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A Day in the Life

Monday, September 18th

Had a pretty decent sleep. Sunday night consisted of cluster feeding Jesse and dealing with him fussing and spitting up for three hours! He’s usually only awake for an hour, maybe an hour and a half, so I was praying that he’d give me a longer stretch. He did! The last time I fed him was at 9, and he didn’t wake up to feed until 1:30! Then he went right back to sleep, ate again at 4:30 and then at 6:30. So I got over 8 hours of (broken) sleep and it felt AMAZING. He went back to sleep after the 6:30am feed but I stayed awake. I came downstairs, made coffee, emptied the dishwasher, logged into my kids’ school accounts and paid all the student and graduation fees and now it’s 7am and I just started up this post. My older kids aren’t here, but Andrew’s kids are awake and I can hear Callum upstairs.

Jesse woke up so I fed him, made Callum some peanut butter and jam toast on Mack’s Flax bread. I ate the crusts. He ate the whole thing and wanted more so I made him another one and ate the crusts on that one too. He didn’t end up touching that sandwich so I ate it.

Everyone else left for work and school and Jesse fussed around a bit so I kept feeding him, burping him and changing him and finally got him to sleep at around 10. I hopped onto the treadmill for a workout while Callum watched Madagascar in his pajamas and played playdough. I just finished, I’m going to get Callum dressed and then I’ll have a quick shower (hopefully) before Jesse wakes up!

I quickly cleaned bathrooms and put away laundry oh and I took my vitamins and drank a bunch of water, sprayed the shower with cleaner to let it sit for a bit. Got Callum dressed, and then got Jesse up at 11:45. After feeding him, changing his diaper (a zillion times as this is his favourite time of day to poop), I got the boys in the van and we drove to the strip mall with the pet store and a Starbucks. Jesse wasn’t thrilled about it all, so after we got coffee and an oat fudge bar (for me) and a pink cake pop (for Callum), looked at the kitties for a bit, we had to get back into the van so I could nurse him in parking lot. LAME.

I felt bad for Callum so once I got Jesse settled back into his car seat, we stopped off at home, grabbed the mail (Erin from Erin’s Inside Job sent me two pairs of Pro Compression socks!!!) and a soccer ball and then headed to the park.

Jesse kept sleeping all day and I’m always afraid that if he sleeps all day then he will be up all night, so I tried waking him up. I nursed him at the park and then again when we got home but he kept sleeping, so I gave him a bath! He woke up for a bit, spat up everywhere, and fell back asleep. So, it’s 3:30 right now and he is STILL napping, which is why I have the chance to sit down and relax. I ate 3 chicken strips and dip (I made them for Callum and he didn’t eat anything) and 2 chocolate chip cookies. Andrew is leaving soon to go to work again, and then he’s taking his two kids to soccer practices tonight so I’ll be on my own with Callum and Jesse during Jesse’s super fussy time of day where all he does it nurse and barf until I finally get him to sleep at around 9pm. I’m not sure when or how I’ll get Callum to bed during all that, but it’ll all come out in the wash (that’s my favourite saying right now!).

I just chopped up some celery and grapes, but I think I’ll stay away from veggies today–my stomach is a bit off; I think it was the flax bread from this morning. I don’t want to eat what the kids are eating for dinner (some sort of pasta casserole with sausage) so I’ll likely heat up a veggie burger, wrap it up in a tortilla with some cheese, and chase it down with fishy crackers and a glass of wine. I just called my OBGYN’s office and made a 6 week postpartum appointment for the cooch. I don’t foresee any issues though–I’m more just going because I have a major crush on her after she so calmly delivered Jesse. I can’t say that I won’t bring her cookies and a thank you card.

I just ordered a new day planner because mine ends in December and I need one for next year to fill in all the dates for Jake’s graduation! Jake turns 17 on September 21st! SO exciting. We already had his birthday dinner here on Friday but I’ll probably bring him something to school that day, like a coffee and a card and some peanut butter cups (his favourite). I also ordered a K’Tan in one size bigger because my extra-small doesn’t fit over my 32D boobs. My poor little boobies–they’ve stretched and shrunk and stretched and shrunk–FIVE TIMES–used and abused. Anyway, I need to sell the extra-small K’Tan on Craigslist. I also need to sell my maternity clothes. I’m procrastinating.

