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WIAW: A Day in the Life, Part 2

by Courtney on January 29, 2014

Alright, my friends. Today’s post is a lengthy one! So rather than start off with the small talk, let’s just get right to it.

I was planning on doing a bit of a “Day in the Life” post again like I did a couple of months ago, but I also wanted to do a WIAW. SO…I combined ‘em both and today we have a ‘Day in the Life’ + a What I Ate Tuesday. Heeeeeere we go!…


5:30am – Alarm goes off…hit the snooze. Duh.

6:00am – Alarm is going off again. Shoot…did I really hit the snooze button that many times?? Get out of bed, shower, makeup, get dressed, and all that jazz.

7:00am – Jay gets Lucas out of bed and ready for the day. Five minutes later, I nurse him and we play for a little while on the bed.

7:20am – I head out to the kitchen to pack up bottles, lunch, and pump parts. While I’m out there I spot the one remaining corn muffin so I cut it in half and snack on one. Partly because I’m hungry…but mostly because I freakin’ love corn muffins and just want some.


7:25am – I snack on my corn muffin while I mix up my morning smoothie and Jay gets Lucas in his car seat and ready to go.

7:35am – We’re out the door! A little late, but we made it.

7:50am – Drop Lucas off at Erika’s house. He was pretty chatty this morning, but in a good way.

8:05am – Arrive at work. Once I get to my desk I log in, do a quick glance over of emails, take care of an urgent ticket request, then head to the kitchen to make my coffee.


8:15am – Back at my desk after some small chat with a couple co-workers in the café. I get to work and sip on my smoothie for today which is a delicious one! Frozen banana, blueberries, vanilla protein powder, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and loads and loads of spinach.


10:15am – Time to pump for the first time today. Oh, such fun.

10:35am – Back at my desk after prepping an envelope of oatmeal (maple brown sugar, ohh myyyy, so yummy!) with a scoop of vanilla almond butter.


11:00am – Time for my weekly meeting that I run. One of the guys wound up bringing in quesadillas and nacho chips with guacamole and queso dip (yeah, we have some awesome snacks at these meetings!). I snack on a couple chips with queso, but I was still sort of in oatmeal mode.

12:30pm – Quick trip out to Target on my lunch hour! Gotta grab a few essentials and a birthday present for a 1 year old birthday party we have on Saturday.

1:15pm – Back at work and I’m starving! Time for some lunch.


Today’s lunch is a salad (leftovers from Sunday) with some added dried cranberries, avocado, and deli chicken. It tasted soooooo good.

2:10pm – Time for pumping session #2. I scroll through my Instagram feed and shoot a few texts off to various pals. to pass the time.

2:30pm – Shoot! Forgot I have a conference call. I quickly wrap up my pumping session and head to the conference room. Thankfully, the customer is not as angry as I was anticipating and we wrap up fairly quick.

2:45pm – Back at my desk and in need of a snack. A co-worker friend dropped off a homemade treat for me today, which is some sort of yummy oatmeal, banana, chocolate chip cookie with (from what she tells me) no added sugar or butter. Deee-lish!


3:30pm – Done with work for the day! I tie up any loose ends and then I’m out the door to go pick up Lucas.

3:45pm – Pick Lucas up from Erika’s house. He’s awake when I arrive and greets me at the door with tons of smiles. My heart melts immediately. We talk a bit about his day (his naps were a bit off and he wound up taking all three of his bottles…I only pumped twice. Figures. I definitely don’t feel like pumping again!), then head back home.

4:10pm – Lucas is showing he’s sleepy so I keep him right in his car seat, give him his paci, bring him in his room, turn on his sound machine, and let him fall asleep. He does. Wahoo! I take a bag of breastmilk out of the freezer for Lucas tomorrow (I really don’t feel like pumping again today!) and wind up grabbing a couple energy bites out of the fridge and snack on those.

4:20pm – Change out of work clothes and into workout clothes…time for some T25 today, baby! Today’s video is ‘Speed 1.0’ and I am a sweaty beast by the time I’m done. But it feels goooood.

