Things I’m Loving Lately #14

Happy Saturday!

What a whirlwind of a week it was for us. Cullen got his first ear infection Tuesday afternoon, so we spent almost every day of the week inside resting and trying to get better. I finally took him into the doctor on Friday because he still wasn’t getting better. We got some antibiotics, and I think we are already on the mend.

But let’s get started with some things I am loving right now. I’ve got a couple of new outfits to share, yummy snacks, recipes that you are going to love, a new favorite Beautycounter product, and a podcast that you need to check out!

I am loving this skirt and sweater turtleneck combination lately. I didn’t think I was into turtlenecks, but I actually really like this one. The sweater is a thin, merino wool material, and the skirt is also made from wool. Right now the skirt is on sale, and the sweater is less than $35.

sweater | skirt | shoes (similar) | earrings

If you have not checked out I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein podcast, do it now! I love these casual, fun, and informative interviews Lindsey does. I have especially enjoyed her interview with Allie Kieffer and Molly Ludlow.

Three recipes you need to make. The first two recipes are not mine, but I can’t recommend them all enough.

Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry – So quick and easy!

Brown Rice with Peas and Cilantro – I served this alongside seared salmon, which was phenomenal.

I also made my Stacked Veggie Enchiladas this week again. They are just too good and make great leftovers.

I got an order from Beautycounter on Monday, and I’ve already tried everything! I am especially loving the Cleansing Balm. I’ve heard so many good things about it and finally purchase my own. I love using it at night to take off all my makeup and it leaves my skin feeling really soft and hydrated! Check out my Facebook group Beautycounter – The Runner’s Plate to see a video of some other new products I recently got. Request to join, and I’ll happily add you.

I am still loving my RX Bars–especially the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor. They are great in a pinch and have very minimal ingredients. (The downside is the sugar content.)

This has easily become my new mom look: a chambray button-up shirt that makes me look more put-together + the most comfortable jeans ever (I am not even exaggerating!) + cozy boots.

shirt | jeans | boots

I really do prefer to make my own granola, but this week was crazy and other things such as coaching sessions and Cullen being sick took up my time, so I opted to buy this bag of granola at the store today. I love the chunks of granola and the ancient grains in it, plus the flavor is really good.

For Christmas I got two essential oil diffusers, and I have been using them non-stop this past week. To be completely honest, the jury is still out on how effective the oils are, but they do make our bedrooms smell nice.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, gift your loved ones some safer skincare items such as this all-natural deodorant, a paraben-free primer, nail polish that is free of 10 harsh chemicals, and some of my favorite Beautycounter products.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m almost to 60 miles for the week, which makes me pretty happy since it is winter and running that kind of mileage in the winter is a lot harder than in the summer.

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Things I’m Loving Lately #14

Happy Saturday!

What a whirlwind of a week it was for us. Cullen got his first ear infection Tuesday afternoon, so we spent almost every day of the week inside resting and trying to get better. I finally took him into the doctor on Friday because he still wasn’t getting better. We got some antibiotics, and I think we are already on the mend.

But let’s get started with some things I am loving right now. I’ve got a couple of new outfits to share, yummy snacks, recipes that you are going to love, a new favorite Beautycounter product, and a podcast that you need to check out!

I am loving this skirt and sweater turtleneck combination lately. I didn’t think I was into turtlenecks, but I actually really like this one. The sweater is a thin, merino wool material, and the skirt is also made from wool. Right now the skirt is on sale, and the sweater is less than $35.

sweater | skirt | shoes (similar) | earrings

If you have not checked out I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein podcast, do it now! I love these casual, fun, and informative interviews Lindsey does. I have especially enjoyed her interview with Allie Kieffer and Molly Ludlow.

Three recipes you need to make. The first two recipes are not mine, but I can’t recommend them all enough.

Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry – So quick and easy!

Brown Rice with Peas and Cilantro – I served this alongside seared salmon, which was phenomenal.

I also made my Stacked Veggie Enchiladas this week again. They are just too good and make great leftovers.

I got an order from Beautycounter on Monday, and I’ve already tried everything! I am especially loving the Cleansing Balm. I’ve heard so many good things about it and finally purchase my own. I love using it at night to take off all my makeup and it leaves my skin feeling really soft and hydrated! Check out my Facebook group Beautycounter – The Runner’s Plate to see a video of some other new products I recently got. Request to join, and I’ll happily add you.

