A Day in the Life

People always ask me, “How do you do it?” They want to know how I blog, do freelance work, Β take care of a baby, husband, and manage every day life. Trust me, I don’t have a secret. I am sure most of you do a better job than I do. I just try to survive each day with a smile on my face. I am very grateful that blogging is my full time job so I can stay home with our little guy. I love blogging, but I love our baby even more. Being a mother is the best job! I couldn’t do what I do without my handsome husband. Josh is a HUGE help around the house, with the blog, and with our sweet little pea.

Today I am sharing a glimpse at what my typical day looks like. The photos were taken with my iPhone so sorry if some are not that great:)

5:00 a.m-I hear Caleb crying so I go to the nursery to feed him breakfast. It usually takes him about 20 minutes to eat. I usually check my emails, Twitter, Facebook, etc. on my iPhone while he eats.

5:30 a.m.-I put Caleb back in his crib and cross my fingers that he will fall back asleep. I change clothes and get ready to hit the gym! I tell Josh I am leaving and to listen for Caleb:)

6:00 a.m.-I get my sweat on at DASH Fitness. Thursday morning is Body Combat class! I love starting my morning with a good workout.

7:05 a.m.-I get home from the gym and check in on Caleb. He’s still sleeping so I take a quick shower. Josh is still sleeping too:)

7:15-I eat breakfast-a bowl of oatmeal with banana slices, cinnamon, and a splash of milk.

7:30-Caleb wakes up. Josh and I fight over who gets to grab him from his crib:) Β I feed him for the 2nd time and catch up on what’s going on online via my iPhone.

8:00-Josh changes Caleb and puts him in his swing. Josh leaves for work.

8:15-Caleb usually talks for about 15 minutes in his swing and falls asleep. I get to work while he is napping. Nap time is coveted time these days:) I respond to emails, edit photos, and write my blog post for Friday.

10:15-I get lucky and Caleb takes a 2 hour nap! Yay! I feed him again and get him dressed for the day.

10:45-It’s play time! Caleb loves to play on the floor with his toys. I grab a quick snack-Chobani yogurt and an orange.

11:00-Caleb gets bored on the floor, so we head outside for a walk.

11:30-We are back and it’s time to change Caleb again!

11:45-Caleb is hungry so I feed him lunch. This time he gets rice cereal with avocado mixed in.

12:15-Caleb takes another nap.

12:30-I hurry and grab a quick lunch. I make a Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sandwich-my favorite lunch:) I catch up on emails, Twitter, Facebook, etc. while I eat.

1:00-Caleb is already awake. He didn’t take a very long nap:( Caleb helps me unload the dishwasher and do a few chores. I have a few emails to answer so Caleb sits on my lap and I type very slowly:)

2:00-Caleb eats again and falls asleep while he is eating. I carefully move him to his swing so he can take a nap. He sleeps much better in his swing during the day.

2:15-I get busy in the kitchen and whip up a batch of cookies for the blog.

3:00-Caleb wakes up when I am in the middle of taking photos. I grab him, change him, and let him play on the floor so I can finish up.

3:20-I grab an apple and a few pretzels for my afternoon snack. We go on another walk. Caleb loves to be outside!

4:00-Caleb eats again.

4:30-We sit outside on the porch waiting for daddy to get home from work. Caleb loves to watch the cars go by.

5:00-Daddy gets home! Daddy changes Caleb (had to do an outfit change too) and plays with him while I get dinner going. I make one of our favorite meals, Black Bean Sweet Potato Tostadas.

5:45-We sit down and eat dinner together. Caleb sits on daddy’s lap while we eat and we talk about our days.

6:10-We feed Caleb dinner!

6:30-We go on a family walk around the park.

6:45-Josh and Caleb swing together-one of Caleb’s favorite activities.

7:00-Bath time for Caleb, probably his favorite time of the day.

7:15-Naked time before bed. We let Caleb roll around in his diaper before bed. He loves it!

7:45-We put Caleb in his pj’s and I feed him.

