5:45 - Wake up call! My dear girl is up and at 'em (did you know I used to think that saying was actually "up and adam"??), so it's time to drag myself out of bed. Honestly, I am pretty zombie-like at this point. Go to the bathroom, splash water on my face, try to wake up! Thank goodness hubby is still home to play with Eliza for a few minutes.
6:00 - Okay, I'm more awake now... check email, throw a load of clothes in the wash, then relieve Daddy so he can get ready for work. Play with mah baybee!
7:00 - Say goodbye to Daddy, then breakfast time! Eggs and pancakes today. My mom joins us (and brings aforementioned pancakes - hey, I made the eggs!).
8:30 - Naptime. Eliza and I nap together - this is such a guilty pleasure. I know I could be getting work done, but I just need the sleep so badly. I will not apologize! :)
10:00 - Wake up. Laze around for a while before getting out of bed, we play the tickle game and sing.
10:30 - Get ready to leave the house: both dressed, diaper changed (Eliza, lol) and we're off. I drop Eliza off at Grandma and Grandpa daycare, and I could go study. I have a presentation to work on that's due tomorrow. I go off to the coffee shop (well, actually, to a restaurant inside a grocery store that also has a coffee shop). Work work work from about 11:00-1:40, then I head home.
1:50 - Quickly use the bathroom (first time since this morning!!), go downstairs to throw the clothes in the dryer.
1:55 - My mom drops Eliza off.
2:00 - Put Eliza down for a nap. She's asleep by 2:10 or so. Go wash breakfast dishes, then start a load of dipes in the washer. Start dinner (I love my crockpot!!!). Answer annoying student emails. Work on presentation.
3:00 - Eliza wakes up fussy (=still tired), nurse her back to sleep, put her back in crib. She wakes up. Repeat. She wakes up again. Still seems tired... try again. Nope, we're awake now! Change diaper. Play. Read books. Play with toys. Listen to music. Sing. Crawl around and harass cats.
3:30 - Oops, forgot about clothes in the dryer - go downstairs and get them, hang them up (hmm, kind of wrinkled...may have to iron later - dangit!). Start 2nd wash on dipes.
4:00 - Head over to my parents' house to visit new kittens. Play with kittens! Work in my parents' kitchen on my laptop while Eliza plays with Grandma, Grandpa, and the kittens.
5:15 - Go home and finish dinner while Eliza plays on the floor at my feet. She hits this time of day and is NOT OKAY with playing by herself, so I carry her around the kitchen or she either plays in the cabinets or hangs onto my legs while I pivot around her going from the stove to the sink to the fridge. Good thing our kitchen is so tiny!
5:35 - Daddy get home (early today!). Eliza and Daddy play while I finish up dinner.
5:55 - Eat dinner. Yum!
6:20 - Eliza tells us she's "all done". Wash hands and face. Run water for tub. Daddy gets his guitar and we sing (Sloop John B was tonight's selection).
6:25 - Daddy takes over for bathtime. I go clear the table, was the dishes, clean the counters and stove. Listen to Eliza and Daddy in the bathroom laughing, singing, reading books, playing "where is Eliza's nose/ear/eyes...". Stop to appreciate this awesome life. Start 2nd rinse on dipes. Change my clothes, get Eliza's PJs and nighttime diaper ready. Grab towel, go check on bathtime buddies.
6:45 - Get Eliza out of the tub, diaper and PJs on (no small feat these days, she HATES this part of her day). Bedtime!
7:15 - Eliza asleep. Put dipes in the dryer. Share a little dessert with hubby. Make tea. Sit down with laptop to start working. Procrastinate and blog instead.
8:13 - Okay, it's really time to work now...
I love this life. I love it so much. It's a balancing act, but it's such a good, fulfilling one - especially on days like today when the balance was fairly even between work and play. I am a lucky woman!
(Also: I realize how very VERY lucky I am to have my parents - they watch Eliza for me when I am at school and when I need to get work done. What would I do without them???)