I had the best intentions of sharing so much with you this week and next but then just like that we were hit with mega colds. It started with a guy at Neil’s work who gave it to him and then that spread to me and then of course Edith. While Neil was feeling like crud I think because of my pregnancy I got hit harder and E got hit even harder than me. Needless to say it’s been a rough week. I’ll share more about what we have been doing to survive but for now I’m going to relax and try and get over this cold.
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When it comes to trying to keep house while managing a busy work life and spending time with an energetic little girl, sometimes it’s the little things that count. Chores around the house can sometimes start to pile up, especially laundry. Between our every day clothes, Edith’s post-meal changes, cloth diapering, workout clothes, bedding and towels it can be easy to fall behind and hard to catch up. We’ve spent weekends doing load after load of laundry only to wake up Monday morning with no clean towels to take a shower with and having to wear mismatched socks and shirts that should have been thrown out ages ago. On top of that, it’s often that the laundry that does get done never gets folded.
As part of our attempts to become more efficient and organized around the house and in our every day life, we’ve decided to make a number of changes some little and some major. One of those changes is to how we approach the laundry in the house. Before this, separating our laundry wasn’t very likely. We’d take our dirty clothes at the end of the day and throw them all in the same hamper, a pile of darks, colors, whites, his and hers (Edith’s have always been kept separate). Laundry is a chore that we tend to split and one of us would do a load of laundry and by the time it was dry; sorting, folding and hanging all of that laundry was a daunting task (I can honestly never keep track of what goes where with Lindsay’s clothes).
Some of the little changes we’ve made to help make our laundry process easier are:
- Come up with a more efficient separating process - We’ve now got a much more strategic sorting process. In addition to the bins we had before for cloth diapers and Edith’s clothes, we’ve placed baskets in the bathroom for towels and bedding, one in the kitchen for dish cloths, and separate baskets in the bedroom for my clothes, Lindsay’s clothes, a shared one for workout clothes and a shared one for whites.
- Do at least one load a day, but no more than two - Doing this has allowed us to not get overwhelmed by large piles of laundry that need to be done. We can keep the load sizes manageable and keep on top of the dirty laundry. The reason we don’t limit to two is because the washer and dryer are up against the wall with Edith’s crib on the other side. While she doesn’t mind the dryer, our washer can be quite loud when it’s running so we find it best to not run that while she’s napping/gone to bed.
- Fold and store the laundry immediately - Doing this allows us to keep the laundry area from being cluttered and the small, separated loads make the process much similar rather than first having to sort the clothes and then fold, hang and store them.
- Keep the laundry area neat and tidy - By keeping the laundry area neat and minimizing the number of products we have that keeps the area available for folding after the laundry is done. Tide Pods and Gain Flings make this easier. They are just one little pod with detergent, OxiBoost and Febreeze. I’ve found they work great on our workout clothes and colours, getting them clean and smelling fresh. It’s as simple as tossing the pod in the washer with your clothes and starting the wash. Tide Pods and Gain Flings are available at Target.
Do you have any tips to for little changes you’ve made to help make keeping up with housework and parenting easier?
Saturday mornings are my time to catch up on work, articles, sponsored posts, regular blog posts, other projects. Neil and Edith head off to swim lessons and I plan our meals for the week and then (attempt) to dive in to freelance/blog work. Some weeks I am super productive and find myself easily flowing through all of my work and then there are weeks like this past one when I just can’t seem to get focused.
I write freelance articles and during the week I research them and then I try to spend the weekend finishing up my articles and getting them out. The tough part with this however is that some Saturdays I just want to sit and relax. Neil went out to some concerts Thursday and Friday night last week (we have a “you can see as many bands as you want before #2 arrives” agreement going on right now) so needless to say I’m feeling a little bit spent this past Saturday morning.
Edith was a wild child last Friday, I’m not sure why but she just was and I was exhausted. So to get up Saturday morning and work just isn’t the most appealing item on my ‘To Do’ list. The thing is when you are only guaranteed two solid alone time hours per week to get work done there is a lot of pressure to get work done within that time. Otherwise I am trying to make it up throughout the week and honestly some weeks I get a lot done and other weeks there is so much else going on or I’m just ready for bed by 8pm that I don’t get as much done as I need/should/want.
