A working mom….

I was recently asked how I know was feeling with daycare and being a working mom now that it’s been EXACTLY a year (he started on May 28th 2013, a day before my 27th birthday) that Grayson has been in daycare. He didn’t start daycare until he was just shy of 3 months old, as I was very fortunate to enjoy 12 weeks of blissful maternity leave. It’s no secret (or maybe it is on here) that I had/have a hard time adjusting to the fact that he goes to daycare for about 9 hours a day. I work 7.5 hours but when you factor in drop off and pick up he is there from 7:15 to about 4:15 five days a week, that’s 45 hours a week that someone else is with my child. I’m not going into the reasons as to why he goes to daycare and I work, it’s just something that we need for our family right now. It is what it is, is my motto. So has it gotten easier? What do I think? How am I adjusting now? How is he? So many questions with not so easy answers. So before I answer the BIG questions on how I’m doing…a few comments/issues on what I have experienced in society the past year….the following are thing that I have encountered either through social media, in person etc. I don’t think people think about what they are saying or how it will affect me it’s their opinion but these are my opinions and thoughts. Please do not take offense.

  1. I absolutely hate it when people say things like it must have gotten easier, or don’t worry it will get easier. It never gets easier….it just IS. You deal with it. YOU learn to live it and adjust.
  2. Another comment that I have received from a variety of people is “I would hate to have someone else raise my children….or I don’t get how people would rather have other’s raise their own children.” I’ve gotten this even in a passing conversation where I don’t think the person meant it to infuriate me. Do I think the daycare workers are “raising” my child?? NO! Do I think they have a part in his life… YES! But in the end Curt and I are the ones that set the rules, we are the ones the get him up, put him to bed, play with him, feed him, clothe him, bathe him, set limits etc. We decide about vaccinations, we decide what he will eat, we decide! WE are RAISING HIM.
  3. Or some comments about working mom’s vs SAHM mom’s vs single moms etc. The big MOMMY WARS on what is better for your child. I do not want this to turn into an argument so all I will say on this matter is that I think every parent/caregiver out there is trying to do what’s best for your child and what works for your family.  It’s a hard, hard job but a very rewarding job. What you choose to do in the manner of raising your child is up to you as long as they are healthy, happy and safe I think you are doing a great job!  PEOPLE…. life is hard, parenting is hard, we judge ourselves so much already that we don’t need other’s judging us all the time too! Let’s respect each other and what we do (as long as it’s good things and not hurting your child or others).

So now that I’ve said that piece…to the matter at hand. How has it been going?? I would say to the innocent person that asks…fine. It’s going fine. This is our life and it’s working. The older Grayson gets the more and more I get to see just how daycare is affecting him. I think he LOVES it. I think he loves seeing all his little friends every day. I think he is so stimulated there. Much more stimulated then I am on the weekends ha! They are so structured at this daycare and I love it. When I drop him off he smiles and reaches for his friends. He hugs them and kisses them, he is learning to share and play and be patient. It’s fun to see him learn and grow and play in another environment then our own house. Now, he does have a little stranger danger/separation anxiety but not to the point and it has been hard to drop him off when he cries…but it doesn’t last long and he is soon running around playing with his friends. Seeing him grow and have fun makes me feel better. My work helps a lot, it’s a very flexible position and they really understand a good work/life balance and I SO appreciative of that as I know I’m very lucky. My husband has been so supportive and patient with me adjusting to this new way of life too. We make it work and our child is happy, healthy and growing. We have a house, two great jobs, we can provide healthy organic meals, we have health insurance…we are indeed lucky. So almost a year to the day since he has started daycare and I’m surviving. 🙂

And just because….here are some pictures of him at daycare a few weeks back.

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Coming soon: 5 things I love about Daycare and 5 things I hate about Daycare.

A day in the life of…..

It’s time for another “Day in the Life” Post! Today my post is “Day in the Life of a Working Mom!” I actually documented this day on Saint Patricks Day…so let’s begin. I have no idea WHY I decided to do this and take photos on a MONDAY, but I did.

5am: I wake up bright and early and jump in the shower. I’m usually up before my alarm as Grayson is usually moving around/talking/who knows what but I’m awake. Sometime I’ll take my chances and get up at 5:15! 😉

5:45: It takes me about 45 minutes to get ready…that’s shower, dry hair, straighten hair, make-up etc. Around this time Curt is getting up…around this time Grayson is probably getting up. HOPEFULLY, though he is actually sleeping in! Either way, I get dressed and head downstairs to get Grayson’s food ready for daycare.

6:00: At this point Grayson is probably a talking machine in his crib. I’m still downstairs making his food to take to daycare. I get his breakfast ready, lunch, and snacks ready. I also initial his milk and get a sheet for his mat at daycare and a blanket all ready in the bag. At this point we are weaning him from bottles, so I make three bottles with only a few ounces of formula. At daycare they add additional ounces of Whole Milk. It doesn’t take long and he in about a week he transitions to only one bottle and then soon to no bottles.

