Tuesdays are one of my days “off”… I will do a working day in the life, and an ‘off’ day in the life.
Home day: Ev is 3 *almost* and Shae is 10 months
5am – Shae is awake, I go in and feed her and thank god she goes back to sleep. Didn’t have a good night last night, she was up (just a couple wails then back to sleep on her own) every hour until midnight.
6:45am – alarm goes off, Ryan gets up and goes to work. I roll over and go back to sleep.
7:20am – I hear the tell tale foot steps of Everleigh being awake. I open the door, we go to the bathroom, she asks where Shae is, Shae is usually awake before Ev.
7:25- Ev has the Ipad, a yogurt and a granola bar, and I am in the shower.
7:45- I am out, dressed, and Shae wakes up. I just bring her into the living room to play while I put on some tinted moisturizer, mascara, and braid my hair.
Try to determine if we should have Shae nap before the park at home, or hope she falls asleep in the stroller if we go for a long walk before the park.
8:00am- pack a lunch for the park (grapes, cheese, kielbasa, organic puffs, water, and gluten free ‘cars’ snacks as a treat for Ev, having a snack for bribery purposes is always necessary)
8:15am- breastfeed Shae
8:30am- breakfast time. Ev has Eggs, a piece of toast, strawberries. Shae has blueberries, strawberries, avocado, some toast, half a banana. I have eggs and avocado.
9:30am- try to put Shae down for a nap, but then clue in that my friends are already on their way to the park and we probably are going to be way off on our timing. 15 minutes later Shae isn’t asleep so I get her out of bed, we pack up the car and go.
10:15am- Starbucks, iced coffee fuel for mama
10:30am – park at the Frozen yogurt place *so we can have it after the park* load up the stroller with a blanket, diaper bag, swim stuff, and head to the park. We have about a 20 minute walk (gotta get my fitbit steps in, and hoping still that Shae falls asleep)
11:00am-get to park, meet friends, Shae is not asleep. Change Shae’s poopy diaper after it leaks on me a bit, perhaps this is why she didn’t fall asleep.
Play at park/splash pad for 2 hours, lots of snacking in between running through splash pad and on slides. Us moms take turns playing with the toddlers, watching the babies, and getting odd moments of time where we actually get to have adult conversation. These are 2 moms I met in a ‘Just Beginnings’ class when I had Ev, and they have both had their second babies as well (all within 6 weeks of Shae). We have all gotten together every Tuesday since November I think? Its been amazing and I am going to be sad when they go back to work, but then Ev starts NURSERY SCHOOL *cue tears*.
Dealt with lots of bad behaviour at the park from Everleigh who has taken to hitting whenever I ask her to do anything she doesn’t want to do. Its great. I have no idea how to fix it. I tell her if she hits again we have to leave right away, she does, so we do leave. But conveniently it was when I wanted to leave anyways.
1:00pm- pack up, walk 20 minutes back to Fro Yo, friends meet us there for some hilarious toddler eating moments. Thank gawd the place is empty so no one is annoyed. Shae fell asleep on the way back from the park, but wakes up at about 1:45.
2:00pm – back in car, Ev is loopy from the small amount of sugar she has had. She asks if we have a ‘smoke detector’. No idea why?
2:15pm – put Ev in her room hoping she will go to sleep on the first try.
2:30pm- nurse Shae, she isn’t interested. Change poopy bum #2. Put her to bed. She goes right to sleep.
2:45- Ev is still yelling in her room, making a nest in her bed, playing loudly. I go in and remind her she has to have a nap so she can go out for dinner with her Opa tonight.
3:00 – quiet finally. I do a load of laundry since I have no clean sheets for my clients tonight. Watch a bit of 16 and Pregnant (guilty pleasure) clean the bathroom, kitchen, fold and put away laundry, pick up the disaster that is my living room, and savour every minute they are sleeping at the same time
3:30 – cleaning break to help my old employer figure out her professional facebook page.
