Hey y'all! I am Lindsay and I blog over at Baby Mama Drama. I am married to Adam (actually, our anniversary is coming up on the 9th--WORD BIG BIRD!) and we are the slaves to our 2 year old drama queen, Presley. She is every bit of sassy, high maintenance, hard headed, stubborn and strong willed ever known to exist in a single human. So, obviously, life is just dandy!
On a typical week day, my husband and I both work. I am taking a break as a Massage Therapist and am working for a large medical supply company and Adam is a baseball coach at Notre Dame. He works crazy long hours and is gone until later in the evenings. So, I am basing this "day in the life post" around our weekend--which isn't all too interesting, either :)
Our day starts off around 8:00AM. I have no clue what time Presley actually wakes up because she isn't one to make noises or cry out for us when she wakes up. She just rolls around in her bed until I go get her. Like the good wife I am, I let Adam sleep in this morning. I fix Presley a cancake (pancake) and have to endure 2 episodes of Go, Diego, Go! and one episode of Yo Gabba Gabba before I even drink my first cup of coffee.
At 10:30AM, Adam gets up and heads to the baseball field while Presley and I head down to my office. I forgot a few things at the office and was hoping that the building would be unlocked, but it wasn't. Womp womp.
By this time it is 11:45AM and I'm starving. I stop and pick up lunch because I would rather eat a kitten than go to the grocery store on a Sunday (or any day, for that matter.) Presley has food allergies so that takes going out to eat to a new level. I get her some grilled chicken nuggets and a fruit cup from a drive thru thinking she will eat that, but dude, apparently I know nothing. She decides to just eat ketchup for lunch. So that's awesome...
12:15 finally rolls around and I do the happy dance because it's my favorite time of the day--Presley's nap time! Hal-a-lu-yer! I decided to not be domestic..like, at all, and I watch Sister Wives and eat a bag of Skittles. This is an all time low for me. I then come to my senses, and do a little blogging, FB stalking, and YouTube watching.
2:30 P-Nasty is up from her nap and she has to take a minute or two to get out of her nap time funk. We play baby dolls, cheer on those crazy, athletic people who jog by our window 47 times a day, and then eat some popcorn. That's just how we roll.
A decent amount of time goes by while I do some laundry, unload/load the dishwasher (worst chore ever), all while Presley manages to find my toothbrush and gnaw on it, attempt to change her own diaper and then proceed to pull out all of the wipes in the package. I can't be the only mother this happens to, can I? Good thing she is cute.
Before I know it, it's 3:30 and Adam is home. We load up and head to the mall that is about 2 minutes away from our house. It has a huge Barnes & Noble and also has a decent indoor play area. Presley loves going here and even though I feel that I've contracted Aids every time we leave, we still take her. Germs= everywhere. We play in both areas for a good hour and a half before it's time to head over to dinner with our cousin, Ryan, and his fiancée. As if stuffing my face with fried chicken and hummus want enough, we head over to Cold Stone Creamery for dessert. Want to know how difficult it is to sneak ice cream around your dairy free toddler? Freakin' hard, y'all. Really hard.
It is now 7:30 and time to wind down for the night. Presley has a bath and then heads to bed. Adam usually lays down with her at night so I can have some "me" time. And if you must know, all that includes is me lying in bed watching Homeland...currently, my favorite show!
1.) What is the most surprising thing to you about being a mom? I think the most surprising this (so far) for me has been how much I have "eaten my own words." Before being a Mom I would always say oh my child will never ________. And Presley does almost every. single. thing that I said wouldn't happen. You really have to learn to not set your expectations too high, because almost every time your kid will throw you for a loop and prove you wrong.
2.) What advice would you give to new or soon-to-be mamas? Don't feel like every baby item you need has to be brand new. I sometimes think about how much money we (or other people) spent buying us things before Presley was born and I just can't get over how expensive everything was. You can find some great deals at garage sales, Craigslist, or even the big seasonal kids consignment sales and the stuff is in almost perfect condition--for half the price! Always check those out before spending full price on a must-have item!
3.) What are your top three baby products?
a) The Woombie was hands down our favorite swaddling thingy-ma-jig. Anything with velcro always woke Presley up during a diaper change and the Woombie zips. Plus, Presley broke out of every other swaddle blanket except for this one. For us, it was a must have.
b) The Baby Brezza Temperature Control Kettle- We formula fed Presley, and this kettle was, hands down, the best investment out of anything else we owned. It keeps the water warm at the perfect temperate and makes the middle of the night bottle so much easier to make! If you don't get anything else, get this!
c) A video monitor- we have the Summer Infant brand and it has worked out well for us. It was handed down from a friend so I never really did any research on other brands. I don't know how we managed without it beforehand!