Remember way back, when I shared a day in the life of Avery? He was only a month old. Our routine has significantly changed since then. Now we have daycare, two full-time jobs, and a 6-month old! Here’s a look into a typical Monday at the RatnamResidence…
5:00AM – My alarm goes off. I snooze. I’m tired. I probably was up 3-4 times with Avery. I’ll sacrifice 15 minutes and just rush through getting dressed for some extra sleep.
5:15AM - I get myself ready – shower, dress, makeup. It’s amazing how fast I can get myself ready now. I guess it’s partly because I know I have to get out of the house at an exact time, and partly because hair, makeup, and clothing choice are on the bottom of my priority list so those only take a few seconds to do now.
5:45AM – I pack my lunch and Avery’s daycare bag, start the car and load our bags. This way, I only have Avery to carry to the car and nothing is forgotten if he spits up on me or something happens that throws our routine in a funk.
6:00AM – Wake Avery for his morning bottle, change. I set out Avery’s clothes the night before to save time.
6:15AM – Into the car seat and out the door.
6:50AM – If traffic is light, we arrive a little early to daycare. Avery is usually sleeping so I either chat on the phone with my Mom or catch up on some Words With Friends.
7:00AM – Drop Avery at daycare and head to work for the day
4:45PM – Pick Avery up at Daycare.
5:30PM – Arrive home, Avery has dinner
6:00PM – Bath time! followed by some night-time lotion and pjs.
6:30PM – Avery plays in his new wheels while I prep dinner, clean Avery’s daycare bag, wash dishes, etc. If Avery gets feisty, we play on his mat or read a book for a while. Sometimes he’s completely content in his walker so I can talk with him while I work. But he’s been teething, so sometimes he needs to really be distracted and needs full attention.
6:30-7:00PM – Daddy comes home, plays with Avery while Mommy works on dinner and prepping Avery’s room for bedtime (getting clothes out for the next day, refill humidifier, make bottle, etc.)
7:15PM – Vinay gives Avery his evening bottle and puts him down
7:30PM – I finish dinner while Vinay starts washing bottles/dishes, we check on Avery until he’s asleep.
7:45PM – Dinner & DVR. We DVR all our favorite shows so we can watch 20-30 minutes of one while we eat and wind down for the night. I LOVE this part of the night because I can just zone out for a little bit. What’s your TV guilty pleasure? We’re currently hooked on Grey’s Anatomy, Survivor, and The Voice. There’s always at least 2-3 episodes to chose from each night because it takes a while for us to catch up. Sometimes during Avery’s Saturday naps we can really catch up.
8:30PM – Cleanup dishes, finish bottles, etc.
9:00PM – Bedtime. I read for a bit while Vinay watches TV. We’re both asleep by 9:30ish.
12:30AM – Avery cries. I wait a few minutes before checking on him and he goes back to sleep.
1:45AM – Repeat
2:20AM – Repeat (at this point I’m thinking PLEASE Go to Sleep!)
3:30AM – Repeat
5:00AM – Alarm! Time to start another manic day!
In a normal day we get the day-to-day stuff done. Then we reserve the bigger stuff like cleaning, laundry, family outings, etc. for the weekend. There’s only 24 hours in a day, and they sure do fly by fast, and when they’re done, man are we exhausted! We’re pretty happy about how much we can accomplish in a day and a week, and I think the only thing that really slides and gets pushed aside is cleaning. The house is typically picked up, but I’m sure you’ll find a couple dust bunnies under furniture…
What’s your daily routine like? Is it typical or does it change from day to day? How do you share your household to-do list every day/week? Do you get it all done or do you let some things slide since there’s only so much time in a day…?