A Day in the Life: A Working Mom

Hey hey guys! How’s it goin? Believe it or not, I actually found a few extra minutes to put together a post I’ve been meaning to do for weeks now…’A Day in the Life’ of Yours Truly. I seriously love reading these posts when other people do them (I suppose it’s that nosiness of mine?). So if you’re anything like me, then hopefully you’ll enjoy getting a little sneak peek into a typical day of mine, too. Enjoy!

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3:30am – I hear a certain little boy on the baby monitor. This is his one typical wake up during the night (it’s usually anywhere between 2-4:30), so I go in to feed him. He nurses, falls right back to sleep in my arms, and I’m back into bed about 20 minutes later.

5:40am – Alarm goes off…hit snooze button.

5:49am – Alarm goes off again…whoops. There’s that snooze button again.

6:07am – Shoot. Somehow I missed another snooze in there without even realizing it. Time to get moving. Hop in the shower, brush teeth, do make up, and dry hair.

6:45-6:50am – Jay goes in to wake up Lucas. Some mornings he wakes up on his own, but today he needed a little help. Lucas and daddy laugh and chat on the changing table while I iron an outfit for the day.

7:00am – Time for Lucas’s breakfast. I nurse him on our bed while catching up on Good Morning America. Love that crew in the morning.

7:20am – Lucas is done eating. I quickly throw the curling iron in my hair, put on my outfit for the day, then spend a few minutes playing with Lucas.

7:30am – Time to get ready to head out the door! We get Lucas all bundled up and Jay puts him in his car seat while I grab my breakfast and lunch bag, my pump bag, and Lucas’s diaper bag. Hands are full, but we’re off.

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7:45am – Drop Lucas off at Erika’s house. Sometimes he’s asleep, sometimes he’s awake. Sometimes he even likes to scream the whole car ride over. Yeah…those mornings are fun. Luckily, today wasn’t one of them.

8:00am – Arrive at work…although, lately, it’s a few minutes later than 8:00am. I’m still working on mastering the morning routine. Get to my desk, log in, do a quick glance over of emails to make sure nothing is super urgent. Head to the kitchen to make my coffee and prep today’s breakfast of choice…an english muffin with PB & banana.

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I eat breakfast at my desk while getting started with work for the day.

10:00am – Time to pump. I head to the nursing room at work and go ahead do my thang. It usually takes about 15-20 minutes, and then I’m back to work. Today, I also snacked on a banana while I was in there.

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11:00am – Meeting + a snack. I run this particular meeting today, so I make sure to have my mini KIND bar before heading to the conference room.

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12:30pm – Lunch time. And talk about an ugly looking lunch, eh? Today happened to be one of those days where I did no prep ahead of time, and was super thankful to have a frozen meal on hand. This one was some sort of meal by Amy’s, and it was okay, but nothing to rave about.

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1:00pm – Time to pump once again. I also check in with Erika to see how Lucas is doing so far today.

2:30pm – Snack time. Today’s snack included a Greek yogurt with strawberries + about a gazillion handfuls of trail mix.

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3:30pm – Done with work for the day! I tie up any loose ends and then I’m out the door to go pick up Lucas.

3:45pm – Pick Lucas up from Erika’s house, talk about his day (he had two solid naps today, woo hoo!), then head back home.

4:05pm – Arrive at home. Today, Lucas fell asleep in the car on the way, so I keep him in his seat to finish out his nap.

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4:15pm – Empty my dirty tupperware containers, Lucas’s dirty bottles, and my pump parts into the sink. Put my pumped milk from the day into the fridge. Lucas is still asleep so I take advantage of the quiet time and do some blog work.

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4:45pm – Lucas wakes up from his catnap and I nurse him while catching the end of Ellen.

5:00pm – Jay arrives home from work and the three of us enjoy some family time together. This is one of my favorite parts of the day.

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5:30pm – Both Jay and I are starving so we decide to throw together a quick dinner. Jay goes out to the kitchen to start cooking while I hang out a bit longer with the little man.

