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A Day In The Life Of a WAHM

Happy Friday! Gosh, I just really can’t believe it’s Friday. This week has been both the longest and the quickest week ever. Today I’m sharing a post that has absolutely nothing to do with miscarriage, because if we’re being honest, I just didn’t feel like blogging about it again,ย yet. I have lots of incredibly sweet comments to go through, and I promise I will do my best to respond. I truly appreciate everyone who’s reached out, to either offer encouragement or their own experience. It really means the world. The grief seems to come in waves, and somedays I feel like talking about it and somedays I don’t. And today, I don’t, because I’m choosing to be happy and enter the weekend in a good mood. So, let’s just dive in!

I think the questions I get asked most often are, “Does Adeline go to school? Do you keep her home with you? Do you like working from home? How do you get any work done?”

To answer simply, yes. Adeline goes to school 4 days a week, most weeks. I try to keep her home with me on Fridays, but occasionally she’ll go for a few hours in the morning. She loves her new school so much, and most days it’s a struggle to even get her out of her classroom! It’s definitely nice to have the option to keep her home with me if I wanted to, but I wouldn’t be able to get much work done, and she’d miss out on all of the fun activities they do at school.

Both Adam and I work from home full time, which means we’re both home…all the time…together…ha! We actually don’t see each other as much as you would think though because he typically works upstairs, and I’m usually downstairs. But, it’s definitely nice to be able to sneak out for lunch dates on a whim.

Our days are pretty similar to what our days were like in an office, with a few exceptions in timing, of course. But for the most part, working from home is just like working anywhere – you just have to focus and get your work done. You also just happen to have the convenience of throwing on some laundry or doing a few dishes during the lulls!

Here’s a pretty typical walk-thru of a workday around these parts.

typical day of a wahm

7:00-7:15 AM – Alarms usually go off around this time. And by alarms plural, I also mean the little alarm that lives upstairs in a crib. She starts to stir around 7, though sometimes a little earlier, or a little later. But 7 is a pretty reliable estimate. Most days we hear her on the monitor reading her book in bed, or mumbling a mixture of, “mommy, daddy, ย or poopoo.”

7:15-7:45 AM – We’ll usually get ourselves dressed for the day before making the trip upstairs to get Adeline out of her crib and ready for school. She loves to now help pick out her outfit for the day, so this usually takes a while.

8:00-8:15 AM – Time to take Adeline to school! I like to have her there by 8:15 at the latest so that she has plenty of time to eat breakfast with her little friends. Most of my work doesn’t start until 8:30 anyways, so this timing seems to work out nicely.

8:15-8:30 AM – Work starts! Sit down, pour a cup of coffee, and start going through emails. Mornings tend to be slow, so I always enjoy this quiet time before things really get going.

8:30 – 12:00 PM – Work, work, work.

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch! Lunch is often just here at the house, but sometimes we’ll run out either together or on our own to pick something up. I work through my lunch a lot, and my lunch isn’t always 12-1 if there’s a meeting that needs to happen. Sometimes I’ll run errands during this time too, depending on how much time I have. And energy, let’s just be real.

1:00-3:30 PM – Work, work, work.

3:30-3:45 PM – If I’m not in a meeting, or rushing to get something done, I like to pick up Adeline around this time. It’s right after her afternoon snack, but before she gets too tired and cranky ๐Ÿ™‚ If I’m too busy working, I’ll just wait until 4 or 4:30. It’s always a little different, but I love having a little extra time with her in the afternoon before the dinner and bedtime rush start. (Even if it means she watches a movie and we snuggle while I finish up some tasks.)

5:00 PM – SHUT IT DOWN. Just kidding, neither of us are ever totally done by 5, but since Adeline is home we both take turns finishing up our tasks for the day and getting Adeline another snack or starting on her dinner.

5:00 – 7:00 PM – Family time! During this time, we’re getting dinner ready, wrangling a tired Adeline, playing outside, watching Moana for the 50th time, answering last minute emails, oh and actually eating dinner somewhere in there too! We like to try and take a family walk after dinner too, but some nights that doesn’t happen until 7 or even after 7 with the heat. Adeline used to have a pretty strict 7PM bedtime, but this summer that’s sort of gone out the window. Nowadays, we’re lucky if she’s in bed by 7:45 or 8. I can’t wait for fall/winter when it’s darker earlier so we can start getting back to her regular bedtime!

7:30-8:00 PM – Bedtime. Like I mentioned above, her bedtime keeps getting pushed back but lately I really just don’t care. We’ve been having so much fun playing together at night once it cools off that I hate to end it early just to get her down sooner. Bedtime usually consists of ย Adam doing the teeth brushing, tag teaming the bath (if it’s a bath night), and I usually put her down after we read what feels like every book we own. Lately we’ve been trying to have Adam put her down more so she’s not so reliant on me.

8:oo-10:30 PM – Mom and Dad time! Depending on the night, we’ll either watch one of our shows together, or one of us will hit the gym, or Adam will play a game and I’ll blog, etc. We’re typically in bed by 10 or 10:30, anything later than that and we’re both zombies the next day!

work at home mom life

Of course, each day is different, but I think we’ve gotten into a pretty solid routine. We all 3 know what to expect most days, and I think Adeline has adjusted really well. I feel really thankful that we’re both able to work from home, and be more readily available to Adeline when needed.

I’m always curious what other people’s days look like, so there’s mine!

Happy weekend-ing, friends!

What’s your day-to-day look like? Do you have a similar 8-5 schedule?

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7 Comments

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    Marina
    August 18, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I love reading these posts! I should write one soon ๐Ÿ™‚ but my weekday routine is pretty boring! I do have a similar 8-5 schedule.

    Have a great Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Erinn
    August 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I want so bad to be able to work from home! Right now I’m teaching so my schedule isn’t bad..I’m at work by 7:30 and home by 3:30 unless I have a meeting after school or something. My days usually go by really fast because so much is happening at once and I’m a frazzled hot mess by the end of the day wondering where the last 8 hours went. Have a good weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ (Still praying for you like crazy.)
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    Virjinia
    August 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    These are always my favorite to read. And how neat that you and your husband get to work from home! I bet it’s a nice thing since you have your little one and can be there for her whenever you need it. I think even working from home can be tough sometimes because you really have to focus and not get distracted!
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    amanda
    August 18, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I love these posts! It’s so fun to see what other’s days look like with different schedules/different seasons of life! I’ve thought about doing this soon…I work 3, 12 hour shifts a week so my day-to-day looks totally different!

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    Maureen Feeney
    August 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I wish I could work from home! That’s awesome how you can be so productive. Including the commute I’m gone from 7:15 and get home around 4:15 which isn’t bad at all so I can’t complain too much.

    Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jana
    August 19, 2017 at 11:01 am

    That’s awesome that you are able to work from home–I’m super jealous!

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    Aduke Schulist
    September 21, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I have a similar schedule but I am a single mom. Your work time is usually our therapy/school time and your family time has become my work time.

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