I did a day in the life post way back when I was on maternity leave. Thought it would be fun to do one now to compare.
2AM: I hear Garrity crying in her crib. Chris and I had made a deal before going to bed that he would take her between 10 and 2 and I would take her from 2 on. Lucky me :) I lay in bed for a few minutes seeing if she’ll go back to bed but she doesn’t so I get up. As I pass the clock in the kitchen I see that it’s 2:10. Go into Garrity’s room (and no matter how tired I am I’m never too tired to see her little face) and pick her up out of her crib. She does this thing where she kicks her legs on the crib mattress. It’s hilarious to me. Sit down in the rocking chair and she starts eating right away. Girlfriend was hungry! She finishes eating and almost falls back to sleep so I lay her back down in the crib and head back to my room, passing the clock in the kitchen to see that it’s 2:18. Get back in our room and go back to sleep.
6AM: I hear Garrity making noise. Not crying but she’s definitely awake. I really want to train her not to get up until 7 so I let her fuss around. Finally Chris goes and gets her and brings her back into our room. He gets up and showers and I lay in bed with her until 6:45 when she finally falls asleep. Check work emails while I’m laying in bed.
6:45 – 7:15 – I shower and get ready. Chris leaves while I’m in the shower. I washed my hair yesterday so I put on a shower cap and just curl it a bit. I love days I don’t have to do my hair. Now that I’m not getting super sweaty from working out I can sometimes make it 3 days without washing it. I go to put on the outfit I’d planned to wear for the day and realize my jeans still were wet from laundry the night before so rummage around my closet for something else. I still have very few pants that fit me so I end up in capri pants (on a cold, rainy PNW day) but put on some long boots and call it good.
7:15-7:30 – head into the kitchen and get the crockpot dinner ready. I also grab a handful of cashews and a big mason jar of water. Chris had already prepped the chicken. I pull out the salsa mixture I’d made the night before and toss that in with a little water. It’s a new recipe so we’ll see how it goes. I also label Garrity’s solids (I’d pulled them from the freezer last night but forgot to label). I also add some probiotics to one of her bottles (which Chris had already prepped).
7:30-7:42 – I sit down to pump. Crank out a couple of work emails. Garrity wakes up while I’m pumping so I go in and get her.
7:45 – 8 – nurse Garrity and play with her. I love how happy she is in the morning! I just love this little girl.
8-8:10 – Finish pumping while drinking my water. I normally wouldn’t have pumped again but I have a long meeting and know I couldn’t get out to pump again till noon. Turn on the crockpot.
8:10 – 8:15 – pack up pump bag and my lunch bag (Chris already made my sandwich). Put Garrity’s bottles and solids in the cooler (normally Chris would do this but he had to leave too early). Put all the bags by the door.
8:15 – 8:30 – Get Garrity ready. Change her diaper (distract her with diaper cream, handbands and whatever else I can) and get her dressed.
8:30 – Put Garrity in her carseat. Give her some Vitamin D drops (I always do it before I leave so I don’t forget). Ideally I would like to be in the car right now but that pretty much never happens.
8:33 – Make my smoothie: Almond milk, greek yogurt, frozen berries, spinach and kale, a bit of brewers yeast (for lactation) and some new to me protein powder. Blend it up in the vitamix. Pour it in a to go cup and basically gag when I try it. Gross. This protein powder is nasty but oh well.
8:37 – Put Chance in the garage which his kong (already filled by Chris).
8:39 – Leave Garrity in the house and load up 5 bags into the car: my work bag, my pump bag, my milk cooler, my lunch bag, Garrity’s milk cooler bag.
8:41 – Go back in and get Garrity. Turn off the lights and lock up the house. Load Garrity into the car.
8:43 – Leave for work. Check emails before I go. This is the earliest I’ve left in a while.
9:11 – Get to daycare. Traffic was crazy. Just leaving a few minutes later means there is much less traffic. Check Garrity in, talk to her teachers. Tell them the plan for the day.
9:17 – Get back in my car. Check emails to make sure nothing urgent has happened in the past 20 minutes.
9:23 – Get to my office.
