This is a long one, sorry!
Before I had children, I was one of those people who wondered what on earth Stay at Home Mums did all day. Surely with all that spare time on their hands they could be doing so much!
and then I became a Stay at Home Mum…
Someone once asked me whether I’m getting bored with all that spare time on my hands, and I laughed. When they asked me what I did all day, I couldn’t come up with a good response. Some days it just feels like you’re on the go all day, and then when you turn around at the end of the day, you can’t recall a thing you’ve done.
So today, I’ve decided to record what I actually do all day.
It’s definitely not a jam packed day, and I do get some down time, I just don’t always get to choose when that is, or how that is.
My Ordinary Tuesday:
6:15am – Matt gets up for work.
6:30am – I get up, thinking that I’ll be able to have breakfast with Matt before Miss E wakes up, and maybe even sneak in a shower! No luck, she wakes up. I go to her and discover an explosion… I call Matt in for back up. He takes the clothes and puts them in a bucket to soak, and I deal with the baby. Nice start to the morning!
6:50am – Miss E and Matt play while I tidy up and prepare her bottle. I feed her and put her down to play, while I have a cup of coffee and read some blog posts.
7:20am – Matt leaves for work, Miss E and I play with the sensory basket. I watch her as she sorts the items into ‘things that make noise when you shake them’ and ‘things that don’t make noise when you shake them’. I take photos and videos, and send text messages to Mum and Matt declaring her a genius.
8:00am – Feed Miss E her breakfast and then set her up to play in her highchair while I bag up the frozen puree I made yesterday.
8:30am – Naptime! As soon as she’s asleep I eat my breakfast, have a shower, fold some laundry, unload and load the dishwasher, tidy the kitchen and just as I start doing the dishes, she wakes up.
9:45am – Plonk Miss E in her highchair again while I finish the dishes and make some more puree.
10:15am – Read a book together, play together for a few minutes, then leave her with a bowl full of plastic coins to play with while I try to hunt down an email and sort out some work related stuff.
10:45am – Make myself a cup of coffee, grab some meat out for dinner (I’m a bit of meat bargain hunter) and sit down to finish the sewing I started last night. Stop and start my coffee sipping and sewing a million times to sit her up after she’s fallen over or help her get the toy she’s thrown out of her reach.
11:00am – Feed Miss E her bottle, then reheat my coffee and try to finish my sewing. Give up on the coffee and sewing after having to do a nappy change, realising the nappy bin is full, as is the dirty clothes hamper, which I empty. Put a load of washing in, and deal with this mornings soaking clothes. After putting the load of laundry on, I walk through the kitchen and find three dirty bibs that should have been in the same load. Sterilise some bottles while I’m in the kitchen.
11:30am – Miss E, Penny and I all have cabin fever. It’s a nice day outside so we go tend to the veggie garden, talk to the neighbours chooks, sit on the stairs in the creek a little while, listening to the kookaburras and watching Penny explore. Then Miss E has a swing while I water my seedlings.
(wearing Matt’s thongs because my gardening shoes seem to have gone wandering. I suspect Penny may have played a role in their disappearance)
12:00pm – I prepare Miss E’s lunch, all whilst singing a song about how I’m preparing lunch, to the tune of Mary had a little lamb, to try and stop her grizzling. This is only the third time she’s tried chicken, and she hates the texture. She spits most of it out, then gags on it. I give up and give her pear and apple instead. She plays in the lounge while I clean pumpkin, carrot and chicken off of everything within a 2 metre radius.
12:15pm – I give Miss E a catalogue to play with / rip up while I eat my lunch (last nights leftovers). This amuses her for about five minutes, and then she decides she’d rather pick dog hair off the carpet and eat it. I rethink my previous genius statement and try not to take it to heart that she’d prefer eat dog hair to my cooking.
12:30pm – I put Miss E down for a nap, and quickly vacuum the dog hair off of the carpet before she goes to sleep. I start writing this post before I forget everything, or lose the piece of paper I’ve been writing stuff down on.
1:15pm – She wakes up crying. I get her up, and try to get her playing, but she’s grumpy and clingy.
1:45pm – I put her back in her cot in hopes she’ll sleep some more. Success! Back to blogging.
2:15pm – I go to grab the laundry basket that’s still in our room and catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. So glamorous in my ugh boots, daggy clothes, and covered in baby food. Go and hang out the washing.
2:30pm – Try get this sewing finished!
3:00pm – Finished sewing. Waste some time on social media & unload dishwasher.
3:30pm – Afternoon snack (ham and cheese toasted sandwich. Culinary Genius). The second my food is ready, Miss E wakes up. Give her a bottle and then play.
4:00pm – Put away her washing and sort through what fits and what doesn’t (I swear I have to do this every couple of weeks. She grows so quick!) A bit of play time, then a coffee for me while she plays happily by herself. Yay!
5:00pm – Matt gets home and we have some family time before I feed Miss E her dinner and he starts cooking our dinner. After Miss E’s had her dinner, I give her a bath while Matt finishes cooking dinner.
6:00pm – We eat dinner and I clean up the kitchen while Matt gives Miss E her bottle. He then explains how the internal combustion engine in her toy truck works.
6:45pm – I head to my parents place to pick something up for Matt, while Matt stays at home and puts Miss E to bed. Stop by McDonalds for a McFlurry on the way home. It’s every bit as bad as I should have known it would be.
7:45pm – Home again, and parked my butt on the couch.
8:30pm – Miss E wakes up, and I give her the ‘dream feed’ early. Then back to the couch.
9:15pm – Writing the last of this blog post, re-reading it and scheduling it for the morning.
9:30pm – Blog post all sorted for tomorrow. Miss E’s still unsettled and Matt’s attending to her. He’ll be off to bed soon and I’m hoping she’ll settle enough that I can too!