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.
Monday, January 25, 2010
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!
Posted by Melissa G. at 5:45 PM