Day in the Life – 1st Birthday Week

Hi friends!

It’s been a minute since I’ve popped in with a Day in the Life post (despite all my intentions and promises to do them more frequently — they’re surprisingly time-consuming and also time is like, this insane, ridiculously fast, totally cruel thing right now and somehow it’s already been 6 months since my last one of these?!??!?

A-hem, anyway…

6:30 AM: I hear Penny start to stir via the baby monitor, but she’s just happily chattering and playing in her crib when I check the video feed, so I promptly throw a pillow over my head and try to go back to sleep. “Try” is the operative word, since I’ve been having a very difficult time falling and staying asleep lately, so while I don’t end up going back to sleep, I do lay there cursing and contemplating my existence for a while, lol.

7:10 AM: Penny, on the other hand, does fall back asleep because I leave her in there too long, HA! I finally drag my butt out of bed, brush my teeth, wash my face (I use LATHER’s Ultra Mild Face Wash in the AM), throw on some moisturizer, and get dressed.

I got a new sports bra and leggings set from Torrid’s Harry Potter line, and I. AM. OBSESSED. They have the Marauder’s Map print all over them, but are dark, and they’re really flattering. Score!

I also take my daily vitamins and pack up a bag with my laptop, planner, and water bottle, and then settle down to do a quick morning meditation on the Calm app.

7:30 AM: I finally go downstairs to get Penny, and she wakes back up when I enter the room. She’s so happy to see me! I give her a bottle, change her diaper, and get her dressed. I also let the dogs out and give them breakfast.

8:00 AM: Off to daycare! Penny goes to daycare twice a week, and I try to get her there by 8:30 because that’s when they serve breakfast. Attendance is a lot lighter during the summer (though I’m sure that will change starting very soon, since it’s back to school week in VA!) so there are only four other babies in there right now — three of whom are named Charlotte, I kid you not.

8:30 AM: I stop at Starbucks to grab a bite & some caffeine and get a little bit of work done. Usually I head straight to the gym after dropping her off (or I bring her with me if it’s a non-daycare day), but I have a few work things that I’d like to get out of the way first thing. Plus, you know, coffee. And food.

 

I grab a Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich and an Iced Vanilla Bean Coconut Latte, as well as a protein box to snack on later. I tackle my inbox, respond to messages on Yelp, schedule some calls, work some behind-the-scenes magic, submit my weekly newsletter, and check the reviews from the event I hosted last week.

I also pick up a gift card for one of Penny’s daycare teachers, since it’s her birthday tomorrow! We normally don’t attend on Wednesdays, but I asked if we could switch days so that I can keep her with me on her actual birthday this week.

10:30 AM: Gym time! I was supposed to have a session with a personal trainer yesterday, but he had to cancel at the last-minute. I’ve been trying to connect with him to reschedule, but we haven’t been successful in finding a new time, so I stop by the personal training desk to see if I can get scheduled. They slate me in for next week with a new trainer, so I’m still on my own for a little while!

 

I do a little under 20 minutes on the lateral elliptical (which I only discovered yesterday but is, like, weirdly fun?!) to warm up, then it’s over to the weights area. I do the following set 3 times:

– 20 seconds high-resistance rope pulls
– 8 front-side-back lunges
– 10 ventral & lateral raises (with calf raises)
– 12 side dips
– 12 tricep dips
– 8 donkey kicks on each side
– a 2-minute knee-plank

 

It doesn’t actually seem like that much when it’s written down, but I am basically just a puddle by the time I’m halfway through my second set. WHEW.

 

11:30 AM: I head home, snacking on some of the protein box I got at Starbucks earlier on the way. As soon as I get home, I let the dogs out, and then jump in the shower to rinse off.

 

I also take the opportunity to refresh my hair color by adding some dye to my conditioner. It’s a tricky balance, because I want my color to look fresh for the party on Saturday, but the fresher it is, the more it bleeds when it gets wet. And since the chances of me not being at least a little bit sweaty during the party are basically zil (I’m a really sweaty person, lol), I need to make sure I have a few buffer days / showers beforehand.

12:00 PM: I settle in to do some more work, and also start drafting up this blog post (it’s much easier if I jot things down as I go through my day, rather than try to remember everything later.)

When I check my phone, I see that daycare has sent me some photos! They use an app to keep me apprised of all her diapers, food, and naps (rare and fleeting though they are), and can also send me photos! Depending on how busy they are, sometimes I get one photo, sometimes I get a whole bunch.

