Daily Life

The kids and I moved into our own place last week, and have been busy getting settled! I love it, and Piper keeps saying, “I love our cozy house, mama”, so I think we’re all fans! Most of our furniture still hasn’t arrived, so it’s pretty bare still haha, but it’s suuuuper nice being in our own space again, and having all of our own things.

I haven’t done a ‘daily life’ post in a while, and I wanted to throw one up of our day and how it’s structured with entertaining the kids, and fitting in work right now.

MORNING

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Jack used to sleep in a little longer than Piper, but now they’re sharing a room they tend to wake up at the same time (read: Piper yells at Jack to wake up as soon as she opens her eyes). I nurse Jack, and they usually play with toys for a little while I get Piper’s milk and get their breakfast ready.

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Today’s breakfast was banana, raspberries, yogurt and toast for them, and wheat sourdough, mashed avocado, arugula, poached egg, cherry tomatoes, and micro greens for me. I usually make my breakfast when they’re eating theirs otherwise it gets tooooo crazy.

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Depending on how messy breakfast is, I do baths after breakfast or after dinner. This was definitely a morning bath type of day haha. Eek. Luckily both of them LOOOOVE baths and could stay in there all day, so I cleaned their bathroom while played and drenched me with water.

I got them ready for the day, we read a couple of books, and then Jack went down for his morning nap (he goes back down about 1 1/2 to 2 hours after he wakes up).

Piper helped me unload the dishwasher, clean up after breakfast, clean the other bathroom, and we started playing with blocks when Jack woke up after 45 minutes. Loved that.

AFTERNOON

We hit up Ikea to some things for the house, and came back for lunch. They had Annie’s Mac & Cheese, corn, steamed green beans, and cucumbers, and then both went down for their afternoon nap.

I cleaned up after their lunch, and got in a workout - a 3 mile run and THIS glute circuit. I followed it up with a scoop of IdealRaw chocolate peanut butter protein, a veggie wrap posted HERE. **You can use ‘SWOLE’ for 10% off any IdealRaw products!

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Nap time is when I try to get the bulk of my work stuff done. I want to do a full post one day of what it all entails, but yesterday I answered time-sensitive emails, finished some content work I am doing for a company, and Jack woke up again before I could get to anything else.

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I nursed him, and we read books, and played until Piper woke up. We took the scooters and tricycle outside and walked around the neigbourhood, then played at the park (there’s one in our complex which is awesome).

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EVENING

We came back inside, and I started making turkey chili (using THIS recipe). I didn’t add in as much of the spices so it would be too hot for the kids, and added plain greek yogurt to cool it down for them. This is the hardest time of the day (4-6pm), because Jack only wants to be held, and Piper wants all of my attention too. I make as much of dinner as I can while holding Jack, and distract him with snacks the rest of the time haha. I don’t normally like Piper watching shows, but every now and then I let her watch a little one while I make dinner for us.

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After we eat, I get them ready for bed, read books, and we clean up their toys. Jack goes down first, and Piper drinks her milk and we read/sing songs. She goes down and then I clean up after dinner, do more work, and take a hot bath while I watch Netflix and have some JoJo’s dark chocolate (use SWOLE10 for 10% off).

Haha…no wonder I'm so exhausted at the end of the day. These kids keep me busy, but I love it.

Full Day Of Eating: Piper Edition

Piper's eating habits have changed drastically over the last couple of months. She used to be an AWESOME eater, and would eat a ton of great food. Lately, she's become a little more opinionated in all areas, but especially with her food. 

Her pediatrician warned me at her 2 year appointment that kids generally stop eating as much between 2-3 years old, and to not be worried about it. It's a little frustrating sometimes when I make her lunch, and she won't touch any of it *eye roll*, but I keep offering, keep providing lots of options on her plate, and I don't ever make her something different if she refuses to eat. If she doesn't eat anything, I just put it in the fridge and give it to her again later. 

She turned 2 in May, and while she definitely doesn't finish everything, here is a day of eating for her that's pretty typical of how she normally eats: 

BREAKFAST

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1 pasture-raised egg, 1 sprouted ezekiel toast with mashed avocado.