5:00pm – Jay arrives home…with a surprise! Roses!


It was a special surprise for me for birthday week and I am once again reminded of just how lucky I am to have this man in my life.

5:15pm – Lucas is still sleeping but I don’t want him napping the evening away so we wake him up. Once he finally comes to, he’s excited to see daddy is home and we all hang out for a while in the living room.

lucaslucas and daddy

And yes, he managed to get that sock up there all on his own.

5:45pm – Dinner time for everyone! Lucas gets pears tonight while Jay and I enjoy some Crockpot Lasagna Soup. I follow the recipe almost exactly, only adding in about half a container of ricotta cheese at the end of cooking (as per Chelsey’s recommendation – thanks lady!).

crockpot lasagna soup

6:05pm – Our schedule is a bit off from usual, but Jay and I had plans to take Lucas’s 6 month photos, so we go for it, despite the fact that Lucas seems semi cranky. Boy oh boy, it’s getting harder and harder to take these photos with him…we can’t keep him in one place!


Luckily, we manage to snap a few good ones…


And now I just need to work on getting his 6 month post written up. Winking smile We play for a little while longer in the living room.

7:00pm – Little mister is turning into quite the cranky pants…it’s time to get ready for bed. Jay gives him his sponge bath and gets him in his PJ’s while I quickly puree some butternut squash that I had cooked up Sunday evening. Gotta get that done before he’s asleep since that blender is LOUD.

7:19pm – I nurse Lucas, we read a story, and I put him down in his crib, awake. While I’m nursing Lucas, Jay takes care of cleaning and sterilizing the bottles and pump parts and getting his new bottles ready for tomorrow.

7:26pm – Lucas is asleep…no cries at all tonight(!!). <—I’ll talk more about our sleep progress in his 6 month post.


7:30pm – I quickly run out to Price Chopper to get a refund on some chicken we were totally overcharged for. I get my $13 refund (woot woot!), grab a few items, and head back home.

8:10pm – Back home. End up eating the other remaining half of that corn muffin from this morning while I get my lunch put together for the next day.

8:25pm – Collapse on the couch and start looking through the photos we took earlier of Lucas and begin writing this post while we catch up on our DVR’d episodes of HIMYM and Mike & Molly.

8:50pm – I’m hungry. And I want something sweet, so I scoop out a small dish of ice cream (cookie dough from Stewart’s…yum!).


I also wind up stealing a few generous bites of leftover cake from Sunday, too. It takes all of my willpower to not shovel the entire thing in my face. Then, five minutes later, I’m on sugar overload. Story of my life these days. Whoops.

9:45pm – Time to get ready for bed. I. Am. Pooped. Wash my face, brush my teeth, and head to bed.

10:00pm – Lights out…time to sleep!

Whew…that was a lengthy one. Thanks for stickin’ around if you’re still reading. Winking smile

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1 Claire @ Flake and Cake January 29, 2014 at 6:06 am

Phew what a busy day Courtney! Lots of yummy food though and so sweet to receive flowers for your efforts! That cookie dough ice cream looks divine!
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2 Linz @ Itz Linz January 29, 2014 at 6:21 am

favorite part? that cookie and bowl of ice cream! hehe
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3 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:19 am

hehe, mine too ;)


4 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl January 29, 2014 at 6:36 am

Day in the life posts are so fun to read, especially one from a new mama. It’s been awhile for me, so it’s fun to reminisce on the pumping and business of tending to a baby. ;) Little man’s 6 month pictures are beyond adorable!
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5 Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork January 29, 2014 at 7:17 am

Thanks so much for sharing! I love these “day in the life” type posts, especially from parents. I wonder how we’ll manage when we’re parents and even though it sounds tiring, our days are similar to yours, so adding in a child will be crazy, but work out just fine. :-) It wasn’t a long post at all. You had me interested the entire time!
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6 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves January 29, 2014 at 7:17 am

