Seven years ago, my husband asked me out on our first date. Today, our lives look entirely different. We have two kids, two dogs, and I am a work from home mom. My oldest son, Liam is my two-year-old assistant. He helps me. All. Day. Long.
It starts at 5:00 or 6:00 am. We wake up and I drive my husband, DJ to work. We grab coffee, and the commute gives us a few moments together to listen to music and actually have a conversation. If we didn’t have kids, we would probably wake up and have these moments at home but enjoying them in transit just works better for us right now.
Once we get home, we take a nap. Sometimes the baby eats, and we all get some down time before we start the day. At 8:00 am my friend Mikayla comes over. When I hear the key slide in the door, I know it’s time to get up and get dressed. She brews coffee while I wake up and slowly start the day with her.
Sometime between 9:00 and 9:30 Liam wakes up, and we get the day going. We run errands and take care of anything else that needs doing around the house out of the way. The baby typically wakes up at 10:30 so by then thing get really crazy.
Between 10:30 and 11:00 we balance everything — kids, chores, dogs, life. I don’t do any work until 11:00 because I need to make sure everything is going well with the kids and the house first. Between 11:00 and 12:00 I check emails and get an idea of what I need to do for the day.
Somehow, I got lucky, and both my kids go down at the same time in the afternoon every day. My afternoons are the most peaceful thing in the entire universe. I’m sure I’ll have another kid in five years who doesn’t ever sleep, but for now, I power through everything in the afternoons. I work, eat lunch, take calls, and do all the things in those two hours when the kids are sleeping.
At 2:00 when Liam wakes up he has a second lunch which is fine because he is growing insanely fast and eating a truckload of food most days. As Liam is eating lunch number two, the baby wakes up and nurses, and at 2:45 I migrate back to my computer, recheck my email and spend a little time working on client projects.
Around 3:30 I powerhouse through everything, clearing, laundry, and hanging with the boys until my husband gets home. We hope he will be home by 6:30 but often times it is much later than that. My work from home life gets started once DJ gets home from work. He takes care of the babies, and I work until about 8:00 when the rest of my family goes to bed.
After everyone else goes to bed, I take care of myself. I do what I need for my business and my health, and then I go to bed around midnight. To be completely honest we are balls to the wall every day. It’s completely nuts.
I am so grateful for my friends and my support system who step in when I need it because making it work as a work from home mom is not always easy. Showing my boys what it looks like to do whatever it takes to follow your dreams is totally worth it. If you can relate, I would love to have you join my Facebook Group where we all share our stories.