So, people always ask me if I am losing my mind by staying home all day. I guess they picture me cooped up inside the house with nothing to do but listen to a baby crying and change diapers. I can understand. Before I had a baby, I thought I would be able to get so much stuff done in the day. I planned to have a perfectly clean house, and to always cook everything from scratch. I would get my house perfectly organized, while simultaneously finishing my degree. On top of all this I would spend a ton of time playing with my baby and taking her on all kinds of fun outings. I mean I would have 40 hours a week extra that I wasn’t working right? Haha.
I have seen some “day in the life posts” on other mom’s blogs including Tina’s and Ashley’s, and I have enjoyed reading them. I thought it would be fun to do one of a typical Tuesday for Lochlyn and I. This is what our day looked like yesterday…
6:30 am – I wake up to Josh watching a youtube video on his phone. I freak out because I don’t want him to wake Lochlyn up, so I get up, and tell him to be quiet.
6:45 am – I put on some make-up as we are heading out for a bit today. Before I had a baby I spent so much more time on my makeup and was really creative with it. Now it is pretty minimal and almost the same every day.
7:15 am – Make coffee – I don’t drink coffee everyday. I actually stopped altogether when I was pregnant and only recently started drinking decaf. I am too scared to drink much with caffeine since I am still nursing and it can affect breast milk. I really felt like a coffee this morning. While waiting for the coffee to brew, I take some homemade baby food out of the freezer for Lochlyn’s meals for the day. I also do a quick tidy, and then drink my coffee at the computer while I do some online banking.
8:15 am – I hear Lochlyn waking up so I quickly finish the banking and then go get her and nurse her. Lochlyn is the slowest eater ever when it comes to breast feeding. She takes 35-45 minutes. I always let her eat as long as she wants because she is small for her age, and I want to make sure she is growing enough. While Lochlyn is nursing I read some blogs on my phone.
9:15 am – It’s breakfast time and I am hungry! I make a egg/egg white scramble with zucchini, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and a ton of feta. I eat while spoon-feeding Lochlyn. She has peas and rice cereal – not really breakfast food but this girl doesn’t care!
9:45 am – I get Lochlyn dressed and ready for the day. I also change out of my p.j’s and throw my hair back into a ponytail.
10:00 am – We rush out the door to our weekly mom and baby group. It starts at 10 so we are a little bit late.
10:45 am – We end up having to leave the group early. Lochlyn usually has a nap around 10 or 10:30, and she is fussy and tired.
11:00 am – We get home and I put lochlyn down for her first nap. This involves me carrying her car seat with her in it, and walking around our house until she falls asleep. I turn the vacuum on for some white noise action. I also simultaneously eat some dark chocolate – multitasking!
11:15 am – Once Lochlyn falls asleep I quickly clean the bathroom, tidy our mess from breakfast, and work on the blog.
11:45 am– Lochlyn wakes up. She pretty much always naps for half an hour. I hope that she learns to nap longer soon! I nurse, while I read a book.
12:45 pm – I make a big salad for lunch out of whatever I can find in my fridge. I start with kale and top it with brocolli slaw, cucmber and celery, coconut rice, roast turkey slices, avocado and sunflower seeds. I used olive oil and pink grapefruit balsamic vineagrette as a homemade dressing. Lochlyn and I eat lunch together, and she has sweet potato and avocado. I would say she loves avocado, but this girl loves everything! I can’t figure out what her favorite foods are because she gobbles up everything I give her.
1:15 pm – I put a load of laundry in, then Lochlyn and I play on the floor while I assemble some of her cloth diapers. Eeyore joins in and Lochlyn is so happy. She loves that cat. (Our real cat, not the toy!)
2:00 pm – Lochlyn is getting pretty fussy so I put her down for a nap #2. She typically doesn’t last much longer than 2 hours of being awake before she is tired. I put her in the car seat and carry her around again.
2:15 pm – Once she falls asleep I clean up the kitchen from lunch.
