Steph and her husband are working parents, sending O to pre-school every day whil they work. When she was first thinking about writing this post, she was going to write about an exciting weekend – but decided it would be more fitting to write a post about their mundane routine based around earning their pennies. You can find Steph’s blog here.
This is a day in Steph’s life.
Anytime between 05:30 and 07:00
Wake up. Or, more accurately, be woken up by a sleepy 3 year old boy (O). He will climb into our bed whilst we attempt to open our heavy eyes and proceed to ask to watch Dinosaur Train or Spongebob Squarepants on our phones. We do as we’re told (who are we to argue with a 3 year old at that time?!) and end up passing the Kindle over for him to watch something whilst we gather the energy and motivation to get up for the day…
Hubby (A) and I get showered, I mousse and dry my hair, get dressed. Some day’s, I even stretch to a bit of makeup! But that tends to only occur if we’ve been disturbed from sleep particularly early.
07:00 – 07:45
A is always first downstairs to start cooking breakfast. If you read any of our Meal Planning posts, you will notice that we have a variety of cooked breakfasts every morning. I use this time to get O dressed for Pre-School and get him to wash his face and brush his teeth. He always has to “beat” me down the stairs in a race… Although I must point out, I always let him win and he definitely doesn’t run down the stairs – holds the banister and everything!
07:45 – 08:15
Breakfast! O tends to have weetabix or porridge, but sometimes asks for a “snacky breakfast”. He snaffles it up with enough time to have a piece of fruit and a small yogurt before setting off to school. Hubby and I enjoy our lovely breakfast and A makes a fancy coffee using the Tassimo machine. We prep our lunches to take to the office, which are usually leftovers from the night before or homemade soup from the freezer.
Hubby takes O to Pre-School and then he’s off away to work for the day. Don’t ask me what he does, as I honestly don’t know. It’s all a bit secret society-ish and I don’t understand what he talks about the majority of the time! I then spend 10 or 15 mins sorting out the kitchen, generally tidying up and hanging out laundry to dry. Then off I go to work, singing along loudly to the new Ed Sheeran album in the car.
08:30 – 16:30 ish
I work in my office with a wonderful team (in the main…) and enjoy a good banter, laugh and a giggle with what is essentially my second family. I work full time, and so spend around 37 hours + a week with these guys. I love my job and I realise I am one of few who can genuinely say that. It’s just a shame it doesn’t pay a bit more! Anyway, I do my work, ring people, send various emails and letters, draw up designs and spend the company’s money. From 16:00 onwards, I am definitely watching the clock to get home though!!
17:00 – 18:00
We all arrive home and I sort out something for O’s tea. Generally, we eat separately. This is mainly because we’re cooking meals for us to set recipes, calorie counts, etc that are 4 servings. We then take the leftovers for lunch the following day. Also, we’re often not hungry until later so we give O something like pasta or a portion of homemade cottage pie from the freezer. He has his pudding/supper at around 17:50 and chill watching a bit of tv during this hour.
18:00 – 19:15
We race upstairs at 18:00… O loves bath time and generally A and I alternate as to who carries out his bedtime routine. He has a vast array of bath toys that he loves to play with and so he spends a good 20-30 minutes every night in the bath. He undresses himself, with a little help to get his jumper and top off, and uses the loo. He brushes his teeth and climbs into the bath. He’s not a huge fan of getting his hair washed, and so we tend to only wash his hair twice a week. We have been known to put Youtube on our phones playing the All About That Bass song to get him to get out of the bath without kicking off… The things parents do! We trot into his bedroom to get him dry, into his pajamas and he can choose two story books for his bedtime read. We read his stories, shut the light off and lay on his bed next to him. We then sing two songs very quietly, always the last being The Canary Song from musical Spend, Spend, Spend. It’s an important song to us, but that’s a whole other blog post! He quite often falls asleep to us singing, and we leave the room.
Peace at last… A generally cooks tea whilst I’m blogging or whatever on the computer. He is a really good cook, and he enjoys it. I do love to cook too, but when he’s here he likes to get stuck in. I say that as he is often away a night or 4 most weeks with work. We’re a busy family; I teach a tap class as well as write my blog, so I have preparation work to do for that too. A enjoys going to Yoga, Pilates and the gym, so usually one of us is at an evening class through the week.
20:30 – 22:30
I spend the evening writing blog posts, reading other blogs, watching TV and Netflix and usually go to bed around 22:00. Sometimes, if I’m not peeling my eyelids back, I read a book in bed for a while – currently reading Under the Dome by Stephen King. And cue, sleep.
Steph is taking part in my #DayInTheLife project, a series of posts where people write about their typical day. If you would like to take part, please fill in the form on my blog post here.