Oh man, Courtney! That is one jam-packed day for sure. I was inspired by your day in the life posts to make one of my own for this WIAW ;)
I love corn muffins too, so those would not last long in my house.
I hope you have a wonderful day!
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7 Madison January 29, 2014 at 7:35 am

WHOA…you wore me out just reading it. You are SUPER mom and inspiring!
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8 Andrea @ Pencils and pancakes January 29, 2014 at 7:41 am

Wow…that makes my day look like a cake walk
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9 Brynn January 29, 2014 at 7:54 am

You have a busy, busy day! I love how you make good use of your time by running to Target on lunch, workouts as soon as you get home, knock out errands all at once. Finding pockets of time in the day helps to get everything done. I’d say that is one successful day!
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10 Danica @ It's Progression January 29, 2014 at 8:13 am

These ‘day in the life’ posts are always a lot of fun to read!
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11 Karen January 29, 2014 at 8:21 am

Hey would you mind doing a review of the T25 workouts? I’ve done Insanity and enjoyed it/saw results but with a baby hanging around time is precious so I’m wondering how these new workouts are? I’d like something quick and effective! Also, Stewarts ice cream is the BEST!


12 Katie January 30, 2014 at 7:26 am

I agree! A T25 review would be awesome!! After reading this post last night, and lurking the T25 website and infomercials for several weeks, I finally bought it, but would still love to hear a review! :)


13 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:02 am

I’ll have to see what I can put together! I haven’t been doing it consistently really, so if/when I do, I think I’ll have a better gauge of the program. :)


14 Lauren @ Confessions of a First Time Mom January 29, 2014 at 8:43 am

Is it weird that even though I’m a working mom of an 18 month old (your son was born on my daughter’s birthday!), and my day is similar/just as hectic (minus the pumping, good lord I don’t miss that), that reading your post exhausted me? You are one hardworking lady! Kudos to you for balancing it all.
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15 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:18 am

Haha, I know I definitely will NOT miss the pumping either once I’m done! ;)


16 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles January 29, 2014 at 8:50 am

I love seeing these ‘behind-the-scenes’ sort of posts. It’s fun to see what bloggers’ lives are really like! You definitely do keep busy.
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17 Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine January 29, 2014 at 8:58 am

Wow! What a busy day! Jay is so sweet for bringing the roses. happy, happy six months Lucas! And happy birthday week! :)


18 Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie January 29, 2014 at 8:59 am

That looks like a busy day! I got exhausted just reading it. I’m always so impressed by working moms who manage to go non-stop. Y’all are superwomen!
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19 Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne January 29, 2014 at 9:03 am

What a day! I will always have major props to working moms, they have such busy lives!
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20 Stacey M. January 29, 2014 at 9:07 am

Wow, what a busy day … I’m preparing myself for days like that now so that in a couple years when I have a baby of my own I’ll be ready to rock n’ roll!

Just have to mention that I LOVE what you guys did with Lucas’s room. It looks so awesome in there … hard to believe what it used to look like! I’m going to have to keep some of your ideas in mind for the future.


21 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

Thanks Stacey! It’s still a work in progress (we have one naked wall that I can’t figure out how to decorate, haha) but I’m really happy with it :)


22 Shel@PeachyPalate January 29, 2014 at 9:07 am

Jam packed day!!! God he’s gotten so big!!! He has such deep brown saucers for eyes!!! So cute!!! Happy 6 months!
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23 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 29, 2014 at 9:09 am

Corn muffins – YUM!! :)
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24 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 29, 2014 at 9:12 am

I love reading these posts!! Sounds like you were one busy mama! I can’t believe Lucas is already 6 months old!
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25 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 29, 2014 at 9:13 am

So fun to see what your day is like – thanks for sharing with us! I’m going to check out that Crock Pot Lasagna Soup!
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26 Kate January 29, 2014 at 9:43 am

Wow what a whirlwind of a day! Seriously how fast is time going, your little guy is getting so big. But so cute!
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27 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength January 29, 2014 at 9:55 am

