July 13th 2015
I am 34
Steve is 38
Kai will be 1 in 2 days
Zooey Cat is almost 14, though she does not make an appearance in this post
6:36am – I wake up and reluctantly open my eyes. I tip up the video monitor and see Kai starting to stir.
6:38am – I get up, make myself a cup of coffee and mix Kai’s bottle. These days we are doing a 50/50 mix of whole milk and formula. Kai is tossing and turning a bit, but he looks like he is trying to go back to sleep so I leave him be. I sit down at my computer and check emails, Facebook, etc. Kai seems to have gone back to sleep.
7:15am – Kai is waking up again. I start getting up to put his bottle in the warmer, but then…
7:17am – Kai goes back to sleep. He has already been sleeping for an unprecedented 12 hours after only taking one nap yesterday. I email my friend Cara about the playdate we were planning for this morning. Her 4 year old has a t-ball game at the park right by our house, so we plan to meet there at 9:45am.
7:30am – I start working on Kai’s birthday party post, since we had his party on Saturday.
7:41am – I get my running clothes on, having decided that I will just run with Kai in the stroller today to save time instead of going to the gym.
Please do not be jealous that my headband has a cheese curd on it. That’s how we roll in WI.
7:45am – Kai is awake for real this time. I put his bottle in the warmer and head in to get him. I sing our little good morning song and of course he is excited to see me. I change him and stand him in his crib while I go to pick an outfit for him. In the meantime he starts jumping and bangs his mouth on the crib rail. He is crying and i pick him up, noticing that his bottom lip is bleeding a little. Poor guy, what a way to start the morning. I get him settled down and he has his bottle.
8:15am – Kai and I are ready to run.
We do five miles and I take it very easy since I am getting over a cold. It is so humid that I have to take my shirt off after the first mile.
9:15am – I put Kai in his high chair and give him some Cheerios and a container of pear pineapple baby food. I quickly rinse my face and towel off before throwing on shorts, a tank and a hat. No time to shower now. I make an iced coffee for myself and shove half of a breakfast bar in my face before heading out. It’s going to be a scorcher today.
9:38am – We leave for the park in the stroller, and I sip my iced coffee on the way there. On the walk I contemplate who to call/notify about the giant colony of bees that have taken up residence on the side of an abandoned horse barn that is right on the walking path.
I also text my business partner who I am supposed to be trading massages with this afternoon to tell her that I am getting over a cold. She opts to cancel our trade which is totally understandable, but dang I wanted a massage. I call my mom and leave her a message that I won’t need her to babysit this afternoon. We arrive at the park and Kai swings for a bit while we wait for his friends.
They arrive shortly after and we walk over to the baseball diamond where the t-ball game will be.
10:15am – Play ball! The 4 year old t-ball game starts and it is so freaking cute. Kai crawls around during the game, but doesn’t want his knees to touch the grass or the cement, so he crawls on his feet like a nutball.
He also spends a lot of time holding my hands to walk around which is new, and standing up holding onto the fence and the garbage can.
10:47am – Kai seems to be getting sleepy, so we leave the park and walk home.
10:55am – We arrive home, wash our hands and it’s time for lunch. I cut up some fruit for Kai and make him some bread with sunflower seed butter, his favorite. I put it on his tray and he immediately throws a piece of bread on the floor. So that’s how it’s going to be. I take away his bread because I can tell he is in a sassy mood. We will save it for dinner. I get him some mixed berry greek yogurt and he eats the whole thing, along with some cheese puffs and a few bites of fruit (the rest of which ends up on the floor).
11:15am – We play with toys for a bit and Kai poops, good timing right before his nap.
I change him and he is a maniac as usual. I give him an empty plastic bottle and it keeps him busy for a second. Also, he no longer even remotely fits on the attached changer, but we still use it anyways.
We read a couple of stories before Kai’s nap, and he cuddles with his blue monkey.
11:30am – Kai is down for his nap. We are trying out a one nap schedule this week to see how he does. I’ve been having to wake him from every nap when he takes two, and he still would take forever to fall asleep at night. I turn on the video monitor and start unloading the dishwasher.
11:40am – My mom comes over. She didn’t get my message about not needing a sitter. But she has brought homemade muffins, so score! I glance at the monitor and see that Kai is asleep. I talk to my mom for a few minutes before she heads back home. Luckily she only lives 2 miles away. I am starving and eat a muffin immediately.
11:50am – I shower and then put the same clothes back on (don’t judge). I also throw a load of sheets in wash.
12:05pm – I am ravenous. I throw together a quick lunch of party leftovers (yes!). A mini BBQ chicken sandwich, grilled veggies and fruit. So good.
