I hope everyone’s time-tracking is going well! Today was a fairly ordinary winter Monday for me. I woke at 5:45 a.m. when the baby started calling. My husband took yesterday’s wake-up at 3:45 a.m. (I kid you not) so it was my turn. For anyone new to my saga, I have four children, ages 9, 7, 5, and almost 2. Due to our plethora of evening kid activities, coupled with my husband’s and my travel schedule, we now have childcare 8 a.m – 8 p.m. M-Thurs, and during the day on Friday (this is split over two people, one FT, one PT). If I’m home, from about 4 p.m. on it’s as much about having an extra set of hands and an extra driver as it is about working; I aim to get most of my work done between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (if possible). Anyway, with those explanations, here goes!
5:45-6:20 – up, toddler asks for bottle (and tries to make his own, meaning he’s probably too old for a bottle). We snuggle for a while in his rocking chair, which is nice because I can close my eyes.
6:20-7:05 – downstairs, make coffee, watch Peppa Pig and PAW Patrol, read on my Kindle app (Bad Religion by Ross Douthat – I am on a tear on my Kindle app. This is book #6 of the year! Putting books on my phone makes it really convenient to read when I’d otherwise be scroling through headlines.)
7:05-7:25 – give toddler to husband, shower, get dressed.
7:25-7:40 – husband has made breakfast (mushroom omelette and bacon!). I put cinnamon rolls in oven for kids. My husband and I eat breakfast together (with little guy running around everywhere).
7:40 -8 – get kids up, get them breakfast. Nanny (G) arrives around 7:50.
8- 8:15 – do hair/make-up. I normally wouldn’t bother at this point, but I had a surprising number of video calls today.
8:15-8:30 – quick post on the blog.
8:30-8:40 – big boys ready, out door, to bus, back inside (it’s cold!)
8:40- noon – work. Pretty much straight through. Work on the book first (8:40-10) then do calls at 10, 10:30, 11:30. Some emails and such in between.
noon-12:30 – eat lunch (frozen meal), book hotel for spring break.
12:30-1 – emails/admin stuff
1-2 – work, including a Skype interview with Al Jazeera, and a call about a potential speech.
2-2:35 – quick change, then run 29:29 5k on treadmill downstairs. I’ll call it a tempo run.
2:35-3:00 – come up to find handyman there (G is dealing with it) to fix broken lock on toddler’s door — which is how he has been escaping of late. Pay handyman, play with toddler, drive to preschool to get my daughter. It is only about 3 minutes away!
3-4 – more work. Writing an article.
4-4:30 – boys off bus, some work interspersed with coordinating playdate w/neighbor mom for 5-year-old. Other girl comes over.
4:30-5 – some work amid kid supervision, getting hot chocolate for girls after they decide to play outside and then discover it is really, really cold. (G has toddler so I am mostly with older kids).
5-5:15 – chat with 9-year-old, then G takes him to swim (toddler tags along). 9-year-old wants to just wear flip-flops but I force him to bring socks. What if the car breaks down? What if he gets shut out of the building somehow? I have a very active imagination of what can go wrong in winter weather.
5:15- 6 – work, mostly thinking through book (plus start writing up log). Occasional check to make sure kids (5-year-old, 7-year-old, and neighbor) are OK.
6-6:10 – walk neighbor home from playdate.
6:10-6:25 – sneak in a bit of reading on Kindle app upstairs as phone is charging.
6:25- 6:45 – play with 5-year-old and toddler in basement (G cooks dinner — grilled cheese, tomato soup, Brussels sprouts; husband comes home after picking 9-year-old up from swim.)
6:45 – 7:15 – eat dinner plus clean up. Dinner is quite the affair with a toddler who will no longer sit in a high chair. Tonight he actually bit his sister on the chest. She was furious, which is understandable, though I do explain to her that three years ago, I heard from the now-7-year-old’s teacher that he had said in class for an example of sadness “Sometimes I’m sad when my sister bites me.” At least it’s only each other.
7:15 – 7:30 – email, start camp planning. The spreadsheet is coming out!
7:30-7:50 – read (while baby pounds on door — he is not happy that the lock has been fixed!). He’s really tired, so he passes out shortly.
7:50- 8 – chat re schedule w/G, she leaves. Now I am typing this up, and will probably spend the next hour hanging out with various older children, then reading, and going to bed, ideally by 10:30. I’ll report back tomorrow how it goes.
How was your day?