Day in the Life

by Ally- Life as I know it, 5:00 AM
My friend Tess recently posted a Day in The Life post so I thought it would be fun to write one too! I know I always enjoy reading them. It's so interesting to see how other people live!

Ok, so my backstory. I'm a registered nurse who works 3 days a week and stay home with my kids two days a week. And then of course I'm home on the weekends. For me it's the best of both worlds. I could not imagine working 5 days a week and only seeing my kids at the end of the day nor could I imagine staying home with them 5 days a week. I need adult interaction! I actually like working too, it's why I went to school to be a nurse. I really do enjoy it.  We live in Charleston, SC in the suburbs. 

This is a typical day for me when I'm home:

7 am: On the days I'm home with the kids I don't set an alarm but usually I start to hear everyone around 7/715. This morning I hear Elsie babbling in her crib. I can tell she's content for a few minutes so I grab my phone and check Instagram and emails. It's a bad habit I know but I can't start my day until I've checked it. I leave my phone on airplane mode while I sleep so this is also the time text messages would come through if I got any overnight. I brush my teeth and throw on some clothes.

7:15: I get Elsie out of her crib and bring her back to my bed and nurse her. Then we go back to her room and I change her diaper. We go to Oliver's room to get him. We all head downstairs and I set everyone up in the living room and turn on a show for O.

7:25: I'm currently in a study with the lactation powder company Majka so I make my protein shake while I get Elsie and Oliver's breakfast ready. 

7:45: After everyone has been fed, we play in the living room until Elsie's nap at 9.

9 am: Elsie goes down for a nap and I throw Oliver in the bath. We started giving him baths during the day because it's something to do and he loves it. He'll stay in there for an hour if I let him and I'm able to get stuff done like laundry and tidy up our rooms. When I'm done bathing him, I hop in the shower. Elsie's first nap has been hit or miss lately, so I don't know how much time I have. I leave her in her crib till 10:30 regardless, but it still makes me feel like I have to rush if she wakes up early!

10:30: Elsie slept the whole time! I couldn't believe it! I get her up, nurse her and get everyone ready to go to the Children's Museum. Our Children's Museum is being renovated and it's temporarily in the mall which is 5 minutes from our house. I usually spend this time doing something whether its just going on a walk around the neighborhood or going to the grocery store. 

11-12:30: Children's Museum then we pick up Chick Fil A on the way home. 

I'm obsessed with the Spicy Chicken Sandwich but to balance it out I get a small salad too. The Garlic Expressions Dressing is my favorite. I never use CFA's dressings, always use my own. 

1 pm: I put Elsie down for a nap as soon as we get home then Oliver and I eat before he goes down for his nap. I sit down for 10 minutes before I start tidying up the house. I'm hoping I get a good 1.5 hours before Elsie wakes up so I can get a lot done but she could also wake up after 45 minutes.

2 pm: Elsie's up! She slept about an hour. I nurse her then we go downstairs and I place her on the living room floor with some toys.

I realize I have no food made for her for the rest of the week so I steam some sweet potatoes and blend them with my hand blender.

3:30: Oliver's up! He gets a snack then goes outside to play with his water beads.

Playing together. This lasted about as long as it took me to take this picture but it was cute while it lasted!

4 pm: Elsie goes down for a catnap. 

4:30: It's countdown until Daddy gets home! We head outside so Oliver can play. We also go for a walk around the neighborhood. 

5 pm: I nurse Elsie. Then we hang out inside the house. Oliver watches a show.

5:20: Daddy's home!

5:30: Elsie gets her dinner. Tonight it's purple carrots, yummy!

5:45: Everyone plays in the living to try to burn off some energy. I taught Oliver how to stack Solo cups today so he's been having fun with them.

6:30: I take Elsie upstairs for her bath while Theo feeds Oliver dinner. We make him separate food than what we eat because we don't get around to eating most nights till after he's gone to bed. 

6:45: Elsie gets a bottle, I read her two books, then she's off to bed!

7 pm: I get back downstairs and Theo has our dinner ready. We have Blue Apron this week. Theo cooks dinner most nights and I am SO thankful that he does. He really enjoys it, much more than I do! On the days I don't work, I do try to have something planned for dinner if we don't have Blue Apron.  Either I go pick the groceries up from the store with the kids or have Theo get them during his lunch break. 

7:30: We take Oliver upstairs and get him ready for bed. 

8 pm: We head back downstairs and finish cleaning up the kitchen. If I had to work the next day, this would be when I would get my lunch ready, pack Oliver's bags and lunch. Since I'm off again tomorrow, I watch a show with Theo and pump. We started watching Friends From College Season 2.

10 pm: Head upstairs for bed. I usually lay in bed for an hour or so and play on my phone (bad habit again!) or read.

11 pm: Lights out and phone set to airplane mode. I do this to cut down on EMF (electromagnetic fields) exposure while I sleep. Goodnight!

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  1. Love this! I’m so jealous of your outside time! And I loved Elsie’s dress! We will be so happy to have these posts to look back on :)

  2. Always love reading these. Sophia still takes about 4 naps a day, but the last one is usually only 25-30 minutes anything to get her to around 6:30/6:45 for bath time LOL! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. I love these posts! And I've recently started Friends from College Season 1 and am LOVING it!

  4. This are totally my favorite posts and I love seeing how life is with two. What does Oliver usually do when you nurse? Does he leave you alone or in your space? Now I'm going to put my phone on airplane mode. Thank you for that tidbit of info.

  5. AWWW! They are real sweeties. Oliver can really stack those cups! I enjoyed following you for a day. Thanks for posting.


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