week in the life 2015 : tuesday photos & words

August 19, 2015

This week I am documenting a week in our lives along with the Ali Edwards community. Here are some photos and words about yesterday, if you’d like to see…

Tuesday morning I woke up at 4:40 a.m. in Meredith’s bed. I hadn’t meant to sleep there, but she woke up multiple times during the night and at some point I fell asleep and stayed. I came into my bed where David and Liam were, and Meredith woke up and joined us soon after. All of us slept until around 7 a.m. I tried to take a picture of us cuddling, but it was too dark and I didn’t want to use flash.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

The story there is that I took the day off work because there weren’t enough patients. Since I knew I wasn’t working, I stayed up a bit too late on the computer the night before. So I was very grateful the kids let me sleep until 7. We got up and got going; Liam soon needed a diaper change. He is outgrowing the changing pad for sure but it’s still easier than the floor.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

Yup, more Daniel Tiger for the kids. I pretty much let them watch a little bit every morning. It is what it is; the show is really cute and educational, and when you’re a working mom you do what you need to do to get things done sometimes. While they watched I made breakfast and got everyone dressed.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

Ugh, dishes piled up in the sink. Since I was off they got left there overnight which doesn’t usually happen.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

This is my breakfast almost every single day. I’ve gotten really efficient at scrambling eggs. I had a couple ibuprofen because my muscles were so sore from lifting weights the day before.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

Loading the car. Meredith buckled her own car seat, which is only the second or third time she’s done so. It feels like a milestone because car seats are just the worst.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

The kids both wanted to open the doors to school themselves.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

I took these pictures looking through the window after I had dropped them off. Liam is already eating more breakfast (they almost always eat some eggs at home too, which I encourage because maybe then they won’t eat so much of the carby stuff they serve at daycare) and Meredith is just looking around the room.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

Back at home and I felt instantly relaxed being alone in the house with no plans for the whole day. I took a long, relaxing shower and then did a little work on the computer in my craft room.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

Time for more coffee. That mug was sent to me by one of my oldest friends who I never get to see anymore. She read some of my updates when we were having a really rough time with sleep and sickness, and just randomly sent it to me to cheer me up. It has famous first lines of literature on it, so naturally I love it. And that French press I recently had to buy to replace my old one which Liam shattered. Meredith did the same thing when she was a baby, so apparently I didn’t learn my lesson to keep them out of reach. But I love this new one; it’s bigger and more colorful.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

I decided to take some time to work on a quilt I’ve been planning to make for Meredith. I accidentally sliced my hand (not deep, but it did bleed) so I needed Band-aids.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

While I worked I watched Lizzie Bennet diaries on YouTube. My sewing machine is a hand-me-down from my husband’s grandmother. Every time I start to use it after a period of inactivity the tension is off. I’m starting to think I should get a new one.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

After awhile I started to feel a little stir-crazy and anxious. Sometimes it’s hard for me to just rest and relax. I left the house and got lunch at Potbelly sandwiches. Then my best friend called me and I hadn’t talked to her in months and we chatted for an hour. So nice.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

I had to pick up a couple of holds at the library and I decided to stay there and read for awhile so I wouldn’t be distracted. I’m reading The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje and loving it. On deck is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

week in the life 2015 tuesday

week in the life 2015 tuesday

WITL 2015 Tuesday

Back at home it was getting late so I hustled through a few chores. Cleaned the cats’ litter boxes, watered plants, and made a big salad to take for work lunches the rest of the week. Then I fed the cats and left for my in-laws’ house. David was meeting me there.

My mother-in-law tries to pick up the kids from daycare once a week if she can. She takes them to visit her father (we call him Pappy) at the nursing home right down the street from us. Meredith especially has a special bond with him.

WITL 2015 Tuesday

When I pulled up at their house, my father-in-law was holding Liam out front waiting for me. Liam ran to me and gave me the best hug. I love that kid, he is so full of life.

WITL 2015 Tuesday

Our iPad is so old that it’s practically nonfunctional, so the kids are allowed to play on Mimi’s. They are learning to share but Liam doesn’t understand the concept so sometimes there are fights.

When we got there the kids had already eaten dinner so David and I sat down to eat together while they played. It was a roast with carrots and potatoes and fruit salad. When I was done, Meredith came to me and said dramatically, “Mommy I’m sooo hungry.” She was angling for dessert and she got it because Papa loves indulging us.

WITL 2015 Tuesday

Meredith played hide and seek with Papa and had me pile all the cushions on top of her. She still doesn’t really “get” the game but she has a blast playing it.

WITL 2015 Tuesday

WITL 2015 Tuesday

When it was time to head home, David took Liam in his truck to drive him to sleep, and I took Meredith to put her to bed. Amazingly, she fell asleep in the car on the way home, but then she woke up when I laid her in bed. We read a few books and then I tickled her back which she loves and calms her. She fell asleep pretty quickly and I got up to work on this post.

After a little bit, one of the cats scared David and he yelled, waking up Liam who cried. I went to nurse him in bed and just stayed there for the night.

This was obviously an abnormal day for me since I usually don’t have a day off like this, but it was so nice and needed.

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Comments on week in the life 2015 : tuesday photos & words

  1. 1

    From Nora:

    That sandwich from Potbelly’s looks delicious! Sometimes you just need a day like this, you know? Glad you were able to fit so much in, have time to yourself and see your family, too!

  2. 2

    From Sarah:

    Emma gets to watch Daniel Tiger (or some other kids show) basically every morning. It just makes the whole morning easier because she is entertained while we get ready. No shame! :)

  3. 3

    From Kara:

    Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood is a big morning ritual in our house too! There’s 2 episodes back-to-back and it gives me enough time to shower and get ready for the day with little interruptions. And a bonus that it teaches good life lessons too :)

  4. 4

    From Trish:

    I wish I knew how to get it to you, but I have a Kenmore that works very well but just collects dust in my closet. If you’re ever coming to Dallas (or know someone who is in the area that can meet me), let me know and it’s yours. It’s not the fanciest machine but it is very reliable.

    Elle watches TV in the mornings, too. Space Racers and Octonauts. She learns from them as well so whatever. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.

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