What are some of your family’s favorite activities?
We love going to the pool together. It’s by far our favorite summer and winter time activity. We have both an indoor and outdoor pool in our neighborhood so it’s great! We also love going anywhere where both kids can be strapped in a stroller. I’d say the zoo is a favorite for this or the Farmer’s Market. Our son loves trying all the crazy foods that are served at Farmer’s Markets.
What is your family’s typical routine for the day?
The days vary a little bit but my ideal (ha!) day looks like this:
5-6am: Wake up time for mamma. I cherish this time so so much. It allows me to get things done like blogging, writing thank you notes, drinking coffee and catching some news.
6am-8am: This time period always varies depending on when my daughter wakes up but I usually get my run in between 6-8am.
8am-9am: Get my son up. He’s usually been awake since 6am but we almost always leave him in his room until we’re ready to start the day with him. He’s happy just sitting in his bed reading books, singing songs and talking to himself. We also eat breakfast and get dressed during this hour. My husband usually leaves for work around 8:30am so we’re on our own until he gets home.
9am-1pm: This is our out of house time. Right now since it’s summer time, you can find us at the pool, at a park, at a friends house, a museum...Really the possibilities are endless but we’re almost always out of the house during this time period of the day.
1pm-5pm: This section of my day varies a little bit but normally it's when we arrive home from our morning activities and unwind. I sometimes let Emmett watch an episode of his favorite TV show (about 20 minutes or so) and then put him down for a nap. He's usually down for an average of 3 hours a day. This is the point in my day where I'll either run on my treadmill if I haven't worked out yet or I'll get some writing done or clean up the house. If I'm super tired I'll try to take a nap but that's only if the baby cooperates too and is napping.
5pm-7pm: This is the time of day that my husband gets home from work and we eat dinner. It's the craziest part of the day because it's not enough time to leave the house and go do something before bed but it's just enough time to kind of go stir crazy. I usually start the baby's bedtime routine at this point (6:30ish) and my husband is on Emmett duty.
7pm-9pm: This is my time. I usually just zone out and watch TV after I clean up the kitchen from dinner and the house. Sometimes I'll do a load of laundry at this point but that's rare. I'm usually so worn out by 7pm that I don't get a single thing done. At 9pm it's lights out!
What is one thing you said you would never do before you had kids and now do all the time?
Ha! So much judgement passed through these lips before I had children! But I think the one thing I said I’d never do was feed my kid processed sugar as a bribe. To anyone reading right now who doesn’t have a child yet, sugar is the magic food that gets a child to do ANYTHING you want them to do. And if you have a child then I’m sure you’ve already discovered this. It’s a great tool. I tried really hard during the first year of my son’s life not to feed him processed white sugar but after that all rules went out the window. Maybe my daughter will have a better chance of not polluting her body but then again, she’s the second child and I hear you’re even more relaxed the second time around!