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6:15: I try hard to make it to 630 before getting him, and some days we are lucky and he sleeps until 630 or even 645 (which is the latest I can let him sleep before I HAVE to get him up to get him ready for daycare).Anyways, I go upstairs to get Grayson, he has now thrown out all pacis and standing in his crib. I’m so thankful he is a morning person.

6:20: After diaper change I feed him a bottle right away….this is is main bottle he still wants immediately at this point…however in about a week he will be done with this bottle too.


6:25: I take his PJ’s off and let him roam like this….


.I put him in this outfit….remember what day it is?!


6:30ish: We go brush our teeth! Well he plays with the toothbrush and I snap some photos for this post;

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6:30ish: We go down to play and I finish getting anything else I need ready…that might be finishing getting his food, diaper bag etc. If he seems hungry right away, I’ll either feed him some breakfast to get him to daycare.

6:45: Grayson is hopefully playing in the living room, or running around the kitchen.

6:50: Curt makes our coffee every morning and he usually takes out ALL my bags to the car (what a nice guy), that includes…diaper bag, bag of sheet and blanket for daycare, lunch bag for Grayson and myself, my laptop bag for work and my purse! THEN he has to back the car out for me! HAHA, I know what you are thinking. But right now his side of the garage is full of renovation type stuff, and I don’t have the BEST track record of backing out of a garage when another car is parked in the driveway…even when it’s on the opposite side.

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7:00: Grayson and I hang out and play for a few more minutes, read books etc.

7:05: Time to leave for daycare and work! We say goodbye to daddy, and I load him into the car. We leave.



Almost EVERY day I call my mom on the way to daycare…today when I called she pointed out it was St. Patty’s Day! And what do you HAVE to wear on this day….GREEN!!!! Well, if you remember from earlier…Grayson was NOT wearing green!! I HAD to go home and change him!! Hahaha, don’t judge!!

7:07: I turn around and go home, I run inside. Curt thinks I’m INSANE for coming home to change him. But we live close and I couldn’t let him be the only kid without green!!! C’mon mom’s tell me you that you understand!

7:15: I frantically search for something for green…throw it on Grayson (BUT I still have time to snap a photo for you!and head out )…for the 2nd time!


7:23: A little late arriving to daycare (it takes about 7 minutes to get to his daycare so I usually arrive at 7:15)…I put him in the high chair and put his stuff away. I talk to his teacher and say goodbye to my sweet boy. I take some photos of him eating breakfast for you guys!

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7:40: I arrive at work and…WORK! For the next 7.5 hours. I used to go visit Grayson often during my lunch hour, but he is usually getting ready for nap…or in his new room he is already sleeping by noon. So I can’t visit him anymore. 😦 So let’s jump forward to the end of the day…Now during lunch, if I have time I’ll run and get groceries or run errands.

4:00: Time to go get my little man!! YAY!

4:10: I get to his daycare and go get him! He has had a good day, and I’m glad I changed him as everyone was wearing green! 🙂

4:28: Yes, that is almost ALWAYS the time I get home….Curt is also home and has already let the dog out. Some days Grayson still needs/wants another snack so I might feed him some crackers or something. Today he gets some of these puffs.


4:45ish: It’s too cold to go on a walk or be outside for too long, but we do bundle him up and go out for a bit in the backyard.

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5:00ish: We head inside and I start dinner…tonight we are having pasta…which means we will all eat together. I try very hard to make dinners that he will also eat so we can eat together. This is how our kitchen looks when I make dinner for everyone. I’m a MESSY cook, but I’m trying to get it all done and served before a meltdown happens by a hungry little boy. Curt is playing with Grayson in the living room during this time.


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5:30: We eat!! Early!! Curt and I are used to eating after he goes to bed, but since we are trying to incorporate more family meals with him we eat earlier for him.

6:00: The kitchen stays a disaster, and we head upstairs. We clean up/bath night is every other night unless he is unusally messy. Tonight we didn’t give him a bath, but we do wipe him down and always put lotion on. We will play in his room for a little bit to get closer to 6:30. Unless he is sick or really fussy my goal is to get him to bed sometime between 6:30/7.


6:25: Time to brush teeth!


6:30: Time to read books. Curt and I usually rotate nights of reading and we read about 3-4 books.  My turn tonight. I LOVE reading to him, and I LOVE that he seems to enjoy it.


6:40: Time for bed, he lays right now and usually goes right to sleep!! We are LUCKY!


6:45: Curt and I plop down on our bed and pass out…until we remember what a mess the kitchen is, how many dishes I have to wash for the next day etc.

