A day in the life of a working mom

I did a day in the life post way back when I was on maternity leave.  Thought it would be fun to do one now to compare.

2AM: I hear Garrity crying in her crib.  Chris and I had made a deal before going to bed that he would take her between 10 and 2 and I would take her from 2 on.  Lucky me :)  I lay in bed for a few minutes seeing if she’ll go back to bed but she doesn’t so I get up.  As I pass the clock in the kitchen I see that it’s 2:10.  Go into Garrity’s room (and no matter how tired I am I’m never too tired to see her little face) and pick her up out of her crib.  She does this thing where she kicks her legs on the crib mattress.  It’s hilarious to me.  Sit down in the rocking chair and she starts eating right away.  Girlfriend was hungry!  She finishes eating and almost falls back to sleep so I lay her back down in the crib and head back to my room, passing the clock in the kitchen to see that it’s 2:18.  Get back in our room and go back to sleep.

6AM: I hear Garrity making noise.  Not crying but she’s definitely awake.  I really want to train her not to get up until 7 so I let her fuss around.  Finally Chris goes and gets her and brings her back into our room.  He gets up and showers and I lay in bed with her until 6:45 when she finally falls asleep.  Check work emails while I’m laying in bed.

6:45 – 7:15 – I shower and get ready.  Chris leaves while I’m in the shower.  I washed my hair yesterday so I put on a shower cap and just curl it a bit.  I love days I don’t have to do my hair.  Now that I’m not getting super sweaty from working out I can sometimes make it 3 days without washing it.  I go to put on the outfit I’d planned to wear for the day and realize my jeans still were wet from laundry the night before so rummage around my closet for something else.  I still have very few pants that fit me so I end up in capri pants (on a cold, rainy PNW day) but put on some long boots and call it good.

7:15-7:30 – head into the kitchen and get the crockpot dinner ready.  I also grab a handful of cashews and a big mason jar of water. Chris had already prepped the chicken.  I pull out the salsa mixture I’d made the night before and toss that in with a little water.  It’s a new recipe so we’ll see how it goes.  I also label Garrity’s solids (I’d pulled them from the freezer last night but forgot to label). I also add some probiotics to one of her bottles (which Chris had already prepped).

7:30-7:42 – I sit down to pump. Crank out a couple of work emails.  Garrity wakes up while I’m pumping so I go in and get her.

7:45 – 8 – nurse Garrity and play with her.  I love how happy she is in the morning!  I just love this little girl.

8-8:10 – Finish pumping while drinking my water.  I normally wouldn’t have pumped again but I have a long meeting and know I couldn’t get out to pump again till noon. Turn on the crockpot.

8:10 – 8:15  – pack up pump bag and my lunch bag (Chris already made my sandwich).  Put Garrity’s bottles and solids in the cooler (normally Chris would do this but he had to leave too early).  Put all the bags by the door.

8:15 – 8:30 – Get Garrity ready.  Change her diaper (distract her with diaper cream, handbands and whatever else I can) and get her dressed.

8:30 – Put Garrity in her carseat.  Give her some Vitamin D drops (I always do it before I leave so I don’t forget).  Ideally I would like to be in the car right now but that pretty much never happens.

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8:33 – Make my smoothie: Almond milk, greek yogurt, frozen berries, spinach and kale, a bit of brewers yeast (for lactation) and some new to me protein powder.  Blend it up in the vitamix.  Pour it in a to go cup and basically gag when I try it.  Gross.  This protein powder is nasty but oh well.

8:37 – Put Chance in the garage which his kong (already filled by Chris).

8:39 – Leave Garrity in the house and load up 5 bags into the car: my work bag, my pump bag, my milk cooler, my lunch bag, Garrity’s milk cooler bag.

8:41 – Go back in and get Garrity.  Turn off the lights and lock up the house.  Load Garrity into the car.

8:43 – Leave for work.  Check emails before I go.  This is the earliest I’ve left in a while.

9:11 – Get to daycare.  Traffic was crazy.  Just leaving a few minutes later means there is much less traffic.  Check Garrity in, talk to her teachers.  Tell them the plan for the day.

9:17 – Get back in my car. Check emails to make sure nothing urgent has happened in the past 20 minutes.

9:23 – Get to my office.

