Friday, July 29, 2011

A Day in the Life (UPDATED) ... by Becky

A while back, I posted an entry detailing my typical day as a working mom.  I returned to work 2 weeks ago and have been compelled to re-chart my typical day now that I'm a working mom of 2 kids.

Good grief!  If you thought my day was busy before, then make sure to take a deep breath before seeing how it is now! 

(gasp) My Lord!  That woman is CRAZY!

But the crazy thing is ... I choose for this to be my life and the craziness makes me happy and keeps me sane!  I thrive under pressure and love the organized chaos of it all.

I also have several girlfriends who just had sweet, second babies of their own and will be going back to work soon and hope this helps them prepare of their lives to come!



5:15 AM
Get out of bed
Wash Out My Bed Head in the Sink
Wash My Face
Dry/Fix Hair
Apply Make Up
Get Dressed
5:55 AM
Walk to Kitchen
Pour a BIG cup of coffee
Feed Sissy
Heat Up a Pre-Mixed Bottle for Katie
Put Sissy out to Potty
6:00 AM
Go to Katie’s Room
Turn on The Morning News (Thank you Mama and Daddy for the TV again!)
Wake Up, Change and Dress Katie
Give Katie her Bottle
Lay Her Back Down in Her Crib (and pray she snoozes)
6:30 AM
Go Pee
Wake Up Nathan
Change Nathan’s Diaper (and have the same conversation that he’s a big boy and should start using the big boy potty to which he says “NO! Idonwanna!!” sigh.)
Attempt to dress the boy (which has been several attempts lately as he LOVES to play “Muscles” – i.e. Run around naked)
Bribe him to keep his clothes on by promising to fix waffles
Look at the clock and think “Schneikies!!!  Hurry up Boy!!  We’re running late already!!”
Bribe him to leave his binkie at home by promising Chocolate Milk.
Let Sissy In
6:40 AM
Plop Waffles into Toaster
Mix some Hershey’s Syrup in a sippy cup of milk
Butter the waffles
Set Nathan up at the table with waffles and chocolate milk
Make first trip out to the car to load up my lunch (made the night before), purse and any diapers, formula, clothes needed for Marilyn’s.
Go back to the kitchen and pour my second BIG cup of coffee and chit-chat with The Boy while he dilly-dally’s around with his waffles.
6:55 AM
Wakey Daddy!!!  (go wake up Shaun and tell him good-bye)
This is typically a short jaunt to the bedroom to give Shaun a hug and kiss bye-bye.
7:00 AM
Wakey Katie!!!
Run (yes, I’m usually running at this point) to Katie’s room with her carseat in hopes of making a seamless transition from crib to seat without disturbing The Girl … who *just* fell asleep.
7:02 AM
Make second trip out to the car with Katie and Nathan.  (This process takes longer than expected as Nathan decides he’s a big boy and HAS to climb in the car by himself and attempt to strap himself in.  “NO MA!  I do it!”)
7:05 AM
Realize I left _____ (jacket, shoes, keys) back in the house!
Run back in the house!
Make third trip out to the car.
7:08 AM
Pull out of the driveway and head to Marilyn's
Say morning prayers with Nathan
7:20 AM
Arrive at Marilyn's to drop off Nathan and Katie
Chit Chat for a bit
Give The Monkeys hugs and kisses bye
7:30 AM
Leave for work
Make my daily call to Mama and Daddy
7:45 AM
Arrive at Work
11:30 AM
Lunch (which usually takes place sitting at my desk)
5:30 PM
Leave Work
5:45 PM
Home!  (I usually arrive home at the same time as Shaun, Nathan and Katie)
Give Shaun, Nathan and Katie kisses
Change out of my work clothes into my mom clothes
Throw on my sling and strap The Girl in for her evening snooze.
Feed Sissy dinner
Let Sissy out to potty
While Shaun makes dinner, I prepare for the next day (make bottles, lunch and get the coffee ready)
6:30 PM
Eat Dinner with Shaun and Nathan (Katie either snoozes in the sling and ends up getting my dinner dripped on her head or she relaxes in her swing).
7:05 PM
Clean up from Dinner
Shaun has attempt #1 for Nathan’s bath which ends in Shaun saying “5 more minutes”
Katie wakes up and plays on her activity mat while I pick up around the house, start laundry, take out the trash, etc.
7:15 PM
Shaun realizes it’s been 10 minutes
Shaun has attempt #2 for Nathan’s bath which ends in partial success - i.e. a washed body, damp head, a soaked bath rug and soggy Shaun.
7:30 PM
Shaun diapers (sigh.) The Boy and gets him in his PJ’s
Nathan runs through the house looking for Bakatie to give her a kiss night-night.
Shaun and I tuck Nathan in and give him (and monkey) kisses.
Bed-time (which is laughable since Nathan will hang out in his bed reading, playing with Monkey, laughing, etc. for at least an hour before falling asleep)
7:35 PM
Katie starts fussing and I look at the clock realizing it’s time for her bath.
Bathe The Girl (which typically is dunking her in the kitchen sink) and make sure to clean my dinner from her head.
Diaper and put her in her PJ’s
Heat up a bottle for Katie (and pour me a glass of wine)
7:45 PM
Me, Katie and our drinks head to her glider for some much needed “Mama/Katie” bonding time
Tuck the bottle-drunken Katie into her crib
8:15 PM
Stop by Nathan’s room to give him another good-night kiss.
He says he’s still hungry, thirsty, etc. so we make a field trip to the kitchen for some milk and/or a banana.
While in the kitchen I see my full glass of wine (which is now warm) and stick it in the freezer to chill.
Tuck him back in bed.
8:30 PM
PEACE and QUIET!! 
Pop in a workout video and attempt to participate!
9:00 PM
Shower and pick out work clothes for the next day.
Retrieve my wine from the freezer
9:30 PM
Relax on the couch (or in bed) with Shaun and my wine and fall asleep watching TV.
2:00-3:00 AM
I wake up to Katie’s hunger cries over the baby monitor
Stumble to the kitchen and heat up her bottle
Stumble into Katie’s room and flip on the TV (Thanks again!)
Rescue the frantic pig from her crib, change her diaper and proceed to pass in and out of consciousness while she slurps down her bottle
Pull the bottle from her still suckling mouth to attempt a burp (she poops instead)
Change her diaper.
She’s wide awake, cooing and smiling by this point.
She finishes her bottle while I channel surf and try to convince myself why I DON’T need Chuck Norris’ Total Gym
2:30-3:30 AM
Lay her semi-awake body back in her crib, turn on her music and pray she goes back to sleep.
