When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I knew I had to make some changes to my crazy work life. After months of internal conflict, I was finally ready to be a work at home mom! After all, I figured, it would be only for a couple of months.
That is until I found out that my son was going to be a premature baby.
Premature babies need extra care, and they are more vulnerable to respiratory infections than full-term babies. Add to that having a baby on oxygen, just out of surgeries, or with a common preemie condition. I had no other choice, I had to take care of him, for at least a year.
I talked about our situation at work, and they were great about it. They understood the hardships and made the transition to a work at home mom easy for me.
It’s been 2 years now, and I’m loving every bit of it! But, it’s hard and demanding like any other job. So, I just wanted to share what my day today looks like!
It can get crazy sometimes, but we are enjoying it every day.
8:00 am: The alarm goes off!
My husband usually makes breakfast while I wake up our toddler and dress him up for school.
It’s not easy, he’s not a morning person, and neither am I. I guess morning grumpiness runs in the family.
We rush through it and by 8:50 we are already dressed, fed, and ready to go.
8:50 am: We leave for school
Our boy’s school is at 15 minutes walking distance, so we usually walk to school.
Unless it’s bitter cold in winter or scorching hot in summer, we have a great time. We sing and we race each other there.
Normally Ollie loves school and happily stays with his teacher, although there’s always the off day when he stays crying and I leave with a broken heart.
9:10 am: Time for Jogging
Afer leaving Ollie school, I kiss my husband goodbye (he’s a work at home dad!) and I jog 30 minutes while he goes home and starts on laundry.
I like jogging alone, and enjoy some me-time listening to music and trying to take different routes every day.
9:45 am: Cleaning Up
I’m usually back home by this time. I quickly help my husband washing the dishes, and take a bath.
10:30 am: Work at Home Mom Duties Begin
I sit at my desk and start working.
This is a great part of my work day because I can get some alone time with my blog. By noon I start multitasking and making lunch with getting the last bit of work done before picking up our boy.
12:45 am: Picking Up Ollie at School
It’s really exciting, he always greets me with the sweetest smile. And, he jumps up and down in joy when he sees me.
It’s truly the highlight of my day.
When I get to his classroom and he runs towards me with this big smile full of excitement I melt on the inside. We usually hug all the way back home.
1:15 pm: Lunch Time
We arrive home, have some lunch, and put Ollie to sleep. By 2:00 pm he starts his 3-hour afternoon nap.
Sometimes, meals are a struggle, but on the better days, we all eat in peace.
2:00 pm: Let’s Work Again!
Once Ollie is asleep, we rush back, do the dishes, and continue to work. My work hours are long since I have two jobs.
5:00 pm: Snack Time
By this time, Oliver wakes up, we give him a snack, and play with him while we work.
I usually paint with him or ask him questions that he’s still learning the answers to. He loves bringing me stuff, so I hide his favorite toys around the house for him to bring me while I’m working. He understands by now that mommy is busy working, but I don’t like to neglect attention to him.
So, I try to do both.
7:00 pm: Taking a Break in the Park
We take a break from work and take our boy to the park.
He loves it, he runs, plays with the sands, the swings and the slide. We stay at the park for a good 30 minutes before coming back home for a nice bath.
7:30 pm: Bath Time
We give Ollie a bath and dress him up in his jammies.
He’s learning to wash his teeth and hands by himself, so we make a good mess in the bathroom. Mommy and daddy clean it up later.
Then, we have some dinner and continue working while Oliver plays with his toys in our office.
9:00 pm: Bedtime for Oliver
It’s bedtime for Oliver. We wash his teeth and normally read him a story until he falls asleep. He loves Harry Potter and his Monster books, he’s usually so tired that he falls asleep within 30 minutes.
9:30 pm: The Last Batch of Work for the Day
I work for the last part of the night, this is a really great time for me to work, too, because, with Oliver feed and asleep, I can really focus and do some work.
Also, as I said, I’m not a morning person, so I love working at night when the house is quiet. Although I get tired sometimes.
1:00 am: Bedtime for Mommy
By this time I get ready for bed and go to sleep.
I try to sleep between 6 and 7 hours every day. I drink lots of tea and try to eat healthy to get the most of my sleep!
That’s a Wrap
Being a work at home mom is a hard job. More often than not, it feels as if we are juggling. Between our son’s care, our jobs, and the house chores, we are left with no spare time.
But, who wanted spare time anyway? I love being a stay at home mom, at least for now it provides me with what I think that my son needs the most: Time with mommy. Even if mommy is working day and night.
Are you a work at home mom? Or, are you ready to make the transition? You can share all about it in the comment section!
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