As we near near the middle of December, Kurt and I are finally starting to get into a routine. I have been off of work since just before Thanksgiving and I am spending 2 full days a week with him as well as 3 afternoons (he is still in preschool/daycare 3 days a week, 6 hours a day).
Kurt is 20+ months now and growing and learning more each day. I do love getting to see how much he changes in such a short time.
On our full days together, our day usually goes something like this (this is what happened today!):
6:30-7:15 – Wake up time. I get Kurt from his crib and bring him back for snuggles and nursing in our bed.
7:15-8:00 – Hang out together in the living room, read books, snack on some berries, drink coffee or tea (me!) play with cars and trains and ramps, etc… while we both fully wake up.
8:00-8:30 – Bobby gets up and hangs out with Kurt while I start on breakfast. We usually have some combination of eggs, yogurt, bacon or veggie sausage, toast, fruit, or oatmeal. Today we happened to have scrambled eggs on english muffins with melted cheese. Kurt just had the eggs and a yogurt.
8:30-9:00 – Breakfast time! Bobby leaves for work somewhere between 9-9:30 and then it’s just me and Kurt.
9:00-10:00 – Straighten up the house, get dressed and ready for the day.
10-11:45 – My cleaning lady came today so I let her in and walked her through what needed to be done. Then we went for a walk to the main street in Hoboken (Washington Street) because I needed to pick up a few presents. After that we went to the playroom in our building and played with toys for a while.
(In the morning we usually do an activity such as: walk to the park, cook something in the kitchen, draw with crayons or finger paint, read books, play with trains some more. If Kurt is entertaining himself I might get into some heavier cleaning, organizing, or – gasp! – reading or do work of some sort.)
11:45 – 2:00 – We headed into the city today to meet up with Bobby and another couple (our former neighbors) plus their ten month old little girl. We ate lunch at BCD Tofu House in Koreatown. So good! I got the Bibimbap lunch special which also came with a small soondofu seafood soup. Kurt fell asleep for a few minutes at the start of lunch but was awake the rest of the time. He ate a lot of fish and rice.
(Kurt usually naps from 12:30-2:30 or so.)
2:00-3:00 – We headed back to Hoboken, stopped at another store to pick up another present, and came home. I took a short work call that ended in Kurt crying (because his car fell off the table, how TERRIBLE) and then I nursed him briefly to get him to take his nap. It worked.
3:00-5:00 – Kurt naps. I work, write this post, answer some emails from my lawyer (we’re in contract on a home out in central NJ), and will probably try to get in a little bit of reading. Sometimes I do a work out video or take a nap myself during his naptime.
5:00-6:30 – I prep dinner, Kurt plays with various trains, puzzles, cars. At this point I will sometimes put on Little Einsteins for him so I can focus if dinner prep is particularly demanding. We are doing Blue Apron so I cook that three nights a week; the other four nights I will either make something simple like pasta or we’ll order in or go out with friends. If Bobby cooks he likes to make something more interesting than my simple meals 🙂 Sometimes Kurt “helps” me in the kitchen on his Learning Tower. I chill out and read if there’s time. Tonight’s dinner is Spiced Pork Chops with Charred Poblano Salsa & Sweet Potato Mash (YUM).
6:30-8:00 – We hang out, dinner is usually ready around 7 (which is when Bobby normally gets home), then we eat and have more storytime after dinner.
8:00-9:00 – Bobby does bedtime routine – bath and then bed. He sits with Kurt until Kurt falls asleep (which sometimes happens in 5 minutes and sometime a lot longer).
9:00-on – If I’ve managed to stay awake this long, Bobby and I will hang out and maybe watch something on Netflix (sometimes while eating ice cream). (I have NOT been able to stay awake lately due to the fact that I am – surprise! – pregnant again, so this does not happen often… what usually happens is I pass out on the couch or in bed just around when Kurt does. By the way, I am nearing 13 weeks now and my due date is in late June.)
I give major major kudos to those who are stay at home moms. The job of being a mom is way harder than the job I had when I was full time in the office. I am treasuring it now because I will probably go back to work at some point in the near future!
Would love to hear your ideas for activities to do with a 20 month old. They are so inquisitive 🙂
Did you catch my sneaky announcement in this post?
Until next time!