Finn’s favorite thing to say is “Oh Zoe” and “Hey Zoe.” Well, on this Wednesday I was saying “Oh Zoe” a whole freaking lot. Keep reading for more. In the meantime…here’s a day in the life.
3:30a – Finn is crying in his room. I give him about 10 minutes to calm down but he doesn’t so I go in to comfort him. He’s back asleep within 15 minutes. I would say 8 out of 10 times he can soothe himself during middle of the night wake ups but when things escalate, I go in.
6:45a – Finn is fussing again but settles himself back down. I decide to slowly wake up and read the Charlotte Agenda newsletter on my phone, check email and respond to some DMs.
7:15a – I get up and make coffee. Finn starts stirring again.
7:30a – go in and get Finn.
He’s in a SUPER cuddly mood so we sit on the couch for 30 minutes and snuggle while I drink coffee and we watch GMA. He does not want to get down and just wants to stay in my lap. Swoon.
8:15a – we eat breakfast. Scrambled eggs, toasted Dave’s Killer Plain Awesome bagel with butter and cream cheese and grapes. We both eat the same thing.
8:30-9:15a – pack Finn’s lunch, shower, get dressed, get Finn dressed
FYI: I’ve been taking photos of Finn’s preschool lunchboxes so that I can do a post with lots of ideas for you!
9:30a – leave for preschool. Carpool is 8:50-9:10 and I miss that so I walk Finn in.
Walking him in was super fun today because they had “visit from a firetruck day.” Ahhhh!!!!
9:45a – leave to head up to the Lake Norman area to meet some blog friends for coffee.
11a-1:15p – spend well over two hours catching up with Julie and Brittany. It’s been way too long since we last got together and we had a ton to talk about. We started meeting a few years ago to talk about the blogging business but these days we spend like 2 seconds talking about work and the rest of the time talking life. <3
2p – back at home and starving. I eat pita chips and hummus, kale + quinoa salad and cake.
2:30p – head outside to do some yard work. While I’m out there, Zoey gets sick and throws up yellow bile. She ate some golden raisins yesterday so my mind immediately goes on high alert. I’m not placing blame on how she got into the raisins but let’s just say I have a very curious one year old who thinks it’s fun to a) go through cabinets and b) feed the dog. 😉
I feel like a crap dog mom that Zoey was able to get into the raisins They’ve been in this same cabinet for over 2 years and this has never happened but on Sunday I reorganized the nuts and dried fruit into a new basket that I got at ALDI and placed it towards the front of the bottom shelf of the cabinet. I think Finn left it slightly ajar when he was exploring things and she was able to nose her way in and grab them. Ugh.
I call our vet and they tell me to come in immediately.
3:15p – at the vet they immediately draw blood to check Zoey’s kidney function. FYI: grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs and they don’t know why. The terrifying thing is that it can cause kidney failure and there is NO reversal. Some dogs are affected by as little as one raisin, some aren’t affected at all. It’s so crazy.
4p – the vet sends us home after Zoey’s kidney function comes back in normal range and they give her anti-nausea meds and inject her with fluid. The alternative was to hospitalize her overnight to give her IV fluids but the vet said given how happy and active (and not sick) she was acting, it was okay to treat her at home. We have to go back tomorrow for more bloodwork.
4:30p – we arrive back home and I hop on the computer to check-in and finish my playlist for my Wednesday evening yoga class at VIBE5.
5:45p – teach. I have to say that I was feeling all kinds of scattered going in to teach but it was just what I needed to relax and get myself feeling okay. I’ve been teaching this time slot since January and it’s been fun and rewarding to build the class. I love teaching at this studio.
7:15p – stop at Harris Teeter on the way home to get stuff for Zoey. I have to give her PepcidAC 2x/day for the next 7 days and feed her chicken and rice for the next few days.
8:30p – home and have Zoey’s dinner cooked. I work on my own dinner too. So far, she’s acting 100% like her normal self and I’m hopeful she’ll be okay. She was super excited to eat this dinner and as I type this post she is laying in front of my feet and chewing a bone.
8:45p – edit photos for this post and eat dinner. My dinner is a Blue Apron meatless mushroom/bok choy ramen topped with a soft boiled egg and it is so yum!
9p – wash dishes and clean up kitchen.
9:15p – start writing this post while watching Netflix in the background.
