For a little while I’ve been thinking about writing a post about our average days. Fair warning: this might be kind of boring! 😉
I just know that I always appreciate these types of posts on other “mommy blogs” (whether it’s a stay at home mommy, working mommy, work from home mommy, etc.) because I always think it gives a lot of perspective. There’s so much negativity and judging out there on the interweb. It kind of sucks.
I don’t know about you, but most of the time I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. Faking it until I make it, I guess! That’s why it’s refreshing to see the chaos realness of other peoples’ lives. Makes me feel like I’m not alone, that’s for sure!
So here it goes, this is what an average (work) day looks like at the Rowley household.
5:30 AM – Alarm clock goes off. Dear God, why do I get up so early? Ugh. I am not a morning person. I usually hit the snooze button 1 to 3 times, much to the annoyance of the husband. Some days I don’t even hear it the first couple times! I finally get up and wonder when it got so late. Oops!
6:10ish AM – I’m ready for work (make up on and dressed, bed made too since an unmade bed drives me BONKERS). If Asher is up, I’ll go grab him, if not, I’ll go get my lunch stuff and work bag ready to go downstairs.
By the way, Jeff gets up and goes downstairs immediately. He is more of a morning person than I am, and doesn’t like to rush in the morning, so even though he leaves after me, he gets up to have coffee and watch the morning news, and sometimes gets stuff for dinner ready.
6:25 AM – Generally Asher is up by now. I’ll grab him, change his diaper, grab some clothes to throw in his diaper bag. He goes to an at-home daycare so he goes in PJs.
Brynn has been giving Jeff a hard time in the morning since he started taking her to Pre-K in the fall, so lately I’ve been getting her up at the same time. She brushes teeth, goes potty, brushes her hair, and gets dressed. Then she usually watches a little TV while Jeff gets Asher and the bags in the car.
6:45ish AM – I grab my work bag, lunch, coffee, keys – then Ash-man and I hit the road.
7:00ish AM – Arrive at daycare. On good days, it takes 15 minutes to get to daycare. It’s definitely farther from our house since we moved, but we love our daycare provider (she’s a family friend too!), so we actually factored in her location when we looked at houses.
SIDE NOTE: There are a lot of “ish-es” in the times to account for the days where I’m running way late. I hate to be late to things, especially work, so I try to make sure I have lot of wiggle room in my morning schedule. It especially helps when the snow starts come winter and the commute gets crazy!
7:30ish AM – Arrive at work. It only takes 10 minutes from daycare to get to work, but sometimes I stop for a coffee, if I (and by “I” I mean Jeff) didn’t make one at home. Or I run to the grocery store quickly for lunch stuff. Some days I just come in early and enjoy the peacefulness of the empty office while I go through the bazillion emails I received overnight from colleagues at our European and Asian offices.
I won’t bore you with the work stuff. Basically my days change all the time. Sometimes I’m in back-to-back meetings and conference calls from the time I walk in until I leave. Other days, I have nothing on my calendar and I get to sit in my cubicle all day and research. I love the variety of my job and how it continues to challenge me. It can be stressful, but I (maybe not so secretly) love the stress – I work way better under pressure!
4:30ish PM – Leave work. I try my darndest to get out at 4:30, even if it means working in the evening after the kids are in bed. Most days I’m successful and leave before 4:45. Other days I’m out a little after 5. I really try not to make it any later than that, especially since Asher is definitely NOT a night owl! He used to go to bed between 6 and 6:30 (not that long ago either!). Even now, if he’s up until 7, it’s a late night for him. Guess that’s why he’s raring to go at 5:30/6 AM! How is this kid my child?? 😉
5:10 PM – If I leave at 4:30, traffic isn’t horrible, and pick up goes smoothly, I can be home by 5:15. I’m usually never home later than 5:30.
We live on an island (almost the same size of Manhattan!), so I have to take a bridge to get home. Grand Island has two sets of bridges – the North bridges and the South bridges. More commuters use the South bridges to leave and then to come home, since they closer to the city of Buffalo. The North bridges are closer to the city of Niagara Falls, so not as much traffic. Thankfully, I take the North bridges every day so I have only once (*knocks on wood*) gotten stuck on the bridge in traffic, and that was because of a snow storm. The South bridges are backed up pretty much every day unfortunately.
5:30 PM – Dinner. I’m very lucky that my husband likes to cook. He gets home before I do, so he takes care of dinner (and let’s face it, he took care of dinner when he used to get home later than me too!). The dinner mood can range from mildly pleasant to full blown chaos every night. Brynn usually finishes quickly since she doesn’t eat much. So she either gets up and starts bothering Asher, or she begs us to turn on the TV.
5:45 until Bedtime – Family time! We play outside when the weather is nice or go for a quick walk. If the weather isn’t great, we’ll break out crayons or Play-doh, or just play with the many, many toys that have taken over our house. Sometimes we try to watch a bit of the news if there isn’t anything too terrible on (my friend Katie just blogged about this very topic herself tonight!).
I’m not going to lie though. There are definitely some nights where we turn on the TV for the kids and collapse on the couch.
Post Kid Bedtime – After the kids are both in bed (Asher goes down about 7ish and Brynn goes to bed between 7:45 and 8), we try to spend some time together. We generally watch TV, or Jeff watches TV and I blog/read/plan birthday parties! 😉
So that’s a typical day in our fairly boring life.
I’m sure like most families – whether both parents work or not – mornings and evenings are always the craziest. I always say I should do more at night so the mornings, especially, aren’t so crazy, but somehow it just never happens. *sigh* Maybe one day I’ll get my act together and apply some of my crazy work-life organization to my crazy mom-life! 😉
Happy hump day, everyone!