August 8, 2012

A Usual Day (Especially For Moms)

 

So, it was recently requested, by a fellow Stay At Home Mom, that I share how I plan out my days so that I fit in all the demands of a mom as well as my own needs!  I am honored to be asked by fellow mommas what I do as a mom or wife, but I can't help laughing because God and I both know how often I fall short of my own goals and feel crazy running around my house.  Maybe this is God's way of encouraging me, because I have felt so lifted up by my friends and family this summer - which has truly been my most challenging season of motherhood to date!


Just a quick peek into why my "Daily Schedule" is more of my "Daily Goal Schedule" and what I shoot for but haven't been too consistent with this summer: I have been trying to get my 6 1/2 month old to take solids but she has NO interest.  Which is completely new to me, and also means she has been nursing ONLY and since she's growing we went from wonderfully sleep-filled nights to waking up somewhere between 1 and 3 times every night.  For a few weeks I have felt like a zombie walking around with such a foggy brain I can't think past the next few minutes!
Secondly, I am potty training our two year old.  She is so stubborn (which can really be a great trait), once she decided she WANTED to potty like a big girl she's been doing great.  We are still only about half way there...not ready to sleep or nap without a pull-up and trying to get the hang of "number 2s" going in the potty.  But we're getting there.  Typically this would be the ONLY challenge I would take on at a time, but having more children hasn't really given me that option! ;)
My third child, Neeci is 4 and has some serious eczema issues flaring up.  It has forced me to research natural options to try at home and search out a dermatologist for more direction.  While this isn't a daily task it has been weighing SO heavily on me lately. 
And last, my oldest Kailyn is starting Kindergarten!  What a season we are about to enter.  Very bitter-sweet.  But I am happy to say I have finished buying supplies (and trying not to look ahead to the 1 or 2 years when all 4 of these girls are in elementary school at once....ah!) and almost finished purchasing all her dress code-approved clothing!

It seems things have intensified these past 6 weeks or so, but I know that in just a few weeks our routine will change a bit as my oldest goes into school full-time and my middle two start Parents Day Out two days a week.  Just in time I think, to give my frazzled brain a break! 

SO! With all that said, here is how I try to plan out my day/week.  I can't say I've ever thought this all out before, but this has definitely been the trend for the past few years.  PLEASE NOTE: I try to do this each day, but I have learned to listen to my body and STOP when I'm really tired; be okay with restful days (or attempted ones); push my "to-do's" off to another day and NOT feel guilty; and stick to the priorities!!!  Oh yeah....and ask for/receive help! If any of this can help you - GREAT! But don't let any of what works for me bring extra pressure or stress on you!!!  We all work differently, so be okay with that too!!! 


2 Week Meal Plan Printout (fill in as you see fit!).  "Booty Call" is just a Tone It Up term meaning: morning workout (try to get up 30 minutes earlier than usual and move for 30 minutes - Yoga, walking, running, a DVD, or your full workout for the day). Don't worry about the additional notes under each Meal, that's just what I try to follow.


Daily Schedule. (blank print out by EverythingMom.com)
5:30-7/7:30 Quiet Time, 30 minute workout, shower/dress for the day (MY Time)
7:30-8 Breakfast, prepare kids for school or parents day out
8-9 Husband or I drops off the kiddos, start TASKS (laundry, cleaning, projects, play dates, etc)
9-11 TASK time (my most productive time of day, when everyone is rested and usually happy), snack around 10am
11-12 Prepare lunch and serve!
12-12:30 Clean up lunch, nap/quiet time for the older kiddies
12:30-1:45 MY Time! Workout 30-60 minutes (first thing or it usually doesn't happen), quiet time if I slept in, sometimes I nap as long as I can, shower, read, etc.
2-3:30 Pick up parents day out at 2 and school at 3
3:30-4:30 Rest with the kids, finish morning tasks, set out anything that needs to thaw for dinner
5 Begin preparing dinner or for Date Night
6 Eat dinner as a family (or out for Date Night) *RELAX, Enjoy Family Time*
7-7:30 Clean up dinner, begin bedtime routine (baths, stories, teeth, PJs, etc.)
8-8:30 Bedtime, Hubby or Me-Time, sometimes grocery shopping
9-10:30 Pack lunches & bags, write out tomorrow's "to dos" or schedule, bedtime!
*Somedays I clear all my morning and afternoon so I can REST!*

Weekly Schedule: I don't have any of this set in stone, but it helps to have a plan to guide me each week.  
Mondays I try to stay around the house and recover from the weekend. I get all my laundry and most of my cleaning done on Monday.  
Tuesday is usually rollover cleaning day (finishing all the stuff I didn't finish) and sometimes play-date/lunches out type stuff.  This is typically our date night as well!
Wednesday I usually make today more for myself. I know everything is done so I try and rest, or get an extra workout in, watch a movie during naps and not feel guilty or try a new recipe for dinner if we have the time.  I sometimes use Tuesday or Wednesday to cook up snacks and drinks ahead of time to make it easier to stay healthy during the week! I usually meal plan every other week on Wednesday and Thursday.
Thursday I do another load or two of laundry to keep it from getting overwhelming on Mondays. This is always an odd day for me. Just finish up tasks, get out of the house, prep for the coming weekend (which for us is Friday and Saturday since my husband is a pastor). I like to make the most of my down time, so if I'm feeling energetic I will try and take on a task from my growing mental list, such as updating baby books, organizing that junk drawer, switching seasonal clothes, etc.
Friday we are usually out and about, starting our weekend or running errands.  I usually schedule all of  our doctor's appointments on Fridays, as well as hair, teeth, etc. I will either grocery shop during the day when my husband is home or sometimes Sunday or Monday nights.
Saturday we try our best to keep this our day of rest. Laze around the house, have fun out of town, and celebrate birthdays or other events!
Sunday we start the day early since DJ and I lead worship.  We are at church from 7:30-1(ish), most Sundays I try and have a crock-pot meal planned for lunch, and we ALL take naps typically. I like to take a moment during the afternoon to look over the coming week and sometimes month to stay on top of planning for upcoming celebrations, and to make sure I think ahead about things like birthday presents, play date lunch menus, school activities, etc.

I feel more tired when I look at it all like this.  Haha.  But honestly, I have never written this out, it's just the way my brain looks ahead at the day and week.  So if this is helpful, Yay! If it feels like a shackle, then forget it all!  And PLEASE feel free to share all your own bits of advice!!!  We need each other!

3 comments:

  1. Great tips, A! It was so great meeting you today!! Following ya now!

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  2. It was great meeting you too!! I love your blog, can't wait to really scour through it =)

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  3. Alycia, thanks so much for writing all this out! I started to do meal planning last week actually, and I am happy to say that I have cooked every single day this week. Had enough left over to give to DH for work-lunches (first full week he has ever had a home cooked meal for lunch every day!!) and also for the kids and I at home. I am challenged with cleaning and laundry...and fitting-in my exercise, and quiet time and even a shower (what's wrong with this picture?). The almost 14 mo old is a hands full and although she was used to napping twice a day at day care she is not doing it at home...which becomes very frustrating b/c then all the focus is on her. No time for anything else…and I am wishing for some play dates, library time and even a parent day out program! Will have to research those around here. At any rate, seems that more than planning meals I need to write down a schedule and try to follow it as closely as possible. Again, thanks for the wealth of wisdom :) Always enjoy your blogs! xoxox

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