2:30 pm – I don’t get too much cleaning done because Lochlyn wakes up. I nurse her while eating a pre-workout snack. Plain yogurt, oats, cinnamon and honey. This is my favorite thing to eat pre-workout, but I need some new ideas! I have this almost every day. I find that if I don’t eat before working out I get pretty shaky before my workout is over.
3:15 pm – I change into gym clothes, and change Lochlyn’s clothes since she spit up on them earlier. I also take the load of laundry out of the washing machine.
3:45 pm – Lochlyn and I leave for the gym.
4:00 pm – I drop Lochlyn off in childcare and then workout. The childcare at my gym is awesome. I like taking Lochlyn later in the day because it is almost empty! There were only three kids there, so she got lots of attention.
I do a HIIT workout on the treadmil that involved 20 sec. of hill sprints followed by 40 sec. of walking at an incline. After the treadmill I do another 20 minutes on the bike, increasing the intensity every 30 seconds until I am at my max. I do a full minute at my maximum intensity and then start back at a easy level and repeat. I love strength training, but sometimes I am all about the cardio. Today I was really feeling it and I had a great workout.
4:45 pm – I pick Lochlyn up from childcare, and we head home. On the way we stop at a health food store to look for millet. I have heard that millet makes good baby cereal, but I have yet to find any. The health food store is a small, local business, and doesn’t stock millet. Oh well!
5:00 pm – We get home and I make a smoothie out of a banana, about half a cup of mixed berries, unflavoured protein powder and almond milk. Smoothies after a workout just never get old for me!
5:15 pm – I drink/eat my smoothie (I like them extra thick) while I nurse Lochlyn. She normally has a nap after the gym, but we are a little behind schedule so I decide to skip her nap and feed her right away.
6:15 pm – It’s Lochlyn’s dinner time. She is having carrots and barley cereal. She prefers to feed herself and always tries to grab the spoon while I am feeding her. This can get really messy! Usually Josh gets home around 5:30 and he feeds her dinner while I shower. Today he is working late and then he is going to a movie for a friend’s birthday.
6:30 pm – I make myself dinner. Tofu stirfry with feta cheese. This is a go-to meal of mine when I am only cooking for myself. I plan on posting this super easy recipe so stay tuned! I eat while Lochlyn hangs out with Eeyore in the Jolly Jumper.
7:00 pm – I squeeze in a quick shower. Lochlyn hangs out in her rocker chair in the bathroom and cries the whole time. She HATES it when I shower. Eeyore sits outside the bathroom door and also whines the whole time. Showers are a lot less enjoyable around here when Josh isn’t home to keep the baby and cat entertained!
7:15 pm – I brush Lochlyn’s teeth, put her pajamas on, read her a bedtime story and say her prayers. We are trying to establish a bedtime routine with the hopes that it will help her to fall asleep easier at night. I usually aim to start this around 7, but tonight is a bit behind schedule since Josh isn’t home to help.
7:30 pm – I nurse Lochlyn in the dark, trying to be extra quiet so she has the chance to wind down from the day. I used to feed her to sleep, but we are working on her putting her down awake and letting her fall asleep by herself.
8:15 pm – Lochlyn is done eating, I change her diaper, give her some cuddles and put her to bed. She is extra tired and falls alseep right away. Yes!
8:30 pm – I type up this post, while eating a bowl of cereal. I didn’t take a picture because I forgot about the bowl for awhile and it went all soggy and gross looking. Soggy cereal tastes the best!
9:45 pm – Still typing up this post. These day in the life posts are a lot of work! Josh just got home and my cell phone has died with all my pictures on it so I decide to finish the post in the morning.
10:00 pm – I get ready for bed, and read in bed for awhile. Josh and I often read for a bit together before bed.
10:15 pm – Lights out! I go to sleep. I used to always go to bed around 9:00, but now that Lochlyn is sleeping really well I have found myself staying up until 10:00 or 10:30.
Any pre-workout snack ideas for me?
Soggy cereal – yay or nay?