I’ve seen many blog authors do a “Day in the Life” type post, and it’s always an interesting read. What struck me though after reading one recent post by my friend Chase (fellow fitness junkie and Ravens fan), is how much my daily life has changed since having a baby. Things that were a given (like would I rather go to the gym or practice yoga) are now a challenge that require advance planning and plenty of negotiation with the hubby. Since Kevin and I both work full time and put a priority on getting our workouts in, there is a lot of trade-off (you go to the gym today, I’ll go tomorrow), or reorganizing of our schedules so that we can both be home to put Emma to bed and be there when she wakes up.
So I thought I’d do a “typical” comparison of my days pre-baby and post-baby. Before this little bundle brought so much joy into our lives, a day (Monday-Thursday) would look a little like this:
6:45 Wake-up/Shower/Eat Breakfast
7:45 or 8:00 Leave for Work
8:00-6:00 Work (Break for lunch somewhere near office)
6:00 Drive to Gym or Home to Change; Cram learning choreography for class
6:30 or 7:00 Teach Fitness Class or Practice Yoga
8:00 Pick Up Dinner on way home or walk to local spot for dinner
9:00-10:30 Watch TV, catch up on day with Kevin, squeeze in a household chore occasionally
10:30 Get ready for bed
This was my approximate routine for the past 5-6 years of my life, whether in Arlington, VA or Dallas, TX. I really only worried about myself and when Kevin would come home from work so we could figure out what to do for dinner and
(argue over) what TV show to watch. I kept up this same routine while pregnant, though I usually spent my evenings reading books on childbirth, child rearing, etc. and stopped caring about what was on the TV. Occasionally I’d leave work a bit early to squeeze in some couch time while marathon watching The Good Wife.
Now… life is so much more involved, yet filled with more surprises. Each activity has multiple sub-activities. I’d say it’s still a work in progress, but I’m blessed with great support at home and we’re doing the best we can. Here’s a typical day for this working/breastfeeding/fit-focused mom to a 4-month old:
6:20-6:30 Get up to squeeze in a pumping session before Emma Grace wakes up
6:45 Shower and get ready
7:30 Wake up Emma (with Kevin. We always make a point of doing this together)
7:40 Change Emma’s diaper and nurse
8:00 Nanny arrives; finish getting ready and pack computer, purse, breast-pump and all its parts (I’m a total bag lady). Sometimes I have to take a conference call in the middle of all this.
8:20 Leave for work
8:40 Arrive at work, realize I forgot to eat breakfast and have some oatmeal at my desk
9:45 Pump at desk
11:30 Lunch somewhere downtown
12:45 Pump at desk
3:45 Pump at desk; sometimes cram choreography or make lesson plans for Bebe & Me
4:00 Realize I need to run an errand on the way home and dash out the office/Usually stop at Target, grocery store, post office, etc
5:00 Get home to relieve nanny and get the day’s report
5:30 Nurse Emma, then have quality playtime together. Start bugging Kevin about when he’ll be home (some things never change!) and discuss what to do for dinner. Some nights he goes to gym after work and I stay home, usually taking Emma for a walk. Occasionally when I am subbing a class at the gym, either Kevin comes home early or Joy stays late. On Wednesdays, I teach Bebe and Me Core and Emma comes with me (WIN for everyone!!!!). Last night, we waited until Emma was asleep and Kevin went to gym and I did BODYFLOW at home.
7:00-7:30 Give up trying to plan dinner and we have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! This happens more often than I like to admit, but it’s quick, easy, and you can eat it with one hand.
7:30-8:00 Give Emma a bath together (all three of us enjoy this time. Another WIN!). Change Emma into her PJs and prep her bottle for the evening.
8:00 Kevin gives Emma her bottle before bed. One of us will rock her to sleep.
8:30 Emma’s bedtime. She is a champ about this! WIN #3!
8:45 Pump while catching up on the day
9:00 Watch our favorite shows that have usually been on the DVR for a week
10:45 Pump one more time before bed, trying not to fall asleep on the couch and realizing I forgot to do all 10 things on my to-do list.
11:15 Clean Emma’s bottle, my pump parts, pick up all the toys, burp clothes, dirty clothes, etc. and get ready for bed
11:30 Bedtime. Pure exhaustion!
Now, I should admit. I have a very easy baby who sleeps all night long. She’s generally really happy as long as she is being attended to. She loves music, movement, silly faces and made up songs (especially her daddy’s deep voice). I also have a very supportive husband who despite a very demanding job makes every effort to be home for Emma’s last feeding and bedtime, and is with me to wake her up every morning. I also have the best nanny on the planet. I never worry about Emma during the day and always come home to a happy baby, a tidy house and clean laundry for Emma.
It could be crazier, but it could be simpler too. I could get up earlier to workout (ughhh…). I’ve had to turn down a lot of opportunities, both work related, gym related and social. I hate that! But I wouldn’t trade any of it though for the world. Especially when my world at home is this cute!