Here's what we do with a 28-week-pregnant Mommy, 2.5 year old Natalie, and 16-months Stockton:
6:30 - Natalie wakes up (I haven't been sleeping very well, so I'm usually ready to get out of bed at that point anyway. Still, we kind of just veg on the couch until the others wake up.)
7:00-7:30 - Stockton wakes up some time in there
breakfast (fruit, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, cream of wheat, waffles, pancakes on the weekend, cold pizza, etc)
7:30 - Daddy leaves for class
the kids have nakie time, I try to eat my breakfast in peace, we get jammies put away and clothes put on
8:00-10:30 - this is our outing time. we don't always go out (actually it's pretty rare that we don't), but when we do you can bet it's within this time frame. Hy Vee, Target, the bank, the mall, a friend's house, driving, park when it's nice...all typical activities
if we don't have an outing, we play in the basement or watch a movie (favorites lately include Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Wreck-it Ralph)
11:00-12:30 - Daddy is home for lunch some time within this block, and we eat, I usually shower, and we hang out. (typical lunch for the kids is PB&J, mac and cheese, spaghetti with Prego sauce; typical lunch for the adults is leftovers, quesadillas, sandwiches, or whatever we are in the mood for)
12:35 - Daddy heads to work, the kids go down for naps, and I alternate between productive days and days when I need naps. This is when I read my scriptures, write letters to my missionary bros, read, pay bills, etc.
Natalie sleeps anywhere from 1-2 hours, and Stockton is more like 2.5-3 hours. I usually let Natalie watch Elmo (or the "baby shark song" youtube video) on my phone after her nap and then we do something fun together (play doh, reading, make cookies, etc) until Stockton wakes up.
3:00ish We don't ever schedule anything in the afternoon until at the earliest three o clock, but even that's kind of unusual. We usually use the morning to play with friends or have any appointments, and the afternoon to hang out at home and prep dinner, tidy, do laundry, or go to the store if we didn't make it earlier. When it's nice out we often go for walks during this time or play in the backyard.
|I couldn't find them one afternoon and then I heard rustling by the couch corner and found them reading next to each other. THE BEST.|
giving her baby milk, running around with his blankie, and Natalie's latest thing: wanting to wear shoes (as long as it is on HER terms)
4:30 - Daddy gets home! Dinner, various evening activities, then bed time at 7 for Stockton and soon after for Natalie. Our bedtime routine for the kids includes nakie time, jammies, books, scriptures, and milk for Stockton. Then we usually read a couple more books with Natalie or chat with her before we put her in bed. Lately it has taken her a while to go to sleep, so we'll have to go in there and get her cozy again or find her bink or just have a little talk. Stockton falls asleep quickly and easily, bless his heart.
Austin or I usually have some sort of evening activity (church, friends, family, Barnes and Noble break etc) so we often divide and conquer, but when we have a free night we usually talk for a little bit after the kids go down and then tidy, watch Psych, make a treat, have friends over for games or a movie, read in bed, read scriptures, and then Austin stays up for a little longer reading while I fall asleep.
And that's how we live right now : )
(some of the kids' favorite things to do at home: building towers and knocking them over, the horsies/track toy (S), going up and down the stairs, shooting baskets in the basement, hide and seek (N), pretend cooking, reading (Stockton doesn't really like being read to but he sits and looks at books by himself for a long time; Natalie loves being read to and also reads by herself), eating, dumping out all the toy containers (lately I've been trying to teach Natalie that when we dump, we have to clean up), watching movies while roaming around with various toys, and ring around the rosie and dressup for Natalie.)
Eventually I'd like to incorporate more "creative" activities to do with the kids, but right now it is more hassle/mess than its worth most of the time, not to mention their attention spans are unpredictable so they often lose interest before we've even done whatever I planned.