Monday, November 3, 2014

A Day in the Life

I'm home with a sick baby today, and had a few spare minutes during her afternoon nap to catch up on some blog reading. I love seeing what other people's days are like (especially new mommas) and thought I'd add my own "A Day in the Life"

5:15 AM: My alarm clock goes off and I get up, eat a slice of cinnamon raisin ezekial bread with some almond or peanut butter and pour a cup of coffee (and then another cup). B's diapers might need a few more minutes in the dryer, if not I stuff them and pack her diaper bag and prep her bottles for the day. Throw on some work clothes and minimal makeup.

6:30 AM: Tate wakes B up, changes her and plays with her for a while while I load up the car. I am a legitimate bag lady. Diaper bag, bottle bag, pump bag, work bag, lunch bag, gym bag...

6:40- 7:05 AM: Feed B.

7:10 AM out the door to daycare and arrive around 7:25.

7:45 AM: I'm supposed to be at work. (I won't be there for another 5 minutes).

7:45 -8:30 Morning Covey Meeting. I love that we are inspiring greatness and teaching our students to be leaders.

8:30-9:00 Pump

9:00-9:30 Fourth grade group. This week's theme is Halloween, so I am incorporating several books, games, worksheets, apps, and activities to target my student's communication goals. Some students are seen individually, but most are seen in pairs or groups of three at the most.

9:30- 10:00 Second grade group

10:00-10:30 paperwork such as writing evaluation reports, IEPs, meeting notices, etc.

10:30-11:00 Third grade group

11:00-11:30 Time to eat lunch and pump again.

11:30-12:00 Kindergarten group

12:00-12:30 Fifth grade group

12:30-1:00 Evaluations, collaboration with teachers, meetings

1:00-1:30 First grade group #1

1:30-2:00 First grade group #2

2:00-2:45 Prep for tomorrow, more paperwork, and pump again.

2:30-3:00:  Help with dismissal.

3:00 PM-4:30 PM Hop in the car and drive to an early intervention visit. Early intervention services are part of a state program for children from Birth-three years of age. I'm glad that my second job is in the same field as my full-time job, but I get to help families facilitate the development of their children's communication skills.

4:30 PM- 5 PM Pick up B at daycare, chat with the teachers, "Oh she didn't nap again?! I'm so (not) surprised". Swing by practice, since the stadium isn't far out of the way to get home, so B and Tate can have a few minutes of time together today.

5:00 PM- 6:00 Feed B and she falls asleep. Time to cook dinner, throw in a load of laundry and check the mail...and email

6:00-6:30 PM Take a walk. I haven't been getting in many workouts since B was screaming her head off at Crossfit and I hate to leave her in child care for more time each day, so I make sure we get a walk each day that I don't get a real workout. I love the Ergo carrier and B does too. She usually dozes off while we are walking.

6:30-7:30 PM B plays on the floor or exersaucer for a little bit, then it is bathtime, diaper change and time for jammies.

7:30 PM Bedtime. We send pictures to Tate, who is still at work and then read a few stories. Currently in rotation are "Counting Kisses" and "That's Not My Puppy". Finally I nurse her again and she falls asleep, so I gently rouse her and bring her to her crib to fall asleep We have been working on letting her fall asleep on her own.

8:00 PM: Wash bottles and do some dishes

8:30 PM Pack leftovers for lunch tomorrow...and snacks, lots of snacks. breastfeeding STILL makes me ravenous.

8:45 PM Check on B, sit and check my email, Facebook, ok...and Pinterest, then do my billing for my home visit.

9:30 Take a shower. Think about drying my hair, then throw it up in a bun.

10:00 Tate gets home and we recap our days and watch The Sopranos on Netflix and I fall asleep.

What are your tips for making "getting out the door" easier in the mornings?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Enjoying every last minute of snuggling with B.

craptastic cell phone selfie

On Monday, it's off to work for me and daycare for her. Tate is already off preparing his team to win a Conference Championship this season.

How did you mommas survive the return to work?
What are your tips/tricks for getting things done and staying organized?

Monday, July 14, 2014


The last time I hit "Publish" on my Blogger dashboard was more than three months ago, as I anxiously awaited baby girl's arrival.

Miss B is here and turned three months old on Friday. We are so in love and trying to savor each moment, from her gummy smiles to her middle of the night, "I need mama" tears and snuggles. I'm not sure how much I'll be posting photos of her, but I do hope to get back to blogging now that I have new experiences to write about.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

HDBD: Week 39

How Far Along: 39 weeks.

Size of baby: The size of a watermelon, or a basketball hidden under your tank top at the gym

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 32 pounds give or take, it really depends on the day, what I've eaten and

Maternity Clothes: All the time. Still trying to look "put together" at work. Sweats, shorts, and t-shirts around the house

Stretch marks: Nope.
Movement: Baby has slowed down a lot over the past few days; hopefully conserving her energy for her arrival.

Wedding Rings: on

Symptoms: The same as last week: pelvic pain and restlessness, BH contractions - mine are just a tightening.

Sleep: Still waking up all the time to use the bathroom. I've been having trouble falling asleep after my middle of the night wake-ups.

What I miss: Being comfortable and sleeping well.

Cravings/Aversions/ food in general: snacking throughout the day.

Workouts: walking and lifting

Best Moment This Week: Getting in a few good workouts. I physically and mentally feel better when I work out.

Worst Moment(s): People's annoying wake-up calls, comments and inappropriate questions.
Shopping/Other: I'm all shopped out. I was so worried about baby girl arriving and not being prepared, but since she is taking her sweet time to plump up before arriving, it looks like we did a whole lot of " hurry up and wait". I have been reading positive natural birth stories and trying to relax in general.

Friday, April 4, 2014

5 on Friday

1. Streaming and online shows: Between Netflix, Roku, DVR and a variety of streaming internet sites, "tv show" marathons are becoming more and more common in our household. Shows I've enjoyed over the past few months include: Orange is the New Black, Justified, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, The Americans, and The Following. I love not having to wait a full week between episodes. Any recommendations for shows to watch when I'm undoubtedly awake feeding baby at 3am?

2. Cloth diapers: Baby isn't even here yet and I'm obsessed. Her newborn stockpile is very for her (hopefully very soon) arrival and I found a great deal on some more from another blogger. To round out the current stash, a friend gave us 10 pocket diapers that she doesn't need! This reduces some stress and will let me really do some research before I add any more styles (and patterns) to the collection.

3. Mac n' Cheese Cook Off: I am so excited to attend the inaugural event here in Charleston. One of my Junior League friends has spearheaded this fundraiser for her place of employment, the Childhood Language Center! So obviously as a very pregnant speech-language pathologist, I plan on attending and eating my weight in mac n' cheese! If you are in the Charleston/ Huntington area, the event is taking place this Saturday, April 5, from 11am-3 pm at Capitol Market.

4. Nautical clothing: for me and baby! I have my eye on an anchor print button up blouse from Old Navy for myself and some Carter's crib shoes for baby!

5. Music to my ears: We have plans to see DMB at Blossom, near Cleveland in June, but I'm also working on a plan to see Jimmy Buffett at the Greenbrier Classic over Fourth of July weekend. Anyone want to babysit?