Luckily, today looks like the latter — I get a little photo recap of the fun outdoor adventure they went on this morning! I guess it tired her out, because according to the app she’s also currently napping — miracle! (Although, it ends up only being a 30 minute nap… so not really so miraculous. But I’ll take it because sometimes she doesn’t nap at daycare AT ALL.)

2:00 PM: Lunchtime! I really should have eaten something before now, but I got totally caught up in work. I’m starrrrving! I’m trying to clear out our fridge to make space for the birthday party food I’m going to have to pick up before Saturday, so it’s a big ol’ hodgepodge lunch of leftovers: braised pork, spaghetti squash carbonara, steamed broccoli, noodles with spaghetti sauce, and a keto cheesecake cup that my MIL made.

I also unload clean dishes from the dishwasher while everything’s heating up. Bonus: my Fitbit lets me know that I’ve hit my step goal! Whoop!

2:30 PM: I sit back down at my desk and eat while doing more work / semi-watching The Office for the 1923487th time. I also take a quick break from eating for a phone call with a restaurant I’m working with for an upcoming event.

3:00 PM: The dog groomer arrives (we use a mobile groomer that comes to our house), and thank Heaven, because these shaggy pups really need a shave! Old man Harry is up first!

  

4:00 PM: While the groomer is still busy with Harry, I quickly run out to pick Penny up from daycare. (I let the groomer know.) In an attempt to try and keep her from falling asleep on the 5 minute drive home, I chat with her super animatedly and look suuuuper crazy (windows are also down, ha!). She’s soooooo exhausted!

I put her down in her crib as soon as we get back, and she passes out immediately.

4:20 PM: And right on cue, Harry is done, looking dapper as all get-out, and it’s Daxter’s turn!

While Penny (and Harry, heh) are napping, I wrap up the rest of my work to-do list for today, then decide to tackle a few of my birthday party projects! First up, her party guestbook. I made a big photo mosaic out of all of Penny’s Outfit of the Day photos and got it printed as a poster that I’m hoping folks will sign! I also got a second poster printed with her monthly photos in case we need extra room. I use double-sided tape to mount them both on some foam board to keep them sturdy and flat. I also finish a task I started yesterday: punching out the donuts from some free printables that I found online for table scatter.

 

I also try (for the fourteenth thousandth time) to organize my thoughts enough to write my “Dear Penny” birthday blog post, but I get too emotional (again) and don’t make a ton of progress. I’m not emotionally stable enough for this! Only two more days…

5:30 PM: Sean’s home! It’s so nice to have some in-person adult conversation finally — since I didn’t have any meetings today, it’s actually been a bit of an isolating day. One downside of working from home, I guess! (And a very small downside in the grand scheme — I love working from home.) We hang out for a bit and we go through the whole “How was your day, honey?” married-people thing, hehe.

6:05 PM: Penny is STILL asleep! I finally have to go wake her up, and she makes it VERY clear that she was not done sleeping, lol.

 

We spend some time cuddling and she cheers up pretty quickly though. 🙂

 

6:15 PM: Dinnertime! For Penny, at any rate, and it’s BRINNER! Lately, I’ve been seeing everyone and their mom feasting on Kodiak Cakes — a high-protein pancake mix — so I picked some up when I was at Target yesterday. Penny goes BANANAS for the pancakes, and also for the actual bananas we give her alongside them. She can now say the word “Nana!”

6:20 PM: Daxter is finally done. Whew! This shaggy pup took a really long time. But hey, it’s like we got a brand new dog! I feed the dogs — my mom made them some special mix-ins (with chicken and carrots and stuff) that they go craaaazy for, so unlike their breakfast kibble which sat untouched for most of the morning, they gobble their dinner up.

  

6:30 PM: It’s playtime! I know she’s been playing all day at daycare, but finally I can get in on some of the action! She is so much fun these days — really into playing with toys, really interactive, and really smart! She figures out how to put a smaller cup into a larger cup, proving that she is basically a genius. (I get entirely too excited when I realize she’s learned this new skill — hence her expression in the third photo above ahahahaha.)

  

7:20 PM: Alas, all good things must come to an end, and eventually it’s time for bed! Since she napped so late, we push bedtime a bit later (it’s usually at 7), and honestly I would be fine with keeping her up even later, but she’s already showing signs of being tired! Girl’s got a strong internal bedtime clock, what can I say?

 

I change her into her jammies, give her a bottle, and we read a book.

