April 22, 2015

A Day in the Life of a 14 Month Old

The last time I did a day in the life of post, Sully was six months old. I always meant to do another one when he was twelve months old, to compare how much our daily life changed in six months, but clearly I never got around to it!

Not all our days are the same - we spend a lot of our days at home, but with the nice weather finally making an appearance, we definitely get out of the house a lot more now. It also helps when you have plans with good friends to get your butt out the door. I figured a day where we left the house is a lot more interesting than one where we don't! This was our Monday this week.


06:30: I hear Sully on the baby monitor and groan when I see the time. For the love of God, why can't he sleep until at least 7 anymore?

06:35: Five minutes later and he hasn't gone back to sleep like I was hoping (wishful thinking!) and now I can see he's standing up in his crib, facing the door and crying for me.

06:35 - 07:15: I bring Sully into bed with me where we nurse and cuddle. Neither of us falls back asleep but the extra quiet time in bed is nice.

morning snuggles

07:15: Diaper change (if I do this before we nurse, a meltdown is sure to ensue).

07:15 - 07:40: Cuddling time is over and Sully likes to get down from the bed and explore my room. I take this extra bit of time to finish waking up and scroll through social media on my phone.

into everything

07:45: Quick shower. If we didn't have plans with other human beings this morning, I'd rock my four day old hair.

08:00: Blow dry my hair and get dressed. Sully spends this time taking blocks from his room and throwing them through the baby gate onto the stairs below. Then he spends the last 5 minutes of my getting ready, crying at my feet.

throwing blocks down the stairs crying at my feet 

08:20: Downstairs for breakfast. Hummus on toast for him because we are out of avocado, and cereal with almond milk for me. I make a few PB & J sandwiches for our outing and pack up some snacks and water. Sully isn't interested in eating much breakfast, preferring to throw it on the floor.

toddler breakfast pb&j 

08:40: Back upstairs to finish getting ready and get Sully dressed. Another diaper change. Sully is losing his marbles.

09:10: Sully is buckled into his carseat, the stroller is loaded and we are off to meet some friends at the museum!

09:30: Arrive at the museum and of course Sully is fast asleep. We let him have a few extra minutes to sleep.

09:45 - 10:50: Explore the museum. I haven't been since I was a kid myself, but it's exactly how I remember it!

morning at the museum morning at the museum 

10:55 - 11:40: We head outside - it's a beautiful day out already - I grab a blanket from my car, and we have a little picnic with the babies. I nurse Sully at one point because he's whiny and shoving his hand down my shirt.


11:45: We all pack up and head home for naps.

12:05: The library is on the way home so I stop to pick up my hold, but after I've pulled into a parking spot, I realize Sully is fast asleep. I detour to Tim Horton's drive-thru instead for a much needed coffee and then head home.

12:25: Arrive home. This is where I would usually sit in my car on the driveway while the baby naps. Except today, I just don't want to sit in my car. I make the bold choice to attempt a carseat transfer. I figure if Sully wakes up, I might be able to nurse him and get him back to sleep. But it's a Christmas miracle!! Transfer complete and successful!!

nutella donut 

12:30 - 2:00: Sully naps for an entire hour and a half. Guys, this is a rare occurrence. Every day is a battle of the naps. I am on cloud nine! I enjoy my coffee and eat my Nutella donut from Timmies. I post some photos from our play date at the museum on instagram. I respond to some texts from this morning and I share my latest blog post on social media. And my new Birkenstocks arrive! (Look at the ridiculously huge box they sent them in!) The delivery man had the nerve to ring the doorbell and it doesn't even wake Sully up. Can this day get any better?


2:05: Sully is awake and talking to me through the baby monitor. This is a big deal, because usually he doesn't nap long enough and wakes up crying. I go up to get him and he's got big stories to tell me. Diaper change and then we nurse in the glider chair.


2:30: Afternoon snack. Green smoothies!

green smoothies 

3:20: Head out the door again to run back to the library. I pick up my hold that has come in (after I read and loved Where'd You Go Bernadette?, I found out the author has another book out and I'm anxious to read it!), and I let Sully run around the kids area for a few minutes. They don't have any toys at this location so once he starts pulling books off the shelves, it's time to go!

This One is Mine by Maria Semple Edmonton public library 

3:50: Stop at Safeway for the Monday Twitter deal, and to get a few groceries.

grocery shopping at Safeway 

4:30: Arrive back home and walk to the mailbox.

checking the mail 

4:45: Sully has more smoothie and we read the only book he'll actually let me read to him from start to finish without trying to close it on me the entire time.

story time

5:00 - 5:30: I put on Paw Patrol on Netflix to entertain Sully so I can put the groceries away and have a few minutes to myself. I read a couple blog posts and answer some comments.

