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 Jo from Pickle & Poppet, Jo lives in East Anglia with her husband and their two children, Jessica and Reuben.
Here is what a typical day looks like for her…
05.30: Jessica normally wakes up around this time. Well, it can be anywhere between 5am and 6am. I get up and bring her into bed with us and enjoy a sleepy cuddle until my alarm goes off. She will normally go back to sleep.
06.00: My alarm goes off. I wish I could say I get up straight away but I don’t I normally get up about 6.10am to have a shower. I’ll pop my head in to see if Reuben is awake. If he is he goes to the bathroom first, if he is still asleep I leave him. That is rare! Whilst I’m in the shower Sam will get Jessica washed and dressed. If I’m lucky, Reuben will get himself dressed as well.
06.30: I’m out of the bathroom and trying to make myself resemble a human ready for work. Sam gets in the shower and the kids are normally playing. This part of the morning has become much easier now Jessica can stand in her cot as she amuses herself standing and sitting or cruising around the cot.
07.00: Time to go downstairs for breakfast. Reuben will get his bowl and cereal whilst I make Jessica’s milk. I’ll pour his milk and then feed Jessica. Once she has had her milk it is time to give her breakfast, then it is time to sort out coffees and breakfast for Sam and I. I don’t get time to sit and eat. I normally eat whilst I’m getting the lunches into bags, tidying the kids breakfast away, and feeding Lola (the cat). Then it’s teeth brushed, shoes and coats on and leave the house.
07.45: We have to leave by 7.55am at the very latest otherwise I’m late for work. Sam helps me get everyone in the car and we both head off in different directions. The journey to nursery normally lets Jessica have a nap in the car and Reuben will play with his cars, sing or lately we’ve been chatting. It’s lovely now he holds full conversations.
08.30: Drop the kids in their rooms. Reuben first to preschool. Update the carers on anything they need to know, remind him who is picking him up that day – either me or Nana – kiss goodbye. Dash to the baby room. Repeat cycle which tends to take a bit longer. Dash back to the car and drive to work.
(If this was a day I didn’t work, we would only now be getting dressed!)
09.00: Start my day at work. I work as an account handler in commercial insurance and so it is pretty full on.
15.00: Finish work (unless it is a Monday or Wednesday when I don’t finish until 6pm! Those days are mental!)
Drive to the nursery to collect the children. Handover from the staff as to how the days have been. Ready for the drive home.
16.00:We’re home! Time to get changed into something more comfortable and a quick cuddle on the sofa.
16.30:Time to start dinners!
Jessica first, hers is always ready to preheat so warm it through and help her to eat which is very messy. Whilst Jessica is eating I’m getting Reuben’s dinner ready. Sometimes I eat with Reuben, other times I eat with Sam, it depends on what Reuben wants for dinner. Once both kids are eating I feed Lola.
Everyone is eating happily, if I’m not eating with the kids I will then get the breakfast and cooking dishes washed – yes by hand, we don’t have a dishwasher yet! If I get chance I will start making lunches for the next day, if they have finished eating then the sandwiches have to wait.
17.30: With dinner finished we go back into the living room and depending on how the children are depends on what we do. It normally consists of sitting and cuddling whilst watching some TV or singing nursery rhymes. We’re all pretty tired so it’s chill time.
18.10: Bath time! Jessica gets in first so I can wash her hair then Reuben gets in. She’ll happily splash away whilst I bath Reuben. Then it turns into chaos where they are splashing so much that water is covering me! Whoever said bath time was relaxing?!
They get out the bath and get in their pyjamas.
18.45: Sam gets home.
Reuben gets excited, Jessica starts giggling. Bedtime is anything but calm!
Sam helps finish get them ready for bed with brushing teeth. Then I settle Jessica with her bottle and getting her to sleep whilst Sam reads a story to Reuben. Once Jessica is settled I go through to Reuben and sing ‘Hush Little Baby’ and tuck him.
(If it is one of my long days my Mum will pick the children up and feed them. I then go to hers and get them ready for bed, give Jessica her milk and we leave theirs at 7pm to come home. Both will normally fall asleep in the car.)
19.15 – 19.30: Time for us to sort our dinner. It’s normally a quick dinner or has been prepared already so doesn’t take too long. Once we have eaten we wash and clear the dishes before I start the lunches for the next day. Whilst I do that Sam will normally tidy the last of the toys away in the living room.
Lunches done, I then get out all the bags and clothes for the next day so that it runs as smooth as possible. If I’ve managed to get some washing on it’ll be now that I hang it out.
20.30 – 21.00: We finally sit down together! Mid week we will then spend time working in the evening. So I will work on my blog and Sam will do some private work or he will play Playstation. Sometimes if we’re completely shattered we just snuggle on the sofa and watch rubbish TV.
22.30 – 23.00: We go to bed, exhausted!
On my days off our day is quite different. It is much more relaxed and we spend our time playing and watching films or going out for walks. Although I do need to fit in some housework in amongst our week as well!
Thank you Jo!