A Dry Run

One of the New Year’s Resolutions I forgot to mention yesterday was the goal for me to become a full-time, stay-at-home mom. I took today off work (and tomorrow as well) in order to attempt a couple of dry runs for my new full-time job (first date of employment TBD).

Here’s the schedule for the day (and yes, I am well aware that it is already underway):

6:00 am: Davey usually wakes and this is his first feeding of the day (this morning he woke at 5:30).

7:00 am: First morning nap. I am striving for an hour; however, my son does NOT appreciate the true importance of naps. During this time, I will shower, as I’m hoping to keep some semblance of a working life. I’ve been told by many stay-at-home mothers that they’ve allowed themselves to get into a depressing rut by staying in their p.j.s all day. So, this morning, I did shower, put on sweats. I then went downstairs, made a pot of coffee and will pack a lunch for my husband along with make his breakfast. I’ll also spend this time to get caught up on the news of the day by indulging in The Today Show.

8:00 am: Davey will wake, much as he did this morning. I’m lucky if he takes a 30 minute nap, much less an hour like he did today. This morning, we had play time, phone time with Mimi (my mother) and finished watching the Today Show.

9:00 am: His morning feeding while watching Live with Kelly. Not exactly my favorite show, but it’ll do in a pinch. I put him down at 9:20 for a nap and we’ll see just how long this lasts.

10:30 am: Hopefully, Davey will sleep at least an hour and a half. Again, I’m hoping to get lucky. During my free time, I hide out in the office, put on a little Coldplay or the Fray (my favorite music to write to) and get caught up on my blogs and my book I’m writing. Once he is up, we will engage in a little tummy time along with some of his Christmas toys (my house looks like FAO Schwartz right now!)

12 noon: LUNCH TIME!!!!! Again, my goal after this feeding is to put him down for a nap, one that will hopefully last for 2 hours. They are able to put him down for 2 hour naps at daycare, so surely I can do the same! Easier said than done, usually, but we’ll see.

2:00 pm: Afternoon playtime. Today I think we’ll read some of his new books, but obviously I’ll mix it up a bit during the days.

3:00 pm: Another feeding and then a quick cat nap before we finish out the day waiting on daddy to come home from work.

By 5:30, Daddy should be home, which means I can take a little break after dinner and he can have his father/son time.

I’m curious as to how many stay-at-home moms have a set schedule during the day. Is mine a bit too extreme? Obviously, I will find a little time for myself during the nap times, mostly doing my writing and a little laundry. For now, this is the route we’re going to take. I’ll let you know how today’s dry run ended tomorrow.

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