Hi guys. How was your week? I would give mine a solid okay. Not bad, but not amazing. Plenty to be grateful for…including a beautiful son, another year older, sweet pups, my best friends, my loving family and work that pushes me to learn and grow every single day.
Rather than a “Day in the Life” type of post, I thought I would share a Week in the Life today. Here are some moments from my week, day-by-day.
Finn’s swim lessons started up last week for the first time since stay-at-home orders. After his afternoon nap, we went to swim, grabbed a few things at Target and then came home to play in the yard, eat dinner and have our nightly snuggle session.
I have been so all over the place with screens and TV time but lately I have been letting Finn watch one show at night after dinner and before we head up for bath and bed. It’s the best snuggle and wind-down time. He loves to sit next to me and pull up the covers. His favorite shows to watch are Little Baby Bum, Go Buster, LooLoos Kids and Cocomelon. Anything with songs! I don’t mind him watching these so much because they have so much emphasis on colors, numbers, words and concepts like potty training, kindness, school, learning, friendship, etc.
Tuesday was my birthday. It was raining and the high was 60 degrees so it was a pretty blah day. I opted to spend it hanging out with Finn, teaching yoga, visiting with Virginia and Dorie, eating carrot cake and ordering in sushi for dinner. These things definitely brought some sunshine into my day and warmth into my heart!
My parents sent me a beautiful arrangement of flowers. They are so bright and cheery.
Virginia knocked on my door first thing in the morning while I was still in my PJs to deliver a slice of Villani’s carrot cake. Dorie followed short behind with flowers and a hug. Finn and I also went over to her house later in the day to hang for a bit, which was nice.
The absolute highlight of my day was Finn singing “happy birthday to mommy,” which you can view on Instagram. <3
Wednesdays are my days to see Dr. Bradberry at Greenapple Sports and Wellness. I know I keep mentioning this but I have a chronic hip condition that I have to stay on top of or I am in a lot of pain. I’m finally in a place where I have all of the facts as well as a solid plan to move forward so I can share more details with you. I’ll try to write that post next week.
These appointments bring me so much relief and I truly trust Dr. Bradberry, Dr. Goodman and their team. Again, I’ll share more details next week but I never thought that this level of pain relief was available without surgery.
I spent the rest of my day teaching a virtual yoga class and leading teacher training via Zoom until we wrapped at 8:30p.
Okay, let’s talk about Finn’s sleep. He’s been doing SO MUCH OF IT. I am not here to complain but more to share my amazement.
On Thursday he took a three-hour nap and then slept from 8:30p until 9a on Friday morning. He hasn’t slept until 9a since he was a small baby and up half the night. I know everyone tends to explain this with “growth spurt” but for the last few weeks he’s been taking super long naps. I always worry he won’t go down at night and then he does. I am trusting that his body knows what it needs, and appreciating the long naps so that I can work. I used this long nap time to prep for the yoga teacher training that I am leading this weekend.
My Benji curled up on the couch while Finn napped. Really take in this photo because the next one that you see of Benji is going to shock you.
I woke up at 6:15 and lounged in bed until 7a. I waited for Finn to wake up but he kept sleeping…and sleeping…and sleeping. I went in there three time and once I even put my hand on his back to be sure he was breathing. (I know I’m not the only one who does this, haha.)
I made coffee, wrote thank you notes and baked sourdough bread while waiting for my little price to wake up. He woke up in a wonderful mood (ummm…15 hours of sleep in under 24 hours!) and we had fun hanging out and cuddling until he left around noon to spend the weekend with his dad.
While I was in yoga teacher training this afternoon and evening, the dogs went to the groomer.
Poor Benji. He had to get all but shaved due to mats in his fur. Before you judge me…
- I am new to doodle ownership and coat upkeep.
- I have not been able to get him to groomer in MONTHS due to shut downs. I tried to bathe him and brush him out. The team at Keen Dog bathed and brushed him well. I honestly couldn’t even tell that his fur was that matted and now I feel like such a bad dog mom for it. 🙁
Since I was in teacher training all day, Virginia went to pick the dogs up for me and bring them home. She texted me that, “as it turns out, Benji is not actually big.” Was she ever right. Here I thought Benji had grown to be very large and it turns out he’s just a little guy with a lot of fluff. Some of this is puppy scrawniness (can you believe that he’s just 10 months!?) but I also don’t think he’s really as big as I thought he was.
Y’all were such a wonderful resource with Zoey’s itching, I welcome any and all suggestions you have about maintaining doodle coats…favorite brushes, how often you groom, what kind of hair cuts you do, etc. I am a total newbie to dogs that need a lot of grooming…give me all the info!
How was your week?
What’s your nightly routine with your toddlers/small children?
Dog grooming suggestions?