A (Satur) Day In My Life With An Almost-3-Year-Old and An 8-Month-Old

April 22, 2014

Our days are not too exciting, but I do like comparing this post to my post last year when Caelan was 22 months old and I was pregnant with Leah and then the year before that when Caelan was just 10 months old. I only wish I had posts from the year I was pregnant with Caelan and especially the year before that when we weren’t expecting yet. Our days now revolve so much around the kids that it’s hard to remember what we did on the weekends before they were here! I’m sure it was much quieter in our house back then 🙂

Re-reading this post was exhausting in a weird way. We didn’t do much of anything this day, but every few minutes, somebody wants/needs something. We get to spend lots of time with our kids on the weekends which is great because we DON’T get to see them much during the week. But still, I love when 8:30pm rolls around and we get a couple hours “off” 🙂


I hear Caelan and Leah on their monitors at the same time. Caelan calls for Bill who goes in to get him and takes him to the potty right away. I let Leah talk to herself for a few minutes before I go in to get her.


I get Leah up, changed and dressed, and we go back into our room where Caelan and Bill are watching a show. I plop her down on the bed with them and go to straighten up the bathroom and the kids’ rooms. I don’t normally bother with this on a Saturday morning (or any morning) but our house is on the market, so we have to keep it tidy.


I run downstairs to feed the cats and then join everyone else on the bed in our room, still watching whatever is on Nick Jr.



Leah is getting fussy so I take her down to the kitchen and make her a bottle. She goes from zero to feed-me-now SO fast!



Leah is done with her bottle and I leave her to play in the highchair while I change some laundry around, sift the litter box, and wash her bottle. I make a cup of coffee and Leah and I go into the living room to play.



Leah gets a diaper change and Caelan and Bill come down from upstairs. Caelan gets his usual breakfast/pre-breakfast snack (pouch and breakfast bar) out of the pantry and sits down to eat it. He seems to be in a growth spurt now so he’s been extra hungry. He has some oranges too.



Caelan is finished eating so he comes into the living room where Leah is playing on the floor and I’m folding laundry. Bill feeds the cats and joins us.


I get Caelan some juice and Bill retrieves some toys from the basement. We had to put all the kids’ toys down there while our house is on the market.


It’s time for Leah’s breakfast and she has pureed peaches and some puffs. I eat my own breakfast while Bill supervises a potty break for Caelan. After breakfast, I do the dishes.


After Leah’s breakfast we go back in the living room to play for all of 10 minutes before Caelan says he’s hungry again.


Caelan, Leah and I go back into the kitchen to get Caelan a bowl of cereal while Bill runs out to get his own breakfast.



Leah was practically falling asleep in the highchair while Caelan was eating breakfast, so I figure she’s ready for her morning nap and I take her up to her room to rock her. Suddenly she was wide awake and had no interest in a nap, so I took her back downstairs.


Bill is home. Caelan and Leah play in the living room until Caelan spots a baby book that we’ve hidden (because he wouldn’t stop chewing on it). We tell him he can’t have it, a tantrum ensues, and eventually he gets put in timeout for screaming.


After a potty break and plenty of time to calm down, Bill brings Caelan back downstairs. I put away the kids’ laundry while Bill watches them downstairs.


I make a bottle for Leah and this time, after the bottle, she is ready for a nap. I put her down in her crib.


I put in another load of laundry and go back to hang out with Bill and Caelan in the living room. We don’t have any plans today, and since our house was just listed yesterday, it is still tidy so there aren’t really even any chores to do (besides the never ending laundry) so we are just relaxing.


Caelan has a snack (Cheerios) and I make up a grocery list and a meal plan for this week. Caelan and Bill play.



I start making lunch for Caelan and Leah wakes up from her nap at almost the same time. Bill goes up to get her. Caelan and I eat lunch in the kitchen while Bill plays with Leah.


I give Leah her lunch (more purees and puffs) while Caelan is finishing his. When he’s done, Bill takes him up for a nap.



Leah is done with her lunch so I change her diaper and put her down in the living room to play while I do the dishes (again!). When I’m done, I play with Leah and listen to Caelan chatter away on the monitor.


I fold some more laundry and then put it away. I poke around online looking for some free fonts and images to make a birthday party invitation for a Bumpie. Leah is still happily rolling/crawling around the living room and chewing on whatever she can find.


Caelan has not slept this whole time, so we give up on a nap today and Bill gets him up. He comes down the stairs saying “I took a nap, Mommy!” Um, no you didn’t! Bill and Caelan join us in the living room for more playtime.


