Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Day In The Life

I haven't done one of these for awhile, so here's a look at Will's schedule at 18 months old. Although he's with Grandma two and a half days a week, this is what a typical Tuesday looks like when he's home with Mama.

Will - 18 Months Old

7:45 AM: Wake up, diaper change, and snuggles with Mama.

8:00 AM: Breakfast. Usually a flax toaster waffle, banana, some other kind of fruit, and milk.

8:30 AM: Play time! Will's favorite toy is his train table, so we typically start there. He also enjoys his blocks, puzzles, fridge farm and trucks.

9:30 AM: Get dressed for the day, pack up the diaper bag, and head out the door.

10:00 AM: Story time at the library. We read books, sing songs, and play with friends.

10:45 AM: Snack. He usually has a fruit and vegetable pouch (Ella's Organic) on our way home from the library.

11:00 AM: Quiet time with Mama. We read books and sing quiet songs before he lays down.

11:30 AM: Nap time. Length varies, but is typically 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

1:30 PM: Lunch. Will usually asks for peanut butter, so he has a peanut butter sandwich, fresh fruit, cheese, and milk. We offer veggies, but he just feeds them to the dog.

2:00 PM: Play time! We typically return to the train table, but I try and do a fine motor activity too (like an art project, object sorting/exploration, etc).

3:30 PM: Snack. He usually asks for another pouch, but we try and limit those to one a day. Instead we offer him raisins, cheese and crackers.

4:00 PM: More play time! Will is very active in the afternoon, so we typically end up chasing each other and Stella through the house. I can't wait for the weather to get nicer so we can head out to the park.

5:00 PM: Daddy gets home! Will loves to greet Daddy at the door ("Dada, ho-ma!"). Daddy and Will typically play trains while Mama starts dinner. Will really likes to "help" cook though, so sometimes he insists on staying in the kitchen.

6:00 PM: Dinner time. We offer Will whatever we're having, but he's typically not interested. Instead, he usually eats pasta in tomato sauce, another peanut butter sandwich, fresh fruit, yogurt, and milk. He's more prone to try his veggies at dinner time, but again, they typically go right to the dog.

6:30 PM: Quiet(er) play. This isn't really quiet play, but it's a little more mello. We usually play with blocks or trucks in the living room, read books, and look through his animal flashcards.

7:00 PM: Bath time. We now start bath time by asking Will if he wants to sit on his potty seat (this isn't to get him to "go" per se, but just to get him more comfortable with the potty in general). Will likes to pick out his wash cloth and put his toys in the tub. When the bath is over, he likes to watch the water go down the drain. Then Daddy helps Will brush his teeth and put on his jammies.

7:30 PM: Bed time. After Will gets his jammies on, he gets a pacifier out of his crib (they are only allowed at bed time and nap time) and picks out a book. Mama and Will read the book he picked and sing two songs ("Beautiful Boy" and "Hush Little Baby"). We snuggle a bit in the rocking chair, and then I lay him down in his crib. I cover him up with his quilt while he snuggles up with his blanket. He's typically asleep within 5-10 minutes.

Overnight: Will still wakes up once a night on average. Sometimes he's able to put himself back to sleep. Sometimes he needs to rock in the chair with Mama for a bit. Some nights he's up for 10 minutes, some nights he's up for over an hour. It really just depends. But we're all looking forward to the days when sleeping through the night happens a bit more on the regular.


  1. Just an idea on increasing the veggie consumption... perhaps you've tried this already, but Emerson will eat just about anything that resembles a "french fry". So we cut up root veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc into a fry shape and roast them in the oven with a little evoo, salt & pepper. Then he dips them into a little organic ketchup from Trader Joe's! :o)

    1. Great tip, Guenevere! I'll definitely give that a try. Thanks!


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