a day in the life

This day was a Friday. A school day. An almost weekend day. So kinnnnd of a good day.

7:30 am
Starting off the day right with coffee and pumping, followed by breakfast for me and the baby. This process normally starts shortly after 6 a.m. but it's really a long process when you think about it. I rush around and make the kid's beds, (minus Letty because she takes care of that) gather their clothes for the day if I didn't do that last night, and change into my work out gear. Matt gets Letty dressed and fed for which we are everrrr thankful.

8:30 am
I am about to finish up on the treadmill. I'm deep into Scandal and training for my first 5k since foreverrrrr. Matt leaves at 8:45 to take Letty to school to save me the effort of loading up all the kids. Because whether I like to admit it or not, it truly is a great deal of effort. 

9:30 am
I've just gotten through my shower when Dom wakes up from his morning nap. Always smiling. He will smile at me and then he will eat and play with my shirt and then smile again. David enjoys having the playroom all to his onesie while his sister is at school and the house is just peaceful. Quiet.
10:30 am
After the excitement of our mulch delivery (dump fruck!) we tackled the emotional jammie removal and clothing donning for David. All so I could start a load of wash. 
11:30 am
Matt comes in the door with Letty and starts right in on making us all lunch. Today was grilled cheeses made from his homemade French bread. We suffered through it. 

12:30 pm
Even though I just got David dressed I decide all the kids need a tubby. Letty has a sleepover tonight and it just made sense to do it now when there was time, and I do adhere to a strict every other day tubby except during summer months because then it's daily (I'm such a fun mom). She takes a big girl shower now all by herself and the boys tub together. I'm sure I look like quite the sight, rushing back and forth from bathroom to bathroom... washing Letty's hair and then taking the shampoo over to wash David's (why do we only have one thing of shampoo??) all while Dom lays on the floor and cooes at the light fixture, because clearly, we can't have Dom unattended in a tub ever, let alone with David. And I think David may be getting his molars? I'm not sure but he is chewing on his hands allllll the time and that's kind of unlike him. Enjoying this constant stream of conscious thought? Yes, me too.

1:30 pm
The big kids head downstairs while I feed Dom again and then he naps for a very little bit in his swing (naturally). This mess is why I don't ever go down there. Oh the humanity! Every time I hear those legos being dumped I cringe.

2:30 pm
Blame the rainy cold day but I just really was nodding off while feeding Dom so I put him in the swing (on) again and put Book of Life on TV in hopes I could close my eyes for a few minutes. They laughed in the face of my plan. 

3:30 pm
I probably did sleep for a little and of course then needed my coffee. At which time I felt it was perfect time to make the move for this plant. What once was by the back door is now here. Safely tucked away from traffic flow. I love this plant. I love it's name: mother-in-law's tongue. It's perfect.

4:30 pm
I had been trying to get Dom to nap sans swing being on, foolishly, but just look how comfy and happy he is? One day the swing will leave my kitchen. It will leave my house. And I'll be sad about it. So for now. Sleep well and snore on. 

5:30 pm
It's a Fitz Friday, which we try to make every Friday, and the first order of business is to pour everyone a big glass of wine. The children take off doing what it is they do and we just congregate around the island watching Matt cook for us.

6:30 pm
Matt cooked a pork and mashed potatoes meal and the kids watched Book of Life (what else?). Dom hung out with us in the dining room while we caught up on what we missed the prior week. I love that we have these weekly dinners. Since we can no longer yell out our back door at them it's the very least that we can do. Until summer comes and then the fun really starts. Also? I have quite the garden growing in my dining room.

7:30 pm
The men clean up the dishes and the kitchen and Steph and I cleaned up all the mayhem in the playroom and the basement. Nothing like a clean playroom to wrap up the night if you ask me. I wouldn't allow my kids to go upstairs without it looking like this... again... fun mom.

8:30 pm
The Fitzs took Letty home with them for a sleep over and wow! what a nice breather for us! She left blondies in Letty's place. Oh Steph. I may have gotten the better end of the deal. Okay I definitely got the better end of the deal. I ate my feelings with these blondies though, all because Letty could barely be bothered to give me a hug and say "see ya" before she was bounding out of the house towards their van.

9:30 pm
Dom is fed and swaddled and asleep and Matt and I are enjoying some quiet TV. Meaning you could hear a pin drop. We are silent. Naught but the sound of my sipping.

10:30 pm
There is no photo because I was asleep. Asleep asleep. Until midnight when Dom wakes for his very first of many feedings. Four months is fun.

Other day in the life posts here.



dominic at four months

Month four has been a busy month for this not so little man. The last time I weighed him on my precise scale he clocked in at 16.5 pounds and that was over two weeks ago. A more exact measurement to be gained at his next well visit on the 20th. He has started getting some solid food because let's face it he probably could gnaw on a steak at this point. He rolled over as well precisely three times. And he is just the apple of my eye. 