How is this interesting to you guys AT ALL?!?!?! Okay, seriously though, I rarely EVER have time to sit on the couch, and here I am, sitting, sipping water and typing away. I’m going to pay dearly tonight when Jesse is wide-eyed and bushy-tailed from 1-4am.

Well, good thing I rested when I did because the rest of the day went to hell in a hand basket. I’m typing this out on Tuesday. Sigh… So, Andrew’s kids have soccer every day except Tuesdays, so I was in charge of bedtime by myself last night, which, you know, is no big deal except it’s also Jesse’s fussy time of day where he spends 2-3 hours eating, fussing and barfing, repeat x 100. I ended up just putting Jesse in the swing while he cried so I could put Callum to bed. Nobody died on my clock, and a little crying never hurt anybody. I had poured myself a glass of wine at around 6 o’clock but ended up abandoning it shortly after. SO SAD. I crashed into bed at 8pm, right after Jesse passed out from all of his fussing, feeding, and barfing. And pooping. And bathing. Man, newborns are tiring.

I was up again at 9 when Andrew came to bed (he snuggled me and I started crying, so he rubbed my back while I fell back asleep) and then 10 when Jesse woke up to eat, and then 12:30am, then 1:30am (he’s usually not this brutal at night), then 4am and pretty much non-stop until we all got up at around 6:45am.

So, there ya go! There’s a day in the life of Suzy. I have a few lives, actually, because some days my older kids are here, some days Andrew’s are here, and some days it’s just the two littles. So this was an example of a day where it was Andrew’s kids here, and the littles, of course.


Do you guys like this stuff? Should I keep doing these?

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  • Gretchen September 20, 2017, 6:15 pm

    I love reading your day in the life 🙂 It’s SO different from mine, and it’s crazy to me how much more productive you are than me. I guess it’s because I know that at any time I can take care of chores and run errands so I put them off, while for you if you don’t do something you’ll never get the chance to do it. I’m exhausted reading your post….

  • Meredith @ the cookie chrunicles September 21, 2017, 1:55 am

    It’s so true that alittle crying can’t hurt. I say this now but when I lived it, I went running to my son way too much st first. Of course that’s what I hang on in these posts because the newborn nights still stick with me because THEY ARE HARD. So hard. You are doing amazing.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile September 21, 2017, 1:59 am

    You got so much done in one day! I don’t know how you have the energy to do things like clean bathrooms when you have so much else going on.

  • Jenny September 21, 2017, 5:06 am

    Yes! We like these posts! It’s fun. You’re doing great and the little guys are so, so cute.

  • Kimberly September 21, 2017, 6:05 am

    You are freaking WonderWoman! In awe over here

  • Helly September 21, 2017, 11:04 am

    I’ll read anything you write. <3

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes September 21, 2017, 2:22 pm

    You are amazing! You get so much done in one day including being such an awesome mom. Jesse is so adorable!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:52 pm

      Well, I don’t know about the awesome mom part, but I sure get a lot of shit done.

  • jade September 21, 2017, 10:11 pm

    Yes to your day in the life posts! I love how Jesse gives you the side eye and one raised eyebrow in his pics 🙂 I’m hoping that with all of the feedings, barfing and pooping you are completely obliterating any and all oncoming probs with colic. fingers crossed. <3

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:52 pm

      Jesse and Callum are BOTH champs at the side eye! Which is funny because Andrew doesn’t give a good side eye at all, so it’s all me. Except my first three didn’t get the side eye gift, which is weird.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets September 24, 2017, 12:55 pm

    You are doing fabulous, and I give you two snaps for handling fussy time with one baby while managing bedtime for a toddler. I can barely do fussy time for one without turning into fussing mommy. Sigh.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:51 pm

      I’m waiting for the twirl though.

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