7:30: We finally sit down and rest! And get ready for the next day!!

So that’s it!! A day in the life of a working mom…at least that’s my day. Usually, it’s not as frantic as a Monday, and usually I don’t run home and change Grayson’s outfit! When I was pumping you need to add about 30 more minutes onto this schedule, as I pumped first thing in the morning, cleaned all the parts and pumped at 9, 12, and 3 at work! Like I’ve mentioned before I’m very lucky in the fact that my work has a great work/life balance. But it is still hard to take him to daycare.

And yes, my child really does go to bed that early! I’m happy we got him to at least 630 most nights. Before he was going to bed around 545 or 6. We tried everything…pushing his bedtime back 10 min, we used to wake him up when he was really little around 630 to get him to like 8pm and he would have a TERRIBLE night! So we finally realized ya know what…I would rather have him sleep well and get the sleep he needs even if that means our time at night is shortened by bedtime. So he sleeps about 11-12 hours straight through and about a two nap during the day. Boy likes his sleep!

Anyways, I hope you liked this post!


Sunday Coffee

**Oh what a week it has been! Grayson has been sick with something which has caused him to have a high fever. It was the first time he has had a temperature over 100, and it was not fun! For three days he had a fever….I know that a fever is a symptom and that it’s the body’s way of getting rid of whatever is attacking his little body…but we felt so bad for him. We think he is on the mend…at least he hasn’t had a fever in 24 hrs. What do you do when your little one has a fever? We did sponge baths, we did use Ibuprofen when it was really high, and lots of love!

**On top of him being so sick, work has been crazy and we have both been very busy. It has been an exhausting week juggling work, no sleep, a sick child, and normal every day things. Being a working mom is so tough on so many levels, I am thankful I have a husband that is willing to jump up in the middle of the night, clean up puke, do laundry etc. I am lucky.

**Am I the only mom that let’s their child hang out in the crib in the morning or after nap time for 10 to 20 minutes? He isn’t crying, usually talking or jumping etc…but sometimes I need that extra time to finish cleaning, wake up myself, change clothes etc. Please tell me I’m not alone?

**When Grayson was a baby baby I felt Ike he slept all the time (and he did), and I felt like I had a lot of free time but at the same time I didn’t because I would be washing pumping pieces, showering etc. Now, however I realize back then I had WAY more time then I do now. Grayson is always on the go getting into anything and everything, demanding my attention 24/7 when he is up. therefore, the only time I have to do ANYTHING around the house or do myself consists between 12 and 2 during a nap. Phew! That’s just with one kid….I think when we have more I may be doing more cleaning at midnight or not at all!

**But like my husband said this morning, there will be a time soon enough when he will be playing alone and want to play alone and when he will tell us to leave him alone. So I will enjoy this time now, the house can be messy, the laundry can be dirty, the dishwasher can be full.

**Now, that I talked about Grayson this whole post….I will move on! My garden is slowly growing! I see some lettuce and peas growing! Today in going to go buy some tomato and pepper plants, it’s 2 for $5 at Lowes today!

**In a couple of weeks Curt will be completely renovating our kitchen/upstairs living area! It’s going to look so different and I can’t wait to see the finished project. I will be sure and take pictures!

Well, it’s going to be a lovely day here in Iowa,so I better get going! Whatever you do I hope you have a great day! Enjoy friends!

Sunday Coffee–PM Edition

**Sorry for the delay! Moving a little slow this morning, had a big shopping day yesterday with my favorite ladies and my mom spent the night. We went and got groceries and then she was off….the time to get groceries (in case you were wondering…) is really either Saturday PM like 8ish or Sunday morning around 9ish….I’m sure it’s also nice during the week day but for a working mom the best time is when the little ones go to bed on a weekend or earlier on a morning with your little one in tow. I personally like taking Grayson (right now), he loves people watching!

**Grayson is getting not 1, not 2, not 3, but at least 4 NEW TEETH!! Man, I HATE teething. Actually the little guy is a champ but he is a little more fussier than normal and drools ALL.THE.TIME. I might as well keep him naked for how often we have to change his clothes/bibs etc. I hate teething…

**Are you wondering how our sleep has been going since my post a couple weeks ago? It really turned around! I’m not sure why that little stretch of not sleeping happened…maybe teething, maybe just pumped it was the middle of the night and wanted to play…who knows. But it has passed. And we are THANKFUL.

**Do you have friendly neighbors? When we lived in the townhome we didn’t really have any nice neighbors (except one lovely older couple who we still keep in touch with). One thing about moving I wanted to make sure we made an effort and HOPEFULLY would actually interact with our neighbors. So far so good! I LOVE our neighborhood, everyone is so friendly and is always introducing themselves to us. We have a wonderful family of four next to us with two young girls, I’m pretty sure Grayson will never have a problem finding friends to play with in the area. We also have an older gentleman with two teenage daughters. Both neighbors are super friendly and nice…always waving to us over the fence, talking about our veggie gardens. Yes, we do have a lovely neighborhood. MUCH different from our previous home.

