Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Being a Work at Home Mom of Three

This is so boring but one day I might want to remember what the good old days were like:)  This is so approximate but shows an average day of being a Work At Home Mom. I have to say that Kai taking care of himself (breakfast, dressing, showering, making his lunch etc) is awesome.

3:00 or 4:00am: Nya breastfeeds for 15 minutes.
6:30am: Kai and Koen head downstairs.  Kai gets breakfast (cereal) for both of them.
6:30am: Gary showers and then heads downstairs to make sure the boys get dressed and then he eats his breakfast.
7:00am: Nya wakes up for the day.  I take her into bed with me for 10 minutes while I sometimes check my iPhone (so embarrassing) for emails.  I usually have a few from my sisters by this point:)  She is so cute.  And bald.  I love her.

7:10am: Brush my teeth and breastfeed Nya and change her.
7:15am: Gary and Kai leave.  Yes, Gary drives Kai to and from school.  It's 15 minutes away, there's no way I'm doing it. Kai goes to before and after school care. Yes, so helpful.
7:30am: Breakfast for me. Nya plays.  Koen watches cartoons for 1/2 hour.
7:30-8:00am: Start laundry, clean, take a shower etc.  Koen plays cars for an hour or so.  Nya is in the jumperoo while I shower, keeps her safe from Koen. He would never hurt her on purpose but he has such terrible control over his body.
9:00am: Nya has about 1 cup of rice cereal. Switch over laundry, clean a bit more.
9:30-10:00am: emails, play with kids, Koen does his `school work'
10:00am: snack time for Koen.  My kids are so time orientated.  Wonder where they get that from...
10-11:30am: Nya naps and I work editing photos. Koen plays.

**about twice a week we have a playdate which means I will work an extra hour  in the evening**

11:30am: Lunch for Koen and I.
11:45am: breastfeed Nya.
12:00-1:00: Nya plays.  Koen plays.  Fold laundry and put away. Play with Koen and Nya.
{Nya giggles}
1:00: Feed Nya another cup of pureed food.
1:15-2:00pm: Play with kids, go for walk, get the mail or go grocery shopping.
2:00pm: Nya goes down for a nap
2:00-3:30pm: I work while Koen watches a movie/tv and plays with his cars at the same time.

**twice a week Koen has prechool from 12:30-3:00pm so no tv time.  Also, we have to move Nya's nap around**

3:30pm: Breastfeed Nya.
3:45pm: Get going on dinner, clean up some more.
4:30pm: Gary and Kai come home! Yay! Back up has arrived.  Now that we are in basketball season, Gary usually just brings Kai home and then heads out again either right away or 2 hours later.  If Gary is home,I try to go for a quick run several times a week.  Sometimes if Gary has a game right after school, I will go and pick up Kai.
5:00-5:30pm: Dinner time for all of us.
5:30-6:00pm: Boys chase each other around the house and I pray for no broken bones:)
{Post dinner wildness}

6:00-6:30pm: Reading together + Kai's homework + bath time for Koen and Nya 2-3X a week.
6:30pm: Koen goes to bed
6:45pm: Feed Nya in her bedroom and put her to sleep.
7:00-7:30pm: Kai makes his lunch, makes sure all school stuff is ready for school.  Three times a week he has a shower. He can do this himself which is awesome.
7:30pm: Kai goes to bed.
7:30-9:00pm: I work on the computer (sometimes later but I try not to anymore).
9:00-11:00pm: Read/watch tv with Gary/email/small group at church/hang out with friends etc.
11:00pm: Lay out the boys clothes for the next day.  Feed Nya and go to sleep and hope Nya doesn't wake before 4am.

What makes it all worth it?  Nya's giggles, Koen's `Mommy we haven't cuddled in a while!' (he does this twice a day), and the smiles Kai and I share in the review mirror when Koen says something hilarious in the van.  So much work.  So repetitive.  So worth it.  Usually:)


  1. Oh how I love a good schedule! I get so much more done!

  2. Very, very cute kids. Wow, what a full day!! Its amazing when you write it out like that. You're awesome.

  3. I think I'll pray for girls! ;)

  4. I loved reading this. My first thought, was 'wow she's organized', but on reflection I have a similar kind of day, minus the breast feeding. My second impression is how independent Kai is. Finn is a daydreamer and needs me to spell everything out. Every school day after breakfast I have to repeat the same directions - Go brush your teeth. And Pee. And put your boots on. And your coat. And put on your backpack...Seriously. ah well, at least Coby will be running the show soon :)