The moms that don’t stay at home might not ever want to after reading this.
Here’s how my day went today. It usually goes at this pace pretty much every day. I hope I don’t scare anyone away from having kids!
7:45: Wake up courtesy of my 3 year old…. Before you judge me, wait until you see the rest of my day BEFORE you wonder why I get up so late. Real story is that Ella has school on Mon/Wed/Fri so we all sleep in a little on Tues/Thurs. She’s ready to get going. I go downstairs and get the coffee going and tell her to let the pups out. I feed them and get bfast going. Breakfast is no joke in the Patterson house. See below.
While I’m scarfing down food, I get some news in. Hooray for Robin Roberts being back! Followed by this, I fold some towels and took the laundry upstairs that I folded yesterday.
After we eat bfast, I go upstairs and get ready for the gym, make bed, put laundry away, iron my 3 year old’s shirt (crazy I know, but it takes less than a minute and looks SO much better) and lay her clothes out for her to get dressed. By this time, it’s 9:00.
I have to wake my 1 year old up. She went to bed at 7:30 last night. Such a sleeper/grower. I take her downstairs, change diaper and throw the girls laundry in.
She eats bfast (real fast) while I get Ella dressed and iron her shirt. I get her dressed, pack a snack and we head out to library. It’s 10 am by this point. We finally get ready to get out the door to the library for some new books to take to Grandma and Papa’s this weekend.
We get to the gym around 10:50 and I’m on the treadmill by 11:05. I s-l-o-w-l-y get my 3 miles in. Hey, better than nothing right?! My stomach is getting more and more in the way.
I pick up girls from childcare and head home for lunch. We get home around 12:20. I threw the girls clothes in dryer and all of our jackets in the washer (they were a little too much on the dirty side), made lunch, did dishes and ran dishwasher.
We read some library books and I put Anna down for a nap around 1:30. Unfortunately my 3 year old doesn’t nap unless I want her up until at least 10 pm. So, I have to try to entertain her and get things done at the same time. I took a shower while she played with magnets and colored. She came upstairs bored at the end of my shower- go figure right?! No time for drying hair and forget make-up. I threw some clothes on, put darks in the washer, got out her puzzles, folded their laundry and she helped me pack their bag for their grandparents house this weekend. I kind of multitasked by packing the clothes that I just folded. I probably could have found some cuter outfits to pack, but this was easy and convenient AND I didn’t have to put most of them away. My butt felt oh so good to sit down and fold laundry.
Next, my toenails needed some help so I painted both of ours along with doing a couple of thank you cards for the people that made me feel special on Sunday for turning dirty 30. I let Ella help with the cards. She put letter stickers on them (learning letters right?!?!). I’m afraid this is the last time my belly allows me to paint my toes.
Right after finishing up our toes, Anna woke up around 4. I got them a snack and put the dishes away in the dishwasher while they ate and watched Barney.
After this, we went down to the basement so they could play and I could yet again fold a load of laundry. I folded while they jumped in the bounce house. They had just enough bounce house when I had two pieces of laundry to fold (never a dull moment). We also played dress up and play-doh.
After killing time til dinner in the basement, Brian finished work. I
sent asked him nicely to go upstairs and put the new baby’s dresser together, I’m such a wonderful wife. I got the girls and myself some dinner.
When dinner was over, Anna said she poo poo’d. I took them upstairs and gave them a bath and got them ready for bed.
While they watched a show in my bed, I put laundry away and then clipped their nails. We also gave our small dog a bath. Finally, they were ready for books and bed. I was done with this around 8:00. I came downstairs and put some orders in for a catalog party and then started this post. It’s now 11 pm and I still need to finish picking up the house and would love to put the baby’s clothes in her new dresser that I washed. Maybe I will get to bed by midnight!
Anyone wanna say that stay at home moms are lazy? I do believe that I could sit around and let my kids watch shows or movies all day, but for my sanity and theirs, we like to get out of the house and do fun things. Not all days are this crazy busy, but most days add some sort of craziness! There are some days when I wish I could go back to work and get a break from the home life, then I quickly realize that life is too short to not enjoy every minute I can with my kids.
A couple of things to take note of:
- I did not sit down all day unless I was scarfing (literally) food down OR folding laundry.
- I did not have any other adult interaction (barely any with my husband either).
- When I was folding laundry, I was either singing or trying to make conversation with the girls.
- There were several things that I didn’t get to that I should have – i.e. call doctor about them not filing insurance on a claim. ugh.
- Forget a phone conversation or fun internet breaks today.
- I’m leaving for Florida for 4 days in 2 days, I have yet to pack a thing for us.
- I love my friends, I really do and I know one day they’ll understand why I’m so MIA all the time.
There you have it!
About Dana Patterson
I'm an energetic SAHM of two fun little girls! It's never a dull moment with kids 21 months apart. I love life and enjoy cooking, working out and just hanging with my family.