4:30 AM My alarm goes off early. Last night, I was too tired to finish writing yesterday’s blog entry, so up and at it, I get. I wasn’t joking about being a morning person!
6:00 AM Sam starts to stir in his crib and the pup is eager to go outside. I take both boys downstairs and start morning routine. After giving Sam a bottle, I let him crawl around as I prepare breakfast. Somedays we have hide Charlie’s dishes so that Sam doesn’t knock them over.
7:21 AM Gah – I love baby onseies with cute feet! Sam has recently gone through a growth spurt. Currently wearing 12 – 18 month clothing. I picked this pair up on a luxurious trip to the grocery store by myself.
7:32 AM She wants to be picked up and cuddled more these days. This morning, after I picked her up, she told me that she loved me. It wasn’t until recently that girlie spontaneously told us that for the first time. If I knew then, what I know now, I wouldn’t have been as stressed. She is coming out of her shell.
8:41 AM …And we are out the door! On our walk to school, Rowan chooses to ride on the piggyback board that’s attached to Sam’s stroller this morning. “The board” has been the best baby gift we have received. So happy to have my maternity leave to walk Rowan to and from school.
10:30 AM After coffee and a quick trip to the grocery store, this little man and I are back home playing. Right now, he loves anythings with wheels on it.
11:41 AM I hear Rowan playing with her Cinderella figurines. It follows the typical story except for one small detail.
12:02 PM Lunch. More scrambled eggs.
12:44 PM Beth arrives and read to Sam before nap time. Let’s do this kid!
2:48 PM I lye down when Sam goes to bed. I wake up with a start. Clearly this mama needed the rest. Before Sam wakes up and Rowan is done, I start to prep snack. I make a peach coconut milk smoothie for myself.
3:03 PM Rowan is finished and Beth reports the activities of the session. Beth is positive and comments that she has seen improvements in Rowan’s speech over the past three weeks.
3:03 PM Rowan shows me her drawing and collection of items from her scavenger hunt.
4:37 PM I take the kids out to get their passport photos taken. With our trip to Iceland booked we are running out of time to get everything in order. Afterwards we visit the toy store and head to the park. We run into Ro’s friend O. We chat with O’s family and make plans for a playdate in the weeks to come. I put Sammy in the swing and he immediately starts clapping.
5:13 PM Rowan has noticed that I have taken lots of pictures lately and when I go to snap a picture of Kew Gardens, she run past and says, “Look at me Mommy! Take my picture!” This is every scrapbookers dream! Ha! Fly, girlie, fly!
5:23 PM Walking along Queen St, I am excited/relieved that Aaron will be arriving home soon. The kids are fascinated by all the traffic in the Beach.
5:37 PM We arrive home later than expected. We arrive home later than expected. This guy is feeling better and is ready to play.
6:52 PM And he is home. With gifts, no less! Aaron puts Rowan to bed, reading her stories. Afterwards we order sushi and talk about his trip.
It’s the middle of the week and I am feeling like I am hitting a grove with my documentation. Given that it is my 6th time participating in this week long photo project, I know that if I don’t get my thoughts down somewhere, I will likely forget the specifics of the day, hence getting up early to write. They told me at the hospital, that they would FED ex my memory back to me after giving birth, but I am guessing it is lost in transit? Of interest, I am still fighting the gremlins in my head about needing more photos, or “good” photos. Down time makes all the difference to me. Sam had a 2.5 hour nap and I was able to rest too. As such, I am patient with the kids and which is reflected how I parent them.
- I am thankful for sunny days & planes that arrive on time.
- I am thankful for playgrounds in walking distance of our house.
- I am thankful for afternoon naps.
Favourite Moment of the Day
Jess: In addition to Aaron coming home, feeling at ease that I had “successfully” solo parented two kids and the dog by myself for three and a half days.
Rowan: “Daddy, came home! He’s here!”
Sam: “Gah Wa?…”
Week In the Life Intention 2016:
To capture the fullness of our lives right now.