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Both my husband and I work full time, and being working parents is tough. Here’s a peek into a day in our lives and how we tackle everything together.
6:20 a.m.: We wake up. My husband goes to get ready while I get our son changed and dressed.
6:30 a.m.: I bring our son downstairs, get him into his car seat, get my husband’s and my lunch together and pack up the diaper bag for daycare.
6:40 a.m.: My husband and son leave. Now it’s time for me to get ready. I shower, put on makeup, get dressed and put all of my snacks and lunch into my lunch bag.
7:00 a.m.: My husband gets to work.
7:30 a.m.: I’m out the door to work. I have an hour commute on a good day (and I take the Pike, so there aren’t many good days).
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: I arrive at work and start my day.
3:30 p.m.: My husband gets out of work and picks up our son at daycare. They usually run errands and then head home.
5:00 p.m.: I get out of work and make my way to the car.
6:15 p.m.: I get home, bring my stuff into the house and run to the bathroom while I have the chance.
6:30 p.m.: My husband passes our son off to me so he can go mow the lawn. We wanted a big yard for our kids to grow up on and we have a small push lawnmower, so it takes my husband about four hours spread over two nights to mow the entire lawn.
6:35 p.m.: I bring our son upstairs to change his diaper before dinner, then it’s time to feed him. I get him strapped into the high chair, grab his food and start feeding him before he has a meltdown.
7:00 p.m.: Cleanup time! I wash our son’s face and hands, the tray for the high chair and then let him loose in his play area.
7:05 p.m.: After cleaning up the rest of our son’s dinner, I join him on the ground. We play with some of his toys, read a few books and, in general, try to keep him occupied.
7:30 p.m.: I run upstairs to grab a few more toys and books to keep the little guy’s attention!
8:00 p.m.: Our son gets a little restless as he gets tired. Time to set him up in his jumper to take a nap. I get him in, drape a blanket around his shoulders, put in the pacifier and let him jump.
8:15 p.m.: Doesn’t take long, the little guy is out cold!
8:30 p.m.: My husband is done with the lawn for the night. Now it’s time for him to shower, while I get dinner ready.
9:15 p.m.: Dinner is ready and my husband is out of the shower. Time to eat! We sit down on the couch and watch some DVR shows while we eat.
9:30 p.m.: Our son is starting to stir. Time to give him his last bottle of the night.
10:00 p.m.: Bottle is done and he’s asleep. I bring him up to bed.
10:05 p.m.: Time for us to clean up from dinner, make coffee for the next morning, prep bottles for daycare and make lunches. My husband and I split the chores evenly to get them done as quickly as possible.
10:30 p.m.: Everything is ready for the next day. Time to unwind for a little bit longer. We might watch another show, I might blog or mess around on the computer a bit. Either way, these are the last few minutes before we head up to bed.
11:00 p.m.: Time for bed! If we’re lucky, our son will sleep until 6:00 a.m. or so. Lately, he wakes up between 3:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. for a bottle. Sleep regressions are not my favorite!
As you can see, we don’t have a lot of time together as a family – just few precious hours, and even those aren’t all spent together because of the other things that need to get done. Life is tough, it’s busy and it doesn’t stop.
My favorite quote from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” It’s so true, but unfortunately you can’t just drop all of your responsibilities either. We work hard to find the right balance. So, while we might not always get a ton of time together, we make sure we make the most of it.