Monday, May 27, 2013

A Day in the Life: Designing, Running, and Diapers!

My maternity leave is coming to an end tomorrow and I am not looking forward to being away from my little man for 40 hours a week. Staying at home with him has been an eye-opening experience that I was not a fan of initially, but now I absolutely love it. Spending every day with my son has been challenging at times, but such a blessing.

I am going to miss spending every day with my little man.

Here's a day in the life with E:

E-A-S-Y: Throughout the day, we have a repetitive "E-A-S-Y" cycle.

Eats
Activity time
Sleep time
"You" (mommy) time. 

I learned about that cycle in the book "Secrets of a Baby Whisperer" by Tracy Hogg. Good read!

Devo Time: After dad's off to work, E and mom spend some morning time in God's Word and in prayer. 


Workout Time: E and I head out with the jogger or, if the weather isn't favorable, I do a workout DVD while he naps.

Our first jogger adventure

Design/Blog Time: This is designated "computer time" to work on designs for Epiphany Station or other freelance projects with blogging time mixed in.

Social Time: E and I go to mom's group once a week and visit friends at other times. It's great to visit with other moms in the area and make new friends. Actual "play dates" are going to be so fun! E just stares at the other babies these days. Sometimes E joins me in the jogger at running group on Tuesdays, too!

Cleaning and Laundry Time: Somehow this is a never-ending process!

Meal Planning Time: I attempt to plan meals and groceries for the entire month and prep for supper. I try, but can't say it happens every month...

Sweet Potatoes & Eggs... mmm

Staying at home with a newborn is harder than any job I've ever done (yes, even harder than cleaning horse stalls for 8 hours a day) and the last three months have gone by way too fast! The hardest part has to be the hours; very few jobs keep you going 24/7. There's no "clocking out" on E's watch. Marathoning has definitely helped to prepare me for the physical exhaustion that comes with parenting!

Hat's off to all of the stay-at-home moms. This world doesn't give your line of work enough credit!

What is the most physically demanding job you have had?
Has running helped you to fight through exhausting days?

4 comments:

  1. Praying that your transition back to work goes smoothly!!

    Thanks for linking up at Babies & Beyond!

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    1. Thank you, Sara! The transition has gone well; we've been blessed with an awesome daycare that I know I can trust :) My last week of corporate work has just begun and then I will be staying home full-time. The last 2 1/2 months has flown by! I can't believe Eli is already 5 months old...

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  2. Eli is adorable! You are so right. Staying home is tough business! LOL But you do get used to it, and you really begin to enjoy all that precious time. They grow up so fast! It's amazing how having a baby pretty much makes the rest of your world seem a little less important :)

    And I love the EASY acronym. We have the same routine, but it doesn't have a cute name, haha!

    Thanks for linking up at Babies and Beyond. Come back and let us know how your transition back to work goes. Hopefully, you'll find a routine you love and plenty of time with your little guy!

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    1. Thanks, Katherine :) Having a baby has definitely brought so much joy into my husband's and my life! Figuring out a routine as a working mom has been a bit frustrating because I feel like I can't get everything done that I'm suppose to! It doesn't help that I can be a perfectionist, which always sets me up for failure :s I feel like the time we have together as a family before and after work isn't enough to "train" my child the way the Lord calls me to.

      I'm looking forward to investing more time in little man when I start staying at home at the end of this week :) Until then, I'll do the best I can with the time we have together!

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