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.
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!