Some days we really feel like we have this whole kid thing down, like our daily routine is a well-oiled machine. But other days, we look at each other and wonder WTF are we doing?! So today we’re sharing what a day in the life with the Miniwheats looks like.
Ever feel like this? Admittedly, this is how I feel most days.
A day in the life
Misterwheats gets up and heads to the gym
The Miniwheats appear at the edge of my bed and then quickly descend upon me. Literally. We snuggle for a bit depending on what time they wake up. Both T & Z love doing this and it’s a great way for all of us to ease into the day.
**We have two morning routines because I head to gym every other morning.**
As of late, the Miniwheats lay in our bed and watch a few episodes of Ben & Holly, Paw Patrol or Pokemon while I get myself ready. Then I get the Miniwheats dressed. This is NOT a smooth process as they both are pretty particular on what they wear and BOTH want to choose their outfits. I mainly monitor and edit this process so that they don’t walk out the door looking like they just escaped from a looney bin.
Once we’re all dressed we head down stairs for breakfast.
I get the Miniwheats their breakfast, make my protein coffee shake and pack the “entree” for their lunch. (side note: I make their lunches at night but I make their main meal in the mornings so it’s fresh)
Misterwheats is home from the gym, we do a quick baton hand off and I’m out the door and heading to the gym and he gets ready and drops the kids off at school at 9am.
The Miniwheats hang out in my bed watching TV until I’m finished getting ready, we go through the whole rigamarole of getting them dressed and we head downstairs for breakfast. This generally ends with Zoe choosing 3 different outfits, dancing in a circle, Thomas whining about not wanting to wear a shirt with buttons and me literally yelling my head off.
I make about 3 different versions of breakfast… because KIDS. I make my protein coffee shake, finish up lunches and pack any additional items the Miniwheats might need for school like hats, mitts, snowsuits, extra shoes (don’t even get me started about the shoe decision that happens every.single.day. with Zoe)
MisterWheats and I hang out, chat about what our day looks like and coordinate schedules, all while breaking up fights, pouring more milk (into the RIGHT cup) , changing Netflix, managing toy sharing, bathroom assisting and generally cleaning up so that our house doesn’t look like a tornado just went through it. Relaxing, right?
We begin the “getting dressed to get out the door” routine. The Miniwheats are “usually” cooperative, but we do find ourselves repeating the same instructions over and over and over, sigh. Everyday we get the same question from Thomas “do I have to wear my big coat?” and everyday we say “yes, because it’s Winter”. And everyday we receive a massive amount of toddler ‘tude, about said coat, but we push through folks, we push through.
I’m not joking. We literally get to school everyday at 8:58. The Miniwheats jump out of the car, run to school with happy smiles on their faces and in the best moods ever, as if the previous half hour of chaos and frustration never happened.
I’m off to work, in a silent car with a hot coffee! Oh the joy of no noise and warm coffee!
Sweet, sweet grown-up time with my work peeps. No whining, no fighting, no making snacks. Just a nice long stretch of me time with a side of work 🙂
Racing and swerving like a mad woman/man to get to the Miniwheats by 4:30.
Putting coats away, emptying and remaking lunches, dinner prep, snack making, toy monitoring, butt wiping, whining, snack prepping, kissing, snuggling, you name it. Pure insanity.
We (and by we, I mean Misterwheats and I and sometimes Thomas) scarf down dinner & talk about our day. Zoe generally complains, takes a bite and spits it back out and then immediately wants a snack. This pretty much sums it up.
We go around the table and each person talks about their day. This is definitely Thomas’ favourite part of dinner time.
6:15- 6: 45pm
Family walk/outdoor time/ exercise. We’ve instituted evening family fitness time. It’s usually just a walk but it’s a nice way to instil healthy habits and the kids look forward to it.
Jammies, books and “werm milk” for Zoebug.
Listing to the 1 million complaints that Zoe has from downstairs and yelling back up to her to “just go to sleep”.
Literal snores come out of their rooms and MisterWheats and I immediately chug wine. Not really. But geez we really want to some days.
There it is folks, a day in the life with the Miniwheats crew. We would love to hear about your routines and tips and tricks, so leave a comment! And in case you need some humour on this fine Thursday I’ll leave these gems
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