This post was inspired by the reaction I usually get when I say “oh I’m done cooking lunch” and it’s only 9am. The looks or reactions are usually equally to that of seeing a unicorn. It’s actually quite funny to me as I know it’s not the norm but we create our own normal. So here’s a peek into my typical day:
6:30 am: I’m usually awakened by my son, if it were up to me I wouldn’t budge until 7:30 but hey…this is the mommy life. After his morning bath we then hop across the hall to say hi to his dad. He works from home and already started his day.7 am: I usually make a quick breakfast such as oatmeal with fruit or eggs with turkey bacon and toast for Nolan and his dad. I’ll have a bowl of fruit, but not before my morning coffee. Once breakfast is over, I walk the dogs and then set out their food.
8 am: At this time, I start thinking about what to make for lunch and what do I have planned for the day, whether it’s a doctor’s appointment, shopping, taking Nolan by Grandma to spend the day(twice a week) or housework. I’m also usually checking in on Social Media while watching the Today show.
8:30-9am: This is when I start cooking lunch. I like to cook early so that I can have a hot lunch ready for when the Mr. is ready to take lunch plus it means not having to figure out what to feed the little one when lunch time rolls around. It also allows me to roam the streets freely without having the weight of what to cook when I get back in on my mind. At this time I will put a show on the TV for my son to keep him occupied and out of the kitchen while I cook. He likes to help unpack my cupboards and stick various items under my stove/fridge/anywhere he possible can. I will also give him a snack at this point and this will buy a few extra minutes.10 am: I usually done cooking at this point and will play with my son a bit or chat it up with my sister on the phone.
11am-12pm: Lunchtime! Yes I know I’m weird but it works for us since we typically eat breakfast at 7am. I cook a wide range of meals so one day it can be roti and curry and the next turkey and bean burrito; whatever the meal, I always makes sure that the meal includes a vegetable. My son eats whatever I cook so there are no special meals just for him. And yes he loves spicy foods such as curry because I introduced it to him before he was a year old as I’ve been eating it since that age and I turned out just fine!
12pm-3pm: Naptime…errrr…potential naptime. This boy doesn’t sleep!!! Sometimes to ensure he takes a nap I do my runaround at this time because he will fall asleep in the car. Hey, it’s not ideal but it’s better than a 17 month old in his crib for 2 hours refusing to nap only to come downstairs and throw fits for the rest of the day because he didn’t nap. I will take it any way that I get it. If I do have errands to run, this is the time that I do it. There’s no heavy traffic, stores are basically empty and Nolan loves being out and about plus let’s not forget the bonus nap so it’s a win-win. If I don’t have any errand to run and I’m blogging about the meal I prepared earlier, then while he’s “napping” is when I will do a photo shoot and edit the pictures. 3-5pm: My son is usually up at 3 pm so I give him a snack and we play. Shortly after his father comes to join us and the craziness ensues. They play as boys play and sometimes the dogs join in. At this time, I relax a bit and browse online, usually reading up on new blog updates and such.
5pm: It’s dinner time for us all. They typically eat what we had for lunch but I usually find something else to eat.
6pm: This is bedtime for Mr. Nolan. Yes, I know it’s early but he typically sleeps 12-13 straight hours and this is the reason why he rarely takes naps. Once we’ve completed his bedtime routine and he’s tucked in, it usually take him about 5 minutes to be fast asleep. I then come downstairs and pick up the numerous toys strewn about the house, then do the dishes and by doing the dishes I mean load the dishwasher. I will lightly clean the kitchen and vacuum if needed at this point. This usually doesn’t take very long.7pm: I sit at my desk and write a blog post and schedule it to be published the following day.
8pm: Party time!!! And by party time, I mean Mommy and Daddy time. Time to unwind, have a drink, watch TV, chat or whatever it is we decide to do. Sometimes we decided to do our own thing. I watch Bravo and he does whatever. Either way, it’s pure relaxation.
10-11 pm: At this time is typically when I pass out on the couch then slowly make my way to bed all the while thinking about the fact that I will have to be up at 6. I’m usually tucked in under the covers and in a deep sleep in a matter of minutes.
See, it’s not so bad and no I’m not a unicorn or some mythical creature who manages to have lunch on the table by lunch time. I know this schedule wouldn’t work for everyone but it works for me. It works for us. And that’s my day in a nutshell! Oh…I should mention that I don’t cook daily, I usually cook enough to last 2 days.
Are you days planned out? How often do you typically cook?
- Juice of 10 lemons
- 4 cups water
- 2 cup guava nectar
- 1½ cup sugar
- 1½ cup water
- 10 sprigs thyme
- To make the thyme simple syrup: Place sugar, thyme and 1½ cup water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Cook until sugar has dissolved. Cool before using.
- To make Lemonade: Place lemon juice, water, guava nectar and thyme simple syrup in a large pitcher and stir to combine. Chill before serving.