5:00 am: Chris’ alarm goes off. Ugh, Monday! I hear him get up, grab Hermes (our cat) and get Gauge (our dog) out of his cage. They leave the room and I doze back to sleep.
6:50 am: Christopher starts to stir, so I pull him in and we nurse and snuggle. The house is chilly this morning, so I try to keep Christopher quiet and in the warm covers as long as possible.
7:15 am: Christopher starts gabbing and trying to crawl across the bed. It’s time to get up! I look out the window and see a blanket of frost across the lawn. I grab my robe and slippers and make mental note about how nice our heated floors feel this morning. We head upstairs. I change Christopher’s diaper, get him dressed, and get his toys out.
I love the morning light in our house.
7:45 am: Chris always leaves me coffee in the morning, so I grab a cup and add my usual splash of half and half. I make a bowl of cream of wheat for Christopher and I to share. Usually he loves it, but not this morning, so I give him a handful of Cheerios (err, the Aldi version of Cheerios…) instead. Guage, meanwhile, snoozes on the chaise.
8:10 am: Christopher starts throwing his Aldi-version Cheerios on the floor for Gauge to eat. That’s my cue that breakfast is over. I get Christopher out of his high chair and set him down to play. I clean up, unload the dishwasher, load breakfast dishes, and grab a second cup of coffee (but this time add a little caramel syrup, because Monday). I get on the floor and play blocks with Christopher.
Gauge is always ready for play time.
9:30 am: Christopher gets cranky and starts rubbing his eyes. I sense a meltdown is near, so I get him ready for a nap. We settle down on the couch and nurse. I go through my Bloglovin’ feed and catch up on my favorite blogs while we cuddle and nurse. I love this part of our morning routine.
Gauge and I working. Read more about our training here.
10:00 am: Christopher is out, so I get him down in his crib. I get myself dressed and ready and take Gauge out to work. It’s a gorgeous, crisp morning! Once we’re back inside, I have some serious adulting to do. I need to figure out how to roll my 401k from my old job into an IRA with another company. This is a task I’ve been procrastinating for a long time.
I love to watch and listen to him for a couple minutes before getting him from his crib.
11:30 am: I’ve spent this whole time on the phone getting things set up for my IRA, but I see and hear Christopher stirring on the monitor. It’s time to get him from his crib. After I get Christopher up, I call my dad for some investing advice. Meanwhile, Christopher makes a mess in my office.
He and I go together like peas and carrots.
Noon: Time to get off the phone and get lunch ready. I warm up a healthy lunch of mixed veggies for Christopher and a not-so-healthy lunch of a frozen burrito for myself. Christopher has little interest in lunch and dumps most of it on the floor. Time to clean up lunch.
12:45 pm: I get Christopher and myself around to head out for some errands. We leave and go to the library so I can print some forms for my IRA. (Our printer has been broken for a long time. Note to self: Get a new printer.) Once everything is printed, I take Christopher back to the children’s room and let him play while I fill out the forms. Christopher plays with some puzzles and also tries to play with a couple bigger kids. Adorable! Once I’m done, I use the library’s fax machine and send off my forms. I think I have it all taken care of — shew!
1:55 pm: After the stress of trying to figure out my IRA, I decide it’s time for a little retail therapy. I want to get a head start on Christmas shopping this year, so Christopher and I head to a local boutique. We actually have a lot of luck finding gifts and complete shopping for five giftees. (Whoop!) I also pick up a new candle for myself.
Hello, helloooo, Jonathan.
3:15 pm: Back at home! I let Gauge out and get Christopher ready for another nap. He doesn’t always take an afternoon nap these days, but we spend some quiet time nursing around this time each day. Some days he falls asleep, some days he doesn’t. We get cuddled up on the couch and I turn on Property Brothers. Today, luck is on my side and he quickly falls asleep! (He must have been exhausted after all that playing at the library and then shopping.) I lay him in his crib and head to my office for some work. I answer emails and get some meetings scheduled with one of my clients. I also start working on a writing project that’s due Friday for a different client. The topic is cocktails to enjoy on National Espresso Day (Nov 23!), so I start pinning some recipes and putting together an outline.
That crazy light blob next to my computer is my owl lamp. It previously lived in Christopher’s nursery, but I quickly learned that a ceramic lamp in a toddler’s nursery is a BAD idea.
4:38 pm: Christopher is up. If afternoon naps happen, they never last long enough. Normally at this time I’d start cooking dinner, but tonight we’re having breakfast for dinner, and Chris is the official egg-maker at our house. (Right now we’re OBSESSED with Gordon Ramsay’s Scrambled Eggs. Apparently we’ve been cooking scrambled eggs wrong our whole lives.) So instead, Christopher has a snack of crackers and then he and I play in his room and wait for Chris to get home.
Christopher ate a lot of toast, a little egg, and one bite of yogurt.
5:20 pm: Chris gets home (yay!) and we get dinner around. It doesn’t take long because we’re having eggs, toast, and sausage. We enjoy dinner and talk about our days. I tell Chris all about my IRA drama and my Christmas shopping wins. He tells me about his day at work.
6:45 pm: Chris takes Christopher to play and spend time with him and I clean up dinner. I then head into my office to get a little bit more work done for the day.
7:30 pm: I wrap up my work for the evening, and Chris gets Christopher ready for bed. I then take Christopher downstairs, and we cuddle up on the couch for our evening nursing while Chris takes Gauge out for his evening walk (in the pouring rain!).
8:17 pm: Christopher dozes off to sleep while nursing. Chris and I have the rest of the evening to ourselves, so we watch some Kitchen Nightmares on Netflix.
9:30 pm: I can’t keep my eyes open any longer, so we head to bed. I plug in my phone, say my prayers, and drift off to sleep.