6:30am- Lex is officially up. Mike hits the shower and i go and get the babe up. We definitely “help” dad get ready every morning- we all brush our teeth together, lex & dad shave together, and we hassle him until hes dressed and ready for work.
7am- head-downstairs for some breakfast. Lex and i feed the doggie while mike is in charge of getting breakfast ready for all of us (lucky guy. but he secretly loves it).
7:30am- We wave bye-bye to dad as he heads off to work leaving us to play.
7:30-8:30am- We play blocks, read books, draw on the chalkboard, and then settle in for an episode of Doc McStuffins while lex gets her morning bottle.
8:30- 10am- Lex naps while i run around like a mad-woman cleaning up, cleaning myself up, and getting ready for the day. Dont worry i always multi-task and mange to watch some trashy not-so-kid friendly TV. usually something involving realhousewives, dance moms, gypsy weddings, or ready for love.
10-10:30- the babe has awoken. we’re up getting dressed, grabbing a snack, putting our shoes on and heading out the door for gymboree (grover is lex’s new bff. he literally doesnt leave her side, and she carries him around EVERYWHERE).
11-11:45- we play, laugh & learn at gymboree. We’re lucky that other play-group mamas are in the same class as us- so all the babes love seeing each other, and play like fiends since they’ve known eachother their whole lives.
11:45-1- its back home for us where we grab some lunch (grilled cheese & strawberries), play in the playroom somemore, and i try my damndest to get lex to drink her milk from a sippy.
1-2:30- another sweet, sweet nap. More cleaning, dinner prepping, bill paying, laundry doing (i swear i am always doing laundry. This kid gets both her AND me dirty constantly).
2:30-5: We always try to do something outside in the afternoons. A few times a week we’ll hit the park with lex’s BFF fiona. . . buuut today we played in the sandbox and water-table (little watertable trick i JUST learned. Add dishsoap to it while you’re filling it up. hello bubbles AND it helps keep it clean. i throw a sponge in there for lex to play with and half the time she ends up cleaning stuff. WIN). We then took a walk to the nearby school to pick daisies and run around a bit.
5-7pm- mike gets home with tucker (who still goes to doggy day care 2x a week) and lex and i descend on the two boys. Mike whisks lex away to play while i get dinner ready (spaghetti. its a fan fav with lex, and the only meal besides black-beans she goes to town on). After dinner we play more blocks, books, and chase before we decide ice-cream totally needs to be on the agenda for the evening. So we load in the van and hit baskin & robbins, and trust me it did NOT disappoint. Clearly its not a daily activity, but definitely turning into a weekly one. Once we get home its a race to the bath to get our clean on. Lex is obsessed with that blue-bath crayon and wont let it out of her sight during bath time. We get her down right at 7- which is a late night for her (we usually only make it until 6:30 before shes begging for her bed)- but hey, ice cream was involved!
After lex is in bed, we clean up dinner, then i hit the gym, take a spin class, or hit my pilates studio for one of their addicting workouts. And i’m always asleep by 10 and ready to do it all again the next day! Before i was a stay at home mom i was uber nervous about what the heck i’d do with a baby all day, i definitely wasnt prepared for how busy i’d be, and how exhausting it can be constantly being on the go all day (yes, even with lex still taking 2 long naps). Here’s a peek at how we stay busy & sane throughout the week– mondays- my MIL comes to babysit for a few hours while i hit pilates, in the evening mike & lex take swim lessons. Tuesday- we hit up story time at the library and have a ladies lunch with lex’s BFF fiona and her mommy afterwords. Wednesday- we take music class. Thursdays- Gymboree & my mom comes to babysit so i can hit pilates. Fridays- we leave open and hit the park, run errands & paint the town red. I can honestly say i LOVE what we’ve got going on- i love being this little girls mommy and wouldnt trade it for the world.