First off, I’m having a bit of a blogging crisis. I MISS hearing from all of you. For anyone who missed it, I closed the comments last week as I was struggling with time management. However, I’ve received several emails from readers telling me they really miss the comment section of HEAB, and I have to admit that I do as well. So, please let me know how you feel -- even if you’ve never commented, do you miss reading through them? If so, I’ll leave them open, but I won’t be able to respond like before. I’ll try to answer any questions you may have, and of course you’ll hear from me if you say something brilliant or hilarious which many of you often do. Seriously, this blog is for all of you -- so please let me know your thoughts: comments open or closed?
So, onto my day. I thought I would share what a typical morning looks like as they’ve changed a bit over the past 3 months or so.
Summer went to bed last night around 7:30 and starting stirring at 5:15 this morning. I went in, patted her belly, and put her pacifier back in her mouth hoping she might go back to sleep until at least 6, but nope, that didn’t happen. So after listening to her talk to herself for over 10 minutes, I went in and got her out of bed, changed and fed her, and then she sat next to me in her bouncy seat while I pumped. Yep, still pumping.
Afterwards, I cleaned up the nursery, and then Summer and I went downstairs around 7 to say good morning to CD and the pups as they headed out the door for a run. Meanwhile, I made a pot of decaf and some breakfast.
My bowl contained 1/4 cup rolled oats cooked in 1 cup HEABified coconut milk over low heat until thick. I then stirred in about 3/4 can of pumpkin, 1 TBSP brewer’s yeast, cinnamon, & vanilla and topped things off with unsweetened coconut cream. Summer sat next to me while I ate and drank coffee with cream and vanilla stevia drops. We discussed the day’s current events and Mama Pea’s BBQ Black Bean Pita Pizza.
By 7:30, Summer was ready for morning nap #1, and while she slept for an hour, I finished drinking my coffee and answering emails. After she woke up, I changed her diaper, and from about 8:30 to 9, we played and had a little tummy time.
At 9, it was time for Summer’s mid-morning snack. Breastfeeding is still a bit of a challenge for us, but we’re doing our best. Each session takes 45 minutes to an hour. After Summer ate, I changed and dressed her for the day, rocked her for a little while, changed her outfit again after a minor spit-up episode, and then put her down for a 2nd morning nap around 10:15. As soon as she fell asleep, I went into cleaning mode and tried to pack in as much as I possibly could while she slept. I showered, straightened the kitchen, sterilized all the bottles and pumping equipment, and then hoped to start this post. However, the dogs started barking and woke Summer up at 11. Ugh. Oh well, we needed to leave for Mommy & Me yoga at 11:30 anyway. So, I got the diaper bag packed, pumped (I always pump before leaving the house if I know we’re going to be gone for more than a couple of hours), changed Summer’s diaper, and we made it to yoga class just in time.
So, that’s a typical morning in my life these days. Things can get kind of crazy, and some days are really hard. That being said, I love being a mom. Best job ever.