**Yesterday I got some new clothes and I think I can officially say almost 14 months after baby I’m back to my pre-pregnancy size….with some alterations…meaning I’m definitely not as toned as before but I can wear the size I was wearing before I got preggo. 14 months….not sure if that’s average or not (I’m leaning towards not). What did I do? Not much….seriously….I am totally slacking in the fitness department. I find it hard to make the time for it with a full time job, a full time mom, full time wife, full time everything and by the end of the day I’m beat. So yea, maybe I could have gotten back to my regular size earlier….but I’ll take it.

**Before you berate me for my previous comment of “find it hard to make the time,” I know there is time in my day to be healthy. And for the moment my healthy is…grabbing a banana, going on a walk with my family, running up the stairs to get something, and randomly doing lunges in the living room….I’m not a die hard athlete nor do I have the time (seriously I don’t), to work out every single day for 1+ hours. I make choices, and one choice is to consider my walk my workout for the day vs. going on a long run alone during awake time with Grayson.

**Now, before you get mad at THAT previous comment because maybe you do work out a lot and can find the time…AWESOME! I think that is AWESOME! Seriously, you are dedicated and motivated. So let’s just all love each other. 😉 We don’t need to go into this drama….remember that?? 😉

**Speaking of fitness…I WOULD like to get back into a running routine. I just got a jogging stroller and I can’t wait to try it out! I hate hate hate running….BUT I like how I feel after I get into, I’ve done it before I can do it again. And now I can take the little man with me, which I think he will love. I also love it too because then I don’t have to miss any of his awake time to go for a run but we can enjoy fitness and the outdoors together. WIN all around.

**Last night a local prom was going on so we some some kids dressed to the nine when we went out to dinner. We were talking about what would we tell these 17 and 18 year olds now that we are looking to go back to our 10 year and 20 year high school reunions….I think I’d tell them to enjoy the no bills, no loans, no adult decisions and to just have FUN! Enjoy this time. What would YOU tell them?

**Seriously, it’s my 10 year high school reunion this year. Where did the time go?!

Enjoy the rest of your day friends. We are supposed to get some storms which sounds wonderful to me. 🙂 Who doesn’t love a good thunderstorm?

Daycare Update II

A few times on the blog I’ve talked about my concern for Grayson moving to the one year old room. In that room he goes from two scheduled naps (9:30 and 1:30) to one scheduled nap (11:50/12 to 2:30), he also sleeps on a mat. I worked with the owner and like I stated before she worked with me on his transition. So he visited that room some and actually didn’t move over until three weeks after he turned one. I’m so thankful for that! So I thought since he has been in there about two weeks, I wanted to share how it was going….has he transitioned well? Is he exhausted?? Does he just roll all over and never sleep on the mat??

I’m here to tell you the move has gone GREAT! I don’t want to jinx anything but I’m SHOCKED at how well he has adjusted. I know I shouldn’t be as kids adjust much more easily than adults. But I really do think the three-week transition helped A LOT. I just don’t think he was ready to go down to one nap when he first turned one, I think visiting helped so much.

Grayson is still tired in the morning and I think if given the option he would go down for an early nap, but when he gets to daycare it’s like he gets a second wind. There is just SO MUCH going on….he is really into looking and watching other babies right now (all the books we read have real babies in them), so he is interested in his friends, the teachers in the room are great. They are pretty structured in that room and there doesn’t seem to be a moment of rest for them! Props to you ladies! They go from breakfast, to play, to snack, to art/music project, to free play, to lunch, to nap, to play/activity, snack and pick up. A lot of times they also do educational activities with flash cards, lots of story time etc. I think he is learning a lot. He is a walking machine now and seeing his other friends walk all the time has helped with that too.

So what about the dreaded nap on a mat….so far it sounds like it’s going fine! They have told me they just rub his back for a few minutes and he goes right to sleep. I trust them as there is a camera and I watch around that time too and he does seem to go right to sleep. Yesterday they said they didn’t even need to rub his back, they just put him on the mat and he falls asleep. I think it helps he is probably exhausted! He still is getting up around 545 and is just so tired in the morning! We are going to try and push his bedtime back 15 min for a couple of days to get to 7 and see if he will sleep until 630 am. Right now he goes to bed around 630 and gets up around 530. So 11 hours seems to do the trick for him at night. AND he is still sleeping just fine in his crib. I was really nervous he would want to sleep on a mat all the time, but it doesn’t seem to phase him to go from one to the other. Again, much more adaptable than adults.

