Monday, March 31, 2008

A Day In The Life

Here's what Parker's day usually looks like:

Wake up: Usually any time between 6:30 am and 7:30 am. He's an early riser. April and I are not.

Breakfast: We usually have a breakfast of mushy cereal, Cheerios, some sort of fruit, and some water from his sippy cup about an hour after he wakes up, so this is any where from 7:30 to 8:30 am. April always tells me to give him a bottle before feeding him breakfast......but sometimes I forget. Don't tell her that, though.

Super Awesome Happy Fun Play Time: When he's not eating breakfast in the morning, we read books (well, flip through the pages), chase each other around the basement, knock things over, pull things off shelves, and climb on things. He loves music, so we usually play his CDs (Hi-5, Raffi) and he can dance around and be happy and stuff.

Nappy Nap Time: Parker is awesome at sleeping, which is great for us! We usually put him down for a nap 2 or 3 hours after he wakes up in the morning. So I usually put him in his crib at around 9:30. He plays with Superman for a bit by himself, makes some cute noises, climbs around his crib, and then he just goes to sleep without any fuss. April swore by the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and it must have worked.

More Super Awesome Happy Fun Play Time: Depending on how he feels, Parker will usually sleep for an hour or two and then wake up at 11 or so. We'll goof around in the kitchen or whatever and then it's time for....

Snacky Snack time: Usually some yogurt, or apple sauce, or some peas or cheese or beans or avocado.

Lunch: We try to have lunch as close to noon as we can, but depending on his naps and when he gets up, it can be tough. Lately he's been sleeping in, so everything is pushed back a bit. Sometimes we won't have lunch until 1 or 1:30. We used to feed him Mother Hen stuff for every meal, but now he likes to feed himself a lot more so we give him lots of little finger foods.

Afternoon Nappy Nap Time: Then Parker goes down for another nap in the afternoon, usually after his lunch and he'll sleep until 2:30 or 3. Sometimes he doesn't actually want to sleep, so we'll go and get him. He's pretty good about not being a grumpus maximus if he doesn't get two naps, so this is usually a good time to do errands or take him places (like Home Depot). He likes riding in the car and going places, and he looooves riding in carts at the stores! If we don't go out, we'll just play more in the basement, give him another snack around 3 or 3:30 pm, and then just relax.

Dinner time: We usually try to give him dinner by around 5 or 5:30. More finger foods and healthy stuff for him. April does his bed time routine 99.9999% of the time while I usually clean stuff up in the kitchen.

Bedtime routine: After dinner, Parker goes upstairs (with help from mommy), gets nekkid, and has a bath. After his bath, he gets a little massage with some powder, has some relaxing quiet time, listens to his mobile play a lullaby song, and drinks a bottle. Mommy puts him in his jammies and he goes to sleep on his tummy by 6:30 pm usually. Yay!

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