Since transitioning to being a SAHM, Rhys and I have developed somewhat of a routine. There are some variations on different days, and we don’t always follow it. But, this is what an average day looks like with me and my 14 month old.
6:00 AM Justin gets up to get ready for work. Sometimes, I’ll get up, too, and read scriptures and get Justin a breakfast and/or lunch made. Most days, I sleep in a bit more. If Rhys wakes up before 6:45, we give him a bottle and keep him in his crib, hoping he’ll fall back asleep.
6:50-7:30 AM Justin leaves around 7. Rhys typically wakes up around this time, so I’ll get him a bottle and we’ll go on a run. Unless one of us is sick or the weather isn’t that great. If that’s the case, we just watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. We are hoping to get a gym membership since it is starting to get a little cooler in the mornings, and then we’d have to reconfigure our workout schedule.
8:00 AM We have breakfast. Rhys has either oatmeal, Rice Krispies, Cheerios, yogurt, eggs, or toast and fruit. After breakfast, we clean up the kitchen (Rhys loves to help sweep with his little toddler broom), do chores, and get dressed. Sometimes, I’ll take a shower and baby-gate-lock him in his room (and he screams the entire time) or I pop him in the shower with me (and he slips and slides and I can’t shave). Especially since he’s down to one small nap, I don’t want my “me” time to be diminished by having to get dressed for the day, so I’ll take 15 minutes of screaming while I’m in the shower. If we have the car, we also go run our errands.
9:30 AM Rhys has independent play time while I check social media. Sometimes, we’ll go out on the porch. Often, I’ll play with him as he carries a book or toy over to me and plops down on my lap. Rhys will also have a snack between now and 10:15. We also sing songs, dance, and have learning games.
10:40 AM We go outside. We’ll go on a walk or to the park. Rhys loves to run around and explore and I’ll sit and attempt to read at least one page of a book.
11:45 AM Lunch time. Rhys is a little more resilient to this meal and it requires a lot of patience and his hands-on feeding and distractions. Again, we clean up our mess. He typically doesn’t finish his meal, so we put away for later.
12:00-12:30 PM Rhys is still working on completing the transition down to one nap. So, anywhere between this time he’ll get super tired, I’ll make a bottle, and he’ll take a nap.
1:20-2:00 PM Rhys is used to an hour and a half naps, but at 14 months, that’s not long enough for one nap a day. So, he’ll typically wake up around this point and cry intermittently with me going in every 10 minutes to tell him nap time isn’t over. About 75% of the time, he falls back asleep. Our rule of thumb is that nap time is 2 hours, so he must stay in his crib for that full two hours. I try to get blogging, reading, and a short nap in.
2:00-3:30 PM Rhys wakes up anywhere during this time. We have an afternoon snack (finish his lunch), play a little bit in his room, grab the mail, and play on the porch until Justin comes home.
3:30 PM Justin comes home and we both take turns watching Rhys, playing with him, and playing on the computer. Sometimes, Justin will take Rhys downstairs or in his room while I take a short catnap.
5:30 PM Dinner time.
6:00 PM Bath time, pajama time, family play time, and an evening walk.
6:50 PM Last bottle of the night. and family prayer.
7:30 PM Rhys’s bedtime. Justin and I read scriptures together, then we watch shows or play video games or read or other things.
10:30 PM We go to bed.