8:15-Bed time for Caleb! We both put him down and then grab the monitor so we can spy on him. He talks for 5 minutes and then falls asleep.

8:20-We turn on the T.V. I am behind on my Grey’s, so I let Josh watch whatever he wants:) I head back to the computer to catch up on blog stuff!

9:00-I eat my favorite bedtime snack-a mug of cereal. Tonight it is Honey Nut Cheerios:) I browse Pinterest while eating.

9:30-I get ready for bed! Josh isn’t tired yet, so he stays up and listens to TED Talks. πŸ™‚

10:00-I am out!

1:16-Caleb wakes up for a snack. I feed him and go back to bed!

There you have it-A Day in the Life of Me! Of course, not every day is like this, but on average, this is what we do! And of course there are things I left out, but you get the idea:)

 

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Haha…I love it! πŸ˜€ I try to imagine what my day will be like once this baby is born. I’d imagine that it’ll be something like this. What a fun and busy day! πŸ˜€ I’m so jealous that you have parks within walking distance of your house. It must me so nice just to take a afternoon stroll. Ahh. P.S. I love that Josh watches TED talks. My husband watches those while he runs on the treadmill. Gotta love our men! πŸ˜‰

  2. busy full day I wish mine had napped that good. they took 1 nap a day (it was 2 hours). They did crash at 7 though , course I wasn’t far behind them πŸ™‚ and up at 6am.

    He is such a cutie!

    all your food photos look so yummy off to check out the recipes.

  3. Love it! Thanks for sharing, Maria. I did wonder too how you do it!
    I have oatmeal with cinnamon and raisons almost every morning, and am thinking I’ll have to try it with bananas tomorrow…Mmm. Btw, admire you for getting up to work out every morning!
    Enjoy your day!

  4. I loved this! Wish I could go back in time to when my 3 were babies! I think 7-8 months old is the best! I am envious that you have the drive to get up at 6 am to work out! Caleb is truly out of this world cute!

  5. Oh, I do miss my boys being little. It goes by quickly, believe me! Mine are 21 and 19 now, and I swear they were just little tykes… yesterday. I can see that you’re cherishing every moment! Lucky gal, you!

  6. I have really lovely your posts recently. Caleb is just beautiful. I bet you could spend all day looking at him.

  7. Great pictures of your cute baby boy. Do you have any tips or recommendations on starting a new blog. I just started at the beginning of this year and I’m gettingvisits (thanks to the ease of marketing with social media these days), but I want more πŸ™‚ How long did it take for yours to get as successful as it is today? Thanks!

  8. These are my favorite kinds of posts! I love glimpses into other stay at home moms or bloggers lives. It shows that we are all very similar because I think most of us have a schedule/life like this. Thanks for sharing <3

  9. Wow! All I can say is that you are so lucky that Caleb naps so much! I am a fellow blogger and have a 3 1/2 year old who no longer naps (hasn’t since 2 1/2) and it is REALLY hard to find time to get my work done. Enjoy all this nap time while you can! Thanks for sharing a typical “day in the life.” I would love to hear about different food you make for your son, as mine has become quite a picky eater! Might give me some new ideas of things to make for her.

  10. This sounds almost exactly like my days except add 3 kids and minus about 4 of those naps! Haha! I am jealous your little dude will take so many naps still! My youngest is 9 months and she is only taking two naps a day now. Enjoy that!! πŸ˜‰

  11. Aaaah! He is too stinkin’ cute!

    Your day sounds exactly like mine. Even the part about grabbing baby out of the crib and letting him/her play so you can finish up shooting food πŸ™‚ Love this post! I may have to copy your idea because I get asked that question all the time too!

  12. Very similar to my days while i am home with little Ella!! But while i am on maternity leave i also do lunches with moms, playgroups etc. Love staying at home. But i have to go back to work in a few months. Right now i am loving it though.

