I put together my first “Day in the Life” post 3.5 years ago after stealing the idea from my parents (who did something similar when I was a baby), and here we are eight “Day in the Life” posts later. I’ve done them each summer and winter, and occasionally Jamie and I go through them consecutively just to torture ourselves a bit as we watch how sadly fast our girls are growing and changing.
On Sunday night I realized that I better get with the program if I wanted to get a January “Day in the Life” post completed, so I decided that the next day, Monday, January 29th, would be the day. I wasn’t sure what we had on tap or how it would unfold, which kind of made it a bit more realistic and fun. 🙂
Here’s an average January day in our lives with a four year old and a 1 year old (Sadie will be two in April for reference).
My natural alarm clock always gets me up between 4:30 and 5, so on this day I tossed and turned a bit before forcing myself to sit up and get out of bed at 5:01.
I kissed Jamie goodbye, told him I’d be back about 6:15, and headed off to 9Round to get in a good workout.
I left feeling great and headed home, wondering if anyone would be up yet.
When I pulled in the driveway, I could see a living room lamp glowing, so I knew Jamie was up. He was up doing his morning devotional, so I grabbed him for a sweaty pic and hit the shower.
When I got out, I found Hadley awake and snuggling with J.
Sadie heard us outside of her door, so by 6:30 she was up and at ’em as well.
Jamie took over watching the girls so that I could run back to our room to continue getting ready for the day. I threw on an outfit that I’ve probably worn at least 10 times this winter (sold out sweatshirt with these gray jeans), and did a super speedy barrel wrap with my hair and a tad bit of light makeup since I’d be out and about running errands that day. Jamie came in speaking my love language with a hot mug of coffee, and when I asked him to snap a pic, my snuggle bugs ran to join in.
Jamie then helped Hadley tidy up her room before we all headed into the kitchen for breakfast.
Hadley had a pancake and clementine while Sadie plowed through a bowl of oatmeal and a clementine as well.
While they ate, I sat down to do an IG story and share Monday’s post across social media. I also caught up on some emails before quickly eating a frozen breakfast burrito.
While we ate, Jamie got himself ready for work then came out to unload the dishwasher (a chore we equally share and do depending on who gets to it first). A man in uniform unloading the dishwasher = so attractive. 🙂
Sadie was quite fussy after breakfast whining saying “Teeth! Teeth!” so we thought maybe her 2-year molars were starting to come in. When I went to investigate, I found that she had a ton of clementine pieces stuck in her bottom teeth and it was driving her nuts. Poor girl. Haha!
I got both girls dressed and hair and teeth brushed before moving on to throwing in my daily load of laundry, straightening up our room, making Hadley’s lunch, etc. My friend Amberlee called me during this time, so we talked for about 30 minutes while I ran around doing this stuff.
Meanwhile, Hadley played in the playroom…
… and Sadie chilled out on the couch watching Moana with a soccer ball and five baby dolls.
I wanted to hit the grocery store after dropping Hadley off at school, so I grabbed my stash of Hello Fresh recipes and picked one to make that night. I remember Jamie and I loving this one, so I took a picture of what I needed and then loaded everyone up to head to school.
Jamie didn’t have to be at work until 10, so he drove behind me to the girls’ school so that he could walk Hadley inside.
While Jamie was driving behind me, he noticed that one of my tail lights was out as well as my left blinker, so he looked up what he needed to grab at AutoZone to fix it before we parted ways. He headed to work and Sadie and I headed to ALDI.
We did a quick trip, grabbing a week’s worth of groceries, and then made our way home for a few low-key hours just Mommy & Sadie.
Because I’m incapable of wearing any pants at home besides comfy ones, I threw these joggers on and sat down to catch up on some things.
Sadie started throwing the PlayStation remote at me saying “Pretty!”, meaning she wanted to finish watching Moana, and I had no problem putting it on for her since I needed to do a few things. This is our spot: me on the right side of the couch with a blanket, and her nestled right on top. This is her favorite place to be! I tried my best to deal with a few things related to getting my car fixed (somebody’s door slammed the heck out of my car on Friday, leaving two big dents – ouch) as well as communicate with our realtors about a few house-related things.
Around noon, Sadie and I ate a quick lunch. I heated up some leftover dinner from a couple nights prior (a pasta/chicken/veggie thing) as well as finished up a kale salad from the night before. Sadie also had a little bit of pasta!