6:00pm – Dinner time. We put Lucas in his swing and he hangs out next to us while we eat at the coffee table.

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Tonight, all we can muster up is a couple of chicken sausages and some baked sweet potatoes. We’re too lazy to even cook an extra veggie. Ahh well…we weren’t really in the mood for one anyways.

6:45pm – Time to start Lucas’s bedtime routine. Tonight is a “tubby” night (we usually do a real bath every 2-3 days and sponge baths the other days) so Jay gets the tub ready in the kitchen sink while I take Lucas in to get unchanged and get his towel, soap, etc.

7:00pm – Tubby is done! Lucas hates being cold, so he screams for a while I get him dried off and put a diaper on. Next up is his leg massage, and he calms right down once we start. He looooooves his leg massage. Once his massage is over, we put on his jammies, and Lucas gets his last “fly by” for the night with dad.

7:15pm – I nurse Lucas one last time, get him in his SwaddleMe, then we read a story. Our favorite bedtime book is, would ya look at that…”The Going To Bed Book.” Winking smile While I’m nursing Lucas, Jay takes care of cleaning and sterilizing the bottles and pump parts and getting his new bottles ready for tomorrow.

7:25 – Lucas is asleep and I put him to bed. I head out to the living room and collapse into the couch for a bit while catching up with Jay about our days.

7:45pm – Make lunch for tomorrow, throw in a load of laundry. I debate on whether or not I want to do some sort of workout…not tonight. I crawl into my PJ’s instead.

8:00pm – Settle in to watch How I Met Your Mother with a little dish of ice cream for dessert.

9:00pm – On this particular night, I’m feeling a bit tired but I know I still need to give Lucas his dream feed so I try to stay up. I wind up falling asleep on the couch until Jay wake me up at about 10:30pm. Hey…nothin’ like a little pre-bedtime power nap, eh?

10:30pm – Wash my face, brush my teeth, then go in to give Lucas his dream feed. He nurses easily and I put him right back down.

11:00pm – Finally…bed time.

And then we start it all over again. Smile

What are some of your favorite parts of your day??

Comments

      • says

        I wouldn’t say it all comes naturally, but you figure it out pretty quickly! I used to be so intimidated by babies (how do I hold them? Do I talk to them? Ahhh! Why are they crying?!) but when it’s your own, you naturally step up and take charge. I was much more at ease with Hailey than I ever was with any other baby.
        Hoping it feels the same way when I have 2 (ahh- scary!).
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        • Courtney says

          I totally agree with this! There are certain things now that have just become second nature, but before I had Lucas I’d often worry, how the heck am I gonna know how to do x, y, z… It’s amazing how you adapt to your baby!

      • Holly says

        Julie,
        Gabriella would LOVE to let you ‘borrow’ her anytime! 😉 She’s always available for a crash course 😀

    • Courtney says

      Haha some of it does and some of it doesn’t. But I can tell you I felt EXACTLY the same way before Lucas arrived! I’d talk with friends about what they were doing with their babies and be like, umm, how do you know you need to do that?? It is pretty amazing though just how quickly you’ll adapt to (most of, not all) of your baby’s needs!

  1. says

    The life of a new mama ain’t easy! Goodness knows I’m learning that myself. My little guy is 6 weeks, but I do eventually plan to return to work. That makes this post extra interesting for my nosy self! 😉
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  2. says

    Phew – I’m tired just thinking about your day! But I’m sure your little man makes it all worthwhile. Sometimes I freak out a little on the inside when I think about having kids, the routine, our busy schedules, etc. But then I think about the millions of parents who do it every single day and tell myself to calm down…it all works out and/or you find a way to work it all out!