Love these posts and it’s so awesome writing them because then you can look back and remember what your days were like too! :)
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28 FitBritt@MyOwnBalance January 29, 2014 at 10:01 am

Phew! You are one busy lady! I don’t know how you cram it all in. Jay seems like such a big help with Lucas and he is so sweet bringing you flowers! :)
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29 Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life January 29, 2014 at 10:18 am

Phew! Just reading that makes me tired. I can’t believe you go through something similar to that 5 days of the week! I’m impressed :) All your food looks/sounds amazing as well!
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30 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons January 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

Holy cow I need that sleep progress post! Chelsey had me order this book… ahh the title escapes me and the snow totally delayed its arrival and I’m so excited to hopefully have some sort of solution with Mia! I’ll have to pick your brain later if you have time! Happy WIAW!!! Oh — and eff pumping! ;) haha I am dealying mine right now as we speak. I don’t wanna!
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31 Courtney January 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

Haha, Chelsey probably told you to order The Sleepeasy Solution…because she told me the same thing! We used that as our guide with Lucas and it has seriously changed bedtime for the better!! I think you’ll be happy once it finally arrives…feel free to email me anytime you wanna chat about the babes ;-)


32 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat January 29, 2014 at 10:22 am

Wow, what a crazy busy day! At least you ended it all with that cookie dough ice cream! Yum!
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33 Jessica January 29, 2014 at 10:38 am

That face! Lucas is just adorable :)


34 Samantha January 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

I love day in the life posts, I’m so nosy. I did one of my own the other day! Lucas is getting so big… adorable!


35 Ali January 29, 2014 at 11:04 am

That’s a busy day! I really want to do the T25. Do you like it?


36 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:16 am

I love it!! Since I’m super pressed for time, I need something that’s quick and effective. It’s unreal how sweaty I am by the time I finish, and I feel like I’ve really accomplished so much by the time I’m done – plus the 25 minutes goes by SO fast!!


37 Ashlee@HisnHers January 29, 2014 at 11:10 am

What a sweet hubby! Roses are always a nice surprise. You did great with Lucas’ pictures. He looks adorable!


38 Jamie @ Dishing Out Health January 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

That ice-cream looks like heaven. As does the oatmeal. I have yet to eat a bowl of oatmeal with almond butter that I didn’t love.

I can’t believe how big Lucas is getting!! Cuter by the month! :)
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39 Caitlin January 29, 2014 at 11:27 am

I always enjoy the day in the life style posts from my fave bloggers and love that you added a WIAW component to it. Corn muffins are seriously the freaking best and your post just gave me a craving for ice cream, but also a craving for deli chicken, I haven’t had it in so long! I have a salad packed for lunch today too :) Keep the Lucas pics comin!
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40 Tracey January 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

Can u give a recipe for the smoothie? What type of blender do u use? The to-go cup looks cool too. Where did u get that? Love your blog. Very thankful.


41 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:15 am

I use a BlendTec blender (got it for xmas and LOVE it!!). The cup is from GNC, which I think the company sent to me a while back. For this particular smoothie, I used:
-1 frozen banana
-1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-about 1/2 cup blueberries
-1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
-2 big handfuls of spinach
-a few ice cubes and a little extra water to get everything moving

Hope that helps! :)


42 Alexis @ funrunning4life January 29, 2014 at 11:36 am

He is just getting cuter by the day! Love your WIAW posts. I feel like you’re actually posting what you ate on a random day, which isn’t always the vibe I get from others. I had the same sugar experience last night…meant to have a small treat, couldn’t stop myself, and I’m still feeling the sugar hangover :) Somehow, ice cream always seems worth it!
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43 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:14 am

Hahaha oh girl, I hear ya. I just can’t stay away from that ice cream ;)


44 Jenn@Mark My Mile! January 29, 2014 at 11:38 am

Oh my gosh…our lives are almost identical…but I guess most new moms will say the same!
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45 Becky@TheSavedRunner January 29, 2014 at 11:40 am

You had a delicious day of eats! I might have to have that crock pot lasagna meal for dinner one day next week!


