Week in the Life: Monday

I am participating in the Week in the Life project that captures everyday life for me through photos and stories. In the past, I have focused on sharing these sort of projects exclusively on my Instagram feed. This time around, I wanted to capture more words and reacquaint myself with the art of blogging so documenting each day here made a lot of sense.

Mondays are often a scramble regardless of how much I prep for the work week. I just think its natural to drag your heels a little when your morning hours are jam-packed and messy. My parents drive over and watch Ruby most Mondays.

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This morning she asked over and over when Bapa and Mana would arrive. We made eggs with avocado, sausage and had left over Hot Crossed Buns that I made for Easter (no bread for me). She ate little. One of her routines with Grandpa is to have a second breakfast of toast. This morning, she just wanted second breakfast so I didn’t press her to eat much.

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This morning I started my second round of Whole 30. I hate relying on coffee to make it through my day. My hope is this reset will recalibrate my habits with more vegetables, fruits, nuts and good fats. The prospect of giving up chocolate, bread and beer for thirty days is always daunting, but well worth the effort.

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Today was a typical work day full of computer time and an early afternoon meeting. With the office closed last Thursday and Friday, I had more emails to go through from the website. Having recently upgraded my computer, I still need to load all my canned messages (adding this task to my to-do list).

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My mom usually posts a “Ruby Monday” photo on Facebook. Today’s was titled Phases of Luna by Ruby. Currently fascinated with the moon (luna), Ruby is working on drawing a crescent shape. (We also read a bunch of books featuring a moon and try to get a glimpse of her before bedtime.)

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Driving home is a nice transitional time for me. I like to listen to an uplifting playlist or one of my favorite podcasts to decompress before I reach my driveway.

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It was raining off and on all day. The blossom’s on our dogwood have officially begun to fall. I wanted to capture the last round of spring bulbs under the tree before the next storm rolled in.

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After a welcome home hug from both Ruby and Nate, Ruby shows me how she jumps. Hilariously, awesome toddlerdom.

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UPS drops off our latest box of diapers. As I cook dinner, Ruby builds a train out of them.

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There is lots of toddler chatter and posturing to get those diaper packs just right.

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Dinner is artichoke raviolis with pesto, roasted sweet potatoes and a green salad. I just eat the salad and sweet potatoes.

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After dinner, we have a little time to play tonight before bath time.

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I do my core strengthening exercises while Ruby plays with her Easter eggs. She often ends up sitting on me while I focus on the exercises. Tonight I get off easy.

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Nate is in charge of her bath while I change out the crib sheets and tidy up Ruby’s room. She’s a stickler to our bedtime routine. Dry > lotion > diaper > PJs > hair > teeth > cat sack (her sleeping blanket) > stories then bedtime.

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We read a Peter Rabbit story and Mr. Moon at least three or four times before she goes to sleep.

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I follow suit pretty soon after Ruby’s down. I end up reading later than I should, but it’s so nice to unwind with a book.

Pixel runs to our bedroom as soon as I enter it. She loves to lay on my legs as I read, but if I move a millimeter she’s outta there.

I am currently reading a YA Fantasy series by Cinda Williams Chima. I’m on the third book, The Gray Wolf Throne. These books are a nice, easy read that gives my brain a break. I will probably finish the series by the end of the week.