Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What is your morning cup of coffee?

There is a commercial that has been on recently that goes through a few different scenarios of people and their morning "coffee." To some people, it is indeed just that, a cup of coffee to wake them up and perk them up for their day ahead. However, not everyone is a coffee person, to them I ask, "What is your morning cup of coffee?"

I enjoy a cup of coffee every now and again, but I can't do regular coffee in the morning. I think the morning cup of coffee has it's benefits.... It does cause you to slow down and take a second to sip (not gulp) and enjoy the warmth and fragrance of a good cup of coffee (I'm a Folgers girl myself). Caffeine seems to affect me profoundly in the morning. I don't ever seem to get the
"perk" most often associated with coffee, but I get just the crash that causes me to continue drinking coffee or some caffeinated beverage the rest of the day to avoid feeling so miserable. (F.Y.I. A Grande coffee from Starbucks has 330 mg of caffeine per cup- to put that in perspective, Mountain dew has only 55 mg of caffeine per 12 oz.- no wonder I can only do Folgers!)

So, what is my morning coffee? What wakes me up and gets me ready and prepared for the day? A good long, hot shower is my coffee. I have only recently discovered this aspect of myself. A shower causes me to slow down and prepare for my day, it gives me time to myself before a day with the girls and it allows me to get out of my morning "fog" before having to jump into the day. Yes, my morning "coffee" has become my lifeline through the past few days of interrupted sleep and keeping my head just above water during the day.

To you, I ask.... What is your morning cup of "coffee?"

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

My Girls

So today marks day 4 of being a stay at home mommy of 2. Many people want to know what it's like. So... here is a typical schedule (as typical as can be) of our day.

7 a.m.- Chadwick gets up and gets a shower
7:30 ish- Addie gets up with daddy and he gets breakfast for her
8:00- Chadwick comes and wakes me up and takes Sophie (I either sleep a little longer or get up and get ready, depending on how the night before went)
8:30- Chadwick leaves for work. It's mommy and the girls!
8:30-9:00- Addie eats breakfast, watches cartoons and plays while I eat, get ready & feed Sophie.
9:00-9:30- I get Sophie changed and dressed, hopefully at this point she is ready for a little nap.
9:30-11:00- Mommy & Addie play (this usually includes, running in circles in the kitchen to Barney, coloring, reading 1 page of 6 different books, talking to baby, trying on mommy's shoes, eating a snack etc.). This used to be easy- with just mommy and Addie. Now that Sophie is here, this is all done when Sophie is content. When she cries, it is all done while I hold Sophie or Addie is pretty good at playing by herself for awhile.
11:00- Lunch for Addie while Sophie eats
11:15- Clean up Addie's lunch, lay Sophie down
11:15-12:15-Addie plays
12:15-Addie's Nap Time

12:00-1:30- While Addie is sleeping, I feed Sophie and typically end up holding her the whole time. For some reason Sophie is particularly fussy during early afternoon/early evening. Sometimes I try and take a nap or maybe get some housework/reading/phone calls/blogs written (I've been working on this one for 5 days...) etc. done, however time is usually interrupted.
1:30-4:00- Same as the morning. Addie eats a snack, Sophie eats (every 2 hours), Sophie sleeps, Sophie grunts (a lot!), We wait for daddy to come home!

Our day is never the same from one to the next. Being a stay at home mom of 2 is definitely more challenging. Like I said earlier, your time is usually spent with one child or the other. There is rarely a chunk of more than 10 min. at a time (when Chadwick's not home), to do much. As I type... Addie is playing in her room and Sophie is laying on the floor in front of me crying, ready to be picked up! (So... maybe on day 5 I will get this post done)

Aren't my two girls the cutest? Sophie is growing so fast (already 9 lbs!) and Addie is becoming so independent (we started potty training this week). I love my girls and I love being home with them! :<)