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A Day In The Life: 16 Months.

I have been saying for a year that I will write more of these.  I wrote about life at 7 weeks, and again at 5 months, but then I never followed through again.  I actually really wish I’d written a post like this at 8 months and around the one year mark, because I know those were significantly different phases that now feel really fuzzy to me when I try to recall the details. 

This post is long and includes far too many pictures, so I will apologize for that in advance.  I tried to capture and remember as much as I could, but I’m sure there is still plenty I’m leaving out.  Regardless, I always think it’s fun to take a peek into someone else’s day – the schedules, the activities, and the boring day to day stuff.  And there is plenty of that right here!

Our days are all a little different, so I decided to just take one day (yesterday) and snap pictures from start to finish.  Here’s a look at what we’re up to now that Cullen is 16 months old!

5:30am – Alarm goes off.  Casey gets up immediately and jumps into the shower.  I pull the covers over my head and pray for time to stand still just a little longer.

5:50am – I’m up.  I’m showering.  I’m still half asleep.

6:00am – Get dressed, do makeup, talk to Casey while he gets ready, avoid drying my hair as long as possible.

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Clean up bedroom, make bed, start a load of laundry, and head downstairs to start a bit of work for the day.  Note:  every other day Casey and I get up and do a home workout together, but this was an off day. 

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6:15am – open up my laptop, check email, feed dogs.  Wonder why I hear Cullen stirring on the monitor even though I’m expecting him to sleep for another hour. 

6:45am – Casey says goodbye and heads to catch his bus.  Cullen is UP, and there is no denying it.  He plays in his crib happily reading books for a little bit, but then he’s ready to get out.  I only get half my Babble post written before I head upstairs to grab him from the crib, change his diaper, and get his day started.  He greets me with a giant smile, and an even bigger poop.

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7:00am – Cullen isn’t usually up this early, so I let him just hang out with me while I get a few more things done.  We start another load of laundry.  He pushes the buttons. 

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I finally dry my hair while he plays with all my hair product bottles under the sink.  I dump his laundry out on the floor and put it away while he plays in his sunroom.

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He does puzzles and stands on his little stool and looks out the window, saying “dada dada” over and over again. 

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8:00am – Breakfast time!  Cullen eats almond butter toast and a pear while I finish up making us some eggs.  Breakfast is his favorite meal of the day, and he’s always really happy and talkative.  He also has a glass of (hemp) milk.  The dogs play outside while we eat.

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I scramble four whole eggs for the two of us to share.  I have to keep it all on my plate because Cullen freaks out as soon as he sees it.  He wants the eggs immediately, but they are too hot.  He says “hot, hot, hot” and tries to grab my plate. 

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I sit on a little stool in front of Cullen’s high chair, and we eat our breakfast together.  I share eggs with him, and he tries to share really gooey half-chewed pieces of toast with me. 

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8:30am – Finished eating.  Cullen stays in the high chair and is distracted with more fruit and cheerios, while I run around cleaning up, packing my diaper bag for the afternoon, and packing his lunch to-go.  Dogs come in and lick all the crumbs and mess off the floor.

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9:00am – We are out the door.  Every day we have something different going on, and it is rare that we stay home in the morning.  This outing is usually a Gymboree class, a playdate, a trip to a museum or the zoo, mom’s group, or some other get together with friends.  It is nice to share our days with so many other mamas and toddlers!  It helps break up the long days for me.

Today I decided to gamble and try to fit two big things into one block of time.  I really needed groceries, and have plans to write this post, so I need to get them before my work window opens up during nap time.  If I wait until afternoon, I’ll have to write my post at night, which I’m trying to avoid.  We race to Trader Joe’s and are in and out within 20 minutes.  I forget all my reusable bags in the car (see them there in the corner?  Fail.).

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10:00am – We have mom’s group today!  Our favorite day of the week.  We rotate houses each week, and this week we are at Christin’s.  The kiddos run around and fight over toys while the moms supervise and talk about sleep schedules and the (insane) Seattle housing market. 

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11:15am – The littles ones are starting to get cranky and hungry, so we all break out the lunches.  I packed sweet potatoes and black beans for Cullen, and Christin set out delicious baguette sandwiches for the mamas.  Cullen sees my sandwich and insists on eating half of it, so I end up making myself a second one after I eat this.

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We also snack on homemade cinnamon apples…

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And I eat two of these delicious gluten-free brownie squares.  Dangerous.

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We take a group picture of all the babies before we’re done for the day.  It is so fun to look back on these – we’ve been getting together for over a year now!

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12:00pm – Quick diaper change before we go, and then we are back in the car and headed home.  Cullen is loaded up with books, snacks, and a water bottle.  I talk to him, sing annoying songs, and pray the whole way that he will not fall asleep and blow his afternoon nap (which happens about once a week).  Adrenaline level is HIGH.

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12:30pm – We are home, and still awake.  Hallelujah!  We head into Cullen’s room to get ready for nap time.  He plays for a few minutes before we sit down in the glider for a few books.  I read books for 20 minutes, until he seems sleepy.  You can see that he had a lot of fun with his water bottle in his car seat. 

