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What does a day in my life look like? I think the better question is what doesn’t it look like? On any given day – like most parents – I wear more hats than a milliner’s dream customer. Chauffeur, chef, general manager, accountant, freelance writer, dishwasher, comforter, singer, children’s entertainer, protector, volunteer, marketer, friend, wife, sister, daughter and most recently blogger. Since I am not gifted in the art of juggling, I would say that the common theme running through my life is balance. I balance work life and home life, time with my children and my hubby, play time and rest, my bank accounts and my daughters wobbly attempts to walk.
Our daily routine is definitely a balancing act, a veritable tightrope of time that can take a huge tumble with one little slip. Given that my hubby works midnights, we need to run like a well oiled machine to get everything done. An ideal day has my 4.5 year old up at 7, and my 7.5 month old sleeping in until 7:30 so I can get breakfast and lunch made for the older one, and maybe even a coffee for myself. A typical day however, has both kids up at 6:15 and me pulling out my hair to get everything done in time. Hubby comes home in time to take Adri to kindergarten and I get Aven fed. We have some playtime at home and then she is down for her nap 2-3 hours from when she wakes up. This is when I decide if I will a) work, b) blog or c) catch up on the latest episode of the Blacklist. In an ideal world, Aven will sleep for 2 hours and I will be energized from the break and ready to have a ton of fun. In reality, she can nap anywhere from 20 minutes to 2.5 hours with no way to predict which it will swing. The only pattern I can discern is that the length of nap time is inversely proportional to the length of my to do list.
Once she is awake, our afternoons vary. If its a beautiful day, we may go for a walk to the park and do some swinging. We may go to our Gymboree classes or playtime or have a playdate with a friend. On the other hand, I may drag her along to a meeting, workshop or other work related event. This usually means one or more meals and naps in the car seat as we navigate to and from events and often swinging by to pick up big sister along the way. After a bit of fun on the playground its back home to wake up Daddy. Then a few afternoons a week it’s work time for Mommy, followed by dinner, bath and bed. An average person’s day would end there, however I have a 7 month old who only sleeps for 2-3 hours at a time so its cuddling and feeding all night long – rinse, lather, repeat.
Given the helter-skelter nature of our days (and nights), I’m always envious of families who have a neatly scheduled, predictable daily routine. Since I wasn’t that way before kids, I have an inkling that there is not much hope with 2 munchkins thrown in the mix. However, when the stars align, the universe is in balance and hubby and I can sneak a mid day date while one child is napping and one is at school, or wake up with happy, snuggling kids at a reasonable time of day, it makes walking the crazy tightrope of our unusual schedule totally worth it!
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