typical day(s)

Ginger of Ramble Ramble inspired me to write about our typical days. I find this stuff fascinating, personally. A few years ago, I participated in video version of something similar- action snippets of a day with Little Maggie. It’s so fun to look back and watch. Partly because ONLY ONE KID TO KEEP TRACK OF! and also because OMG SO LITTTTTTLE AND CUTE!

And I love reading about everyone else’s daily routines. No idea why. It’s the Internet Equivalent of peeking in your living room window. CREEPY STALKER!

For us, every day in our house is a little different. Some days I’m at work and the girls are at daycare. Other days, we stay home. Some of those days, we run errands. Some days I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT DAY IT EVEN IS. I usually ask Maggie- she keeps better track of it than I do.

Work Day

6:00am. Alarm goes off. I cry (on the inside.) I hit snooze at least once, because COME ON.

6:20am. Drag my butt into the shower.

6:30am. Out of the shower, get dressed, fix my hair (hair in a bun & tshirts/comfy clothes if I’m working at home, blowdry my hair and Real Clothes if I’m working at the office or have a meeting. I prefer Bun Days, obviously.) Dan usually comes back upstairs from working out/eating breakfast and gets his shower while I get ready. We chat, enjoying the quiet morning before all hell breaks loose when we have to wake up the girls.

7:00am. If Audrey isn’t awake yet, I let her sleep until I’m finished with breakfast. But usually she’s in there babbling by now. Head in to see the Happiest Baby Ever. Seriously, it’s kind of disgusting how happy she is first thing in the morning. Diaper change, get dressed for daycare.

7:05am. GO AND WAKE THE BEAST Maggie. She is not a morning person. This is usually a process. I turn her light on, tickle her feet/belly/head, sing her a song, wake her GENTLY. After I do all of this, I leave and let her finish getting up, getting dressed etc. She usually does this on her own and wanders downstairs while I make breakfast.

7:15am-8:15am. Head downstairs. Coffee, breakfast for Maggie and me. Audrey gets a bottle, we save breakfast for when she gets to school. Finish getting everyone dressed, teeth brushed, hair fixed, load our 8,129 bags and lunches and crap into the car and we’re out the door.

8:30am. Daycare dropoff. Usually a pretty quick and painless thing and I’m thankful for that. Maggie immediately goes and plays with her friends. Audrey goes with my aunt to the infant room, we get her set up in the high chair with some Cheerios or puffs, I give the girls kisses and I leave. If it’s a Work At Home day, I turn around and head back home (sometimes I’ll have an errand or two to run- bank stop, grocery store for milk, something random- it’s nice to be able to squeeze that stuff in ALONE!) If it’s a Work At The Office Day, I head there.

9:00am-5:00pm. Work At Home- settle on the couch with my laptop, my water, my chapstick, my phone, and my notebook. ESSENTIAL WORKING TOOLS. I don’t usually take many breaks- sometimes only a 15 minute lunch. I sometimes feel like the moment I drop the girls off, it’s a RACE to see how much stuff I can get done before the end of the day. Depending on what I’m working on that day, sometimes I watch tv while I work (design work lends itself well to background noise of Friends or Gilmore Girls reruns! Programming work requires some focus, so usually I just listen to music.)


9:00am-4:30pm. Work At The Office- I’m there one day a week as a contractor, so I get started on my list of Things To Do. Sometimes it’s a long list, sometimes it’s… not so long and I get kinda bored. But it’s a paycheck and it’s quiet in my cubicle. I can’t complain :)

4:30pm. Work At The Office- pick up the girls, get dinner on the way home (or order pizza on the way, or Dan picks something up, or we just have leftovers.)


5:00pm. Work At Home- Dan picks the girls up from school, I start dinner.

6:00pm. Dinner, chaos, insanity. Food thrown (by the baby, not Dan. ha), songs sung at dinner (Maggie), bribes given for eating just ONE. MORE. BITE. PLEASE. OMG. (Maggie again.)

6:30pm-8:00pm. I clean up the kitchen, Dan and the girls play. Outside if it’s nice weather, sometimes the neighbors wander over and we hang out, watch the kids play. Lately I’ve been going walking/running during this time too because Dan is awesome and willing to take care of bedtime alone. I love him.

8:00pm-8:30pm. Bathtime (if needed, usually every other night) and bed for both girls. It’s been a little later in the summertime, but that’s okay :)

8:30-9:00pm. Dan and I head downstairs, divide and conquer: wash bottles, pick up the clutter from the day, pack any lunches/bags for the next day.

9:00pm-11:00pm. HOUSE IS QUIET. OMG. TV time, video game time, computer time, unwinding time.

11:00pm. Sleep. Do it all again tomorrow.

Stay Home Day

7:00am. Alarm goes off. This is a new thing lately, actually. For a long time Audrey was still waking at night, so I would let myself sleep until the girls woke up. Sometimes 6am (oooof.), sometimes as late as 8am! But now that Audrey is sleeping through most nights without issue, I’ve started getting up before they do so I can get a quick shower instead of wasting half of Audrey’s morning nap bathing myself. I like this system so far.