Then Sean brings her down to her room, turns on her sound machine, zips up her sleep sack, and puts her to bed! She quietly plays with her stuffies for about half an hour (she loves stroking her stuffed unicorn’s mane, it’s the cutest thing ever), and then is down for the count.

7:45 PM: After she goes down, Sean and I get to eat some dinner ourselves at last! I just heat up the rest of the pasta & broccoli leftovers — it’s not a very exciting day, eats-wise, but at least it’s productive. Now we actually have some space in the fridge! Sean makes some udon noodle soup.

We tend to operate pretty autonomously at home, so I have dinner while working on this blog post (and watching more Netflix, naturally), and he plays some computer games.

10:20 PM: Whew, I’m beat! Man, I used to be able to stay up so late… but with my Penny alarm clock, those days are definitely behind me. I start the dishwasher, let the dogs out one last time, schedule this post to run in the morning, and go through my nighttime routine: skincare (lately I’m using BeautyCounter’s Countermatch cleansing milk and am really loving it! I’ve also been experimenting with various essential oils), brush my teeth, pop on my pjs, and hit the sack.

10:40 PM: Well, I try to hit the sack. As I mentioned above, sleep has been a bit elusive for me lately, so I put on a guided sleep meditation session through the Calm app with the hopes that it’ll help quell the tossing & turning. And that’s a wrap on today! Goodnight!

Day in the Life: Office Mom Edition

Aloha! So, the last time I wrote up a Day in the Life post, Penny was only 2 months old and I was still on maternity leave. It kind of feels like I just wrote that post up, but clearly it’s been a while! And since I’ve returned to work and Penny is now almost 6 months old, I’d say that more than a few things have changed, haha. Because I work from home 4/5 days a week, things still look pretty different from one to the next. There are just so many factors that inform my daily schedule: who I have helping out with Penny (our part-time nanny, my mother-in-law, or my parents), if I have in-person meetings or calls scheduled, if I have an Elite Event that evening, etc.

So I’m thinking I’ll be doing another day in the life post sooner rather than later to try and give a picture of what things are like for me when I’m at home vs. going into DC, but since yesterday was an office day, you get the latter first!

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4 AM: Our day starts bright & early (or, more accurately, dark & drearily), as Penny wakes up happily in her crib at 4 AM after having gone to bed at 7 PM the previous night. She’s just chat, chat, chatting away, petting her unicorn, and being adorably AWAKE. After a little while, I go down to her room and replace her pacifier with foolish optimism, but she has absolutely nooooo interest in going back to sleep. Oh well! I go back upstairs and watch the monitor hoping in vain that she’ll fall asleep again eventually… spoiler alert: she doesn’t.

4:45 AM: She finally starts to fuss, so Sean goes down and brings her upstairs to me so I can nurse her. She nurses for like 20 minutes per side and we both fall back asleep when she’s on the second side — whoops! We snooze until almost 7:30.

 
7:30 AM: Time to get up! I nurse Penny again (just for 5 minutes), change her wet diaper, and then go downstairs to let the dogs out. I also pick out her outfit for the day and get her dressed, since her room is on our downstairs level.

I also toss a load of laundry in the machine while we’re downstairs, as I’m trying to make a habit of doing small loads of laundry more often. Y’know, instead of my previous way of doing it, which was to wait until I’m literally wearing my last pair of clean underwear and then spend two days doing like 6 separate loads, lol.

When I come back upstairs, I feed the dogs their breakfast and supplements, Penny and I play a little bit, and I take her daily #OOTD photos, hehe. She’s sitting up SO well these days — self-correcting when she starts to teeter to one side, and even pulled herself into an upright sitting position when I placed her leaning back on the pillow! So proud of my strong little girl. <3

8 AM: I place Penny in her new Bumper Jumper for some self-play and sit down at my desk to go through my emails.

JUST KIDDING! My computer has decided to update itself all on its own because Skynet is nigh.

So I fill out my Panda Planner for the day, check my email on my phone, and get myself ready… giving a little extra attention to my hair & makeup since I have the time, lol. I am going into the office today anyway, I guess I should make myself presentable?

 
Penny lasts a good half hour in her jumper (!!), but when she gets tired of it, I give her favorite teether to her and hold her in my lap while I put my newly-perfected one-handed typing skills to use and respond to a few emails.

9 AM: Penny is showing signs of tiredness, so I go try to put her down for her first nap of the day.

She is pretty fussy once I lay her down (she has been fighting this morning nap pretty hard for the past couple of days), so it takes some extra time and some extra nursing (3 minutes) to get her calmed down. I lay her back in her crib and she finally falls asleep at 9:30.