  3. says

    I love hearing and seeing what other’s do all day :) I guess it’s my nosiness, too. You are certainly busy, and hardly have any free moments to yourself! I am sure you don’t mind, though :) Love looking at pictures of Lucas :) He is adorable!
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  4. Stacey M. says

    Loved this post Courtney … once again you’ve chose to “keep it real” with us. Your schedule sounds a lot like my fiance’s sister’s schedule. She has a 2-year old son, is currently pregnant with her second, and also works part-time at a dentist’s office. We often talk about how busy her day is, usually lasting from 6 AM to 10 PM. Having a child is certainly not easy, but now she’s preparing for the second and I’m sure things will get absolutely crazy once he arrives. I applaud all working moms out there … it’s certainly no simple task! So glad to hear that you and Jay are working it out though – it’s so nice that he’s so willing and able to help you out as much as possible.

    And, to answer the question of the day, my favorite part of the day is about an hour before bed when I get to sit down, relax and visit with my fiance.

  5. says

    Being a mom is exhausting and throw in woprking on top of that and some days it’s a fight just to keep your head above water! You’re doing a great job!

    We used to read that same book every.single.night and I remember my son had it memorized at a very young age and used to “read” it to me :) Brings back memories. I always did wonder why they put on their PJs and THEN go exercise :)

    • Courtney says

      LOL my husband just commented on that the other day!! He’s like, I just don’t get it? Why so they exercise after PJ’s?? 😉

  6. says

    Such a busy lady…I remember those days and trust me, once you get your routine down, it will feel a lot better :) We still love “the going to bed book”…all those books are GREAT!! I think my favorite time of the day are the random snuggles I get from Keely plus her bedtime, because it’s just mother/daughter time…LOVE!!
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  7. says

    I’m currently 38 weeks pregnant and will also be a working mom, so this was a great sneak peak into what I can expect on a daily basis. Thanks so much! I’m sure going back to work was hard at first (I already DREAD it and my lil guy isn’t even here yet) but did it get easier pretty fast or do you still find yourself struggling on a daily basis?

    • Courtney says

      Some days are definitely better/worse than others. Sometimes, it feels a little nice to head off to work for the day. Other days, all I want to do is stay home and snuggle with him. I will say that I was wayyyyyy worse in the weeks leading up to it than I was once I was actually back. It was super hard, but I also got myself really worked up beforehand. It’s going to be hard, I some lie. But it does get easier! Feel free to email me anytime if you have questions and/or need to vent :)

    • Courtney says

      I actually read it in one of my baby books. It said that it can be very soothing and relaxing for baby so I decided to try incorporating it. I really just focus on the legs and belly but sometimes we do the full body. I go over each body part as I go and Lucas absolutely loves it!

  8. says

    Wow, busy day! I know I’d still work if my husband and I had kids, so now at least I have an idea of what I’d be getting myself into. That post-work at home time is also my favorite time of the day, just relaxing with the husband and pets before dinner.
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  9. says

    Busy woman!! Thanks for sharing this. It’s nice that you leave work at 3:30 so you can get a little extra time in there. I would have to take a pre-bedtime power nap every night if I were you.

  10. Meg says

    You are amazing, and this is really inspirational to read. I don’t have kids yet, but I plan on working full time when I do, and I am scared! Seeing how you do it all shows me that it can be done.

    Also, I am intrigued by the leg massage? Why do you do it, and how did you even get the idea? I have never heard of this before!

  11. says

    Thanks for writing this. I have been worrying about how I am going to get myself and a baby up and out the door by 7:15 every morning after baby arrives. You are very honest, which is awesome and gives me hope that I can do it too!
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  12. says

    I am tired just reading about your day! But I love these posts as well! I guess we’re all a little nosey 😉 I’m really happy to hear you and Jay have some time together after you both get home from work. I think it’s important new parents have some time to be together as a family and just chill.

