A Day in the Life of This Work at Home Mom
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Lately, I feel like I am being pulled in way too many directions. My kids started school recently, I am closing on the sale of my old home, and I am still unpacking my new home. I never really understood the whole “I don’t have time for that” feeling until this month. August was a crazy month!
I feel bad when I continuously cancel playdates, postpone appointments, and miss my gym sessions. Things will get better once the kids are in school. That is what I keep reminding myself. However, as a work at home mom to three active kids, I sometimes question what normal is, and when it will happen.
So, today I wanted to share a 100% honest glimpse into A Day in the Life of this Work at Home Mom. Since pretty much everyone who I talk to thinks working at home is super glorious, I will let you be the judge.
My average day consists of the following:
Wake up at 5:45 am, like, 1 minute after my husband gets up to start his day. I contemplate if I want to *really* wake up when my bed feels so cozy. I guess I better get up since normally I have 121324343545 things to get done before the kids even wake up.
Head to the bathroom and invade my husband’s whole 30 minutes of self-time so I can use the bathroom and patiently wait to shower once he is done. Once those duties are checked off my daily list, I head to the office to get my phone and turn on my computer.
Maybe I will check Facebook and some emails? This time frame of obligatory Facebook scrolls often has me getting side tracked. I also usually wake up to at least a few requests that are so urgent I have to stop what I am doing to complete them (haha).
Ok, so the oldest child heads downstairs, and then the next two. It is as if stepping off their beds gives them all the energy in the world to party at 7:30 am. Where do kids get all this energy from?
The kids breakfast is served. This week they got homemade apple cake and pumpkin muffins–lucky them!
Me? I usually don’t have time to sit down and have a hearty breakfast. Sometimes I wish I could whip up some fresh bacon and eggs but it never amounts to anything.
But, recently I realized that this didn’t have to be the case. In fact, I could easily make myself hot breakfasts bowls in flavors like Loaded Potato, Breakfast Burrito, and Ranchero Steak and Eggs in minutes thanks to Jimmy Dean® 9 oz Bowls available at Shaw’s Supermarkets.
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I love that this convenient meal features such tasty and bold flavors that easily allow me to enjoy breakfast or brunch in peace after the kids head to school.
Where’s my favorite place to enjoy these 21-23 grams of protein-packed bowls? In my home office of course, because that is where I practically live these days. I am so thankful that I actually get my own room this time and do not have to share it with the washer and dryer. That was super rough and cramped!
Ok, so back to my day!
After the kids fuel up on breakfast they are literally hungry 15 minutes later. All I hear until 10:30am when I serve their lunch since they are “starving” is,– “can we have a snack, we are so hungry, we are starving.”
Yep, this disaster on the table was the $6 grinder they just needed to have earlier at the market.
The rest of the mystery substance on the table in play clay. Their specialties are sticking it in the carpet and compacting it so hard I have to get out a wire brush to remove it.
Bathroom trips usually consist of me having to remove toys from my feet so I don’t hurt myself. Why do my kids bring all sorts of toys into the bathroom and hide them on the side of the toilet?
Maybe throughout the day I can enjoy a hot coffee if I remember to take it out of the pot or microwave. You see I play a coffee game where I brew a cup forget about it, put it in the microwave, and then forget about it again. It is such a fun game I tell you!
Then I clean, clean some more, and clean again. My couch always looks perfect since I never have a chance to even sit on it.
So by this time it is close to 5pm and I have probably answered 50 emails all while hearing my kids either fight or play obnoxious games on full blast.
This brings me to dinner time where I usually will make a recipe I need to blog. Chances are by the time we eat it, the meal is ice cold. But, it looks great for pics so that is a score in my book!
Once 7 pm rolls around, my kids are ready for bed and I usually am too.
This is when I might have time to talk in peace with my husband about our busy days. It is also the time my kids become so thirsty and need to come down every 10 minutes to get a drink and see what we are doing.
I might or might not enjoy a snack by 8 pm and until 10:30 or so, I am busy resuming any work I could not finish during the day.
Once 11 pm rolls around I am done… toast…. basically a zombie. That’s when I head to bed and think about all the stuff I have to do the next day.
In short, working at home has its perks, but it is not as glorious or fun as many think. Finding that perfect balance between enjoying life and working is hard and I think once the kids are fully in school I will be able to establish a good routine. One that includes a hot breakfast like Jimmy Dean Loaded Potato Bowl and a coffee that is actually hot.