Last year when I chanced upon the Day in a Life series by Justina of Mum in the Making, I remembered I thoroughly enjoyed what I was reading. At that time, I was going through a phase where I was trying to balance between being a full time working mum and looking after the family. Through the stories of fellow mums, I found great respite and energised to know that I am not alone.
Originally, I had wanted to write about what a weekend was like for me and the family. Weekends for us are a lot less routined as we try to spend as much time together exploring and doing different things. But since this is the first time I am taking part in this blog train, I thought it might be interesting to see what a typical weekday is like for me.
Alarm on my iPhone rings and I tiptoe gingerly out of our bedroom so as not to wake the hubs and the bubs. I like to soak in a few moment of quietness, stretch out abit and take my yoga mat out. Ahh, today is Tuesday, designated exercise day in hope to better look after my health and wellness. Today we are focusing on stretching and trying to ease any tension I have in the body.
Head into kitchen as I began making some breakfast for the mister and myself to bring to work. Mine is an overnight oat that is already sitting in the fridge and a peanut butter sandwich for the mister. I make some honey water for the 3 of us as well, just to start our day with some antioxidant.
This month, along with sewists from all around the world, we are taking part in a photo-sharing challenge on Instagram (#bpsevember) where we post photos related to different sewing themes every day. I was too tired to take some photos last night so I am doing it today. Round about this time, Junior will wake and he will be looking for me. He will koala me for awhile, while I snuggle him and takes in his toddler smell.
I’ll take a quick shower while Junior entertains himself with his toys while the mister tries to wake up. Once I am done with shower, I’ll get changed, and this does take awhile because I haven’t been able to decide on what to wear the night before. So I often change in and out of what I am wearing depending on my mood or how I looked in it. Thereafter, I’ll change Junior out of his PJs, clean him before giving him some honey water. He usually have his breakfast at grandma’s so it’s a lot less stressful trying to feed him before zipping out of the house.
7.30am – 7.45am
It’s a mad rush as we try to get out of the house by 7.45am, Thereafter, it’s a short drive of about 5mins to my parents’ parents. The perks of living near parents! Drop offs are usually fuss free and Junior is pretty happy to be at grandma’s.
8.30am – 6pm
The mister sends me to a train station that is 2 stops away from my office before he continues his journey to work. I’ll get in the office, have my breakfast, do a short 5mins of devotion before ploughing through work till lunch. In my attempt to be healthier, I’ve started to have more soupy food during lunch or bring my own lunch. Lunch is also when I have conversations with colleagues which are not kids related, or take the opportunity to meet up with some friends to catch up, or run some errands. Lunch was pretty quick today as I had a seminar to attend in the afternoon.
On most days, I normally gets off between 6pm – 6.30pm. Today was a bonus because of the seminar, so I did a quick errand run to pick up some birthday presents at the bookstore before heading home.
7pm – 9pm
I’ll try to get back as early as possible so that I can spend more time with Junior. We will chat about his day while we have dinner. And after dinner, we will play together until it’s time to go home. We will try to leave at about 9pm so that we can spend some time at home before it’s time for bed.
9pm – 10pm
We have quite a standard night routine. I’ll clean Junior up and change him, he will have some supper of milo/bread while still playing with his toys, we will read some books, say our prayers before I tuck him in for the night.
10pm – 12midnight
At this point I’m either really sleepy or extremely exhausted. On good days when I am less tired, I’ll spend some time doing some, definitely not all of these: clean up the house, do laundry, watch TV with the mister, blog, draft patterns, sew.
Phewww! That sounds like a lot is going on isn’t it? Because I spend so much time at work which takes away time spent with Junior, I try to make the most out of my work day and weekdays so that I can spend undivided time with the family on weekends. Conversations with the mister is also very crucial which is why we try to catch up as much as we can when we are commuting or through occasional text during the workday. Although there are things I’ll like to do more of or situations I’ll like to improve or having the ability to spend more time with Junior, I do feel contented and fulfilled. I’m truly humbled and thankful for the many blessings God has given us!
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