Return to bed and lay awake listening to the monitor until I’m confident she fell asleep
Attempt to fall asleep myself but am totally awake by this point and my brain is racing with all sorts of mundane thoughts and to-do lists.
Remind myself again why I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT NEED the Total Gym!
5:15 AM
Get out of bed
Wash Out My Bed Head in the Sink
Wash My Face
Dry/Fix Hair
Apply Make Up
Get Dressed
5:55 AM
Walk to Kitchen
Pour a BIG cup of coffee
Feed Sissy
Heat Up a Pre-Mixed Bottle for Katie
Put Sissy out to Potty
6:00 AM
Go to Katie’s Room
Turn on The Morning News (Thank you Mama and Daddy for the TV again!)
Wake Up, Change and Dress Katie
Give Katie her Bottle
Lay Her Back Down in Her Crib (and pray she snoozes)
6:30 AM
Go Pee
Wake Up Nathan
Change Nathan’s Diaper (and have the same conversation that he’s a big boy and should start using the big boy potty to which he says “NO! Idonwanna!!” sigh.)
Attempt to dress the boy (which has been several attempts lately as he LOVES to play “Muscles” – i.e. Run around naked)
Bribe him to keep his clothes on by promising to fix waffles
Look at the clock and think “Schneikies!!!  Hurry up Boy!!  We’re running late already!!”
Bribe him to leave his binkie at home by promising Chocolate Milk.
Let Sissy In
6:40 AM
Plop Waffles into Toaster
Mix some Hershey’s Syrup in a sippy cup of milk
Butter the waffles
Set Nathan up at the table with waffles and chocolate milk
Make first trip out to the car to load up my lunch (made the night before), purse and any diapers, formula, clothes needed for Marilyn’s.
Go back to the kitchen and pour my second BIG cup of coffee and chit-chat with The Boy while he dilly-dally’s around with his waffles.
6:55 AM
Wakey Daddy!!!  (go wake up Shaun and tell him good-bye)
This is typically a short jaunt to the bedroom to give Shaun a hug and kiss bye-bye.
7:00 AM
Wakey Katie!!!
Run (yes, I’m usually running at this point) to Katie’s room with her carseat in hopes of making a seamless transition from crib to seat without disturbing The Girl … who *just* fell asleep.
7:02 AM
Make second trip out to the car with Katie and Nathan.  (This process takes longer than expected as Nathan decides he’s a big boy and HAS to climb in the car by himself and attempt to strap himself in.  “NO MA!  I do it!”)
7:05 AM
Realize I left _____ (jacket, shoes, keys) back in the house!
Run back in the house!
Make third trip out to the car.
7:08 AM
Pull out of the driveway and head to Marilyn's
Say morning prayers with Nathan
7:20 AM
Arrive at Marilyn's to drop off Nathan and Katie
Chit Chat for a bit
Give The Monkeys hugs and kisses bye
7:30 AM
Leave for work
Make my daily call to Mama and Daddy
7:45 AM
Arrive at Work
11:30 AM
Lunch (which usually takes place sitting at my desk)
5:30 PM
Leave Work
5:45 PM
Home!  (I usually arrive home at the same time as Shaun, Nathan and Katie)
Give Shaun, Nathan and Katie kisses
Change out of my work clothes into my mom clothes
Throw on my sling and strap The Girl in for her evening snooze.
Feed Sissy dinner
Let Sissy out to potty
While Shaun makes dinner, I prepare for the next day (make bottles, lunch and get the coffee ready)
6:30 PM
Eat Dinner with Shaun and Nathan (Katie either snoozes in the sling and ends up getting my dinner dripped on her head or she relaxes in her swing).
7:05 PM
Clean up from Dinner
Shaun has attempt #1 for Nathan’s bath which ends in Shaun saying “5 more minutes”
Katie wakes up and plays on her activity mat while I pick up around the house, start laundry, take out the trash, etc.
7:15 PM
Shaun realizes it’s been 10 minutes
Shaun has attempt #2 for Nathan’s bath which ends in partial success - i.e. a washed body, damp head, a soaked bath rug and soggy Shaun.
7:30 PM
Shaun diapers (sigh.) The Boy and gets him in his PJ’s
Nathan runs through the house looking for Bakatie to give her a kiss night-night.
Shaun and I tuck Nathan in and give him (and monkey) kisses.
Bed-time (which is laughable since Nathan will hang out in his bed reading, playing with Monkey, laughing, etc. for at least an hour before falling asleep)
7:35 PM
Katie starts fussing and I look at the clock realizing it’s time for her bath.
Bathe The Girl (which typically is dunking her in the kitchen sink) and make sure to clean my dinner from her head.
Diaper and put her in her PJ’s
Heat up a bottle for Katie (and pour me a glass of wine)
7:45 PM
Me, Katie and our drinks head to her glider for some much needed “Mama/Katie” bonding time
Tuck the bottle-drunken Katie into her crib
8:15 PM
Stop by Nathan’s room to give him another good-night kiss.
He says he’s still hungry, thirsty, etc. so we make a field trip to the kitchen for some milk and/or a banana.
While in the kitchen I see my full glass of wine (which is now warm) and stick it in the freezer to chill.
Tuck him back in bed.
8:30 PM
PEACE and QUIET!! 
Pop in a workout video and attempt to participate!
9:00 PM
Shower and pick out work clothes for the next day.
Retrieve my wine from the freezer
9:30 PM
Relax on the couch (or in bed) with Shaun and my wine and fall asleep watching TV.
2:00-3:00 AM
I wake up to Katie’s hunger cries over the baby monitor
Stumble to the kitchen and heat up her bottle
Stumble into Katie’s room and flip on the TV (Thanks again!)
Rescue the frantic pig from her crib, change her diaper and proceed to pass in and out of consciousness while she slurps down her bottle
Pull the bottle from her still suckling mouth to attempt a burp (she poops instead)
Change her diaper.
She’s wide awake, cooing and smiling by this point.
She finishes her bottle while I channel surf and try to convince myself why I DON’T need Chuck Norris’ Total Gym
2:30-3:30 AM
Lay her semi-awake body back in her crib, turn on her music and pray she goes back to sleep.
Return to bed and lay awake listening to the monitor until I’m confident she fell asleep
Attempt to fall asleep myself but am totally awake by this point and my brain is racing with all sorts of mundane thoughts and to-do lists.
Remind myself again why I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT NEED the Total Gym!
5:15 AM
Alarm goes off.  Schneikie-Doodles. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

