Being Brickner : A Day in the Life

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Day in the Life

Some of my favorite posts to read are how other moms spend their days, both ones who are working & who stay at home with their kids.  I feel lucky that as a teacher, I really can relate to both worlds, since we get several breaks off during the year & of course, summer vacation (what we live for!).  Over the last couple of years, we really have settled into a great routine on my workdays, & with only a couple weeks left before my maternity leave, I thought now would be the perfect time to share it!  Chances are pretty high that our days won't look like this in the future, and that we will read this one day & laugh at the fact that we thought we were busy. ;)  Either way, I'm more ready than ever for our new normal, but know I will love having this to look back on our life as a family of three, too!

My alarm goes off right after 5, which is when I attempt to get myself out of bed (these days it's more like a roll because of one giant belly), then I get ready quietly in the bathroom while the rest of the house sleeps.  It's hit or miss whether Waverly wakes up before I go downstairs to leave, I can never decide which I prefer, I love to see her but am convinced it makes it harder on me.  Regardless, my husband will wake up around 6 to make me coffee & breakfast for the road.  If Waverly is up, they will sit at the front door and wave to me (her jumping up & down, the sweetest), and yes, it's still dark out for most of my drive to school.

My workday honestly flies by, I have been working as a Fashion Marketing teacher for ten years & thankfully, I have students who allow me to tell stories about Waverly to help with the separation. ;)  While I'm at work, Waverly is either with my sister, our sitter, or my grandparents, depending on the day, she loves them all & that makes the whole working thing so much easier for everyone.  I am able to leave in enough time to be home by 3, the drive home is my absolute favorite & I still get butterflies at the excitement of reuniting with her every single day!  We occasionally will go to Target, the grocery store, or the kids gym, but lately have been trying to stay home as much as possible to enjoy this beautiful weather.

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After an afternoon snack, I will usually try to put things away from the day or put in a load of laundry while Waverly is entertained by playing with the dog or the toys she hasn't seen in a few hours.  Then we play, I'm convinced that spring makes that so much easier & more exciting.  We will either walk to the park or stay in the backyard with bubbles, play-doh, and sidewalk chalk, Waverly will play with each on & off between going into her playhouse, pushing her babies in her strollers, or jumping on the trampoline.  These are definitely my happiest hours of the day, I look forward to them & they are what get me through those 5 am wake-up calls! :)


Around 5:30, I attempt to get dinner started, even though my pregnant self pretty much hates cooking & I can never decide what I want to eat.  If I am lucky, Waverly will play on the ipad or watch Sesame Street while I cook.  Yet sometimes it's just that witching hour where she wants me to hold her & if I won't, she will do just about anything she knows she is not supposed to.  My husband gets home at 6, Waverly & the dog (plus me) are so excited, we sit down for dinner as soon as we can finish making it.  We have been trying to eat outside as much as possible lately, it's such a fun change & literally a breath of fresh air after a long winter indoors.


After dinner, my husband gives Waverly her bath while I take a shower, we have done that most of Waverly's life, it gives them something to do together & gives me a little time to myself.  We get Waverly dressed & then read books in her bed, I used to read them but lately she is all about reading to us (the cutest, most entertaining thing ever).  We get Waverly tucked in, it usually take at least 15 minutes between her attempts to stall & need to have every toy she owns in her bed, then we leave the room.  Most nights she will talk herself to sleep (again, so very entertaining) & be out for good by 8.

By this point I am so exhausted I can hardly make a sentence, so any good intentions I had of getting a few things done on my computer or being productive on some sort of house project are outweighed by the need to watch mindless reality shows in my bed.  I'm usually asleep by 9 (I get wild), my husband joins me later since he is way cooler than me & can stay up way later.

Like most moms, some days I feel like we have it all together & everything flows like a dream, then there are others when I question my sanity and wonder how I'm ever going to make it work with 2.  Yet ultimately, there is nothing that makes me happier than this life, even during my most exhausted moments I know these truly are the days & one day I will miss them terribly.

Hope you are having a great week!
XO

19 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your day with us. 5am wake up calls are rough on anyone, glad you get some me time in the mornings, though. You talk so sweetly about your daughter, it's so fun and happy to read :)!