I am still loving my RX Bars–especially the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor. They are great in a pinch and have very minimal ingredients. (The downside is the sugar content.)

This has easily become my new mom look: a chambray button-up shirt that makes me look more put-together + the most comfortable jeans ever (I am not even exaggerating!) + cozy boots.

shirt | jeans | boots

I really do prefer to make my own granola, but this week was crazy and other things such as coaching sessions and Cullen being sick took up my time, so I opted to buy this bag of granola at the store today. I love the chunks of granola and the ancient grains in it, plus the flavor is really good.

For Christmas I got two essential oil diffusers, and I have been using them non-stop this past week. To be completely honest, the jury is still out on how effective the oils are, but they do make our bedrooms smell nice.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, gift your loved ones some safer skincare items such as this all-natural deodorant, a paraben-free primer, nail polish that is free of 10 harsh chemicals, and some of my favorite Beautycounter products.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m almost to 60 miles for the week, which makes me pretty happy since it is winter and running that kind of mileage in the winter is a lot harder than in the summer.

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Things I’m Loving Lately #14

Happy Saturday!

What a whirlwind of a week it was for us. Cullen got his first ear infection Tuesday afternoon, so we spent almost every day of the week inside resting and trying to get better. I finally took him into the doctor on Friday because he still wasn’t getting better. We got some antibiotics, and I think we are already on the mend.

But let’s get started with some things I am loving right now. I’ve got a couple of new outfits to share, yummy snacks, recipes that you are going to love, a new favorite Beautycounter product, and a podcast that you need to check out!

I am loving this skirt and sweater turtleneck combination lately. I didn’t think I was into turtlenecks, but I actually really like this one. The sweater is a thin, merino wool material, and the skirt is also made from wool. Right now the skirt is on sale, and the sweater is less than $35.

sweater | skirt | shoes (similar) | earrings

If you have not checked out I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein podcast, do it now! I love these casual, fun, and informative interviews Lindsey does. I have especially enjoyed her interview with Allie Kieffer and Molly Ludlow.

Three recipes you need to make. The first two recipes are not mine, but I can’t recommend them all enough.

Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry – So quick and easy!

Brown Rice with Peas and Cilantro – I served this alongside seared salmon, which was phenomenal.

I also made my Stacked Veggie Enchiladas this week again. They are just too good and make great leftovers.

I got an order from Beautycounter on Monday, and I’ve already tried everything! I am especially loving the Cleansing Balm. I’ve heard so many good things about it and finally purchase my own. I love using it at night to take off all my makeup and it leaves my skin feeling really soft and hydrated! Check out my Facebook group Beautycounter – The Runner’s Plate to see a video of some other new products I recently got. Request to join, and I’ll happily add you.

I am still loving my RX Bars–especially the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor. They are great in a pinch and have very minimal ingredients. (The downside is the sugar content.)

This has easily become my new mom look: a chambray button-up shirt that makes me look more put-together + the most comfortable jeans ever (I am not even exaggerating!) + cozy boots.

shirt | jeans | boots

I really do prefer to make my own granola, but this week was crazy and other things such as coaching sessions and Cullen being sick took up my time, so I opted to buy this bag of granola at the store today. I love the chunks of granola and the ancient grains in it, plus the flavor is really good.

For Christmas I got two essential oil diffusers, and I have been using them non-stop this past week. To be completely honest, the jury is still out on how effective the oils are, but they do make our bedrooms smell nice.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, gift your loved ones some safer skincare items such as this all-natural deodorant, a paraben-free primer, nail polish that is free of 10 harsh chemicals, and some of my favorite Beautycounter products.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m almost to 60 miles for the week, which makes me pretty happy since it is winter and running that kind of mileage in the winter is a lot harder than in the summer.

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Things I’m Loving Lately #14

Happy Saturday!

What a whirlwind of a week it was for us. Cullen got his first ear infection Tuesday afternoon, so we spent almost every day of the week inside resting and trying to get better. I finally took him into the doctor on Friday because he still wasn’t getting better. We got some antibiotics, and I think we are already on the mend.

But let’s get started with some things I am loving right now. I’ve got a couple of new outfits to share, yummy snacks, recipes that you are going to love, a new favorite Beautycounter product, and a podcast that you need to check out!