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1:00pm – Nap time!  Cullen is a great napper, and I can almost always count on this window as my one chance to work during the day.  If he doesn’t nap, I am screwed.  I put him in the crib, hand him his blankies, and give him a kiss.  Easy as that. 

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Once Cullen is asleep, my attention turns to these guys.  Time for their lunch and another trip to the backyard. 

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While they run around outside, I head to the garage to unload all the groceries that I bought three hours ago.  Oh yes, remember those?  Still in the car!

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This is usually when I make myself lunch, but since I ate earlier at mom’s group I just grab a snack.  A mixed bowl of Marcona almonds (heaven!) and a big bottle of sparkling water. 

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The pups and I have a snuggle session on the couch, and I bust out my laptop to work, work, work.  On this particular day, I spent the first hour unloading groceries and taking photos for this post.  Then I spent the rest of my work window editing and writing the post, as well as working on a big Babble project I have in the works.  I check email, try to respond to the urgent ones, and start a few more Babble drafts.  Three hours feels like it disappears in three minutes. 

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4:00pm – Guess who’s up!?!  Like I said, Cullen is a great napper (knock on wood!), and he very consistently takes 2.5-3 hour afternoon naps each day.  Today’s nap was 2:45 – not bad!  I head upstairs to grab him, change his diaper, and get him dressed again.

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4:15pm – This is normally when we would grab the dogs and all go out for some fresh air and a trip to the playground, but it was raining today.  Stuck inside – boo.

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4:30pm – I don’t feel like getting back into the car and dragging Cullen out again, so we camp out at home for the evening.  We read more books, do puzzles, build with mega blocks, and have a snack.  I lost a little steam with my picture taking at this point, which is pretty indicative of how I’m feeling by this point in the day (tired). 

Cullen and I had a snack of clementines, and a friend came over to drop something off and chat for about 30 minutes.

5:00pm – Cullen and I build a pillow fort.  Casey texts that he will be on the late bus, and not home for a long time.  I dig deep for more energy.

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5:15pm – Attempt to talk on the phone with a friend in Ohio, while entertaining Cullen at the same time.  I struggle to find the right window for phone calls because of the three hour time difference.  Thankfully, she is very understanding and patient. 

5:30pm – This is a hard time of day because I’m often on my own, needing to get lots of things together for dinner, but Cullen is also at his neediest.  I chase him around in circles, offer entertaining distractions, and quickly chop things and throw them into sauté pans. 

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6:30pm – Cullen’s dinner time!  He has leftover sweet potatoes and black beans (that he didn’t eat at lunch), lots of hummus, and almost an entire mango.  I glance at the clock and realize that the 7pm barre class I planned to go to is not going to happen because Casey isn’t home yet.  I am bummed.

6:45pm – Dad is home!  His commute took almost 90 minutes, and he is drained.  (Edited to add: this is not a normal day, but happens occasionally.  Normal is more like 60 minutes.)  We talk about moving – again.  He gives Cullen a big kiss and snaps a picture of us.

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7:00pm – Casey takes Cullen upstairs for bath time and a little alone time for just the two of them.  I stay downstairs and start to prep our dinner.  In an ideal world, we’d all eat together at the table every night, but Casey doesn’t get home in time, so that’s not our reality.  Maybe some day, but for now we make the best of it on the weekends!

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7:15pm – I come upstairs and crash on the ledge of the master bathtub, watching Cullen splash and laugh. 

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Up until Casey gets home, my days sort of feel like a marathon of reading, entertaining, driving, feeding, changing, and playing.  As soon as Casey walks in and takes over, I can feel all that pent up adrenaline rush out of my body.

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Casey is so good at Cullen’s bedtime routine, and while I’m not needed, I usually just hang out and sit and relax.  The window of time that all three of us are home and awake is very short, so we try to take advantage of it.

7:20pm – Cullen gets toweled off and Casey helps him brush his teeth.  This usually starts with smiles and ends with tears.

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7:30pm – Bedtime!  I drain the bathtub and clean up the bath toys while Casey takes Cullen into his room.  I come in and am greeted by a wet little monkey in crazy adorable flannel pajama pants.

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Even though we see him in these jammies all the time, we still can’t help but laugh at how much his giant belly hangs out.  We talk about the belly, and Cullen smiles and points to it. 

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I give a few more tickles and get some really great bedtime hugs and kisses.  He is always super sweet right before bedtime, even if he’s been a tough guy all day long.  I look tired.

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Last but not least, bedtime stories.  We trade off who reads each night, but the other one of us usually just hangs out on the floor and listens.  Cullen begs for more, and we have to eventually cut him off and put him in the crib.  One more kiss and light out. 

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8:00pm – Adult dinner time.  We head back downstairs and I finish up dinner.  I fantasize about takeout or pizza delivery, but remember all the fresh groceries in the fridge.  Tonight we are having really boring burritos because I am tired and it is late.  We each fill up two olive oil tortillas with a mixture of onions, mushrooms, black beans, and sweet potatoes – topped with lots of salsa and a bit of greek yogurt.  I feel extreme sadness that our avocados aren’t ripe yet.

