Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A day in the life of a working mom

Over at EADL, they did a series on "A day in the life" and asked all their regular contributors to do a post.  I loved reading about everyone's day to day activites, wake and bed times, priorities, etc, so I thought I'd put together one about me:  a new mom with a full-time job.

5:40- The alarm goes off.  I usually lay in bed for a minute or two and then it's up and into the shower.  Get ready for work, eat breakfast, etc 

6:35- Wake up Spencer to feed him, get him dressed, get the car packed and get coats on.

7:10- Leave the house, drop Spencer off, head to work

8:00- At work for the day.  Hospital rounds in the morning, either outpatient apts or inpatient consults in the early afternoon, and answering phone calls and charts in the late afternoon.  I try my hardest to get in three pumping sessions while I'm at work (happens most days), and that's when I'm able to catch up on all of your blogs.

5:00 (or close to it)- Leave to get Spence from daycare.  I love picking him up- as soon as I walk into his room his eyes light up and his smile intensifies.  He "knows" us, and I love, love, love it!!!

5:45- arrive home, pet Junie, kiss B, and start the evening routine.  Between now and 7 p.m., Spencer needs to eat, get a bath, jammies, nurse, and go down.  B usually starts dinner while I'm tending to Spence so that we can eat once he is down. 

7:30- eat dinner with B, clean up the kitchen, prep the bottles and diaper bag for daycare, pack my lunch for work, go through the mail, start and finish a load of laundry, and prep anything else that needs to be done for the next day. 

9:00- Hopefully B and I are sitting down on the couch to watch one show, but there are definitely nights where this doesn't get done.  I'm usually watching a show and checking email, FB, blogs, etc (multitasking is a great thing!).  We are often trying to pick up, put away laundry, and do other house stuff at this time, so tv often is pushed aside.

10:00- Trying desperately to get into bed.  Usually heading upstairs to brush my teeth, take a shower, read a chapter in my book or one article in one of the many magazines I'm behind on, and then it's lights out.  If I don't get into bed by 10:30, I'm pretty grouchy the next day.  Lately though it's been closer to 11 by the time I'm actually really asleep- uggggg.

2:30-4 a.m.  Spencer is usually up once during the night.  If it's before 4 a.m., we're letting him cry for a few minutes, and he'll often go back down without our help.  If it's after 4 a.m., he usually won't go back down without eating, so I'm up for at least 20-30 minutes with him. 

I'd love to add a workout into my day, but I'm struggling as it is to get the things done that I have to do.  Keeping up with Spence's baby book, trying to blog, sending friendly emails, planning anything................these all get placed on the back burner.  I wish I could either add one more hour to my day or take out one day a week of work!  Balance is tough right now, but we're learning day by day how to handle it all.  I do have to say that I am really lucky b/c B is such a hands on dad and husband.  He's really helpful, and I definitely couldn't get through the day without him!

So, that's Mon- Fri in a nutshell!  Tell me about yours......................


  1. I like how you are pumping and reading about our lives :)
    My day is ALWAYS different and no routine. I should keep track of one of my more eventful days...

  2. okay, you are SUPERGIRL! seriously. you kick so much butt.

    and active weekends are the way to go and squeeze in some exercise, plus with the rounds, at least you're up and moving, not sitting on your fanny for 9 hours straight!

    love that we're going to be dress twinsies- where did you find the free shipping coupon?!



  3. I seriously don't know how you do it all! I am so exhausted at the end of the day! I can't imagine working all day and then going home to job 2 (aka kids!). You really are a super mom!


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