Day in the Life of a WAHM with a 5 Month Old

February 9th, 2016 | Posted by Erica House in Life

7:30-8 a.m. Baby, who is sleeping next to me in his Rock N Play, wakes up. I’ll bring him into bed and nurse him while I check my emails, and zone out on social media.

8 a.m. Head downstairs to make breakfast. I’ll warm up a cup of water for the Mothers Milk tea I drink, and start a bowl of oatmeal. While that’s cooking in the microwave I’ll change baby, and set him up on his activity mat. He will usually stay here for about 30 minutes before starting to fuss. Plenty of time for me to enjoy breakfast.
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8:30 – 9:30 a.m. We will kill time playing in the living room, maybe picking up a little bit.

9:30 a.m. I nurse him on one side and pump the other. I’ve been pumping once in the morning for two months now and have about 100 oz of breastmilk saved up. It’s nice to have on hand for when I’m away from him for more than 2 hours, or we plan to go somewhere I don’t want to have to nurse him at. He will usually fall asleep for about 30 minutes after he nurses. He only naps in my arms right now, after eating, but I always nurse him on the couch next to my laptop so I use this time to grade papers or work on blog stuff.

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Workout. I put babe in his Pack N Play and workout for as long as I can before he starts to fuss. Usually 30-45 minutes.

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11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. I’ll bring babe upstairs and put him in his swing while I wash up and get ready for the day. I always hope he will fall asleep in here, but it never happens!

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Noon – 1 p.m. Nurse little man again and he will usually fall asleep after for another 30-45 minutes.

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. I’ll make myself lunch (and I’m starving by this point) and put on a cartoon for him to watch while I eat. He loves Daniel Tiger and Spongebob! If we have errands to run I’ll leave the house now to go do them, otherwise we hang around the house to clean, or I’ll work on taking photos for upcoming blog posts.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Today we are staying in so I put him in his baby seat and clean the kitchen, fold and put away laundry, and either clean the bathrooms or sweep/vacuum. IMG_1557

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. time to nurse again! He will usually take a 60-90 minute nap after he eats this time. I’ll get the majority of my work done for the day during this nap.

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. The last hour of the day before Daddy comes home! We will hang out in his room playing in his jumper, reading books, or doing tummy time.
IMG_15685:00 – 6:00 p.m. nurse and hang out with Travis after he gets home.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. I’ll make a huge protein smoothie and drink it in while taking a bath. I’ll watch videos on blog/brand development at this time.

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Bedtime for baby! We read, swaddle, and watch the mobile above his crib (that he doesn’t use yet) until 7:30, then I nurse him and I used to let him fall asleep while nursing but for the last week we are trying to keep him awake so he can learn how to put himself to sleep. It’s not going too well. Travis can get him to sleep pretty easily, but he just won’t for me. I think it’s because he gets made he can’t use me as a pacifier after being able to do so for the first 4.5 months of his life. We recently transitioned him from the halo blanket to a zipadeezip so that’s progress!

8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Head downstairs to work, play in my planner, or do some more cleaning.

9:30 p.m. Head to bed and tell myself I will absolutely, 100%, not stay up playing on my phone past 10:30. It never happens. I almost always stay up closer to 11:30. I just love zoning out in bed!

I’m pretty happy with the little routine we have going. I’d like to actually start going to sleep when I say I will as babe often wakes up to eat around 2 a.m. and again at 4:30-5 a.m., so I’m getting about 6-7 hours of sleep broken up into three segments.

I’d also love to have more time to relax at the end of the day, but I usually spend most of it working. My goal is to start doing super focused work sessions on the weekend when Travis is here to help so I can get more done for the coming week. I was pretty successful at it this past weekend and took all my blog photos for the week, and wrote this post!

If you are a work-at-home parent when do you fit work into your day? 

Moms, what do you wish you had more time for? 

