When I tell people I own my own business and work from home with a toddler AND a baby, I usually get confused stares. “But what do you DO all day?” So here, for inquiring minds, is a detailed account of exactly what it would look like if you took a walk in the shoes of this work-from-home mom.
1am Toddler’s crying. I rub his back until he falls back asleep.
4:30am My husband gets up for work. He wakes me up to tell me he accidentally shattered a glass in the kitchen – I should keep an eye out for stray shards.
6:10am The toddler stirs. Oh HECK no. He can wait until the sun comes up. I grab my phone and make sure I don’t have any emergency emails (I manage campaigns that involve moving parts in different time zones, so I constantly check that no fires need to be put out). All is well. I roll over and close my eyes.
7:15am Both kids are awake and blabbering at each other. I start the coffee maker and dish out food for the dogs.
7:30am Breakfast is eggs for me, blueberries for the toddler and mashed banana for the baby.
8:15am The kids watch Thomas while I emerge from my morning fog.
9am Kitchen clean-up while the kids play with the dogs. The baby hops in his bouncer and the toddler bangs on an overturned mixing bowl.
9:45am A bottle and tummy time for the baby while the toddler and I play trucks.
10:30am Naptime for the boys.
11am I guzzle some tea and focus on work. I have a TON of articles due tomorrow!
12:15pm The kids wake up. Lunch is a PB&J sandwich for the toddler, avocado for the baby. I can’t wait until they’re able to eat the same stuff. I nibble a banana and point the boys’ high chairs at each other so they can jabber while I take out the compost.
1pm Outside play. We walk a block down to the mailbox. The toddler scoots around on his tricycle while the baby swings. I do some research on my phone and start a craft for the blog.
2:30pm Snacktime for the toddler and a bottle for the baby. I heat up leftovers for myself.
3pm Afternoon nap for the boys while I get some more work done.
5pm Wakey wakey! They play with blocks while I prep food for the whole family.
5:45pm Dinner is chicken nuggets for the toddler, pureed carrots and a bottle for the baby.
6:15pm Casserole goes in the oven and the boys get a bath.
7pm Bedtime for the little ones. Nate comes home and I snap some photos for an article before we eat dinner.
8pm We catch up on Breaking Bad while I respond to emails on my laptop.
10pm Nate heads to bed, I wrap up more work.
11:45pm I’m done!
What does a day in your shoes look like?