Finally…eating. So I’m still bringing the majority of his food and definitely his dairy products. However, I’ve noticed it’s getting harder to keep him on my own menu at daycare. The only reason is that now he is sitting at a table with all his friends and he wants what they have. He is just at that age, he isn’t at an age where I can explain it to him. So I’ve talked to his teachers about it and they are still to offer his home food first but I’m fine if he eats some of the menu items. It’s not the end of the world if he grabs a bit of pop-tart from his friend sitting right next to him. I get it. I’m adaptable too. 😉 At home he still gets almost 100% organic and I try to get GMO free as well. I was also worried about his bottle to sippy cup transition and not getting enough milk there. But again I talked to his teachers and he is to get a sippy of his milk at every meal/snack time and through out the day. They have been great about that too.

So all in all he has done very well and I’m so happy I spoke up and talked to the Director and teachers about my concern. I may seem like a helicopter parent to some of you but for right now I’m my child’s biggest advocate (as is my husband) in our eyes.

I’m hoping to do a post soon on 5 things I love about daycare, 5 things I hate and his transition to a sippy and no more bottles! So stay tuned!

Enjoying a breakfast full of bananas (or nanas as he says) at daycare!

Enjoying a breakfast full of bananas (or nanas as he says) at daycare!


Checking out all the other rooms!

Checking out all the other rooms!

Breastfeeding Woes Part III

You can check out Part I and Part II here.

When we last left off I was getting ready to go back to work. Going back to work was stressful enough, add in trying to keep up with his need and pump at least three times a day at work away from my baby and I was a basket case. My work was GREAT and so supportive, they set up a room for me and allowed me time to pump as needed through out the day.

I had been working on building up my frozen stash but like I said I RARELY pumped anymore and if I did I was only getting 2-3 oz at a time!! When Grayson started daycare I think he was at about 3 or 4 oz every three hours. I scheduled my pumping times at work to be at 9, 12 and 3 to stay in line with his feeding schedule. However, my supply PLUMMETED!! I was not even getting enough in one session for what he would need during that time. So a lot of the times 2 sessions would make up one bottle! So I constantly had to use my frozen milk.

I usually nursed in the morning but would supplement with some milk from the day before or something. Then I would try and nurse when we got home but at the end of the day my supply seemed even lower so would have to feed him milk I pumped that day that was supposed to be for the next day.

I talked to my lactation lady and she suggested things like Fenugreek and Mother’s Milk Tea. I never tried the tea but did try the Fenugreek. I think I tried it to late though, it was probably something I should have started weeks ago! It never increased my supply and I thought Grayson had a reaction to it (he didn’t and couldn’t), so I didn’t take as much as I probably should have.

So at four months I FINALLY had to supplement with formula. I was so sad. I felt like I failed. Curt was so supportive but I felt like he just couldn’t understand how I was feeling. Then came the issue of what formula to use. I knew I wanted to give him only organic and found Earth’s Best. There aren’t that many options. He had a TERRIBLE reaction to it and we immediately switched him to a lactose free one. Which just happened to be Simliac…not organic. But I just wanted him to eat and grow and thrive. I wasn’t about to try and change his formula on him again when it was working. So I supplemented with Similac until he was about 6 months old when I was done. My goal was to nurse to at least 6 months, then when that didn’t pan out my goal was to pump for 6 months, then when that didn’t pan out it was to at least make it to 6 months where at least ONE bottle a day would be breast milk. I made it to about 5 months 3 weeks….just shy of my 6 month goal. I just couldn’t do it anymore. I was still pumping several times a day and only getting  about 6 oz ALL TOGETHER, at that time it wasn’t even enough to make one bottle. Our big guy was drinking about 8oz every 3-4 hours. So I finally decided enough is enough.

I didn’t have any problems stopping like the feeling I needed to pump or anything like that. I never had issues with leaking it was like my breasts were like thank goodness that’s over! HA.

So that’s about it! That’s my breastfeeding story….long I know but I wanted to share. That article hit home on so many levels I felt that I should share my story.

As I said 1, 2 and 5 really stood out for me. I had so many people tell me how important nursing was, or I encountered so many on social media. Breast is best! I heard that all the time and read about it all the time!! I dislike that saying now, it should be “do what works for you and your baby to be happy and healthy.”  I remember seeing a post on social media an article on formula and how it was recalled and that’s why people should nurse. I wanted to yell at her through the computer!!! Some people can’t nurse because of various reasons, some just choose not to nurse, whatever the reason let’s not judge or look down on others if they do not nurse or pump.  I think it’s wonderful if you can nurse, and I think it’s wonderful if you use formula. Whatever you use to feed your baby is your choice, as long as it’s not beer I’m ok with it. 😉

So that’s my story, I’ve come to terms with my situation. Grayson is a healthy, growing boy. Breast milk or formula it didn’t matter he got and gets what he needs to thrive. What’s important is that we raise healthy and happy children. That’s what we are doing.

