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A Day In My Life: February 25, 2015

A Day in My Life

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6:47 am: Juniper stirs next to me (we bedshare), and I turn over, pull her close, and she nurses. Sometimes she falls back asleep, but not this time. After a few minutes of nursing, her eyes flutter open, she smiles, and starts speaking her adorable baby language.

6:58 am: She’s done nursing, and is up and ready to go. She’s crawling all the around the bed. Climbing on us, the pillows, the headboard, basically anything she can get her hands on. Craig wakes up, and we all relax in bed a bit longer. We chat about a few things, and try to keep the baby girl from crawling off the edge of the bed.

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7:21 am: Actually get up out of bed. Put Juniper on the floor to crawl around and explore while I change into my workout clothes. She is quite intrigued by my teal shoes.

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7:30 am: Head down to the basement to workout, but first, I switch a load of diaper laundry over to the dryer (yes, we dry our diapers—shock, awe). Head over to the treadmill and hop on.

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8:10 am: Workout is done. I have a cold, so I took it easy and just did some treadmill walking and some light lifting. I was mostly just looking to keep up with my healthy momentum. I head upstairs to find Craig starting breakfast and June Bug crawling around the living room. He asks me to make us smoothies to go with breakfast, so I whip out the blender and throw all kinds of stuff in there (we love our Ninja Ultima).

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8:31 am: Craig is still finishing up breakfast (it’s a frittata!), so I take a second to nurse Juniper at the kitchen table before she eats. If she’s at all hungry when she sits down at the table for “real” food, she completely refuses to try eating solids.

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8:37 am: Breakfast is ready! Mommy has a veggie frittata, plus three beverages—the green smoothie, lemon-ginger tonic, and some tea. Let food be thy medicine, and all that. Daughter has frittata, avocado, clementines, and a banana bum.

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8:55 am: I’m done with breakfast, and I gotta get working. Head over to my desk, open up my planner (I use a Moleskine Weekly Notebook, more on that another day), and start, well, planning. First task of the day: get through my out-of-control inbox.

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10:02 am: Inbox zero achieved! That wasn’t so bad. Just in time for Craig to bring me Juniper so she can eat before her nap (they were playing in her room). She eats a decent snack, and I hand her back to Craig so he can get her down for a nap. I head to the closet and change out of my workout clothes. I’ve already had two outfit changes today, and Juniper still is in her jammies (and, um, stays in them until it’s time to put new ones on for bed).

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10:16 am: Stop by the kitchen and clean up the breakfast dishes. We’re normally really rotten about keeping the kitchen clean, but Craig and I have both been trying really hard lately to keep on top of it.

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10:31 am: Back to work. Open up my editorial calendar and see what’s on the docket. Notice I have a sponsored post that is due for client review this week (it’ll be live in April). Start writing that.

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10:43 am: Hello, writer’s block, my old friend. Find I have absolutely nothing to say about salad. Spend 10 minutes staring at a blinking cursor, then decide I could probably find some more productive way to spend my time. So I tackle some annoying tasks on my to-do list, including posting some old cloth diapers I have for sale. I’ve been meaning to do this forever.

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11:46 am: Juniper is up from her nap. I feed her again. She isn’t really hungry, but I want to make sure to top her off before my parents take over baby duty in a few minutes.

12:02 am: My parents are here. We chat a bit, and then I hand the nugget over to them, and they take her into her room to go play. Craig heads off to go get ready for class. I sit back down at my computer, and try to write a different post (this one). It goes much better. I also do some Facebook chatting with one of my good blogging friends.

12:37 am:  Lunch time. I heat up some leftover chicken noodle soup. And eat it at my desk. Still writing (and Facebook chatting—multitasking, yo). Also eavesdropping on my parents giggling at JuneBug. They love her so.

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1:28 pm: Get an email from someone interested in the diapers I posted. Make the sale. Sweet.

1:35 pm: Back to writing. My lunch has inspired me to write my chicken noodle soup post. It’ll probably go up over the weekend.

1:47 pm: Uptown Funk comes on Spotify. I have a mini dance party by myself. Because, I mean, c’mon, how can you not dance when this song is on?

1:50 pm: Back to the chicken noodle soup post.

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2:07 pm: I hear someone’s giggles starting to turn into yells and screams. Which means nap time is coming up quickly and my time with childcare is limited. Must. Get. Post. Done.

