Happy Monday! Our weekend flew by but we packed a lot into it and we have some fun things planned for this week ahead including a mid-week date (those might just be my favorite ever), a few projects around the house & a get together with friends from our marriage group on Friday so it should be a good one!!
I always love reading about what the day to day life is like for other Moms (especially those that have two or more kiddos and stay at home) and since Poppy just turned 7 months yesterday and we're in a nice predictable routine, I thought it would be fun to share a look into ours right now.
Most days start around 8:30/9am for us. The girls go to bed around 8/8:30pm and typically wake right around 12 hours later. Poppy occasionally wakes between 5:30am and 6am to eat and then goes back to sleep until her sister is up (and I do too!)
In the morning, I get Olivia first because she loves being the one to go "wake" Poppy. She opens P's nursery door and says in her sweetest sister voice, "HI POPPY!" and those words always signal the official start of our day. I shower first thing in the morning while the girls play together or Olivia reads in one of their rooms. Some mornings if we have nothing to do and nowhere to go, I pull both girls into our bed with books, muffins and some toys just to hang out in our pjs.
After I shower I get a bath started. Sometimes they both take a bath and other times I just give Olivia one. While Olivia is in the tub I feed Penelope breakfast (avocado + cooked egg yolk) and then get breakfast started for Olivia and I, usually right around 10am.
Once I'm done feeding Penelope, she plays a little and I get Olivia out of the tub. She chooses her clothes, gets dressed and then we head downstairs for breakfast. Penelope goes down for her morning nap between 10 and 10:30am and during that time I'm able to have one-on-one time with Olivia. We usually eat breakfast together on the couch, read books or look through baking magazines, do puzzles or play with her favorite toys.
Penelope's morning nap is about an hour on average, so she typically wakes sometime between 11:30 and noon. Once she's up, it's lunchtime for her around 12/12:30pm and Olivia either eats lunch at the same time or if she had a late breakfast, gets to watch a 30 minute show while I'm feeding Poppy. I try to prep Olivia's lunch before Penelope wakes from her nap so they can eat at the same time but sometimes at noon Olivia isn't hungry yet. After I feed Penelope, if Olivia hasn't already eaten, she has lunch (around 1pm). While she's eating I am able to sit and focus on one-on-one time with Penelope and eat lunch myself.
Around 1:30pm, I start getting the girls ready for nap time. We pick up toys, Olivia uses the potty and then chooses books. Poppy lays on Olivia's bed with us while I read and I usually end up leaving Olivia's room right around 2pm. I put Poppy down shortly after and most days by 2:30pm they're both asleep.
Olivia typically takes a 3 hour nap and Poppy's is closer to 1.5-2 hours depending on how long her morning one lasted. During that time I eat lunch if I haven't already, I start laundry or get a few things done around the house, catch up on the blog, get dinner started, relax or nap myself. Poppy usually wakes around 4pm, right when Dustin is getting home from work. He gets her up, takes her downstairs to play while he showers and then she usually hangs out in her bounceRoo in the kitchen while he packs his lunch for the next day. This gives me a little more time to myself to finish up what I was doing and then if she hasn't woken on her own, I wake Olivia at 5pm from her nap. Dustin usually feeds Penelope dinner around 5pm before the rest of us eat and then we try to do something as a family.
Depending on the weather, we sometimes take a walk before dinner or go to the park. When it really starts warming up we try to spend as much time outside as possible, so I take the girls out for a walk right in the morning after breakfast and just skip bath time or do it at night. I try to stick to our nap schedule as best I can because Penelope really needs two solid naps and Olivia needs a good afternoon one otherwise we're all just a hot mess. But if they're up around 9am and Poppy goes down at 10:30, that still gives us over an hour to get out and do something.
Dinner is usually around 6pm. During the week I try to cook 4 out of 5 nights and then one night of the week we pick up take out, usually Chipotle or a Papa Murphys pizza or something else nearby. I usually run errands on Saturday mornings for meals for the week ahead and then mid-week in the evening on Wednesday or Thursday if we need anything else and to restock for the weekend. A few mornings a week I have different mom groups and women's bible studies I'm a part of that usually start around 9:30 or 10, so on those days once the girls wake at 9am, I shower and get them ready, we have a quick breakfast and head out the door, then get home around noon for lunch. Poppy ends up napping somewhere along the way on those days, either in the car or on me :)
Dinner wraps up around 7pm and then it's time to get the girls ready for bed. Dustin usually takes Olivia upstairs for brushing teeth, getting in jammies and reading books while I feed Penelope. Once Dustin is done reading, I put Poppy down (usually right around 8pm) and then tuck Olivia in. On a good day, both girls will be asleep by 8:30pm and we'll be off the clock!!
Dustin and I try to spend an hour or so together each night after the girls are down before we go to bed. Sometimes we pop popcorn & watch a favorite show, other times we just relax and catch up or read together. If it's been an especially long day, Dustin runs me a bath and I unwind in there. He tries to be in bed and asleep by 10pm and I'm more of a night owl, so bedtime for me is usually closer to 11pm, but when 6am rolls around and Penelope is up...I always wish I'd taken his lead and hit it at 10. Live and learn, right?!
I'd love to hear what your day to day routine looks like! Is it the same or a little different every day?!
Hope your week is off to a great start!! XO
Hope your week is off to a great start!! XO