Next up…shower, read and bed! Tomorrow is a busy day. I teach at VIBE5 at 8:15 and 9:30a and then have another post-op appointment for my toe. I’m crossing my fingers and toes that I get the green light to go crazy. I’d love to run the Charlotte Half Marathon next month!!!
Two things…first, if you’re wondering what happened to Finn after I dropped him at preschool, his father picked him up and he was with him this afternoon/evening. Second, I typically take advantage of the days he’s with his father to get a ton of work done. Today was an anomaly with my coffee meetup and Zoey situation. I am usually glued to my computer.
This is the end.
Craziest thing your dog has eaten?
What are you watching on Netflix right now?
The person above me beat me to it, but please consider childproofing your cabinets. It really is not that difficult. This could have killed your dog and it is something that is easily preventable. Finn is not an adult that knows better. When we child proofed our kitchen, we left one drawer that contained a few pots and that made her happy.
Also, why so defensive about getting coffee? No one cares and no one thought Finn was left in the car by himself or something like that. Everyone needs time to socialize from time to time.
Thanks for your comment. I actually have other cabinets secured that have things like cleaning supplies and heavy pots that Finn could hurt himself with. I don’t mind him being in this cabinet, he loves to take the things out and line them up. I’m always watching him when he does it. There’s nothing dangerous in the cabinet. It was completely on ME that I left the raisins in there. I should have them put up in higher cabinets that Zoey cannot get to. She’s never gotten into this cabinet before, it’s a lazy Susan style and Finn just left it slightly ajar and she was able to nose in.
I added the note about Finn because I talked about hanging out with him in the morning and dropping him off at preschool and never mentioned him again. I knew people would wonder what happened with him the rest of the day as most people would pick their child up at some point and do afternoon/evening parenting.
I don’t feel guilty for socializing. It’s actually something I need to do more of. I do realize that I’m fortunate that the flexibility of my schedule allows me to have a 2-hour coffee date with friends in the middle of the day on a Wednesday. I guess I felt like I needed to explain that and why I wasn’t working. It was probably unnecessary. ❤️
I agree with child proofing your house especially the kitchen…not only for your son, but also for Zoey. Also, you never need to explain yourself on going to coffee with your friends (which I think you need to do more often), nor do you need to explain about your son and where he happens to be.
Just have to jump in here as it’s sad to see how some people are so critical and come off so harshly. You’re doing an amazing job and these things happen- none of us are perfect. So easy to forget about raisins in a drawer.
I had some batteries in a bag on the counter- ready to be taken to recycle and my dog tried chewing on them! Took him to ER but all was fine. I had never had a dog that would do that before.
Have a great weekend!!
Oh Jen – bless you for even giving these comments the time of day. I love your writing style and story telling and how you are honest about everything. Everyone knows you are a fully capable, intelligent, present, loving mom and dog mom. Like everyone else is just oh so perfect. Please. ?Most of us relate 100% to you rather than wanting to belittle and lecture you! xoxo
I second Janelle’s reply!
and third that!! accidents happen and you are doing amazing. no need to explain or share more than you want girl. this blog rocks no matter what <3
I would love to see Finn’s lunches! Toddler lunches and snacks are usually a struggle for me and I feel like my my kiddo eats the same four things all the time! Hope you have a great weekend!
I left a cabinet drawer ajar once on accident and our dog got into it. Thankfully the damage was mostly cracker crumbs; however, he did also pull out cocoa powder. Thank goodness he didn’t get into that.
Fingers crossed for Zoey! It’s HARD to predict everything that an inquisitive dog can get into and I worry all the time that our dog will get into something that will hurt her. We take all the steps that we can to protect her, but it’s amazing what they can get into anyway. And we don’t even have a kiddo, I can imagine it’s difficult to predict what the combination of them can do. I hope that she’s unaffected and back to her happy, healthy self soon.
We joke that our dog is part billy goat, she has eaten some crazy things! She especially loves to sneak food or treats that belong to our cats. Once she ate an entire box of cat probiotic packets! It didn’t upset her stomach but you could see the packet pieces in her poo the next day!
Another time she snuck a chocolate-covered Oreo off of the counter while I was making Christmas cookies. I was so panicked since chocolate is toxic, but I found a calculator online where you enter how much chocolate you think the dog ate and how much they weigh. Thankfully Oreos actually contain no chocolate (or at least not the stuff that is toxic) and the chocolate part was small enough to not effect my 75lb dog at all. Whew!
