I realized a couple months back that I am in a unique situation in that I have been a full time working mom, a work at home mom, and a stay at home mom. I think every new mom questions her choice to work or stay at home at some point. The purpose of this post is to share with you what my schedule was like in each of these parenting situations. Whether you are working and thinking of taking time off or staying home and starting to work in your home office part time, you can see how I managed and hopefully I will pass on some wisdom.
My Full Time Working Mom Schedule
5 AM: Wake up, nurse and pump. Put the baby back to sleep. Get dressed for work.
6 AM: Make breakfast, run the Roomba, feed the dogs.
7 AM: Pump, wake up husband to be with the newly woken up baby and leave for work.
8 AM: Get to work, pump again, check emails, set up classroom, meetings, playground duty.
9 AM-11:30 AM: Teach
11:30 AM-1 PM: Lunch, pump, lunchroom duty
1 PM- 3:30 PM Teach
3:30 PM Leave work
4:00 PM Pick up baby from daycare or meet baby at home with nanny (we did both). Bath myself and baby. Nurse, pump. Baby napped.
6:00 PM Make dinner, make lunch for work, get bottles together for the next day or set aside frozen homemade baby food (my Saturday night project).
7:00 PM Read three books to baby, nurse and put to sleep. Pump. Watch a little TV and go to sleep. I typically awoke 2-3 times a night to nurse and one time to pump.
My Stay At Home Mom Schedule
7 AM: Wake up with my baby and nurse. Change baby and go downstairs. Coffee, let baby play while I catch up on the news.
8 AM: Toddler wakes up. Change him, he comes downstairs too. Feed the dogs, and give the boys milk.
8:30 AM: Wake up husband for work. Get myself dressed, make breakfast for everyone.
9:30-11 AM: Clean up dishes, get the boys ready to leave, take them to their mommy and me class.
12-3 PM: Come home, have lunch, shower, and put the boys down for a nap. Nurse the baby. While they nap I start dinner, clean the floor, wipe off the countertops, do laundry, and dust.
3-5 PM: Let the boys free play. I usually have a quiet play activity such as puzzles, a sensory bin, or an art activity as well.
5-6 PM: Make dinner, eat with the boys.
7-8 PM: Clean up dinner, put on our PJs, read stories and nurse baby. After they go to sleep I could read or watch TV.
Schedule Variation -Work at Home Mom
7 AM- 8 AM: I work on the blog while the baby plays.
8 PM-10/11 PM: Work on my home business after putting the kids to bed.