Will I try nursing again for our next child when the time comes? ABSOLUTELY. I have learned so much and can’t wait to try a few things I should have done the first time. Will I kill myself and stress and cry about it if it doesn’t work like the first time? NO!! There is NOTHING wrong with giving your baby formula, you are the parent and you do what is right for you and your child. Will I be sad if nursing doesn’t work out? Probably. Will I survive? YES!

To all you mommas out there….whether you are nursing, pumping only, formula feeding whatever you are choosing to do….all I have to say is you are amazing!


Daycare Update

Have you been wondering how Grayson has been doing since transitioning to one nap at daycare? Well, good news! I talked to our Daycare Provider and she totally understood where I was coming from…so he hasn’t moved yet! He is visiting this week and will probably start full-time in the one nap a day room next week. I’m so thankful he has gotten two weeks of two naps a day still!! I do think he is SLOWLY transitioning to one nap, he sometimes skips his afternoon nap at daycare at least.

So this has been a great lesson for us and one that I want to share with all you working moms and dads out there with kids in daycare or soon to be ones.

You are your child’s advocate, if you have concerns about something please share that with your provider. They SHOULD listen to you, understand and work with you on trying to solve whatever problem you have. If they are not willing to work with you I suggest finding a new place. 🙂 It is VERY, VERY hard for me to drop my son off for 7.5 hours a day but it is so nice to know that I have a great daycare and I trust them. I’m so glad I voiced my concern and she worked with me to give him more time to transition to that room. I know he will transition GREAT but still I’m thankful for these weeks with two naps.

Plus, I’m thankful they put up with me as I think I’m a needy mom….but hey like I said you are child’s advocate someone has to talk for them might as well be you! 🙂

Ready to go play with his friends at school!

Ready to go play with his friends at school!

Sunday Coffee

**Did you enjoy losing an extra hour of sleep this morning?? We did not. Even though it SEEMS like Grayson slept until 630 technically it was 530. 😦 The only bright side to this “Spring Forward,” is that he might actually be going to bed at 7pm now thinking its’ 6pm. Does that make sense?? 🙂

**We are transitioning Grayson to Whole Milk!!! Our doctor was completely fine with keeping him on formula but I’d like to transition him because formula is SO expensive!!! We spend about $25 a week on formula, so $100 a MONTH!!! We do buy organic milk (Shout out to Full Circle Organic!! We love this brand!! Great product AND affordable!) which a gallon is about $4 and I’m not sure how quickly he will go through that but I’m sure it will be less expensive then formula!!

**So how is he adjusting to whole milk?? GREAT!! It doesn’t even seem to phase him! I have been doing some half and half with formula but he has had it straight. What a trooper! 🙂

**Have you heard of the 40 Bags in 40 days Challenge?? My sister just told me about it, I’ve looked into doing it as she wants to but I’m just not sure I have the TIME!!! Working full-time, a baby, etc. It just seems a little big to take on for each day. I could def. do work on it on the weekends and some evenings, but I don’t think I could commit to every.single.day!!! Have you ever done this challenge??

**We are thinking of getting rid of a car and going down to just ONE!!! Are we crazy?! We are trying very hard to pay down debt and having one less car payment that could go towards debt would be HUGE!! It would def. be a sacrifice for a couple of years but in the long run it should be worth it.

**I had to go buy Catching Fire on Friday. We have already watched it once this weekend and I plan to watch it again before I let a co-worker borrow it. It’s my favorite book of the trilogy and my favorite movie so far! I love, love, LOVE Jennifer Lawrence. I just think she seems so down to earth and gets it ya know? Hope she remains on this positive, good role model course.

**Today where I live it’s supposed to be 54 degrees, and tomorrow it’s going to be around 60!!! We have been buried here in the midwest by snow and COLD! I’m so excited for this brief glimpse of Spring. We plan to go on a walk and grill, oh how I’ve missed grilling. Steak is on the menu for tonight! 🙂

**We are looking into buying our meat from this organic, local farmer: Thankful Harvest. It’s pretty cool because their prices are great AND they deliver to our house!!! So convenient. I’m placing my first order this week and can’t wait to try it out. Plus, I’ve met the family a few times and they are the nicest! If you live in in Des Moines check them out!

Enjoy your day today wherever you are! 🙂

A Day in the Life….

I thought it might be interesting to do a day in the life of….a working mom that has a day off! 🙂

If you don’t already know I work M-F from 730-4 so having a day off during the work week is always an extra blessing. I try my hardest to really focus on Grayson and play with him and not worry about household chores…but when he is napping I feel like I run a marathon trying to do housework. So let’s begin….