While I have looming deadlines for articles that I should be writing right now and I’m not feeling overly focused I guess I should be happy that I at least took the time to write this post when I could have chosen less productive time wasters such as watching TV, checking Facebook or Twitter. I’m not completely sure why I chose to write or even post this on the blog but I’d thought I would just share a little but of the reality going on over here.
Where has the weekend gone? Seriously this weekend didn’t feel very much like a weekend for me but nonetheless it’s past us and a new week is here to greet us.
Friday night Neil came home for a brief moment to take Edith for a walk to get take-out while I took a quick nap. Once they returned home he was off to a concert and Edith and I sat and enjoyed our tofu banh mi. Then it was bath, books and bed for both of us. Exciting right?
Saturday started just like every Saturday does with swim lessons for Neil and Edith and work time for me. While they splashed around I attempted to push through a pile of work and also make a grocery list/menu plan for the week. Upon their return it was time for lunch and then we were off to buy Neil a coffee roaster (I’m sure he’ll share more on this later) and then it was time to finally fill our empty fridge. Saturday night didn’t get much more exciting. We watched half of the Lorax while Neil did dishes and then it was dinner, bath, books and bed. Neil and I stayed up (who am I kidding I was in bed by 9:30) and enjoyed a bowl of popcorn and an episode of White Collar. Wild night!
Sunday Neil woke up with what seems to be a sinus infection or cold of some sort and so Edith and I spent the morning in the living room eating breakfast and watching the second half of the Lorax. Edith and I….err I picked up the house a bit and then finally Neil ventured out of the bedroom. He and Edith read books and lounged on the couch. Then there was lunch, naptime struggles, an episode of White Collar while Edith FINALLY napped and then since Neil was feeling better we headed out to Macys to use a $10 coupons that were about to expire (we couldn’t pass up free money). We stopped at Menchies for some sorbet and then it was off to relax on the couch. We had an early dinner and then took advantage of the light and went for a walk around the block. Then it was bed, bath, books again.
What adventures did you find yourself on this weekend?
I recently read an article about parents and spontaneous dates. Most parents have no idea what to do when they are given 90 minutes of child free time. So I thought I might come up with some ideas of my own and create a new bi-weekly series.
So here is the set up: a friend or family member stops over and offers to watch your little one for 90 minutes- now what do you do?
00:00 Head out the door and drive (or walk) to your favorite coffee shop.
00:20 Order your favorite coffee drink and maybe a treat or two to share.
00:25 Sit, chat and enjoy each others company. Coffee shop dates sans child can be a rare occurrence so enjoy your alone time. Slowly sip and savour your beverage. Maybe your coffee shop has live music or games for you to enjoy and pass the time.
01:10 Make your way home.
01:30 Home! Kiss your little one, thank your family/friend and look forward to the next opportunity to spend 90 minutes together.
It’s been far too long since my last post.
How far along are you? I’m 17 weeks 1 day!
How I’m feeling: I am feeling good! I still have afternoons that are a bit rough especially if I have been running around all morning but otherwise I am starting to feel back to normal. This was around the same time I started to really feel better with my pregnancy with Edith.
Total weight gain: 8 lbs.
Maternity clothes: I finally bought some maternity workout clothes from Old Navy and they are working out so well. Seriously so much more comfortable than my non-maternity workout gear. I also bought some pants but otherwise that is it. I will need to get some new shirts soon as mine are getting pretty short and I will probably need to actually get a maternity swim suit soon as well.
Sleep: Sleeping is a bit better because I finally bought a new pregnancy pillow. I ended up going with the Bump Nest instead of the Snoogle and I’ll blog about that all another time. I have been going to bed between 8-10pm and sleep until 6-7am. On nights when I eat before I go to bed I don’t have as many wake ups but I still have nights with 1-2 hours of insomnia.
