Welcome to the March 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Day in the Life
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have given us a special glimpse into their everyday.
I’ve done day/week in the life posts before, but not during the late stages of pregnancy. I have to let you in on a little secret before we get started – I am not good at pregnancy. Physically I struggle immensely, and as the months go by my ability to walk, bend, roll over, or move in any way greatly diminishes, causing me to slow right down. I am now 37 weeks pregnant and positively sluggish, so I thought I would share a glimpse into my current reality as I naturally parent my four year old son and wait for the arrival of my sweet baby. In this post I share one photograph an hour to chart what our day looks like…
9.15am – I’m woken by Little Cat talking in his sleep. He soon wakes, shuffles over to me and begins telling me all about his dreams. One about Saturn’s rings being sucked into a black hole and another about him sailing the Titanic across the Atlantic ocean with a crew of kittens. This gets very in depth and goes on for half an hour, until I get too hungry and have to ask him to get up and start getting ready.
10.15am – Making breakfast. LC is dressed, I am not – I was too hungry to delay any longer! LC eats two bananas, natural granola and natural yoghurt. I have granola and yoghurt with grapes and a cup of hot water. We have eaten granola and fruit for breakfast most days in recent months.
10.45am – LC jumps up and rushes over to continue work on his Titanic model which he and Daddy started last night. He decides it needs some green paint. I do a bit of writing and drink 3 cups of hot water as he works. A relative texts to ask “Have you had that baby yet?”
12.15pm – I have helped LC with some painting on his ship, showered and dressed, put on a load of washing, had a quick chat with Daddy over the phone and we are now at the beach!
When I’m not pregnant and hobbling we walk to the beach, but today we drove. I’m feeling tired and irritable already, and my hips are throbbing, but the sun is remarkably warm for March and I lay out my blanket and sit down to soak up some sunshine as Little Cat plays and digs.
2pm – Arrive back home to find the advanced copy of my new book has arrived – exciting!! Make and eat a quick lunch of leftover pasta bake, gherkins and fruit – not our usual lunch but yummy and filling nonetheless. LC strokes the guinea pigs while I quickly tidy the kitchen. He then helps to carry the clean washing upstairs and puts it in the dryer for me.
2.45pm – Exhaustion has set in. I collapse with a vat of raspberry leaf tea, a couple of books and my writing. LC settles down beside me to watch a Titanic documentary. (Yes he is verging on obsessed!)
4pm – Time for a snuggle and a few stories together on the sofa.
4.45pm – Daddy arrives home. He and LC go off together while I catch a quick 40 winks. It’s amazing how tired you can get just sitting in different places! This growing a baby is hard work!
6.45pm – LC has been in the bath playing for an hour whilst Daddy does some computer work and supervises. I go and say hi and then head to the kitchen to pop some potatoes in the oven for dinner.
7pm – I pour a freezing cold glass of sparkling spring water with tons of ice and lemon – my number one pregnancy craving this past month. I grab my sewing tin and sit down to mend a ripped jumper. LC is still in the bath – I listen to him laughing and chatting to Daddy as I work.
8pm – Dinner is ready! We all sit down together to eat at the table – baked potatoes, lots of salad and beans. I try and squeeze as many portions of fruit and vegetables into each meal as I can, and with snacks we usually eat 10 – 20 portions a day. After dinner Daddy clears up and LC feeds the guinea pigs.
8.40pm – Upstairs to get LC ready for bed – it’s my turn tonight. We get ready and go into the bedroom for a story. Then LC turns off the lamp and lies down after a massive cuddle and several kisses from both me and Daddy. Until last month I would get into bed with him and stay there until he fell asleep, (Daddy still gets in bed on his nights, and usually falls asleep with LC!) but with my giant bump I can no longer lie down straight after dinner, and sitting up was becoming increasingly painful for me and was distracting LC from falling asleep too. Now I sit on the birth ball at the end of the bed and stay there until he falls asleep. This has been a very smooth and gentle transition and he has been very understanding about it.
9.35pm – LC is asleep! I quietly leave the bedroom and come downstairs to spend some time with Daddy and relax. Once Daddy goes to bed I watch Call the Midwife. I tend to go up to bed around 1am, but after an entire night of insomnia a few days ago, I’ve been playing catch up and going to bed around 11.30pm instead.
So there you have it. Lots of sitting, lots of relaxation, but also lots of sweet moments spent with my lovely little boy. I’m really enjoying our time together at the moment, cherishing his last few days/weeks as an only child, knowing that everything is about to change and feeling very close to him as together we look forward to the arrival of our sweet baby! We are all so excited to meet her!
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- A Day as Mama and Data Manager — Becca at The Earthling’s Handbook explains what she actually does as data manager of a social science research study, as well as Mama to a baby and a fourth-grader.
- Pictures of a Day — A photo montage of a typical day in the life of Life Breath Present! You can see how she wakes up and spends her time in quiet, to Baby Boy sleeping at dinner, making natural products, and so much more!
- Escaping a Mekong cityscape for a slice of rural life — It’s often necessary for Nathalie of Kampuchea Crossings to escape the heady concrete jungle that Phnom Penh is rapidly becoming, for the calmer environment of rural life.
- Community-schooling — Dionna at Code Name: Mama and her family don’t *home*school, they *community* school!
- A day in the Life in La Yacata — Read how Survivor and her family at Surviving Mexico Adventures and Disasters spend their Sundays off-grid in rural central Mexico.
- Day in the Life of the Cole Family — Stoneageparent details the everyday life of her family through twelve photos taken over twelve hours
- The Days Are Just Packed — Holly at Leaves of Lavender talks about the beauty and simplicity of daily life with a toddler.
- A Day In The Life of a Heavily Pregnant Naturally Parenting Mama — At 37 weeks pregnant, Sam Vickery of Love Parenting shares her current reality as she naturally parents her four-year-old and awaits her sweet baby.
- My Life in Pictures on a Random Day — Donna at Eco-Mothering captures a random winter day in Rhode Island through a series of snapshots. What seemed boring at first made her smile in the end.
- How One Book Inspired Our Whole Day: A Day in the Life — How to plan the whole day with a toddler after reading one book together from Rachael at B is for Bookworm.
- A day in the life of an unschooling, work-at-home family — Lauren at Hobo Mama shares a picture journey through a typical day with three little homeschooling boys.
- Day in the Life of a Toddler — From mess making to cleaning up to trying new things, All Natural Katie shows the life of a toddler.
- Things I have done today (and every other day for the past seven years) — Marija Smits shares what a ‘normal’ day looks like in her crazy world of kids, writing, creativity and household chores!
- Just Another Wednesday — Lactating Girl at The Adventures of Lactating Girl shares a glimpse into a typical Wednesday in her family’s life.
- Day in the Life — Dr Sarah at Good Enough Mum gives us glimpses of her life as a British GP and mum.
- Our days, these days — Dietary restrictions and health issues take a lot of time for Jessica Claire at Crunchy-Chewy Mama, but she still follows her passions and tries to show up for her kids.
- A (Typical) Day in Our Life — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings describes a typical day with two kids, eight cats and two dogs.