I was excited when my partner HarperCollins the publishers of Goodnight Moon of asked me to share their previously unpublished book release from Margaret Wise Brown, Good Day, Good Night because we enjoyed Goodnight Moon so much. You all know our family loves to read and this new book is so sweet. This book release created the perfect opportunity for me to share “A Day in The Life of a Blogger with a 19 month old!” I often get asked how my schedule works or if I have a sitter for Finn while the girls are at school and I need to get my work done. The answer is no, not right now. I worked outside of the home with both of my daughters, so I am enjoying this time to be here with Finn Believe me it is not always easy and somedays I am up really late working because Finn wanted more attention or didn’t nap well and that’s ok! Because he is my priority. So today I wanted to share my secret…and it starts with NAPS along with a good children’s book and a schedule that helps me get it all done. Here is a typical day for us!
7:00 am- Good Day!
I try really hard to get up BEFORE the kids. Most of the time that is 6 am. I just feel better, more productive if I can wake up- say my prayers, make my bed, put my makeup on and get dressed. Finn wakes up like clock work about 6:45 or 7 am every morning. The girls set their own alarm and wake up about 7:30. They make their beds, get dressed and come down for breakfast and finish packing lunches.
We wave goodbye and send the girls off on the bus about 8:45. This is when we pull out the books and do “snuggle time” with Finn. Honestly one of my favorite parts of the day. Finn LOVES books. I have found the more consistent I am with Finn’s routine the better he naps. I say to him its “snuggle time” and he goes and grabs this blanket and hops up on the rocking chair. We really love Good Day, Good Night. It shares the same soothing word pattern as Goodnight Moon as the title bunny says “Good Day” and “Good Night” to everything around him. Perfect clue for a 19 month old that it is time for rest. Also I swear by black-out shades and a sound machine along with books. If you don’t know what gift to give a child- give them books!!
After I put Finn to nap. This is my time. I typically check my blog post for the day then share it to Facebook, Instagram and Instagram Stories. Then I try to get my blog post written or take pictures for the next day. I have to be disciplined with my time. I would like to just scroll through social media for ideas or answer all my emails. But I ask myself “What is the most important thing I have to do before the day is over?” and I do that first and while the 19 month old sleeps!
Finn naps for about two hours every morning. So after he wakes up we get shoes on and go outside in the backyard for a little play time before lunch. We typically eat lunch at home. While he eats I eat too and do a little more work. After lunch we head back outside, to the beach playground, park or on a bike ride!
Luckily my Finn, 19 month old boy still takes two naps. If he doesn’t dinner time and evening is rough around here! So we head back into his room, close the black-out shades, turn on the ocean sound machine and read another book. While Finn naps I wrap up my work for the day and get dinner ready.
This is when it gets crazy! The girls get home and unload their back-packs and lunches from the day. Then they have a snack because you know they are “starrrrrrving”. Finn sits in his high-chair and has a snack too while we immediately work on homework. After that it is off to soccer, piano or cheer. And there is always a little time for play…
I have been going to a gym class at 5:30 pm because Kevin leaves early for work. I have to say I really enjoy that “me” time (a lot)! I go to a crossfit gym and generally those are very social gyms. I get to talk to other adults while having a really great workout. The kids eat dinner before I get home or I sit down with them at 5 before I leave. We really value that family dinner time. So it has been tricky with me going to the gym at nights. Often Kevin waits for me and I eat dinner with him when I get home from the gym and the kids are ready for a bedtime snack so they sit with us at the table and we read our scriptures then or the girls will take Finn and read books to him (best thing ever!) Lola my 6 year old really likes to read Finn Good Day, Good Night, a perfect book for her age. She loves the illustrations by Loren Long the most. You can get a peek at them by watching the adorable book trailer!
8:00 pm- Good Night!
Another sacred and favorite time if I am honest! Bedtime! Finn goes to sleep between 7-7:30 every night. We do the SAME routine as the naps our “snuggle time”. We read about one book, our favorite is Goodnight Moon (I have it memorized:)!) “Goodnight room, goodnight moon. Goodnight clocks, goodnight socks”. Margaret Wise Brown’s fun wordplay and Clement Hurd’s classic illustrations make for such a good way to teach kids words and things in their room. A new padded board book version just released which fits so perfectly in little hands. I rock him for a few minutes, just because I love it and never want this to end. Then I lay him down, still awake and he puts himself to sleep. He sleeps all through the night. The girls go to sleep about 8:30 and Kevin usually tucks them into bed. I straighten up the house for the next day and then I work for a couple more hours on my blog, social media and answering emails while Kevin and I watch a show on Netflix!
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Good Day, Good Night
By Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Loren Long
Recommended for ages 4- 8
By Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Clement Hurd
New padded board book edition released June 6, 2017
Recommended for ages 0- 4
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