superhero ...

"Cool Andy" and "Summy" (my brother and sister-in-law) gave Nathan a Captain America action figure over the weekend and he won't stop playing with "Supper-Ero" (superhero).  Seeing his adoration of the plastic, red, white and blue figure made me reflect on the attributes of the Superhero.



Super (adjective): of the highest degree, power, etc.; of an extreme or excessive degree.
Hero  (noun): a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

Captain America has physical endurance and never gets tired ...
Superman is lightning fast and has x-ray vision ...
Spiderman has "spider-sense" and can sense danger ...

When you become a parent, you also become a Superhero.


Like Captain America, a parent shows little fatigue even after being up all hours of the night guarding the closet so no monsters can escape.  This gift is usually one of the first evidenced abilities in a new parent and is realized after the first few weeks of a child's life when 2 hours of sleep is all you need to survive the day.

Like Superman, a parent has super speed and can run from one side of the kitchen to the other in the blink of an eye to swat a little hand from touching a hot plate.  A seasoned parent is so versed in super-speed that they can make it from their bed (in a dead sleep) to the bedside of their child before their name is called out after a nightmare.

Like Spiderman, a parent can sense when their little one is up to no good.  Over time, this skill can be perfected so the parent can warn their child of the impending doom before they even partake in the villainous act.  A perfect example of this ability is evidenced in my family.  I was making dinner yesterday when I realized an eerie silence had filled our house.  Without moving from where I stood, I sensed danger.  I called out: Nathan, if you are thinking about jumping from the couch into the laundry basket again, you are going to be in big trouble!  A few seconds later, I hear the thunder of little feet running into the kitchen and an angelic expression on the face of my sinister toddler right behind me.

I'm a mild mannered working mom until I sense danger ... Then I become Super Ma!