Where did 2 years go?

2 years of Zuzu
I just sent my daughter Zuzu’s second birthday invitation out and I can’t believe it has already been 2 years that we have been blessed to have her in our life. It feels like she and Lola have always been with us. To put into perspective the amount of change both me and my husband, Adolfo, have seen in less than three years I created an account of a Day in the Life Pre-Baby, Post-One Baby, and Post-Two Babies. Read on…

PRE-BABY weekdays allowed the OPTION to do happy hour, go out to dinner or attend a cool, hip event was there. A typical day PRE-BABY:
Wake at 6:30am, calm quiet morning. Maybe have coffee on the couch while reading my favorite magazine or blog from the ipad, shower and listen to NPR while getting ready. Answer a few emails and pack my lunch for work unless I was going out.
Out the door in the morning commute to downtown Phoenix by 8:00am
Arrive at work: 8:40-9:00am (depending on 202 accidents)
Lunch break out or packed and sat outside somewhere
Leave work around 6:00pm
Home by 6:30pm
Decide on dinner, eat by 7:30pm
Rest of evening TV, surf the internet, text some people, play with dog, maybe have a cocktail or two, snuggle on couch, enjoy each other’s company
Shower by 10:00pm, unless I was going to in the am/vice versa
Bed by 10:30pm

Now here’s a typical day POST-ONE BABY:
(With both parents working regular full time jobs 9-5)

Wake between 5:30-7:30am, depending upon night before, and if she woke up in the middle, or went down late
Jump in shower if needed
Wake Zuzu by 7:00am if she wasn’t awake yet, get Zuzu ready: dress give juice/milk, diaper changes, hair brush, teeth brush etc…
Grab breakfast bar & coffee on way out if time, otherwise out the door in the morning commute to daycare by 8:00am (Daddy drops and picks up), I head to downtown Phoenix by 7:45am
Arrive at work: 8:20-8:30am (depending on 202 accidents)
Eat lunch at desk, pay bills, organize purse, browse internet, nap
Leave work: 5:30pm
Home by 6:30pm depending upon traffic
Zuzu & daddy home around 6:00pm
Change diaper, get snack, start dinner
Dinner by 6:30pm
Play with Zuzu until bath, legos, pretend, puzzles, jumping on couch, fort building, etc.. TV, surf the internet, text some people, play with dog, maybe have a cocktail or two, snuggle on couch, enjoy each other’s company in between playing with Zuzu
Get Zuzu a snack and milk
Bath time at 8:15pm
Put Zuzu down by 8:40-9:00pm
Shower after Zuzu goes down or in am
Bed by 10:30pm
Crash after Zuzu goes down

Now here’s where I think 2 years went typical day POST-TWO BABIES:
(With one parent working regular full time job 9-5 and the other working from home, both babies still in school)

Wake at 6:30am or 7:00am, depending upon night before, and if the baby woke up in the middle, or went down late, if we showered or not
Jump in shower if needed
Wake Lola by 6:30, Zuzu usually by 7:00am if she wasn’t awake yet, get baby ready: dress give juice/milk, diaper changes, hair brush, teeth brush etc… feed Lola milk, get Zuzu milk & snack
Coffee stat
Get girls dressed & turn on PBS
Check clock if it’s 8:15 and the team isn’t ready to go, breakfast has to be done at home
Adjust accordingly
Send girls & daddy off by 8:30am
Work until daddy gets home with the girls, usually by 6:00pm
Change diapers, get Zuzu water/juice/iPad, feed Lola
Dinner
 by 6:30pm
Play with both babies until bath, legos, pretend, puzzles, jumping on couch, fort building, etc.. TV, surf the internet, text some people, play with dog, maybe have a cocktail or two, snuggle on couch, enjoy each other’s company in between playing with Zuzu 
Get
 Zuzu a snack & milk
Both girls baths at 8:00pm
Put Zuzu down by 8:40-9:00pm
Shower after baby goes down or in am
Bed by 10:30pm
Crash after baby goes down
Back to work until I can’t see anymore
Crash
Wake
2-3x in night to check on Lola and/or feed her

So in my wrap up for today, findings and conclusions are as follows:
1. Two years has flown by because we have not stopped, only continued to grow a family and a business
2. You can never be too set in a schedule with kids, no matter what age
3. Your relationship and love with your spouse is the MOST important thing next to your kids you must nurture, the one thing that takes a back burner now is US but we make weekend time thank goodness for my folks to babysit, so that we can atleast have a few hours together on the weekend, but it’s much more work now to make sure we are communicating and on the same page
4. The speed bumps of adjusting to both one and two babies are never ending, just when you think you have it all figured out, one of them goes and has a blow-out of a diaper or a vomit all over you, I encourage everyone to stay calm and work together, communication is key.
5. Single parents I commend you, even salute you!  I know you are out there doing the work of both mommy and daddy and you too have all the same speed bumps.
6. Next month everything will change again.

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