Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Morning Schedule as a WOHM (w/ an almost 4.5 year old girl and a 2.75 year old boy)

It’s time for another schedule post. The last time I did this was almost a year ago! Back then my mother-in-law was still coming to take care of the kids and I was working part-time. Oh how I miss those days so much...

Things have switched up a bit since then. The kids are in an in-home daycare now and I work a full 40-hour week. This is what our schedule looks like on a typical summer weekday.

(Anna is almost 4.5 years old and Will is about to turn 2 years and 9 months old.)

6:45 – 7:00am – This is usually when I wake up, if not earlier. If I am feeling energetic, I get up immediately and start getting ready for work. If feeling lazy, I waste time on the Kindle (Feedly) and wait for Will (who comes over to sleep between me and the hubs in the middle of the night) to wake up. He’s usually up just before 7am. I take him to the potty and get him dressed for the day. Luke gets up around this time too and takes the dog out.

7:00 – 7:15am – I finish getting myself ready (hair, makeup clothes) and go to the kids’ room to wake up Anna. Lately she has been sleeping in, which would be fine, but I have to get them to daycare so I can get to work. I give her a 5-minute warning to avoid meltdowns. That girl can be a grump in the morning! Will keeps himself occupied with books, toys, and sometimes Kindle (if I let him).

7:15 – 7:20am – Anna is up by now and she goes potty, picks out her clothes (and complains that she has "no pretty shirts"), and gets dressed.
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7:20 – 7:30am – The kids play upstairs while I fix their beds, our bed, and just tidy up in general. Then I take their breakfast orders and head downstairs to make breakfast.

7:30 – 8:00am – I make breakfast. The standard fare for Anna is egg sandwich and Will typically has cereal. Every other day, I make him a scrambled egg to get some protein in him before giving him his the cereal. While they eat, I run around cleaning up the kitchen, unloading the dishwasher, checking to make sure the dog has water, taking stuff out of the freezer, and a dozen of other things. Then I sit down with the kids to have my bowl of cereal.

Luke is usually downstairs by now and he may eat breakfast with us. After the kids eat, they play while I/we clean up. Then I go back upstairs to brush my teeth (I always brush again after breakfast).
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8:00 – 8:25am – The kids get an episode of a show (Umizoomi, Ni Hao Kai-Lan, Daniel Tiger) while I feed them yogurt. This is a habit I want to break because if I can get them to daycare sooner (at 8:15ish), then I can get to work sooner and come home sooner. But because they don’t drink milk, I feel they need their yogurt and the only way to get them to eat it is by me feeding them while watching TV. This habit has been going on for years now? After yogurt, I wipe their faces, give them vitamins, and get our various bags ready. The show is over by now and they get their shoes on.

If we are being efficient and the kids listen to everything I say (or if Luke helps to corral the kids), we are all in the car by 8:30am. If not, it may be 8:35am by the time we drive away. I text our daycare provider to say that we are on our way. Will skips happily to daycare, Anna drags her feet. It takes me 10 minutes total to drop off the kids and arrive at work. I am glad at least everything close by, it makes this working mom gig easier to manage.

By 8:45am – At work!

To be continued...

Read more about my schedules:
As a SAHM to a 5 month old
As a Working Mom to a 11 month old
As a Working Mom to a 16.5 month old
As a SAHM to a 22.5 month old and a 2.5 month old
As a Working Mom to a 3.5 year old and a 22 month old (morning)
As a Working Mom to a 3.5 year old and a 22 month old (afternoon/evening)

3 comments:

  1. I'm ready for a nap, just reading about your efforts "to get out the door!"

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  2. I just started back to work and am in the process of learning a new schedule now that I have 2 kids (son is 3, daughter is 3 months.) Therefore, I can totally relate to this post! Working mommyhood is busy, busy!

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  3. Yep, sounds like the right amount of craziness :). Glad everything is close by! It'd be terrible to have a bad commute to add to all this!

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