Day In The Life | A Day At Home

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thank you guys SO much for your feedback last week! I had so many of you say you'd like to see a "day in the life" post. I totally agree, these are my very favorite to see! As you guys know, I still work as a Physician Assistant three days a week so I figured I'd do one of these as a day at home and one as a typical work day. Obviously the days I work and the days I stay home are totally different. Today I'm giving you a glimpse into what a "normal" day at home looks like... nothing glamorous or exciting.

Date: Tuesday June 27, 2017

2:15am- I hear Vivi crying through the monitor. She isn't putting herself back to sleep so I go and give her a paci and luckily she goes straight to sleep.

4:00am- Garrett's alarm goes off and he is off to the gym

4:40am- I hear Vivi crying again. Shew. [I think I jinxed myself by telling y'all she started sleeping through the night.] Try to let her cry it out but she isn't having it. I try a paci and that doesn't work this time so I know she isn't going back to sleep without a bottle. Feed her a bottle and put her back down. Side note: on the days I don't work I try to let Garrett sleep if Vivi wakes up. On the days we both work, we usually alternate nights or he does night duty because he functions fine on no sleep.

6:15am- Vivi is up for the day and I'm exhausted. Garrett is home from the gym and he gets her up and lets her play while he's eating breakfast and getting ready for work.

6:50am- Garrett is out the door for work and I get out of bed. Straight to the coffee maker I go and turn on Good Morning America. Play with Vivi for a while on her play mat.

7:15am- Feed Vivi a bottle and I can tell she's getting sleepy. I put her in her crib for her morning nap and she goes straight to sleep.

7:30am- I know I have one hour of "me" time to relax and get ready for the day. I put on my depuffing gold eye masks because the bags under my eyes this morning are impressive. I leave these on for 20 minutes while drinking my coffee and doing my daily devotional.

For breakfast this morning I cook myself 2 eggs over medium with a whole grain english muffin and a piece of turkey sausage.

8:30am- Vivi is awake. Put her in her jumparoo while I make the bed and get ready. I have a terrible habit of not making our bed but I really try to on my days off; I'm embarrassed to say it hardly ever gets made on days that I work.

9:00am- My mom comes over to keep Vivian while I go get my hair done. Luckily my sister does my hair so it's super convenient... and cheap :) I'm ashamed to admit that this is the first time having my hair done since February, it was desperately needed.

11:30am- get home and feed Vivi a bottle. Garrett calls and says he has a break between cases at the hospital and asks if we can meet him for lunch. This is SUPER rare! I can count on one hand how many times we have been able to do this so it is definitely a treat!

 I had half of a turkey, apple and brie panini with shrimp corn chowder soup. Delicious!

1:00pm- Vivi falls asleep in the car on the way home from lunch so since she isn't fussing I decide to run a few errands. Pick up dry cleaning and stop by Walgreens then head home.

1:45pm- Put her in her crib to "play" for a few minutes while I try to do a few things around the house. Start a load of laundry then unload the dishwasher. She gives me about 8 minutes before she's bored and ready for something new.

2:15pm- feed Vivi a bottle then time for an outfit change because she threw up all over herself.

2:45pm- She's getting fussy so she goes down for her afternoon nap. While she's napping I browse a few blogs, do some online shopping, vacuum, and pick up around the house.

4:40pm- I break my #1 rule of motherhood: wake a sleeping baby. Gasp! Of course the one day we have somewhere to be she decides to take a super long nap. I am taking dinner to my friend who had a baby recently. Baked ziti, salad, and chocolate pie!

5:45pm- We get home and Garrett has just gotten home from work. We both change and head outside for a driveway workout and couch to 5k run. Vivian absolutely loves riding in the stroller and she falls asleep about halfway through. Bella gets to tag along and it wears her out so we are killing two birds with one stone.

6:30pm- bath time for baby girl. She loves getting a bath and I love this time with her. She is definitely a water baby!

6:30pm- While I'm doing bath duty, Garrett starts on dinner. He loves cooking so he cooks most of our dinners... and I'm definitely not complaining! I threw pork tenderloin in the crockpot this morning and it's ready to shred up so Garrett just has to cook the sweet potatoes and okra. 

7:00pm- Vivi usually naps in her swing around this time but tonight she is super fussy for some reason. We tag team eating while trying to calm her down then Garrett takes her so I can finish eating. He usually spends some time with her while I do the dishes, pick up after dinner, etc.

7:45pm- I head into the nursery for some quiet time. We rock and listen to Lauren Daigle pandora for about 30 minutes. She falls asleep so I wake her up around 8:15pm to change her diaper and give her a bottle. She finishes it and goes straight in her crib for bed.

8:30pm- Time to finish cleaning the kitchen, get everything ready for work tomorrow, lay out Vivi's clothes, pick up the house, etc. After the house feels "clean", I can finally shower.

