After 16 years of working in customer service while I was on Maternity Leave in 2015 my company closed down their Vancouver office and I was then left with the decision on whether or not I was going to return to the work force. After careful consideration my husband and I decided that with the cost of child care it would probably be a better idea for me to stay home with boys and he would be the sole bread winner for our family.
Some often think that being a stay at home mother is the easy life. Well, I am hear to tell you that the reality of this couldn’t be more father from the truth.
Here is a glimpse of a day in my life:
6:00 AM– My alarm has started to sing, I groan roll over and hit the snooze button, this happens until about 6:45 (mommy is not a morning person). I slowly roll out of bed, put on my slippers (goodness wood floors are cold in the morning) and head into my oldest sons room to wake him for school. This is usually greeted with a groan and a wish for me to not interrupt his dream. Then I make my way to the little boys rooms where the toddler is standing in his crib waiting for me to scoop him up and start our morning chat. As I get him ready to start our day, I am quietly talking to my preschooler who is much like his mother and is not a morning person.
7:00 AM – The toddler is the only one dressed for the day as I head into the kitchen to turn on the coffee maker and start to pour cereal into bowls for breakfast.
7:15 AM – My 1st grader is dressed and slowly making his way into the dinning room for his breakfast while my preschooler has just ran through the kitchen into the dinning room like a frat boy streaking the quad. I place the cereal on the table, settle the toddler into eat and begin to chase after my little streaker to wrestle him into his clothes.
7:30 AM – All the kids are finally dressed and at the table eating there breakfast, finally a little peace. Time to pack up back packs for school, (shoot… I didn’t pack lunches last night) I scramble to pack lunches, pack up back packs and prepare myself for the day.
8:00 AM – I emerge from my room after rushing to throw on some clothes, make up and a large amount of dry shampoo. Tell the kids they need to brush their teeth and wash up for school. Go into the dinning room, clean up the spilled milk and cereal off the table, wash up the toddler and head downstairs to put on our shoes and coats.
8:15 AM – Yelling from the entryway for the older two to get down here to get their shoes and coats on so we will get to school in time. I realize this means there is little to no hope of us getting a parking spot and we risk having to park on the street and walking 10 minutes up to the school which will mean I will be doing the my kid is late again walk of shame.
8:25 AM – Everyone is finally loaded into the van and we are about to pull out of the driveway when my 1st grader asks, “Where is my back pack”. There is a mad dash back into the house to grab his back pack and we are off.
8:30 AM – Phew, we made it and by the grace of the parking gods there is still one space available! We now unload and hustle to get to my sons classroom before the bell rings.
8:40 AM – The bell rings, and we start loading back into the van and off to Preschool.
9:00 AM – Drop off the preschooler and drat back home to try to get as much done as I can in the 2.5 hours that I only have 1 child in the house.
9:10 AM – My toddler and I settle back in for our morning, I bring out his therapy toys and finally get to brew myself a cup of coffee and enjoy some breakfast. After I finish my cup of coffee, it is therapy time for my little guy, he has a gross motor delay and still is not walking at 19 months. Each morning we work on muscle building during play time.
10:00 AM – Toddler goes down for a nap and now it is time for Mommy to get a little work in. First stop the bathroom and clean the toothpaste bomb that went off, (how do they do this), clean up the breakfast dishes, switch over the laundry and clean up the cat puke in the hall (yes my life is this glamours). Head down into the office/playroom and dive into my email and try my hardest to get some work done and not get sucked into my Facebook news feed.
11:45 AM – Just like that it is time to leave to pick up the preschooler. Toddler is still napping, lucky for me my husband is a railroader and works odd hours and is home so I do not have to wake the toddler from his slumber.
12:00 PM – Preschooler busts out of class happy to see me and share all he has learnt this day. We head home to get some lunch.
12:30 PM – Lunch Time!
1:00 PM – Clean up the lunch dishes, sweep the floor (it is times like this that I wish I had a dog) and start preparing my slow cooker meal for the night. My preschooler informs me that he will NOT be eating THAT for dinner tonight. Prepare husbands lunch for work and prepare after school snacks for kids.
1:30 PM – Husband announcing he is leaving for work and wishes you luck with the rest of the day.
