A Day In The Life Of…The Incidental Parent

A Day In The Life Of…The Incidental Parent

I’m back with another A Day In The Life Of… It’s a chance for other bloggers to share what a typical day looks like for them. I’m proper nosey and I love to see what people get up to in their day. It’s also a great chance for you to find some more blogs that you might like to follow.

Today we have The Incidental Parent, Erica is a mummy to two boys, Big L and Little L.

Here is what a typical day looks like for her…

My days aren’t quite what they would normally be as my mum had an accident so I’m spending a lot more time at her house and helping her out at the moment.  With that in mind 

Buckle up, you’re in for an exciting ride….

06.50: My alarm goes off.  This doesn’t mean this is when my day begins as I’ve normally been up at least once with Little L who is ten months old and still in our room (and our bed fairly often too).

I get up and shower before everyone else gets up, or that is the plan but I’m usually beaten by Big L who goes downstairs and plays on the tablet until I go to make his breakfast.

I’m usually washed, dressed and downstairs with Little L by 7.30. I make coffee for me and Vince and breakfast for the boys.  I get the packed lunches out of the fridge (prepared the night before) and put them in their bags.

07.55: Vince leaves to catch his train and I start chasing Big L around trying to get him ready for school. I’ve blogged about our mornings before, and not much has changed in the 6 months since I wrote it! I’m trying to get Big L to get ready by himself, he’s perfectly capable.  I might have to think about a reward chart *sigh* 


08.30: We leave the house.  Today it is snowing a little which Big L finds very exciting and wants to build a snowman (there is no snow laying, chances of a snowman are zilch). I put Little L in his snowsuit into the pushchair and we walk the three quarters of a mile to the school. It’s not a bad walk and I enjoy chatting to Big L all the way there. I say “chatting to” but to be honest he chats at me. Big L starts school at 8.50am and Little L and I head off. We walk to “Little Sainsburys” so-called because there are two Sainsburys within a mile of each other – I’m full of amazing facts, me.  We get a few bits for Granny and some crumpets as a treat for after school.

09.15: We arrive at Granny’s house.  Little L is asleep so I manoeuvre the pushchair into Granny’s house so he can stay asleep for a while.  He really is very bad at sleeping during the day (and night). Second child syndrome I think.  We stay at Granny’s so I can help her have a shower as she had an accident a couple of weeks ago and is struggling a bit to shower by herself. 

After a shower I run around with the vacuum cleaner and wash up then we head home.

We get home around 11.30am in time for lunch.  We both have Dairylea on toast as that is all I can muster up the energy for today!  Then I unload the dishwasher from the night before and load it again with this morning’s breakfast and lunch things.  I run around with the vacuum cleaner, I do actually switch it on, I make it sound like I take it for a little dance!

12.30: I attempt to put Little L down for a nap.  My success is short lived as he wakes after half an hour, which is the norm unfortunately.  

At some point around 1pm I put a load of washing on.

I potter about and hang the washing up before we head out to collect Big L at 3pm 

15.15: We have walked to the school and it is still trying to snow.  Big L comes out of school very excited as it is half term AND trying to snow (oh to be a five year old again). He wants to go to see Granny so we stop off on the way.  We have toasted crumpets with butter and I have a cup of tea. At around 5 we walk home.  Vince is going for a drink after work so I get the boys a cheeky dinner of macaroni cheese (homemade – don’t judge), I’m treating myself to a Quorn Tikka Masala ready meal for my dinner.

After the boys finish their dinner I give them both a bath (and myself thanks to Little L splashing around) and get them ready for bed.  I’m hoping that they can have an early night and I can have some time to myself, in actual fact neither of them are asleep before 8pm! I’m trying to kid myself that they are ever asleep before 8pm.  We really must work on their bedtime “routine”.

21.00:Vince is home and I’ve not had my dinner yet. Where the hours go in the day I just don’t know. I heat up my dinner (which is actually very nice) and we sit and watch TV until about 10pm when I go to bed.  As it’s Friday I don’t have packed lunches to prepare for tomorrow – winner, winner, chicken dinner! 

Writing this has made me realise how mundane my day sounds! Hopefully when my Mum is better we can do more exciting things like watch The Wright Stuff or something 😉 

Thank you for sharing your day with us. If you would like to find out more about Erica, head over to her blog or follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

If you would like to take part in my A Day In The Life Of… Series, drop me an email at [email protected] I would love to have you.


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  1. 03/05/2017 / 10:09

    Your day sounds as interesting as mine. Life isn’t exciting and glamorous all the time – but the photos are lovely. Such cheeky faces!

  2. 03/05/2017 / 20:39

    Awww, I remember those days when I hardly got a thing done, but I now look at those days with such fondness. They don’t stay little for long! Your cuties are adorable! #BloggerClubUK