Day in the Life

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I was hoping to do a really involved “Day in the Life” post yesterday.  But that entails: 1) writing down what you’re doing and when; and 2) taking a lot of photos.  I was pretty disappointed when I sat down at my desk and realized I snapped a grand total of three photos yesterday – three photos does not a “Day in the Life” make!

day in the life

I wanted to do a “Day in the Life” post to document what non-preschool days are like for us now.  I work on the days that he’s in childcare, so on Tuesday and Thursday, Henry and I have tons of fun bonding time.  And I get to set aside the big work projects and truly relax.  I really value it, especially as this second pregnancy draws to a close.  I kind of wish we had done this sooner!


Our day pretty much looked like this:


7:00 AM – Up and at ‘em.

8:00 AM – Breakfast and household chores.  Henry plays with his trains while I do some e-mails.

9:30 AM – DadHTP stops by.  He entertains Henry while I package up two boxes of Operation Beautiful stuff I need to mail out.

10:00 AM – Dad and I swim 750 yards – it’s an awesome workout!  My arms are sore today.  After we’re done, I pull Henry out of gym childcare, and we all swim together for another hour.

11:30 AM – Post office run.

12:00 PM – Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 PM – Henry and I watch a movie on TV.  We watch an hour of one of the Air Buddies movies every single day (I know them ALL by heart now).   

2:00 PM – Henry goes down for his nap.  I do some cleaning – I vacuum the downstairs, wipe down countertops, unload the dishwasher, switch laundry out, and mop the kitchen floors.

2:30 PM – I go down for MY nap!  I slept really horribly the night before and have been counting down the minutes to naptime pretty much all day.

4:15 PM – I wake up, shower, blow-dry my hair, and put on real people clothing. I do a little more cleaning and work.

5:30 PM – I go into Henry’s room and wake him up… I can’t believe he’s still asleep!  He normally wakes up around 4:15.  There is a huge drool stain on his pillow, and he is suuuuuper grumpy.

5:40 PM – Henry’s blood sugar is obviously tanking because he sobs through an entire peanut butter sandwich. I feel really bad for him. 

6:00 PM –Sandwich has clearly hit his system, and his mood does an intense 180 swing.  He is happy now!  He helps me prep potatoes for dinner – I cut them up and he dips them in oil and then puts them on the pan.

6:30 PM – We build a new train track, go on a walk, and play with the dogs and cat.

7:15 PM – We eat dinner.

8:00 PM – After brushing teeth and reading a book, Henry goes back into bed (but doesn’t fall asleep until 9).  The Husband comes home – yay!

8:00 PM to 10:00 PM – We watch back-to-back episodes of Parenthood.  Little One is unusually active in my belly, and Kristien gets to feel a lot of big kicks and rolls.  I eat a quesadilla and some dark chocolate.  I love my couch time.


What was the best part of your day yesterday?



  • amelia@i_heart_kale September 12, 2014, 7:51 am

    I always like these little glimpses into everyone’s day. I wonder what Henry’s viewpoint would be/narrate?
    Only about 11.5 weeks left to go for us both!! How your schedule will change and adapt to a new baby and juggling Henry! I bet he will be super helpful! I am wondering what mine will be like as a first time mom. Maybe I’ll be seeing you up on IG or social media at all of the late night and early morning feedings. 😊

  • Cate September 12, 2014, 8:50 am

    I’m with you. I love couch time as well. We are currently into The Americans and really enjoying it. I also like the time when I read just before I go to sleep. Sometimes it’s twenty minutes and others times only five before my eyelids cannot stay open anymore.

  • Erica { } September 12, 2014, 9:56 am

    The best part of my day was teaching my last class for the week! I teach 5 college classes Mon-Thur and my last one ends at 9 p.m. Thursday night and my 3 day weekend officially beings.

  • Chelsea@TableForOne September 12, 2014, 10:12 am

    I love posts like these. It’s so fun to see the behind-the-scenes. My favorite part of yesterday was snuggling up in bed after the day was done and watching The League. I’m totally addicted to that show!

  • Ashley September 12, 2014, 1:49 pm

    Best part of my day was definitely picking up the husband from the airport following a trip overseas 🙂

  • Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy September 12, 2014, 2:36 pm

    Best part is the run i had in the cool fall weather yesterday!

  • Liz September 12, 2014, 2:38 pm

    Fun post! I love seeing what other mom’s days look like. Your husband doesn’t get home until so late!! It makes me grateful for my husband’s early work schedule. In fact, yesterday after a rough day with a teething toddler, him being home by 4:30pm was the best part of my day. It’s interesting to see when kids nap too – we do a very early nap compared to most people I know – 11:30am-2:30pm. My daughter is a wreck by noon if I try any later! I’m due in 6 weeks with #2 and also nap almost every day while my toddler naps!

    • Caitlin September 12, 2014, 2:45 pm

      I know, I love to look at other toddles’ sleep patterns too!! It’s so interesting 🙂

      Congrats on your baby!

  • Casey September 12, 2014, 3:54 pm

    The best part of my day was when I was driving home from work and my hubby-to-be and my little sweetie pulled up next to me in traffic and blew me kisses 🙂 unexpected and filled my heart <3

    • Caitlin September 12, 2014, 5:23 pm


  • emma @ be mom strong September 12, 2014, 4:41 pm

    My day almost exactly… aren’t toddlers fun! Except, we now have a 3 week old… which will be you very shortly!

  • Jillian @ Baby Doodah! September 13, 2014, 6:51 am

    I love your day!! I am working so hard to become a WAHM. I want to spend more time w/ my little guy so that some of my days look exactly like this.

    The best part of my day was pulling out the comfy blankets, I live in Buffalo, NY and we’re starting to see the chillier weather. Then my son and I curled on the coach for a good hour watching an episode of Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank. We’re not huge TV watchers, but on a Friday after a hard, long week – cuddles and TV are necessary!!

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