Monday, July 18, 2016

A Day in the Life at 18 months

The last time that I did a "day in the life" post was when Piper had just turned 12 months old. Since Piper is turning 18 months old this week, I figured now would be a good time to share how our day typically goes during this stage of life.

Sometime around 4:30 - 5:30 a.m. - Piper wakes up for a morning bottle of milk (9 oz). Nick takes care of this bottle and lets me sleep in because he's getting up for work at this time. I try not to take this for granted and will offer to do this feeding from time to time but, he keeps assuring me that he loves to do it because it's one of the few one-on-one moments he gets with Piper during his workday. He's such a great dad! After he feeds her and changes her diaper, she falls right back to sleep for an hour or two and he gets ready for work.

Sometime between 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. - Piper is up for the day! Sometimes I wake up before her but, more often than not, I let Piper be my alarm clock. When I go into her nursery, the first thing she usually says to me is "hi". And trust me, it's the sweetest "hi" you ever did hear. I usually say "hi, good morning, did you sleep good?" and she jumps in her bed happily. I turn off her sound machine, change her diaper and more often than not, I've been bringing her back into the big bed with me in our room for about 15 minutes worth of cartoons. I love our morning snuggle time in the big bed! It's the best way to start my morning.

Sometime between 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. - we make our way downstairs where I turn on the Today show and grab a cup of coffee from the pot Nick made that morning. Piper runs around the living room, playing with her toys, the dogs and bringing me different books to read to her. This morning she found her hat, which she loves to wear anytime she can.

Sometime between 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - I make us breakfast. Piper gets a bowl of fruit to start with while I make her scrambled eggs with ham and cheese. This particular morning, I made myself an English muffin with cream cheese and ham.

While Piper finishing up her breakfast, I throw a load of laundry in the washer and bring up the load from the dryer. I empty the clean dishes from the dishwasher, too. I have been running the dishwasher at night so I can start my day with an empty dishwasher. It makes clean up so much easier. As I make meals throughout the day, I put all the dirty dishes right into the dishwasher, leaving my sink empty and clean. Dishes haven't been piling up as much this way.

After Piper is done eating breakfast, we "brush" teeth. She loves to brush her teeth; some days she brushes three times a day, just for fun. Anytime we go into the bathroom, she asks to "brush". Piper has all of her teeth in with the exception of her two year molars. She is a teething champion!

Around 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - We go upstairs because Piper is ready for another diaper change and I get her dressed for the day. Upstairs we have three rooms; our bedroom, Piper's bedroom and her playroom. I open up all the doors and let her run from room to room. This morning she played for about 15 minutes while I folded some laundry.

Sometime around 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - we go on our adventure for the day. When Piper was younger, this time of day was reserved for nap time but, since she is only on one nap a day (and has been since she was about 13 months old), we are more free to explore. It works out perfectly for us to enjoy even more summer fun! This time of morning is free for whatever we decide to do that day. Every once in a while we'll use this time to go to the beach or the zoo, but more often than not we use this time to play out in the yard or go for our morning walk.

On this morning, we took a pit stop during our morning walk at our local park. We are so lucky to live within walking distance to two local parks. Piper is a typical busy toddler and so I've never been more grateful for our local parks than right now!

Sometime between 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - we get back home and inside for a snack. Piper watches a show with her snack (kiwi, blackberries and cheerios) while I fix her some lunch. I made us both burrito bowls for lunch today with rice, black beans, corn, and avocados. (I added sour cream and some cajun seasoning to my bowl.) If Piper's food portions look big that's just because most of her food ends up on the floor and the dogs sitting on the couch behind her will get their snack, too. A lot of food is ending up on the floor these days, and so I've never been more grateful for our dogs (aka the cleanup crew).

Sometime between 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Piper gets another diaper change and goes down for a nap. During Piper's nap time, I started working on this blog post. If my Etsy shop was open for business (we're currently on summer break), then I would get to work on some of my orders. Since I don't have any work to do for the shop, I get the laundry that I put in the washer this morning and hang it up on the line. While I'm outside, I sit and enjoy a little peace and quiet. No part of summer is being taken for granted over here!

After a bit, I go inside to prep dinner. I've found that if I want to chop vegetables and do dinner prep without a toddler tugging at my leg, the afternoon nap is the time to do it.

Sometime between 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Piper is up from her nap. I change her diaper and bring her downstairs. Lately, we've been spending a lot of this time outside. This is when the countdown for "dada" to get home begins. On this day, Piper ran around the yard; we played with chalk; we picked vegetables from the garden, and I pushed her in the swing until Nick got home.

Sometime between 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Nick gets home from work! When he gets home, we all go to greet him. I think this is Piper's favorite time of day!

On this day, we spent a little while catching each other up on our days before Nick took Piper with him to mow the lawn. While they mowed the lawn, I started getting dinner ready and took the clothes off the clothes line outside.

Sometime between 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. - we all eat dinner together. On this night, I made a stir fry over noodles. Piper loved the mix! I marinated steak tips in oyster sauce and minced garlic for two days, and it made the meat so tender. I drizzled the sauce over the cooked mushrooms, broccoli and noddles for extra flavor while I cooked it all. The dinner turned out really, really good!

Sometime after dinner, around 6:00 p.m. - we do something as a family. We either go for a walk, go on a bike ride or visit family. This evening we went for a bike ride to "grammie's house".

Piper had a lot of fun playing on the trampoline at Grammie's that night!

Sometime around 7:00 p.m. - Nick gives Piper a bath. While Nick bathes Piper, I use that time to get her nursery ready for bed. I make her a bottle and feed it to her in the rocking chair in her nursery. When we rock her, Piper needs to have her binky and "lambie" close by. She loves to feel the silk from her lambie on her face while she drinks her bottle. She also needs lambie (actually two of them) for sleeping.

After she drinks her bottle, I rock her for about 10 minutes. This is a luxury that I didn't get for so long, and I'm really enjoying it now. Piper is very independent and she use to want to go right into her crib after the bottle. Now-a-days, she'll cuddle with me for a little bit. I'll sing her songs (You Are My Sunshine; Baby Mine; Three Little Birds) and she'll point at my eyes, nose, mouth and ears; naming them and giggling tiredly until it's time for "night night".

Sometime between 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Piper is asleep for the night and it's time to spend the rest of the night with my husband. Lately, we've been enjoying some drinks on our stone patio by the pond and around the fire pit. It's one of the best, most relaxing ways we like to end our night!

The days are long, but the years are short.


  1. This was so fun to read! You are such a wonderful mom and Piper is lucky to have such great parents! Keep enjoying every moment!