Lately I've been getting the same question; "how do you do it all?" My first response is to laugh. If only you all knew how hectic my days are, and how much I always feel like I'm behind on something! I will say I've worked hard to get systems and routines in place that allow me to be as productive as possible. I want to caution women from buying into the 'supermom' myth. Anytime it appears that I'm killing it in one area of my life I promise I'm failing to get everything done in another area. If I have an amazing week with my online business then I've surely not spent enough time playing with my son, or taking care of myself to avoid stress burnout. Week by week I'm trying to tweak things to gain a greater balance.
Last time I did a 'day in the life post' I had a few people ask that I do them more often. So, here's this months peek into my average day!
Baby woke up every 2-3 hours Sunday night so I was pretty tired come Monday morning. He has two bottom teeth, and two top teeth are coming in now (not his two front ones but the two on either side. He looks like such a goof.)
7:30 a.m. Travis is up getting ready for work so when he hears the baby start to fuss he gets him out of his bed and brings him to me. I nurse him in bed, sitting up trying not to fall back asleep myself, and scroll through facebook and check my email.
8:15 a.m. It's low carb day so I'm making eggs for breakfast! I finish my first 25 oz of water for the day thanks to carrying the CamelBak around with me everywhere I go. I'm obsessed with adding 1/4 c. of the Lite Jalapeno tofu dip to my scrambled eggs. So delicious.
8:30 a.m. Eat breakfast as I check in with clients and baby boy plays on his activity mat. I do a quick cleaning of the kitchen (dishes, wipe down counters) after breakfast.
I play with little man a bit before I get ready to pump and nurse. We just got him this Sit to Stand toy on Sunday and he loves it! It's the first time he's sat unassisted for minutes at a time. He will even 'stand' to play with the top part with me holding him around his waist to help him balance. I realized last week we really didn't have many toys for him so I'm glad we got this.
9:00 a.m. nurse and pump at the same time. Sometimes he will fall asleep after for a short 30 minute nap. Not today!
9:30 a.m. Sprints! Since it's low carb day we do sprint/HIIT to really tap into fat stores. I did about 15 minutes of sprint work and a slow jog after for a total of 3.1 miles. I watched a few Periscopes on blogging and list building as I ran.
As I run baby plays in his Pack N Play. While we were at his 6 month appointment the doctor gave him this colors book. It's the first book he's had that's small enough he can really manipulate the pages and he can sit and 'read' this book for 20 minutes without getting bored.
10:15 a.m. Get dressed for the day. I don't usually shower in the morning after working out unless I'm going somewhere. I'll do a quick wipe down with baby wipes and bathe after Travis gets home. I always do my make-up as it makes me feel ready to work for the day. A few weeks ago I asked on Twitter for mascara recommendations. I hadn't found one I truly loved and ended up picking up this Buxom waterproof mascara from Ulta.
It is the best mascara I've ever used. By far. It separates my lashes so it makes it look like I have 2x as much as I did with other mascaras, makes my lashes super thick and long, and never clumps. For $20 I am so, so glad I gave it a shot. I also grabbed a Buxom lip plumping lip stick to try (in Dolly.) It doesn't plum at all but the color is gorgeous and I love that it's in the shape of a pencil so it goes on perfectly.
10:30 a.m. nurse baby while eating the rest of a jar of almond butter. He takes a nap for about an hour and I check in with clients and get some work done on my eCourse.
Noon: Lunch time! Baby gets some sweet potatoes, banana and apple/blueberry puree.
I have green beans with vegan hot dogs, hard boiled eggs with guacamole, and a Premier Protein shake. This egg-guacamole concoction was delicious and only 100 calories! I used one of the single serve guacamole verde mini's from Wholly Guacamole.
12:30 p.m. I do my daily cleaning for the day. You can get my weekly cleaning checklist here. On Monday I deep clean the kitchen. I cleaned the appliances, purged old stuff from the fridge, and swept/mopped the floors. Baby played in his high chair while I did everything. Since I do this weekly it doesn't take me long and I was finished in under 30 minutes.
1:15 p.m. My goal for April is to get 100 miles in so baby and I headed out for a walk. I nursed him right before we left and we did 3 miles. He slept about half of the time. I listened to professional development podcasts as we walked.
2:30 p.m. Home from our walk. I nurse baby and he takes his long nap for the day. He took forever to fall asleep today so napped from about 3:30 to 5. I work while he naps. I snack on some pumpkin seeds and have a Zevia Ginger Root Beer.
5:00 p.m. Nurse and play time with Daddy!
6:00 p.m. I take a bath and watch some more Periscopes. Wash and blow dry my hair (I only wash my hair every 2-3 days.)
7:00 p.m. Baby bath time.
7:30 p.m. I do the bedtime routine with baby and he's asleep by 8.
8:00 p.m. Check in with clients, work on this blog post, and write a few modules for my eCourse. Snack on some peanut butter!
10:00 p.m. Wash my face and get ready for bed. I'll spend about an hour in bed either reading or zoning out on my phone. I fall asleep around 11-12. Baby will wake up once before midnight to eat, usually right after I fall asleep!
Overall I love the routine we've gotten into. Once or twice a week I won't work after he goes to bed and I'll just relax on the couch or spend some time crafting. On the weekends I try to take 2 hours to myself to go somewhere and have a "mommy vacation." Usually shopping downtown or hanging out at a bookstore.
How routine are your days? What's the one thing you never have time to do?