I am loving this skirt and sweater turtleneck combination lately. I didn’t think I was into turtlenecks, but I actually really like this one. The sweater is a thin, merino wool material, and the skirt is also made from wool. Right now the skirt is on sale, and the sweater is less than $35.

sweater | skirt | shoes (similar) | earrings

If you have not checked out I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein podcast, do it now! I love these casual, fun, and informative interviews Lindsey does. I have especially enjoyed her interview with Allie Kieffer and Molly Ludlow.

Three recipes you need to make. The first two recipes are not mine, but I can’t recommend them all enough.

Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry – So quick and easy!

Brown Rice with Peas and Cilantro – I served this alongside seared salmon, which was phenomenal.

I also made my Stacked Veggie Enchiladas this week again. They are just too good and make great leftovers.

I got an order from Beautycounter on Monday, and I’ve already tried everything! I am especially loving the Cleansing Balm. I’ve heard so many good things about it and finally purchase my own. I love using it at night to take off all my makeup and it leaves my skin feeling really soft and hydrated! Check out my Facebook group Beautycounter – The Runner’s Plate to see a video of some other new products I recently got. Request to join, and I’ll happily add you.

I am still loving my RX Bars–especially the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor. They are great in a pinch and have very minimal ingredients. (The downside is the sugar content.)

This has easily become my new mom look: a chambray button-up shirt that makes me look more put-together + the most comfortable jeans ever (I am not even exaggerating!) + cozy boots.

shirt | jeans | boots

I really do prefer to make my own granola, but this week was crazy and other things such as coaching sessions and Cullen being sick took up my time, so I opted to buy this bag of granola at the store today. I love the chunks of granola and the ancient grains in it, plus the flavor is really good.

For Christmas I got two essential oil diffusers, and I have been using them non-stop this past week. To be completely honest, the jury is still out on how effective the oils are, but they do make our bedrooms smell nice.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, gift your loved ones some safer skincare items such as this all-natural deodorant, a paraben-free primer, nail polish that is free of 10 harsh chemicals, and some of my favorite Beautycounter products.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m almost to 60 miles for the week, which makes me pretty happy since it is winter and running that kind of mileage in the winter is a lot harder than in the summer.

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Things I’m Loving Lately #14

Happy Saturday!

What a whirlwind of a week it was for us. Cullen got his first ear infection Tuesday afternoon, so we spent almost every day of the week inside resting and trying to get better. I finally took him into the doctor on Friday because he still wasn’t getting better. We got some antibiotics, and I think we are already on the mend.

But let’s get started with some things I am loving right now. I’ve got a couple of new outfits to share, yummy snacks, recipes that you are going to love, a new favorite Beautycounter product, and a podcast that you need to check out!

I am loving this skirt and sweater turtleneck combination lately. I didn’t think I was into turtlenecks, but I actually really like this one. The sweater is a thin, merino wool material, and the skirt is also made from wool. Right now the skirt is on sale, and the sweater is less than $35.

sweater | skirt | shoes (similar) | earrings

If you have not checked out I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein podcast, do it now! I love these casual, fun, and informative interviews Lindsey does. I have especially enjoyed her interview with Allie Kieffer and Molly Ludlow.

Three recipes you need to make. The first two recipes are not mine, but I can’t recommend them all enough.

Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry – So quick and easy!

Brown Rice with Peas and Cilantro – I served this alongside seared salmon, which was phenomenal.

I also made my Stacked Veggie Enchiladas this week again. They are just too good and make great leftovers.

I got an order from Beautycounter on Monday, and I’ve already tried everything! I am especially loving the Cleansing Balm. I’ve heard so many good things about it and finally purchase my own. I love using it at night to take off all my makeup and it leaves my skin feeling really soft and hydrated! Check out my Facebook group Beautycounter – The Runner’s Plate to see a video of some other new products I recently got. Request to join, and I’ll happily add you.

I am still loving my RX Bars–especially the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor. They are great in a pinch and have very minimal ingredients. (The downside is the sugar content.)

This has easily become my new mom look: a chambray button-up shirt that makes me look more put-together + the most comfortable jeans ever (I am not even exaggerating!) + cozy boots.

shirt | jeans | boots

I really do prefer to make my own granola, but this week was crazy and other things such as coaching sessions and Cullen being sick took up my time, so I opted to buy this bag of granola at the store today. I love the chunks of granola and the ancient grains in it, plus the flavor is really good.