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17 Responses

  • Joanna says:

    I always love these kinds of posts! It’s fun to see how other mamas juggle life with a little one! You get more done around the house than me, haha! :)

    • Erica House says:

      Honestly I should stress less about cleaning so much (my therapist is working with me on it!) I just feel like I have to be constantly on the go all day long. Not like baby would let me sit down and relax anyway, but I tend to take it too far sometimes. The day I highlighted here was a very good day! I need to do another ‘day in the life soon’ when babe and I are both being extra fussy.

  • Ahh I love that your baby likes Spongebob! I grew up on that show and every kid should have a little Squarepants in their life ;) I love that you have a smoothie while you take a bath.

  • Polly says:

    I have a 5 week old and I’m still trying to figure out a schedule to get things done. I wish I had more energy to cook dinner but I’m usually beat by the end of the day!

    • Erica House says:

      Girl don’t even worry about a schedule for now! Meal prep on the weekend if you can. I’m nearly 5 months in and just now feel like I’m getting into a good rhythm and could cook a few times a week if I wanted to.

  • I’m completely out of touch with the baby routine, so this was a fun read for me. I don’t know how I’ll fit work in this time around. Right now, I am mostly working while my 4-year-old is at preschool (9AM-11:30AM) and then during her nap (1:30PM to 3:30PM). I also crunch stuff in on weekends when my husband is home. When she was little, I wasn’t doing freelance (just blogging a bit) until she was closer to 6 months old. At the time, I was an editor of a certain section on a website that needed to be complete by 12PM each day, but with her schedule — that meant I ended up getting up between 5:30 and 6 to work until she woke up at 8. Then I’d squeeze in more work during one of her naps. I am really lucky because my husband is a teacher, so I got in my workouts around 3:30 and we’d handle it back and forth. With two kids? I have no idea! That, and my husband now coaches cross country and track, so he’s gone till around 6 (or later) most nights and gone on many Saturdays. I guess we’ll see. The one benefit of having my two kids really far apart will be that my daughter starts kindergarten next year, so she’ll be at school for the bulk of the day. So I am hoping to use early mornings and naps to my advantage now that we have a home gym and my work hours are my fluid. :)

    • Erica House says:

      I know you didn’t plan for the age gap you’ll have between your two kids, but it definitely has it’s advantages! We are thinking about how we want to space ours out now and part of me wants to wait for him to be 3-4 so I could have him in preschool a few days a week to have individual time with the baby. I think the only way I’d be able to get work done with two kids is either on the weekend, or getting a babysitter for a few hours during the week.

  • Coach Sara says:

    I wish I had more time to relax with my husband. I get work done when Allie is napping and the weekends. It’s not easy.

    • Erica House says:

      It’s not easy at all. Thinking about this post today and I feel I made it seem too easy when the reality is I have some very challenging days with him. I was hoping to do a periscope on it today but couldn’t find any time!

  • I’m impressed that you can work while he sleeps on you, I’m not good at that!

    I work from home also and usually do as much as I can during naps, and some after she goes to bed. It’s not easy, but it’s working for now.

  • Kristen says:

    I always enjoy these day-in-the-life posts. It’s fun to see how other moms do it! I do the same thing and get work done when Axel falls asleep after eating. I always have my computer handy and use that 45min (or so) to crank out the work. It’s amazing how much you can get done when time is limited.

    How have you been meeting and connecting with other moms around the area? I’m always curious how other moms make social connections.

    • Erica House says:

      One great perk of being military is the built in support system. I’ve gone to a few spouses events/play dates with the military spouses, and have joined a few local facebook groups for nursing moms and families. I just joined a “Hike it baby” group and hope to get together with them. They hold multiple ‘hikes’ a week where moms will get together and take their kids out on nature walks. It’s a nationwide organization so you should see if they have one near you! https://hikeitbaby.com/

  • Lauren says:

    Great post! My little one just turned 6 weeks. I love reading about routines of babies a little older so I have some idea of what to expect! :)

  • I do my work during my Guy’s nap. This nap is usually 2-2.5 hours, but could be less! If that’s the case when my husband cones jobs I disappear for an hour to get more work done in peace. Such a tough balance!