Monday, October 15, 2012

Mommy Mondays: Life at One

I really love these "day in the life" posts because it's fun to reflect and see how things change (or don't) in just a few months.  This is not a typical day for a couple of reasons.  First, because typically I work on Mondays, but last Monday I took off because Thatbaby's school was closed.  I thought this would be a good time to record our day.  It was also smack dab in the middle of teething fun.  Which means you'll get to see how nighttime fun works when your child is...less than cooperative.  Normally Thatbaby wakes once a night, but you'll see that last week, he was up a little more often.

2:37am - Thatbaby wakes up and nurses.  He's pretty good about falling right asleep when he's done.  So am I.

4:50am - Thatbaby wakes up again.  Thatboy heads in for this one and puts Thatbaby back to bed.

5:55am - Thatbaby wakes up.  This is a gamble one.  I normally get up at 6, but it's more helpful if I can get ready while Thatbaby sleeps, so I always try to get him to go back to sleep at this time.  Sometimes I'm successful, sometimes I'm not.  Today I scored and he went back to sleep.  And since I wasn't going to work, so did !

7:15am - Thatbaby wakes up.  He gets to spend a little bit of time with Thatboy before Thatboy heads out to work.

7:37am - I nurse Thatbaby and he gets a diaper change.  Because Thatboy didn't do it before he left.

8:15am - Thatbaby and I have breakfast.  He has some clementines and peach yogurt drops.  (I freeze yogurt in little drops.  These are perfect for teething because they're nice and cold!) I have some lemon bread and and an apple.

8:28am - Thatbaby gets dressed, we brush his teeth and hair.

8:36am - Playtime for Thatbaby while I clean up our breakfast mess.

9:18am - Showertime for me!  I load up the bathroom with things for Thatbaby to play with, although he's more interested in seeing what's going on in the shower.

 I get dressed after, but get interrupted with requests to read a book, and to nurse.  I should point out, that Thatbaby NEVER nurses as much as he did this day.  I blame it on the teething.  Normally by 9am in the morning he has nursed twice (including that middle-of-the-night feeding)

10:18am - Thatbaby is starting to get tired, so I head out for some errands. 

Sure enough, he falls asleep as soon as he gets in the car and sleeps through most of my shopping trip.

He wakes up in the dressing room while I'm trying on suits - I was in trial last week and I like to pick up a new suit to add to my collection for each trial.  He snacks on animal crackers while I put on a fashion show.

After he helps me shop at Trader Joes.

And the supermarket.

12:30pm - And when we get back in the car, he falls asleep again.  When we get home, I move him into his crib while I unpack groceries and do a little work.

1:30pm - Thatbaby wakes up from his nap.

He nurses and I do a diaper change.  Then we sit down to lunch.

Thatbaby has some leftover southwestern quinoa and savory madeleines.  I picked up a buckwheat noodle salad from Trader Joes while we were there.

2:18pm - Thatbaby plays while I clean up lunch and do a little bit of work.

2:30pm - We take this show outside!

3:30pm - Back inside to play so I can get a little more work done.

4:00pm - Naptime for babies.  Worktime for mommies.

4:30pm - Thatbaby wakes from his nap, nurses, and gets another diaper change.

4:43pm - Playtime.  Not really all that different from the rest of the day, right?  Except now I'm in the kitchen.  Which is far more interesting that toys.  So Thatbaby comes to join me.  I set him up on the floor with some snack while I make stuffed peppers for dinner.

5:25pm - Someone comes over to hug my leg.  Which can only mean one thing - DIAPER CHANGE!

5:28pm - I clean up the kitchen.

5:35pm - Thatboy comes home.

5:50pm - This is something new we've been doing and I adore it.  We go for a family "run."  Thatbaby and Thatboy actually head out for a walk while Thatdog and I go running.  We don't get that far, probably about 1.5-2 miles, before we turn back and meet up with these cuties.

Then we all head home together.  Yes, I've been sacrificing my long runs, but during the week I don't get a lot of time to head out and this way I get to run outside and I love running back to my family.  There isn't one day I don't want to throw on my running gear and head out.

6:52pm - dinner!

 Mexican Stuffed Peppers
3 medium green peppers
1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 cup cooked rice
3/4 cup salsa
1/2 Tbsp diced green chiles
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stovetop.  Boil peppers for about 4 minutes.  Drain peppers and rinse in cold water.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion, and celery over medium heat until cooked through.
  3. Stir in rice, 1/2 cup salsa, diced green chiles, and chili powder.
  4. Cut the peppers in half and spoon the mixture into peppers.
  5. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and put the peppers in the dish with 1/4 cup water.  Cover and bake 1 hour.
  6. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese and remaining salsa.  Bake 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.

 Scalloped Corn

1 can creamed corn
1 cup fresh corn kernels
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
1 cup melted butter
2 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Pour into a large baking dish and bake for 1 hour. 
7:20pm - I clean up dinner while Thatboy gives Thatbaby a bath and reads him a bedtime story.

7:57pm - I nurse Thatbaby one last time and put him to bed.

8:20pm - I make the pastry cream for the Boston Cream Pie I'm making the next day.  Thatboy folds the laundry.

8:45pm - Time for beer, computer, and couch!

10:00pm - bedtime


  1. I'm exhausted just reading the morning, never mind the rest of the day, a run and still make dinner. I like your recipe for the stuffed peppers - this time I made them meatless but they're easy and satisfying. Thatbaby is such a big boy already - I can't get over how fast they change. Adorable

  2. Oh my gosh! You have a LOT going on in your day...way more than I ever do!