I’ve wanted to do something like this for awhile! Being home with Allison all day has its ups and downs, but we mostly have a routine down. I’d like to share my day with you all to get a glimpse of what it’s like in a day with a toddler.
4:45 am: My alarm goes off and I shut off my phone, grumbling as I close my eyes again. It’s way too early to be alive right now.
4:47 am: The bedside lamp turns on, telling me to get my butt out of bed. I stumble into the kitchen and make some coffee, growling a “Good morning” to my husband as I get back into bed with my coffee. I read my Bible and check my blog/email for a few minutes.
5:30 am: What a perfect time for a workout! -said no one ever. I do it anyway because who has time later on?
6:00 am: Shower, then breakfast. The time between 6:00 and 7:00 is the “Get everything done as fast as you can because you don’t know when Allison will wake up” time slot. I finish up my daily post and post it on a blogging Facebook page to trade comments and shares, while binge watching Grey’s Anatomy.
6:40 am: I hear rustling over the monitor, and suddenly Allison’s awake, whispering happily to herself. I try to finish everything I can and finish watching this episode.
7:00 am: I walk into Allison’s room to find a very happy toddler staring at me, and the first thing she asks for is a book. I give her one, then another, then another, until she’s finally satisfied, and decides to spend 20 minutes looking through books in her crib.
7:30 am: Dressed and ready for breakfast! Today’s menu is banana pancakes with strawberries/blueberries on the side, and she requests her purple milk cup. It has to be the purple one.
8:00 am: Time to play! She has about a thousand Little People toys, and loves to play with her huge Little People dollhouse. Then place each person on the couch. Then back in the dollhouse.
10:00 am: After a snack of string cheese, we head to the library for a toddler storytime. She gives no facial feedback as I sing to her and make her do hand motions. The bouncing on the knees gets me a little smile.
10:40 am: We get back home and play for a little bit. She keeps asking to look at my phone and look at “Allie”, but I keep pushing her toward her toys.
12:00 pm: We meet my friend for lunch at Chipotle. The first thing Allison does is stick her fingers in her sour cream and devour it.
1:20 pm: Naptime. I pray she sleeps for longer than 40 minutes and work on more blog stuff while sipping on an iced coffee and watching Grey’s Anatomy.
2:15 pm: My mom comes over to watch Allison while I take a trip to a car seat manufacturing company to give my opinions and receive a gift card.
4:15 pm: I come home to find Allison and my mom on the couch, playing with her Little People. My mom leaves, and I check the chili in the slow cooker. Delicious.
5:00 pm: Dinner. Allison eats her hot dog bun and ignores everything else on her plate. I tell myself that whole wheat bread is perfectly acceptable as dinner and totally nutritious. John comes home a few minutes later.
5:30 pm: We play in the living room for awhile. Allison overturns her wooden blocks and generally acts like a tornado.
6:00 pm: John plays with Allison while I catch up on blog work. He gets in some good quality daddy/daughter time.
7:00 pm: Bedtime! We get her dressed, brush her teeth, read her a book, say prayers, and put in her in bed with her Curious George plushie and blanket. I say goodnight and shut the door, and listen to her talk to herself for a half hour before she falls asleep.
7:30 pm: I crash in the bedroom and watch TV.
9:30 pm: John and I go to bed, exhausted. 4:45 comes way too early.
This was a pretty a-typical day. Lunch is always made at home, and we usually don’t take that many trips in a day. This was on Wednesday; I should have done Thursday instead to show you my reality. Waking up to find her caked in poop, and then she refused to take a nap. Luckily, most days are much better!
Does your day typically look like ours? Share your experiences with us!