This day was Friday, January 29, 2016.
John is 34 years old.
I am 33 years old.
Charley is 4.
Laney is 9 months, exactly!
My first alarm goes off at 6:00 a.m. We're snoozers, so we snooze then, and then also at 6:09 and 6:18. At 6:27 we finally get up. John makes his way to the shower and I go get Laney up.
We have a new routine lately where I wake up Charley first and set her up with a TV show while I nurse Laney, but this day I forgot to do that first. So I nurse Laney for 15-20 minutes and then get her dressed. While I'm nursing Laney John finishes his shower and gets Charley up and settled with a cartoon.
I make my way into the kitchen where John is making my breakfast smoothie and wondering why in the world am I taking pictures so early. I don't tell him I'm doing A Day in the Life, yet. So we get grump face.
It is now 6:53 and I put Laney in the highchair to await her second breakfast and Charley has finished up her breakfast so it is time to get her dressed now too.
I get her dressed in the outfit we picked out last night (we MUST pick an outfit at night or else we will be fighting in the morning. And sometimes even then we still do. Getting her up a bit earlier and letting her wake up with a show has helped though. Whew!) and then we head to the bathroom for hair brushing and teeth brushing.
Finally I get a little bit of time to start getting myself ready. As I walk back through the kitchen John is feeding Laney some yogurt. It is now 7:05 a.m.
It is time for John and the babies to leave. These were taken at 7:14 and 7:16, and I finally told John why I was being crazy with the pictures this morning so I get smiles.
I really should get up earlier (one or two less snoozes would do it) because days like today when my hair is not cooperating at ALL (nightly shower and then I go to sleep on wet hair) I end up really pushing it to get to work on time. It is already 7:25 and work starts at 8 but I cannot go to work with my hair like it was, so I start curling it.
Also on the outfit choice - we have casual Fridays at work so usually I just go with regular jeans, but today I have an interview to conduct and I know she will be dressed up so while I'm not going to match her and wear a suit or anything, I figure colored jeans & boots is better than just regular jeans. Right? Ha. At least that's how I justify it to myself. I don't wanna give up my casual Friday!
Ok. 7:40 a.m. and I've got to G-O GO. Quit taking pictures you buffoon - you are going to be late!
7:45 when I pull out of my driveway. On the way to work I down my smoothie. (OJ, banana, kale, flax seed, berries, yogurt - I think. John's the smoothie maker around here.)
And at my desk. 8:00 ON THE DOT. Whew. (I used to NEVER be on time at my old job. Granted, it was much further away and I had tons more traffic to deal with, but I never could get it together to get there on time. Here, I consider 8:00 to be on the late side and much prefer at least 10 minutes early.)
Work, work, work, work, work all morning. I am so busy this time of year so I rarely come up for air. My Fitbit tells me I'm only getting 3-4,000 steps A DAY lately. I spend a lot of time in that red chair.
Until finally, time for lunch around 12:45. Only, this lunch is slightly different since I'm doing an interview over lunch at Panera. Oh, did I mention this was my first interview EVER?
While I do feel like my day is slightly incomplete without pictures of my lunch and lunch companion, I'm thinking that would have been slightly weird to do so I refrain. It went better than expected though and I head back to work.
The reason I'm so picture heavy in the mornings and evenings is because my work day looks all the same. And how many selfies can one take in a cubicle?
Okay just one more. This was at 3:22.
Oh! Here's something fun! I went to get water at 3:24. And yes, I would have been so embarrassed had someone seen me taking a picture while doing this. Weirrrrrrrrrrrdo.
Ok back to spreadsheets for the remainder of the day.
Until finally, it is time to go get my babies. They are now at my parent's house this afternoon because my sister had a funeral to go to so she brought them over to my parent's house around lunch. I pull up and hear Charley and my mom playing outside and make my way over to them. When Charley sees me she comes running up to give me a hug. Best part of my day right here. This was at 5:36.
I then go inside to find my Laney Bug. She's napping on my parent's bed so my dad and I go get her.
We make our way home and I give Laney a bottle while Charley watches a show before dinner. This is at 6:12.
John and Charley have dinner. (I skip dinner in lieu of something coming up later this evening.) It's just leftovers tonight so I can't remember what John has but Charley has pork, corn and potatoes with watermelon for dessert - in an Ariel dress and with a Renaissance Festival flower crown, of course. I think Laney has a little bit of the pork, corn and potatoes too, but I can't really remember. She may have just had a pouch this night. She gets down and plays at some point too. This is why you don't wait an entire week to type all this up.
It is Laney's 9 month birthday so I drag out the tripod and monthly sticker to take her monthly pictures real quick. John comes in to help because Laney is a sticker destroyer. We still have Charley's stickers though so we end up using that one instead. Despite the looks of things (these are straight out of the camera), we did eventually get two decent shots, which I'll share in the 9 month update post soon. These were done from 7:06 - 7:15.
7:25 - I put Laney in her pajamas and she runs around a bit being mischievous in her walker.
7:52 - Charley wants to read Laney a book before Laney goes to bed. Afterwards I give Laney a bottle and she's out for the night.
John decides now (7:53) is a good time to start working on a leaky sink. My friend Diana shows up sometime around here too, but I didn't want to throw a camera in her face the second she walked in so I don't have a time stamp for accuracy here.
Charley decides she wants more (and more and more and more) watermelon so I give her some more. By 8:34 we've got her in pajamas and have brushed her teeth and we are reading her books in bed. I read one first, and then John reads one.
Charley does get up and come out of her room once, but I think it was to use the bathroom and then she goes back in her bed. Her and Laney are then both out until 7 something the next morning.
Meanwhile, my friend Diana and I head out at 9 something. We go to a restaurant to have an appetizer and some drinks and chat.
A little before 11 the bartender comes by and asks if we want another drink. We both decline at first, and then change our minds a couple minutes later. He brings us our drinks and we continue to chat chat chat. At 11:30 we realize we are the ONLY people left in the whole restaurant except for the bartender. Whoops! We ask what time they closed and he said 11! We still each had half a beer left to finish so we quickly drink those up and make our way to the car to head back home. We hadn't planned on shutting a bar down this night, but what can we say - we are party animals! This was taken at 11:31.
Diana lives about 2 hours away so she's staying the night at our house tonight. One day we'll have our basement finished so she can have a guest bed, but for now we just have the couch. We end up sitting on that couch until 1:30 in the morning just talking. Well, okay, and maybe drinking too. (Though I think I only had water once we got back home. Diana you lush! :P) This was taken at 1:05 a.m.
So yeah. Finally at 1:30 a.m. I decide it would be a good idea for me to actually go to bed now. John was getting up the next morning to go do some handyman work at a coworker's house so I would only be able to sleep as late as the girls slept. So 6 hours later I get up and am back on the clock. But, it was worth it! I don't get much friend time so I soak it up when I do.
The end! Very busy, very long, and very fun!