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Our New Evening Routine

Our family walks are one of the best parts of my day!

We’re in a good groove right now.  We had a few months that sort of felt like a funk – everything was just a little…off.  But slowly, the funk has lifted and everything feels all soft and warm and nice now.  I know that much of parenting involves and ebb and flow, but for now I’m going to enjoy the ebb and until the flow inevitably comes.

My husband has been doing his best to get home a little earlier from work, and Cullen has started going to bed a bit later.  This means our family gets in a good hour or two of quality time together on (most) nights.  It’s amazing how those few short hours add up and feel so special.

Our evening routine used to involve me trying to feed Cullen dinner, keep the dogs happy, start dinner for me and Casey, and then do the whole bedtime/bath/nursing routine with Cullen while hoping and praying that Casey could make it home in time to kiss him goodnight.  These days it’s looking a little different…

Casey usually text me and lets me know what bus he’s taking, so I know when to expect him.  Around that time, Cullen and I head outside to one of the parks in our neighborhood.  We wait for dad to arrive, and as soon as Cullen sees him his face explodes with a smile.  We all spend a few minutes catching up from the day.

Back at the house, Casey quickly changes and grabs a snack, while I leash up the dogs and throw a sweatshirt on Cullen.  We load him into the hiking backpack (his transportation method of choice these days), and Casey straps him onto his back.  I grab the dogs and we’re off for an evening walk of a few miles.

As soon as we get home, it’s dinner and bedtime mode.  Casey and Cullen play while I get dinner ready, and then Cullen eats while we talk and I work on whatever Casey and I might eat that night.  Once his avocado is smeared through his hair and the dogs have licked the floor clean, we all head upstairs to hang out and do bath time.  Baths are very short these days since someone insists on standing in the tub.

Depending on Cullen’s mood, we usually let him play in his room for about thirty minutes after his bath.  Casey and I lay on the ground for tackling and endless games of peekaboo.  Eventually, it’s lights out and he eats one last time before bed.  I give him a kiss, sniff his hair, and thank my lucky stars that life is so good right now.

Read more from Emily on her personal blog Daily Garnish, where she creates healthy vegetarian recipes, recaps her latest running adventures, and chronicles life as a new mom to her son and two crazy dogs.  You can follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest too!

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