9:50 AM: My mother-in-law arrives, so it’s time for me to head out! Typically, I’d have taken Penny over to my parents’ house before going into the office, and Sean’s mom comes and helps out on a different day. My parents are out of town visiting my sister and their other grandchildren this week, however, so Kim to the rescue! She texts me while I’m en route to work to let me know that Penny woke up at 10:15 — her classic short 45-minute nap.

10:45 AM: There was an accident or something causing a ton of traffic, so it takes almost an hour to get to the office even though rush hour was supposed to have been over by the time I left. Womp womp. Oh well, eventually I do make it to Yelp’s brand spankin’ new Chinatown office! H/T to my coworker Kimberly for the rad pic of our reception area below:

10:50 AM: I dump my stuff at my desk and head right to the Mother’s Room and pump first thing.

 
Somehow, I managed to remember to shove my pumping bra into my bag but forgot pretty much everything else, including extra containers to hold my milk. Thankfully Yelp is awesome and the Mother’s Room is not only stocked with the pump itself (every pumping mama gets their own set of flanges, tubing, and milk storage bottles), but also has spare parts for exactly this type of situation. I make a note in my planner to bring some storage bags to keep here at the office next week, though.

11 AM: I make a quick trip to the kitchen to grab some coffee and hodgepodge together a super late breakfast, since I haven’t eaten anything yet today. Definitely not a good habit… something I’m definitely trying to work on! I make myself a piece of toast with nutella and banana, and grab a strawberry Chobani, a hard-boiled egg, and some coffee. Yeah, our office kitchen is pretty boss.

I finally have a few minutes to bang out some actual work — responding to messages, queueing up emails, setting appointments, doing backend work, etc.

 
11:30 AM: Time for my weekly 1:1 with my boss. This used to be done on the phone, but now we can meet in person whenever possible and it’s so nice to get time to catch up and discuss what I have going on work-wise. Our meeting lasts half an hour, and afterwards I head back to my desk and keep plugging away at my to-do list!

Having Penny around has definitely taught me to be much more efficient with my time when I have work to do. A few hours of uninterrupted time at my computer probably doesn’t seem like much to most people, but I’m able to fly through my task list because I’m so focused on making the most of my time in the office.

I do have two more calls on my agenda today — our weekly team call at 1 PM, and a call related to a special project I’m working on at 2:30.

2:45 PM: After my last call of the day, I enjoy a late lunch with my coworkers in the office. This is my favorite part of having an office to go into — getting to see my colleagues on a regular basis! I’m already one of the lucky ones in the Community Manager program at Yelp, since my coworkers in DC and the MD Burbs are so close by (plus our boss, who also lives in DC), and we’ve been able to get together relatively regularly over the years. But having the office now means we see each other on an even more frequent basis! Forget the Coke Freestyle machine — getting to spend time with my work fam is 100% my favorite office perk.

Anyway, after we finish eating, I go back to my desk to wrap up a few more things with the intention of going to pump again, but my laptop’s mystical powers suck me in and I totally lose track of time. Womp. My mother-in-law lives in Stafford (an hour away without traffic), I want her to be able to head home before she gets stuck in the worst part of rush hour, so I decide to skip pumping and head out.

4 PM: I leave the office to go relieve my MIL from Penny duty! Alas, traffic is already pretty heavy, but that’s DC for ya…

4:50 PM: Reunited and it feels so good! My mother-in-law tells me all about Penny’s day: she napped twice, pooped twice, drank her bottles (hooray!!), and had baby oatmeal and carrots. She unfortunately threw up some of the carrots, but I think otherwise she was pretty good for Grandma! It’s a big relief to know she wasn’t too fussy, and also that she drank her milk since she’s occasionally weird about drinking frozen milk / from bottles (not sure which part is the issue). And of course, it’s also just a huge relief for me to get to snuggle mah baybeh again!

As if watching our little Lucky Penny wasn’t already enough, my wonderful mother-in-law also finished up the laundry that I started this AM. We say bye-bye to Grandma Foxy and I nurse Penny pretty much immediately — it’s been 6 hours since I pumped! She nurses for 11 minutes.

