Sunday, January 26, 2014 | We’ve lived in Charlotte for four months | Audrey is 23 months, 3 weeks old
2:26AM | I wake up and try to convince myself I can just fall back asleep without leaving my warm, snuggly bed to go to the bathroom. My bladder says otherwise. I know I’ll thank myself in the morning, when I can lounge in bed for a bit longer!
6:55AM | Audrey is awake, and Matt brings her to our room for morning snuggles. I love weekend morning snuggle time!
6:58AM | Audrey is definitely awake now, and ready to get up. She plays with her hands, Daddy’s face, anything to annoy us into getting up.
7:16AM | I grab my phone from the dresser and start documenting for our DITL post. I check my email, and spend a little time on Facebook and Instagram. Always my first stops!
7:38AM | I roll out of bed and head for shower, leaving Matt and Audrey to fend for themselves for a bit. The air has been so dry lately; I spend some quality time with my coconut oil trying to combat my dry, itchy skin.
8:02AM | Matt and Audrey are locked in battle of wills over pacifiers. She no longer uses a pacifier at nap time, but has regressed a bit at home. She’d have one all the time if we let her! Matt’s more adamant than me, but we stick to bed time unless she’s sick.
8:18AM | Strip sheets, and put away the Audrey laundry from the load I folded after she was asleep last night. I love Clean Sheet Day!
8:31AM | The laundry is started, Matt’s in the shower, and I attempt to stop the whine with a little milk and yogurt prior to breakfast. It works! For the most part.
8:22AM | We go upstairs and brush Audrey’s “teep.” The kid takes her dental hygiene very seriously.
8:32AM | I empty the dishwasher and pick up the kitchen.
8:56AM | Epic meltdown. Audrey is both done and not done with her yogurt. Matt calms her down while I head upstairs to put away yet another load of laundry.
9:00AM | Breakfast is served! Our standard weekend fare of eggs and bacon. We’ve been having pancakes lately, but skipped them this morning. I’m still hungry, so I round up a banana and eat it with some peanut butter. Delicious!
9:06AM | Audrey realizes we ate eggs and bacon without her. The irony? I’ve tried to get that kid to eat eggs and bacon for nearly 18 months, and she doesn’t like them. She eats the rest of my banana and a little peanut butter.
9:13AM | Audrey decides she must drink out of a cup. We’re working on this new skill at home and at school, but she still usually uses a straw cup. She makes a mess, of course!
9:27AM | Upstairs for a diaper change and to get Audrey dressed for church.
9:34AM | Mama steals a little internet time while G reads Emeraldalicious, a new book, to occupy Aud.
9:42AM | Hallelujah! Internet time has paid off. I found the perfect baskets to corral the mess in the play room! We have a storage system, but right now the cubes are just functioning as shelves. It doesn’t look clean and organized, and the cats have a bad habit of stealing the felt food. Darn cats!
9:43AM | I text my sister-in-law that I thought of another idea for Audrey’s birthday next week. I’m trying to avoid new toys because we were inundated at Christmas, and had previously suggested clothes and books. I know, I know, every kid’s dream, right? Ha! But it occurred to me that Audrey will be old enough for TV and movies soon enough, and we’d like to get a good Disney collection going. Katie is happy to oblige, and says she’s sending Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid. Perfect!
10:11AM | I head upstairs to dress for church! We haven’t settled on a church home quite yet. To be honest, we’ve never been in church every Sunday, but I want to make more of an effort now that we have kids. In addition to the obvious, a church should help us meet some friends!
10:29AM | Finally in the car.
10:48AM | We walk in to the church and almost walk right back out. We decide to give it a chance since we’re already there, and get ready to tough out the service.
12:05PM | We sneak out after communion. Need lunch!
12:19PM | Get home, start a frozen pizza for lunch. Throw together a quick salad.
1:15PM | Audrey is down for her nap, and I decide to read on the couch. I had grand plans to clean all the things (in particular our floors–Julia inspired me!), but I’m never that motivated when nap time actually comes. Sigh.
1:28PM | I convince Matt to watch an episode of Downton Abbey before he heads upstairs to work out.
1:37PM | I am completely distracted by how messy our play room is. I hope the baskets ship quickly! I also decide we’ll squirrel some more toys away out of sight once Audrey’s in bed.
1:42PM | Hmmm. I add Girl Scout cookies to my to do list. Can’t forget to order those!
2:12PM | Audrey stirs, but falls back asleep. I love when we luck out like that!
2:21PM | Since Audrey just fell back asleep, Matt takes one for the team and postpones working out for another episode. This show is so good!
2:48PM | Someone rings the doorbell. Oh, no, they didn’t! Ugh. It’s Girl Scouts. I know I just put cookies on my to do list, but I need to order them from our niece in St. Louis. Matt takes pity on them and orders a box from each.
3:10PM | Matt gives up on working out during nap, and we start yet another episode of Downton Abbey.
3:58PM | I can’t believe it, but we have to go upstairs and wake Audrey up from her nap. We try not to let her nap past 4:30PM, or else bed time gets tricky.
4:14PM | Walk time! I love walking our neighborhood. The houses are just so stately, the trees are gorgeous, the lake is beautiful, and the neighbors are friendly! I can’t wait until it’s light longer (and, you know, closer to average North Carolina temperatures), so we can walk in the evenings after work.
4:54PM | Grandma calls to FaceTime right as we get home from our walk. Audrey gets such a kick out of FaceTiming with her St. Louis family! We discuss Grandma’s upcoming trip to visit for Audrey’s birthday.
5:12PM | Audrey plays with her musical instruments in the living room. My favorite quote of the day, courtesy of Matt, “No, Audrey, kitties can’t play harmonicas…” She was sharing!
5:43PM | Change Audrey, make the bed with clean sheets, and have Audrey try on the new pants we bought for her two year pictures next week. They fit, and they are super cute. I can’t wait!
6:03PM | We decided to clean and purge the play room while dinner finishes cooking.
6:33PM | Audrey eats. Matt and I decided that we wanted to eat chips and dip for dinner, so we’re waiting until after she’s down for the night to indulge.
6:44PM | Upstairs for bath time!
6:48PM | Audrey’s in the bath tub with Matt watching, so I run downstairs and start washing the diapers.
6:52PM | My dad calls to chat, and Matt steps in to finish bath time. Usually I do the washing, but he is happy to step in.
7:15PM | I pick up a little more, start making our chili dip, and then head back upstairs to read a book with Audrey.
7:18PM | Kennedy calls! She wants to thank us for ordering cookies, and she spends a good five minutes FaceTiming with Audrey. I think they both thoroughly enjoyed the conversation.
7:27PM | Lights out!
7:32PM | More Downton Abbey and some delicious chips and dip. Mmmmm. So good! We watch the rest of Season 3, except for the finale. It’s an hour and a half, and I have to work in the morning.
9:35PM | I head upstairs to lay out my clothes, wash my face, and collapse into bed. I usually spend a few minutes reading a book or Time before I fall asleep, but I don’t think I even made it through more than a paragraph or two. I’m beat!