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8:15pm – We eat on the couch and watch Survivor.  We know one of the players this year, making it extra fun to watch.  I talk too much during the show, and drive Casey crazy.  The dogs talk up 75% of the couch, while Casey and I fight to maintain our quarter. 

9:00pm – Casey cleans up dishes while I check/respond to a few more emails.  We head upstairs to bed and turn on Downton Abbey.

9:15pm – Despite my best efforts, I am fast asleep.

5:30am – Alarm goes off.  DID I SLEEP THROUGH DOWNTON ABBEY AGAIN?  Dammit.  Here we go! 

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Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!     at 3:24 pm

I can’t get over how bit Cullen is! He is too cute!

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Alex @ Raw Recovery     at 3:30 pm

This was fun to read! I like reading about how other people spend their days. Sounds like your days are really exhausting but also worthwhile :) I hope you don’t have to move again! I just wrote about how often I’ve moved also (6 apartments in the last year alone), not to mention college dorm changes, and studying abroad. I know how tough it gets!

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Emily Malone Reply:

We have moved a lot too. It IS exhausting! No plans to move right now, but Casey’s bus schedule has changed since we moved out here, and his commute has become unbearable. It sucks!

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Alex @ Raw Recovery Reply:

Yeah, a 90 minute commute doesn’t sound like much fun for any of you! Hope everything turns around so that you all get to spend more time together!

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Katie Reply:

Ugh. I hear you on the Seattle commute. I work in Kirkland and live only 10 miles from there. In morning rush hour it can take an hour sometimes.

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Theresa     at 3:39 pm

You’re impressive! Quite the busy day. Cullen is too cute!

Thos tacos look delish, avocado would be a good addition. I hate waiting for them to get ripe! Have you tried putting them in a brown paper bag? I find that helps speed up the process.

I’ll have to try those olive oil tortillas, I do my shopping at trader joes too!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yes – with a banana! But I had just bought them that morning, so they were rock hard. :/ Tortillas are delicious!!

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Carly @ Snack Therapy     at 3:47 pm

He looks so proud in the first pic of him in his PJs. I can’t believe how handsome he is! These posts are so much fun to read!

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Kelly     at 3:49 pm

I really enjoyed reading this! I think you’re such a good Mom, and I love how much effort you put into Cullen’s (and yours) day.

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Kim     at 4:01 pm

I have an 19 month old, so my schedule is very similar to yours. It all seems normal until you read someone else’s and then you realize how crazy it is! You’re doing great! :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Haha I know what you mean! A good crazy though. :)

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Rebecca     at 4:10 pm

I love reading about other people’s days! I’m impressed that you get up at 5:30 a.m. as I do not get up until 7 a.m. Also if it helps you to know, my husband is not usually home until 7 p.m. almost every night so I have that loooooooong tired stretch from 4:30 to 7 p.m. alone. Ugh!

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Lara     at 4:13 pm

You fit so much into your days! I fantasize about what it’s like to have your baby wake up after you do. I have no idea.

I should do some day-in-the-life posts! These are fun.

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Emily Malone Reply:

That didn’t happen until well after his first birthday. And once he started sleeping in “late” it took a month or two for me to realize that I didn’t also need to sleep til 8am. :) Usually I use it as a window to do more work, but on this particular day Cullen decided to join me. You WILL get there! Don’t lose hope.

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Meagan     at 4:20 pm

WOW! You sure are going going!

You mentioned the housing market twice! I see signs for houses all the time but have no idea what the market is like here. Are you thinking of moving to a different are of the Eastside? Bellevue? :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Well the first mention was because we have friends trying to buy a house, who had just lost a bidding war. So plenty to discuss about that. As for us, we’re just talking – not actively looking. But if we moved, it would likely be back to Seattle. We spend a LOT of time over there, and Casey’s commute has changed significantly since we first moved here (much longer now – new bus routes).

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Veganlily Reply:

As I’ve read your blog since you’ve moved I’ve sensed that a move back to the city might happen in the future. I know what it’s like to lose precious time to a commute and at some point it just doesn’t feel worth it. And that’s ok even if you’ve just bought a house – sometimes you have to try on a few places (even buying some) before knowing what fits! Good luck – from a total outsider’s perspective I’d encourage you to do what feels right in your guts for you, even if it is not what you planned when you bought your house.

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Victoria     at 4:34 pm

I love reading these posts! My son is 7 months old and it’s kind of like getting a sneak peek into the future! And my husband does the Seattle to east side commute and it can be so hard. His is usually less than an hour though. 90 minutes seems like it would really be a hit to his/your quality of life. Hope there’s a resolution soon!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yesterday was particularly slow and rainy. It’s typically more like 60-75 minutes. Still not great! He’s so drained after that long ride!

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Nichole     at 4:40 pm

You are such a good mommy!:) I know it’s exhausting when your hubby works late too. I’ve recently started getting up before my baby and I’ve realized how nice that quiet time is! I’m wondering when you transitioned Cullen to one nap? My 12 month old has been fighting me on naps lately and I’m thinking of cutting her to one. Did you go cold turkey or slowly push his first nap into the middle of the day?