She played with her babies while I cleaned up the kitchen, loaded the dishwasher, texted a bit back and forth with my friend Jessica, and threw the load of clean clothes on our bed to fold later.
She’s been doing her business on the potty chair here and there, so before nap time I took off her dry diaper and let her do her thing. Though I oddly think she could be ready to potty train if we buckled down, I’m just so not ready to dedicate time to that with our inconsistent schedules right now. I am worried I’m missing a chance to do it when she’s highly interested though. Ah. Tough one! In the picture below she’s sitting on her baby doll’s potty chair instead to stall going into her crib. 😉
Sadie crashed hard around 12:30 without a peep, so I made myself a cup of coffee and sat down to resume work on Tuesday’s “Slice of Life” blog post I’d quickly started that morning.
Many of you many remember my friend Meg (son Jack) who used to be a main character on my blog for years when they lived in Kansas (they’ve since moved to Fort Rucker), so when I saw this IG message pop up from her, I knew I had to include her since talking with her is a daily thing anyway. 😉
She and I texted on and off for about an hour while I wrote my post, and before I knew it is was 2:13 and I needed to grab Hadley from school! I hate (!!) waking sleeping kiddos, but I had no choice but to grab Sadie and head off to preschool pickup.
The girls snacked for a while when we got home, and then around 3:30 Jamie walked in! His schedule is all out of whack right now, so thankfully he had a short work day!
Jamie wanted to fix my tail light before he showered off from the gym, so the girls and I threw coats on and played outside while he worked on my Jeep.
Hadley loves the idea of riding her bike, but since she’s not very good at it yet, she gets really frustrated really fast. She’s working on both her biking skills as well as that lovely attitude of hers. 😉
When the attitudes got too much from Hadley and the tears were streaming from Sadie who was failing miserably at figuring out how to ride Hadley’s scooter, we headed inside just in time to get a call from one of my close friends Bethy who is due any day with twin boys! We yakked for almost an hour and a half while I folded laundry, straightened up around the house, and cooked dinner. Jamie finished up on my car pretty quick, so he hung out with the girls while I did these things. I finally hung up once Sadie was at my feet screaming for my attention, but Jamie quickly came over to get her and show her a vibrant cardinal in a tree in our backyard.
Dinner was really, really good (every Hello Fresh recipe seems to be!). We had regular burgers on Brioche buns topped with balsamic red onions and a spread of aioli. On the side was the best roasted cauliflowers (a head of chopped cauliflower tossed lightly in olive oil, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper, and roasted on 425 degrees for 25 minutes).
We are working intentionally right now on teaching Hadley to respectfully obey us in all situations the first time we ask, so after a few issues within the first few minutes of dinner, she was dismissed to go to her room. She ran down the hallway crying, and a few seconds later Sadie started saying “I cry! I cry!” and ran down the hallway after Hadley. Jamie cracked me up when he said “Well, this turned into a dinner date quickly!”
Eventually we all finished up dinner and things were a bit calmer. The girls watched a little TV and horseplayed like they always do before bedtime, and Jamie took a couple minutes to breeze through my “Slice of Life” post before I scheduled it to go live in the morning.
Jamie does bath time 90% of the time, so he knocked that out with them followed by pajamas, teeth brushing, and books.
While they finished up reading books, I picked up around the playroom and living room and turned on our best buddy Sammy (aka our robot vacuum). We put him on every night to do his thing, and it’s insane what he picks up daily.
Around 7:15, the girls were both in bed and passed out rather quickly.
I can’t even remember how Jamie and I ended the night. Ha! We were probably in bed asleep by 9:30 like the classic old folks we are ready to run the whole show all over again the next day. 🙂
Want to see more “Day in the Life” posts?
July 2014 (Hadley at 8 months)
February 2015 (Hadley at 15 months)
August 2015 (Hadley at 21 months)
January 2016 (Deployment edition: Hadley at 21 months and me six months pregnant)
July 2016 (Weekend edition: Hadley at 2.5 and Sadie at 3 months)
January 2017 (Hadley at 3 and Sadie at 9 months)
July 2017 (Sunday edition: Hadley at 3.5 and Sadie at 15 months)
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother is today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 4 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo