Our Daily Routine With A Two Year Old

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I got a request for an updated daily routine now that James is a toddler. The last time I did one of these, James was only 4 months old!! (Read our 4 month old daily routine HERE) Needless to say, A LOT has changed since then!

This is going to just be a generalized schedule/glimpse at what a typical (good) day looks like. Obviously, every day is a little different - I mean, what is motherhood if not a great test of flexibility and "go-with-the-flow-ness" haha. Right??

For reference, James will be two years old in about 2 1/2 weeks.

But, generally speaking, I have a pretty strict stance on meal times, nap time, and bed time. Everything else in our day revolves around those things - ESPECIALLY nap time and bed time. When James gets enough sleep, he is a completely different child: happier and calmer. This therefore makes ME a happier and calmer mama. So, naps and bedtime are EVERYTHING.

Ok, here we go:

Between 5:00-6:00am - James wakes up. Yes, he is a very early riser. But, he also goes to bed between 6:30-7:00pm every night, so it is well worth it to me to have that extra time in the evenings with Ben and to be able to decompress from the day. So, anyways, we get up early. If James wakes up before 6am, we bring him into our bed and let him watch a show while we try to catch a bit more sleep. At 6am, Ben gets up to get ready for work and James and I head downstairs to make breakfast.

Around 6:30am - Ben, James, and I eat breakfast together. Ben heads to work and James plays with his toys while I clean up.

Around 7:00am - We either head upstairs to play in the playroom, or we head outside. In the playroom, I sit on the couch with my coffee and read my daily devotional while James plays with his trains and trucks and planes. Then we'll read books together and I'll play with him. Outside, James plays with his water table, trucks in the rocks, slide, and big legos while I sit and drink my coffee. Then we'll often pick weeds together - James is very into weeding right now! :)

Around 8:00am - I let James watch a show on the iPad while I get dressed and do my makeup. Then I get him dressed. We turn off his show and he brushes his teeth.

8:30ish-11:00am - We head downstairs and get James (and me) a snack. If I need to run errands, we usually head out around 9am. Otherwise, we often times will sweep and/or vacuum together, play outside some more, read some more, etc... until nap time.

11:00am-anywhere between 12:30 and 1:30pm - James naps, and I eat a snack and try to get stuff done! I will do chores, work on blog posts/articles, respond to e-mails, garden...but more often than not, I end up lying on the couch watching YouTube videos. haha I am always just SO exhausted by this point in the day! I can never nap though...I'm just not a napper, unfortunately! I wish I were!

Anywhere from 12:30 and 1:30pm - Whenever James wakes up from his nap, we'll snuggle for a bit and then we'll have lunch.

Anywhere between 1:00-2:00pm - James finishes his lunch and then we play some more! Either outside or in the playroom. I'll often do laundry and more cleaning at this point while he plays.

Anywhere between 2:00-4:00pm - We do craft time and/or baking and educational games. Then we go on a walk and get the mail. James loves getting in his stroller and I'm able to get around 3 miles in, pushing him. Sometimes we'll end up at the park by our house for him to play, or in some of the open lots/land around our house where he plays with rocks and sticks and flowers. He could seriously do that ALL day. :)

Anywhere between 4:00-5:00pm - We head home and either play in the yard a bit more, depending on what time it is, OR if it is 5:00pm already by the time we get home, I'll go ahead and turn a show on for James while I cook dinner.

5:30pm - Dinner time! Ben is often home in time to eat dinner with us, which is SO nice!

6:00pm - We usually have a dance party in the kitchen and run around and/or read books.

6:30pm - Bath time!

Anywhere from 6:45-7:00pm - Jammies and in bed. James is asleep by at the very latest 7pm.

7:00-10:00pm - I clean, work on blog posts, etc... shower, and spend quality time with Ben.

10:00-11:00pm - Ben and I usually go to bed around 10pm. We read for about a half hour to an hour and then go to sleep.

That's what a typical day looks like for us! Obviously we have to change things around a bit. James has music class one day a week, and playdates with friends, and story time at the library, etc... But, generally speaking, that is what our days look like.

I know AAAALLLL of this is probably going to change drastically once the new baby arrives! So, I'll definitely update you all on our NEW routine once we get into a groove with the new little guy!

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Mommy Monday: 22 Weeks Pregnant With Number Two!

My USA shirt:  ILY Couture  (  click here for the shirt  ) // James' USA sweatshirt:  Old Navy  (  click here for the sweatshirt  )

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday!

Sorry that no post went up yesterday, but I took the day off due to Memorial Day. I just wanted to take a moment to say how incredibly thankful I am for the men and women who have given their lives to defend our great nation and to protect our freedom. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten or taken for granted.

I just finished reading The Nightingale which was really really good! I definitely recommend it. You can get the book here. But I was in tears for a lot of it because I just kept thinking about how blessed I am to live in the United States of America, where I am free and safe and have plenty of food and clean water and where my children can grow up safe and with endless possibilities ahead of them. The book really made me realize how good we have it.

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Ok, now onto the point of this post! I'm 22 weeks pregnant and still feeling great! I'm trying to think if there is anything new at all since last week as far as my symptoms go or anything...but there really isn't!

Something really exciting, though! Ben was finally able to feel the baby kick! I'm so glad! It's such a special thing and I'm really happy that he was able to feel the baby at last!

I have my monthly appointment with my OB tomorrow. I can't wait to hear little man's heartbeat! These appointments are always so short - about 10 minutes or less, haha. But I always love checking in and hearing that my little boy is doing well!

I did want to share these maternity tank tops with you guys ...they are SO COMFORTABLE! They are also very affordable. I sized up one size and they are just absolutely my favorite thing right now - so comfortable!! Click here for the tank tops.

Wearing   the tank top   in this picture!   Click here for the tank top    - comes in so many different colors!

Wearing the tank top in this picture! Click here for the tank top  - comes in so many different colors!

Alright, here's this week's survey:

How far along: 22 weeks 3 days

Total weight gain/loss:  I have lost track, but I'll be weighed at my appointment tomorrow so I'll update you in next Monday's blog post!

Maternity clothes? Yes! The comfiest!

Stretch marks? Yes, all around my belly button!

Sleep: It's ok! James has been waking up pretty early in the morning and I'm not good about going to bed early, so it's been a bit rough. But not too bad!

Best moment this week: Ben feeling the baby kick for the first time! And watching James and Ben play out in the backyard together this weekend.

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: A lot! It's really picked up in the past week!

Food cravings: Savory things! Pasta, cheesey things, gravy, meat...

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really.

Have you started to show yet: Yes, getting big!

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Nope!

Belly Button in or out? Half in, half out still.

Wedding rings on or off? Off! Wearing a place holder ring.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! I was reeeaallly moody last week though! Like...CRANKY. haha

Symptoms: My restless leg has gotten better, thank goodness!! Starving all the time! Fatigued muscles...like, walking up the stairs makes my legs feel like they are going to fall off. haha

That's all for now! Still keeping up with my Knocked Up Fitness Prenatal Workouts, although definitely not every day. I'm really listening to my body and just doing what feels right...which has meant a lot of rest days. :) Click here for the prenatal program!

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Review: Elfbox!

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Hi everyone!

I wanted to come on here real quick to tell you guys about this incredible new company that some friends of ours started: Elfbox.

Now, let me start off by saying this is NOT SPONSORED. I am just genuinely very excited about this service and our whole family really loves it!

So, what is Elfbox? It's a monthly toy subscription! Every month, you get a new box full of toys, tailored to your child (or childrens') ages! The toys are all non-electronic, high quality, classic toys. You get a mix of toys that are sensory, music, motor skill, and problem-solving oriented. You play with the toys for a whole month, and then you receive a new box full of NEW toys. Once you get the new box, you send back the old box full of toys (it's free to mail it back). If there is a toy that you'd like to keep from your box, you simply don't send it back and you will be automatically charged for the (discounted) price of the toy. It's seriously SUCH a cool idea!

We have received two boxes so far, and I was nervous that maybe the second box wouldn't be as great as the first one. But really I think it's almost better! James was SO excited when a new green box showed up at our door. He knew exactly what it was! I shared some videos of him opening his new Elfbox on Instagram, it was so cute!

Anyways, if you guys want to try out Elfbox for yourself, you can get your first month for only $10 by signing up HERE

Also, I have been reading up on a more minimalistic motherhood (I'll write a whole post on this later). But I love the idea of eventually getting down to having maybe five toys of our own, and then just getting Elfbox every month. We'll see if we can actually make that happen. ;)

Click here to sign up for Elfbox and recieve your first box for only $10!

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Have a great weekend!

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