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!