What’s been going on this week: I had my latest midwife appointment on Tuesday and everything looks great. We went over my blood tests and they were all good and I will be going back again in March. We need to schedule our 18-20 week ultrasound soon as well. Other than that spending a lot of time working on getting the house in order and it’s a never ending project with a 19 month old.
Movement: Just a little.
Food cravings: No major food cravings although we did have potatoes a few times this week. Otherwise no major cravings.
Food aversions: Hummus.
What I Miss: Having more energy at night.
I haven’t participated in Munchkin Meals since Edith was 12 months! Edith is quite the eater and if you follow my instagram or our NF instagram you can see that. She is pretty much obsessed with food and loves to try new things. We try to be pretty relaxed when it comes to Edith and her eating schedule and besides lunch and dinner I provide her snacks through the day when she requests them. She has become pretty good at letting us know when she wants to eat by signing to us or if she is particularly hungry she might just have a mini break down.
So lets take a look at a normal day for Edith:
6:30am: Breakfast: she literally wakes up asking to eat most mornings.
Post Nap (between 2-3pm): Snack
Between 5:30-6: Dinner
(yes you might have noticed that nursing did not make the schedule….that post will come soon).
We eat a variety of foods in our house and throughout the month you don’t often see too many repeat meals so Edith is getting a good variety of foods. She eats basically what we eat and while she doesn’t always love everything she does a pretty good job of trying everything on her plate. This is a habit I am happy we are getting into now because we really want to encourage her to continue to try foods over and over again.
Here are some samples of what she eats for meals and snacks:
- Coconut yogurt and granola
- Two sliced of toast with coconut oil and banana
- Mixed fruit plate (example: dates, tangerines, banana)
- Tofu scramble with mushrooms, onions and nutritional yeast
- Fruit and Veggie Smoothie
- Bagels with tofutti or vegan cashew shmear
- Hummus, veggies and pita
- Beans, veggies and rice or quinoa with tahini sauce
- Veggie Burger with mushrooms and onions and spinach, avocado and fruit
- Avocado and hummus sandwich, cucumber slices and fruit
- Leftovers from dinner
- Curried carrot noodles with veggies and udon noodles
- Bean chili with sour supreme
- Curried lentils with rice and veggies
- Tofu Scramble wraps with potatoes
- Vegan Mac and Cheeze with peas and broccoli
- Vegan Pizza with pesto, veggies and soy curls
- Buddha bowls
- Mamma Chia Packets
- Trail mix usually with raisins, dried cranberries, pecans and pumpkin seeds
- Whole grain crackers
- Fresh Fruit
- Apple sauce
- Dried fruit
- Freeze Dried Peas
- Fruit & veggie leathers
So those are Edith’s current eats! I hope to do this post monthly now or at least not every 6 months!
What is your munchkin enjoying right now? What were your favorite meals as a child?
Want to keep up with what Edith is eating? Follow us on Instagram @naturallyfamily or me @runwithtongs
Thank you Brittany for hosting! You can find more Munchkin Meals on her blog.
Every so often I find myself scrolling through the photos of my computer. It’s surprising how often I forget about photos that I have taken. Today I came across these beautiful photos of Edith and Neil from back in October 2013.
Ever since we moved Edith has become obsessed with putting things together, specifically furniture. It’s probably because 90% of our furniture comes from IKEA and when we moved ourselves we took the majority of our furniture apart. As Neil put furniture together Edith “helped” and even after the fact she would try and put things like her little chair together or her crib. She would find the metal parts of our headphones or keys or even sometimes a mini screw driver pretend to use them on her furniture. In this case we had just bought a new stool for the bathroom and Edith decided she wanted to help Neil put it together. She would drop the screw into the hole for Neil and clap for herself each time. Once it was put together she had to test it out, of course! I’m so glad that I happened to capture this moment on film because honestly until today I completely forgot about it!
Now I like baseball just fine but Neil is the baseball fanatic at our house so this date night is for him. Taking interest in your partners passions is sexy.
What you’ll need:
One. A baseball movie. On our list right now is 42.
Two. A great session beer to enjoy while viewing your baseball movie.
Three. Your baseball cap.
Four. A cute baseball top.
Five. A big bag of Cracker Jacks or your favorite stadium food.