THE SET UP
Ok, I must admit - I am a super keener when it comes to any challenges that Ali suggests. Day in the Life is no expection. I happily played along yesterday, documenting my day with photos and words. Like always, my "weapons" of memory keeping construction were my iPhone and Instagram. It is crazy how fast the day went for me. But maybe that is what life is like when you have a 14 month old. Here is a glimpse of my life below:
6:20 AM Blergh - I am awake. Today is Thursday which means it's my day to drop off Pickle. No doubt, I am still a morning person however, I just don't have the same skip that was there in my pre baby step. Last night I worked late and stayed up watching episodes of Downtown Abbey. It's trade off I realize, as I am tired. Lots of compromising as an "adult".
6:45 AM Pickle wakes up after I have showered and dressed. Today is "sleep in" day for her. My how my life has changed! Sigh. After breakfast of cheerios and bananas, we leave the house as a family, Aaron carrying Rowan and her back pack in his arms. We give him a ride down to the bus on Queen St because of the cold weather. It works for us because we are en route to daycare. Love these little moments of family time together.
7:54 AM Text from Auntie to let me know that Mom and Dad have left for Florida. She also tells me the roads are icy and to be careful. Love the relationship that I have with my sister and am excited to see her with Rowan next weekend. Call my mom to wish them good luck on the drive. No answer and so I leave an extra long winded message on voicemail. Feel slightly awkward and embarrassed.
11:03 AM Quick coffee break at work. While sipping on my venti non fat vanilla latte, I am reading, reflecting and admiring the awesomeness of Tina Fey. WIll watch the last episode of 30 Roc tonight. I will forever say things like "Blergh", "What the What" and "I want to go to there". Thanks for the memories Liz Lemon!
3:14 PM Gaah! I am watching the clock. I am busy charting charting charting but there is no end in sight. My anxiety levels start to rise knowing that I must drive in snowy weather to go and pick up Rowan. I feel the push and pull of being a working mama. I want to do a good job at work but I also want to be present for my daughter. On a day like today, I wish there were more hours.
5:48 PM Finally I reach daycare. Feel like the worse mom in the world. I don't know this now, but my emotions will run the gamet after I speak with my parents on the phone and learn the were in a 20 car pile up on I-75 in Detroit. Thanking my lucky stars tonight that they are alive and well with only minimal damage to the truck. Recognize that being 15 minutes late to pick up Rowan is not the worse thing in the world.
6:59 PM Blink. We blaze through dinner. Tonight its a southwestern theme of chicken quesidillas with red pepper, corn and avocado. Girlie eats everything up. Charlie is sad as Pickle pays no attention to him or the fact that he would like some of what she is eating. Next she reads the book "Good night - I love you" on the couch. This is a typical after dinner before bath routine. Given our day, I love these simple things. I love that she loves books.
7:54 PM Pickle in bed fussing. We let her settle down. While waiting for our Thursday night pizza to be cooked, Aaron reads "Virir y morir en Dallas". Yes that's a True Blood book in Spanish. I, like always, am on the computer, blogging up a storm. The day is done, we relax in the peacefulness that is night.
9:28 PM Realizing we are out of some essential items, Aaron makes a late night run to Shopper Drug Mart He picks up size 4 diapers, milk for Rowan and peanut m&ms for me. When he comes home, he takes Charlie out for his night time business. We settle into bed; sleep comes quicly.
In many ways, this wasn't a typical day for the Forster Hunter household. Our routines were similar but there were important events that occurred. Since this was not an average day for us, I am glad to be participating in Day in the Life all year long. I hope by doing so, will balance out the little moments and what our life looks like.
Also, I can't help but notice that most of my photos are static. There is little to no movement at all in them. Although I would like document more dynamic photos it is just easier to capture my life this way right now. Next time, I would like to capture a meal and the interactions between A + me.
Like last year, I will incorporate these photos and words into my Project Life Album. I use a 6 x 12 insert and arrange the photos in a 5 x 3 grid.
Did you participate in Day in the Life? How will you scrapbook the day?