I love reading people’s “A day in my life” posts, so figured I would do one myself To recap, I’m a work-from-home mom of two little girls, ages 2 1/2 and 1. Life is BUSY now, but we make it work and I’m happy to be able to bring in an income from my home. Everyone has their own schedule and own way of doing things…this is mine.
A day in my life…
7am: Wake up time for me! I’m trying to get up at 6 am every day, but I’ll admit that that hasn’t happened yet. My 2 1/2 year old still wakes up in the middle of the night so when 6 o’clock rolls around I am just too tired (and lazy) to get up (I know, excuses excuses). I am determined to start getting up earlier though…
8am: Girls wake up. Now the fun begins! We change diapers, make breakfast and play all morning. We don’t really do anything in particular – they do puzzles and play blocks in their rooms, I’ll check emails, comment on blogs and read all my morning websites, and we’ll all play together.
9:45am. My youngest, Maisie, goes down for her morning nap around this time. She usually only naps about 45 minutes in the morning, but that’s enough time for me to get ready and write an article (I write anywhere from 1-3 articles a day on average, not counting my blog) if I scramble. My oldest, Cami, watches TV during this time. Her favorites are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and educational YouTube videos (ABC songs, Busy Beavers, shapes, numbers, etc…there are lots to choose from!). I’m not a huge fan of the television, but my oldest typically watches 1-2 hours per day. My youngest doesn’t watch any TV (her choice, not mine, haha).
10:30am. Maisie wakes up and we try to get out and do something fun! We’ll go on a walk, go to the library, hit up the park or run errands. On days we stay home, we’ll do a craft, cook/bake while listening to music, etc.
Noon. NAPTIME! My favorite time of day (jk, though not really). Cami is the world’s greatest napper. She usually naps anywhere from 2 – 3 1/2 hours depending on how she slept the night before, how early she woke up and what activity we did in the morning. Maisie isn’t the best napper, but lately I’ve been getting 1 1/2 – 2 hours out of her. I would prefer longer, but this used to be MUCH worse!! I honestly don’t know how I was able to get all my work done back when she wasn’t napping, but I somehow managed.
So, this is the time that I really focus on working. One of my freelance jobs is editor of a major women’s online publication. I respond to all emails, do my daily tasks, make sure everything’s running smoothly behind the scenes, assign topics to writers, brainstorm ideas and so on and so forth. Editing doesn’t require HOURS at a time…it’s more just checking in often throughout the day and doing the work as it comes in. I also use this time to write articles and work on my blog. If the girls nap for a long amount of time or if I’m really focused, I can typically get 2 articles done plus do some stuff for the blog.
2:30pm. Maisie is usually up before this, but by 2:30 it’s pretty much guaranteed they are both awake. We make lunch and play for a while and then I’ll usually call my husband to see when he plans on being home. If he’s home before 4, we usually hang around the house. If he’s working late, we’ll try to get out and go for a walk or to the park. Sometimes we’ll even wander around Target, haha. I try not to write any articles when the girls are awake, but I will take a few minutes here and there to edit and catch up on emails (I pretty much do this all day throughout the day).
5pm. John’s usually home by now so one of us will make dinner while the other entertains the girls. Last night we went out for cookies and coffee, but normally we play at home or take the girls on a walk. If I haven’t left the house all day, which happens about twice a week, we make sure to go somewhere – even if it’s just the grocery store!
6:30pm. Lately, John’s been super awesome and helpful and volunteers to watch the girls for a little while so I can catch up on work. I usually take him up on that and work until about 7:15 in our room. I’m usually able to finish up my editing for the day and get caught up on emails. Super helpful!!
7:30pm. Bedtime for the ladies! Maisie goes down almost always without a fight and sleeps 12-13 hours each night straight. She is my dream sleeper!! Cami normally doesn’t fall asleep until about 8:15. Sometimes we’ll let her stay up til then but usually we do put her to bed at 7:30.
8pm. This is our “quiet time” and we love it! We both usually sit on the couch together goofing off on our own computers or watching TV. If I wasn’t able to write a blog post that day, I’ll start working on that. If I have written a post or wasn’t planning on writing one, I’ll read other blogs, go on Facebook, etc.
9pm. John and I enjoy spending quality time together so depending on how the day went, we will shut off our computers and just talk for a while. We usually wind up doing this every night. I’ll also normally make dessert for us so we can enjoy something sweet while talking.
10pm. Netflix time!! It’s probably not a good habit of ours, but we always always always watch our shows before going to sleep. We just finished Season 4 of Walking Dead!! I’m trying to convince him to start Gilmore Girls but I don’t think that’ll be happening. Next up is Season 2 of The Following! I usually fall asleep during the shows and we are always asleep by 11:30 at the latest.
So that is my very detailed “day in the life” post. If you made it through that whole thing, thank you!
Does your day look similar to mine? Do you try and structure all of your days or are you more go with the flow?!