For this ADITL, I decided to just track the next day as soon as I was reminded about doing it. There really is no "typical" day, and there are quite a few things about this day that are definitely not so typical, but I wanted to be sure I actually did it. So, here goes!
|Sofia Noethe Photography|
5:38am My Sleep Cycle alarm goes off. For those who don't know, it's a smart phone app (I use my iPod Touch). You keep it under your pillow and it tracks your sleep cycles based on movement. You can choose the window in which it wakes you up, I have mine set for 45 minutes. So, if I want to be up by 6, it wakes me anytime between 5:15-6am whenever I am in my lightest sleep. I feel so much more rested waking up at 5:30 in a lighter sleep than at 6am in the middle of a deep sleep. On this particular morning, I was a little confused. The Sleep Cycle alarm is under my pillow, but I still got out of bed to shut off my actual alarm clock...but it wasn't actually going yet...so I ended up turning on the sound machine feature...all while my Sleep Cycle alarm was still going off under my pillow. I forget what time Trevor got up this morning, but he was already downstairs doing his usual morning stuff of eating cereal by the box, drinking coffee, reading emails, and figuring out his day.
I "rested my eyes" (whoops) until 6:20am and did my Miracle Morning (more on that soon, I promise) reading, Tuesdays with Morrie.
6:40am Got out of bed, went downstairs to get my coffee (we don't have enough space between counter and cupboards for our grind and brew coffee maker, so it's downstairs). I did musical laundry (dryer to basket, washer to dryer, hamper to washer), fed Rowdy.
|One of my besties makes these awesome mugs and other cool stuff here!|
|They totally adore each other!|
7:45am Trevor packing his lunch, I get the kids dressed.
7:55am Trevor leaves, he's sick, and has a practical exam today. GOOD LUCK!
8:10am Myra requests her "circle rug yoga," Cosmic Kids Yoga, and I get in the shower.
|My view as soon as I get out of the shower|
|Myra doing her yoga video. We had company last weekend and the spare twin mattress hasn't made its way back downstairs yet...|
8:45am We're leaving to bring Myra to PreK which starts at 9:00. When we get there, she picks out her laminated name, sticks it to the white board, and practices writing her name. I pull Niko away from the train table in her classroom, and we head to open gym. Myra's PreK is affiliated with the ECFE program, so she's familiar with the building. ECFE has open gym 5 times per week which is awesome.
10:00am Open gym is over. I decide to stop at Starbucks because 1) I have just enough left on my gift card for a Pumpkin Spice Latte (decaf grande non-fat pumpkin spice latte with no whip, to be specific) and 2) I can look back at this blog post and pretend that Starbucks was part of my every day life HA!
10:15am So far, I'm still riding the high of PreK starting and having a couple chunks of time each week with only one kid. I usually cram in a bunch of errands, but try to do some things for just Niko, too. So, open gym where I only had to focus on him was great. Next, errands. We went to Half Price Books to see what they had for early reader chapter books. I think Myra is ready for a read aloud chapter book. I ended up getting a few choices for her, a personal growth type book for me (the chapters are divided into each month of the year, so I plan to read the corresponding chapter each month in 2017), and a Good Morning book for both of the kids to read together. After that, I checked into the Goodwill down the street. I'm always on the hunt for cheap Gopher gear, or a good deal on gently used clothes for myself. I found a U of MN sweatshirt of Myra this time.
11:15am Niko and I head back to pick up Myra. At some point last spring, I realized I was sick of carrying around my kids' stuff. So, Myra got backpack and started carrying her own stuff. After Niko had been walking a while, I realized he was big enough to do the same. It's fantastic. We were there early enough for me to change his diaper before Myra's class was done at 11:30. Then I brought them right across the hall to the sibling care room so I could attend a short workshop called "Keep Calm and Parent On."
11:30am After dropping the kids off, I head down the hall to the parent classrooms. I think seven parents showed up for this one and it was a good topic to discuss. One of my personal growth books recently was Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting and the concepts were all simple, but have been fantastic for all of us. We all shared some good ideas, and the free workshops with childcare are awesome.
1:15pm Myra is down for her nap, I sit down for a minute and check texts messages/Instagram/Facebook, drink some water, and eat some roasted chickpeas.
