I’ve been doing this stay-at-home mom thing for about a month now. Honestly, I don’t know how ladies do this every day…for years (decades!). I am not cut out for this. I miss working. I miss adult conversation. And I only have two kids….and one of them is in school all day.
Anyway, here is a glimpse of what a typical day looks like.
6:00 a.m. Tim’s alarm goes off. He hits snooze. I roll over.
6:09 a.m. Tim’s alarm goes off again. I gently
kick nudge him to remind him that his alarm is going off. I roll over.
6:30 a.m. Jaden gets up and loudly announces that he is awake. I roll over.
6:48 a.m. Logan is fussing in his crib. I finally drag myself out of bed, go to the bathroom, and then get my adorable toddler changed and ready for his day.
7:15 a.m. Tim leaves for work.
7:16-7:45 a.m. Fight with Jaden to get him ready for school while trying to feed Logan some breakfast.
7:48 a.m. Take Jaden to school.
7:51-7:55 a.m. Sit in the drop-off zone at school wondering why it takes Jaden forever to get his butt out of the car. Seriously, 6 cars drove up, dropped off their kids, and drove away in the time it takes my 6 year old to get out of the car!
8:00-8:45 a.m. Eat my own breakfast, typically while constantly providing snacks to Logan, who seems to eat his weight in graham crackers every day. Put in a load of laundry.
8:45-11:00 Play with Logan, according to the above rules. Occasionally stop to provide him with more snacks. If he is playing alone, consider what I will make for dinner. Move laundry to the dryer. Sometimes I will feel really ambitious and I will clean something. My favorite is chasing Logan with the vacuum cleaner. It’s hysterical…for me! Go grocery shopping…with a toddler (loads of fun).
11:00-11:15 Give Logan a glass of milk and put him down for his nap. Breathe. Listen to the silence.
12:00-12:45 Shower, eat lunch, accomplish the myriad things that need to be accomplished. Fold laundry. Leave it on top of the dryer for a minimum of 6 days, or until everyone runs out of clean socks and underwear.
12:45-1:15 Retrieve Logan from his nap, feed him lunch.
1:15-2:30 Play with Logan. Occasionally get him a snack…have I mentioned that the kid likes to eat?
2:30-ish Tim comes home.
2:30-3:30 Something usually happens at this time. I can’t seem to remember what it is. I am usually in a haze by this point because I haven’t had any adult conversation all day and I am covered in half-slobbered graham crackers.
3:30 Go pick Jaden up from school.
3:45-4:00 Help Jaden with his homework. Make his lunch for the next day. Contemplate dinner.
4:45-5:15 Make dinner. Repeatedly tell the rest of the household that dinner is ready. Get frustrated because no one listens to me the first time.
5:15-5:45 Eat dinner with family. Pick up sippy cup from the floor a minimum of 387 times. Cajole Jaden to finish his dinner.
5:45-6:00 Clean up dinner. If Tim does this, .
6:00-7:00 Play with the kids, read a magazine, make Tim’s lunch for tomorrow.
7:00-7:45 Get both kids ready for bed and put them to sleep. Smile.
8:00-9:00 Relax with Tim on the couch and watch something that we have on the DVR.
9:00-9:30 Randomly stalk facebook, catch up on emails, finish things that need to be done. Get ready for bed.
10:00 Fall asleep to the sound of Tim playing Star Wars on the computer in the other room.
Seriously, I am so not cut out for this. I miss the camaraderie of being around other adults all day. I love my kids, but I love them more when I am given a chance to miss them. I really hope I am able to find a job soon. And…kudos to you women who have dedicated your lives to staying home with your children. You rock!