My life right now is insane. I am a pregnant working mom to 3 kids. If you have ever wondered what a day in the life would look like, here it is. It ain’t pretty, but I keep reminding myself that this is just a season. A season that I am trying to embrace but deep down just want it to pass.
Let’s look at a day in the life of a pregnant working mom.
Day in the Life
iPhone alarm is going off. I hit snooze at least once. At 7:05ish my husband’s clocky starts going insane. I roll my pregnant self out of bed and proceed to do the wake-up routine.
Z & E are our oldest kids. Z, 7 – E, 5 – I head back to their rooms trying to be chipper to get them in motion for the day.
“CLOTHES ON, TEETH & HAIR BRUSHED, SHOES ON, SNACKS IN BAG & THEN GRAB A CHOCOLATE MILK”
Take it, though this sounds grand – usually, they will get dressed, grab their blanket and end up back asleep on the game room couch.
We always pre-make a bottle (formula in a bottle) sitting on our dresser. Heat up water. Fill up a bottle. Shake. Proceed to wake up baby. Fortunately, at this time, the husb is awake taking care of this ditty for me.
Baby awakes, change a diaper, he smiles – we melt. Hubby feeds the baby.
Mom proceeds to get dressed, hair, teeth, deodorant and smelly good – time to head downstairs.
In order to get the kids to school before school starts at 8:00 am and make it thru the carpool line – we MUST be out the door by 7:47 am. This is our magic number.
Breakfast is quickly put together, kids are downstairs ready to roll. I say that but it never fails that socks, belts or hair being brushed are needed. Totally giving my kids props though – in the mornings they’ve become self-sufficient.
We are OUT THE DOOR. The 2-mile trek to school is spent asking what they are looking forward to for the day, wishing them the best, reminding E to smile, reminding Z to not talk and then they are off to class.
Starbucks. Venti non-fat iced white mocha that I know has an ungodly amount of calories with a banana nut loaf. Is this a daily occurrence? No. but if it weren’t for the calories or the excessive amount of caffeine or costs – it would be.
My work schedule depends on the day. Some days I work from home and some days I am in the office. I have a good mix of 50/50 depending on if I am needing to get work done or if I have meetings. Meetings = in the office. Work was done = at home. Whatever route I am headed – this is the time I head that way. Today let’s head to the office.
Arrive at the office. We moved into so new digs a few months ago – and the offices are about 15 minutes away on a traffic day. The perfect commute. Just enough time to hear either the commercials on the radio – a segment on NPR or enough quiet to start the day.
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Earphones in. Pandora on. I “get into the zone” for the first hour of work if at all possible.
Emails. Emails. Emails. To do list for the day. Prep for any meetings.
I have honestly tried to make an effort to the zero inbox in my email. Does it work? Not always, but the last few weeks – I’ve actually think I have found my rhythm.
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Meetings, calls what have you.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch! Always involves takeout or going out. Yes, I know this costs a buttload but 2 things. It gets me to leave the office and have a break and I am forgetful. Busy mom = planning what I can. This is something I haven’t worked into planning – so I just deal with it.
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Meetings with varied breaks continue. There are about 5 of us that work constantly together on varied projects. Having co-workers that frequently travel, we touch base regularly on all the things needed and projects in the air.
Time to pick up the kids! My favorite part of the day – seeing my lovies. The husb takes care of transporting the baby to child care and picking up since it’s right on his way to work. I pick up the 2 oldest from after-school care, head home.
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
How was your day? What was the best part? What was the worse part? Do you have homework?
Dinner is made. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday we’re activity free. We always make it a point to eat dinner as a family. With the hecticness of everything – that’s a priority and tradition I don’t want to ever change.
Husb arrives home with the baby. We goo and gah and play. Good childcare and a schedule that allows him to be awake in the evening is a must in order for both my husband and I to work.
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The clean roundup. Baths and showers for the kiddos. Getting the kids ready the night before is essential in making this machine work. Clothes are laid out – backpacks ready at the door. When not oiled – we fall apart.
The kids get in their jammies and the nightly ritual of prayer and singing their song before tucking them into sleep. Each kid has a song that they FREAK OUT on if we don’t sing.
Z: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
E: Row Row Row Your Boat
I: You Are My Sunshine
We sing best we can, very offkey and tuck the kids in bed. On a good night by 8:45 pm.
9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Prep. Prep. and did I mention PREP?
Shower, clothes laid out or at least have an idea of what is clean and wearable.
Check work emails. Check personal emails. Write at least 1 blog post. Site maintenance. Facebook trolling. Talking with the husband.
Good night. Wash. Rinse. Repeat in the morning.
The life of a working mom.