Monday, January 25, 2010

A Day In The Life of a Working Mom

Now that life has settled and everyone is in a routine that works for them, I'm realizing that my days are jam packed. Let me give you the run down of my day as a working mom.

5:50 am - the blaring "beep beep" of the alarm rips me out of my dream where I'm just about to kiss Johnny Depp

5:50-6:10 am - snooze

6:10 am - out of bed, dressed, face washed, teeth brushed, makeup (sometimes) on. If Andy isn't working I kiss him, if he is working I miss him.

6:30 am - I start the car. Automatic starters are the best invention ever and if you don't have one I suggest you get one. Getting into a toasty warm car makes mornings bearable, especially when it's 20 degrees outside.

6:40am - grab my travel coffee mug with the picture of me and Isabella splattered across the front, my lunch, water bottles, and purse and I'm out the door.

6:40-7:50am - drive from New Jersey into Brooklyn and enjoy the quiet. Well, relative quiet, the radio is on and I listen to Elvis Duran and the Morning show (love them), horns are honking, and sometimes Andy or my mom calls me to tell me when Isabella woke up (usually at 7am). But its a peaceful drive. I drink my coffee, munch on a granola bar, and just kind of veg out. I look forward to the morning commute.

7:50-8:10 am - Hunt for a parking spot. This sometimes means "love tapping" the cars in front and behind the spot I'm trying to smoosh my SUV into, but this is the nature of the beast. However, the past 2 weeks I have been a rock star at finding a spot. Like 5 minutes. It's unheard of. It must be all of my positive affirmations.

8:25 am-3:27 and a half pm (I shit you not, that's our contractual time to work) - I set up for the day, check homework, 90 minute literacy block (mini-lesson, small group, two conferences, mid-workshop interruption, book clubs, Guided Reading, read aloud, and share), teach writing, teach math, reconcile Mariam and Saja who are fighting, keep Edgar from sharpening his pencils down to a nub, eat lunch, teach ELA test prep, take the kids to Gym, check in on Isabella, grade papers, make Smart Board slides, plan lessons, return books, plan for next week, write and rewrite my "To-Do" list, first dismissal, teach extended day, second dismissal, shoot the shit with my friends, walk to my car and sigh that I survived the day.

3:30-4:45 pm - drive home. My afternoon commute is way worse then my morning commute. I'm worn down, I have no coffee, radio sucks, and the traffic is nuts. I call Andy and my mom to find out how Isabella's day went. I mentally map out the rest of my day.

4:45pm - get home and kiss my husband and scoop up my little girl who's face lights up like a Christmas tree the second I walk in the door. We play on the blanket with her toys. If my mom is watching her she usually makes tea for us before she leaves, if Andy is with her he usually goes on the computer or takes a shower when I get home.

5:00 - dinner for Isabella. Her favorite is anything with sweet potatoes.

5:30pm - naked time for Isabella. I take her upstairs and strip her down to her diaper and we read books and she rolls around on our bed and practices crawling. She's great at going backwards. She'll push up on her knees and rock, but I'm in no rush for mobility. There's something about being naked that puts this girl in a fantastic giggly, shrieky mood.

6:15 pm- bedtime routine begins. Bath, massage, pj's, bottle. One of us will do bath and the other one will do bottle. We meet in the middle and do massage and pj's together as a family. Unless Andy is on midnights and then I'm on my own.

7:00 pm - in crib

7:15 pm - Isabella is out for the night.

7:15 pm - I make dinner (Andy will set up the coffee pot and make our lunches and fill our water bottles for the next day). I like cooking. It relaxes me.

7:45 pm - eat and have a glass of wine. We either watch TV while we eat or catch up at the table and tell each other about our days.

8:15 pm - I usually either go on the computer and check my e-mail, catch up on blogging, or visit my GP mamas and Andy will watch sports or we'll watch TV together or a movie if we're feeling crazy.

9:00 pm - I shower, set up my clothes for the morning, separate the laundry, etc.

9:30 pm- In bed either reading or making sweet sweet love to the hubs.

10:00 pm - lights out and Andy and I will talk and snuggle for about half an hour before we fall asleep and the day starts all over again.

My days are full from morning until night, but I love being busy so I wouldn't have it any other way. Although after writing all of this down, I think I need a vacation!


Sarah said...

Oh my goodness! You are busy. I am very impressed that you still find time for your blogging! I taught before having my daughter, as well, so I know how tiring that day can be1

Quixotic said...

That sure is a busy day! I only have the get me/kiddo ready for work/kindy rush 2 days a week, and hubby is home those 2 nights (and only those 2 :o( ) so I have someone to jump hoops to entertain kiddo while I cook, clean etc., but at the end of those days, I am bushed!!!

Tara n Mike said...

I enjoyed reading this post a lot. Its encourging for me to see that you still have quality time with Isabella and your hubs! I just started back at work and I am feeling completely overwhelmed!

Mrs.Andreazza said...

Phew, what a schedule! Sounds like a great plan and great teamwork between you, the hubby, and your mom! Like pp said, it is very encouraging to see that you make time for what is important.

Megan aka Mommy, Mom, Honey, The Boss... said...

You sure are busy, good for you on having a routine and sticking to it. That can be tough for some. I am inspired by your schedule :)

classycareergirl said...

Wow, you are a busy lady! I love that you write and re-write your to do list. I thought I was the only one that did that:) Hope you get your vacation soon! You deserve it!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the nice comment. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

Saucy B said...

All right I'm tired after just reading about your day. ;-) Up until September of this year i had been doing the working mom mambo for 5 years. I'm taking a break right now.
I'm visiting from the Friday Blog hop and I'm glad I found you. We're "neighbors," - I live in NJ too. And I'm also your newest follower.

p.s. Your blog design is really cute!

The BabbyMama @ IKHIBF said...

I'm also a working mom and I am pretty jealous of the fact that you get to go straight home to where your girl is waiting! I would love to scrap pick-up time from my day!

Aleta said...

Can I borrow your energy, because wow.... my day is bland in comparison to your's and I lack energy just from the little that I do!

mamahearmeroar said...

You are busy! Where do find all the energy? It's great that you and your husband make time for each other in the midst of it all. I'm encouraged!

Duchess said...

Phew! That's a long day :) It gives me the real view of Mommyhood before I jump in.

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