Welcome back to my little corner of the internet!
So let’s jump right in! I’m coming up on my third full month of being a SAHM and it has definitely been an emotional roller coaster for sure. Before I get into the daily schedule that I try to keep with my babies I wanted to update you guys on some of the triumphs and challenges I’ve encountered in these past few months.
The Constant Need To Be ProductiveOne major thing that I’ve been struggling with, that has been extremely surprising, has been my constant need to be productive. Granted, I am admittedly a “go go go” type of person but the guilt I feel when I don’t complete my To-do list has skyrocketed! The only thing I can attribute it to is still being in a “working mom” mindset and seeing being a SAHM as a job. And while that’s not far off I’m noticing that my need to see quantifiable results, similar to what you see at work , is not translating well into stay at home motherhood.
Kids are unpredictable and so my days hardly look the same. And not seeing my daily wins in the little victories ( like getting the kids to nap together) has caused me to get upset about things that just aren’t that serious.
Feeling Jealous About Working
Girl, this sounds so ridiculous and I’m almost embarrassed to admit this but I have to put it all out there, right? My husband and I have discussed on multiple occasions about how I sometimes sometimes find myself getting jealous of the time he has at work. (The adult conversations, eating meals in peace, a moment to gather your thoughts, the quiet drive home). Being a SAHM is non stop, no breaks. (Except maybe at nap time if the kids nap together). But even then there‘s laundry to fold, toys to pick up and dinner to prep. The lists of things is endless and the pressure to get them done feels much more when you’re not working.
Not Missing Any Milestones
One of the biggest things I’m grateful for while being a SAHM is the fact that I get to watch my babies grow up in such detail. I literally witness every milestone and I’m so deeply grateful for it. I’m in awe of how quickly my children are growing and I find them so fascinating. The more they come into their little personalities the more I fall in love.
My son,Leo is becoming so kind and caring. The way he can sense when I’m stressed and genuinely checks in on me stops me in my tracks every time. He also has THE BEST memory. Like it’s jaw dropping the details he remembers from random situations and I lie to you not there is not a 3 year old alive better at video games than him. He’s brilliant (I said what I said).
My daughter, Myka, is the most affectionate little baby ever. She lives for cuddles and kisses and snuggles all day and night. At seven months she’s definitely still coming into her personality but I can tell already how assertive she will be. She is loud and head strong in the most beautiful way. I pray she continues no to make herself small for anyone.
Our Daily Schedule (Sort Of)
To be completely honest it’s nearly impossible to keep an extremely rigid schedule in my household. Everyday looks different for us so we try our best to go with the flow but here’s the gist.
7:30am: I Wake Up
I try my best to get up at least 30 minutes before the babies to get myself together. I feel a million times better on days when I get ready so I’ve been trying to make it a point to get ready everyday. (It doesn’t always happen but I try my best).
8:00am: The Babies Get Up
My kids get up at 8am and we immediately get right to it. The first 30-45 minutes of the day are spent on potty time, diaper changes and making my bed. (Making your bed everyday is a must, trust me!)
9:00am-10:00am: Breakfast Time!
This is the time of the day of when I make a mad dash around the kitchen getting us all something to eat. We typically have quick meals in the morning (oatmeal, waffles, breakfast bowls and fruit.) Myka is starting on solids too so she typically has a mashed up version of whatever I’m eating. On weekends we typically have bigger breakfasts since my husband is home.
10:00am-12:00pm: Getting Ready/ Play-Time
Right after breakfast is when we all get ready for the day and then we have play-time until lunch time. This is the of day that changes the most. We’ll play with toys, go to the park, play video games, color, flash cards. The possibilities are endless.
We throw on some CoCo Melon and then Mama whips together something for lunch. I typically have leftovers from the night before and Myka will just eat with me. Leo’s lunch varies daily but typically string cheese and fruit is involved in some way.
1:00pm-3:00pm: Nap-Time (If I’m Lucky)
So this is probably one of the hardest parts of the day because it is so hard for me to get my babies to nap together. I’ve done it a few times but most times one of them ends up staying up. Admittedly I am a bit of an enabler. They both like to snuggle to sleep so I lay with them both together to nap but before I know it they’re both keeping each other up. (Drop your nap time advice below).
3:00pm-6:00pm: Family Time/Play-Time
This is the time of day where we’re just Winging It until dinner time. We watch tv, play with toys, have a dance party and at some point I cook our dinner for the night.
Pretty self explanatory. We eat, typically while watching television. Honestly this is a habit I want to break and I want to start eating at the table. We’re working on it.
Glorious bedtime! My kids typically go down at 8:30. Our night time routine varies depending on the day and whether or not the kids need baths that night. I usually fall asleep around 9:30 or 10:00 and then we do it all over again the next day.