I survived my first week as a working mother. I’m overly caffeinated most days and still tired, but I survived.
The hardest part, aside from leaving Alexander, has been figuring out how to fit everything in. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to and I realized that’s not the case. I can fit in everything that I want/need to do, but I just literally have no time for anything else.
I’m sure our routine will change as the days go on and we figure out what’s working and what’s not and of course, as Alexander gets older, but for now, this is what’s been working:
4am-ish: Feed Alexander
6:20am: My alarm goes off for the morning. I jump in the shower and pray that Alexander stays asleep. He usually will start to fuss, but not full-on cry so I leave him in his crib so I can get dressed.
7:00am-8:00am: Feed Alexander and myself. Get all of his things ready for daycare. The daycare we use provides formula and diapers (!!), so I just need to bring clean bottles and two changes of clothing. He has a pacifier that he leaves there.
8:10ish – Strap Alexander into his car seat and leave the house. The first day I went back, it was pouring rain. That was awesome. I was stopped at a red light during this picture, by the way.
8:40- arrive at daycare. Drop him off.
8:50 – sometimes this happens:
My office moved locations while I was on maternity leave. The new office is about 10 minutes from the old office and conveniently located directly next to a Starbucks. It’s also much closer to a super nice Whole Foods. My wallet is crying.
9:00: start my work day
6:00 – leave work
6:10- pick up Alexander. I really look forward to this. Picking him up is way more fun than dropping him off!
6:45ish – arrive at home. Jason feeds Alexander.
7-8: If I want to work out that day, I will. I’ve been doing the Couch to 10K program to try to get back into running shape. And by “doing,” I mean I’ve done it once. If I don’t workout, I’ll walk Murphy around the block, which takes about 20 minutes.
8: Make dinner. I’ve been trying to do all my prep work on the weekends so I don’t feel like I only have time for frozen pizza for dinner. I’m aiming to cook two meals a week. Baby steps. This week we had Indian Tofu Curry and Portobello Polenta Bowls. Eat dinner.
9:00 – Wash bottles. Prepare formula for overnight and the next morning. Do the dishes. (Jason unloads them in the morning.) If Alexander needs a bath, this is when he’ll get it. At this point, I’ll probably start whining about how tired I am.
10:00 – Either Jason or I will feed Alexander. I usually put him to sleep around 10:30 or 11.
11-11:30 – go to sleep
Repeat x 4 and hope that Friday gets here quickly!