9:00pm- Get in bed! Read my book while Garrett browses his iPad. Sometimes we watch a DVR'ed show like Dateline (our very favorite) if I'm not in the mood to read. Lights are usually out by 10pm.

This is what a "typical" day looks like when I'm not working! I tried my best to take pictures as I went and I think these posts are so fun to read and I know they will change as Vivi grows. I am going to try to do these more often!

Vivian Kate | 4 months

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sweet Vivian,
I can't believe you're 4 months old (as of last Friday). Time is absolutely flying. I miss your tiny newborn cuddles but oh my gosh your smiles and sounds melt me! You are changing every day and I love the way you light up when you see me or your dad's face. We love you so!

15lb 6oz and 25 inches long. 90th percentile for weight and 75th percentile for height! My big girl! 

This month she finally started sleeping through the night!! Well, most of the time. The first night she did it I woke up multiple times to check on her then freaked out in the morning when I realized she never woke up. Sometimes she wakes up in the middle of the night crying but will soothe herself back to sleep in a minute or two. The past few nights she has demanded to eat at 4am but hopefully this will be short-lived. My body basically went into shock the first night I got a full nights sleep. I honestly felt like I had the flu... I was achy and felt nauseous. My body was not used to it at ALL! I never knew I'd have a problem with too much sleep... I always thought it would be the opposite!

She is drinking 5oz every 3ish hours. She usually drinks about 6-7 bottles a day.

Can still fit into some 3-6 month clothes but is in 6 month for the most part. I have packed up a lot of her newborn and 0-3 month clothes and it made me so sad!

Going on walks, bath time, eating, her parents' awful singing, anything that lights up.

Being hungry, getting buckled in her carseat, pacis, long car rides.

Slept through the night for the first time. Started holding head up well enough to sit in her bumbo and jumparoo.  Lots of new noises and constant smiling! Still waiting for her first laugh...

Scenes from our weekend

Monday, June 26, 2017

We had another great weekend at the beach! After Vivi's 4 month pediatrician appointment on Friday, we piled in the car and were off. First thing we did once we got there was put on our workout clothes and take a walk to the sound to stretch our legs and let Bella swim. It's her absolute favorite thing to do and it wears her out. Tired dog= good dog. Friday night we cooked dinner in and had the most delicious meal of crabcakes, asparagus and salad with lemon pie for dessert.

Saturday Vivi was so exhausted and slept most of the day, I'm thinking it was due to her shots on Friday. So we hung out at the pool and on the porch and never even hauled all our stuff onto the beach. Plus it was super windy and sand was blowing everywhere, not ideal with a baby. She got in her new float that I scored for $5 at Burlington Coat Factor, best deal ever!

 Saturday night we had dinner reservations at our favorite restaurant at the beach, City Kitchen. Our cousin Rob who plays for the Cincinnati Reds just had elbow surgery so they were in town for the weekend. Our family kept all the kids and let us have a double date night. We had such a blast! The food was amazing and lots of wine was enjoyed!

Sunday was cloudy and rainy so we got up and came home. We spent the day cleaning, grocery shopping, doing a driveway work out, and going on a walk. Then we cooked homemade barbecue chicken pizza with a spinach salad for dinner and had my sister and her family over. It was such a great weekend and I am already looking forward to heading back to the coast in 4 days!

Linking up with Biana and Meghan

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Wednesday: what I'm doing now!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I saw this post on April's blog a few weeks ago and thought I'd give it a try. I love reading these posts so I thought it would be fun to give you guys a glimpse into what I'm currently "doing" these days.

I just started reading this book so I can't tell you how it is yet but I have read a lot of good books lately that I'm hoping to recap next week. Stay tuned!

I saw these power balls on Meg's InstaStory and wanted to try them out. I'm hooked! I've made two batches so far. They are perfect for snacks at work and relatively healthy. This is the recipe I used but I tweaked it a little bit after the first batch. I only used half a cup of peanut butter then added a small scoop of cookie butter. I didn't use coconut and used raisins for the "add ins". I found that using chocolate chips made them too sweet.

This is totally boring but all I've been watching lately are orthopedic continuing education videos. I bought 36 hours worth of videos from a recent conference that I couldn't attend because I was on maternity leave so in all my "spare time" I've been watching them! The nerd in me secretly loves them.

You might have seen these on my InstaStory this past weekend but oh my gosh I've found a new favorite drink. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know I'm a huge prosecco lover. Well this flavored prosecco from Trader Joe's is my jam. And for only $6, sign me up! We had peach, mango, and strawberry/raspberry and I think peach is my favorite.

You guys... it used to seem ridiculous to me when people would say "I don't even like shopping for myself anymore, I would rather shop for my baby". I totally get it now. I can't remember the last time I bought myself any new clothes. Here are some things in my shopping cart that I'm just dying to pull the trigger on for baby girl.

What are you cooking/drinking/reading these days?

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