 
5:30 PM: We play together for a bit, before I try to put Penny down in our room for her last catnap of the day. She’s a little distracted though. Hmm, wonder why? 😉

I shoo her brothers away but the DockATot still isn’t cutting it. I can tell she’s really tired though, and if she doesn’t nap soon it’s going to mess with bedtime. So I snuggle up with her and she falls asleep pretty much instantly curled up against me. ::heart eyes emoji:: I certainly ain’t mad about it. Penny cuddles are pretty much the best thing in the entire world, after all.

 
Sean comes home while she’s napping, and because miracles do exist, I’m able to extricate myself from the bed without waking her to say hi to my husband.

6:20 PM: Penny naps for about 40 minutes (the last nap of the day is always a short one), and when she wakes up she is so excited to see her Daddy! It’s the most heartwarming thing ever.

6:45 PM: Sean plays with her a little bit while and then goes to prepare her bath. Penny is a total water baby and looooves the bath! She’s starting to get pretty big for our Schnuggle tub, though — when she splish-splashes, it goes everywhere now! Might have to move on up to the real bathtub soon ::sniff::

We wrap her up in a little bunny robe that her nanny gifted us — is she not the cutest little somebunny you ever did see? <3

 
7 PM: We normally try to get our little bunny in bed between 7 and 7:30, so we’re still doing pretty well on time. I nurse her one last time (just 5 minutes), and we get her into her jammies. I’m crazy for this unicorn footie sleeper that we recently picked up at Target (it’s Carter’s Just One You brand). My squeaky clean li’l unicorn!

 
7:15 PM: It’s bedtime! Sean and I have been trying to alternate nights putting her to bed, and tonight it’s my turn. Our bedtime routine is simply to put her in her magic sleepsuit, give her paci & her Zoe to her, and walk out of the room. Half the time she’ll fall asleep within a minute or two, and the other half of the time she needs a little bit of extra TLC. Tonight it’s the latter, but she’s not too bad. She fusses on and off a little bit and loses her paci twice, but I plug it back in and she’s down for the count by 7:30!

7:30 PM: I let the dogs back outside and it’s dinnertime for Sean and me. We eat and watch an episode of Altered Carbon on Netflix — we’ve been really digging it! I definitely recommend if you like sci-fi, murder mysteries, or futuristic thrillers.

8:45 PM: We clean up a bit after dinner and it’s time for some meeeee time! Sean plays a video game, and I throw a face mask on, toss some Friends up on the TV, cuddle up with Daxter by my side and Harry at my feet, and start writing this post!

 
12:00 AM: Sean went to bed at 10:45, but I really wanted to finish this post so it’s looking like a late night for me. Which, honestly, is basically business as usual for me. When you’re trying to balance work & blog & household & self-care, something’s gotta give, and for me, that thing is usually sleep, haha. So anyway, if you see me posting about decluttering my house and momming it up and working and still finding time to do my makeup, just know that being productive, for me, does not come without at least this sacrifice, haha. But whatever man, I’m sure I’ll more than catch up on my sleep when Penny’s a teenager and sleeping until 2 PM every weekend like I did. 😛

One last thing to do before I get ready for bed: pump, as I’ve been trying to build my freezer stash back up (and since I only pumped the one time at work today.) I pump for 9 minutes and get 6 ounces, so I’m really glad that I did!

12:45 AM: Daxter wants to go out one last time, so I wake Old Man Harry up and let both dogs outside while I quickly go through my own bedtime routine: wash my face, put on moisturizer, brush my teeth (accidentally putting facewash on my toothbrush… so maybe this whole sleep thing is taking more of a toll than I thought, eh?) and put my PJs on. Then I bring the dogs back in and crawl into bed a little after 1 AM.

Now we get to wait and see if Penny makes it straight through ’til morning (it’s happened before!) or if we’re in for another 4 AM wakeup call.

Cheers, everyone!

(Morning update: She did not, in fact, wake me up at 4 AM! She woke me up at 3 instead, hahahahacry. Thank goodness for coffee! 😅)

A Day in the Life: Penny @ Two Months

Aloha and happy Wednesday! I’m comin’ at you today with a Day in the Life post all about what life with Penny is like right now. It probably goes without saying that every day is super different from the one before and the one after. Things are still very chaotic and unpredictable, since, well, she is only 10 weeks old (today!) and we are still on absolutely no real schedule whatsoever. So I’m basically just living my life in repeating 24-hour cycles.

Luckily, I’m still obsessively tracking her eats, sleeps, diapers, and basically just every minute of her life on my phone (I use the Hatch Baby app) so at least that makes it easy to look back on our day for a post just like this! And since yesterday was a pretty good day to report on, in my opinion, let’s go ahead and get started!