7:05am-7:30am. Shower. Dress. Something comfy because we’ll just be hanging at home, at least until after lunch.

7:30am. If I’m lucky enough that the girls are still asleep, I sneak downstairs VERRRRRY quietly and eat breakfast alone. Heaven. Catch up on Twitter/Facebook, check email on my phone.

8:00am. Girls are up by now. Diaper change for Audrey, Maggie usually stays in her pajamas for a while. We’re casual. Breakfast for Maggie, bottle for Audrey.

8:30am. Random playing, World World or Sesame Street or whatever on the tv, hanging out. Breakfast for Audrey.

9:00am-10:00am. While the girls play, I usually do dishes, start some laundry, answer emails when the girls let me.

10:00am. (should say 10am-ish.) Audrey is usually ready for her nap about 2-3 hours after she wakes up. So we head upstairs with a bottle while Maggie plays. It’s not a schedule exactly, but she’s pretty predictable.

10:30am-12:00pm. Audrey naps, Maggie and I play. Or, if she’s wrapped in something by herself, I sneak some computer time. Or do some chores. Or make the grocery list. Or eat lunch. Whatever strikes our fancy, really.

12:00pm-12:30pm. Usually Audrey wakes up by now, so it’s time for HER lunch (I feel like someones is ALWAYS EATING in this house.) Diaper change, plop her in the high chair for some chow time.

1:00pm. We leave for the afternoon by this point most days now. Maggie’s gymnastics class or grocery shopping/errands. Eventually I may combine them into one afternoon, but Audrey still needs a second nap most of the time so I don’t want to push it. Cranky Baby + Shopping = Not Fun.

3:00pm-5:00pm. Home. Unload the car, get the kids in the house. Playing, tv, drawing, whatever. Attempt to get Audrey to take a second nap. Not always successful these days. I start making dinner.

6:00pm. See 6:00pm above and go from there :)


  1. tehamy

    August 26, 2011 7:58 am

    Does it exhaust you just reading about your day? I don’t think we ever realize how much we actually do until it’s written down. I actually wish I had done this pre-2nd baby and post-2nd baby so I could see how much busier I am now!

  2. K

    August 26, 2011 11:18 am

    A popular theme seems to be Dragging Ass Out of Bed. Heh.

  3. Liz

    August 26, 2011 11:58 am

    That is so much like our days. I work in the office 2 days a week and am home the rest, working from home when needed (which isn’t much). The only real differences in our days are that I’m home by 2:30 on my work days, my husband is up and out of the house by 4:30am so I don’t see him in the mornings, and my 2.5 year old is on one afternoon nap, so our nap/errand times are reversed. Love seeing that someone else has a similar day to me!

    • Jen

      August 26, 2011 1:23 pm

      Seriously. Do you ever wake up in the morning and have to REALLY concentrate to remember the day and where everyone needs to be??? Because… I don’t. Nope. Never. (Or every day. ha)

  4. Laura

    August 26, 2011 5:44 pm

    Love this! I’m totally going to do it too, just because I know I’ll love to look back on it in a few years.

  5. Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks

    August 26, 2011 5:55 pm

    I want to know how on earth you get away with having a baby in daycare who only needs to bath every other night!!! Gavin comes home from daycare with food in his eyebrows, above his ears, on the back of his head. And if he’s wearing the same clothes that he started the day in, they’re usually covered in a film of food, too. And I also want to know why the food always has to be orange?!? hahaha.

    • Jen

      August 26, 2011 7:28 pm

      HAHA. Weellll… yeah she is usually more than every other night. Maggie is fine for every other day, but a lot of nights Dan will throw her in the tub really quick to get the ‘stink’ off (HOW DO THEY SMELL LIKE FEET???) It is amazing how they get food everywhere isn’t it?? And yes to the orange food: peaches, cheese, mandarin oranges, mac and cheese… (she’s past pureed stuff and into Hard Core Orange Food. ha)

  6. Ginger

    August 26, 2011 11:09 pm

    I’m so glad you played along! I am LOVING reading all these.

    And seriously, I don’t understand the morning babies. My kiddo is that happy morning kid, and he sure didn’t get that from me or his dad. It’s adorable, but…weird.

  7. Andrea

    August 27, 2011 9:51 pm

    Omg. No way could I do this. I mean, mine would read:
    Wake up

    Ha! Maybe I will write it, and it’ll look exactly like that! :)

  8. Cheap Furniture Burbank

    August 29, 2011 6:47 pm

    Geez – and I thought MY days were busy! I’m beginning to have a lot more sympathy for my sister and her husband – they’re new parents and I think I definitely need to learn a thing or two from them before I think about trying for my own!


  9. Michelle

    August 29, 2011 6:52 pm

    Our children sound very, very similar. The baby has always been happiest first thing in the morning. The eldest? It’s like poking a bear.

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