Preparing for a new baby is a different ballgame the second time around… you can’t just drop everything and rush to the hospital when there’s a toddler involved!I Luckily my parents will be able to travel here to stay with Amelia, so I’ve been working on lists of contact info, meal ideas, schedules for school days and daily life, etc. to try to cover all the possible scenarios while I’m in the hospital (of course, we’re also available by multiple forms of technology, so sure, it’s probably overkill!). And of course a “schedule” is a pretty aspirational word because we never follow it exactly… so after typing it all up, I decided to track our actual day to see just how much we actually veer off of it, ha!
This “day in the life” will be the last with an only child, which is bittersweet! If you’re interested, I also posted a peek into our daily lives in January (when Amelia was 3 months old) and August (when Amelia was 9 months old) of 2017.
5:30 AM. I wake up after tossing and turning all night… the last few weeks of pregnancy are no joke! I doze a bit but I’m not going to get much more rest.
7:00 AM. Sam wakes up and showers, I get dressed, then I catch up on my phone for a bit. You never know if Amelia will sleep in or not, but today is one of those days, so it’s nice to be lazy for a few minutes! And it’s a lot quicker to get ready for the day before she’s up.
7:30 AM. Amelia is awake and demanding breakfast: “I hungee!”
7:30 – 8:30 AM. Make breakfast: scrambled eggs, bagel, blueberries, and coffee for me. Amelia likes to help with cracking and stirring the eggs, then announcing the next step. And then once we sit down, Amelia eats two bites and completely refuses to eat any more. Sam leaves for work around 8, and I let Amelia play on the iPad so I can at least eat my own food… and steal a few minutes to read my book!
8:30 – 9:00 AM. I clean up the breakfast dishes, empty the dishwasher, and putz around the kitchen while Amelia plays. This morning she’s playing with her toy kitchen… which always entails dumping out every single pot, pan, and piece of food.
9:00-9:30 AM. Getting ready to leave the house takes half an hour at minimum: brushing teeth, diaper and clothes change, deciding which shoes to wear (major decision for every outing!), checking that the diaper bag is packed, and filling our water bottles for the car ride. Then we can buckle up.
9:45 – 10:30 AM. This is usually the best time of day to get out for a play date or errands, and today we have the grocery store on the agenda. Usually I do a curbside pickup on school days, but since school is on break, we’re going to Sprouts as our outing… and now that we don’t go to the grocery store as often as we used to, I think Amelia views it as more of a treat. Or maybe I just got lucky today, because she’s happy in the grocery cart for the entire time and doesn’t throw a fit or try to escape the cart.
On the drive home, we talk about red lights and green lights, and Amelia sings her favorite song: “Twinkle Twinkle” (“like a toilet in the sky”). I’m just happy for a break from the Wiggles.
10:30 – 11:30 AM. Amelia eats a snack while I put away groceries.
Snacktime stretches way beyond the normal timeframe because I get distracted negotiating a Facebook Marketplace sale, but Amelia is happy to have more screen time.
11:30 – 12:30 PM. It’s not quite time for lunch, but we need a break from the screens, so we gear up to go outside for a bit. By the time the baby pool is filled, Amelia has stripped down (so much for sun protection, but at least there’s still some shade left) and splashes in the pool for about five minutes before having a meltdown. So I put away the toys, wrap her up in a towel like a burrito, and snuggle on the couch for a bit to calm down. I make lunch but Amelia isn’t interested and asks to lay down for a rest… so I put her down for an early nap (and start to worry she’s coming down with another virus… but nope, she never did get sick, she just went through a random food strike that lasted a couple days.)
12:30 – 1:00 PM. I cobble together a snacky lunch and eat, while Amelia struggles to fall asleep. But by 1 she’s down for the count.
1:00 – 3:00 PM. Naptime! I cross a few things off my To Do list (reordered contacts, made a call to my OB’s office), then hunkered down in my nest. I’ve gotten so used to laying down during Amelia’s naptime, I can’t even remember what I used to do during this time… something more productive, I’m sure! I watch a couple Taking Cara Babies videos (check out her Instagram if you’re interested in baby sleep!), then doze for a bit.
3:00 – 3: 30 PM. Amelia wakes up grumpy, so we snuggle on the couch for a bit.
3:30 – 4:30 PM. Eat a snack and Facetime with Gaga – sometimes these calls only last five minutes but today we enjoy a nice long chat and sing “Catch a Falling Star” and “Papa Loves Mambo” which cheers up Amelia. Even when the calls are short and frustrating, I’m thankful we can keep in touch daily!
4:30 – 5:30 PM. Amelia demands a smoothie but I don’t want to ruin her appetite before dinner, so I convince her to pretend to make smoothies in her play kitchen… which works for about half an hour.
Then it’s smoothie time!
My super duper simple “recipe” for the mini bullet blender: Fill half the blender with fresh spinach, fill the other half with frozen blueberries and mango chunks; pour orange juice to fill up the cracks. That’s it!
5:30 – 6:00 PM. Sam is at a work dinner, so I eat leftovers and Amelia refuses to eat much of anything except her smoothie, but at least she’s getting something in her belly after such an off day food-wise. As you can probably tell, I’m starting to lose steam.
6:00 – 7:30 PM. Usually Sam is home for the bath/bedtime routine after dinner, and I use that time to clean up and take a shower, but tonight I’m on solo duty. After bath time, Amelia brushes her teeth and picks out pajamas, then we play in her room and read stories until Sam gets home to say goodnight. Current favorite bedtime books: The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton, Time for Bed by Mem Fox, and Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish.
7:30 PM. Amelia’s bedtime = I’m off duty! I let Sam handle any sleep struggles (it usually takes a few minutes of crying, but once she’s asleep she’s out for the night) and I took a shower but didn’t take any more notes for the day, oops! I’m sure I wasted too much time on my phone and got in bed early, because these days I’m just DONE by the end of the day; I guess growing a human while keeping another human alive has that effect.
So that’s a peek at an average day in my current life as a SAHM with a 2.5 year old… and now it’s about to change all over again as we transition into a new “normal”!