I was thinking about this concept of what I actually spend time on the other day, and my routine in general. I kept a log, and here’s what the average day in the life is like:
6:00am: Wake up! The two little dogs want their breakfast now and Voxie wants to take a walk. They are all usually extremely enthusiastic about mornings, which can help me drag myself out of bed, most days.
6:30am: In from my walk/jog with Voxie. Make breakfast for myself. Drink coffee. Watch 10ish minutes of news.
Note: OK, ok. I haven’t been walking Voxie this past week since it’s turned cold. But it’s COLD! And DARK! I’ve been trying to at least throw her toy a few times so she can get some energy out.
7:00am: Baby I wakes up. Get her dressed. If she’s going to my in-law’s on a particular morning, I just give her milk because she eats breakfast over there. If A is home for the day, we feed her breakfast together. Get myself pulled together for work in between hugs, kisses and cuddles.
7:30am: If I’m riding my bicycle to work, I leave around now. If not, I get about 10 more minutes of Baby I cuddle time in.
8:00am: Arrive at work. Check email. Down to business (most days).
12:00pm: I am very lucky in that my work offers a comprehensive wellness program, so I participate in workout classes a couple of times a week. I try to make classes, because I feel so much better after working out, but also it makes me feel great that I’m taking advantage in this very cool benefit. When I do a class over lunch, I eat at my desk afterward. If I don’t do a class, I might do some reading, creative writing, or walk to the library over lunch. Or I go out to lunch. Sue me.
5:00pm: Get home ASAP for more baby cuddles.
5:30pm: Start dinner. We’re early birds in my family. I usually cook while A plays with Baby I for a bit to distract her, otherwise she’d prefer me to hold her while chopping veggies with an extremely sharp knife. No thanks. While I’m cooking, I also try to get in some quality time with my little dogs. They hang out in the kitchen with me and I sneak them treats (shhh).
6:00pm: Dinner. Baby I is just a few months away from her big 0-2, but I think the Terrible Twos are already setting in. This girl’s favorite thing to do at dinner is pick at her food, then pick up a giant handful, squish it, and let the remains slide to the floor. The carpeted floor. She gets a stern warning the first time or two (depending on how close together the offenses happen), but inevitably smiles at us as she does it again. So she has a time out in the corner. By the way, A has to do all of this, because I am usually turned around in my seat, hiding my uncontrollable laughter. She may be a bad baby, but she is a cute baby.
7:00pm: Baby I’s bath/toothbrushing/story/bedtime. This usually gets jammed all in together, and it’s my territory, because as you may have noticed, I don’t get a whole lot of time with Baby I on a typical work day. This is the tough reality of being a working mom that I struggled to come to terms with for a long time. But something I realized is that the precious minutes I get with Baby I on weekdays are just as meaningful to us both as an entire day – as long as that time is quality. I’m working on it. Some days are tough – I have trouble turning work hecticness off, I’m tired, or burned out on the daily routine – in those times, I admit, Facebook is sometimes too tempting because it’s soothing and Baby I can be difficult. Again, I’m working on it.
7:30 – 8:00pm: Baby I is down for the night, and there’s a 50/50 chance I’m doing dishes or cleaning. If I’m not doing that, I’m sprawled out on the couch until bedtime. I mean, just look at my day. It’s nuts. I get tired. The upside of sprawling is that I get some quality cuddle time with A and my dogs.
I have to admit, my lifestyle can be a little rough. Lately, I’ve been feeling really burned out, and I’m running out of solutions for this feeling. What do you do when life starts to overwhelm you?