Another Typical Day

by Ginger on August 24, 2011

in Day in the Life

6:45 AM: Alarm goes off. Hit snooze. Alarm goes off again. Hit snooze. Alarm goes off. Crap, I’m gonna be late(again). Turn off alarm, quickly read email, check twitter. Wake up husband.

Listen to the kid shriek words and hum Twinkle Twinkle while we shower/shave/dress (thank goodness for childproof door knob covers that are covered in duct tape).

Go get the kiddo. Open the door SLOWLY, as he’s usually camped out right behind it either playing or shoving books under the door. Melt at the smile and shriek of MAMA I get. Read one book (ok, just one more!) in his room. Open the drawer where his clothes are, and get pushed out of the way as he looks in to choose his own shirt. Shorts? Meh, those are up to me.

Send the kid upstairs with daddy to eat breakfast. Blow dry hair if I’ve washed it (I probably haven’t). Read blogs while blow-drying. Flat iron hair. One last check of twitter. Put on makeup. Head upstairs.

We all get fed, we get the kid’s lunch made, my lunch made. Try to prod the toddler to eat faster. Fail, miserably. Finally done? Yes you can have a vitamin. Let’s get dressed! Whee, shoes! Here’s your school bag. Where’s my purse? Yes, let’s go! Into the car we all go! (alternate options include non-daycare days when we share the car, & no worrying about anyone else getting out the door for days we don’t share the car). Drive to daycare, do the the drop off, clingy kid, escape out the door thing.

Stop at McDonald’s for my morning Diet Coke. Mmmmmmm, caffeine. On the road.

F#&$)@#! commute.

(on shared car days, it’s nice to have 1) time to talk to my husband and 2) the option to get in the carpool lane. on non-shared car days, it’s nice to sit in silence or rock out to music as loud as it can go, depending on the day)

Get to work. Email. (twitter) Read blogs for work. Email. Meeting. Work. Impromptu meeting. Email. (twitter) Work. Why are you asking me to do your job–doing mine is enough! Email. (twitter)(facebook) Work. Meeting. Meeting. (twitter) Email. Work.

Lunch (Read blogs! Work on my blog! Check facebook!). (twitter)

Pulled into another problem. Run around like crazy to fix. Email. (twitter) Email. Work. (twitter) Meeting. Run to the deli for more caffeine. Email. (twitter)(facebook) Work. Staff meeting. Read blogs. Work. What’s that you say? Another problem only *I* can fix? OF course. *grumblegrumblegrumble* Watch the clock for 5 to hit. Run, don’t walk, for the door at 5.

F#&$)@#! commute. (made better on shared car days)

On daycare days: Pick up the kid from daycare. Is there anything better than the absolute JOY on his face when I walk in? I think not.

On all days: Home. Ahh.

Play with the kid while N.C. cooks dinner. Read books, stack blocks, play chase. Practice words. Point out letters and animals. Oh good, a tantrum over nothing! Woohoo! Dry tears. More playing. How about some Yo Gabba Gabba, while mommy helps daddy finish dinner? Feed the cat, feed the dog. 10 minutes of silence, then the spell of TV is broken. Oh well, time for dinner anyway.

Sit as a family and “eat” dinner. Which means inhale our food while trying to parent the toddler through dinnertime: no banging your fork on the table, don’t rub yogurt in your hair!, put your cup on the table instead of throwing it, you already had your vitamin today, etc. Finally done. Clean up while the kiddo plays a little bit more. Is it bath night? No? Ok, then mommy is on to bedtime duty.

Pick out ‘jams (do you want the monkey jams or the doggie jams?). Play a game of chase around the bed. Change into nighttime diaper and pajama bottoms. Negotiate to change into pajama top (I thought you wanted to wear your monkey jams? Ok then, we have to take off that shirt to put this one on). Time to brush teeth! Endure 10 minutes of the worst torture imaginable for both of us as we try desperately to get little toddler teeth brushed.

Time for bed! Read 2 books (or 5, depending on the day). Turn on the Twilight Turtle. Turn on the Twitter bird light. Turn off the light. “Where’s the moon buddy? Where are the stars? Lets sing a song, and then go night night.” Sing, while the toddler pats my shoulder. Lay him down amidst the full toy store of animals on his bed (heaven help you if you forget one!), turn on the music elephant. Night night.