2:24 pm: Boom! Post scheduled.

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2:26 pm: Juniper is still happy with the grandparentals, so I do some administrative housekeeping in the last few waning minutes of my workday. I clear out my inbox again. I approve and reply to a few comments. I edit the photos for a couple of recipes I developed the day before. I make a few Pinterest graphics for posts that are going up next week.

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2:39 pm: Snack time. Pear, cheese, and dates. Scarf it down quickly, because I hear some fussiness starting. Nap time is upon us!

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2:49 pm: Time for me to put on my Mama hat. I thank my parents for watching JuneBug, send them on their way, and then lie down and nurse Baby Girl into an easy sleep. She’s out in no time. I snuggle up to my little girl, and turn on a couple of episodes of Friends on my iPhone.

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3:44 pm: Two episodes of Friends later, and Juni is still passed out. So I grab my phone and do as much work on it as I can. I answer some more emails. Respond to a few comments. Do some blog reading.

4:19 pm: And she’s up! We head into her room, and after a diaper change, we have some serious Mommy/Daughter playtime.

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4:47 pm: She crawls over to her bookshelf and starts pulling off her board books. Which is probably just because they are fun and colorful, but I like to think it’s because she wants story time. I pull her up on my lap and we read through a few of her favorites.

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5:09 pm: Daddy’s home! Everyone is excited. I spend pretty much 24/7 with the guy, so I seriously miss him whenever we are apart. He comes in, and immediately grabs Juniper from me to say hello and do some play time with her while I get started on dinner. We chat about how his class went (well) and how Juniper’s visit with Nana and Grandpa went (also well).

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5:41 pm: Dinner is served. We’re having sweet potato black bean burgers with oven fries and side salads. Juniper is having black bean burgers, too. Along with some fries and, her favorite, red bell peppers.

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6:18 pm: We’re all done with dinner (Juniper quite liked her black bean burger). Craig gets her cleaned up, and we all head into her room to do some family time. This is my favorite part of the day. Craig and I chat and talk about life, Juniper makes her way around the room playing with various toys. We read books. We make up silly games. We laugh. It’s good times. She climbs up on my lap at one point wanting to nurse. She has a bit of snack, and then is back to having fun.

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7:15 pm: We’ve been having so much fun we blew right past bathtime (normally 7pm), so Craig heads in to get the tub filled up. I sing Juniper her bathtime song (“Splish, Splash,” of course), and she gets super excited. She loves bathtime!

7:18 pm: Juniper heads to the bath, and I head to get ready for bed. I brush my teeth and get my jammies on. Then I stop by the tub and peek in on our happy swimmer.

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7:25 pm: I head out to the kitchen to start cleaning up from dinner. I get about halfway through unloading the dishwasher when it’s time for me to take over the bedtime routine.

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7:37 pm: I give Juniper a baby massage  while singing her bedtime song (“What A Wonderful World”). Then I get on her nighttime diaper (a Sbish Overnight Bamboo Fitted and Knitted Wool Cover—although we just ordered some new covers, because we don’t love these) and her jammies. We then head to bed, where we settle in for a last nursing session before bed. About half the time, she falls asleep while nursing, the other half of the time, she fights it hard and gets a crazy burst of energy. This was one of those nights. She nurses for a sec, then is up and jumping and bouncing and giggling and babbling. We let her get all this excess energy out for 10 or so minutes.

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7:52 pm: She’s finally starting to wear down, so Craig puts her in the carrier to wear her to sleep. And I head back out to finish my kitchen cleaning.

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8:09 pm: The kitchen is clean, and I don’t hear any sounds from the bedroom, so I’m assuming the baby is asleep. I pop on my computer for a few minutes to write a little more of this post.

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8:28 pm: My eyes are getting sleepy, so I head to bed. After I get settled and comfy, Craig transfers a passed out Juniper to me in bed, and I nurse her back to sleep (although, she never really wakes up). She snuggles up beside me, and I turn on Friends on my phone again. I get through one episode before I can’t keep my eyes open anymore.

9:02 pm: Bedtime for this sleepy Mama. G’night!

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Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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25 Responses
  1. Kim

    Can you recommend any books you liked as reference material for starting baby on solid foods? My twins are coming up on five months and I want to have a plan ready to start them on wholesome foods soon.