4:01 AM: Penny went down for the night around 10:30 last night, waking up around midnight but then not again until 4! This means I got a glorious 4-hours of sleep for the first time in a while! As she’s barely been giving us 2 hour stretches at a time since last week, it feels pretty great. I nurse her for 15 minutes and she goes right back to sleep.

5:20 AM: Alas, victory is short-lived as she wakes back up only an hour later. I try to get her to go back to sleep on her own by shhhhh-ing her and rhythmically patting her chest , but when that fails I go change her wet diaper, and cuddle her until she falls back asleep.

7:05 AM: She’s awake again, hungry this time. Another 15 minute nursing sesh and she’s back out. Sean’s leaving for work, so I get to say a sleepy goodbye as he’s heading out and then we fall back asleep for another hour and forty-five minutes.

9:20 AM: Snoozing’s been great, but it’s time to get up for real. Penny wakes up in an awesome mood — she’s super happy, smiley, and adorable… and then she lets out a gigantic poop and is even happier! Bahahaha. I change her diaper, get her dressed, quickly go brush my teeth and wash my face (leaving her in her DockATot on the bed), and then we go let the dogs out.

9:34 AM: Time to feed the dogs, then I queue up the latest episode of The Mindy Project and settle in for another 15 minute nursing session. Afterwards, I take in more of Penny’s continued great mood by enjoying her laughs and smiles on the couch (and recording them on my phone, of course!)

 
After a bit, we move to the floor and she hangs out in her floor seat (the Fisher-Price Sit Me Up Floor Seat) — she loves being in this thing! Her neck control is pretty great now, to the point that she can easily keep it held up and so she loves looking all around. She’s also content enough for me to take 90 seconds to throw some eyeliner on and brush through my eyebrows, heh.

10:29 AM: Mama needs coffee and sustenance, so I strap Penny into her carseat and pop her into the car. It’s a truly miserable day, weather-wise, 43-degrees and raining, so I go all the way to the drive-thru Starbucks… even though I have to go past like three other normal Starbucks to get there. I tell you, I never truly understood the value of drive-thru convenience until I had a baby.

Penny falls asleep as soon as we hit the road, and, incredibly, stays asleep even after we’ve returned home. She continues to nap for a total of 2 hours (!), so as she snoozes I️ go clean up a smidgen, give Daxter and Harry some love, empty the dishwasher, and say sayonara to her 0-3 month clothing…

… trading it out for her 3-6 month stuff instead because my baby is a giant. Hooray! New outfits to spam my Instagram with! 😉

12:24 PM: Penny wakes up and — you guessed it — it’s time to eat again. I change her diaper first, and take the opportunity to weigh her before this feeding so I can check how much she’s eating (I have the Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad + Scale, which makes it easy to do this.) She nurses for 17 minutes and takes in 3.5 ounces.

Then it’s more playtime for us – she lounges in the DockATot on my bed for a bit while I make silly faces at her… that she completely ignores in favor of the far more captivating ceiling fan.

We move to the living room and I throw Gilmore Girls on Netflix in the background while she chills on her Boppy. She’s still in an awesome mood, and it’s so much fun to actually be able to do things to get her to smile and laugh now! Today she is all about the nose boops and the cheek squishes. 🙂 She then proceeds to spit up all over her onesie, so it’s time for outfit #2 for the day!

1:46 PM: It’s Election Day, and while a normal person might have thought ahead and stopped by the polling place when she left the house earlier, I clearly don’t have the wherewithal to handle that kind of advanced planning these days. So we hop back in the car and drive on over to perform our civic duty and give Penny her first taste of the democratic process! Of course, she falls back to sleep as soon as the car starts moving, so she naps right through the experience. Hopefully she absorbed some of the democracy through osmosis?

 
2:30 PM: We return home, and she’s only been napping for 45 minutes so I try to move her into the swing to finish her nap. Unsurprisingly, I am supremely unsuccessful and she wakes right up. Oh well!

 
We go downstairs to force the dogs to go outside (they are very reluctant since it’s still raining) and spend some time on her playmat. She’s kicking with a lot more control, and starting to sort of seem like she’s sorta-kinda-maybe grasping at the toys? Well, her movements seem slightly more purposeful than they used to at any rate.