5:30 - 5:45: Get dinner ready. Leftovers from yesterday. Sully lost interest in the show about five minutes in, preferring to play underfoot of me. . Realize I forgot to buy frozen green peas for Sully. Which is usually the one food I can count on him eating.

playing in the tuperware drawer 

5:45 - 6:15: We eat! Well, I do. Sully's appetite has been off since yesterday and I think he's teething as he keeps gnawing on his pointer finger. Refuses everything I offer him except for a few pieces of potato and a yogurt. Isn't dinner time with a toddler fun?!

supper time with a toddler 

6:20: Bath time!

bath time 

6:40: Quick FaceTime with Daddy while we cuddle in my bed. Then we nurse in Sully's room.

bedtime cuddles 

7:00: Sully wasn't interested in nursing for too long and doesn't want to be in my arms so I put him in his crib.

7:10: He won't settle and I worry he's hungry so I take him up a bottle. Which is hilarious since he will never take a bottle from me. He is not having the bottle, so I attempt to nurse him again, but he really isn't interested. That's when I know something's off and I give him some Tylenol in case he's having pain from teething. I put him back in his crib and leave the bottle with him.

7:20: Bottle is chucked out of the crib and Sully is standing up and crying. I go back in, rock him in the glider and he is out in minutes.

7:30:  I lay him in his crib and he's fast asleep. Bed time is rarely this hard or complicated. Usually we nurse, then I give him his soother, we rock for a few minutes and I put him in his crib and that's it. I am now exhausted and on the hunt for chocolate.

7:30 - 8:30: Unwind. Read a few blog posts. Tidy up the kitchen from dinner.

8:35: Realize that tomorrow is garbage day. Ugh. Go around and collect all the garbages and curse that the diaper genie in Sully's room didn't get emptied. Take garbage and recycling out to the curb.

9:00 - 10:00: Time to relax on the couch! Lately I've been turning to a book instead of Netflix when I have my evenings to myself (Jim is working in Calgary tonight). A good book, some wine, and some chocolate macaroons!

chocolate and wine

10:00 - 10:30: Pump while I watch an episode of Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt on Netflix. Check Instagram.

10:30 - 10:40: Turn on dishwasher. Wash face. Brush teeth. Put on pyjamas and collapse into bed.

10:40 - 11:00: Read my book for another twenty minutes.

11:00: Lights out! This is early for me. But I fear another early morning wake-up.

03:00 - I hear Sully crying through the monitor which isn't normal as he's a really good night sleeper. When he doesn't settle after a few minutes and is standing up in his crib, I go to him. We nurse.

03:15: I'm back in my own bed and Sully is fast asleep in his crib.

07:25: Hallelujah! Sully's just waking up now. And here we go again...


  1. I'm exhausted just reading about your day! (Also I love your green wine glass, and HOW did I not know that Maria Semple had another book out!? Adding to my own library hold list...)

    1. Thank you - I love it too! I think I got it from urban barn. I have a purple one too :) The reviews on her book aren't all that great, but I'm still looking forward to reading it!

  2. BUSY as always!! Love your wine glass. Wine and macaroons sounds about perfect!! I need to make more time to read. I am always too tired to read it seems!!

    1. Ha, is there ever a day that isn't?! ;) It's a lot easier to make time for reading when my husband isn't home in the evenings, that's for sure! If I wait until I get into bed, then I usually only can keep my eyes open for a few pages.

  3. I love these posts and seeing what others get up to all day. My day in the life posts are much less exciting when I sit at a desk 8-5 ;) I am ready for our next book club book (we choose tomorrow) as I have been missing reading!
    PS Transferring sleeping babes is an art form!

    1. I love these posts too. I'm always fascinated by other people's days - even those who work all day!

      I NEVER attempt a car transfer. Ever. Sully is the lightest sleeper, but something possessed me to try that day lol.

  4. I love reading what other people do! And it always gives me new ideas to entertain Noah! Haha. You are in Calgary right? I wish I enjoyed reading more haha but I finally enjoy wine and chocolate too! Hahah

    1. Me too! Usually I just like to see how much more organized people are than me, haha! I'm currently back in Edmonton, but will be moving back to Calgary full time in May!

  5. Love this post! I have one going up tomorrow :) that was a good book! How is it going with you being in Edmonton and Jim in Calgary?

    1. The Reconstructing Amelia one? I'm enjoying it, but it gives me anxiety thinking about our babies growing up in a world so consumed by social media :(

  6. This is a great post! like I needed the wine and chocolate too! Can't wait til you're here!