  13. says

    Busy day!
    I love reading these type of posts! Why do we all love seeing how someone spends their entire day? Favorite parts of my day involved enjoying my chai tea latte, and relaxing with man after school is done for the day. I’m eagerly counting down the days to the end of the semester… I just want to comment and say that I love your mint/aqua waterbottle! =)
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    • Courtney says

      Haha, it’s something I had read about in one of my (gazillion) books. Baby massage can be very soothing for them, so I decided to try it out with our bedtime routine and he loves it. I just focus on the legs and belly really, but you can do anything! We go over each part as a massage him too :)

  14. says

    This post is incredibly helpful. I am 18 weeks pregnant and am already trying to plan out/strategize how I will manage my schedule when I have to go back to work full time 3 months post birth. I

  15. says

    I love these posts, especially as a new mom myself. I am way jealous that Lucas will stay asleep in his car seat if you move him. The second I take my daughter out of car, her eyes pop open and the nap is done.
    Way to make it all work Super Mama! You’re doing a great job :)

    • Courtney says

      Haha he’s hit or miss. He fell asleep yesterday in his seat before I picked him up from daycare but as soon as I brought him outside he was wide awake!

  16. Alaina says

    Thanks so much for this post, Courtney! I’m 19 weeks preggo with a little boy of my own and will have to return to work at 12 wks post-partum. I am currently trying to figure out how to adjust the scheduling to pump. I’ve read that usually, pumping is done every 3-4 hours in order to keep your milk supply up, but I noticed you only pump once at work. Did you ever have to pump more than once? It would be SO nice to only have to make one pump break during my work-day!

  17. says

    First thing that popped into my head? Superwoman. Holy smokes, lady, I have no idea how you do it — even just reading about your day made me feel all sorts of overwhelmed 😆 But it’s great to hear that you guys are managing so well :)

    My favourite part of the day is definitely first thing in the morning. I naturally wake up pretty early, and I love being able to start my day with a couple hours of peace and quiet before things get crazy.
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  18. Ruthie says

    I loved reading this especially since our boys are so close in age. Crazy to see L all bundled up because it’s been in the 70s-80s here! Would you mind sharing a typical post partum workout? Or have you already? I’ve been doing Jillian Michaels 30 day shred the past few days and I want some new ideas for at home workouts!

    • Courtney says

      Actually, my workouts have been pretty sparse these days haha. Since getting back to work I’m finding it hard to fit them in! But when I do do them, I really enjoy circuit workouts with dumbbells and a stability ball, a quick treadmill workout, or I was also doing the T25 workouts for a bit before I for back to work. Those are crazy intense and only 25 minutes!

  19. Ruthie says

    Also… Does Lucas ever have a problem going from breast to bottle? Ford used to get a few bottles a week and now he’s refusing them :(

    • Courtney says

      Fortunately, Lucas has been great with switching from breast to bottle. He takes a lot longer to feed from a bottle, but I did just get him level 2 nipples for the Dr. Browns bottles and I guess that’s helping his timing a bit. Have you tried more than one type of bottle? A friend of mine had to try 3 different ones before her daughter took one she liked!

    • Courtney says

      I’d love to eventually! But with Lucas still waking up in the middle of the night, I’m cherishing every last minute of morning sleep that I can, haha. But yes, hopefully I’ll be able to get into that routine again sometime soon!

  20. says

    I loved reading this sneak peek into your day! I’ll have to do one soon, with having a newborn. But then again, each day can be quiteeee different depending on how she sleeps at night. Hah!

    Question–when you nurse, do you do both sides? I am just impressed that your nursing takes only 20 mins….I might be nursing too much since she spits up a bit, but mine is usually more than 20 mins. If that is TMI I understand! thanks!
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    • bridget says

      I have the same question about bf-ing. My baby girl has only ever nursed for 10-15 mins so I can only get one side in. I was wondering if it changes as they eat more? She’s six weeks right now. Although I think (hope!) She’s going through a growth spurt because she’s nursing ever two hours or less!

      And you are awesome Courtney!! I’m still struggling to get a load of laundry and the dishes done on a typical day. Good job mama

      • Courtney says

        Hey ladies! Definitely not TMI…no worries.

        When Lucas was younger, I usually only fed him on one side at a time. That was enough to keep him full. Eventually (I don’t remember when?) he needed more than that so I did both sides at each feeding.