We also get in a bit of tummy time, which lately means she bobs her head up and down while whining the whole time and drooling over everything. ::shrug::

2:51 PM: I nurse her for 11 minutes, then go to change her diaper again aaaaaand she spits up all over herself again. Since I have to change her outfit anyway, I record her official (naked) weight on the baby scale. She’s over fourteen pounds now and has officially doubled her birthweight! My giant li’l girl, hehe.

Time for outfit #3!

3:50 PM: She’s getting fussy so I know it’s time for another nap. Unfortunately, she doesn’t agree and is really fighting falling asleep… even though I can tell she’s tired! I try putting her down in the DockATot, in her swing, and rocking her in my arms, but every time I think she’s finally down, she wakes right back up. This continues for about forty minutes, le sigh.

4:37 PM: Finally I hear her let out a big ol’ poop, so I change her and she promptly falls asleep in my arms. Guess she was feelin’ the downtown pushdowns and couldn’t get comfortable — I know the feeling.

She’s so adorable that I have a hard time putting her down when she’s (finally) sleeping so sweetly, but after about twenty minutes I set her down so I can start working on this very blog post! She sleeps for an hour and twenty minutes, and I’m able to draft up about half of this post as well as eat a snack.

6:10 PM: Daddy’s home! Penny wakes up shortly after Sean gets home, so I nurse her and she gets in a few snuggles with her papa.

7:00 PM: We have dinner with my family on Tuesdays, so the three of us head on over to my parents’ house. My uncle is in town for business, so it’s fun to get to introduce Penny to him for the first time!

  
My mom cooked up a total feast, and I successfully am able to eat half of my meal one-handed — with chopsticks no less! — before Penny falls asleep again (taking another mini nap for about 45 minutes.) I nurse her again around 9 PM before we head back home.

 
10 PM: We’re home, and Sean takes care of Penny, changing her diaper and putting her pajamas on.

While he’s tending to her, I work on assembling the replacement swing that I received from Amazon. The one we originally got is functional, clearly, as I have been using it for the past couple of weeks. However, I’m convinced it’s defective as I can barely see a difference between the speed settings — there are supposed to be six different speeds, but they all seem the same to me, and none of them are fast enough for Penny (unlike when we were at my sister’s house, where Penny first for to experience this same swing and loved it.)

I really wanted to see if I was being crazy about the swing speed thing, and so was determined to put the replacement swing together tonight so that I could compare them. I ran them side-by-side and I do think that the new swing is faster/the speeds actually are different, so yay!

Of course, now this means I’ll eventually have to disassemble the first swing and somehow fit it back in the box to send back. But that’s a problem for another day! It’s getting late, after all!

11:03 PM: Sean heads to bed, and I nurse Penny for what I hope is the final time before putting her down for the night. And because I haven’t already pushed my luck enough with her today, I try to clip her nails while she’s nursing. Alas, since she’s discovered her hands, she holds them up by her head even more than she used to these days, which has caused her to give herself a couple of unfortunate scratches on her beautiful little face. Her nails grow so fast, too! I feel like I just clipped and filed them, sigh.

I get through 6/10 of her nails before she gets annoyed with me, which is actually better than I thought I’d do, and resolve to finish the rest when she’s sleeping… which is what I try to get her to do now, with little success.

11:37 PM: Half an hour later, I’ve tried rocking her, walking her around, shhhhh-ing her, patting her, and doing all the other go-to-sleep things that used to work once upon a time, but she’s fighting sleep again. So I do what I know will work: plug her back onto the boob and nurse her to sleep.

I proceed to type out the rest of this post one-handed, and that’s our day! Goodnight!

A Day in the Life

I’ve been seeing these kinds of posts all over the place lately (starting with Cassie’s extraordinarily detailed one about her impressive and far-busier-than-mine life, haha), and am totally jumping on the bandwagon. I always find these kinds of things fascinating, and thought that at least one of you might be interested in what a typical day is like for me these days (especially now that I’ve factored gym-time into the equation). Admittedly, I’m not that great at following an extremely rigid schedule. Things always tend to shift in one direction or the other. Still, there are definitely a few basic things that tend to stay the same day-in and day-out for me, so here’s a glimpse of what the average day might be like!

6:15 AM: My alarm goes off, blaring the cheerful Parks & Recreation theme song through my room. I unfortunately have to be at work extra early today, so it’s going off earlier than normal. I immediately silence it, and proceed to take a nine-minute nap (the length of the iPhone’s snooze feature).

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6:24 AM: With an audible groan, I extricate myself from the two schnauzer-shaped lumps on either side of my legs and peel myself out of bed. It’s straight to the bathroom where I turn on the shower, pop in my contacts, and brush my teeth.