9:25 – 9:29 – drop my stuff off at my desk, grab my water bottle, computer, notebook, pen and mug (filled with oatmeal).  Head to the break room to fill up my water bottle and put hot water in my oatmeal.  Swing by the bathroom.  Stop at the cafe and put honey in my oatmeal.  Grab a spoon.

9:30 – walk into my meeting that starts at 9:30.

9:30 – 11: 30  In a meeting. Leave and grab my pump bag.

11:33 – 11:50 – Pump.  We have a “quiet” room at work which I now refer to as my office haha. I bring my computer and work while I’m pumping.

11:52-12:20 – Go back to my desk, eat an egg salad sandwich and some popcorn (from the morning meeting vendor) while doing some work.

12:22 – head over to daycare

12:25 – 12:50 – Play with Garrity.  Get ready to leave when she starts to try and nurse so I take her into the quiet room and nurse her for 10 min.

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1:07 – back at my desk.  Work until 2:30 while eating more popcorn and a salad.

2:35 – 255 – head to the quiet room and pump while working.  I actually feel like I’m the most productive during my pumping sessions. Today I forgot extra bottles to pump into and got really stressed out for a moment until I remembered that I had extra milk bags in my bag so I had to transfer the morning milk to the bags and then wash out the bottles to pump into.

3 – 3:55 Have a meeting (where I eat more popcorn).

4  – leave to go get Garrity.

4:05 – 4:17 Get Garrity and all her things – bottles, updates from the day.  Load her into the car. Check emails before I head out.

4:45 – Get home.  Unload all the bags while Garrity sits in the car.  Bring Garrity in, set her on the table.  Go let Chance in from the garage.

4:50 – Take Garrity into her room.  Change her and nurse her. Check/respond to work emails.

5:05 – Get Garrity’s coat on and load her into the stroller.  Put the leash on Chance.

5:10 – 5:30 – Go on a walk around the neighborhood.

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5:30 – Chris gets home

5:30 – 6 Chris plays with and feeds Garrity while I work on dinner and clean up the kitchen – unpack bags, unload bottles etc. Check/respond to work emails.

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6 – 6:20 Give Garrity a bath while Chris finishes up dinner.

6:20 – 6:40 – Eat dinner.  Garrity sits on the counter in her little chair.  I tried a new recipe – chicken burrito bowls and it was great.

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6:40 – 6:50 – Chris takes Garrity into her room and reads her a story while I clean up the kitchen and her high chair.

6:50 – I nurse her.

6:58 – I put her in her crib and walk out of her room.  This is almost an hour earlier than normal.

7 – 7:30 – Wash pump parts, bottles, food containers.  Get new food ready for the next morning.  Pack up dinner and put it away.  Pack Garrity’s swim stuff for lessons tomorrow.  Get my outfit planned out for tomorrow. Change into my workout clothes.

7:40 – 8:10 – go into our guest room/gym and do PIYO core. This is early!  Normally I don’t get to do a workout until at least 8.

8:15 – 8:30 ride the spin bike (which has been moved to our front room for a while).

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8:30 – Sit down on the couch and relax for the first time all day.

8:35 – Garrity starts crying.  We let her cry for about 5 minutes until I decide to go on there. Not a normal wakeup call for her but since she went to bed early and missed a normal feeding I’m guessing she is hungry.

8:36 – 8:46 – Nurse Garrity.  She passes out in my arms.  I look at Facebook on the extra cell phone in her room just to get a few minutes to relax.

8:50 – Go wash my face and put my jammies on.  Then head back into the front room.  Grab a Kind bar.  Sit on the couch and ice my knee.

9 – 9:45 watch Grey’s Anatomy with Chris.  Work on this post.

9:50 – 10:10 – Pump.  Drink water.  Respond to a few work emails. Pack/double check my pump bag for tomorrow.  Write in my mom’s one line a day journal.

10:15 – I’m still hungry so I eat a small bowl of cereal while washing pump parts and taking my vitamins.

10:30 – brush my teeth and crawl into bed.  Check my email one last time. Look at Garrity one last time before turning off the monitor.  Say the prayer I say every night before I close my eyes – to ask God to watch over my little girl and keep her safe.

10:40 – close my eyes and do it all over again.

Garrity May – 7 Months (September 27th 2014)

Better late than never right?  We’ll rewind just a couple weeks to when my baby girl turned 7 months!

