Hello, Friends! Can you believe that this was the last full week before Thanksgiving?! This has been THE FASTEST year.
PS – I got a notification today that another one of my blog posts was published today on Elite Daily here! The original article all about the “5th Trimester” can be found here and is still one of my favorite posts I’ve written to date.
We went home this past weekend for my sisters wedding (which was amazing BTW) and I had so many questions and comments about my blog! It makes me happy because I know that people are reading and engaged with my writing.
Two of the most common questions were: when do you blog and how do you have time to blog? Or comments of “I don’t know how you do it.” There were also comments saying that I must be spending a lot of time on it. Which is true, but I have to be very strategic about when I can work on this, and yes, I wish I could do way more. Craig says I spend more time working on the blog than I think.
I decided I’ll write about a day in the life of a working, blogging, Mom for some perspective – I know so many working Moms can relate so I’d love to hear from you on how you balance it all as well!
I’ll start at midnight so we can include the entire day. Pretty much every week day is the same routine:
Sometime between 1am and 3am: Calvin is not consistent about sleeping through the night even at 9 months, so once a night, Calvin usually wakes up whining in his crib. Craig is on this time of night duty so he will go in to rock him back to sleep if he doesn’t go back to sleep on his own. I don’t feed him during the night anymore.
Sometime between 5am and 6am – Cal wakes up again. At this odd time of the morning, I don’t have the time or patience to rock him back to sleep. If it’s earlier than 6am, I grab him and lay with him in our bed with me so I can get just a bit more sleep. He will almost always snuggle back up and sleep for a bit longer.
630-730am: wake up and feed Calvin (I am still breastfeeding in the mornings and evenings) then we “talk and play” for a bit.
730-830am: Get myself ready for work while entertaining a baby. Calvin plays & rolls around in his pack ‘n play, I pack my lunch, coffee and english muffin with peanut butter while Calvin stares at me sitting on the kitchen floor, get Calvin changed & dressed while he screams because he doesn’t want me to lay him on his changing table.
8-830: I leave for work, Craig finishes getting Calvin ready and takes him to daycare. My commute is 30 min.
830ish-530ish: Work work work work work – meetings, calls, project work, emails, and more meetings.
6-630pm: Get home from work. Craig has usually already picked up Calvin and they are both waiting for me at home.
615-630pm: Feed Calvin dinner (1 jar beech-nut baby food & gerber rice cereal or oatmeal) while the other starts dinner.
630-730pm: Play with Calvin/Eat Dinner
730-8: Bedtime routine: bath, pajamas, books
8pm: Feed Calvin then let him lay with me for cuddle time for at least half hour.
8-830pm: Craig takes Calvin and puts him in his crib.
830-? pm: “Personal” time – this is usually when I do all of my blogging/social media work. The end time is “?” because sometimes I am too tired to do anything and sometimes I am up until midnight.
I am committed to continuing my blog, with some other long term goals in mind as well. At this point, I’m definitely feeling like something always has to be given up in order to balance business, blog & baby – at this time in my life, usually it is sleep or exercise! I know, I know, I’m working on it.
You can probably tell by this schedule that I need efficiency – I need things to be quick, simple and easy for me to fit everything into my day. No time for BS. I was actually looking back through some old blog posts and realized pretty much everything I support and write about is related to making my life easier and more efficient. Here are some mom hacks I live by every day!
*I only wash and style my hair once a week – usually on Saturday. The rest of the week I wear it half up, in a pony tail, in a bun, etc to mix it up and make my blowout last. I was #blessed/cursed with very dry hair that allows me to do this. I wrote about “2nd day hairstyles” here – but really they can be used for 3rd, 4th, and 5th day styles too!
*I put on the same makeup every day – watch my 10 minute every day makeup tutorial here
*Microwaveable vegetables & bagged salads – need I say more?
*Draft settings on wordpress, instagram, facebook, outlook, gmail and other social channels are life savers! If you ever see me post something during the week, it’s likely because I took the time the night before or on the weekend to create drafts of social posts/blog posts or emails.
*Crockpot Meals! I wrote about my favorite easy meals here and here.
*The Keurig coffee maker – one quick cup that I can grab & go!
*Flossing in the shower – anyone else?
*Low maintenance hair color – I really love getting a fresh cut & color but it takes such a long time from start to finish that I can only really find time to go about 3-4 times a year. I recently had my stylist take out my blonde that goes all the way up to the roots so that the color can gradually grow out and still look okay. This allows me to go longer between visits.
*Lastly, I have become more and more open about my honesty on when I need help. It’s just natural that a lot of responsibility falls back on Mom, especially when the baby always wants you or you are still breast feeding. Lately I am very open about when I need help on ANYTHING. For example, I really dislike going to the grocery store so Craig will stop on his way home from work. It is one thing off my plate each week.
Who else’s schedule feels just as crazy as this? Moms of multiples, I don’t know how you do it!!! What are your hacks, daily efficiencies, or tips? Would love to hear about how I can cut more corners! LOL
Have a great weekend!!!
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