(Note: child will then chatter to himself for anywhere from 10 minutes to two hours.)

Head upstairs. Pick up puzzle pieces and blocks. Make a drink. Crack laptop. Retrieve ball from under the couch for the dog. Twitter. Read blogs. Try to write. Check facebook. Spy on NC’s Twitter account to see what he’s working on downstairs. Send emails. Worry about work problems. Retrieve ball from under the couch for the dog. Twitter. Try to answer blog comments. Twitter. Facebook. Try to write. Twitter. Get fed up with retrieving the ball from under the couch for the dog, take her out, put her to bed.

Was it a daycare day? If yes: 1.5-2 hours after the kid fell asleep, the screams will start. Fucking night terrors can bite me. I do what you’re not supposed to and go in to him. His cries aren’t as intense if I’m holding him, and it makes me feel better. Either way, they usually eat 5-30 minutes from my night, plus another 5-10 for me to release the stress of them after he goes back down.

Back to Twitter. Read blogs. Schedule posts. Watch a little mindless tv while playing on twitter. Finally give up the ghost and head to bed. Hope for no more night wake-ups from the toddler so I can hope for at least 5.5 uninterrupted hours of sleep.

Crash. Sometime after midnight.

(One year ago today: A Typical Day.)

Want to see how my other half lives? Check out NC’s typical day over at Noodle Knobs.

Now it’s your turn! What does your typical day look like? Post it and link up, or just tell us in the comments!


OurLittleAshley August 24, 2011 at 4:13 am

Oooh, I love this!

I wanted to do it when I saw it yesterday, but had already scheduled a post about, ironically, working.

Can I do it Friday and still link back? 🙂

Ginger August 24, 2011 at 9:42 am

Of course! I’m leaving the linky open for a good while, so please do! (I love seeing what everyone’s days look like!)

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks August 24, 2011 at 5:40 am

I saw your post yesterday and it was the exact motivation I needed to write a post today. Thank you!

clara August 24, 2011 at 8:29 am

Aw, so sad for those night terrors.

I can’t believe how little you sleep. If I regularly got that little sleep I would be in a hospital right now.

Ginger August 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Some days I make it to bed before midnight. It’s…rare though. I think I’m just shortening my life expectancy…

Cheryl August 24, 2011 at 9:07 am

I’d be useless with that amount of sleep, and I don’t have a job to leave the house for!
I’d be doing the same thing if we had night terrors to deal with, how could you not? Poor dude 🙁
I hope I can post about my day sometime today … It’s not very exciting.

Ginger August 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

The night terrors suck, for sure. I keep hoping they’ll even out soon (he gets them because he’s overtired on daycare days). Maybe someday…

Carolyn (temysmom) August 24, 2011 at 10:08 am

My day is a piece of cake compared to yours.

Erin August 24, 2011 at 10:49 am

Ok this was a little terrifying. I think I need a drink and a nap on your behalf.

Ginger August 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I probably should have put a “viewer discretion is advised” warning on this one huh?

Megan August 24, 2011 at 10:55 am

Those night terrors sound terrible. I can’t believe he/you have to deal with them so regularly.

Okay, I’m trying to leave a more thoughtful comment, but my kid is literally trying to drag me away from the computer. So, here’s my post:

It’s less a timeline of my day, and more of a rant about my days, but it’s close enough. 🙂

Jen August 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

I’m game! I played along.

Erin August 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Ohhhhh, I so want to do this, but just thinking about writing down what I do all day is a little overwhelming. It might take me a few days, but I’ll get it done!

Ginger August 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm

The sad part? I actually had to leave some details out because it was getting too long!

But I do still like seeing it–and looking back on last year’s is really interesting this year!

Trina August 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Hi! I entered the blog hop, but I have to admit that reading your days (everyone that has participated) has made me feel like I don’t do enough! You all are amazing! I don’t know if I’ll ever have the stamina to go like you all do. But at the same time, I still want more sleep. ^_^

Elizabeth August 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Reading these makes me relish my semi-quiet days–things are going to switch gears big time in the spring!

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