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