3:40 – back to the mad clean up dash, after taking 5 minutes to blog all this, and also put my food into ‘myfitnesspal’ and drink the water I am behind on drinking today.
4:15 – kids are still sleeping. Its a miracle. I keep thinking I hear them, and then I don’t anymore. Talking with a friend about getting our girls in swimming lessons together before we go to our cottage weeks, and also chatting with a friend outwest about her new baby… and the rule proves true. As soon as I celebrate the long sleep, Shae is awake :)
4:20-4:30 Shae nurses and falls asleep. It doesn’t last long but I savour every minute. I know this will not happen often anymore.
4:30- go downstairs, switch laundry, set up massage table, fold a load of laundry, think about what we will have for supper, but then remember Ev is going out for supper, and Ryan will hopefully eat on his way home from school, so I just have to feed Shae and myself. Super easy. I will have leftover rice stir fry. Shae will have chicken, sweet potatoes, and I will make some fresh broccoli. I can’t believe Ev is still asleep. She is gonna be up till like 9 tonight! Lol.
4:40- read books with Shae until Ev wakes up at 4:50. Ev goes pee, we get her dressed for dinner. Read more books and play.
5:05- my brother (our babysitter for an hour tonight while I have an early client, and Ryan is at school) arrives
While he watches the girls I continue cleaning, getting dirty laundry from their rooms, putting away things that aren’t in their place, and putting the girls PJ’s in the bathroom ready for after their baths
5:30 my client arrives for an hour massage. Lucas sends Ev off with my Dad to go out for dinner for his girlfriends birthday at Jack Astors (I am super jealous, I love Jack Astors). Lucas feeds Shae dinner.
6:30 – Ryan gets home and I finish up with my client. Shae visits with my client as she is leaving, then Ryan gets Shae in the bath. Its very quiet and weird around here without Ev. When you have your first you don’t realize how quiet and manageable having one kid is. Then when all of a sudden you have two you crave those precious moments where you get to connect with one at a time. I quickly eat dinner and change over my massage table while Shae has her bath. Ryan tells me about a vehicle he is looking at trading my car in for. I am ridiculously excited. I feel as a family of four we have outgrown having a car. I need something bigger, and maybe its gonna happen! I am just nervous about paying to put gas in it!
6:45- play with Shae, finish eating my dinner. Chat with Ryan
7:00pm – nurse Shae, she is asleep by 7:15.
7:30- Head out for a walk. Almost at my 10,000 steps for the day. Load up a Health podcast and get in some ME time! Next client at 8:15
8:00pm – back from a peaceful walk with Moxie, sit down and wait for client.
and wait. Start dishwasher
8:25pm – client not here yet, also Ev not home yet from dinner. Waste time on facebook while thinking ‘it would be smart to make Shae’s lunch right now’
8:40 – Dad and Joyce drop off Everleigh from dinner. She is in a hilarious adorable mood, and they bring us a brownie :) I feel terrible for having to miss a birthday dinner and my client not even showing up, but such is the life of the self employed.
8:45 – message from client, she totally forgot and will pay for missed appointment, and I thank my lucky stars for amazing clients who respect me like that! Spend time messaging doula clients, and touching base with massage clients who I haven’t seen in awhile trying to fill 2 empty spots on Friday. Pack my bag for work tomorrow, make Shae’s lunch for tomorrow, table is set up for my home client in the morning. I have 2 at home in the morning, then Crossfit class at noon and one more client at the gym.
9:00pm – make myself a cup of tea *Earl Grey Vanilla decaf* settle down with the delicious brownie that Ev brought home, and have one hour of kid free silence. Read some more of ‘The Hormone Cure’
10pm- bedtime. Set my fitbit to wake me up at 6:00am to go for a walk before the girls get up. Talk to Ryan in bed about the new vehicle we MAY be getting tomorrow!! *giddy with excitement!!*