Fun Monday: A day in the life

Grace is the hostess for Fun Monday this week! Be sure to see who all is playing!

fun_monday_logo_jpg+largeShe says: Your Day: please describe to us your typical weekday, from when you wake up until when you go to bed, what do you do to get you up and going, how do you wind down in the evening and what happens in your life in between those times.

My day? Hmm, well, my husband’s phone vibrates on his nightstand at 4 a.m.  I roll over and ignore my bladder until he gets out of the shower. If I’m sleepy enough, I get back in bed post-bathroom. Lately, it’s been no good and I just start my day. Mostly that means waking up completely, picking up stuff in the living room from the night before (baby proofing) and anything else quiet I can think of, reading, checking email, etc. I haven’t had massive amounts of caffeine since July 2007, so unlike most of you, I don’t get morning coffee.

Keeley wakes up around 6. It becomes a nurse, diaper, nap, eat, play cycle until anywhere from 3 pm to 6 pm when ‘daddy’ gets home. In between then, I sneak in chores, internet, and the continual picking up of toys. I wash diapers every other day, towels every 3 days, and have to see how many pairs of socks or pajamas she has to get her laundry done, and our clothes are also limited by how many polo shirts my husband has, and how many pairs of jeans I have. The dishes rarely get done, unless the go in the dishwasher. Pots and pans tend to sit a while, because I cannot do them and be with Keeley at the same time and inevitably the minute I start washing dishes, the upstairs neighbors will drop an anvil and wake Keeley up 30 minutes into her should-be 1 1/2-2 hour nap. Keeley is going through separation anxiety. Out of courtesy to our not-so-courteous neighbors, I choose NOT to let her scream her head off, and leave the dishes until the weekend, most of the time. Pretty much everything else I can do with her in the same room. Fold clothes, etc.

It hits me from time to time that I’m a teacher. All day long. All night long.  From ‘it’s not polite to scream when you want something, dear just say ma-ma’ to ‘that ball is purple, does it taste like grape?’ What do I do all day? I teach. On a walk to the library where I point out the leaves, telling her that the lever on the see-and-say works like a light switch, and naming body parts, everything seems to go into her little mind. I’m fascinated with the things she can indicate to us.

One fun thing is that happened recently is that we have a large stuffed Tigger in her room and a small one in a vehicle. We have showed her that Tiggers ‘bounce’ and say ‘boing boing’. Well, the other day, I was changing her diaper and said ‘boing boing’ just to get her to hold still. As soon as I put her down, she crawled as fast as she could over to her Tigger and grabbed him and fell down on him and gave him a hug. Smart girl.

After Keeley goes to bed, I steal some TV time with hubby and try and remove the debris from the main area that comes with daddy daughter time. Mostly, it’s just a relief to stop and not teach anyone anything, get anyone anything, or listen to screaming, crying, or whining (by anyone under the age of 2).

Have I captured what I do every day? Maybe. Then again, maybe not. You be the judge.


  1. I did, I stayed home part time with Henry when he was born and yes, you are teaching your child all day long. Wow, waking up at 4am would be a challenge for me. I also don’t do morning coffee, I drink tea though, but not to get me up but just to have a beverage to drink. thanks for playing. I am still loading up the links

  2. This morning? Baby girl wanted breakfast at 5 am. She wanted immediately back in bed after that. I imagine she’ll have a very soggy diaper, she didn’t even let me change her, she stretched out for the crib and acted as if she wanted in, then put her head down almost immediately.

  3. Being a Mom is the hardest job in the world. Teaching your child is a major part of raising a well balanced child. Sounds like your on the right path. Thanks for sharing

  4. I’d imagine not only is it a tiring day, it’s a rewarding one considering what an influence you’re having on a young and inquiring mind. Great work!

  5. I remember those early days… wondrous and exhausting all at the same time. Honestly, I couldn’t wait to go back to work. My husband had been laid off, so he was Mr. Mom for our son’s first three years. I got to play and teach when I got home from work and on weekends, but the day-to-day stuff was my husband’s.

    Re: your comment – My position is called “Traffic Manager”. When I tell people that, they think I’m a cop. What I do is write the “directions” for everything that goes on our air.

  6. when I was taking care of Karmyn’s kids in august (they went to Hawaii)
    I made a deal with her little 14+ month old. I let him hold the remote and play with it while I changed his diaper

    He figured out how to lean around me and point it at the TV and turn it on.

  7. Hi Jill! First off “Stretch” is getting so cute and lively looking. Who could ask for a more appealing student. It sounds like you’re really enjoying your “Mommy” job even though it’s a great jumble of things both exciting and mundane–they balance each other out, I’m sure. Just be careful that the student doesn’t get smarter than the teacher! 🙂

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