He eats... The solids! Oatmeal and carrots so far. And such a strange baby! My other two would gag and spit it out and maybe even cry but not Dom. No. He smiled and smiled and ate every last drop with no fuss and most certainly no muss. He still breastfeeds every night with gusto for that long session before bed. And well... Eats quite frequently as of late. Growth spurt? Habit?

He sleeps... Erratically. One day he could sleep ten hours through or for a week he will sleep over eight hours but then he's up every two or three for the next five days and so forth. But he is capable, it's just does he choose too. He spends his nights now swaddled tightly in his crib and he spends his naps in his swing. Usually one around 7, 10, 1 and then there is his dinner nap. I try to keep the swing off but that means his naps will be no more than 30 minutes each and sometimes a girl needs a longer nap. 

Likes... Milk. Farting (and watch out now because smelly beyond anything I have smelled before). Oatmeal. His jumper. Being bounced on a knee. His swing times a million. A good tight swaddle. His sister. Smiles. Sucking on his hands. 

Dislikes... Napping without a swing. Loud noises, particularly from his cousin Lena. My right side if you know what I mean. Being tired. He will be totally inconsolable until he is allowed to sleep. Being hot. The child sweats unlike any baby I have seen before. Soaked through his clothes if he really gets himself worked up. Like in the boba wrap. Which is sort of a dislike of his. He tolerates it for a few minutes. Tolerates me

His siblings... David has really backed off lately from all babies, showing zero interest. Every now and again he will say hey wait a minute he looking at me! Letty is the normal stage five clinger. She mimics my mother and is perfectly saying "what?!" over and over in a high pitched over-the-top sickeningly sweet voice.  

He has slowly started opening up to other people one minute at a time, but he still has his limit. He prefers to be with me and for now I'll soak up every second. This baby is already a third of the way through his first year and I'm just shocked. 



the many uses of chalkboard paint

I am obsessed with my chalkboard wall. I have Pinterest boards and albums on my phone just for chalkboard wall inspiration. But you can paint more than just a wall. You can paint all kinds of things. And many of these things make great and thoughtful but also unique gifts at a bargain. Soooo.... Just saying. 

Chalkboard Platter:
I found this one at Target last year around Valentine's Day but have yet to find another I enjoy as much again. It's plastic and it was cheap. I love the shape too! Since then I've just purchased chargers but the shape (round or square) isn't quite as fun.And I assure you, should you leave it on top of your vehicle before driving away it will break. Cough. Mark. Cough.

Chalkboard Wine Bottle:
My sister got one of these before she got married and I always envied it. So I just visited my recycling bin, removed the label and painted away!

Chalkboard Picture Frame:
Now you could paint the frame itself but I just wanted a small print for my bedroom. I probably won't be changing it too often. I just painted the cardboard backing that came with the frame.

Chalkboard Planter:
You could paint the whole thing or just a label sized part or just the rim, possibilities are endless. It could also be a fun Mother's Day gift.

Chalkboard Label on a Decanter:
I used masking tape because the painter's tape was hidden somewhere I could not locate it. I look forward to bringing this out for our next function. Whatever that may be. 
Anyone else have any fun uses for chalkboard paint? I'm all ears...



passport to adventure!

We have been quite lucky to hit up Disney on Ice practically every year (last year, last fall). And this year was no different. We also got to include my sister and her husband and my neice too! Babies under the age of two don't count because they are lap babies! Which a certain two and a half year old, I won't name names (David) sat on Matt's lap the entire show but.... Ah well. He had a seat should he want it.

The show as always is at the Giant Center and this year's theme was Passport to Adventure. So we got to see Lion King, Little Mermaid, Lilo and Stitch and Peter Pan. I could have done with out Lilo. Might be my least favorite ever.

Letty was coming down off a sleepover high and actually fell asleep in the car on the way up to the show.... so to bribe her into a good mood we bought her a Little Mermaid ice. And then because one must be fair we bought David a sword (?). Dom got nothing because he had no idea what was going on. Oh and mama got her wine. And here you have a ton of horrid iPhone photos....

And then the show began! The lights turned down and the noise turned up and Dom looked like this:

And the Sauders looked like this:

And David did a whole lot of this:

The Little Mermaid always has the best costumes I think. Always.

But then Ursala made David look like this:

During intermission Lena stretched her adorable little legs and Dom had a little snack and then we headed back down for Peter Pan which is always magic. That Mister Barrie knew what he was doing. Lena didn't last too much longer as it was nap time... but us Olsens made it to the end! Shocker of all shockers.

Letty's tongue was a glorious shade of black from her mixed ice. David and Dom fell asleep before we left the parking lot. And our wallet was slightly less heavy then when the show began. Oh and Letty peed on the side of the road from too much ice. 



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