1:40pm I head downstairs for a run. I intended to run the actual 5K program on our treadmill since I haven't yet. It has variable/interval elevation to mimic running a course with hills. I've done some elevation on my treadmill runs, but I don't think I've gotten above 3.5 yet. Halfway through the 5K program, I was at elevation level 7 with more to go and I decided to quit the program and do elevation manually. I figured I could either see how far I could get and likely not finish the 5K itself, which was my initial plan...to run 5K, or I could ease up on the elevation but still actually complete 3.1 miles. I'll eventually work my way up to hardcore hills like that and do the program, but today was not the day. I watch The Good Wife while I run, so I did a cool down walk while I finished that episode then Yoga With Adriene Runner's Cool Down Sequence for some good stretching. Laundry switch again.
|Halfway, right over the "A," is where I switched back to manual mode|
|Happy with that! Especially for such an intense start compared to what I'm used to doing.|
|My yoga pal, Adriene. Yoga never clicked for me till I found her videos!|
3:00pm I guess Trevor ran an update on our computer and it wasn't showing my login as an option. I tried to figure that out for a bit then gave up.
3:13pm I went upstairs for some food, decided on an uncrustable for myself, ate it while texting a friend for a bit.
|In front of the clean dishes I should put away one of these days|
4pm Niko woke up. For the first time ever, I think, he put two signs together "please, milk" then signed "thank you" right after that. He's gotten really good at using "thank you" at the right times.
4:15pm We're off to swimming lessons. Myra's lesson is 4:30-5:05. I try to keep Niko entertained while she swims, and he does pretty well.
|I can not get over this kid's CHEEEEEEEEEEESE face.|
|"Can I push the button?!?!?!?!"|
5:50pm We're home, time for pizza! Myra ate the sausages off it, Niko ate some of his pizza. I also gave them some toast with our new jelly and a leftover coconut flour pancake to fill them up.
6:25pm I get the kids cleaned up from their pizza/jelly/syrup mess then do my squats (part two of my workout program).
|Doing her squats, too|
|She chooses the best places for her tattoos. Another recent tattoo went on the palm of her hand.|
7:07 Niko in bed, I start to read chapter two of The Chocolate Touch with Myra. Niko crying, so after a minute or two I go see what his deal is. His sleep sack was on the floor, forgot to put it on, so I thought he was angry about that. I put it on him, say good night, and leave. More crying, I go back and realize he didn't actually say goodnight to Myra, so she came in to give him a hug and a kiss and I put him back to bed. Still more crying, so I figure he's just tired, or maybe not tired yet since his nap went kind of late? Not really sure. I finish the chapter with Myra and get her to bed, too.
7:45pm or so Everyone's quiet, I can hear Myra's giraffe going so I know she's not asleep yet, but that's fine. I intended to do some laundry folding or dishes or something, but the bedtime crying drama totally fries my brain and I just checked out for the day. I did get the dishes from supper into the kitchen at least. Then I sat on the couch, looked at my Fantasy Football, checked Twitter, went through what I'd be doing tomorrow morning (my mornings go so much better when I think it through for just a few minutes the night prior).
8:17pm Trevor text me to say he'd be packing up and heading home soon. He tells me when he'll be on his way so I can get Rowdy downstairs otherwise he BARKS. My response was "Good. Niko stopped screaming. Lol. Don't mind the disaster house. Tuesdays are busy and I guess I go in shutdown mode with screaming at bedtime." Trevor replied, excellent grammar and all, "Won't bother me none."
8:38pm Trevor home. He brought his stuff downstairs, got the coffee good to go for the next day. I brought the laundry upstairs, step one!, and I'll fold it tomorrow. Trevor gets himself ready for bed then goes to bed to watch whatever documentary type show he's watching these days to help shut off his brain so he can sleep.
8:45pm My FitBit buzzes its nightly buzz reminding me to get my butt ready for bed.
|October goal/habit tracker. These have been SO helpful for me. Blank spaces make me twitchy.|
10:00pm Sleep Cycle alarm set, Kindle put away, time for sleep!
Like I said, these are kind of a lot of work, but so fun to read when they're done. Hope you enjoyed our "A Day In The Life" - I'll post the link of the others next week!