Motherhood A Day in the Life … So, where should I begin … oh, yes, 1am!
1am – Ms. Ilana Rose (now 2.5-years-old) is whining/sobbing. “Mama, ahah pee pee”. Wait, what? We sleep through the night. But, Okay, you’re having bowel issues.
5am– Ms. Ilana Rose (who started daycare last week) is whining/sobbing. “Mama, ahah pee pee”. Wait, what? We sleep through the night. But, Okay, you’re a bit off since starting daycare.
5:10am – I’m not moving and not sleeping. Icing up the lower back/coxic bone area with Dr. Teal’s Muscle Relief Cream. Two toddles is no joke.
5:15am – 5:45am Ms. Ilana Rose doesn’t want to sleep and I’m not in good form. Normally, I’m all for cry and leave me alone, but daycare has her in a tizzy. Striking a balance of comfort without coddle, I wake the hubby (HOW DOES HE SLEEP THROUGH ALL THE NOISE ANYWAY?!!) to go into her room and quietly put her on the potty,then let her know it’s still dark and time to sleep. This doesn’t work – twice!
6:10am – The morning rush has come. Time for my quick bathroom run and edited morning beauty routine, using 3-out-of-6 products. With toddlers you need plan A, plan B and plan S*#T if you want to #AlwaysBeYourBestYou
6:15am – Ms Ilana Rose has her beauty routine- brushing teeth. Wait, what’s that on your tongue? ____ insert preferred profanity
6:20am – Wake up daddy to show our booboo and enjoy a three-way-cuddle. Ilana is sad about her spot.
6:55am – Baby Buddha, aka David (now 15-months-old) wakes up and assumes lotus position. He’s mumbling and then he spots us approaching, through the glass French doors of his room. Ilana plays while David does what he does best, laugh, while he’s being changed.
7:15am – EVERYONE is hungry. We head downstairs. Cue the back pain of holding one that is walking and one that you can’t yet trust to walk while the other is walking. Does that make sense? You know what I mean. If not, pardon my writing. It’s not even 8am and I’m exhausted!!!
7:25am-8am – Feeding David cream-of-buckwheat kasha, while Ilana drinks her milk and feeds herself mashed prunes. Then David chills in his chair with a car book, while I assist Ilana with her kasha.
8am – I scarf down leftover kasha and fruits. This is not an #AlwaysBeYourBestYou, healthy breakfast. I eat less than the kids. It’s one-of-those-mornings.
8:20am – Grandpa is going to work late and lives down the block. Sweet. Watch David, while I take Ilana to daycare!!
9am – Back home and ask grandpa for 5-more-minutes. Grab a LUNA bar (still HUNGRY), green tea with a spoon of matcha powder and my adorable Old Navy walking-the-kids-in-the-park bag. Oh, gotta check emails for a hot minute.
9:15am – I have the best Father-in-Law! David is outside in the stroller waiting for mommy. Off to the park. Secure doctor appointment for Ilana 11:30am, today. Hmm. Rggg. I don’t want to drag David. What if he gets sick. Babysitter comes through, last minute.
9:30am-11am – Swinging, playing, laughing, pushing his bubble machine and making me laugh my tooshy off. I’m so lucky to be David’s mom.
11am – Babysitter takes David. I take to the wheel. Mad dash to get Ilana and pray to make it back to daycare by 12:15pm or she’ll miss lunch.
12pm – Wait, didn’t we have an 11:30am appointment. Ilana is so exhausted, she rests at the office. Good news: it’s just a canker sour. Put honey or rose preserve on the spot and we’ll be good.
12:20am – Ilana falls asleep on the way home. Poor thing.
12:30pm – Hungry hippo, aka Ilana, eats mama’s meatballs, pasta and loads of steamed veggies. I’m SO HAPPY she’s eating more.
1:30pm – Ilana is in bed. The babysitter has left. David is in bed.
1:40am – Wait, I’m hungry too!!
2pm – 2:45pm Call hubby to tell him all is well in motherhood land. Field calls from grandparents and great-grandma. Ya, we’re THAT kind of family. #Blessed
2:45pm – 3:30pm Power nap with two phone call interruptions, but i’ll take it.
3:30pm – 4:30pm – Wow, loving the energy rush. Why not change bedding, unpack hubby’s luggage from business trip, and start this post?
4pm – Baby Buddha is awake and talking to himself. 25-minutes later he starts to talk to me “Mama, bee beep” He loves cars. “Mama, amm amm” He loves to eat.
4:30pm – “Mama ah ah pee pee.” A potty trained baby is good, except that they no longer chill in bed. They have needs! I’m coming my darling.
4:45pm – Ilana is dressed and we head to David. My mom pops in after work. Yes! I love help and good company of adults.
5:30pm – Everyone eats – even me.
6pm – Following some in-door play and counting games, it’s off to the park.
6:45pm – Walking back home, Ilana wants to push her brother’s stroller. I lower the handles and watch, realizing this was long, but blessed day. Don’t blink. It will pass. #MakingAMentalPicture AND taking a real one, for daddy.
7pm – Last meal of the day, then it’s off to bed for David.
8:30pm Ilana is in bed, later than usual, but she got to see grandparents come over.
8:35pm – Too exhausted to eat anything dinner worthy. Tea and grilled cheese sandwich with sliced tomatoes always does the trick.
9pm – Physical Therapist arrives. Like I said, two toddlers is NO JOKE.
10:15pm – Delusional Me meets Reality Me. RM: “Hi, you’re not blogging tonight. You can’t even spell your own name.” DM: “Bi&ch.” But, she’s right. Off to bed, but first: check weather, plan tomorrow’s outfit and prep breakfast. Attempt a few pages of The Paris Wife.
If this sounds like a day in your life, grab a glass of Rosé, and park it here when the kids are napping, or when you just need a minute to yourself. I’m going to be making a better effort to post, now that one of the kiddos is in day care. But, you know, things rarely go according to plan in The Land of Motherhood!
As always ,wishing you a blessed day full of style and smiles. Oh, and don’t forget to #AlwaysBeYourBestYou !