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Emily Malone Reply:

He started fighting the morning nap around 11 months, which everyone told me was early, but I couldn’t control it. I’d say we were consistently at 1 nap right after his first birthday. After a few weeks of back and forth I went cold turkey and pushed it. I’d make sure we were out of the house in the mornings so he didn’t get sleepy or bored.

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Nichole Reply:

Thanks! My daughter skips her afternoon nap no matter how long or short her am nap is. I’m done dealing with an overtired little girl so may just have to drop to one before I would like.

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Amy Reply:

My son was the same with the afternoon nap. The morning nap was easy. He was only 10 months old, so I fought it, but eventually I did the same thing as Emily and kept him busy in the morning until a long afternoon nap. It should work!

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jen     at 4:41 pm

I’m due with my first in June and while I sometimes fantasize about being able to be a SAHM, reading day-in-the-life posts make me quickly realize I’ll be much happier keeping my job, it sounds exhausting!! :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Haha of course there are pros and cons to both. :) Congrats to you!

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jen Reply:

Absolutely :) Hope this didn’t sound offensive, I truly meant it as a compliment, I don’t know how you do it – I couldn’t! :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Oh not at all! I just know the whole working mom vs SAHM can be a very sensitive subject, usually particularly for those who have to leave their babies all day long!

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Cathy Reply:

Jen I am with you 100%! I have two kids and I just can’t do it and I give major kudos who mom’s who can. :)

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Amy Reply:

You and I have very similar days. Some days I fantasize about leaving him with a sitter and going back to work, but then I realize how important being with him is to me (and to him). Obviously you feel the same way!

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Katie     at 4:45 pm

Oh I loved seeing your day! And it rinses me a lot of my life a few years ago. My boys are now 7 & 5, but I remember when I had a 2 year old and a six month old baby. I work out of the home, so my weekdays looked different in the middle of the day, but that merry-go-round day in and day out feeling I remember so well. And the weariness. I always hate when people tell me that it will go fast. So what I will tell you is just enjoy wah at you can of this stage. You won’t always be so tired. And you’ll love to look back at this one day. Makes me wish I had kept a day in the life back then!

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Emily Malone Reply:

It is a good, happy tired at the end of each day. A day that has been spent living well! :)

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Laura     at 4:47 pm

I loved this post, I love seeing how other moms days go. One a much more important topic, HOW DID YOU RAISE SUCH AN AWESOME NAPPER?!?! Moms that are stuck holding their 6 months old for each nap want to know. I would be one of them :)

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Emily Reply:

ha! I think most babies that young are cat nappers. It wasn’t until my 22 month old switched to one nap in the middle of the day that he started sleeping 2-3 hrs. It will come – they become much better sleepers when they start crawling (I then started getting 1.5 hr naps) and then walking.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Haha, go back and read that 5 month post and you will see that Cullen was not always this way. :) For the first six months of his life, his naps in the crib were all 28 minutes – like clockwork. It was brutal. And he slept on me ALL THE TIME. It wasn’t until we hit around 8-9 months, when he fell into the 2 naps/day pattern that they suddenly became really long and consistent. Don’t give up hope! And don’t wish away those chest naps. What I wouldn’t give for one more!

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Sara     at 4:52 pm

Toddlers are so exhausting!

And man, I feel you on Casey’s commute. That’s awful. My husband works crazy hours as well and I am often home with our toddler for dinner time as well. It’s rough!

It seems like you do an amazing job though. You seem very organized and I’m sure Cullen loves all of these awesome activities that you guys do. He looks like such a happy little guy!

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Emily Malone Reply:

The commute is obviously much harder on Casey than on me, although I definitely wish that time spent on the bus was spent at home instead. We have a lot of fun during the day!

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Sara Reply:

Oh yeah, nobody wants a 90 minute commute. That is crazy! Have you guys considered going back to being a 2 car family? Or would it still be a long commute regardless?

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NElly     at 4:54 pm

THIS sounds like my day! Except I teach fitness classes at the YMCA downtown Raleigh, but I too have a crazy child! haha

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Andrea     at 4:54 pm

Wowza! I do not envy that commute! I used to commute from Federal Way to Bellevue, and I had to drive. The first Friday at that job it took me nearly 3 HOURS to get home! Luckily I had the option to work later and I did the remainder of the time there. Right now we are still contemplating where we will move (gotta sell our house first). DH works in Auburn and we want to move further south to Puyallup or possibly to Orting…(they have houses with yards)lol He can also flex his schedule to beat the rush, thank goodness. But oh man… It’s so neat to watch Cullen grow up… <3

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Emily Malone Reply:

Oh man I can’t even imagine Federal Way to Bellevue. Sounds brutal!

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Alexis Reply:

Sorry to hijack this a bit, but my husband is getting moved to Ft. Lewis and I’ve been starting my job search. A lot of the jobs I’m most interested in are in downtown Seattle, and I have looked at Auburn and Kent areas as a possible in between location for us. Is this doable or just plain crazy? Does having the train make it better?
I do have job opportunities in Tacoma and Olympia as well, just not jobs I would totally love. I currently have a hell-ish commute (also 90 mins, to go 19 miles!) so the logical part of me says to only look close to Ft. Lewis, but I thought it was worth asking when I saw someone with experience in those areas:)

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Katie Reply:

Hmm, I am assuming your husband is military. Mine is as well, but he is at the Navy base in Everett, while I work on the Eastside. While we would have loved to actually live in Seattle, we chose the “halfway in between” solution like you are dicussing. It works out well! His commute to work is only a half hour, and he is going the opposite way of the traffic, but we are still close enought to Seattle that we can still go in and do the fun stuff.

