Today at Kelly's Korner the topic is "What is your typical day like?" As a mom who likes to stay on a fairly regular schedule I think it will be good to see what other families' days look like!
7:30 am - Rise and shine! Everyday the boys (and mommy!) get up at this time, we change diapers and eat breakfast. (I am not an early riser unless I have to be, some days I have to get up for a doctor's appointment or something, but otherwise I sleep in as long as I can!)
8:00 am - Daddy heads to work and it's just mommy and the boys! Between this time I get the boys dressed for the day and they play around the house. I clean up from breakfast, work on some laundry, read to the boys, etc.
9:30 - 10:30 - Joshua takes his morning nap. During this time I do my work out while Andrew watches/plays/giggles/attempts to work out too! Then I put a show on for Andrew so I can take a shower and get ready for the day.
10:30 - 12:00 - This is my window of opportunity for out-of-the-house activity. That could mean getting groceries, running errands, taking the boys to the park or just going for a walk. I try to get them out of the house everyday even if it's just for a walk.
12:00 - Lunchtime!
12:30 - 1:00 - Un-wind time, I let the boys play for a bit and then we change diapers and get ready for naps!
1:00-3:30 (sometimes 4!) - Afternoon naps. This is when I get stuff done! The very first thing I do is clean up the kitchen from lunch. I can usually hear the boys talking and giggling for about 15 minutes, so I do whatever work needs to be done in the kitchen so I don't wake them up later! During naptime I do my quiet time/Bible study and then work on whatever there is to do around the house. Fold laundry, iron, clean, work on whatever craft project I am in the middle of, plan menus, blog, make grocery lists, make phone calls, etc. I love to put a movie in and listen/watch the movie while I am working on whatever.
4:00 - Snacktime! Joshua has his afternoon bottle while Andrew has a snack (or 10!) While they are eating I start on dinner.
5:00 - 6:00 - Survival hour! Haha! Sometimes the boys are happy to play, color or read and sometimes I can hardly get a thing done! I am usually in the middle of cooking dinner and sometimes that means letting them watch tv until Daddy gets home!
6:00 - Daddy's home! By this time we are all happy to have someone else around! We eat dinner at this time as well.
6:45 - 7:00 - Bath time! Daddy usually mans bath time while I clean up the kitchen....again! I find that keeping at least the kitchen clean goes a long way in my outlook on the whole house!
7:15 - Joshua gets cereal and bedtime bottle.
7:30 - Bedtime! We say prayers, kiss clean faces and put them to bed!
8:00 - 10:30 - Alone time! Some evenings I finish whatever didn't get done during the day and sometimes I just veg out! Spencer is also very sweet about letting me run errands some evenings so I can just be alone!
Now having shared all that let me share this....life as a stay-at-home-mommy can be very unpredictable! Some days I have fussy boys that keep me from getting much done, or something unexpected happens and we have just have to adapt. It is important to have a schedule but it is just as important to be flexible. I like my boys to get outside of their routine every once in awhile without pushing their limits too much. I think that children need predictability in life to feel secure, but they also need fun and spontaneity!
Besides all the day-to-day activities there are boo boo's to fix, manners to teach, memories to make, runny noses to wipe, encouragement and discipline to be given and so much more! Some days I am so tired from the previous days that I take a little nap when the boys are sleeping! It seems like once I feel like I have it all together something changes, I am learning everyday!
Being a mom is wonderful and challenging all at the same time, the best way for me to be successful is to be organized and stick to a schedule as much as I can! If you are a new mommy the best advice I can give is to make a schedule and stick to it, but to be flexible when you need to be!