A Day in the Life of a Working (and Pregnant) Mom

Trish recently posted A Day in the Life as a Working Mom. I loved the concept and I would love to see what a day in everyone else’s crazy life is like. So here is one of mine. This was a light day. It wasn’t necessarily typical, but none of them are exactly the same.

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7am – Alarm goes off. I turn it off and let E wake me up since we both had a very late night. Ben went to work at least an hour ago. I have no memory of this – I just know it happened.

7:30am – E wakes up after sleeping in (he’s generally awake around 6:45 but will quietly wait for his owl to turn green and signal morning at 7am). I go get him and he says he’s still tired but he wants yogurt.

7:35 – After changing E’s diaper, I get him yogurt. I make his lunch and eat a banana while he eats.

7:45 – We go upstairs so I can shower. E eats a tortilla (yes, a tortilla for breakfast) and watches Clifford in my bed. He asks me to cuddle for a minute. I can’t say no to cuddle requests.

7:55 – I finally get in the shower. E wanders in after 5 minutes wondering if I am still in the shower.

8:05 – I get ready while trying to keep E entertained. He plays with my makeup brushes and mirror. I get dressed, run a flat iron through my hair, and put make up on.

8:25 – I chase E around the house trying to get him dressed. I succeed only by promising he can hold the mirror again. I negotiate an outfit with him and change a poopy diaper. He refuses to wear shoes.

8:35 – I pack up the car then chase E around the house while he tries to play with my foam roller. I finally catch E and carry him to the car (no shoes still). I yell at him for slouching while I try to buckle him in. Then I feel bad for yelling at him.

8:45 – We arrive at preschool after Evan narrated the half-mile drive for me (complete with monsters and polar bears). I walk E into the classroom and say goodbye (I always get a hug and a kiss). I tell E I’ll see him later and leave him happily playing with his friends.

8:55 – I have a granola bar and orange juice on the drive to work. I listen to NPR because I’m feeling disconnected from the greater world.

9:05 – I finally get to work. This is definitely on the late side for me. I aim for 8:30 but try to at least get there by 9. It’s usually closer to the latter.

9:05 – I work. It’s kind of a slow week. Boss gives me a few projects to work on. I return phone calls and emails. I review some documents. I discuss cases with the other lawyers. I gchat about finances with Ben because I am pretty sure I haven’t really seen him since Sunday (it is Wednesday). I might also do a little tweeting.

12pm – Lunch. The three of us lawyers in the office at noon go out, like those of us who are around do every day. Big boss wanted to go to a restaurant pretty far away so lunch ran a bit long.

1:15-3 – More work. And snacking.

3:10 – I leave work early.

3:30pm – I arrive at my 19 week appointment with midwife. Ben and E meet me there (Ben picks E up from school at 3pm every day). I meet a midwife I hadn’t met yet and really like her. We listen to the baby’s heartbeat and then listen to Evan’s heartbeat.

4:30 – We leave the birth center. I call my mom on the way home for an update on my 89-year-old grandma who isn’t doing very well.

4:50 – We all get home. This is late for Ben and early for me. Evan slept on the way home because he didn’t feel like napping at school. We scrub our planned meal (spaghetti squash casserole) due to time constraints (Ben wasn’t planning on going to my appointment). Ben usually cooks since he’s home first.

5:00 – Ben and I try to have a conversation while E yells at us not to talk and throws things at the tv.

5:20 – Ben gets dinner ready. We end up with fake chicken nuggets and potatoes/veggies. Not the best meal but not the worst. I entertain a very cranky E.

5:45 – Dinner time. We try to have family dinner at the table every night.

6:10 – We play Wii Sports Resort for a few minutes because E has been asking for an hour. Evan likes sword-fighting the best.

6:25 – Ben leaves for his adjunct teaching job. Evan and I switch to watching Octonauts (lots of screen time on a no-nap/extra-whiny day). I do the dishes and pick up while E watches the show.

6:48 – I decide we need to do something other than watch tv and we color and use stamps for a bit.

7pm – Bath time. This is a half hour earlier than usual but E is beyond tired and I am out of ideas to keep him from melting down. After I wash him, I let him play in the water while I fold and put his clothes away.

7:25 – I finally get E out of the bath and go through the bedtime routine. Pajamas, brush teeth, read 3 books, sleep sack, close curtains, turn off light, play music, give hugs and kisses, and tuck Evan into bed.

7:48 – I leave E’s room. We’re usually done around 8 but the head start helped me out. He’s easy to put down. I don’t expect to hear a peep until morning.

7:50 – I consider washing my hair but convince myself I can get one more day out of this wash (yay, long hair). I go downstairs and make tea (Stash Spice Dragon Red Chai decaf) and read (The Winner’s Curse) instead. I’m probably only reading because I know I’m doing this post. If I’m honest, I’d have picked Gilmore Girls otherwise.

8:25 – Ben comes home from his class. We chat for a few minutes about lazy students and anti-vaxxers. We spend time trying to figure out how to watch already-aired NBC shows on one of the tvs (no cable). We ponder why there is no NBC app for either Apple TV and Roku. We finally decide to just plug the chromebook into the TV and realize that isn’t working either (cable cutting certainly takes a bit of effort).

9pm – Ben and I watch some Parks and Rec. We are really behind. I eat a bowl of cereal. I am always hungry.

9:50 – We decide to head upstairs early. We get ready for bed.

10pm – We watch Friends in bed.

10:30pm – We are both asleep. This is about right for Ben but early for me. I’m rarely asleep before 11. I generally stay up watching more Gilmore Girls and/or gchatting with Jen.
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6 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Working (and Pregnant) Mom

  1. Kailana February 9, 2015 / 8:22 am

    Nice! I enjoyed your post and Trish’s. I am sure I would tweak my day if I was doing a post like this, too. But, my post would be pretty boring… I just have a dog to let out and then three animals to feed. No kids to chase around. Although, sometimes a puppy can seem like a kid to chase around…

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  2. Vishy February 10, 2015 / 2:10 am

    Nice post, Michelle. Thanks for sharing a typical day of your life. I always knew that you had a tough schedule, but now reading about it here, makes me realize that you are a superhero. I don’t know how you manage to read so much every year with this schedule. I have to just say that you are awesome in every way.

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  3. Trish March 28, 2015 / 11:00 am

    I meant to ask on your other post–do you set a timer on the TV or turn it off before you fall asleep? I always fall asleep before Scott so struggle with what to do when he’s out of town. Ha! And oh the tired meltdowns. As a parent my biggest struggle is being patient. And the snapping…and then feeling bad for snapping (or yelling or whatever). Ugh.

    And I LOVE that you too Evan to your ob visit. I’m looking forward to Elle being old enough to kind of get it next time. And I hope things are ok with you grandma. xo

    OH–and the comment about reading instead of watching TV because you’re recording your day. BAHAHAHAHAHA. 😉

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    • Michelle March 29, 2015 / 4:39 pm

      No timer – we just turn it off at some point. Usually I turn it off and go to bed instead of actually falling asleep with it on.

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