If you follow me on insta (@alysemb), you’ve probably seen that we’ve been spending quite a bit of this summer in Tahoe. It’s our way of escaping the Texas humidity—we Californians are just not cut out for that kind of heat—and also getting to spend some time much, much closer to family and friends.
My husband and I are so, so fortunate that we can both work remotely and swing our Escape-From-Austin-in-August plan. And we’ve done our best to make sure that our summer takes full advantage of all the beautiful nature around us.
Here’s what a day in the life typically looks like:
5:30am-ish: Mackenzie wakes up for the day. I hit the baby version of snooze (give her one of the many toys floating around our bed) and let her talk to it as long as possible while I resist actually waking up. I surreptitiously check my email on my phone and respond to anything that came in overnight.
6am: Playtime! She chews on various things, such as a sweat pink trucker hat, or one of her books. I down coffee, water, and sneak a few bites of breakfast.
Once I’m a functional human, I put her in her carrier so we can do dishes or laundry, and take a walk down to the lake so she can talk to the waves and the trees.
7:30am: on a good day, it’s nap time.
On a normal day, she’s convinced that only babies need to nap, and she is definitely NOT a baby. We keep playing.
8am-1pm: Mac hangs out with the babysitter and I power through work, with intermittent nursing breaks.
1pm: Gather up ALL the things you need to leave the house with a baby. Restock the diaper bag. Change her diaper and clothes. Stagger out to the car with baby items dangling precipitously from every part of my body, only to realize my keys are nowhere to be found.
1:30pm: Successfully in the car! Nathan, Mac, and I head out for a hike or other outdoor activity. While Nathan drives, I alternate between entertaining the baby and secretly answering emails on my phone.
We aim for at least one new spot a week, and rotate in our favorites on other days. That’s one silver lining to being dog-free right now: there is a whole new world of dog-unfriendly trails to explore.
Mac loves hiking in the ergo, most days. She gets a ton of attention on the trail, and she loves talking to the trees. It’s the most reliable way to get her to take a nap, too!
It’s so dry up here that I drink a ridiculous amount of water every time we so much as step out the door. Hydration is my constant goal.
4:30pm: Back home, dusty and thirsty and hot. I convince Nathan to hang out with the baby so I can jump in the lake.
It’s like an instant refresh button. Oh, and more hydration.
Hydrate hydrate hydrate!
5:30pm: (Because, yes, life after baby is not so different from life as a senior citizen.): Attempt to eat dinner.
That means one of us shovels food in our mouth while the other distracts the baby, and then we trade places.
5:35pm: Family playtime. We all hang out on the floor for some tummy time and book reading (aka book chewing).
Nathan and I alternate being engaged with Mac and getting some work done.
6:45pm: the beginning of bedtime. Mac starts cluster feeding, fussing, feeding, squawking, feeding, fussing… until ….
8pm: She’s asleep!!
8pm-8:23pm: I crack open the computer and hustle to get back to work.
8:23pm: Just as soon as I’ve gotten my teeth into whatever project I’m working on, she’s up and its time to feed her again.
8:40pm: back to work.
9:30pm: Fussy baby = more nursing.
11pm: to bed I go.
1am: Mac’s midnight snack.
1:30-530am: bleary blur of half-sleeping, fussing, feeding.
… and then we begin all over again!
Other than the lack of quality sleep, our lifestyle this summer has felt really healthy and balanced. I love getting outside every day with our family, and I am convinced the exposure to nature and people is helping Mac’s brain develop in healthy ways and setting a good example for a lifetime of healthy habits. (Right? Right.) The only thing that’s missing is a dog (hint, hint, husband).
I’ve also been laser focused on hydrating this summer. Between Tahoe’s extremely dry air, the high altitude, and round-the-clock breastfeeding, I’m perpetually parched.
This post is sponsored by Gerolsteiner Mineral Water. I so appreciate the brands who support the #sweatpink community, and as always, all opinions are my own.