it's quiet time. I use the quiet time to do something productive, whether it be house work, blogging or working for Anything Rustic.

3:00 p.m.

When Piper wakes up from her nap or is finished with her rest, it's time to slowly get going again. We will snuggle for a bit if she's groggy and then, it's free-play time. We usually play together during this time. If she wants, she also gets a snack.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

My husband is usually home sometime between this time and so, most days, he uses this time to play with Piper one-on-one. Sometimes I'll join in for a bit before getting dinner ready, too.

5:00 / 5:30 p.m.

Dinner time!

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

After dinner, Piper will either get to watch a show or do some more free play. If we need to get out, we'll go shopping as a family or, go to our local high school to walk the halls {a program they offer to the public}. If the weather isn't too bad, sometimes Nick and I will take Piper to the gym with us where she plays with other kids in child watch while we work out, too.

6:30 / 7:00 p.m.

Tubbie time!

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Around 7:30, we start the bedtime routine. We read some books downstairs, go upstairs to feed the fish and then, read some more books to her while she lays in bed. We sing songs and scratch her back for a bit until it's time to say goodnight.

That's it for our schedule during these winter days with a 3 year old!

In the summer time, I always wonder how we'll get through our days in the winter and, in the winter time, I always wonder how we'll fit everything in during the summer. It always seems to work out, though. As much as my mind tries to wander off to the future, we try to take things one day at a time over here. Especially now that we are under renovation with a second bathroom upstairs. Most of our days lately have been a little crazy but, this schedule helps!

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