Shannon at From Match to Marriage posted today about what her schedule, as a working mother, looks like during the week... I was VERY happy to see that her schedule looked much like mine... and that housework was nowhere in there. lol
This is what the day looks like in our household:
4:30-6:00- Emily wakes up. However, after feeding her a bottle and putting her back in her crib, she will USUALLY fall back asleep for another couple of hours.
6:15- My alarm goes off. I hit snooze.
6:25 - Out of bed and into the shower.
6:25-7:10 - Shower, get dressed, put make up on, brush hair and teeth (I do this pretty quick... sleep is more important to me than doing a good job most mornings).
7:10-7:30 - Try to eat breakfast (try being the key word), check my e-mail, read my blogs/Facebook/etc.... if, of course, I'm not already running late. =) Get the diaper bag ready. Ask Jacob if he's planning on getting out of bed.
7:20-7:30 - Get Emily up (if she isn't already). Generally Jacob will get her dressed while I do last minute prep and make her a bottle. If Emily wakes up before this time, Jacob will hang out with her while I get ready... usually this includes the two of them taking a shower. She LOVES the water and playing in her tub!
7:30-7:40 - All three of us leave the house. Jacob work bound, me daycare and then work bound.
8:00 - Drop Emily off at daycare.
8:00-8:45 (or 9 if traffic sucks) - Make my way to work. This usually looks like me driving my car to the MAX and then taking the train into downtown. Some days I drive, but it doesn't save me any time and (if I don't have a parking spot at work that day), costs more to park.
8:45ish-5:00ish - Work.
5:00-6:00 - Make my way home. Jacob also gets off work at 5, but since his commute is a bit shorter he stops and picks up Emily on his way home (getting her at around 5:30).
6:00-7:00 - Play with baby time. This is my ONE HOUR of the day that I can focus on my daughter. =( I take advantage.
7:00-7:15 - Put Emily to bed. Jacob gets her changed and in her PJs while I prep a bottle. Then he passes her off to me and I feed her and put her in her crib. She either goes right to sleep or...
7:15-7:30 - Listen to Emily chatter while we make dinner. =) If she doesn't go right to sleep when I put her in her crib, she'll talk (loudly) to herself for a few minutes before she passes out. We don't even need the baby monitor to hear her in there... it's kind of hilarious. =)
7:30-8:30ish - Jacob and I eat dinner together while catching up on some TV. Sometimes, if I put something in the crock pot for dinner and its ready when we get home, we'll have a "family dinner" around the table and give Emily some food to eat/play with. It all depends on our meal.**
8:30-10:30ish - Me time (sort of). This usually includes catching up on FB/blogs/news/etc. Editing photos (if I've had a shoot recently), watching some of "my" shows (those shows that Jacob could care less about) or doing something silly like loading the dishwasher or folding laundry. =) (Right now, while doing this, I have a load of laundry in the dryer and another load in a basket that just came out of the dryer... I know these won't get folded any time soon... I'm trying to come to peace with that).
10:30ish - Off to bed... cringing at the thought of starting the whole day over again... I really feel like weekends should be longer than the rest of the "week".
Any sort of housework either occurs on the weekends, or "a little here, a little there" throughout the week. I have been working on putting together a chore "schedule" to see if that will help us keep things on track as I am getting really frustrated with my house always being gross and not being able to find a shirt I want to wear or a clean pair of socks (because laundry rarely gets folded, and even less likely does it get put away in this house).
Exercise... what's that? I am NOT waking up any earlier to do it, and by the time I get Emily in bed and eat dinner, the last thing I want to do is go to the gym. I bought a yoga CD that I like... sometimes I do it. ;)
**For the last 2-3 months I have been using the meal planning website Menu for the Week. I LOVE it! Saves me so much time and I enjoy eating a variety of things (before we started doing this, our menu from one night to the next looked pretty similar). I also love the fact that it puts a grocery list together for me... so I just print it and go! Love.