46 Jenny January 29, 2014 at 11:55 am

absolutely LOVE that picture of Lucas!!! And I just pinned that lasagna soup recipe. thanks!
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47 Sara January 29, 2014 at 12:03 pm

I love these posts. Our night time routine is almost the same as yours. By the time we get bottles cleaned and lunches packed and everything ready for daycare I am pooped.


48 Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire January 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Lucas is just so cute! I always remember your birthday because it’s one day before me. Happy birthday week ( and almost birthday!)
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49 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:13 am

Aww, how fun!! Happy (one day early) Birthday to you!! :)


50 Tara@PNWRunner January 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Wow that is quite the day!! The picture of Lucas is precious! I cannot wait to see more in the 6 month post.
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51 Annette@FitnessPerks January 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm

He is such a cutie pie!

I too love these day in a life posts–just like I did mine last week, people love being nosy & getting a peek into the day. Love it!

And smoothies are the bomb!
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52 Marjorie January 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Happy WIAW! I love these day in the life posts. Lucas is adorable! I am glad I am not the only one who cuts something in half…only to eat the other half myself. But at least you made it all day. I usually eat both halves at the same time. :)
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53 Kaylie @ FitnessMovesYou January 29, 2014 at 2:38 pm

WOW! You have one crazy day! You’re an inspiration to working moms everywhere, I think, for being to productive!
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54 Melissa @ For Love and Travel January 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I really like when you do this…really puts your day out there. You are one busy Mama. Don’t know how you do it, but lots of power to you Sista!! :) You are one strong lady!!
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55 Shannyn January 29, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Your breakfast smoothie is identical to the one I had today, except swap the almond milk for greek yogurt – even in the same shaker bottle! Love following along on your blog – the Mr.’s fam is in Saratoga and your posts remind me of all the upstate NY goodness (Stewart’s! Price Chopper!). Happy hump day. =)


56 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:12 am

Aww, how fun!! Haha, thanks so much for following along :)


57 Dayna January 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Great post! I enjoy reading ‘a day in life’ of a new momma who works and is trying to stay fit. You are an inspiration and give hope for those who hope to become a mom soon. Not to mention – I also follow for the cute pictures of little Lucas! Look forward to reading more!
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58 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:12 am

Thanks, Dayna!


59 Ellie@Fit for the soul January 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

You must be exhausted girl, but great job at keeping all of that up! And omgnesss I cracked up at the picture of you in the room. :D That lasagna soup sounds and looks so amazing~I would have never thought of that combination!
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60 vanessa January 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm

i see that you eat healthy balance meals. my question for you is do you count calories at all, you seem not to worry if you eat something that is not that healthy.


61 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:12 am

I actually do not count calories. It’s something I’ve done in the past, but it was not healthy for me. Now I just try to eat healthy, balanced meals, with a few treats here and there!


62 Leigha @ Minougirl January 29, 2014 at 7:42 pm

I LOVE these posts! And okay, I am in love with your salad. Perfect! (and the oatmeal.. and the soup) :) such a busy day!!
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63 Jess @dearhealthyness January 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Busy day, but I’m sure time flies! I’ve tried banana + oatmeal cookies, but I’ve never incorporated chocolate chips, so why not? Woot, thanks for sharing!


64 melissa @fitnessnycblog January 29, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Wow, I don’t know how price chopper managed to rip you off so much! Congrats on the sleep progress!
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65 Lyric January 29, 2014 at 11:45 pm

13$!? That is like the equivalent of 2 containers of ice cream! Good thing you caught them and managed to get your money back to spend it on more important things (Like above mentioned ice cream) ;)
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66 Nala January 30, 2014 at 10:50 am

Wow! That was certainly a busy day, but you accomplished alot along with some yummy food on the side. I would so love to taste that cookie – banana and chocolate sounds heavenly right now!


67 sarah @makingitmyhome February 2, 2014 at 10:28 am

sounds like a busy day! I LOVE HIMYM-I just got into it last summer and am totally hooked
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