9:25 – 9:29 – drop my stuff off at my desk, grab my water bottle, computer, notebook, pen and mug (filled with oatmeal). Head to the break room to fill up my water bottle and put hot water in my oatmeal. Swing by the bathroom. Stop at the cafe and put honey in my oatmeal. Grab a spoon.
9:30 – walk into my meeting that starts at 9:30.
9:30 – 11: 30 In a meeting. Leave and grab my pump bag.
11:33 – 11:50 – Pump. We have a “quiet” room at work which I now refer to as my office haha. I bring my computer and work while I’m pumping.
11:52-12:20 – Go back to my desk, eat an egg salad sandwich and some popcorn (from the morning meeting vendor) while doing some work.
12:22 – head over to daycare
12:25 – 12:50 – Play with Garrity. Get ready to leave when she starts to try and nurse so I take her into the quiet room and nurse her for 10 min.
1:07 – back at my desk. Work until 2:30 while eating more popcorn and a salad.
2:35 – 255 – head to the quiet room and pump while working. I actually feel like I’m the most productive during my pumping sessions. Today I forgot extra bottles to pump into and got really stressed out for a moment until I remembered that I had extra milk bags in my bag so I had to transfer the morning milk to the bags and then wash out the bottles to pump into.
3 – 3:55 Have a meeting (where I eat more popcorn).
4 – leave to go get Garrity.
4:05 – 4:17 Get Garrity and all her things – bottles, updates from the day. Load her into the car. Check emails before I head out.
4:45 – Get home. Unload all the bags while Garrity sits in the car. Bring Garrity in, set her on the table. Go let Chance in from the garage.
4:50 – Take Garrity into her room. Change her and nurse her. Check/respond to work emails.
5:05 – Get Garrity’s coat on and load her into the stroller. Put the leash on Chance.
5:10 – 5:30 – Go on a walk around the neighborhood.
5:30 – Chris gets home
5:30 – 6 Chris plays with and feeds Garrity while I work on dinner and clean up the kitchen – unpack bags, unload bottles etc. Check/respond to work emails.
6 – 6:20 Give Garrity a bath while Chris finishes up dinner.
6:20 – 6:40 – Eat dinner. Garrity sits on the counter in her little chair. I tried a new recipe – chicken burrito bowls and it was great.
6:40 – 6:50 – Chris takes Garrity into her room and reads her a story while I clean up the kitchen and her high chair.
6:50 – I nurse her.
6:58 – I put her in her crib and walk out of her room. This is almost an hour earlier than normal.
7 – 7:30 – Wash pump parts, bottles, food containers. Get new food ready for the next morning. Pack up dinner and put it away. Pack Garrity’s swim stuff for lessons tomorrow. Get my outfit planned out for tomorrow. Change into my workout clothes.
7:40 – 8:10 – go into our guest room/gym and do PIYO core. This is early! Normally I don’t get to do a workout until at least 8.
8:15 – 8:30 ride the spin bike (which has been moved to our front room for a while).
8:30 – Sit down on the couch and relax for the first time all day.
8:35 – Garrity starts crying. We let her cry for about 5 minutes until I decide to go on there. Not a normal wakeup call for her but since she went to bed early and missed a normal feeding I’m guessing she is hungry.
8:36 – 8:46 – Nurse Garrity. She passes out in my arms. I look at Facebook on the extra cell phone in her room just to get a few minutes to relax.
8:50 – Go wash my face and put my jammies on. Then head back into the front room. Grab a Kind bar. Sit on the couch and ice my knee.
9 – 9:45 watch Grey’s Anatomy with Chris. Work on this post.
9:50 – 10:10 – Pump. Drink water. Respond to a few work emails. Pack/double check my pump bag for tomorrow. Write in my mom’s one line a day journal.
10:15 – I’m still hungry so I eat a small bowl of cereal while washing pump parts and taking my vitamins.
10:30 – brush my teeth and crawl into bed. Check my email one last time. Look at Garrity one last time before turning off the monitor. Say the prayer I say every night before I close my eyes – to ask God to watch over my little girl and keep her safe.
10:40 – close my eyes and do it all over again.