Do you really want to know?

As many of you have probably noticed (or maybe you haven't?)....I haven't been posting much lately. Well, as much as I adore spending every minute of my day with Collen....I somehow doubt that you really want to hear about that all the time. We really don't get out all that much. If we do, it's too run errands, but these days I have had to limit our outings due to heat and my knack for spending money whenever we leave the house (I need a job, people....seriously...still haven't heard anything).

So, I thought (for my own records and perhaps your interest/boredom) I would detail a typical day for us. I know you're just burning to know what goes on around here.

(The times have been approximated)

6:15: Collen wakes up. Put him in bed with us; he sleeps until 7:45

7:45: Bottle (6-7 ounces) and breakfast - some kind of oatmeal or fruit/rice cereal

8:15 - 10:00 - play time - plays on the floor in the living room, getting into whatever he can. He likes to explore these days. I usually play with him and try to do any cleaning/straightening that needs to be done. Or I catch up on emails, facebook, and blogs. He entertains himself well, so this usually a good time for quick internet usage.

10:00 - 11:00: nap time. I usually lay down with him. I must go to bed earlier....

11:00 - 12:30: More play time. We play all sorts of games....hide and seek, peek-a-boo, read books, play with toys, take Tucker out to potty, watch Sid the Science Kid, and I may get some more cleaning and such done.

Between wake up and lunch time, I have probably changed 2 poopy diapers.....and have 2 more to anticipate throughout the rest of the day. Anyone else's baby poop this much??

12:00 - 1:00 - Somewhere in here, he gets another bottle (6 ounces, but usually only takes 4), then lunch time. A serving of a green veggie and a serving of a fruit. Usually gets some yogurt melts or veggie crunchies and water in his sippy cup.

1:00 - 2:00: More play time. This is when I am likely to attempt a shower (if it's a day when Jeremy is gone all day - thank you, God, for summer break! So nice to have him home Tues. and Thurs. mornings...and all day Friday). For this to work, I have to put him in the exersaucer long enough to get a shower, then once I'm out, he's ready to get out of it. So, he sits on the floor in our room and plays/explores (supervised of course!) while I get ready.

2:00 - 3:30 or 4:00: nap time. I lay down with him until he falls asleep (I know....I need to break this habit, but's just me and him here all the time....and it works for him. But we'll have to change this once day care comes into the picture). I either use this time to quickly check email again (to find no job prospects), do some light cleaning, pick up toys, maybe watch a movie (with captioning....haha....our tvs have the captioning on all over the house), read, etc. I have been known to indulge in a little nap of my own as well....

4:00 - 5:30: More play time. We may run errands during this time or take a bath (if we just need to change it up), got get the mail, check on the garden outside, clean up, definitely get some more play time in. Around 4:30, he gets his 3rd bottle of the day (6 ounces...might drink it all).

5:30 - 6:00: Dinner time. An orange veggie and a fruit or yogurt. I've tried him on the stage 3 veggies, but he does not handle the texture/chunks well. So, we're still on stage 2 for the most part. He actually prefers whole, solid foods. So, I have been cooking him carrots until they are super soft and slicing them. He loves it! I cooked a sweet potato the other day and just scooped the inside out, mashed it up, and served. He loved that, too. So, maybe he just wants to skip the 3rd stage and move to the 4th. He still only has 2 little teeth (the top ones look close to coming in!!), but he's learned how to use those jaws!

6:00 - 7:30: This is when we may venture out (with Daddy) to run errands, go to a softball game, go out to dinner with grandparents/friends/just us. If we're home, Collen plays while we eat our dinner. And we usually end up on the floor with him and just play and play. :) This is also the typical time frame for bath time and the nighttime/before-bed routine.

7:30: He starts winding down. We brush his teeth, get his pjs on, and then it's me and him in the recliner for a story, a bottle, and a little rocking. I've been reading the Little Boys Bible Story Book for Moms and Sons to him. So, we read a bible story - he usually points at the pictures. Then he gets his last bottle for the day (6-8 ounces - usually takes it all...especially if he's super sleepy). I give him his paci, snuggle him all I can, we say our good nights, and then I put him down in his crib (awake). We recently got him one of those baby aquariums, and he LOVES it. It has really helped him self-soothe to get to sleep. I usually stay with him until he seems drowsy enough....he likes for me to hold his hand, stroke his face and hair, and rub his belly. Lately, though, I've just stood by his crib while he watches the aquarium and drifts off the sleep. Really...that thing works for us! Typically, he's asleep within 5 minutes of putting him down.

8:00 pm - 6:15 am: Sleeps, tosses, turns, wakes up between 1-5 times during the night. I think his top teeth are bothering him right now; he cried out in his sleep about 4 times last night, but went right back to sleep. Last week, he only woke up once a night. This week....about 3-5. So, I'm thinking we'll be seeing teeth soon. :)

-- During this time of night, Jeremy and I can be found cleaning, straightening, washing bottles, putting up dishes and laundry, catching up on facebook/news/emails/football stuff (J...not me..haha), and some nights we'll watch a movie. This is also when we're able to catch up with each other - talk about our days and such. I usually don't go to bed until midnight (why I said I must go to bed earlier). Before bed, I read for about an hour....then drift off to sleep....and wake up whenever Collen needs to be soothed.

That's a typical day for us. Pretty boring, but I'll take boring any day!


  1. Knowing that you can't punch me over the internet....I'll ask unsolicited questions about your job hunt:
    Have you looked into private schools? Ours, no where near you geographically, sadly, is currently looking to fill 2 library positions. Of course there are teaching postions posted as well as the library jobs.

    Also, corporations sometimes use a that would be another non-traditional avenue.

    You could post your services as a researcher given that you are both an english teacher and librarian. Consultants often are looking for folks to do that kind of work and corporate headhunters might help you in that department.

    Are there any colleges near you where you could offer your services to students? At 50$ per hour and up out here for private tutoring/research paper help, that money can add up at least as a temporary stop gap.

    I'm praying for you, the stress and worry are not helpful and I think Satan capitalizes on our literal need for money in providing the basics in life to weaken our faith.

    BTW Collen is so handsome, bet you could get him modeling gigs :)

  2. Aww...We love you Lindsay:)that why we follow your blog.