A Day in the Life …
Well, to say that my day to day routine has changed somewhat over the last few years is a bit of an understatement!
When Cohen was born I was a career woman with a baby. I stayed at home with him for nine months, and then headed back to work part time. Thankfully I was able to do this relatively easily thanks to the stars aligning in several different ways.
Most importantly, Allan worked from home around fifty percent of the time, so one and a half jobs between us was pretty easy to navigate. We did put Cohen into a local (three doors down local!) day care on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons whether we needed it or not. This enabled us to work our schedules with this in mind. And if we didn’t need the time for work, oh what a lovely break! Thankfully he took to it like a duck to water, and even now likes to pop in for visit!
When Paige came along, things didn’t go quite as smoothly. She had a few minor medical problems that required us to spend quite a bit of time seeing specialists. By the time she was nine months old, the idea of going back to work didn’t even cross my mind. I’ve heard that this is often the case with the second baby, and because of Paige’s medical problems it was really out of the question.
So, there I was. Suburban housewife and mother of two at 34! The odd thing about all of this is that it didn’t feel … odd. Not in the slightest. Paige’s medical problems were but a distant memory by the time she was a year old, and by then I had a new career. I was a stay at home mom!
Let’s get one thing straight: I’m organized. I’ve always been pretty organized, and thankfully Allan’s much the same. Between the two of us we run a pretty tight ship. We figure that we enjoy our down time, and if we keep our well oiled machine ticking along, we get quite a bit of it.
I like to plan ahead. For example, I always set up for breakfast the night before. Whoever gets to the kitchen first has a pretty easy time getting things started. Unlike 90% of my friends, we actually sit down together for breakfast. It’s probably one of my favorite times of the day.
From there Allan either goes to the gym, to work or into his home office. I make sure that I clean the kitchen before I leave the house so I don’t come home to chaos – which in my opinion would just be depressing. We’re out the door by 8.15am and have Cohen at school by 8.30.
Two mornings a week Paige goes to playgroup. I make a point of not going home to do chores, doing grocery shopping or running errands that I could do while Paige is with me. I try to make the most of my time and do things that I really can’t easily do with a four year old in tow. On the other three mornings we try to get together with friends to do fun things with the kids and to hang out.
Afternoons are more about getting chores done, either in or out of the house. Once Cohen is home the day takes on a different feel as they tend to play together, which gives me a break!
Dinner is at the same time every night, and we always make it a nice, relaxing time to eat, chat, share and laugh. After dinner cleanup coincides with a bit of a whole house cleanup that everyone’s involved in. The importance of starting with a clean slate each day can’t be overstated!
Of course, there’s always a little chaos amongst the organization of our lives. That’s what makes it fun!