5:45 am: Time to get up!! I got to sleep in for 45 minutes yay!! Grayson is an early riser so he started talking and playing. Normally he will do this for awhile but not today. He is teething so is fussier than normal.

5:50 am: Time to get him up! Typically I have a bottle and acid reflux medicine ready to go but since he is fussy he gets to go down to the kitchen and help me. He does not like this. 🙂 He is pretty impatient.

6:00 am: MUCH happier, bottle is empty and diaper has been changed. He chugs his bottle so it only takes a couple of minutes.

6-7:00 am: Daddy is getting ready for work and unfortunately we have freezing rain. L Mommy and Grayson are playing in the living room. Mainly reading books over and over.

7:00 am: Daddy kisses us bye and leaves. Grayson is getting tired and acts hungry so I feed him his breakfast an hour earlier than normal. Today he gets cereal with yogurt and some yogurt melt aways while I’m busy making his cereal.

7:30 am: We go upstairs to read books and lay down for early morning nap. Grayson does not get this early morning nap at daycare. I try and keep him on a semi normal daycare schedule when we are home, but why make him be extra tired at home when I know I can let him sleep.

7:30- 9:00 am: I actually went back to sleep!! I’m tired today, we are both fighting bad colds and with the weather maybe that’s it. I’m happy though because I did start a load of our massive laundry pile before I passed out.

9:00 am: A much happier Grayson wakes up. Diaper change then go down and play together. Grayson has learned to climb stairs so often gets to the kitchen so we play in the kitchen for awhile, I give him plastic containers and big spatulas to chew on.

9:40 am: getting fussy so he gets his bottle…he drinks a 6oz bottle every 3-4 hrs still.

10:00 am: I decide to try and make some meat for the chili today while he is in the kitchen…..I put him in his high chair to play. He does pretty good but tires out quickly. I quickly finish up…the kitchen is a mess because I’m trying to do a million things all while dancing and singing to him.

10:45 am: Surprisingly Grayson is acting tired again….I contemplate just keeping him up and giving him lunch a little early but decide to see if he will nap instead. He goes right down after we read 5 books of course.

11:00- 11:45: I’ve done three loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen, finished the chili, cleaned up his breakfast and bottles, folded some of the laundry, put away some personal care items that were out, now I’m resting. I’ve actually managed all that in the span of about 30 minutes….phew break time…oh oh what’s that I hear? Grayson is up.

11:45: Short nap, but I think he needed it. Time for diaper and lunch. Today we are trying black beans! So for lunch he has some pasta with sauce, black beans and strawberries. He loves the strawberries but doesn’t seem to interested in the other stuff. He loves eating off my fork….so I feed him some of the other items. He doesn’t seem to mind as long as he eats off a fork…odd. I try not to bother him and let him do his own thing he seems to eat better and more when I’m doing other things in the kitchen.

12:15: I just wipe him down and leave everything to be cleaned later. We go to the living room to play and I try and change the laundry quick. We play together and he goes up the stairs often to hang out in the kitchen. We go upstairs and go to all the bedrooms. He really loves to explore now that he has figured out the stairs. I let him. I hover a lot but I focus on all the things in the room and look for hazards. I think it’s good for him to explore.

1:00: Bottle…

1:15: Independent play. I love playing with him but I think he needs to know and understand he can play alone. He does this all the time at daycare so it doesn’t bother him. During this time I start to fold some of the laundry in the living room away from him playing. Eventually, he sees me and comes over to “help.” We make sock puppets for a bit he thinks that is hilarious.

1:45: We go upstairs to read and get ready for nap. I read a couple books and lay him down, I think he goes right to sleep. I start cleaning the kitchen again….he is still up around 2:00 but by 2:05 I’m pretty sure he is out.

2:00—2:50: Nap and mommy cleans like crazy. His afternoon naps can range anywhere between 30 min to 2 plus hours. Unfortunately, this nap was only about 50 minutes….during that 50 minutes I…cleaned the kitchen, emptied and loaded the dishwasher, wiped everything down, swiffered, and started more laundry. Things I could have done during that time…slept, ran, nothing…..maybe I should have slept. I’m tired! 😉

3:00: After a quick diaper change and singing the ABC’s it’s time for snack time. Today he had some mum mums, yogurt melts and a banana.

3:45: Time to play and wait for daddy to get home! The roads should be better so he should be home soon. But instead of playing we snuggled and watched some Sesame Street. I’m not a fan of putting my child in front of the tv but he doesn’t seem to be feeling well and is extra fussy. So I let him doze in my arms for a bit. The most I’ll let him watch TV is about 25 min.

4:15: Daddy is home!! We wait for daddy to change then we all play in the living room together. The dozing seemed to have helped and he has a 2nd wind. Dinner is ready whenever we are so I don’t have to go make it.