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6:30 AM: I realize that I forgot to weigh myself yesterday, so I quickly hop on the scale before popping into the now-warm shower. It’s a non-hair-washing day, plus I’m heading the gym later, so I just quickly scrub down and rinse off. I am a master of the speed-shower, so I’m out in less than 5 minutes. Boom.

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6:35 AM: I deliberate in front of my closet for a couple of minutes before inevitably slipping a dress over damp-around-the-edges hair (blow drying is just time wasted, after all!).

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The thought of having to pair together a respectable looking outfit that consists of more than one continuous piece of clothing is simply too challenging before 7 AM. Success!

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6:38 AM: I throw some makeup on (on weekday mornings it’s usually just eyes: shadow, liner, mascara) and part my hair with my fingers in an attempt to look presentable.

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My last act before leaving the sanctity of my bedroom is to rouse the hibernating beasts still curled up on the bed. Lucky mutts.

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6:40 AM: To the kitchen! I let the dogs out back and scrounge around the kitchen for potential breakfast items. The fridge yields one last pineapple Chobani and a frozen waffle, which I throw in the toaster. I also pull out my dinner leftovers from the night before to bring for lunch.

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6:45 AM: I let the dogs back in, feed them breakfast, and hightail it out the door with the waffle between my teeth.

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6:50 AM: Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go! Traffic is surprisingly heavy considering how early it is, but these months spent commuting into the city have turned me into a douchebag, so I jut in and out of the merge lanes and make it to the office in pretty good time.

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7:15 AM: Since I’m one of two people that are actually in the office at this outrageously early hour, it’s pretty dark inside. I flip on all the lights and head back to the kitchen to fill up my water bottle. Once I’m back at my desk, I break open the yogurt I had hastily tossed into my purse. I look around only to realize that despite having JUST been in the kitchen, I did not bring a spoon back with me. I have a fork at my desk though, and I know from past-precedence that it will work juuuuust fine. This is not the first time this has happened. Laziness wins again!

The next few hours are full of work-related boringness, so let’s skip ahead, shall we?

11:30 AM: I don’t normally eat lunch yet, but since my schedule has been skewed to the early side, I’m already starving. I eat my lunch at my desk and get a few more things done. More work-related boringness ensues. It is a loooooong day.

4:15 PM: Quitting time! Time to hit the road and pray that traffic isn’t bad.

4:16 PM: Traffic sucks. My normal exit is backed up to high heaven thanks to an accident, so I get off at an earlier one. Because it’s already HOV time on 66 though, I’m forced to take a detour through Arlington. I’m mildly freaking out because I’m not that familiar with driving through this area, but I guess it beats sitting in gridlock.

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4:55 PM: I had a few errands to run today, but unfortunately my detour threw me off schedule. Since I most needed to stop off at the dermatologist’s office to pick up an itemized receipt to submit for my Flex Spending Account, that’s what I went with. Luckily, it’s only a few blocks away from…

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5:00 PM: … the gym! Normally I would have gone straight here from work. I’ve been putting in about an hour here most trips, but my legs are still really sore from my last session on Wednesday (sad, I know) though, so I only make it 40 minutes. I do get to try out the arm exercise from the Hunger Games workout though!)

5:45 PM: I arrive at home. I am greeted by loud and excited schnauzers, give them a few snuggles, and spend a few minutes chatting with my roommate Erin. Then it’s time to head upstairs to shower (again). I am of the unfortunate breed that must shower after working out — that’s how much I sweat (TMI? What’s that?). At least this time I wash my hair? Ahahaha.

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6:30 PM: Squeaky clean yet again, I head back downstairs to give the dogs their dinner, then root around in the fridge myself. I desperately need to go grocery shopping (what else is new?), so it’s a quick game of pantry roulette that results in salad and eggs. It makes me feel like I’m in college again, haha.

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7:00 PM – 11:00 PM: The rest of the night is spent editing the photos for this very post, pre-writing it, watching Netflix, and greedily pawing through my new issue Glamour that just arrived.

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Not only does it feature my new girlcrush Jennifer Lawrence, but it has an extra special bonus inside too!

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Ahhhh, Ian Somerholder, my not-so-secret Vampire Diaries love! Best issue ever.

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11:00 PM: Bedtime for me! We’re right back where we started. I crawl under the covers and pass out. It all starts again in the morning… but at least it’s Friday!

Have a great weekend!