I give Leah another bottle and then she and Caelan play.



Bill takes Leah upstairs for another nap and I get a snack for Caelan and then put on a show for him. After a little while, Bill comes down to watch/doze with us.


Leah is up from her nap. Her afternoon nap always seems to be super short. I change her diaper and bring her downstairs where Bill is sleeping and Caelan is still watching a show. He’s lucky – he’s getting to watch a lot more TV today that usual!



Caelan’s show is over and Caelan involves us all in some kind of wrestling game where he climbs on our backs and then dives over our shoulders.


Caelan had been playing with his trains when he couldn’t get 2 of them to connect (the magnet poles were the same). Normally when this happens, he doesn’t miss a beat and just flips one of the trains around so the magnets connect. But today – holy tantrum. He completely loses it and sobs for about 20 minutes.


Finally, Caelan calms down. Leah takes this as her cue to start fussing, so I make her a bottle and then order a pizza for us for dinner. After Leah finishes her bottle, we all go back to playing. (Caelan reversed the magnets on his trains, no problem. Sigh.)


The pizza arrives and we all go eat dinner in the kitchen.


We’re done with dinner and decide we’ll go for a walk since it’s nice out today. Naturally, leaving the house takes forever. I change Leah’s diaper, Bill gets the stroller out of the car, then the ice cream truck drives by and Caelan has to go to the door and watch. Then he needed a potty break, and then FINALLY we all got shoes and hoodies on and went outside.


We take a walk through the neighborhood across the street from ours and visit “the big houses” (single family homes). At the end of our walk we stop to chat with our next door neighbor and Caelan is happy to pet their dog.



After our walk, Caelan sits down with some juice. We normally go up for bedtime at 7:45pm but Caelan says he’s ready for bed so we go up a few minutes early.


Bill takes Caelan to the potty and to brush his teeth and then I get him in his pjs. All of this takes lots of coaxing, threatening, and counting to 3. Finally, Caelan is ready for bed and I read him a story. Normally Bill puts Caelan to bed, but this is a nice change.


Caelan is in bed and Bill has gotten Leah ready for bed while Caelan and I were reading. I make her a bottle and put some sweet potatoes in the microwave so I can start making the sweet potato casserole for Easter after Leah is down.


I give Leah her bottle and put her to bed.


I realize that we have absolutely no butter/margarine in the house (how does that even happen!?) so I can’t make my casserole. I cook the sweet potatoes and whip them up and figure I’ll run to the store for butter tomorrow morning. After those are in the fridge, I start putting together the kids’ Easter baskets and hide some plastic eggs around the living room.



The rest of my evening is more dishes, a shower, and then Bill and I watch the last hour of Man of Steel. We started watching it the other day but apparently I can’t stay awake through a whole movie anymore!


We check on the kids (who both routinely sleep through the night now – woohoo!!) and go to sleep ourselves.


Caelan Conversations, Part 10

April 11, 2014


Warning: Many of these are potty-training-themed, as that is what’s been going on in our house lately 🙂

CAELAN: Can I watch a show?

SARAH: No, it’s not time for a show, it’s time for breakfast.

CAELAN: No, I want to watch a show.


CAELAN: Whyyyyyyyy?

SARAH: It’s time for breakfast.

Caelan stops, puts on an angry face, and points at me.

CAELAN: You figure it out!!!


CAELAN: Daddy, do you want a special surprise?

BILL: Sure.

CAELAN: Okay, it’s in my toy box. You need to poop on the potty first, then you can have a special surprise.


CAELAN: What color is the door?

BILL: What does it look like?

CAELAN: Green. Make it yellow.

BILL: I can’t, buddy. The HOA won’t let me.


BILL: They’re evil people.


I tell Caelan to put his toy car “the sheriff” down before going to the bathroom.

SARAH: The sheriff understands. He has to go pee pee too.

CAELAN: No, he doesn’t. He doesn’t have a penis…because he’s a car.


CAELAN: Ms. Tera calls it a ‘toilet’.

SARAH: Yes, it’s called a ‘toilet’.

CAELAN: So can I play with it? Because it’s a toy…let? Toy?

SARAH: That’s very clever of you, but no.

CAELAN: Yes, it is clever.


SARAH: How many feet does a dinosaur have?

CAELAN: One, two, three!

SARAH: Are you sure? I think dinosaurs have 4 feet.

CAELAN: No, Mommy, try again. They have 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 feet!!