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Ok, I’ve got a ton of pictures to share this month so lets get to the details…as far as weight, I’m not quite sure.  At 6 months she was 15.6 and then we went to the dr’s office a couple of times and her weight didn’t quite make sense because sometimes she had clothes and a diaper and sometimes she didn’t  but either way, Garrity is little and isn’t gaining a ton of weight which does make me super nervous but the doctor doesn’t seem concerned.  I’ll probably put her weight at around 15.10 which is lower than normal.  She’s been gaining about a pound a month and she definitely didn’t hit that this time. Don’t know any length or head but I know her pink hat she wore all summer is too small and she was getting too long for most of her 6 month jammies.

Speaking of clothes, at 7 months she was still pretty consistently in 6 months clothes.  Definitely 6 month in tops but started to move into 9 month bottoms.  Girlfriend has a booty.  She’s also in size 3 diapers and has no teeth yet.

She hit a couple big milestones this month – the 1st being starting daycare which was rough on all of us.  I hate that I have to send her to daycare.  Hate it with every bone in my body.  I wish I could be a stay at home/work at home mom but I can’t so daycare it is.  We have looked at nannies but they’re so much more expensive than daycare (which is $1400 a month!!) so we really didn’t go down that route.  She’s at daycare on campus which is the major benefit to me.  I go over every day at lunch and hang out with her which I wouldn’t get to do if she had a nanny.  She has 9 kids in her class, 2 lead teachers and 2 associate teachers.  The adjustment to daycare has been pretty rough on all of us which napping being the worst.  She just can’t seem to nap at daycare.  Also, this 1st month she only went part time since I only working part time and I’m so glad we could transition her in. She does have some great teachers and I think she really likes them.

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And thanks to daycare, Garrity got her first cold and it was awful!!  I don’t know if I’ll ever forget what it was like to just hold her in my arms and see her in so much pain.  Couldn’t breathe, had a fever…all she wanted was me and I’m so thankful I could be there to help her.  The worst was at night.  The only way she’d sleep was in my arms or in the Ergo 360 so I really didn’t get much sleep.  The morning after Sunny and Andy’s wedding (when Chris and I were suppose to have our 1st night away) I was up at about 5am with her in the ergo outside in the porch swing because that was the only way she could get some rest.  Garrity was basically sick the entire month.  It was awful.  It was like the never ending cold/cough.  I felt so bad for her.  And with her being sick, Chris and I both got sick although I got way worse than he did.  It was awful.  I think I had a never ending cold too.  We were all sick the entire month of September.  In fact, that’s probably what I’m going to remember the month as…sick fest.

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Other notable things that happened this month…Chris went to Asia for two weeks for work.  It was crazy.  I have a whole new respect for single moms.  Those two weeks were exhausting but luckily my mom came down a few days to help and I went over to the beach for a few days to get help from Chris’ parents. We all made it through though!

The most exciting thing to happen this month was food!  We gave Garrity her first bites of food on her 6th month birthday and have been introducing more food every since.  Her first bites were of avocado that I blended up in the vitamix.  Next was carrots then sweet potatoes then bananas then mangos then peas.  She hate peas and tolerates everything else.  I wouldn’t say she loved any foods she tried this month.  I think it’s the texture of them but it’s been so fun to watch her explore all these new tastes.  We started her out in her little chair on the counter.  My mom was here for the big day too which was fun.  So glad she gets to be around for these big firsts.

This is the moment she took her 1st bites, the rest are some other early food days.  There is also a video of her 1st day of eating below.

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When Chris was in Asia we took a trip to Gearhart.  This was such a fun weekend.  I was still working part time so I went down on Wednesday night and stayed through Saturday.  We also celebrated our anniversary.  It sucked that Chris was gone but at least I got to be in Gearhart.  We went out to dinner at Pacific Way and then stopped by the barn where we got married.  The owner of the barn was there and came out to meet Garrity.  It was great to re-live that day with her.  Also, the weather that weekend was incredible (just like our wedding weekend).  Like 80 at the beach!  I also went on our first walk/jog in the Bob.

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Here are a couple of family photos before Chris left for Asia.

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And a just for fun photoshoot

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Bedtime stories with dad (Peter Rabbit brought back by Chuck & Karen from England).

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More fun with dad before he went to Asia.

 

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A bit out of order but Labor Day weekend we went to Bend.  We rented a house with Craig, Julia, Brian and his lady.  We saw Randi and Billy and did all our typical Bend things like paddle board and hit up breweries.  Garrity was awesome and really, besides being home by 8pm this weekend wasn’t any different than weekends in the past. Love that we have such an easy going girl.

