A while back, me and my younger sister had a conversation about maternity leave. Although she does not yet have children, she likened maternity leave to a job. Luckily, here in Canada, we get a portion of our income paid to stay home with our children for the first year. And since we are being paid to stay home with our child(ren), she argued that parenting really should be viewed as one's job for that year.
So, I thought that i would give you a bit of glimpse into my life and what a day of "work" looks like for me.
7:00-7:30am Carter wakes up. He wiggles and kicks and makes it impossible to steal an extra five minutes of sleep. He stares intently at me, and the moment he sees me open my eyes, he flashes a huge grin, and our day starts.
7:30am If I am lucky, I can lie with Carter in bed until this time. We are definitely out of bed by 7:30 though.
7:30-8:00am I changed Carter's diaper and nurse him.
8:00-8:30am Carter plays on his activity mat while I eat breakfast and check my emails, etc.
8:30-9:30am Carter goes in swing and goes back to sleep (why he couldn't just sleep a bit later in the morning, I don't know). I shower and get myself ready for the day.
9:30-10:30am Laundry and tidy-ing around the house. I do laundry every. single. day. I rotate between mine and Ryan's clothes, Carter's clothes and blankets, towels and sheets. We will definitely wear many washers and dryers out in our lifetime.
10:00-10:30am Carter wakes up sometime within this time frame. I nurse him and change his diaper.
10:30-11:15am Play with Carter. Our play time consists of tummy time and reading every day.
11:15-11:45am Carter usually starts to fuss after about 30-45 minutes of play. I nurse him again.
11:45am-12:15pm Lunch Time! I usually can't make it until noon. Nursing makes me HUNGRY! This is usually a bit of a fussy time for Carter, and I usually eat one handedly as my other hand holds him and tries to shoe him away from grabbing my food.
12:15-3:00pm Our afternoons are never the same. I have been trying to take him for a walk outside every day, but it isn't entirely consistent. Usually the afternoons include a nap for Carter and either grocery shopping or cleaning for me (don't worry, I take him with me when I go grocery shopping :)) There is always cleaning to do including vacuuming, dusting, mopping the floors, cleaning the bathroom, folding laundry from earlier, etc. Ryan is home for half of our afternoons but he is usually outside or working on something around the house.
3:00pm TV comes on. Time for Dr. Phil and Anderson :). Nurse Carter so I don't feel like a total couch potato!
3:30-5:00pm Prepare supper. Do dishes. (All while watching Dr. Phil and Anderson). Carter is usually in my arms or playing in his Jumperoo or Exer-Saucer.
5:00-5:15pm Try to get another 15 minutes of play in with Carer.
5:15-5:45pm Pawn Carter off on Ryan. No, really, by this time Ryan wants to spend time with him because they have been apart all day. I spend this time on the computer and feeling guilty for not being "present".
6:30-7:30pm Try to entertain Carer until bath time.
7:30-8:00pm Every other night Carer has a bath.
8:00-10:00pm Cuddle a screaming baby. Try to pawn him off on Ryan so I can do dishes (I hate waking up to dirty dishes). Carter screams. Finally nurse Carter to sleep. Watch a bit of TV.
10:00pm Contacts out. Attempt to put Carter in crib unsuccessfully. Go to bed with said baby.