Waking up this Monday morning feeling like it was Friday only yesterday! Can you relate?! Weekends are pretty busy with trying to fit in all the things we didn’t get to during the week, and adding in a birthday party and sports game to the mix. No rest for the weary and today I’m sharing what life has been like since Jordan’s been born.
We’ve definitely had to adjust our routine to accommodate the stress delight of having two kids, but of course it’s so worth it. We got real comfortable with just one 6-year old who’s pretty self-sufficient and having a newborn hit pretty hard. It’s been an adjustment that I feel like I’m only now starting to get a groove with. Many of you asked to hear how I’m juggling our days lately, so here goes!
a day in the life
Let’s start at my new wake up time:
5:00 – 5:30 a.m.Feed Jordan in my bed then get up and start my day while she continues to sleep. I’ve found that the only real way to have some alone time and get things done is in the quiet of the early mornings. I’m so NOT a morning person, but I am now by necessity and I so look forward to this peaceful, alone time.
6:00 a.m. Go downstairs and drink a cup of chocolate Muscle Egg and make coffee. The Muscle Egg is flavored pasteurized liquid egg whites and I drink it for the protein and because I don’t like to drink coffee on an empty stomach, and I’m not yet ready for breakfast. This ties me over until I eat my first meal. Then I go into my office and work on my computer, usually working on blog posts. I’ve always known that I love blogging, but when I found myself wanting to wake up before 6am to get to it, it only confirmed it.
6:30 a.m.Wake up our 6 year old, James. Since last December we have a new routine that includes him getting himself ready for schoolwithout us nagging or screaming, “hurry up, we’re going to be late!” It works 85% of the time, so I definitely want to share that with you soon. I knew we’d need that in place when Jordan was born, so we got started training him a couple months before she came. It’s made a huge difference in our mornings. But, I do love to go into his room and see his sleeping body and wake him up to fun music and a little dance party. After he’s up, I’m back in my office working while he gets ready.
7:40 a.m. My husband has been taking James to school so I don’t have to load Jordan up in the car, which has been so nice! I’m sure I’ll have to start doing dropoff and pickup at some point, but so far it’s worked out that my hubby has been able to make it work. #thanksbabe! I’ve actually missed picking up James from school, because that was such a highlight of my day. I’d round the corner to his school and see his happy face waiting for me and it brought me so much joy! Then, we’d have about 1 1/2 hours to ourselves to hang out before Dad got home. It’s another adjustment I’ve had to make peace with. James will be home for the summer soon, so that will be a shake up in the routine and I’m looking forward to having him around more.
8:00 a.m. Eat breakfast, which lately has been protein pancakes with real butter and syrup (ahhh!!!) and a cup of milk. I used to make my own protein pancakes but my trainer recommended a mix that I’m crazy about! I decant it, but wanted to show you the box in case you’re interested in trying it. I make mine with 1/2 cup mix, 1/2 cup egg whites and a splash of water to get more protein in. That makes 1 pancake the size below. It’s really good! You can get the mix “Power Cakes” online or at Costco.
8:30 a.m. I’m still feeding Jordan every 3 hours (or sooner if she’s hungry), but this is usually the time of morning where I go into my room and wake her up for the day. I love this part!! She still sleeps a ton so getting to interact with her while she’s awake is awesome.
Look at that sweet little face!!!
I take her into her room for a diaper change and change of clothes and we sit in the rocker while I feed her and enjoy the fresh morning sunlight in her room. I’m giving her a bath about every other day and she really enjoys it.
9:30 a.m. During the weekdays, my mom comes to help and she normally gets here about 9:30. It’s such a blessing to have her available to help and she is the best Grandma! She enjoys her time with Jordan so very much and I love that I can trust her to be exactly how I would be with Jordan. We’re very similar in how we care for and love on a baby. I’ve actually been watching and learning from her more than ever now. Seeing how completely present she is with Jordan inspires me to be better that way.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. With my mom here, I can take an uninterrupted shower (bliss for a new mom!) and get ready for the day. My beauty routine is actually very minimal- I used to just use Cetaphil cleanser and Sea Breeze a few times a week. My face is prone to breakouts with just about any product so I kinda gave up trying new things. But, my dermatologist told me to ditch the Sea Breeze and try a toner instead because it’s less harsh on your skin. Of course, I had to research a ton before I bought anything, but the reviews on the Clairins toner were so good that I just got it and am giving it a try. So far so good! I’m so used to my Sea Breeze that smelled like alcohol, so this is a refreshing change!