    1. Cassie

      We are doing baby led weaning, so I just read the Baby Led Weaning book, plus read over a few blogs from other BLW parents (Peas and Crayons and A Healthy Slice of Life are both BLW rockstars!).

  2. Wow!! I am really impressed with how much work (both blog and housework) you are able to fit in around your little Juniper! As the mom of two (a three year old and a three MONTH old) I hope to eventually get back to being a quarter productive of what you are able to churn out on a day like this!!

  3. Michelle T

    I know everyone does things differently and everyone has their own routines, family values etc, and I don’t want to sound judgy, but oh my gosh, this sounds like HEAVEN.
    Baby wearing? Cloth Diapers? Hubby Baby Wearing? Mucho nursing? Co-Sleeping? Teamwork? Family time? My heart is so happy right now.

  4. Armagan

    Thanks for sharing a day of your life. Your little daughter is a cutie pie:)) I cannot believe she is crawling! I recall your post about your first night at home, it seems like yesterday.
    Your house looks very clean, how do you manage it? Do you have a routine?

    1. Cassie

      We have a weekly cleaning day (called “Cleanurday!” because it’s on Saturday). 🙂 Craig and I both have our lists, and we clean the whole house on Saturdays. We try to keep the place up throughout the week, but even if we don’t, it can only get so dirty in a week, you know?

  5. Barb

    Sounds lovely! I love Co sleeping with my little one at 8 months. How do you handle naps? Mine will sometimes lay down by himself after nursing But not always.

    1. Cassie

      For the morning nap, she sleeps on my husbands back in the carrier. For the afternoon one, I lay down with her. And if she doesn’t fall asleep nursing, I’ll wear her on my back.

  6. Ashley

    She is so sweet!! What a happy, curious and beautiful little girl you have there.

    I dry my diapers too 😉

    My favorite night diapers are BuBuBeBe Sleepytimes. Nothing beats ’em. And Disana wool covers are really bulletproof, especially once you’ve lanolized the heck outta them. But you knit, right? You can find tons of patterns on Ravelry to knit some cute little soakers or longies or skirties!

    I love these posts 🙂

    1. Cassie

      The Disana’s are the ones we just ordered! And I was looking at the B4 Sleeptimes, but I already have two Sbish OBFs that I want to get fully prepped before I try something else (I think they also need a better cover). I’ve been spending so much money trying to find a good nighttime solution! I know I can resell whatever I don’t use, but this trial and error thing is still a big investment!

  7. Laura

    Is there a particular reason you switched diapers for nighttime? We use freetimes as well and I juuuuust bought the thirsties hemp liners you recommended for overnight.

    Looks like a great day!!

    1. Cassie

      They worked great until right at 7 1/2 months for overnight, and then they started leaking like a sieve. I tried stripping them within an inch of their life, and they still leaked. I tried adjusting the fit, still leaked. Tried stuffing them full of doublers, still leaked. We even were changing her 2-3 times a night and still having leaks. We still use them exclusively for daytime (and love them), but we’re still on the search for the perfect nighttime solution for us.

  8. Victoria S

    I love these posts, your little family seems so happy! Don’t worry I throw my cloth diapers in the dryer also (well the inserts, I do pockets) 🙂

  9. Two things:
    1. Taking a shower is hands-down the best way I come out of writer’s block. When I am feeling stuck creatively, I take a shower and – BOOM – there’s an idea. Even if I’m already clean. Sometimes I get nervous that I’ll forget my idea before I can rinse the conditioner out of my hair. I don’t know if it is something about the water or that my mind is clear or what. But works every time.

    2. You feed JuneBug the bananus? Ick. The butt end of the banana is just so gross! Yucky yuck yuck. I bet you feed her celery too, don’t you? *gag* Okay, maybe these are MY food issues, but still. 😉

    Love to you and all your lovies!

    1. Cassie

      Hahaha! We keep the bananus covered with the peel, so it’s easy for her to eat. She doesn’t eat the actual bananus, unlike Nathan.

  10. Rachel

    Great post! Thank you for sharing breastfeeding photos and talking so honestly about co sleeping. Although I work outside the home, our routine is remarkably similar. I love getting a peek at other families. And kudos to your husband on the successful carrier to bed transfer! That takes some advanced skills. 🙂

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