I love reading about what other people’s days look like as they stay home with their kids, especially those who are small business owners or working from home. We have a pretty good schedule going right now, all of which will be flipped upside down when baby number three arrives in a few months, but for now, here is a glimpse of our typical weekday as Harper is three & Eloise is eleven months.
I wake up around 6:30, just as Brandon is about to head out the door, so I have a few minutes to make some coffee & chat with him (while attempting to fully wake up) before the girls start bouncing off the walls. They are both up by seven, and start the day watching Mickey on the couch with their milks.We are breakfast people, and our mornings are always pretty slow since Eloise still takes a morning nap, so I usually make some pancakes or french toast with fruit/yogurt while they play in the playroom.
If the weather is nice, we will play on the back porch for a little bit or go for a walk, and Eloise normally goes down for her nap by 10. While she is sleeping, Harper & I have one on one time, and she gets to play with all her big kid toys, everything with little pieces or messy stuff like paint & markers. Lately her favorite has been cupcake parties with her girls, Minnie & Minnie (yep, a tutu & Minnie headband on Mickey). We dress them up, decorate our cupcakes, sing happy birthday, rinse & repeat. I usually fit in a quick shower while Harper plays & then get her dressed so we can go somewhere when Eloise wakes up.
Our local bookstores & libraries offer story hours, which is fun for Harper but Eloise isn’t a fan of sitting still for very long. Sometimes we go to the park, meet friends to play or grab lunch somewhere. Have you all heard of chic-fil-a mom valet? You can order your food through the drive thru, let them know you’re doing mom valet & how many high chairs, placemats, etc. that you’ll need, then once you park, you can come inside & they will have a table already set up for you with what you ordered. It’s pretty amazing!! I think most locations do it, but it has made lunch outings so much easier for us! Sometimes we just run errands or go to the grocery store, both kids love it if they get to ride in the “cool cart” with steering wheels & share a box of goldfish! 😉 Some of their favorite lunches are turkey sandwiches with carrots & hummus, or sliced cucumbers for Eloise. We eat a lot of leftover pasta for lunch, and will definitely eat outside if we can to avoid the cleanup afterwards!
Nothing beats good weather when you have toddlers, it really is a breath of fresh air.
For the most part, Harper has dropped her afternoon nap, Eloise sleeps from 2-4:30 or so, while Harper has quiet time. I try to prep dinner & get most of my work done at this time, even if that means dragging my laptop outside while she does sidewalk chalk! 😉 Sometimes we are lazy & take a nap on the couch or watch a movie, but it’s really my only down time so I try to take advantage of it the best I can. When Eloise wakes up, the girls have snacks & then try their hardest to destroy the playroom & rest of the house before Brandon comes home. I start dinner around 5:30, and it is usually a total circus at this point, Eloise wants to be held non stop towards the end of the day. The girls usually play in the kitchen while I finish cooking & Brandon gets home around 6:15ish. We eat, we clean & we usually have a quick dance party or go grab an ice cream cone before the girls get in the tub around 7:30. They both love bath time, so if it has been a crazy day or I am home by myself, they sometimes have an extra long bath, with colored bath bombs, bath markers & lots of bubbles. I add a little lavender essential oil to the tub too which seems to help them get into sleepy mode! Brandon puts Eloise to bed while Harper & I pick up her room, and then she watches 15-20 minutes of a movie to wind down before bed. Then one of us reads her stories & does her prayers before putting her to bed by 8:30 or so.
And that’s a wrap!!! It really is so exhausting, and most of our days feel thirty five hours long. I seem to always look away at just the right moment, long enough for Eloise to dump cat water on her head and for Harper to toss a rice cake on the floor & stomp it into a million little pieces. But this is my dream job, staying home with my babies, doing a little work on the side & having the freedom to be creative as a mom & somewhat-artist. Even though some days I question if I am really cut out for this! The trick to doing it all, is not doing it all! Yes, one day we may have pretty pancakes & the girls may have coordinating outfits, but another day we eat peanut butter & bananas for every meal & nobody changes out of their pajamas. But we take it one messy-happy-chaotic day at a time! 🙂
Now spill it, what are your tips & tricks to your long days in toddler town?!