perhaps to an unhealthy degree. i could probably rattle off, to the 15-minute increment, how i spent the day with annabel today.
[in fact, perhaps i will.]
7:15a make breakfast for both of us. scrambled eggs and english muffins all around, with tomatillo salsa added for me. plus coffee [for me] and milk [for her, although she barely drinks any at home].
8:15a grocery trip. i cannot state enough times how much i love the peace and emptiness that is the durham whole foods on sunday mornings. it's now a routine, and one that i love. hopefully i can find a similar place and calm time to shop in FL!
9:15a return home. annabel 'helps' put groceries away.
9:30a stroller run -- but with a playground stop on the way home. just 3.3 miles easy, although running with the bob never feels truly easy for me. [not saying it's bad - i actually don't mind it. but it adds a level of cardiovascular challenge, especially on uphills]. annabel enjoys the swings, the slide, and just walking around trying to keep up with the big kids [ie, a couple of older-and-wiser 2 year olds].
11:00a arrive home. play, read books, hang out, give annabel lunch.
12:15p a. goes down for nap. she's now down to one nap most days and it's been great so far -- usually it means more freedom to do things in the AM, and a longer heartier sleep session: this one lasted 2 hrs + 20 minutes. previously, her naps ran more like 60-90 minutes most of the time [and always less at daycare].
during this time, i cleaned up, ate lunch, did 30 minutes of yoga [via yogadownload], showered, and read some blog posts. and i do think i did it in a relatively mindful way, knowing that i was on the clock.
2:35p a. is up! some facetime with two of a's doting grandparents [my parents]. we play, she has a snack, etc.
3:30p get a. all ready and drive to gymboree
4:00p arrive right on time only to find out they are closed because memorial day is tomorrow [#$(*&@#]. this was especially sad because when i went to put annabel back in the carseat, she threw a fit. definitely more of a 'toddler' fit than 'baby' fit, too. frustrating . . .
4:20p arrive back home. let annabel run around in the courtyard of our apartment complex. even though i was still sulking a bit, it was actually a beautiful day and probably as much fun for her as gymboree would have been.
5:00p come back inside. we read books and play with puzzles and toys on the floor. admission: honestly, i enjoyed myself all day hanging out with a. but when the clock struck 5 i just wanted josh to come home.
5:45p "da- deee!" - he arrives! i tell josh he is in charge of annabel until her bedtime. thankfully, he seems happy with it. i throw myself on the couch for a few much-needed moments.
6:00p dinnertime for annabel, which i quickly prep: veggie burger, leftover sweet potato oven fries, cheese, tomatoes. she demolishes this and we have to supplement with some peas and a slice of bread [she is an eater!]. oh, and she drank about 2 sips of milk. i think her total for the day was like 3 oz, but she did have yogurt and cheese so i'm not terribly concerned.
6:45p josh gives annabel a bath; i cook dinner. [weary of thinking about what to plan/make, i decided to try the sample meal plan from the fresh 20 this week. tonight's meal was turkey meatballs + zucchini. it was quite good -- i'll do a full review after i finish the sample week].
7:15p a. in bed. josh did all of the pre-bedtime stuff but i sang to her as i always do, and she went to sleep. josh and i have dinner. i drink a rather delicious aviator hot rod red.
8:00p quick clean up. this took no longer than 10 minutes. i think one of the biggest things i've noticed from just paying attention to time is that often dreaded chores are much MUCH faster than they seem. [although cooking dinner sometimes tends to go in the opposite direction.]
8:15p start this post
9:00p finish this post! about to stretch out on the couch with my book . . .
just a few things i read today:
things you can get done in 2-3 minutes - money saving mom
busyness is not a virtue - iDoneThis blog
how to tame your work week - CBSnews piece by laura vanderkam on a new e-book by the wandering scientist
knowing that we are moving to miami, my mom has made it her mission to outfit a. in things -- knitted things -- that are weather-appropriate. here's her latest dress, knitted in cool breathable cotton:
all of my head-on shots were blurs because this chick is constantly on the move, but you get the idea! love it :)
questions for you, if any of these apply . . .
has anyone ever tried a meal planning site/service?
does anyone else crave backup at the end of the day? i can only imagine how much this would intensify if i were a SAHM! obviously, i never feel this way on weekdays, so i think it's just an effect of the continuous hours of feeling solely responsible.
anyone doing anything exciting this weekend? i hope this applies to someone :)
convertible car seat recs? i just bought one, but then realized we also need another for josh's car [i think he will be doing day care dropoff pretty frequently as it's at the hospital where he works].