8am: Ava will usually wake up a little before or after 8 am. She’s always been a pretty good sleeper! (Unless of course, teething or a cold come along)
Robin will usually be the one to get her up and downstairs for her morning milk bottle and breakfast. Life pre lockdown meant that this was his quality time with her before going to work. He’ll FaceTime his parents in Hong Kong, so Ava gets to chat with her grandparents. Meanwhile I’m upstairs getting dressed, making the beds, gathering the washing and generally having a quick tidy up.
9:30 Robin heads upstairs to his home office space and I’ll make some toast or cereal to share with Ava. I think she enjoys the sharing as she’s already had a bowl of porridge at this point. I sort the cat’s breakfast out too and boil the kettle which I always forget about.
10am-12:30 Play time. Ava throws her toy box open and out comes everything! She usually asks me for her colour pencils or play doh to play with on her table with Hey Dugee on in the background (but to be fair, I don’t mind Hey Duggee) I set her up with a little bowl of Cheerios to snack on (and I’ll find them EVERYWHERE throughout the day) but around 11:30 I’ll start putting her lunch together. Currently, she’s obsessed with ‘pizza rolls’ which are cheddar cheese and tomato purée wrapped in a tortilla and toasted in a pan. Snacks throughout are a fruit smoothie, yoghurt or fruit like berries or pears, depending what I got in the food shop. Now that she’s older, I can get on with chores around the house with her ‘help’ – I hang the washing and empty the dishwasher without a fuss now but when she was younger she wouldn’t leave my side. I let her know that nap time is coming up 15 minutes beforehand.
12:45 I walk her up to her bedroom and get her to pick a book to read as she settles into her cot bed. I leave it with her afterwards so she can ‘read’ and close the door. Since we weaned her off the dummy, a book in her bed has helped loads with settling down. She settles herself to sleep and is usually asleep by 1pm.
1pm: I tidy up the toy mountain and make lunch for me and Robin. I usually have about an hour and half (two hours if I’m lucky) to either watch some telly or read. Nap time is the only time I have for a breather so I cherish this time! I usually end up tidying and scrolling Instagram and then get annoyed for wasting the time- now the weather is nice I try and sit in the garden and potter about.
2:30-3pm: Ava wakes up, I make her a snack (like apple rice crackers or a fruit stick) and we either head to the park or play outside in the garden. I got her a water table a few weeks ago and it’s been great. She’ll spend ages watering the grass. If we go to the park we spend ages picking daisies and dandelions and riding her trike.
4pm: snack time- usually a Babybel or some Pom bears. This is the time of day that the tiredness hits me, which means the kids kindle comes out and I’ll let her play on it for awhile. Once a week, I’ll log onto our music class that has gone online since lockdown and try to get her to participate. Sometimes she’s into it, sometimes she’s not. Nothing beats a real life class! But that run up to dinner is usually a mixture of screen time and play time.
5:30 I make her dinner. She loves rice so today I boil some in chicken stock, with a handful of frozen peas and sweetcorn.
6pm: bath time. We’re in a ‘love bath time’ phase so I’m able to just sit next to her on the floor while she makes ‘juice and biscuits’ with the bath bubbles.
6:30 I let her pick her pyjamas for the night and apply her eczema creams. This is around the time Robin finishes work, so she’s also massively excited to play with Daddy. She’ll jump up and down on our bed and play with him while I quickly make up her bed and get her bedtime books lined up. Then it’s downstairs for milk.
6:45-7:15ish she has her evening milk bottle and winding down time. Then it’s back upstairs to brush her teeth where I ask her to make bubbles in her mouth so her teeth have a chance of being cleaned!
7ish: Robin takes her to bed and reads her a story. Sometimes two. She gets to keep a book in her cot bed, will wave him off with a goodnight and he shuts the door. She’ll be asleep within half an hour but is happy ‘reading’ or singing to herself to sleep. While bedtime is happening, I’m downstairs tidying her toys away and planning our dinner. We have the rest of the evening to ourselves before it starts all over again the next day.
Not included- the random toddler tantrums along the way, predictably unpredictable. Sometimes she cries because she wants a specific something or because she wants to go To the park at nap time or because she’s two! Toddlers cry over something mysterious all the time. And then one day she might throw her arms in the air and shout “WELCOME TO MY CIRCUS” and I realise, there is no rhyme or reason to a toddler’s life. Sometimes it’s all tears and sometimes it is one joyful circus.
P.S no idea where the circus thing came from. I blame Duggee.4