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hello-a-go-go. how lex and i stay busy.

When Mike and I talked about me being a stay-at-home-mom I was straight-up- terrified. I mean- what was i going to do with this little person day in and day out? None of my friends had kids, who was i going to hang out with? Vent to? Get advice from?  Well, almost two years into this gig and the terror has completely subsided. We have a laundry list of go-to-activities, our schedule is jam packed with play-dates, library visits, lunches, and activities. And i’ve made some a+ buds along the way.

When lex was a few months old we joined a “developmental class” for babes. It was pretty awesome, we learned how to “play” with the babes, how to help them work on those necessary skills like rolling and crawling. The most awesome part? I met an amazing group of moms- we cried together, we laughed together, we nursed together, and our babes have grown-up together. I can honestly say i don’t know where’d i’d be without this group of mamas and babes! Lex LOVES her friends- she’s always asking to go to my gym with Aly, play soccer with fiona and waika, go paint with madeline, alex, and asher. . . we’re having a bounce house at lex’s birthday party- and she keeps naming off the friends who she wants to jump around with- i totally love this outgoing sweet kid!



So how do we keep busy during the week? Here’s a peek:

monday- my MIL comes over to watch lex and take her to the library. While i get to hit the gym!

tuesday- we hit the library with a few buds, do lunch. And after nap is soccer practice and lots of park time.

wednesday- myGym with lex’s bff Aly, with lunch (that always includes a cookie) after.

thursday- ballet class (lex’s fav excuse to rock a tutu), my mom comes out the rest of the day to babysit while i get to work out and run errands.

friday- we hit the gym together. lex colors and crafts while i hit the weights and she always gets cake pop after for good behavior. Mike carts lex off to swim lessons- they adore their father and daughter time poolside!


We LOVE our activities. I can honestly say lex enjoys each and every one. They keep me sane and they keeps a smile on her face. I swear this kid hasn’t met an activity she doesn’t love. Ballet class? bring on the tutus and smiles. soccer practice? the kid laughs all the way through. My gym? climb, climb, dance, chase Aly with a giant toothy smile. Swim class? Cant get this mermaid out of the pool. The rest of our days are filled with errand running, play-dates, aquarium visits, baking, and lots of crafting and mess making in the play-room.



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  • January 27, 2014 - 5:40 am

    Sara - Totally the perfect schedule and obviously why lex is always all smiles!!

  • January 27, 2014 - 6:30 am

    ehayes1183 - between the newborn and thid neverending polar vortex,im dying to get out and have half of this schedule!!

  • January 27, 2014 - 7:23 am

    Lauren - TOTALLY awesome post Erin. I didn’t stay home with my first, but will be staying home with my second (he is six weeks on Wed). It was SO nice to read this, because you expressed a concern I have. Thank you for being open about these feelings. It is nice to know I will “figure” it out and stay busy. I am NOT one to stay home all day 🙂

  • January 27, 2014 - 9:49 am

    Megan @ HNL - Girl, you’ve got this down! You have also confirmed my SAHM dream, I need to do some talking with my Mike! 🙂

    Love Lex, her perky pony’s are my fave.

    Hope you had a great time at the gym today!

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  • January 27, 2014 - 10:23 am

    Jenny - I love that you have found what works for you & Lex that’s what’s important!

  • January 27, 2014 - 11:06 am

    Jenesha - Wow you two keep busy! What a wonderful support network you have as well 🙂 I can tell you’ve both found a great balance in life and enjoy every moment! So cute!

  • January 27, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Kristin - I cannot wait for Kenley to get to the age where she can start doing some of these activities. It’s going to be so fun! Sounds like you guys have a really good routine going! 🙂

  • January 27, 2014 - 11:43 am

    Jess - You’re such a good momma!!! I didn’t sign Cam up for swim lessons this spring because I didn’t want to go…isn’t that awful!?!?!? Ahhhh, I feel badly typing it, but it was so hard last year to give up every Saturday morning for swim lessons. I know that’s selfish. I’ll go sign him up for the next session now. #momfail

  • January 27, 2014 - 12:45 pm

    Colleen - Lex sure knows how to have fun! She’s lucky to be so out going and make friends so easily! I’m sure she gets those admirable traits from you! xoxo

  • January 27, 2014 - 3:25 pm

    Courtney Patterson - I’ve been so bad about getting M signed up for classes! She desperately needs *something* as her energy levels are off the charts. Along with you and Jenny, I’ve gotten some great ideas! {And don’t even get me started about toddler girls in tutus – too too much!!} You see what I did there? 😉 Have a good week!

  • January 27, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    julie - Awesome schedule! Lex has such fun activities!

  • January 28, 2014 - 11:07 pm

    Jess - Can Sadie and I come and hang out with you guys for a week? Sounds like so much fun!

  • January 29, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    Lauren - I can TOTALLY relate to this post! It’s amazing how you get involved and meet some new mama friends that you just grow to adore. And after reading this I decided I need more lunches on our weekly schedule:). -Lauren

  • January 30, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    Courtney B - You are the BEST mom!! What a great schedule!! I’m taking notes for my future!

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