    Love the picture of her eating, too precious!

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  2. I love posts like these. I posted an hour by hour today on my blog. How funny. I work part time and I envy full time working Mama's because I don't know how they get everything done in one day.
    Glad to see you enjoying the outdoors too. We live outside.
    Sydney

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  3. Lol to the witching our! We totally have that too but now I have something to call it. Love days in the life, I want to do one but we're so boring here.

    'Tis Our Life Blog

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  4. This is so sweet. I love how much you look forward to seeing your little girl after a long day at work. I know I would feel the same way!

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  5. The love you have for Waverly is so abundantly clear in this post! Love all of the pics of her too :)

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  6. I love these types of posts. Thanks for showing us your day. I wake up at 4:30...well technically 4:36, but it's super hard! And I got to bed way too late! You don't even want to know when. Sounds like we have very similar days, except I'm home at 5pm.

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  7. Whew! I commend you for waking up at 5! I'd never make it to 9pm haha.. and those big white bowls are awesome!!

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  8. I love that you told what a real day in the life looks like! And I love that you still get butterflies...so sweet!

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  9. I just love DITL posts! Our days sound very familiar - except that I don't go to work. But the times and many of our kid things are very similar. Callie and I are out the door very early and her schedule is very similar to Waverlys. I thought I was the only early morning blogger out here haha! My brain is totally mush too after C is in bed! Love that you get home early enough to enjoy these lovely warm days! Thanks for sharing your day!

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  10. We are 5 days in and feeling like we will never have a routine again, lol! I know things will fall into place and we will have a new routine, it will just take some time. Love reading about your day, Mama. And looking forward to seeing how your little family adjusts when little sister arrives! :)

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  11. I love day in the life posts! Sounds like you guys have an awesome routine down. It wil be fun to see how it changes with the addition of a new baby. I'm planning one for next week and then I want to do another one as soon as I feel like we have a new routine down with Finn! Exciting times ahead!

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  12. I love DILs!
    Seriously, could someone just come cook for me? Come 4:30 I'm usually found scrambling to decide what to have for dinner, and then I inevitably receive a text asking "What's for dinner" which further sends me into a tailspin. UGH!
    The 9PM bedtime? I'm right there with you! And let's be honest, if I could get away with it, I'd probably be in bed by 8:30, and sawing logs by 8:31. :)

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  13. I love reading day in the life posts too! 5 am is early! My husband gets up at 5:30 and I feel bad for him too! It's nice, especially with this weather, that you get out early and can still enjoy the rest of the day!

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  14. That's so awesome that Waverly gets to stay with people she loves. You go with that 5am wake up. I think I'd die.

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  15. I love this!! I love that you shower at night (I need to do that especially once Louise arrives.) and that Waverly and Daddy get time together. ;) I tend to "steal" Cam a lot to give Chad a break, but when they do spend time together, it's so amazing to see!! I need to leave them alone more often - which I think will happen naturally once L is here! ;) You are a superstar...you need to be in bed by 9!!

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  16. Your last paragraph sums up motherhood perfectly! XOXO That being said, I can't believe you have to wake up at 5...that just sounds painful! Most nights, I'm up until 2 AM just to get things done, and back up by 7 to get the kids ready for school. I love Waverly's pigtails! It makes her look so much older! Enjoy your weekend!

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  17. oh I love reading these! I love the pic of the dinner...dog is like is that mine!? I'd be asleep by 9 if I got up at 5 too.

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  18. My alarm goes off at 5am too... and then I snooze... and snooze again lol. I'm usually up by like 5:20am, in the shower, getting ready, getting Mason ready, saying bye to Seth, and getting us out the door by 6:55am. It gets quite hectic somedays. I'm so jealous that you come home so early and can run errands or play so long! I need to do an updated DITL since our days have become pretty routine lately. My question is... when do you have time to blog? And read/comment on blogs? That's what I struggle with. I usually find the time after Mason goes to bed at 8pm but that only gives me 2 hours MAX to do everything... if I don't fall asleep sitting up before that!

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