Traffic in general in Seattle is bad – worse than So Cal in my opinion. It’s a big city, but there aren’t enough freeway options to accomodate.

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Alexis Reply:

Yep, he’s Army. We’re in Hawaii now and it’s regularly ranked the worst traffic in the country (which I found hard to believe, since I’m from DC, but they’re oh so right!), so I’m hoping that it can only get better from here haha. I’m glad to hear that you find it to be not too terrible for an every day commute. We have considered also just living in Seattle (West) since he’d have a reverse commute, but we’ve heard that the reverse commute idea doesn’t always work, esp since he’d have to go through Tacoma.

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Lauren Reply:

My husband is military, stationed at the Coast Guard base in Seattle. We bought in Auburn (acreage, veggie garden going, chickens and ducks for eggs, come on!) two years ago now. His commute is about 45 minutes.

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Laura     at 4:58 pm

Out of all the toys in Cullen’s playroom, which one or two does he like best? Our daughter just turned one, and we’re trying to figure out what toys are best going forward.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Well, this changes from week to week of course. :) But current favorites are PUZZLES and shape sorters.

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nicole     at 5:10 pm

It is very interesting to read the day in the life of another mommy! I am so amazed how you have managed to do TWO loads of laundry before noon! :) I am also amazed that you do not eat dinner until after 7!!!! Great post. Love it, and love your photos!

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Emily Malone Reply:

It helps that our laundry room is right next to the bedrooms – makes it so easy to just throw a load in whenever I walk past!

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Andrea     at 5:15 pm

This was a neat look into your life! Sounds exhausting!

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Emily     at 5:24 pm

I love these posts! It is so true how “regimented” in some ways our days as SAHM/WAHMs are – once something is done it’s time to start something else on schedule each day. I do know one thing, being pregnant with #2 makes every day infinitely more exhausting! :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

I can imagine!

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Ella     at 5:31 pm

Who do you know on survivor?! How exciting! I hope it’s not Shamar :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Haha, no – glad he is gone! Reynold is actually the brother of a good friend. So fun to watch!

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Ali Reply:

So funny! I went to high school with Reynold! Does it annoy you that he says he’s from California when he’s a Cincinnati boy? hahaha

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yes, totally! :)

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Shelby Reply:

We love survivor! I grew up just about 10 minutes from where Andrea did in farm-town WI and was friends with her cousin in high school.

Also, I agree with you on the idea of putting off blow-drying hair for as long as possible. Urgh – it’s like the worst part of showering for me!

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Aimee     at 5:41 pm

You guys probably want closer to the city for more than just the commute, but have you thought about getting a second car (again)? It wouldn’t eliminate having to commute, obviously, but it has to be faster than that bus ride– insane! I know Kirkland is $$$ but Seattle is $$$$$! This kind of makes me happy to live in Bellingham where my commute from one end of town to the other is just 15 mins!

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Emily Malone Reply:

We’re not actively looking into moving – just talking. :) The second car would be more $$ plus $$$$$$$ for downtown parking, plus we really don’t want another one. But yes, it’s definitely an option. Some days are better than others on the commute – this one was particularly traffic-heavy and rainy. Worst case scenario!

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morgan     at 5:45 pm

Random question, but where did you get your couch? It looks so comfy!

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Emily Malone Reply:

It is the Lounge couch from Crate & Barrel and we LOVE it. Most comfy couch ever.

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Sarah     at 5:48 pm

While our days aren’t quite so full, I hear you on being exhausted! I wish I could convince myself to get up early and get ready, but my 11 month old still isn’t sleeping through the night. I think once he’s walking, we’ll be out and about a lot more. Can’t wait for summer and playground time.

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Emily Malone Reply:

I didn’t start getting up before him until he’d been sleeping “late” for a month or two. It then dawned on me that I could get some extra time in in the mornings for work if I got up early! Also – once he dropped the morning nap, I had no time to shower or get ready anymore!

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Jan     at 5:51 pm

You’re so fortunate that you can be home all day with your little one. So many of us leave at 7 am to work a full day at the office.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Absolutely! Hope I didn’t somehow seem ungrateful. It is busy chaos that I absolutely love.

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Ashley     at 5:57 pm

You are a busy lady, but what mom isn’t?? I am a teacher and work outside of the home so my day is go, go, go all the time to!

Cullen is precious!

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Kristen @ Change of Pace     at 6:17 pm

What is with that 4-bedtime lull? It’s the hardest part of the day for me. I’m a stay at home mom of two. My kids are wound tight and I’m so tired! Loved this post. It really is fun seeing what someone else’s day looks like!

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Simply Life     at 6:27 pm

fun post to read! Cullen is adorable!

it’s amazing what a difference a commute makes in the day- hope his commute gets better!