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Sunny and Andy’s wedding.  You can’t tell from the photo but Garrity and I were super sick.  My mom came to watch her.

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We bought her 1st high chair!  I put it together all by myself when Chris was in Asia.  Also, that is what a house looks like when I am all by myself.  Don’t worry, I cleaned it all up after she went to bed.

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Just another cute before school picture.  She’s just so adorable.  I can’t stop.

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Great Granny Duck came down and we spent an afternoon with her over at Aunt Randi’s.  Love that Garrity gets to know her.

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Did a little shopping.  I think this was Garrity’s 1st time at Nordstroms.  She wasn’t too impressed but one day she will be :)

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Dad got back from Asia and when the Beav game.  Garrity and I both got sick that night (I ended up with a 103 degree fever!).

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Took my grandma’s ashes to the Willamette National Cemetery to be with my grandpa.  Even though Garrity never got to meet my grandpa or really know my grandma she would have loved them and they would have adored her.

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Went up to Seattle to celebrate Payton’s birthday and hang out with Great Grandma Pat.  Garrity was also super sick this weekend (so sick that my dad had to run out and get her baby Tylenol).

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Ok, I think that’s 7 months in a nut shell.  This was a tough month.  Maybe the toughest.  The transition to daycare was hard.  Really, really hard.  Probably a lot harder on me than on her.  I never thought I’d want to be a stay at home mom but when you have to leave your baby for 8 hours a day it became pretty clear that I wanted to stay home with her.  We’ve looked at other options but when it comes down to it, nothing pencils out where I could make enough money working at home.  So every day I do the best I can, at being a mom and at being an employee.  And I thank God every day for giving me the ability to go see her at lunch.  That I have a job that allows me to do that.  If I couldn’t see her every day during the day I think leaving her at daycare would be unbearable.  I am dreading the day when it won’t be in her best interest to go see her.  The day when she either gets too upset to see me or even later, the day when she’s having too much fun to want to be with her mama :(

Besides the transition to daycare, this was a great month.  This girl continues to amaze Chris and I.  We’ve heard so many stories from other parents who have a hard time or who wish for parts of their other life back and I can say that those thoughts have never once crossed my mind.  Being Garrity’s mom is the most natural thing for me.  It’s like we click.  It’s just so easy and so good.  And she’s just so much fun.  The smiles on her face light up a room (and my world) and as much as I don’t want her to grow up anymore I can’t wait for the fun that we’ll have together.

I love you so much little girl :)

Love mom :)

Random tidbits + Garlic drops, essential oils, working out & sleep

This is just a totally random post of things happening around the household…

Ear issues: Daycare called Monday and said Garrity’s ear was bright red and it was bothering her so I took her in for an appointment and luckily it’s not a bacterial ear infection but the dr did see some clear fluid in there and said it’s probably related to the cold she’s been battling for an eternity.  She suggested we use garlic oil drops to help clear it up and try to prevent a true bacterial infection from starting.  Apparently Garlic is antimicrobial.  We’re suppose to use the drops for 2 weeks, twice a day to dry them up.  It also means we had to miss swim lessons this week :(  These are the drops we are using.  And now my daughter reeks of garlic.  I was actually nursing her in the middle of the night last night and though I had BO.  Nope, just Garrity’s ears.

Sleep issues: Ever since Chris got home from Asia Garrity will not sleep in her crib.  Prior to his trip, we could lay her down at night, awake in just her jammies and she’d flip on her side or belly and go right to bed.  Ever since he got home, the minute we try to put her in her crib she screams.  Bloody murder.  We’ve tried everything – rocking her, nursing her, binky, lovey, letting her cry it out.  Nothing.  There were a couple nights where we’d let her cry it out for over an hour before finally giving up.  I think it’s partly because she hasn’t felt good, partly getting messed up with Chris left and partly loving the snuggles of both her parents.  She also hasn’t been napping at daycare so the teachers have been great about brainstorming and finally they suggested swaddling her.  Garrity has never been swaddled.  She’s hated it from the day we brought her home.  Not to mention she’s 7 months old and can totally roll over.  But I told daycare to try it and sure enough she started napping.  So last night, I swaddled her up like a little burrito and got her to sleep!  She slept in her own crib from 7pm to 6am for the 1st time in 3 weeks!  Because I’m paranoid of her rolling over though I unswaddled her arms before I went to bed so in case she rolled she’d be fine and she didn’t even wake up when I unswaddled her.  Lets hope things keep up and I can eventually get her out of this swaddle and back in her crib for good.

