Writer and blogger Lauren Rebecca has been on my blog list for quite some time now. Lauren has a wonderful eclectic style, is a Mom to the most adorable baby girl Scarlett and bride-to-be. She writes the most engaging heartfelt posts that are always wonderful to read.
I knew she’d be a perfect candidate for one of our day in the Life posts so I quickly emailed her and she was immediately up for it.
Have fun and enjoy A Day in the Life of Lauren Hutchinson.
5:30am My eyes open to Ty standing above me. “Good-bye baby. Have a good day.” It’s time for him to leave. He kisses me as passionately as the first time he said good-bye to me. I love that about my fiancé. His heart is as fervent as mine. I hear him whisper good-bye to Scarlett, (our sleeping 18 month-old daughter) before he leaves. My eyes close….
7:30am I can here Scarlett playing quietly in her crib. I lay there, waking up in my bed, letting her little baby words entertain me. After a few minutes, I enter her room to greet her, “Good Morning Peanut. How did you sleep?” She stands up, a huge smile across her face. Without missing a beat she speaks, “Dadda?” And I explain, “Dadda’s at work.” We get up and lounge around in PJ’s. I grab some Coffee for me. She watches 3rd & Bird. I can never eat first thing in the morning. I have to wait a half hour or so. I have learned that Scarlett is like me in that way. She likes to wake up a bit first before eating, as well. I make french toast with blueberries for us to eat together.
9:00am Scarlett is dressed and playing in her room contently. I was blessed with an easy toddler. I am sitting in my gym clothes paying bills on the computer. I call Scarlett to come get her shoes on. She hesitates knowing that she’ll have to give up playtime to do this. In my best make believe little person voice, I call “Scarrrrrlett, where arrrre youuuuuu?” Every time, without fail, she comes running to see where her little person is. I playfully make her little person walk out from behind the couch cushion or bookcase. She grabs him with that golden, radiant smile across her face. Only then, she lets me put on her shoes.We head out to the gym.
9:45am I bring Scarlett to playgroup at the gym and I work out for about an hour. Upon picking her up, the teacher lets me know that she was a good girl. Of course, anything else would be unlike Scarlett. She hugs me tightly. We hold hands and walk out to the suv. On our way home, we drop off mail. Ty texts me good morning and gives me the U-Haul rates that he’s found. We are moving on December 1st and need to get all the details in order. We head to Scarlett’s playgroup. She is part of a toddler group that holds all sorts of fun activities: sprinkler time, playground, and dance & sing alongs. Today, we head to the park to play with her friends. This will let her explore & get her energy out.
12:30pm Scarlett is pulling on her highchair, saying and signing “Eat” in baby sign language. I hurry to make her tofu pup, noodles and broccoli. I put her in the chair, give her the food and watch her eat it up in a hurry. Then I’ll grab something to eat for myself and sit down with her. I have found that she eats a lot better when someone is eating with her.
1:30pm It’s quiet. I can only hear the sounds of the outdoors from the living-room window. Scarlett is napping. She recently cut down from two naps to one. This is the time when I can sit down and work on my book. I turn off my ringer, my tv and just focus on writing. Most days, she wakes up before I’m ready to stop writing. I sit on the couch with her and she cuddles me as she wakes. I read the new books to her. Scarlett runs off to pull out all the pots and pans or dump rice on the floor, while I call the Flooring company to make sure the date is booked to have our hardwood floors refinished at the new house.
4:00pm I slide dinner in the oven so that it is ready for when Ty gets home. The smell of stuffed green peppers consumes the kitchen. Somedays, Ty and I cook together, since he is the better cook. But today, he has boxing so I want to make sure he eats before he leaves. I used to be the worst cook ever but since becoming a SAHM, I’ve become quite savvy in the kitchen. A little practice works wonders. Ty walks in the door and Scarlett rushes to greet him, pressing her face against the baby gate. He says hello to her before kissing me and then putting away his brief case. He plays with Scarlett until dinner is on the table. While waiting for dinner to cook, I set the table and then hop on my laptop quickly to publish my latest blog post. We eat together as a family. No tv, no computers, no phones. Ty tells me about work and I tell him about Scarlett’s newest words.
5:30pm Ty changes and heads off to boxing. I get Scarlett in the car for Story time at the library. Once a month, Ty takes Scarlett to Storytime while I go to the spa for a facial. (I am extremely lucky to have a fiancé who wants me to have a little “me” time as well) My little book worm loves reading. I find her pretending to read throughout the day, turning one page at a time. She enjoys story time as much as the older kids.
7:00pm Scarlett is splashing and shrieking in the tub full of toys. I sit on the closed toilet seat with my laptop on the sink, writing some more. Finishing a chapter of my book or catching up on blog posts. When Scarlett is done, she lets me know by signing “all done” in baby sign language. (So glad I taught her this wonderful language). Shampoo, soap & bubbles to clean her up . I wrap her towel around her and hold her up to the mirror. “Who’s that baby in the mirror?” She giggles. I’ll dry and dress her just as Ty walks through the door. He showers while I unload the dishwasher and switch the laundry over.
8:15 pm Scarlett grabs her blankie, says, “Milk” and heads to her room. We know this means bedtime. I’ll get the milk and Ty follows her to her room to say prayers with her. We lay her down together and kiss our little girl goodnight. Then it’s time for me to shower. I’m more a night time bather. I come out to the living room to join Ty on the couch. I notice that the living room is all picked up and Scarlett’s toys are back in the toy bin. I thank Ty. Laying down with him, we watch a few shows together and fall asleep on the couch.
10:30pm I wake up to Roseanne on the tv and I watch the end of the episode before waking Ty up to come to bed with me. I take the laundry out of the dryer but decide to fold it in the morning. It is odd, but I actually love doing laundry. I wake Ty up one last time to drag him to bed with me. We climb into our incredibly cozy bed and cuddle up. “I love you babe.” Ty tells me. “I love you too baby.” I reply….we drift into slumber.