A day in the life

I read the news today, oh boy!

Just when you think you’ve got the whole parenting thing nailed, everything changes.

Every. Single. Time.

Our little monkey has been as good as gold. She’s been sleeping through the night ever since December 17th when Lucy and I went to see Star Wars: The last Jedi. Having watched it several times since I stand by my initial assessment, it’s a great fucking movie and the whole Snoke stuff is irrelevant!!

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a day in the life blog for a while, and now seems like as good a time as ever.

Woke up, fell out of bed

6AM – Give or take 20 minutes either way, this is the time I usually wake to the beautiful soft ‘Mama’ emanating from my daughters room. I immediately head straight downstairs to the kitchen, warm some full fat, organic cows milk up and return to find my little monkey, with the widest grin upon her face. Either she’s really happy to see me or she knows that it’s time for a hit of the good stuff!

Dragged a comb across my head

6.30 AM – Whilst L is getting ready for the day ahead and work, we head downstairs and have a little play. This can involve toys; stacking cups are a personal favourite right now, or books – Monkey loves books, as well as all the classics like taking all of her soft toys out of their bag, emptying all her toy fruit from the basket and then making me wear said basket as a hat. Top banter!!

Found my way downstairs and drank a cup

7.30 AM – L usually joins us around this time and we’ll have breakfast. If possible, I try to make food that we can all eat, so that Monkey becomes more familiar and feels more comfortable.

I drink coffee, L drinks green tea and Monkey drinks water.

Dave probably drinks Diet Coke for breakfast…

And looking up I noticed I was late

8.15 AM – Lucy goes to work. Once the living room is tidied a little, we read some books, play silly games; she really likes to see how many books we can balance on my head at the moment, our record is 9.

Found my coat and grabbed my hat

9 AM – Time to brush our teeth. We always do this together. L is the strongest advocate for oral hygiene that I have ever known. She has a cracking smile.

Made the bus in seconds flat

9.30 AM – This used to be the time that monkey would have her morning sleep, however we now go for a walk instead as we’re in the process of transitioning to 1 nap instead of 2. We’re lucky to live in a quaint seaside town so, once Monkey is adequately sun creamed up, we head out to take in some of that glorious seaside air. Maybe I’ll hatch an egg or 2 on Pokemon GO while I’m at it. Yes, I still regularly play Pokemon GO, come @ me brah!

Made my way upstairs and had a smoke

10.30 AM – This is where I’m at, I will be updating this when I know more. Right now we’re still getting used to the new routine so everything is a little up in the air. When she was napping at this point, I would take the opportunity to wash the dishes, get around to any chores I have, prepare some food for my girls for later and maybe find enough time to have a coffee and do a bit of writing.

And somebody spoke and I went into a dream

12.30 PM – Lunch time. I like to offer Monkey some food that she can feed herself with a fork or spoon. She counter argues that her hands work much better.

I read the news today, oh boy

1PM – Time for work. My work have actually been really understanding and allowed me much more flexible hours. For anybody who doesn’t know me, I’m the head chef at a charming little, traditional English country pub. Split shifts are absolutely barbaric , and on a personal level something that I worked hard in my younger days so as not to have to do on the regular in later life. Regardless, I work through the day so miss putting my daughter to bed, which breaks my heart.

Every. Single. Day.

4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire

9.30 PM – Give or take half an hour either way (sometimes more one way, never the other) Home time.

Jump in the car, blaze some old school hip-hop, shower, tea, cuddles with L.

And though the holes were rather small

11 PM – L hits the hay at which point I have a few choices.

Sleep – I do like to sleep, but sometimes sacrifices must be made to –

Play video games. My absolute favourite way to unwind, if you don’t know me, the name of the blog might suggest where my loyalties lie.

Write – Again, another passion of mine, but one that I find much harder to do at the end of the day. I used to get a lot of writing done during monkeys morning nap, but alas, that ship has now sailed.

They had to count them all

12 AM – As much as it pains me to say, I very rarely make it too far past midnight. But I never have to set an alarm, and I go to sleep with a smile, knowing that I’ll wake soon to her beautiful voice and see her cheeky grin.

Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall

If you stuck with me to the end, well done, and until next time

I’d love to turn you on

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