I catch up on some things on the computer while I eat, then I clean up the kitchen. Since it is approximately eight thousand degrees out today, I get out Kai’s new water table and fill it up so he can play after his nap. I do a little more organizing and cleaning inside.
12:54pm – Kai wakes fussy. Dang, that was not a long enough nap. I leave him be and goes back to sleep, thank goodness.
1:07pm – I go back to working on his b-day post, and really want to get it done.
1:44pm – I hit publish. Blogging is time consuming.
1:50pm – Kai is awake and crying. Two hours and ten minutes is a super long nap for him, but he does not sound happy about being awake. I go in and get him, and he cries even harder. I change him and think maybe a bottle will help. I fill a bottle with whole milk and give it to him cold (he has had cold milk before). The temperature of the milk pisses him off greatly and now he is screaming. I throw the bottle in the warmer and he cries like the world is ending the whole time it is heating up.
I settle on luke warm and he finds this acceptable. He drinks the bottle and we regroup. He pushes his walker around briefly which is a new skill. Previously he only wanted to play with the toys on the front, but all of a sudden he wants to walk.
We go into Kai’s room where he helps me fold his laundry. I also clear out a bunch of too small/wrong season clothes from his drawers to make room for the new outfits he got for his birthday.
2:50pm – We both have a snack of Teddy Grahams. Kai also has some applesauce, and I make the mistake of thinking he might be able to handle the pouch on his own. Nope. He immediately and forcefully squeezes half of it onto his tray before I can grab it from him. He eats the rest with me holding the pouch and we clean up.
3:00pm – I re-suncreen Kai and we head outside to play with the water table. It is so stiflingly hot and humid. I love summer and heat and sun, but this is a little much even for me.
I try sitting in the shade a few feet away but Kai is not having it. He just keeps wanting to come by me, so I suck it up and play with him in the sun. He drinks some of the water and splashes around.
3:27pm – Kai is done at the water table, so we go inside, change his diaper and get him a dry shirt. He is still generally crabby. I decide we will go back out into the inferno and try out the new trike we got him for his birthday.
At first he is not happy at all about getting in, but once I start pushing him around he grabs the handlebars and seems to be enjoying himself. He is so tall that one foot or the other was dragging on the ground for much of the time, but whatever. I had to snort like a pig in order to get him to smile for the above picture. We walked around the neighborhood for a bit, and I was dripping with sweat.
4:00pm – Enough of the heat. We head inside to the glorious air conditioning to play. Somehow we killed an hour here and I have no photos to remember what we were doing. I’m sure it involved a combination of playing with toys and Kai crawling around getting into things.
5:10 – I give Kai his dinner. This time he eats his Sunbutter bread, but he throws much of his fruit on the floor. He also has a container of pureed vegetables.
Sometime while Kai is eating Steve gets home from work and looks at me like I am a crazy person when I take his picture.
5:45pm – Kai plays with Steve while I get the clothes I pulled out earlier into bins in the basement. I clean up a little bit more and start a load of laundry.
Then I crack open a beer. Yes.
6:15pm – We all play together in the living room. We try to get Kai to walk and he takes as many as one step before launching himself forward into our arms.
6:50pm – Bath time.
Kai is his usual stinker self in the bath and refuses to sit down or really cooperate in any way. Thus, bath time is short. I get him dried off and in his jammies while Steve mixes his bottle. While it is warming up, the two guys play on the couch, and there is a temporary emergency when blue monks is dropped behind the couch.
7:15pm – I give Kai his bottle, we brush his teeth and read three short stories. I put him in his sleep sack and we sing Twinkle Twinkle. He is extra lovey tonight and readily gives me several open mouthed kisses on the lips. I say goodnight and put him in his crib.
7:27pm – Kai is asleep. That was fast. I guess he was spent from his one nap day. I start deleting photos and making collages for this post.
7:45pm – Steve comes out of the office with his remote controlled helicopter, wait I’m sorry, QUADcopter and announces, “I’m going to get some footage of the gutters” (it has a camera on the bottom) Omg. I can’t make this up.
I start making dinner and he returns several minutes later. After checking the footage he announces “the gutters are clear for the impeding storm.” Thank goodness. And this is why I love him. I finish making my dinner of more leftovers, this time over salad greens. I am lazy and I hate wasting food, what can I say.
8:00pm – I eat dinner while watching Gilmore Girls (don’t judge), then work a little bit on this post.
9:22pm – I cue up the season finale of Orange is the New Black to watch with Steve. I also eat a piece of leftover cake while we watch. I doze off a bit at some point, and then when I glance at the clock I see it is 10:26 and the show is still on. I check and there are 18 mins left. It is already so past my bedtime, but I can’t stop watching now. We finish the show (meh) and I get ready for bed.
10:50pm – Lights out and good night!