I roll over and look at the clock. 7:03 am.
teething 5 month old.
destroy her house with toys everywhere.
Jason gets home and enjoys lunch with Avaleigh. After his lunch and while I am still nursing, he makes me a taco quesadilla from leftover taco meat I made earlier in the week
I might get them both to nap at the same time!
We grab shoes and head outside.
We head back inside. Everett is crying. The clock reads 2:53, and our MGT stops.
After her show, and he’s done, we head back to the playroom to finish our flower lesson.
“Would you like to become a bee?”
She jumps up and down and we head to her closet. I help her put her Dollar Tree Bee wings on and the headband from the costume we borrowed from a friend. Perfect.
I place Everett on the floor and sit next to him. Bailey tries to squeeze herself as close as she can. I think she believes Everett is hers. Everett works on his tummy time, while I call out letters to his sister. Avaleigh uses tweezers to get the yellow pollen pom poms to the letters I call out. The pom poms stick to the tweezers, so she uses her fingers to remove them from the tweezers and places them on the letters.
She’s good at this game, but it takes her a little while to find the letters.
She’s getting bored with it and I know we need to stop.
“Let’s finish the letters in your name, and then we can get out some play dough,” I tell her.
“Thank you, Momma! I love play dough.”
It’s 4:45. I put Everett in his swing again for a short power nap. Jason will be home soon. I grab the container with all our play dough and let Avaleigh pick out some colors.
We head back to the playroom. I place jewels, pony beads, buttons, shape cutters, and a few play dough supplies in our green flower tray from Dollar Tree.
We begin to make flowers.
Avaleigh finds a bee toy and starts talking about what she learned from Magic School Bus and our book Sunny Day. We talk about the bee gathering nectar to take to the hive, and we make sure our flowers have nectar for the bee.
5:20 Jason comes home. Everett wakes up.
Avaleigh tells her daddy all about what we learned today.
I am so proud of her as she tells him about “First a flower then a squash, Daddy!”
She points to her toy bee on her play dough flower. “Daddy, look. The bee. It’s getting nectar.”
We go into the driveway to play a bit before dinner.
A friend stops by who has been working on the house next door. We go to survey his work. It’s amazing! They are hoping to move in at the end of July. Everett is getting fussy. What time is it?
We head home. Holy smokes! It’s 6:38! I feed Everett inside while Jason and Avaleigh finish talking to our friend. They come inside and Jason gets the leftovers together for dinner.
We eat. Afterwards, Avaleigh plays, Jason finishes the dishes, I work on the laundry placing a pile of clean clothes on Avaleigh’s bed to put away before bedtime. Everett sits awaiting his bath. It’s 7:20 and I bathe him and head to his nursery to nurse him to sleep. Jason and Avaleigh take Bailey outside to play. At 8:15 I place my sleeping baby in his crib. His eyes open. UGH! I give him his pacifier and leave. I grab the monitor and go outside to meet the rest of the family.
Daddy and Avaleigh are building a fire in the old chimenea bottom. Sticks are gathered in a pile and Avaleigh is excited. “You want to come sit down with us?” She inquires.
Yes. Yes I do.
Jason gets the fire going. It’s over 80 degrees outside and we have a fire. Whatever.
“We’re camping. We need a teepee,” she says.
“I think you mean tent.” She agrees.
The monitor lights up red. Everett is hollering.
I go inside. Again. And again. Finally deciding I need to nurse him to sleep at 8:45.
Jason and Avaleigh come inside. He gives her a quick shower and puts her to bed while I deal with Everett. I emerge from the nursery at 9:30. He’s still awake, but my nerves are shot. I need some alone time. Avaleigh’s door is shut but I know she’s not asleep.
I scoop some ice cream. I need some Bluebell chocolate peanut butter in my life. I take my ice cream into the bedroom and talk to Jason.
I savor every bite as I witness Everett finally fall asleep on the monitor.
It’s almost 10pm. I check the monitor to see Avaleigh. She’s not in bed.
I get up and find her hiding in the living room.
“I need to go tee-tee.” She’s smart. She knows when she says this we take her word for it, and she doesn’t get into so much trouble.
“You better,” I say as I take her to the potty.
She tee-tees a few drops.
Afterwards, I tuck her into bed and tell her she better not get up again. It’s late.
I head back to our bedroom. It’s 10pm. I’m exhausted but want to spend some time with Jason.
We decide we need to laugh so we turn on our favorite episode of Arrested Development: Mr. F.
We both laugh hysterically as at the giant mole and rocket man part. It’s our fave.
After our show, I turn in and he heads to the office to work on web development stuff. He has a website business on the side that allows me to stay home with the kids.
I pray for good rejuvenating sleep and a baby that will sleep through the night.
Because tomorrow will come quickly and it will all start again.