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Ally     at 6:55 pm

Love that belly! Precious.

Your schedule makes me grateful for my husband’s flexible work schedule…those last hours of my son’s waketime can feel soooo long compared to earlier times of the day.

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Emily     at 7:13 pm

Cullen is the cutest!
Loved this post!

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Tara     at 7:18 pm

Cullen is definetly one of the cutest blogger babies! I had to nanny one if my kids for 14 hours last week (instead of my usual 8) and it was just so draining, I can’t believe doing it everyday! It might sound easy to stay with your child, but they demand so much mentally. Mad props!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Aw, thanks!

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Jacquelynn     at 7:58 pm

My brother and sister-in-law live in Cincy (she is from there) and they also know the guy on Survivor… She went to school with him :) Small world! (I am assuming it is the same guy on survivor that you both know… I can’t remember his name).

Have a wonderful evening!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yep, same guy! In Cincinnati, everyone knows everyone. It’s ridiculous. :)

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Jacquelynn Reply:

By the way, after all of your raving about the barre classes, I took one in Columbus… Love it! I told my sister-in-law that when I am down in Cincy to visit, I am taking her to the studio there.

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)     at 8:26 pm

Love reading these types of posts–they’re always very fascinating. And I feel for Casey with that commute, ouch. I get annoyed after 30 minutes tops.

Cullen is adorable, as always!

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Elisabeth     at 9:03 pm

I definitely feel you guys on the long commute! I live in Ohio & drive an hour each way to work in Toledo (and I work 10 hour shifts on 3rd). It makes for a long day… I hope to move out of Ohio & work within 30 minutes of home ;)

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Anne     at 9:25 pm

So fun to hear about a day in your life. It’s great that you have such a productive routine- you get so much done in one day! That commute sounds like one I had when I first started my job in the bay area- and ultimately it’s what made me move closer to work- now it’s hard to believe that I had spent so much time on the road. Seattle is such a beautiful city, but I’m sure wherever you ultimately choose, you’ll find a great community of people to surround yourself with.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yeah if we were to move again, the main motivation would be to get closer to Casey’s job! Life is too short to spend that much time on a bus.

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Madiella     at 10:03 pm

Hi Emily,
I have a son just a few months younger than Cullen, and was wondering how you transitioned him to using blankets in his crib? We have been using sleep sacks, but my son is outgrowing them and I’m afraid he’ll toss off the blanket and get cold at night! Do you heat Cullen’s room to keep him warm? Thanks for any tips – it has been surprisingly hard for me to figure this out!

I really like these day in the life posts, and Cullen is adorable!!

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Emily Malone Reply:

He always liked having the blankets up by his face when he slept on me or in a carrier, so probably around 8-9 months or so I just started putting them in there with him. I knew he wasn’t going to suffocate – he was very strong and able by then. He never did sleep sacks though. I don’t actually put the blanket over him, it’s just for him to snuggle with and hold. We have a space heater in his room to keep it toasty and comfortable.

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Emily @ Life on Food     at 3:40 am

Such a busy day. I hope when I have kids I can have similar ones :)

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Christine     at 3:44 am

Between the early mornings and husband working late our days are crazy! Thanks for making it all feel normal :)

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luv what you do     at 5:19 am

What a great post! I love your humor, honesty, and energy (even when you have to dig deep)! You do such a wonderful job seeking out the family balance. Thanks for sharing!

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Erin K.     at 5:21 am

i know this crazy schedule all too well emily. especially the early leaving/late to return husband. not easy with a little one. it looks like you are doing just fine, but hang in there and enjoy those holidays and weekends!! off topic–where are your skinnies from? are they hemmed? i too am vertically challenged at 5’2 and am always looking ;).

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Emily Malone Reply:

Old Navy and not hemmed! I feel your pain at 5’3”. :)

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Kath     at 5:30 am

Loved the post!

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Kim     at 5:44 am

Hi Em! Love reading your posts. Have to know…who do you know on Survivor?? I think of you when I watch it. And I love Cullen’s belly!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Reynold! His bio says he’s from San Fan, but he’s actually FROM Cincinnati. Went to Princeton HS! :) He’s one of our good friend’s brother. Great season so far! How do you feel about the favorites?? Brandon is a psycho.

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Shelby Reply:

The preview for next week of Brandon dumping the rice has me sooooo excited. He has got to go, what a nut job!?!

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Mary H. Reply:

Oh my gosh! Can’t believe you know Reynold! He is the cutest :)

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Marty     at 5:46 am

Nice post Emily.

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padma     at 5:58 am

Mom’s are superheroes! So much passion, and enthusiasm all day long to keep the little one’s happy. I work at a camp, but after the weekend, I want to sleep forever. Keep up the excellent work Emily! :)

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Gisela     at 6:21 am

lol! “and an even bigger poop.”

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Veggie V @ Veggie V's Vegan Adventure     at 6:55 am

Holy exhaustion! I’m tired just reading that! Makes spending the day at work not seem so bad ;-)

Can Casey at least get work done on the train? That might be a nice trade off – not work at home. Heck, I’d take a nap during the morning commute!

We don’t have public transit here; I drive an hour one way to one of my jobs. It does get old :-(

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yeah he has a hotspot so he can connect to email and such on his tablet, so that helps.

