I originally tried to do day in the life last Sunday, and it would have been a fun one, too (cleaning the garage!) but I forgot to take pictures of our potty-training-celebratory fro-yo and foolishly gave up. So here we are. Potty training plus a pretty bad cold (I think we had colds for day in the life last year at this time, too!).
Friday is my day to sleep in a little bit - instead of going to the gym, I usually end up doing a workout video, or "crossfit-inspired" home workout (and hating myself a little for spending my Friday night that way). Plus, I'm coming down with a cold so I sleep in a little bit. I wake up when I hear Emma calling for me. We put her in the toddler bed about a month ago, but she still doesn't get out on her own.
Next, we go sit on the potty. E is pretty good at going potty, but for some reason, she has been resisting it, and saying she doesn't want to pee. Next, we get some milk and breakfast, and dad gets up. Emma is having leftover steel-cut oats, although I believe she only likes oatmeal so she can get raisins. She seriously freaks out if we try to stir it! I make the oatmeal in a 1.5 qt crockpot with at timer (cook on high for about 3hrs) so that it gets done in the morning, and it is super easy and not burnt.
I can't believe I'm posting this, but it is the only picture I took of myself all day! Good thing its blurry. During breakfast, we make multiple trips to the bathroom in hopes of catching a p-o-o-p. This has proven to be tricky. Here she is decorating herself with stickers, so she must have done something right!
The dog is begging for husband's bagel. I feel the same way.
More time spent in the bathroom. I have heard so many stories about kids that were easy to potty train. This is not one of them. I think she likes to go into the bathroom for attention, but then she doesn't want to pee, so sometimes it is the worst thing ever to have to go.
For some reason, I decide to sneak in some knitting time. I am making a pair of fingerless gloves using this pattern. I ended up charting out the lace by hand to make it easier to follow. I made a pair for my mom to quilt in, but I had to have some in hot pink, so this is glove 3 of 4 from this pattern.
I like to tidy up on Fridays, plus it is too cold to go outside yet (we had some cold weather blow in recently). Emma wants to use her "fancy markers" which are like bingo markers. But, she doesn't end up doing this for long - for some reason she has been wanting me to do all of her coloring for her. Um, no!
While cleaning, I find some artwork that needs to be filed. I put it in her notebook, which she then wants to look at. It has her birthday cards, birth announcement, postcards her uncle sent her, and artwork.
Finally I decide we can go out for a run with the dog. I've been wanting to do this for a few weeks. It is still very cold (low 20's F, I think). We get all bundled up as best we can. I actually didn't realize how cold it was when we started out, and my fingers quickly go numb. Emma looks cozy with her down blanket.
I am so glad we have such nice exercise paths near our house. This runs along an arroyo and the UNM shuttle at this point. There is ice in the ditch! I'm feeling a little queasy on our run/walk which I originally blamed on too much coffee.
The view of the mountains. Looks smoggy because it has been VERY dry for the past MONTH.
After we get home, I go take a shower and Emma has a snack of an applesauce squeeze packet. Then, impulsively, I decide to go to Thrift Town to look for some old furniture to turn into a play kitchen. I've been wanting a nice play kitchen for Emma, and saw an ingenious one on Apartment Therapy recently that was made from a thrifted nightstand.
Didn't find a suitable nightstand, but these plates, which match a pair we already have. Total spent, $1.
I see a sign for a new Habitat for Humanity ReStore nearby, so I decide to go there too, although I know I am pushing things a little with the potty clock. Quick trip in and then I decide it is time to go home for lunch.
Funny story: when I get home, I notice that the front door is unlocked - eep! I figured I must have left it unlocked when we went out. (Actually, I left the back door unlocked while we were out walking the dog, so this seems likely.) Like many people, I constantly worry about leaving the doors unlocked. We go inside and I look around - it doesn't seem like we've been robbed. I try to get Emma to pee, at which point she resists loudly, and I plead with her (also loudly). Then I hear a voice from the back bedroom... It turns out that Husband came home from work to make an important phone call (I didn't notice his car in the driveway!). And, we were being super noisy while he was on the phone with Important Person. Good to know that I didn't leave the front door unlocked, though.
We have bagels for lunch. I add a salad with oranges and cranberries. Husband leaves to go back to work. Emma is sad to see him go, since he stayed home with her on the holiday Monday, and on Thursday when she was too sick to go to school. We eat chocolate cupcakes leftover from my birthday.
After lunch, Emma is talking about what things are made of: glass, wood, paper, metal, plastic, etc. I give her a spoon to tap things around the house and find out what they are made of. Seems like a fun game, but it is short-lived. I put E down for her nap soon after and she is asleep by 1:30. Then I decide I need to tackle some to-do list items, so I start researching IRA's.
Naptime is too short, as always. Emma wakes up around 3:30 EXTREMELY grumpy, and doesn't want to pee, again.
Crying on the toilet. I had planned to make some calls (RE: to-do list items), but Emma cries for an entire hour, and it is impossible to talk on the phone with that going on. I take her into her bedroom, and we rock for a while and read some books and she calms down and gets happy. Then, it quickly becomes apparent that I've come down with the family cold, and I am just too tired to do anything, so I stay sitting on the rocking chair, while she piles me up with blankets and reads me books for a while. Then, we move out to the couch, and she plays mostly by herself with her memory game for a while.
Around five, I decide she might be hungry, so I make macaroni and cheese and green peas for dinner. I originally had other plans (leftover eggplant caponata), but real food seems very unappealing to my sick self. The macaroni and cheese turns out to be a big hit with the kiddo, and later the husband! The tea is still out from Emma's afternoon snack.
Husband has to work a little late since he went in late, and also came home midday. I'm feeling a little better after dinner, but still pretty tired, so I decide we can watch some TV. Emma calls it "TVV", which is a cross between TV and DVD, I think.
Emma and I watch Wallace and Grommit, "The Wrong Trousers". She sits for the whole thing! Husband comes home right as it is ending. He eats dinner and puts E to bed. I chat with Husband for a bit, then clean the kitchen, and read on the couch for a while. This soon turns into sleeping on the couch, and I am done for the day.