5:00 PM: Grayson is getting fussy…I’ve let him go almost 4 hours with no bottle and I can tell he wants a bottle over food food. So he gets that first. Normally, I like to do food then bottle. Tonight we tried chili for the first time and he threw it up…awesome. I think it just got some of that bean skin stuff stuck…gross.

5:30: Normally it’s not a bath night, as we rotate those. But since he threw up he needs a bath.

5:50 pm: All ready for bed! We sit down to read some books.

6:00 pm: Lights out! He fusses quite a bit which has been his norm the past week or so. Teething is really getting to him I think. Poor kid. By 6:20 he is out.

6:00 pm-9ish: The rest of the night is spent having dinner with my husband if we didn’t eat with Grayson, cleaning up, watching some tv and going to bed early. Last night in particular I was passed out by around 845! Only because I have a terrible cold and took cold meds that apparently knocked me out. Such is life! 😉

That’s my day when I have a day off during the week, probably in much more detail then you care!! Look for some later posts on a Day in the Life of a Working Mom during the work week, weekend and a Day in the life of Grayson at Daycare! And below are some pictures of our day together. 🙂

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Playing Peek a boo

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Still seems tired.

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Exploring upstairs

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Trying some black beans!!

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I see you! Playing peek a boo again.

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Feeling better after a bottle. Play Time!

Just up from early morning nap, helping me put his laundry away.

Helping me put laundry away.

Sunday Coffee

**In 16 days we will have a one year old…..AAAAAAHHHH!! Where has the past year gone?? It has gone to lots of sleepless nights, spit up, bottles, nursing, trying to nurse, pumping, sleepless nights (did I say that already?), worry but most of all the past year has gone with LOTS of snuggles, cuddles, coos, milestones and lots and lots of love and I wouldn’t change a thing.

**Well, if I did change a thing it would be staying at home, but it’s not feasible for us at this time in our life. So this working momma is dealing…or trying to I guess. 😉

**Have you heard or played Cards Against Humanity? I’ve only heard that it’s fun, but I’m not sure what it all entails or anything. Would love to hear if anyone has played it and your thoughts?

**Aucutt Reno 2014 has begun!!! Have I told you? We took out this 80s ugly wet bar in our new house and will be replacing it with a mini mudroom, and we filled in a hole and closed up the wall. We will be painting the living room and building a built-in for the DVD/Box etc and mounting the tv. Our living room is longer and skinny, so it’s been interesting to figure out furniture, tv, toys etc. But it’s coming together and I can’t wait to see the finished project! I’ll share some photos soon. And when I say WE, I mean my handy hubby. 🙂

**Curt also updated the downstairs half bath with a new toilet, vanity, mirror and paint. We just need to decorate it (that’s where I come in) and update the laundry part of the half bath. Slowly ticking off house projects.

**I think we have decided we will fence in the yard and hire it out. We have gotten several estimates and discussed Curt doing it himself but we just think it’s worth the added cost to pay someone to do it. I think to save money we will only do the privacy on the back side. One neighbor has a privacy already so we wouldn’t need it on that side and the other neighbor has a chain link fence. SOOOO I think we will have a chain link on one side and use their existing and just deal with it until we add privacy fence on that side. Right now, the most important thing is to get a fenced in yard so we can make it work. Besides, we like our neighbor. 🙂

**We decided to paint our living room the same color we had painted our living room in our town home…granite boulder, it’s sort of this gray/blue/green and we love it.  I also love it for Grayson’s room. Right now he has white furniture but eventually when we transition him to a big boy bed I want to get dark brown furniture for his room. And I think Granite Boulder will look nice in there with that. We will keep the white for baby #2….which is not an announcement just our plan.

**Next weekend I’m taking Grayson to get his 1 year old photos done by…..my sister!!! My youngest sister has an eye for that type of stuff and we plan to use my parents house where there are lots of different backdrops. So to save some costs she is doing us a HUGE favor. Thanks KATELIN!! If you recall Katelin also did our newborn photos, she rocks.

**I’m still on the hunt for some good toddler food ideas for daycare. He is transitioning from pureed to more bite size but I’m nervous that he won’t get enough if I only send a few bite size and no jars…..thoughts?

**Grayson is in the midst of getting FOUR teeth up top!! I can see white but right now only one seems to be really making some headway. Teething sucks….I feel for the kid. In our teething arsenal includes Hylands Teething Tablets and just lots of extra snuggles. We have only given him tylenol once for the pain and we don’t use teethers…trust me I’ve tried but he doesn’t seem to like the teethers. So we are making it through with the bare necessities, any advice?

**I have tomorrow off for President’s Day, so I’m going to enjoy my extra snuggles and cuddles! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday friends!