SNACK

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Yogurt from Trader Joes. She used to looooove yogurt, but now only takes a few bites. 

LUNCH

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Cucumber slices (her favourite), 1/2 slice of sprouted toast with peanut butter, a few slices of banana, carrots, and turkey slices. 

SNACK

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Chicken sausage, apples, and cheese slices

DINNER

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This wasn't her plate, obviously haha, but this was my dinner, and she had a bowl of sweet potato, black beans, corn, and avocado slices. 

Potty Training Piper

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If you’ve ever wondered what potty training in style looks like, you’re looking at it.  

I had ZERO intention of potty training Piper before she turned 2 , because I had way too much on my plate already, but she started being very aware of when she peed or pooped in her diaper. She also started taking the poop out of her diaper during naps/bedtime, and wiping it EVERYWHERE. It was horrific, and it would be all in her hair, her clothes, the walls, her sheets, the crib railings...seriously everywhere. I decided enough was enough, and I was going to take advantage of this terrible awareness she suddenly had, and start potty training her. 

I asked for any advice on potty training on an Instagram story, and about 90% of people recommended "Oh Crap! Potty Training". I bought it on Amazon HERE (it's a really easy, entertaining read), and I can't recommend it enough! It answered every single question I had, and also questions I didn't know I would have as I went through it all. It's still a draining and frustrating process, but this book laid it all out, and I just followed the steps. I can honestly say it was 100x easier than I thought it was going to be. I've had tons of other mums message me on IG saying they bought the book after I recommended it, and also raved about how easy it was (considering it IS potty training after all) and how well it worked. 

The book breaks each stage down into phases. Each kid goes through the phases at different paces. It's not a day one, day two, etc. type of layout. We all learn differently, and at different speeds, so you just go to the next stage when your child is ready. 

The first day, Piper was completely naked the whole time. We didn't go anywhere, and I was supposed to keep my eyes on her THE WHOLE TIME. This was the hardest part for me, because I also had baby Jack who needed breastfeeding, diaper changes, etc. I swear whenever I would go put him down in his crib, or start changing his diaper, she'd start peeing. The whole point was to watch her EVERY move, look for her signs of needing to go to the bathroom, and rush her to the potty before then, or as soon as she started to go. I missed A LOT of her cues, and there were a lot of accidents. By the end of the first day, I thought it was a total failure, and I should maybe do it when Jack was a little older and not so dependent on me. 

The book talked a lot about making sure YOU are ready, not them. The next day, I decided to man up and just keep at it. Instead of letting her roam and play like she normally would, I turned on Shrek (to keep her still and in one place), gave her a drink, and had her sit on the potty the whole time. If she really didn't want to sit on it the whole time, I wouldn't have forced her, but she rather enjoyed her nice little chair, and when she went all by herself (without me rushing her over to it), it all clicked. She still had occasional accidents, but she connected the feeling of needing to go to the bathroom, and going in the potty. I FREAKED out when she did it by herself. I'm talking jumping around, clapping, kissing, high-fiving. I was so proud of her, and I made a HUGE deal out of it every time she went. She loved it and always got so excited. 

After the second day, I put on clothes (she was still commando though), and we did the same type of thing (Phase 2). She got better and better, and there were fewer accidents. By the 3-4th day, she was wearing panties and would tell me when she had to use the potty 90% of the time. 

The book explains each stage in more detail, but those were the general steps I took to potty training her. I never got around to buying her a sticker chart honestly (oops), but whenever she went to the potty I acted like she won the lottery, and got SO excited with her, and let her have a little treat every time at first, and then every now and then, and then just a big hug and a "I'm so proud of you". Now she uses the potty by herself, proudly takes it to the toilet while whispering "I'm so proud of you" to herself, and walks herself to my mum's cookie cupboard before I stir her in the other direction ha. She did REALLY well and I'm so proud of her. 

I don't think potty training is a one size fits all type of thing, because every kid is SO different. This was a pretty brief summary of the process, but to sum it up, go buy "Oh Crap! Potty training!" haha.