Just for fun, one day last week, I again took pictures and shared in real-time on Instagram a peek into a pretty normal day in our lives. I say “normal”, but nothing is really normal right now due to COVID-19, our city’s current Safer at Home order.
But I wanted to document what this period of our lives was like — when we were home 24/7 all day, every day, as a whole family. This right after we brought Champ home from the NICU and were still really trying to figure out a groove with him.
I’ll be sharing another Day in My Quarantined Life post in a few weeks when we have two newborns! That should be really interesting! 🙂
Psst! If you missed my Day in My Life post from last week, you can check it out here.
We all take shifts with Champ at night. Kathrynne took the 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift, I took the 1 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. shift and Jesse took the 5:45 a.m. to 7 a.m. shift.
7:00 a.m. — I got up and fed Champ while Jesse helped Silas get his school assignments/lessons together for the day. Kaitlynn worked on her school and we let Kathrynne sleep in since she was up late last night.
7:30 a.m. — Jesse, Kaitlynn, Silas, and I hung out in the living room while I held Champ. We talked and laughed over some memes.
8:00 a.m. — Kathrynne and Kaitlynn start their school for the day (some of their classes are online). Silas holds Champ while I get his bath stuff together.
8:30 a.m. — Jesse goes back to bed for a bit, the kids work on their school, I give Champ a bath.
The kids had Baked Oatmeal for breakfast. Right now, breakfast and lunch are pretty on your own around here.
9 a.m. — I swaddle Champ and put him down for a nap (and he stayed asleep — yay!!). I spot clean and start some laundry.
9:15 a.m. — I head downstairs to walk on the treadmill, read a few chapters from my current reads, and pray over my day.
9:45 a.m. — I sit down to read my Bible and eat breakfast. I get a phone call about some foster care stuff and end up being on the phone until 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. — I feed Champ and talk to Jesse about some of the decisions we need to make based upon the phone call. I change Champ and have him do a 5-minute tummy time.
11:15 a.m. — Silas is on a Zoom call with his teacher. Kathrynne puts Champ to bed and I sit down to finish my breakfast and Bible time.
12:15 p.m. — I finally get in a shower and get dressed and ready for the day. Then it’s my daily bottle sterilizing and prepping time for the day (the NICU dietician taught me how to prep his formula in 24-hour batches).
1:15 p.m. — I feed Champ and give him his vitamins in part of his formula (he despises his vitamins, so this part of the feed is always a challenge!). I help Kathrynne practice feeding Champ for part of his feed (I’m training both Jesse and Kathrynne to do his feeds so they are confident in them before my birth/hospital stay.)
2:15 p.m. — Kaitlynn takes Champ. I decide on Ham & Bean Soup and Honey Cornbread for dinner. I do a quick soak of the beans while checking in with the kids on their schoolwork and helping them where they need help.
2:30 p.m. — Kaitlynn puts Champ to bed and I settle in with a snack, water, and my computer to work on chapter 8 of my upcoming book manuscript. This chapter is all about letting go and raising self-sufficient adults, not co-dependent kids.
3:45 p.m. — I take a break from blog work to boil the beans, now that they are soaked. And then I work on getting my Hot Deals enewsletter sent out.
4:00 p.m. — I feed Champ, finish my blog work for the day, the girls and I take turns holding Champ (Jesse had gone out to run an essential errand and Silas was playing Xbox.)
6:00 p.m. — Jesse and I finish making dinner together and we eat a quick dinner.
7:00 p.m. — I head downstairs for a Zoom call with my Discipleship Group. I feed Champ during our meeting.
8:45 p.m. — My meeting is done and I come upstairs and we all work together to do our evening chores/get the house clean/picked up. (We’ve found that if we get the house “company ready” 1-2 times per day, it never gets too out of hand.)
9:45 p.m. — I catch up on IG stories/comments while feeding Champ.
10:00 p.m. — I feed Champ while chatting with Kathrynne about a speech she’s working on.
10:30 p.m. — Kathrynne and Jesse take over with Champ and I head to bed.
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