2:00 PM – Time to get ready to pick up big brother from school, and the fight to leave the house begins. Preschooler refuses to leave the house unless he is wearing his Captain America costume.
2:15 PM – Okay, Captain America is ready to leave, we load in the van and we are on our way.
2:20 PM – We arrive at the school and my hopes are dashed NO PARKING! We park on the street, I make the mistake of unloading Captain America before the toddler and off he goes heading towards the school while I am still struggling to load the toddler in the stroller.
2:25 PM – We arrive at my sons classroom and wait for the bell to ring, the preschooler is busy playing in the dirt while the toddler is fighting to be removed from the stroller so that he may join him.
2:40 PM– Finally the bell rings and the doors bust open. And out comes my 1st grader with a grumpy face, this is never a good sign.
2:50 PM – We arrive home and head into the living-room for some TV time and after school snacks.
3:00 PM – Toddler takes his afternoon nap, check on dinner, switch over the laundry, empty the trash, and time for a costume change for the preschooler.
4:00 PM – Toddler is awoken from his nap early by this big brothers who are now playing hockey in the hallway (is it bedtime yet?). Take the kids out in the backyard to play and get some fresh air and attempt to clean out the flower garden.
4:30 PM – It is now clean up time, this consists of me singing the “clean up song” and counting to see how fast my boys can pick up a certain toy.
5:00 PM – Dinner time! Out of the slow cooker comes chicken fajitas and once again my preschooler lets me know that he will NOT be eating that. Serve everyone, ask everyone if they need anything before I sit down. Sit down… “Mom, can I have some more water?”.
6:00 PM – Everyone is finally finished dinner, clean up table, sweep the floor (again I wish I had a dog), clean the kitchen load up the dishwasher. And all of this while I try to maintain the peace between my big boys.
6:30 PM – Turn on a TV show for the little boys so that I can do reading homework with my 1st grader. Sit and listen to my 1st grader as he practices his reading. It is quite an amazing thing how far he has come since the beginning of the school year.
7:00 PM – Rub-a-dub-dub three boys in the tub! Run the bath and try to stay out as to not be hit with the flying toys that the boys which to take in the bath that night. While the boys play in the bath I use this time to clean the bathroom and try my best to stay out of the splash zone.
7:30 PM – Time to wrestle three boys into their jammies, after much pleading and chasing of my preschool streaker everyone is ready to settle in for bed time stories.
8:00 PM – After reading 6 books, endless cuddles and requests for water everyone is finally tucked in. Time to clean up the bathroom from the splash party that happened, hang the wet towels and remove yet again the toothpaste bomb.
8:30 PM – Finally the house is quite and I can sit down with a bowl of popcorn and watch my guilty pleasure Days of Our Lives.
9:30 PM – Preschooler walks into the kitchen out through the dinning room and into the living-room and pees on the floor (this little guy is a sleep walker and at least once a week pees somewhere in his sleep, thankfully for me it is usually in the tub which is easy to clean) and back to bed.
10:00 PM – Head down to the office/toy room trip on toys as I stumble for the light switch. Time to get some serious work done. Return some emails, work on the some blog posts, get sucked into my Facebook feed.
11:30 PM – Husband arrives home from work and sneaks into the office/toy room and scares me half to death.
12:00 AM – 1st grader is calling from the stairs he has had a nightmare and needs a cuddle, I guess that is my cue that it is time to go to bed.
2:00 AM – Toddler is awake for no other reason then he has learnt so many new skills over the past few days that he is just looking for some extra time to practice.
3:00 AM – Toddler is finally back to sleep, if I fall asleep now I can get a solid 3 hours of sleep before my alarm goes off.
6:00 AM – And it starts all over again.
5 More A Day In The Life Of Posts for You
Now it’s time for some more Day in the Life Of posts from my Canadian blogging friends. Get ready for some wonderful inspiration on what these phenomenal women do every day:
Shawna: A Day in the Life of a Mom of Three
Karen: A Day in the Life of Spill It Mom
Codi Lynn: A Day in the Life of Creative Wife, Joyful Worker
Tamara: A Day in the Life of Discovering Parenthood
Holly: A Day in the Life of a Working Mom