For Christmas I got two essential oil diffusers, and I have been using them non-stop this past week. To be completely honest, the jury is still out on how effective the oils are, but they do make our bedrooms smell nice.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, gift your loved ones some safer skincare items such as this all-natural deodorant, a paraben-free primer, nail polish that is free of 10 harsh chemicals, and some of my favorite Beautycounter products.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m almost to 60 miles for the week, which makes me pretty happy since it is winter and running that kind of mileage in the winter is a lot harder than in the summer.

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Stacked Veggie Enchiladas

It was another cold day here in Anchorage with temps in the teens. Luckily the sun is shining though, and I can tell it is rising earlier in the morning and setting later in the day. I think we’ve gained about 100 minutes of daylight since solstice in December. I’ll take it!

I have a really delicious recipe that I have been making on a regular basis for months now. I am not one to make a recipe over-and-over again unless it really blows me away. These Stacked Veggie Enchiladas are not only delicious, but they are really easy to throw together and you can sub out so many different veggies for them. I have to give my friend, Whitney, credit for this super easy recipe, however. She made them when I was over at her house, so most of the recipe is hers.

In this particular batch I used onions, zucchini, mushrooms, peppers, and spinach, but you could easily swap in or out those items for some yellow squash, kale, broccoli, throw in some olives, or even add chicken if you wanted some additional protein.

It takes some time to chop the vegetables, but after that everything is a breeze. You’ll want to saute all of the veggies in a pan on the stove top for several minutes to cook everything through.

While that is cooking, get the rest of the items together: corn tortillas, enchilada sauce, refried black beans, and a can of black beans. I’m not that picky about the brand of the items except for the refried black beans; I highly recommend using the Amy’s Refried Black Beans.

Once the veggies are done sauteing, the stacking begins. Start by spreading about 1/4 of the can of enchilada sauce at the bottom of your 9 x 13 inch pan. Then place two corn tortillas on top and add another good dousing of enchilada sauce on top of that.

Make sure to spread the enchilada sauce over everything, so the corn tortillas are covered with sauce and don’t dry out. You’ll then dump half of the vegetable mixture on top followed by two more corn tortillas and more enchilada sauce.

Next will be the refried beans, which were kind of hard to spread out–I had to use my fingers to spread everything out. Finally, the remaining veggies will go on top, followed by the last two corn tortillas, the reamining enchilada sauce, the can of black beans, and finally some cheese.

You’ll want to baked covered for 30 minutes with some foil, and then uncovered for 15 minutes to melt that cheese.

Stacked Veggie Enchiladas

Servers: 6-8

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

2 small zucchini, chopped

5 oz. mushrooms (about 2+ cups), cut into quarters or eighths

2 large handfuls of spinach

15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

15 oz can refried black beans

19 oz red enchilada sauce

6 corn tortillas

1.5 cups shredded cheese

sour cream and cilantro for serving

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350*F.

2. Heat oil in large saucepan on the stove top. Saute onion for a couple of minutes, and then add peppers and zucchini. After those have sauteed for a couple of minutes, then add mushrooms, and finally the spinach until it wilts.

3. In a large 9 x 13 inch baking pan, spread 1/4 can enchilada sauce on the bottom. Top with 2 corn tortillas.

4. Spread 1/4 can enchilada sauce on top of the corn tortillas and then top with half of the veggie mixture.

5. Place 2 corn tortillas on top of the veggies along with 1/4 can of the enchilada sauce.

6. Spread refried black beans on top of this layer and spread the remaining vegetables over everything.

7. Place the last 2 corn tortillas on, along with the rest of the enchilada sauce, black beans, and finally the cheese.

8. Bake for 30 minutes covered. Then uncover and bake for 15 more minutes or until cheese is melted.

 

PR Coaching Athlete: Evie

I’ve got another athlete to introduce to you guys. This is Evie, and she is quickly becoming quite the speed daemon! She recently cut a minute off her half marathon PR running a 1:36:32 after we had only been working together for three months. She going to be running the Wisconsin Marathon in May, and we’re going for a sub-3:30 marathon and try to qualify for Boston. I think she is going to dominate it in a few months!

Tell us a little about yourself: family, work, where you’ve lived, etc.

I’ve lived in the Midwest my whole life. I was born near Chicago and moved to Wisconsin when I was 6 and have lived in southeastern WI since. I own a house with my fiancee and two dogs. I’m an RN in an emergency department and my fiancee works for a pharmaceutical company.
How did you get into running?