        As he’s gotten older, he’s also gotten MUCH quicker with his eating. It definitely used to take us 30-45 minutes for each feeding (sometimes longer!) but now we’re usually done within about 20 minutes…which is awesome, haha!

        And Annette, Lucas is also a HUGE spitter. Sometimes even projectile. We need to keep a towel (not a burp cloth, towel) on the floor next to his rocker in his room. So yes, I feel ya there!

  21. Barbara says

    I remember the days – working full-time and being a parent is very challenging, but you have it down! I have to give you credit for continuing to nurse and pump, I did not do that when I went back to work.

  22. Sara says

    Thanks for sharing Courtney. We are in the last couple of weeks before I go back to work full time. Some days I look forward to it and other days I don’t want to go back :) Glad to see you guys found a routine that works for you.

  23. says

    Oh man, I’m so nervous about having a newborn in the house again and all of the nursing sessions!! My youngest is 5.5, so it’s going to be like starting all over when baby arrives in April. I am excited to have a snuggly, breastfeeding baby again though :)
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  24. says

    I love posts like these ( I guess it’s the nosey side of me too!). It’s so nice that you have a dedicated pumping room at work – when I was working I had a choice of a bathroom in the school nurses office or locking my classroom door and hiding in the corner (my choice), ick…
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  25. says

    Hehehe I really enjoyed reading that! I guess I’m extra nosy about your daily life since I have a little one of my own. 😉 And my favorite time of day is when we wake up because Selah is EXTRA SMILEY AND HAPPY, and also when my husband gets back from work! It’s always exciting to talk about our days and see how I can help him by talking it out, and then having his help with Selah is definitely welcome. Hah!
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  26. says

    Does Lucas also always have a bib on him like my Emme? I swear my child spits up a freakishly large amount. It sounds like you’ve got a system down pat!

  27. says

    Being a working mama is a tough job but sounds like you’re doing awesome!

    I just wonder what kind of workouts you do at home. I used to Crossfit but I’m a single mom back to work with the dad only around on weekends so I can no longer do the crazy lifting and stuff and need to find something new that will motivate me to workout.
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  28. says

    You’re supermom!

    I have a 6 week old little boy, Atlas, & we struggle to make it out the door anywhere – we are always late everywhere we go now! I’m so impressed you can make it out the door for work before 8am! I’m beginning to think I won’t be on time for anything again until Atlas is 5.

    Lucas is a doll!

  29. JessicaR says

    WOW! I’m seriously impressed! :) I’ve decided to not have kids, so it’s interesting to see what it’s like for those who do. I don’t think I could do it!! :)

  30. Nala says

    Wow! I never realized just how busy you are and you still manage to keep STSL updated? You are indeed supermom! It was wonderful to get a peek into your daily life with your cute lil man. I would love to ready more of these – I think they’re nice just like the WIAW =)

  31. brittany says

    Thank you for this interesting and timely post, Courtney! My baby is just a couple of weeks younger than your adorable Lucas, and I’ll be heading back to work very soon. On top of the anxiety of having the babe start daycare, it is overwhelming to envision doing the morning thing/pumping at work/maintaining some structure in the evenings. I will definitely be using your routine for reference. Major props to you for maintaining a sense of humor while seriously doing it all. Supermama!

  32. says

    I NEVER could tire of pics of your little boy. He is so precious! Oh, and I totally feel him on hating being cold. I wish it was appropriate for me to cry in between getting out of the shower and getting dressed 😛
    I eat my lunch at my desk at work too, while I’m getting settled in. Definitely a nice way to start the day. I can’t stand eating on the fly when I’m going to work, and I don’t want to wake up any earlier to eat. So eating at my desk is the answer. That Amy’s meal does indeed look a little questionable, haha. But your dinner doesn’t! I love turkey sausage and potato!
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  33. says

    My daughter just turned one this week and reading your post gave me flashbacks of a few months ago. You got it down to a T. Your doing awesome and just keep at it. I wish I captured this while she was younger because I feel like I forgot some of the little details. And all those hours with that pump… I wish I forgot that lol. What we do for our nuggets :)

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