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Brittany     at 7:01 am

I can not believe Cullen is already 16 months old! I have been reading your blog since 2009, and I was just thinkig the other day how weird it was to feel like an observer watching your life from the other side of the country. I don’t know how to explain it really. I was talking to my friend about one of your delicious recipes I tried to recreate, and was telling her “Oh my gosh Emily is just so intelligent and her son is adorable and her whole life is just awesome”, and my friend gave me a look as though I was some total creep stalker person who has been keeping track of your life for the past few years. It didn’t seem weird to me at all (following your blog) but the more I thought about it, the more I realized how odd some of us readers might seem to those who do not regularly follow blogs. Sorry, total random thought/story. I love your blog and you constantly inspire me! Cheers!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Ha! I have people tell me they have been reading for a long time, and they often ask if that feels creepy. Honestly, it’s just really flattering and not creepy at all. Also, I’ve been READING blogs for years too, so I totally understand the feeling! Thanks so much for reading all this time, and for following our story. :)

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Gabrielle Reply:

Hah, Brittany, I mention Emily and Cullen in conversation with friends too, and I do get odd looks. Doesn’t everyone read blogs? :)

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Shelby Reply:

My husband thinks I’m crazy when I mention bloggers in normal conversations as if I actually know them, but, it feels like I do! haha

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Laura-Ashley Reply:

My boyfriend thinks the same thing whenever I mention this or that “girl from a blog”. haha!

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Shannan     at 8:37 am

Oh, girl! Just reading about your day makes me tired. How do people do it?! :)

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Gabrielle     at 8:41 am

I hope it makes you feel better to note that I don’t think you look tired at all! But reading about your day makes ME tired!

Cullen’s belly… just curious, is it gas? With the beans and such, lots of fiber, just wondering. He’s a cutie no matter what.

Also wondering which person on “Survivor” you know. Hmmmmmmm… :)

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Kris     at 8:47 am

Your top is so cute! Where did you get it from?

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Jola     at 8:47 am

Cullen is so cute in his wet t-shirt ! It makes me think of summer and water fights :D

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Catherine     at 9:09 am

I love these types of posts! My daughter turns 9 months old this weekend, and my 2nd child is due October 23. So she will be 16 months old when the new baby is born. I look at all the toddler energy Cullen appears to have, and now I’m a bit scared! I wonder if I’m insane for having another one so soon. Can you imagine yourself with a newborn right now, as well? LIE TO ME. lol

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Katie     at 9:27 am

I feel for Casey – any commute to the Eastside from Seattle is ROUGH. When my husband was at Microsoft we lived in Redmond, and I commuted to Children’s from there – it was terrible! Now we live in Bothell/Mill Creek, and the commute is a million times better :) Kirkland does have it’s perks though – totally beautiful!

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Claire     at 11:00 am

Random question, but do you feed your dogs 3X a day? My vet told me that 2X a day is best but, like you, we get an early start in our house which means my dog often goes 12 or more hours between breakfast and dinner…it makes me feel bad, especially because it’s clear he’s starving by dinner time. Just wondering if your vet gave you advice different from mine? And how much do you feed them at lunch – same as dinner and breakfast?

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Lauren     at 12:40 pm

This was fun to read! Although kids are a few years away for us, I should have my husband read this. Our plan is for him to stay at home with kiddos and I think this would be a good mental picture for him of that reality! :) Thanks for all your posts, I love reading your blog!

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Michelle (The Runner's Plate)     at 6:25 pm

I love posts like this! I can’t wait to be a SAHM–posts like this make me very excited!

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Beth     at 6:40 am

Love reading these updates. We’re at almost 11 months, so it’s fun to see a sneak peak. I also appreciate hearing about food choices and games/toys, etc.

You look great and are doing such a wonderful job, Emily! Such long, fun, exhausting rewarding mama days.

ps. where is your diaper bag from? sorry to hound you. :-)

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sarah crosby     at 11:03 am

I love hearing your daily routine. I have a 16 mo old also and it is so fun to see what other moms out there are doing every day too!

Also, I saw you knew Reynold’s brother. My husband who HATES tv in general is finally getting on board with Survivor. He was getting fired up when he thought Reynold was going to go home. (super rare for him) i am sure it’s intensified when you have a connection to them!

Keep up the great work! Cullen seems so happy and is just adorable!

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Jess @ Hello Garlic     at 11:09 am

I am JEALOUS of how great of a napper Cullen is! My little girl is one (tomorrow!) and I’m extremely lucky for her to take an hour nap. It’s usually more like 5-20 minutes. :/

Thank you for this blog post! it was a fun read to see how other mama’s break up their days. And moving, again? Oh my goodness. That should be a fun upcoming read as well!

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Michelle@Peachy Palate     at 11:34 am

That is one jam packed today! As always one of the few blogs I tend to read every word and LOVE all the photos so don’t apologise!

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Lauren     at 9:19 pm

Thanks so much for posting these! I’ve been following your blog for awhile (my little guy is 13 months) and stuff like this is so helpful for the moms that are behind you.