In elementary school and part of middle school I HATED running. I was one of those who dreaded the day in gym where we had to run the mile and would try to get away with walking most of it. I was a competitive figure skater in elementary and middle school and by middle school must have obtained some endurance from skating because by the 8th grade running didn’t feel so horrible anymore and my gym teacher told me I should run cross country in HS. I loved cross country and ending up quitting skating and ran cross country and track all through high school. I had planned to run competitively in college but that fell through for various reasons. I stopped running for awhile and ran my first HM in 2012 and starting running more “seriously” a few years after that.
What motivates you in your running?

PR Coaching Athlete: Evie

I’ve got another athlete to introduce to you guys. This is Evie, and she is quickly becoming quite the speed daemon! She recently cut a minute off her half marathon PR running a 1:36:32 after we had only been working together for three months. She going to be running the Wisconsin Marathon in May, and we’re going for a sub-3:30 marathon and try to qualify for Boston. I think she is going to dominate it in a few months!

Tell us a little about yourself: family, work, where you’ve lived, etc.

I’ve lived in the Midwest my whole life. I was born near Chicago and moved to Wisconsin when I was 6 and have lived in southeastern WI since. I own a house with my fiancee and two dogs. I’m an RN in an emergency department and my fiancee works for a pharmaceutical company.
How did you get into running?

In elementary school and part of middle school I HATED running. I was one of those who dreaded the day in gym where we had to run the mile and would try to get away with walking most of it. I was a competitive figure skater in elementary and middle school and by middle school must have obtained some endurance from skating because by the 8th grade running didn’t feel so horrible anymore and my gym teacher told me I should run cross country in HS. I loved cross country and ending up quitting skating and ran cross country and track all through high school. I had planned to run competitively in college but that fell through for various reasons. I stopped running for awhile and ran my first HM in 2012 and starting running more “seriously” a few years after that.
What motivates you in your running?

A Day in the Life – 3 Years 3 Months

It’s been a while since I’ve recapped one of our days. The last time I did a ‘day in the life’ post was when Cullen was 2 years 10 months old, which was back in August. Cullen is now 3 years 3 months old, and while much of our schedule has remained the same, he continues to change in many ways. One thing that still remains constant is how much he dislikes sleeping (which we’ve battled since the day he was born). He sleeps through the night on a pretty regular basis (hallelujah!), but man does he procrastinate on going to bed.

I was hoping to have this blog post up much sooner, but things are BUSY these days. I’ve added a couple new athletes, and I am now coaching the a couple of training groups through the store, so life is full–but good!

Tuesday January 23, 2018

5:15 a.m. My alarm goes off. I get up and get ready to go running.

5:45 a.m. I leave the house and run to The Dome, which is our indoor 400 meter track. It collapsed last year around this time with all the snow we had, and we really missed it, so it is nice to have it back again. I ran 1.5 miles to The Dome, so I do a couple more laps for a 2 mile warm-up before starting some drills, stretches, and striders before my workout.

6:20 a.m. I do my workout of 12 x 200 meter intervals. I had no time expectations going into this workout, but I do remember that at my peak, I was just under 40 seconds for each one. I surprise myself by hitting some pretty even splits – :40, :41, :38, :37, :38, :38, :37, :38, :38, :38, :37, :36

7:30 a.m. After a few cool-down laps, I get dressed to run back home. I tack on a little bit more distance to make it an even 9 miles for the day. I was hoping to run 10 miles, but it was getting late, and I was tired of running through the freshly fallen snow.

8:00 a.m. I arrive back home. Cullen is already up, so I’m guessing he woke up at his normal time of 7:30/8:00 a.m. Craig heads off to work.

8:15 a.m. I make myself a breakfast of sprouted grain English muffin with an egg and avocado on top. I also have a protein smoothie and some nuts. I’m hungry after that workout! Cullen has some cereal, several cutie oranges, and yogurt.

9:00 a.m. After cleaning up the kitchen, I take a shower and get ready to go to the gym.

9:30 a.m. I pick up the bedrooms and get Cullen ready, which takes a lot of convincing to get him changed out of his pajamas and into regular clothes. One of my least favorite things about this stage is how long it takes him to do things because either he doesn’t want to do them (change his clothes), or he has to do them himself. It is hard to get him to understand that things need to be done in a timely manner.

10:10 a.m. We are finally ready and drive to the gym.

