A couple of years back, I shared a glimpse into a day in my life. Things have changed a lot since then (I was still a few weeks away from giving birth to Sloan!) and after we received requests for an updated version, I thought I'd share what this past Thursday looked like, starting with an early morning with Luna. Enjoy!
Thursday, June 1st
6:00 a.m. - I've always been an early riser, which has helped enormously in making the transition to motherhood a little easier. Even though Sloan stays in her crib until around 7 a.m., she'll often start bellowing out our names around 6 a.m. She doesn't actually want us to come in (and if we do, she'll often send us out since she wants to lie down and chat "on the phone"), but I like to be up and ready just in case. I splash water on my face, apply serum, lotion, and sunscreen, brush my teeth and oftentimes climb back in bed with G. I quickly scroll through my emails, answer a few comments, and reply to texts my friends sent me the night before, after I'd fallen asleep (I can't even blame motherhood on this one, I've always been an old lady when it comes to bed).
7:00 a.m. - My favorite two moments of the day are centered around Sloan in her room (seeing her first thing in the morning, and then when I put her to bed at night). She's always so happy to see me when I walk in and say, "Good morning, Sunshine!" - something my mom started saying to her. Sloan and I chat briefly and I change her out of her pajamas and into her clothes. Some mornings she'll wake up and rush towards the kitchen for breakfast, and other times she wants to quietly read by herself. Since we read the same stories repeatedly, she knows each one by heart and I love hearing her recite them back to me.
7:15 a.m. - Sloan's current diet isn't all that impressive - she eats very bland foods and is not very willing to try new things. Breakfast is her most diverse meal of the day and so I'll usually offer her a few options (toddlers love making decisions on their own). Most days she chooses waffles with yogurt, a smoothie, a bowl of Cheerios, a scrambled egg with ketchup, an English Muffin with butter (the other morning she suggested just butter without the bread, which was disturbing), or cottage cheese with fruit. While she's eating, I usually make coffee (our favorite beans are from Heart Roasters), but since this morning we're shooting an Instagram Live at 9 a.m., I don't get around to it.
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - G and I alternate days in which we watch Sloan in the mornings and at night, so we can have time to ourselves to either go to the gym (him) or stay in bed reading (me). This is my morning with Sloan, so for the next hour until our nanny arrives, we cook in her kitchen, read more books, play with her Duplo blocks , and assess her sticker collection.
8:30 a.m. - I throw my hair in a shower cap and take a two minute shower. I only have 15 minutes to get ready before our shoot, so I put on my make-up quickly: a little tinted moisturizer, some concealer under my eyes and around my nose. I curl my lashes and apply mascara, and use dot illuminator on my cheek bones. I forget to put on lipstick before the video, so I look a little corpse-like, but I rarely get ready without forgetting at least one thing.
9:00 a.m. - On mornings when we're heading into the office (which is usually three or four days a week), I'll eat a toasted English Muffin with peanut butter and honey while responding to emails. But since G and I are filming an Instagram Live all about weddings, we grab a seat on the couch and get started. We receive so many great questions and it's fun talking about everything from the planning process to how we got engaged. The time passes so quickly that I barely realize that we've been speaking for 45 minutes and have to wrap things up before my next appointment.
10:00 a.m. - I grab a Kind Bar and rush out of the house to make it to my therapy appointment on time. It's one of those things that I used to not prioritize, since I'm always balancing so much, but it helps make me the best version of myself. I discuss different things each week and even though some sessions are difficult or emotional, I always walk out of my therapist's office feeling positive and inspired.
11:15 a.m. - I swing by Go Get Em Tiger for a Flat White for myself and an iced coffee for G.
11:30 a.m. - Once I get back home, I have a few minutes to answer some emails and shoot that day's 'Weekday Wardrobe.' I grab a handful of nuts and head out the door to get to my next meeting.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - I meet with Lisa Kline, the buyer for our e-commerce shop. We're doing a "style out," where she lays out a wide variety of products and brands for me to consider for the shop. I pick two great summer hats, a cute straw bag, dainty fine jewelry from some of my favorite designers, and finalize some of the items we'll be carrying for our holiday gift guides. The process of stocking the store is never ending, but one of the most exciting parts of this new business.
2:00 p.m. - I have a scheduled call with our PR team at 2 p.m. and since my last meeting ran a bit late, I take it in one of our partners' conference rooms. It's around this time, as we're discussing a summertime event that includes food, that I realize I've hardly had anything to eat. Enter the hangry phase.
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - After making a few phone calls on the way back home, I rush through the door and beeline for the kitchen. Since we didn't do a great job of meal planning this past weekend, we don't have a lot in the fridge. I settle on some questionably old hummus, tabouleh, and a stale pita, and grab a seat on the couch. It's the first time all day when I'm not running to my next appointment and spend the next two and a half hours writing blog posts, approving copy for newsletters, answering emails, and finalizing our editorial calendar for the next few months. I'm able to get a decent amount of work done, though I'm always much more productive at my desk in our office.
5:30 p.m. - Our nanny leaves for the day, at which point I close my computer (even though I'm nowhere near being finished with my to-do list) and make Sloan dinner. She has beans and rice, a quesadilla, and then some cottage cheese with fruit for dessert. Usually while I give Sloan her food, G makes dinner, but since we have leftovers from the night before, we're eating those after she's gone to bed.
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. - Once Sloan has finished dinner, she insists on listening to the 'Moana' soundtrack on repeat. We have a family dance party (and I snap a picture and tearfully post it to Instagram), though I definitely feel like the third wheel since she's going through such an intense daddy phase.
6:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - By the time we finish, she's starting to wind down, so G takes her to the bathroom to start her bath. Some nights she's all about the bubbles and bath crayons, and other times, it's a struggle (mainly because she knows her bed time is right around the corner). Tonight she happily trots after him and comes back in her robe to give me a kiss goodnight.
7:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - Sloan often has a request for which parent she wants to put her to bed (tonight it's G). He reads her a few books, sings her his go-to lullabies (we both end on 'You Can Close Your Eyes,' but his rendition of U2's 'Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' is beyond sweet), and then puts her to sleep. Meanwhile, I clean up after her. One of my mom friends and I joke that most of our time is spent tidying up. I wash her dishes, put away all of her toys so that once G and I are on our own, we're not surrounded by stuffed animals and fake food.
7:15 p.m. - Whether or not I've put Sloan to sleep, I immediately head into our room to change my clothes and wash my face. I used to wait until I was exhausted later in the evening, but would rarely get around to doing my whole skincare routine. Now I go in, put on loungewear, wash my face, apply serum, night cream, and eye cream and head back out to join G.
7:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. - We heat up spaghetti bolognese from the night before and head to the couch to chat for a few minutes. Because we spend so much time together (both at work and home), there's not a whole lot to catch up on, but it's nice to spend time as husband and wife. We turn on the NBA finals game, though I'm not terribly invested in either team. I typically don't work into the night, but I have an post that is due the next morning, so I work on that while watching the game.
9:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - We get into bed and both read a bit before falling asleep. I'm currently reading Paula Hawkins' new book, Into The Water, which is intriguing, though I'm not yet convinced I like the multitude of characters and timelines. I only get through a few pages before I start drifting off and put my iPad down as Luna makes her way over and cuddles up onto my legs.