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7 Month photos: We took 7 month photos over the weekend (were suppose to be her 6 month but we’re behind). I can’t wait to get them back!  This is just one our photographer took with her iphone.  How cute is that tutu?

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Essential Oils: I finally ordered my Doterra family physician’s kit!  Yesterday my carrier oil and roller balls arrived and I am so excited to become a mad scientist…mixing up all sorts of concoctions to heal us.

Workouts: I worked out 3 times last week and so far this week have done some sort of physical activity 3 days in a row.  Monday I actually ran 1.5 miles to the gym then did an hour pilates reformer workout and then ran back.  Probably my toughest workout in 7 months.  Tuesday I pushed myself to do a 20 min PIYO lower body DVD and last night, I did a Jillian + 20 min on the bike.  If I can get something in tonight it might be my longest streak yet.  Being a full-time working mama is tough enough but trying to also get a workout in every day is darn near impossible.  I use to workout at lunch and while I still could do that, I choose to go see Garrity at daycare during lunch now so my workouts have to happen after she goes to bed.  I’m usually so exhausted by then but I’m trying!  My goal is to get 30 min in a day.  Hopefully if she starts to sleep better in her crib again I can get up before work.

Almost standing: On Tuesday, Garrity pulled herself up for the 1st time.  It was so cute.  Just grabbed on to the drawer and got right up.  She even let go with one hand and was just standing there like a big girl!  I tried to make her do it again for the camera but this was the best I could get.  Pretty soon this girl is going to be a mover.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got.

Any one out there have random stories for me?  Or suggestions on sleep, essential oils or how to workout when you have a baby?

 

How to get dog diarrhea out of fireplace bricks

Alternate title: the time I stepped in dog poop in my bare feet in my bathroom at 4am.

So apparently Chance wanted in on our sick action and got sick last night/this morning because after I nursed Garrity at 4am I walked into our bathroom (in the dark) to go pee and was confused when I stepped in something wet.  At first I thought maybe the laundry detergent had dripped since it was right by our hamper but when I turned on the light I realized I was so, so wrong.

I had stepped in a giant (as in maybe the biggest pile I’d ever seen) of dog poop.  In my bare feet.  Um sick.  I kind of stood there for a second not knowing what to do.  Our bathroom and my foot was covered in poop and I knew everything had to get cleaned up but I didn’t want to yell too loud because Garrity was in our bed  so I stood at the edge of the closet (where the carpet comes in) and quietly called for Chris a couple times.  Poor guy gets up so confused only to be greeted with poop.

I love my husband so much because while I sat on the edge of the bath and washed my feet over and over and over again, he cleaned up all that poop.  If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

So then we go to bed.  And get up about an hour later and get ready and Garrity is still sleeping so I take the opportunity to pump while Chris is still home.  As I’m pumping,Chris says he smells something in the front room but I still can’t smell anything with my cold so I tell him it’s just the bathroom poop stuck to his upper lip.  He goes back in to get ready and all the sudden comes running out with Chance who has decided to puke in our closet (our brand new carpet mind you).

Again, my wonderful husband (who has a meeting and presentation to get to) cleans up the puke.  Meanwhile I finish pumping and go to get Garrity ready and then Chris finds the source of the smell.  Dog diarrhea.  All over our fireplace bricks.  We have a tiny little wood stove with a ton of red brick surrounding it and out of the whole house, Chance decided to have diarrhea there.  Awesome.  By this point Chris has to leave so lucky me.  I get this job.

I get Garrity changed and lay her on the bed in our room where I hoped she’d fall back to sleep and then I google what to do.  Would you believe that no one else has ever googled how to clean a situation like this?  Lots of info on how to clean dog poop off your driveway, your paver patios, your garage floor…nothing about your fireplace.  So I get some paper towels and try to wipe it down but it was soaked into the brick.  And at this point I start to gag because even though my nose isn’t 100% I can still smell this.  And because we have no bleach or oxi clean which is what I wanted to use, I just got some hot water, dish soap and a scrub brush and went to town.

That’s right, I spent my morning scrubbing dog poop out of bricks.

And I thought having a cold was bad.  Ha!

 

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