10:20 a.m. I drop Cullen off at the child care at the gym. I lift weights, do a lot of stretching, and core work. I have my typical weight lifts I usually do, but today I try to mix it up and do things I haven’t done in a while: hamstring curls with the exercise ball, use the TRX straps for an incline row, heavier squats, and single-leg deadlifts on the Bosu ball.

12:15 a.m. We arrive back home from the gym, and I get lunch together for the two of us.

12:40 a.m. For Cullen I put together a plate of cucumbers, olives, corn chips, and an apple. My lunch includes a turkey burger, spinach salad, and I have some other random things that went unpictured (crackers + goat cheese and chips + guacamole).

1:00 p.m. I do a little computer work while Cullen watches Paw Patrol.

1:30 p.m. I attempt to give Cullen some quiet time. To be honest, I’ve gotten out of the habit of giving him quiet time most days, as I find our day flows a little better if we run our errands or get outside the house in the afternoon instead of rushing to get out in the morning and rushing to get back for lunch and quiet time. Cullen gave up naps a long time ago, so I know he won’t fall asleep, and since he’s so good at independent play, I often don’t feel like I need a break. I do lay down with him today though because I am tired! Of course he doesn’t fall asleep.

2:00 p.m. We get up and play with his fishing game for a bit, and I help him put a puzzle together.

2:30 p.m. Cullen continues to play by himself, while I prep food that we are going to bring to a friend who just had a baby.

3:15 p.m. We head to my friend’s house to deliver the meal to them. We talk about our labor and delivery stories (naturally) and catch up on life.

5:00 p.m. Cullen and I head back home.

5:15 p.m. We arrive home, and I grab a quick bite to eat before coaching.

5:40 p.m. I head back to The Dome (This time I drive.) to coach the evening Raven Run Club training group. Cullen hangs out with Craig at home.

6:00 p.m. Coach the Raven Run Club training group.

7:30 p.m. I drive back home, and straighten up the house because it blew up over the last 24 hours.

8:00 p.m. I get Cullen ready for bed: pajamas on, brush teeth, and then read a couple of books.

8:30 p.m. I say good night and walk out of his room. I finish cleaning up the house because it is still a disaster and wash way too many dishes.

9:00 p.m. Cullen still isn’t sleeping, so I go and check on him. He now says his “belly is mushy” and he needs some food. I remind him that we ate dinner, and that was his opportunity to eat. I offer him is sippy cup of water and leave his room.

9:30 p.m. Once again Cullen still isn’t sleeping, and he has gotten off his bed and brought a few toys onto his bed to play with. I put all of his toys back in his toy basket, which results in a lot of “no’s” and “I just have to do something.” I am about ready to leave his room when he tells me he has a poopy diaper. (This is a regular nightly occurrence.) I change his diaper, and I know he will fall asleep now.

10:00 p.m. I get ready for bed, and then it’s lights out for me!

Things Cullen likes:

  • being outdoors
  • doing things himself
  • talking
  • going for stroller runs
  • eating
  • watching things on the iPad or TV
  • playing with his toys

 

Things Cullen dislikes:

  • going to bed
  • having his hair washed
  • having me help him with things
  • transitions
  • changing out of his pajamas

Other notables:

  • Cullen is really good at independent play these days.
  • Cullen now initiates going to the bathroom himself. It has been a few weeks since he had a potty accident. I still ask him often if he has to go, but for the most part he remembers himself. I potty-trained him about a year ago, but we had a lot of accidents between then and now.
  • He still wears a diaper at night, and I know I need to cut him off the beverages at night before that changes.

Thing that are difficult about this age for me:

  • The fact it takes him a long time to do certain things: get changed, get ready for bed, transitions aren’t always smooth.
  • When something upsets him it is the.end.of.the.world! He goes from happy to crying in two seconds.

I’m hopeful (and think) these are things that just come with the territory of being three. I know every stage has their own struggles, and I know I could be battling so many worse things, so while I lose my patience from time to time, it helps that he is now sleeping through the night (which wasn’t the case for a couple of years), and this means I am more well-rested and better able to deal with the roller-coaster of emotions.

Other “A Day in the Life” posts I’ve written:

2 years 10 months

2 years 5 months

Almost 2 Years Old

18 Months

16 Months

14 Months

12 Months

11 Months

10 Months

9 Months

8 Months

7 Months

6 Months

5 Months

4 Months

12 Weeks

4 Weeks