Well I have been putting off a Day In The Life post since January. It sat as a word doc. I took pictures. I got continually lazy about it. How much is too much to share? At what point would y’all go “enough already…we get it.” Well I realized this routine will come to an end soon. My life with a solo toddler will be no more. Like any day now so I better get it down…if anything, for me.
So let’s get down some facts up front:
- 2 working parents with the same hours.
- 1 almost 3 year old in full time daycare
- 1 giant 7 yr old dog who still stays in a crate
- 1 über flexible workplace with 35 hour work week
Now like Alicia, I have a wonderful helper each morning. Kevin and I are an awesome team. If anything made our marriage stronger post baby, it was the team we can assemble to get stuff done. Mornings are the best example of this.
6:00: My alarm to get in the shower.
6:20: Out of shower often to chirps of a toddler on the monitor. He either falls back asleep or plays in his bed. He hasn’t decided to get out on his own yet. I’ll take it.
6:30: K is back from the walk and has feed the dog and ready to shower
6:30-7 (B): Makeup, hair and brush teeth
6:30-7 (K): Shower, clothes and brush teeth
7:00-7:10: Go to Landon’s room. He is usually sitting in his bed and pops up “Hi Mommy/Daddy!” Then he starts talking about something. He keeps talking until he goes to bed…I swear. So PJs and diaper off. Pee. Clothes and undies on. We OUT!
7:10-7:30: Make treats for the dog. Pack the car. Make and eat breakfast. Brush teeth.
7:30: Family piles in the car together. Landon plays on his phone, Kevin drives and I tweet. Ahhh family bonding.
8:00-8:15: Park at work and maybe grab coffee/breakfast at the cafe together. Then we head to our separate building across the street from one another to start the work day.
How geez that is a lot in 2 hours. Of course this is the ideal. There are the mornings that you walk into Landon’s room to whining and you know the day is off kilter. He is going to protest everything from what he wears to getting him to brush teeth. We roll with it and still usually end up at work around the same time…just a little more tired.
Once again, working and carpooling together is HUGE for our routine. We save precious time here. There is no “solo” parenting usually. Ebbs and flows beautifully. Granted this routine has changed through the kid stages, but we have always had a similar schedule. I even practiced this on maternity leave. I would get up when Kevin did and get the house moving in some way. When I started back to work, it was easy. Yes, there was nursing to consider and bottles to pack but we made it work. So I guess we will make it work again…right??