A lot of people ask me about what it is like to work from home with a little one. Many times it is a fellow Mom that wants to work from home as well. I even had someone tell me that they thought a Mom that really works from home was a myth. I think it is a bit easier for me because I already worked from home long before Kodi was born, which means the transition wasn’t both working from home and having a little one.
But trust me it was still a huge challenge. I would say that working from home is not for everyone. And it was no walk in the park (although I do walk in the park a lot with Kodi!) when Kodi had colic and I had to talk to clients while my child screamed in the background. I can only imagine what people thought. Or not really taking any time off after I had a baby. I think I took maybe two weeks off for maternity leave.
I thought I would share a day in my life with a toddler. Kodi still takes two naps a day but we are very close to dropping to one nap (which I am not looking forward to how that will change our routine and my work schedule).
Below is what my day is like 7 days a week. Of course this is an average schedule. Some days are later, some are earlier, some times we are sick, some times he doesn’t nap. But in general this is what my day is like.
6 am- We wake up- hello annoying alarm.
6:30 – BF Kodi. Scott showers. Yes, Kodi is still breastfeeding twice a day. I would think that was strange but for us it works for us. I am working on weening him, but we still do morning and night. I plan to have him weened by Christmas.
7:00- Kodi free plays by himself while Dad watches him (I get to shower! or if I am super busy with work, I do that instead)
7:45- Kodi eats breakfast.
8:15- We say goodbye to Dad. Then get ourselves ready to go for our morning walk with the dogs.
9:00- Watch Sesame Street while I do some work. I like to call this musical enrichment time since he mostly watches DVDs where they are singing. I struggled with letting him watch so much TV, but found that oddly it helped him transition to nap time. We only watch Sesame Street , aka Elmo, or Veggie Tales, but mostly Elmo.
9:30 – Nap time. I work.
11:00- 2:30 Eat lunch and do something fun together. Fun activities might be going to the park Maymont, Lewis Ginter. Something to burn off that toddler need to climb and practice running. Two Days a week I have a Nanny watch him during this time (thank you god for care.com).
2:30- Watch Sesame Street and eat a snack. I work, and many times with Kodi in my lap and the computer off to the side.
3:30- Nap time. I work.
4:30- Outside time: Play on the sidewalk and go for a nature walk with Mom.
5:30- Dad’s home! One of us cooks dinner, and the other plays with Kodi.
6:00- Dinner together.
6:30- Bath, if it bath night. We do bath every other day. Scott give him a bath and I do some needed housework. If it is not bath night, family hang out time. We make sure we read him at least two books, however we average way more than that!
7:30- Bedtime. I put him to bed. Scott does his needed housework (cat littler, trash– he has the gross jobs!)
8:00- If I have a deadline I will do a little work in my office. If not, I will watch TV and do some work while watching TV. I usually use this time to do research for possible layouts for a client. Which means a lot web searching. I do turn off the computer by 9.
9:30- Bedtime for Mama!
So how many hours a week and I really working? I get in about 4 hours a day 7 days a week, and then have a Nanny for a total of 8 hours. That means, that yes I work from home for a total of 36. Of course that is on a most ideal of ideal weeks. I usually average around 30 hours because sometimes Kodi takes short naps, and sometimes I have to do things for the house like bills (oh fun.).
When do I clean the house? Scott takes him the whole morning on Saturday so I can clean the house.
Well, that is what it is like for me to work from home. I couldn’t do it without a super supportive husband. It is not easy to stay on task all day, work 7 days a week, but I am so blessed to be home with my son. I hope that I am able to keep growing my clients base so that I can continue to be home with him.
I also stumbled on this post by Simple Mom, that gives an insight into her daily routine as a work at home mom http://simplemom.net/want-to-work-from-home-find-your-routine/