4:45: Wake up to hear Kate crying. She’s been getting up sometimes either in the middle of the night or super early (sometimes both), which is unusual for her. Go into get her (my favorite part…she’s so sweet and cuddly when she’s sleepy) and bring her back to bed. Nurse her for about 25 minutes, and lay her back down. She rolls right over and nuzzles into her blankie. I go back to bed and am unable to fall asleep for a bit, but I have to laugh to myself because I hear her babbling to herself in her room.
5:30: Stare at my alarm clock and try to will myself back to sleep. It takes a few minutes, but finally I doze off because…
6:20: Woken up by my alarm. And we’re off! Get up to put my contacts in and shower.
6:40: Brian wakes up Kate. I’m so glad she was able to get some more sleep! He changes her diaper and then we all head downstairs. I make some eggs for Brian and I (we’ve been eating egg sandwiches on English muffins for breakfast lately, when we have enough time…SO GOOD) and pack up my things for work: pump/pump parts, lunch/snack, water bottle, Kate’s food, Kate’s diaper bag…I think that’s it. Whew!
6:58: Leave home. I always aim to leave the house by 6:55 since Michelle opens at 7, but today I’m just a few minutes behind. I arrive at Michelle’s at 7:05 (it’s always a weird/fun contest to me to beat the time–oh the things we do to amuse ourselves) and bring Kate inside. Reid is there, which is a treat! I normally drop Kate off before he arrives, so it’s good to see him. He’s shy this morning but gives me a sweet smile. Kate’s BFF, Mason, is so happy to see her and immediately plays with her piggies. Ever since Kate has been going to Michelle’s, I’ve sent her in a sleeper since it’s been cold. But now that the weather is warmer, I’ve been sending her in (gasp!) real clothes! It’s funny because the twins, Mason and Michael (almost 2) are obsessed with her toes because they’ve never seen them until now.
7:10: Get into my car and head into work. I was driving on the interstate this morning (in the middle lane) and notice someone driving RIGHT next to me at the same speed…for awhile. This is such a pet peeve of mine for some reason! Finally I look over to see a hand waving and a big smile. It’s Brian!
7:44: Arrive at work. I have actually been doing well with getting to work earlier (usually it’s between 7:35/7:40), but today I’m just a little behind. I’m always the first to arrive which honestly I love. Well, other than the fact that our building is supposedly haunted. And the “ghost” killed himself in the room which is now my office. Buuuuut I try not to think about that. And it’s light out in the morning now, which certainly helps!
7:45: Get to my desk and check emails, start working on a couple of reports. Chat with my co-workers as they come in.
8:45: Time to pump! Normally I wait until 9, but I have a student to meet with at 9:30 so I head out a little early.
9:35: Student didn’t show, so I head back to my desk. Return some emails and work a bit more.
10:05: Get an email that the student arrived, so I head down to meet with her. Sweet lady, but it sounds like she has a realllllly low GPA and might not be admissible.
10:30: Return to my desk and finish working on a mailing and printing acceptance letters. Also order this from Baby Gap for Kate! I couldn’t resist. I had a 40% off coupon and it’s only the third (I think?) outfit I’ve ordered for her all year. She deserves it, right?
11:50: Heat up leftovers I brought for lunch (Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken….pretty good) and head upstairs to pump.
12:45: Head out to CVS to get a couple of greeting cards on my break. I usually don’t take a lunch break but once a week (when I go get groceries), but it always feels so nice to get out. The high is 86 degrees here today!
1:05: Get back to work and start reviewing files. Send some emails and chat with my co-worker a bit.
2:50: Go catch up with my friend and co-worker, Ashley. Since I switched positions last month, I’m no longer working directly with her. It’s funny because even though our offices are in the same building (and maaaaybe only 60 feet door to door), some days I’ll go without seeing her or talking to her. I miss her!
3:20: Probably spent too long chatting…pump time again. I LOVE the last pumping session of the day because once it’s done, it’s pretty much time to go home.
4:02: I’m out the door and headed to see my FAVORITE girl in the whole wide world.
4:37: Arrive at Michelle’s to pick up previously mentioned favorite girl. Again, it’s always kind of a game to see how fast I can get to/from work. Today traffic isn’t so bad…35 minutes is pretty darn good these days! Chat with Michelle (I just love her to pieces) and head home.
5:00: Bring Kate and all the gear inside, while trying to “shhhh!” Montana the best I can. Understandably he’s ready to be out of his kennel, like everyday, but he sure doesn’t holding back letting me know. Take Kate and things inside, then close the garage door and let him in. Like most days, he goes CRAZY running around in our house while I try to unpack things from the day. Thankfully, we have a TON of leftovers–like, enough for the rest of the week–since Brian grilled last night. So no cooking for me! I heat up some leftovers and eat while feeding Kate. Tonight for her it is sweet potatoes and vanilla yogurt. I always give her table food to eat in the highchair while I’m washing pump parts and getting my meal ready, but about 85% of it ends on the floor (or should I say in Montana’s mouth). I let Montana out on his rope to go to the bathroom, then bring him in and give him some water. Poor guy gets HOT out there when it’s this warm.
6:10: Kate is a mess, and she also had sunscreen on her today, so I decide it’d be a good bath night. She LOVES the bath these days. And the best part is that she doesn’t need a single toy! I have some and she does kind of play with them a bit, but ultimately her favorite thing is to take her hands and just splash, splash, splash. And squeal loudly at the same time, of course. It’s the cutest thing.
6:30: Dress Kate and get her in a new diaper just as Brian arrives home. He comes upstairs to see us, then heads down to heat up some leftovers for himself.
6:45: I take Kate and Montana on a walk. I think we go about 1.5 miles or so. It’s actually not as hot/humid as it was earlier, so it doesn’t feel too bad. Kate LOVES being outside! We recently started using our umbrella stroller and we are so, so glad we got one. It’s so compact and easier to maneuver.
7:10: Get back home. Brian and I play with Kate for a bit. She is really into the new car we got her, so Brian pulls her on that for a bit. She’s our entertainment for the evening…what can we say? I vacuum the downstairs while Kate and Brian are playing.
8:05: Kate is starting to fuss, so bedtime it is! I take her upstairs and read her a book, then lay her down. Some nights she cries for about 20 seconds or so, but tonight she lies right down.
8:15: I get all ready to mow, but then decide not to. Brian said he’ll do it tomorrow night instead. Sounds good to me! Clean up the kitchen and finish dishes. Decide to have my stand by dessert – greek yogurt, peanuts, and a spoonful of almond butter. I eat and Brian and I get on our phones and chat. Really this means he shows me memes and videos from Reddit.
9:00: We contemplated watching a show, but we are too tired….so bedtime wins. It’s funny that staying up past 9:30 these days is a real victory. 🙂 But it’s really nice to feel rested, too! We head upstairs and hit the hay.
Nothing extremely exciting, but I couldn’t love it more. 🙂