Bernie is a working mom of three school aged children. This is what a day in her life looks like!
I remember when my first two were little. I had a toddler and a newborn. My days were full of diapers, nursing, and no sleep. It’s been about a decade since those days, but my days are still very full. Now it’s homework, driving to various practices, but sleep still eludes me.
Each day in our home is different, but I will give you an example of one of our busy days. This is a typical Monday for us:
6:15 Up and at ’em. Feed the dog and let her out. Get the boys fed, lunches packed (I make everything the night before). Make sure that my middle schooler is up and getting herself ready. Put breakfast out for her.
6:45 Walk the boys to the elementary bus stop.
6:50 Return home to make sure that my daughter has completed her morning routine and begin to get ready for work.
7:15 Drive my daughter to the bus stop.
7:20 Return home to eat breakfast and complete my “beauty routine”.
8:15 Make sure the dog has peanut butter in her Kong toy and put her in the crate. Leave for work.
8:30 Arrive at work. I’m a 2’s teacher at a local MMO and I love all of the sweet hugs that I get from my babies.
12:45-ish Leave work. Head to the gym to workout.
2:00 Back at home to eat lunch before picking the boys up from the bus stop. Some days, I can catch a 15 minute power nap.
3:00 Get the boys off of the bus. Drive some very cranky boys to pick their sister up from middle school, because riding the bus home from middle school is no fun (what?!?!). Make sure to have snacks and drinks so that they aren’t “hangry” on the way to the middle school.
4:00 Arrive home after sitting in the carpool line for 30 minutes. Kiddos begin homework and eat an afternoon snack. Check Monday folders for grades and teacher notes. Begin dinner preparation.
4:45 Eat dinner. Remind the girl to get dressed into her dance clothes.
5:15 Leave to bring daughter to ballet.
5:30 Arrive at ballet and drop my daughter off for class. Head over to the little one’s soccer practice.
6:00 Soccer practice begins.
7:00 Soccer practice ends. Pick my daughter and friend up from dance (a few minutes late).
7:30 Arrive back at home. Make sure that the children have finished all of their homework and instruct them to bathe if necessary. Make sandwiches and cut fruit for the next school day.
8:00 Say prayers with the children and read to the kindergartner. Sing a few songs to the five year old (usually, “Goodnight Sweetheart”, “Twinkle, Twinkle”, and “Baby”). Give kids the 30 minute warning.
8:30 Lights out. Sit down to watch a few shows that have been DVR’d. My favorites as of late? Big Brother, America’s Got Talent, and any Real Housewives episodes (no judgments, please :)).
11:00 *Hopefully* head to bed. Relax while watching Friends and Big Brother After Dark.
Of course, it all starts again the next day. Mondays do not include football and running club for my big boy, nor any school clubs that my girl will join in the next few weeks. And did I mention that my husband travels for a living?!?!
As busy as our days are, I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Children are miracles, and mine are no exception. Each day, they bring me joy, laughter, and love. They accept me and love me for all of my shortcomings. And I love them to the moon and back.