  13. This is almost an exact replica of my days when my son was Caleb’s age……miss it dearly, but you are right being a mother is the best job in the world, thanks for sharing:)

  14. Oh Maria- I forgot so quickly how that baby stage is- it is just quick little bursts to get things in between naps. (My first LIVED in the swing by the way!) I’m afraid it doesn’t really get past that schedule- the bursts are just for different things other than naps, like coloring or barbies! It is a pretty crazy life to be a mom that works at home and watches the kids- but it is so worth it not to miss that time when they are little. I love “day-in-the life” It is always cool to see how other people live!

  15. Love day in the life posts. Caleb is such a little cutie! I have been a stay at home mom for about a little over a year now and I am so blessed and thankful to have the opportunity to be home with my kids when they are small. Even though some days I want to pull my hair out.

  16. favorite nighttime snack-cinnamon chex cereal. I’m always amazed at stay-at-home, working moms. You basically have two full time jobs! But Caleb is the most adorable baby, you must be doing everything right πŸ™‚

  17. Sounds like a great, productive day for everyone! πŸ™‚ My little 9 month-old, Gabriella, will not lay in her crib and fall asleep like your little Caleb! How in the world did you manage to get that routine down?

  18. It’s been a long time since I’ve had babies to care for, and I had totally forgotten how many times a day they eat! The difference for us was we had no phones or iPads to play with while feeding them, so I think I just sat there!

  19. Delighted to read about your day with your handsome boys!
    Can I just say~
    Caleb is honestly THE CUTEST baby I’ve ever seen!
    Shhhh!
    Don’t tell my sister I said that. πŸ˜‰
    What a JOY it must be sharing your days with that little bundle of HAPPY!
    xo

  20. Caleb is so sweet! I miss that age with my twins. So nice to see a glimpse into your daily routine. You definitely have a full schedule! πŸ™‚

  21. You are living my dream life right now! Caleb is A.DOR.A.BLE I would love to one day have a little babe of my own and be able to blog as a full time job! I’m half way there, I only work at the real J-o-B 2 days a week and blog the rest of the time, but lets face it…I’m not racking in the dough… just rollin it out to make cookies.
    Great post!

  22. I get asked that question all the time also but your day sounds way crazier than mine does! I don’t think I would ever get tired of playing with that adorable baby of yours, though! you’re pretty much a rock star, for the record. πŸ™‚

  23. Your little guy is too cute for school – and I remember those naps – amazing how productive you become as a Mummy – no time for writer’s block or procrastination – we cram in everything whilst they sleep x

  24. Love this! Both my littles took swing naps for a long time – they loved it there. And wow! Early morning workout. I’m impressed, really. Thank you for sharing!

  25. I’m tired. πŸ™‚

    You are doing a great job, Maria.

    We are so blessed to have such great husbands to help and to also get to do our “jobs” from home.

  26. Wow, I forgot just how busy life is, with a baby! Makes me wonder how I did it when my kids were younger. Of course, I was younger, too.

  27. I loved getting into your day.
    I sure do wish I could just get fed and nap all day! Enjoy it while it lasts Caleb! πŸ˜‰

  28. I loved this post! Caleb is so cute & you are very efficient. I love reading how other people pass their days – thank you for sharing.

  29. So fun! – I know just how it it is to work from home and fit in all the other stuff also. Enjoy the going back to sleep at 5:30 while it lasts. Our little guy is 10 months and now 5:30 is just awake for the day time. Oh how I wish it wasn’t πŸ™‚

  30. Love it – I remember those days when my kids were babies and wishing my Julian was around so I could enjoy that time with him the same way. ENJOY every moment!!!

  31. This is great Maria! You are extremely efficient in getting things done when you have the time and that is the key when you have a little guy. I’m so glad I got some time with all of you last week.

  32. I love your days….makes me miss my baby days! the schedule sounds so familiar, though, I didn’t have a blog back then πŸ™‚

    Those tostadas need to happen in my house very soon πŸ™‚ love ya girl!

  33. Love it! Been there and it goes so fast. Soak up every cute smile and moment. He is really cute. I love your blog!

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