The craziest thing one of my dogs has ever eaten was 5 lemon-scented SOS cleaning pads. I never dreamed when I left the box on the kitchen counter that my golden would have any interest on them, but he tore the box open and ate 5 of them while I was out to dinner with a friend.
Fortunately, he puked up three and passed the other two. But crazy.
My parents’ dog got into the box of SOS pads and ate a couple too! Fortunately she was also totally fine. But we were astounded wondering what would make a dog eat them. Guess they don’t have the only dog that likes them.
Long time reader, firs time posting, but I just had to because I absolutely love the picture of Finn and the fire truck! I currently work at a fire department and it’s so much fun to see our personnel interact with the community, especially the kiddos!
Growing up, we had a black lab named Max who ate literally everything. From poisonous roach traps in cabinets, to a full chocolate bars left on counter tops, to an entire plate of raw hamburger meat sitting on the side of the grill. You name it, he ate it and lived until he was 15!
I just got done watching Dead to Me on Netflix and enjoyed it…but I’m easily entertained! Hope Zoe’s blood work comes back all good today!
One day, my daughter just came home with a big chunk of creme de menthe chocolate chip cake and left it on her bed to go and get something to drink. When she came back to her bedroom, her dog had devoured over half of her cake! She didn’t even get sick and she is alittle dog! Lol.
Next time she put it on her bedstand and her dog did the same thing! I told her take it with you or put it on your high bureau, so she can’t get into it bc this dog loves chocolate and surprisingly doesn’t get sick, she just gets hyper! Lol.
She has also jumped on a chair and ate the other half of a shepard’s pie! I told my daughter to put that dog in another room, when they are eating or put everything on the stove. Geesh!
I’m so glad that my dog doesn’t do naughty things like that! Barking all the time is bad enough, til I bring him inside and then he whines to go back out, which doesn’t work for him bc I’ll go upstairs, so I can’t hear him. There, no guilty conscience! Lol.
Have a fantastic weekend coming up Jen!
We had one Chihuahua eat a $100 and another one that dug a chocolate truffle out of the garbage and ate all of it. Both times we poured salt down their throats to get them to throw up. Also, since we could piece together the serial number on the $100 the bank gave us a new one!
My son would always play in the cupboards too. Of course I made sure it was only the cupboards that were safe for him to be in. They really enjoying opening and closing and pulling everything out and it’s an easy way to keep them close by and entertained while you’re in the kitchen.
Just finished watching Dead To Me on Netflix and really enjoyed it!
Sorry, I’ve got to jump in. I think the salt down your dog’s throat might have been as dangerous as the chocolate he ate: http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-toxins-poisons/inducing-vomiting-your-dog. Please call a vet before doing something like that again!
We did call the vet and he was the one that told us what to try.
When I was a little girl we got our dog from my Uncle who decided we needed one after my father passed from a local drinking establishment but that is another story for another day ?. When my mom would make bacon or meats that produced grease she would pour the grease into an old coffee can so it would harden and then she could put it in the trash. Well mom put it in the trash and our dog had herself a bacon grease snack. She was fine after getting sick everywhere but man her face was greasy! That was a heck of a clean up. She also enjoyed snacking on my mom’s high heels!
Right now I love Peaky Blinders on Netflix!
My dog once ate a fire starter log and lived to tell the tale 🙂
Just curious – what’s the carpool situation at Finn’s school that you mentioned? Do you have to drop him off at a certain time?
Glad Zoe is ok! My dog literally jumped up on my kitchen counter one time to steal a steak!
Im curious about the carpool situation too! I work at a preschool and parents come and go as they please so I would love to hear more about this.
I just finished up the latest season of Shameless on Netflix and might start Unbelievable.
Sadie once ate a whole pound of Hershey’s kisses, foil and all. We would have never known except the foil showed up in her poop the next day. Stomach of steel!! She also tore into the bottom corner of a bag of dog food I had set on a bar stool (thinking it was out of her reach) and ate like 5 lbs of it…that was a trip to the emergency vet who was in shock over the x-ray…they said they had never seen a dog’s stomach that full of food before!!! She got the saline injection too. Ah, lab mixes. They will eat literally ANYTHING.