Same with the Kiehl’s moisturizer. I’m not getting any younger and I did notice that I needed to add in a moisturizer for my skin. Knock on wood it hasn’t broken out my face, but keeps it moisturized and not feeling dry. A teeeny bit is all you need for your whole face. I linked a few other beauty/skin products that I’ve heard great things about, but haven’t tried myself. I’d love to know what products you swear by for your skin. Especially if your skin is prone to breakouts, like mine.
After I’m done getting cleaned up, I’ll spend maybe 5 minutes putting on makeup. I’ve got it down so it doesn’t take long to apply powder, eye shadow, eye liner, brows, and blush. I’ve been wearing lash extensions for a few months now, so I don’t need mascara anymore. This quick makeup routine is just enough to pull myself together and look refreshed (even if I’m not). I don’t usually like to wear lipstick at home, but I’m addicted to having something on my lips (I used to forever be applying vaseline), but now I swear by Fresh Sugar lip balm. It’s feels like you’re wearing nothing, but moisturizes and gives you a bit of sheen with SPF protection. Smells great too!
When I’m done getting ready, I’ll quickly tidy my bedroom and bathroom. I’ve gotten into the habit of putting everything back in their drawers and leaving the counters clean. It only takes sec and looks so much nicer.
I never used to be a bed-maker, but now I’m hooked on it because it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something during the day and it’s wonderful to get into a neat bed at night. And, I like seeing the bed all made up when I come into the room during the day.
11:30 a.m. Feed Jordan
old top by Hinge | jeans (right before she peed on me and I had to change) 😉
That blanket in the back was handmade by my Grandma for me when I was a baby.
12:00 p.m. Eat lunch. I’ve been making chicken spinach salads lately for me and my mom, but other go-to lunches include chicken quesadillas or whatever leftovers we have from dinner.
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. If I have an errand to run, this is usually when I try to do it, or I might go for a 40-minute walk around our neighborhood at this time. Maybe I jump on the computer to do some blog work or respond to emails. I still have blog commitments so if I need to make an appointment, work on a project, or snap some outfit photos, I’ll try to do it at this time. The One Room Challenge starts Wednesday! so I’ve also been getting a start on that too. Never enough hours in the day!
2:30 p.m. Feed Jordan
3:00 p.m. Grandma leaves 🙁 So sad.
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. James comes home and we go through his school folder and he unpacks his backpack and lunch/snack bag. He eats a snack and then plays for a while.
5:30 p.m.Feed Jordan and James does his homework.
6:00 p.m. We eat dinner. We’ve been blessed with meals brought by our friends about three times a week, so we’re living on those and leftovers mostly. They end soon, so we’ll be back to cooking our own dinners and I have no idea how that’s going to work since Jordan wants to be held so much and I can’t seem to put her down. I will probably start doing my meal prep so we can just heat things up! We try to clean the kitchen at night, but if dishes are left in the sink (it happens), I tend to them in the morning when I wake up.
7:00 p.m. If I didn’t go for a walk earlier in the day, I’ll go in the early evening after dinner and before the bedtime routine starts.
8:30 p.m. We start James’ bedtime routine which includes a shower, brush teeth, floss and floride, then we all pile into his bed for story (he reads to us), prayers, and pillow talk. We always share our favorite/least favorite part of the day and I’m usually Feeding Jordan in James’ bed during this time. We spend a looooong time (an hour??) at the bedtime routine because it’s one of the only times of day when everyone is completely unplugged at the same time and we can just be together without distractions. #familyselfie
9:30 p.m. It’s downstairs on the couch for some t.v. time and I’m probably on Instagram chatting with y’all. You can follow me here, please do! I love instagram for the instant chats back and forth. It seems like people don’t comment on blogs as much anymore since it’s so much easier and more instantaneous to communicate on Instagram. But, I truly love the dialog and interaction that makes blogging so much fun.10:00 p.m. I head up to bed and Feed Jordan in the bed while I read books on my iPad or play around on Pinterest. I keep her swaddled in the Ollie swaddle that my friend Karen gave me and she’s been sleeping in it since I brought her home from the hospital. She’s usually pretty good at going to sleep right then and me too!
2:00 a.m. Whenever I hear her fussing, I roll over and Feed Jordan in the bed. It might be 12:30 a.m. and then again at 2am and I’m so tired at this point that it’s just easier to feed her laying down. I use my iPhone for a little bit of light so I can see what I’m doing. Thank God she usually goes right back to sleep so I can too! I’ll sleep until whenever I hear her fussing again, which seems to be right about that 5-5:30 mark, when it starts all over again!
I didn’t track when Jordan sleeps because it’s hard to say, but in general, she does sleep between feedings, throughout the day. I’m glad I’m writing this down because you do get baby amnesia (it’s a real thing!) and can easily forget how it was in those early days!
She is truly a joy and a blessing and everyday we’re thankful she’s here!