I was going back through the archives and found Ralene’s A Day In the Life of a Writer series. This went on while I was on “maternity leave”, and so I thought I’d share my day now, just for fun.
6:00 am: I have set my alarm for this awful hour yet again, determined to get a little bit of writing done before Justin and Toby wake up for the day. My alarm goes off, practically giving me a heart attack even though I’ve chosen the prettiest, calmest ringtone my phone comes with. I briefly consider chucking the phone through the window, then remember that Justin has said if I break my iPhone, he’s not buying me another. I reconsider and instead turn the alarm off. Toby has by this time woken up, so I nurse him as I drift back to sleep.
Sometime later, Justin gets up. I usually don’t even wake up. He kisses me goodbye and sets off for work on the moped, though I only have the foggiest of memories of this time.
9:00 am: Toby wakes up demanding to be fed. I stagger out to the living room and nurse him in the recliner, sitting up, hoping I will stay awake. Generally I do…if I don’t, then this whole post is moot and I usually don’t get anything done for the day. So I find myself breakfast and give the kid some puree and rice cereal. After he’s emptied half his sippy cup down his front, I un-stick-ify him and get us both ready for the day. Usually this involves bribing Toby with a rice cracker or his johnny-jump-up toy so I can shower without him having a meltdown.
After this, we play and I get Toby to practice sitting up. We giggle and take lots of pictures. I try to get in a few quick chores…making the bed, emptying the dishwasher, getting the laundry going. Toby has recently started the army-crawl thing, so I scatter a few toys around the living room floor so he can scramble from one to the other while I work.
11:00 am: Toby is a bottomless pit like Justin. I nurse him again until he falls asleep, put him in the crib, and sneak off to (hopefully) get a bit of writing done.
Noon-ish: Toby usually wakes up, so I snuggle with him in my bed, nurse him again, and usually fall asleep.
1:00 pm: My alarm goes off. Toby screams at it. I agree with him. We get up for more playtime and housework.
3:00 pm: The bottomless pit strikes again. And again, naptime and some writing.
4:00 pm: Justin gets home from work. We chatter for a little while as I get a few things prepped for supper. Toby briefly wakes up to say hello to Daddy, and then Justin puts Toby and himself down for a nap while I write some more.
5:00 pm: Justin and Toby get up and play while I make supper.
6:00 pm: Both bottomless pits are now hungry. I nurse Toby, then we all eat supper together and play for a while.
7:30 pm: Justin goes through Toby’s be
8:30-9:00 pm: Hopefully by this time Toby is asleep in his crib. Justin and I exercise, read, watch tv, or otherwise relax.
11:00-ish pm: Justin and I do some Bible reading, then we head to bed.
Midnight: The miniature bottomless pit demands to be fed.
3 am: Wash, rinse, and repeat.
6 am: My alarm goes off, and another day has started.
This is, of course, all flexible. Sometimes I have a Bible study or coffee with friends in the afternoon. Sometimes Mr. Drools-a-lot is teething and cranky. Vacations or several busy days in a row always tend to throw our routine off for a while. I’m just happy there’s a routine most days now!