But what will you DO all day?
I learned quickly that for the first few months, the answer was: nurse Blythe…all.the.live.long.day.
But I decided that today I would just jot down what I did. So here is the answer to "What do you do all day?" [at least today]. The pictures aren't all from today.
8:15: Blythe has breakfast. She drinks her milk, I feed her her prunes, and then she has some whole wheat bread while I load the dishwasher and start it.
8:30: Playtime begins. Necklaces, piggy bank, practice her new skill: WALKING! Look at books.
8:40: I start to get ready while Blythe plays her xylophone… during this process I have to go wipe B's nose, then her necklaces get stuck on her car, then I have to tell her no because she's getting into something she shouldn't, then I wipe her nose again, then I give her some medicine in hopes the nose stops, then she crawls into bathroom with me and I distract her with toys, then she crawls into the spare bedroom and I check on her periodically while she plays with the mirror, then she crawls into her closet and I pull her out, then…
9:05: I'm finally done and ready [sort of]!
9:05: We play: she wants to sit in her bumbo, so I stick her in and we sing "Zacchaeus" a few times, then "If You're Happy and You Know It", then "Itsy Bitsy Spider", then "I've Got Something In My Pocket", then she's over the songs and we read a couple of books. Then I change her diaper.
9:25: We read her nap book, I sing her "Amazing Grace", I lay her in bed. Naptime.
9:30: I pick up toys, shoes, remotes, cups. I clean the bathroom: toilet, sink, counter, tub. Because it's Monday. I start a load of laundry because I have plans for tomorrow [which I'll fill you in on soon!]
9:55:- Make coffee, check a few blogs, pay online bills, switch laundry.
10:05: I start Photoshopping pictures I took last Friday of two senior boys. I promised them I would get them to them at the first of the week. It's the first of the week. Focus. Photoshop. Photoshop. Eat a few handfuls of dry cereal when I realize I haven't had breakfast
11:00: I wonder if I should I wake her? She still needs a morning nap but doesn't nap well in afternoon if I let her nap too long. Decide to finish three more pictures and then wake her.
11:15 Hear her stirring and talking.
11:30: Paige stops by, we get Blythe up. PLAYTIME!
11:55: Blythe and I walk out to check the mail and water some plants.
12:08: Lunchtime. My perfect eater is becoming a bit pickier and doesn't want much today. I rack my brain trying to think of something to make her. After three tries she has some turkey and I call it good. I eat a few spoonfuls of the broccoli/chicken casserole she doesn't want. While she finishes eating I unload the dishwasher. We listen to some music. I set out some chicken to thaw for supper.
12:30: I clean up from lunch, heat vinegar in microwave and wipe it up, and clean high chair while Blythe plays.
12:35:I change her diaper.
12:40: We go outside to swing, but see some neighbors so we go and visit awhile. Blythe wants to pick lots of dandelions. I push her in swing awhile and she is clearly ready for nap.
1:20: We come inside and Blythe plays with her little kitchen while I throw stuff for supper in the crockpot.
1:30: Check diaper. Nap book, sing "Amazing Grace", lay her in her crib for nap.
1:35: I pick up toys.
1:40: I sit down to photoshop again and eat some chocolate Brent gave me for Mother's Day.
1:42: I go and give Blythe her blankie she threw out of her crib.
1:45: Photoshop. Photoshop.
3:01: Blythe wakes up. I get more "hey-I'm-awake" smiles. I change her diaper.
3:05: Blythe pushes her car around living room while I chase her and steer here.
3:10: I gather B's hat and shoes, and put on my shoes and we're ready to meet up with friends for walk.
3:12: I realize I haven't really eaten much, and grab a piece of bread and slather on some peanut butter. I share a few bites with Blythe.
3:15: We head outside and Blythe plays with some tulips while we wait for friends.
3:34: Tiffany and her two boys show up and we take off on our walk.
4:45: We return from walk and sit outside and play some more.
4:58: BRENT IS HOME! YAy!
5:10: Brent whisks Blythe away and he plays her the guitar and then changes his clothes [their daily routine], while I finish getting supper together.
5: 28: It's early, but it's easier to eat early WITH Blythe, and I'm hungry, so we sit down to eat.
5:50: Brent wipes up Blythe and takes her outside while I do dishes, load dishwasher, put leftovers in lunch sized containers for Brent, and wipe up counters and high chair.
6:08: I consider my "work day" over and head outside to play with Brent and Blythe.
And THAT is what I do all day. And most days it is pretty fantastic.
And while I wrote this Blythe crawled over and licked my leg [?? a sign of affection? a thank you?], and then Brent stole her away to her bath…during which she promptly pooped-- in the tub I cleaned at approximately 9:38 this morning. oh well.