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Cailin     at 5:30 am

I have been reading your blog since I only had one child (2009)and now I have three girls unde age 5. So reading your day with the 16 month old felt familiar. Exhausting! Those napping hours are precious, but it’s not like we get to relax! Also, why is it that the hardest hours seem to be between 4 and when daddy gets home? It’s meltdown time in my house and usually I am nursing the baby when the older two suddenly are not getting along. When dad gets home, having an extra hand is so nice. Like you, I am always asleep 10 minutes into our show watching- so I laughed at the last line. Thanks for sharing! he is so cute- love the belly!

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Lucy's Life     at 8:51 am

Gosh – I feel for you, what a busy day! Not surprised bed-time is 9pm when you get up so early!

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Dawn     at 9:17 am

I don’t have children (only 2 dogs) and don’t plan on having any, but I always find your posts interesting. I started reading for the food and fitness ideas, I guess, but I’m also fascinated at how you balance everything else in your life. You work so hard to be healthy and happy yourself, as well as providing so much support and structure to your family. I’m also amazed at how much quality writing you churn out. I wonder if you’ve written about staying motivated to write? I wouldn’t mind hearing more about that…and do you have long-term writing goals (eg, a book?)? Thanks for sharing your family — that takes courage and tons of time and energy!

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Sarah @ Kids Heart Real Food     at 6:37 pm

So, so, so cute! And very familiar sounding – it’s amazing how FULL the day can be with a toddler. You are very lucky that Cullen plays in his crib for a while after waking up…Tyson always wakes up screaming for some reason, so when it’s earlier than usual there is no warning!

I’m also jealous of the 2-3 hour naps. Sighhhh! Every baby is different I guess!

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Ginna     at 10:14 pm

Wow this post is exhausting lol! I don’t know how u do it! I am impressed u manage to get dressed! I still feel like we do spend a lot of days at home. Did u find u had more freedom to be out and about when he weaned and went down to one nap?

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yes, definitely. LOVE having only one nap now!

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Arati     at 12:19 am

Hi Emily, I recently came across your blog while looking for recipes and have been a regular reader ever since. I live in India with my husband and 3 year old daughter. I made a resolution to cook 200 new recipes in 2013. That is how I came across your post. pretty soon I also plan to start running and compete in a mini marathon in our city. Love reading your blog!

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Emily Malone Reply:

So happy you are here! Welcome! :)

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Babs     at 3:10 am

You accomplish so much during the day. It’s very inspiring that you actually get dressed and get out into it with Cullen. I’m sure it isn’t easy. Cullen is a very lucky boy with an adorable belly.

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Hanna     at 6:09 am

I really enjoyed reading this post. It sounds like you are very on top of your day and schedule. I must admit that I’m a little jealous because I try to be more organized and “on top” of everything but it’s hard! I’m more of a “go with the flow” type of person but wish I weren’t. Also, I’m impressed at how you just put Cullen in his crib and he goes right to sleep! He’s such a cute little guy :)

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Maria     at 8:24 am

I’ve debated for while whether or not to comment because it can be a very personal and sensitive subject. I first want to express that I think you are an awesome Mom and put so much effort into taking care of Cullen. So here it goes…I’ve noticed Cullen’s distended stomach in photos and you have mentioned it a couple times, including in this post. I couldn’t help but think that it may be due to his high intake of starches and carbs from grains and maybe low protein. I’ve come across some articles that state children under 18 months haven’t developed the specific enzymes to digest grains, especially wheat. If they eat them too early it can wreak havoc on their digestive organs causing inflammation (bloated belly) and damage to their gut. I hope you don’t feel I am being judgmental or accusing you of anything, I just wanted to share this information with you because I know you care so much about the health of you and your family.I really love reading your blog and think you do such a great writer.

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Maria Reply:

job writing*

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Emily Malone Reply:

I appreciate your comment. Since you asked, I’ll go into a bit more detail that I wouldn’t likely talk about otherwise. Cullen is a very “regular” pooper – very healthy digestive system. He essentially eats all day, and poops all night. So by bedtime, he has a GIANT belly full of all his food from the day. At night, he does a massive poop and wakes up with a perfectly flat belly again. I’m not concerned at all. He’s not “distended” beyond his belly being filled with food. And we also don’t really eat a diet high in grains. The only real grains he has are toast, maybe every other day? He gets a lot of fat and protein (beans, lentils, field roast, tofu, yogurt), so I feel his diet is very well balanced. Glad you enjoy the blog! :)

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Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie     at 8:44 am

What a fun post! Thanks for sharing. I’m so sorry Casey has been having such a long commute. That’s no fun.

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Courtney @ Star Systemz     at 8:17 am

This post was awesome! I plan on having a family next year so this post really showed me what its like. Your son is so cute especially his belly photo ahhh!!! Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your life :) love + shine Courtstar

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Carina     at 7:53 am

Hi Emily, I have a daughter same age as Cullen and I have followed both of your blogs 7 weeks and 5 month. Just the last view days I was wondering what kids in the age of 16 month do. So, I was hoping that you had a post about your progress and how you spend the day. It is great to see that you posted a new day in the life. Just want to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog and its a big help to see how other newly moms manage their days.

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