A Day in the Life

by Lesley on October 28, 2013 · 14 comments

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I love reading about what other people’s days look like, especially work-from-home mamas. Yesterday Robin posted about her day, which inspired me to write about mine. Here’s what I do on a typical Monday, Wednesday or Friday:

5:00am: Owen is making grunting noises from his crib. Even though he’s in another room now (down the hall!) I can still hear him. I’m convinced new mamas have a seventh sense. I offer Owen a “half” feed so that he won’t be hungry, but will sleep longer. He takes the bait; I go back to sleep.

7:00am: My alarm goes off, or Owen wakes me again. I nurse him in bed while scrolling through emails and blog posts on my phone. I love this feeding because I’m not exhausted, but the house is quiet and calm. Sometime between 7-7:30am, I hear Anna. Jonathan usually gets her up, but if I’m done feeding Owen then I’ll go into her room. She still hasn’t realized that she could get off her bed and open the door herself.

7:30am: Jonathan or I make Anna breakfast. This hour of the morning is CRAZY because everyone is hungry, everyone is still a little bit groggy, and Jonathan is trying to get out the door. Sometimes we eat together (pumpkin oatmeal or waffles!) but more often than not I’m holding Owen in one arm, emptying the dishwasher with the other, and taking bites of toast here and there.

8:00am: We all stand at the window and wave goodbye to Daddy. Owen often goes down to sleep between 8:00am and 8:15am. I finish cleaning up breakfast, then read a few books with Anna.

8:30am: I rush to do a few chores like making the bed (I hate a messy bed), and putting a load of laundry in the machine. I never know how long Owen will sleep so I try to make good use of the time when his eyes are shut.

9:30am: Get Anna dressed, get my running clothes on, prep Anna’s snack. As soon as Owen wakes up I feed him, then head out for a run. Getting out the door with two small children is a LOT of work. Sweatshirts, blankets, water bottles, diapers, keys, stroller, phone, blah blah blah. No joke- 20 minutes to get out the door.

10:00am-Noon: Run for 20-30 minutes, then stop at the park and let Anna play. Owen will sometimes sleep on the run. We head home as soon as he’s fussy and inconsolable.

Noon: Lunch time, play in the backyard, then read a few books to Anna before she goes down for her nap at 1:00pm. I usually feed Owen sometime between 12:30 and 1pm.

1:00pm-3:30pm: Anna naps, while I clean up kitchen (again), write, blog, read my bible, open mail, return emails, and prep dinner (if I’m disciplined.)  OH! I also shower during this time period. Usually Owen is awake for at least some of her nap, but I’m trying hard to get their nap schedules to overlap. If he’s awake then I enjoy some one-on-one tummy time and flirting.

3:30pm: Anna is up and begging for a snack. We eat together then play in the front yard, watch Thomas the Train or maybe run a quick errand to Savemart or Target. Owen eats again and takes a short late afternoon nap.

5:30-6:30pm: Owen eats between 5:30 and 6:30pm. Dinner is often on the stove, Anna is hungry, and he’s exhausted. I’m always stirring something, attempting to keep Anna happy, putting on his pajamas, feeding him again, and praying Jonathan gets home as soon as possible. Owen goes to sleep at 6:30pm.

6:30-7:00pm: The three of us eat as a family, then Jonathan bathes her while I do dishes. (We switch off.) One of us reads her a couple books before her prayers and goodnight kisses at 7:30pm.

7:30pm-10:00pm: If I have energy, I’ll read or write. A few nights a week we’ll catch up on our Hulu queue. I give Owen a “dream feed” at 10:00pm, before starting my own bedtime wind-down. I try to go to sleep by 10:30 but sometimes it’s later.

That photo was taken earlier this month during bath time. You’ll notice I was still in my running clothes at 6:00pm. Not every day goes according the plan. :)  What’s your day look like? 

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mrsrempel
mrsrempel

Thanks for sharing this! It gave me some ideas for how to run my days.  Question fo ryou, what do you do with your oldest child while tending to a fussy baby?  I have a 1 month old who LOVES to be held and my 2.5 year old is struggling to play on her own while I'm tending to baby.  I try to give her ideas like its "coloring time" or "puzzle time" but she just goes and finds her blanket and lays on the floor till I'm free. :\

marisaloper
marisaloper

You run three times a week?! Then again the sun shines almost daily where you live

LesleyM
LesleyM moderator

@marisaloper It's very true--the sun is almost always out except or the months of January and February when it can get really wet and gray. I used to run a lot more than I do now, but kids make it hard. Are you a runner? 

marisaloper
marisaloper

@LesleyM @marisaloper um..yes, although "was" a runner seems more appropriate for my life today! It was much easier with one kid. I do have a double BOB (love!!) but after my emergency C-section with Aria it was a lot harder to get back into it. It is a REALLY good week if I get in hot yoga AND any other workout (a run, rollerblading, a second yoga class)... most weeks it's hot yoga once and that's it! :(

jamiehanauer
jamiehanauer

Ugh, jealous. I need to know: when do you clean the rest of the house and do laundry?

LesleyM
LesleyM moderator

@jamiehanauer Um, the house is DIRTY because I can never figure out a time to do a full clean at once. It's driving me crazy. Load of laundry every morning seems to work...fold it at night when the kids are asleep. You?

jamiehanauer
jamiehanauer

@LesleyM @jamiehanauer I do laundry in the morning and fold at night. Or, if it's something fast like towels I do it out of the dryer. I prefer to clean the house all at one time, but I seldom can (haven't had the chance even once since Aaron was born and he's a year old now!), so I break it down over days of the week. Mondays are dusting, Tuesdays are floors, Wednesdays are kitchen, Thursdays are bathrooms, Saturdays/Sundays are outside stuff (raking, mowing, washing the car) and changing sheets. Oh, and Wednesdays clean the fridge, Thursdays pay bills and catch up on emails. There are a few things I try to do daily (wipe down bathrooms, sweep, etc.) When I keep to this things are great. BUT, I can almost *never* keep to it for one reason or another, and then I take a weekend day to catch up (I hate doing that!!!). For instance, right now my floors are pretty filthy (maybe that's why Aaron started walking early.... ;) ) When we had a household of 6 we had a housekeeper come in twice a month because I couldn't keep up with cooking, shopping, bill paying, errand running, laundry, and schlepping for 6 plus cleaning. Now that we're down to 4, we don't do that anymore. :(  Oh, and the few things I NEVER keep up with are the most important: my prayer calendar and Bible gather dust. I try so hard to have quiet time in the morning but (again) since Aaron was born it seldom happens. Whew, long comment!

tim_fall
tim_fall

A day in my life: I get up. I do some stuff. I fall asleep.

Yours sounds a lot more interesting, Lesley.

caramac54
caramac54

I love this!  And I'll have to do something similar soon.  :)

ashleegadd
ashleegadd

Love this. I have been wanting to do a similar post for a while, only with photos. It's fun to see how different, and yet how similar, our momma days look on the inside.

nextpagenash
nextpagenash

Is there anything cuter than a baby after a bath? :)

reliasen
reliasen

Love this!! Reading how other mamas spend their day makes me feel part of a tribe. ;) 

Balanced_Life_
Balanced_Life_

I love reading this. I'm so glad you linked up. Two kids! So much to juggle. I love that Anna doesn't realize she can get out of bed and open her door yet. That's too cute :) And yes, those showers have a tendency of getting bumped out of the schedule don't they?

The fact that you have the energy and inspiration to write with how busy your days are is truly inspiring. xo

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