I’m Elizabeth. I’m a mom to Jack. The love of my life.
I also work full-time. AKA ‘working mom’ I think is the term used. I’m also a wife. Needless to say, I wear many hats. Being a mom, I’m sure you also have a collection of hats that you wear. Hopefully, some fabulous ones ☺
I’ve come to the realization that you can only wear one hat at a time. Some days, I’m going to be really good at being a mom. Some days, I’m going to be really good at my job. And some days, I think I can pull off being an ok wife. My point is it’s really hard to do it all. Really hard. I find that sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect, and to “do it all”.
This is a snapshot of me. One day of my life. A mom. A working mom. A wife. Someone, trying to do it all.
5:45 am I hear him. The day has started. The race is on. Jack is an early riser. (I know. You’re probably dying of shock right now). Today is Tuesday. A work day. I quickly run in the shower, and get myself ready for the day. When I’m done, Jack and my husband Sean, are usually lying in bed watching cartoons.
6:15 am Jack and I head downstairs to get some breakfast. He calls it “supper”. Anything that involves eating is either a snack or supper.
Jack has eaten two bites of breakfast. Ugh. I’ve cleaned up the squashed fruit and eggs off the floor. I whip together some sort of lunch for me, and make myself and my husband a coffee. Hopefully we can sit for 10 minutes together before heading out for the day. Sean to work; Jack and I to daycare. Lucky for us, Jack is madly in love with our daycare provider, Kristen. She is a magical lady.
We’re on our way! It’s 7:15 am.
After a quick drop off – Jack is usually saying “bye-bye” and closing the door on me to leave, I head off to work.
7:30 am Stop for coffee. I usually drink an obscene amount of coffee throughout the day. I really don’t sleep well – usually waking up thinking about what’s on my ‘to do list’. I’m working on that with my Naturopath. She’s promised to fix me. And yes, she has told me – lay off on the coffee.
1:00 pm – I think it’s important to take time for yourself throughout the day – especially when you’re trying to do it all. It’s nice to just have some personal time; quiet the mind for a minute or two. One of my favourite places to go is the Bauer Bakery. If you’ve never been to this place – it’s a must. Trust me. Coffee and desserts. How could you say no?
5:15 pm – I’m working on wrapping up my day at work. My husband Sean is usually on pick up duty from daycare, which is at 5:00. My goal each day is to leave work by 5:30, at the latest, so I can spend some time with Jack before bed.
5:40 pm. I’m home. As I mentioned its Tuesday, so its produce delivery day! This is one of the things Jack loves. We get a box of organic produce delivered (it saves time during the week going grocery shopping. Time is valuable when you have a lot going on!). Usually Jack and I open it together and see what came.
6:00 pm -we sit down to eat. Actual ‘supper’. I am proactive and have meals planned and prepped for the week. This week, it didn’t happen due to a busy weekend. Its chicken fingers (Jack’s favourite), veggies and whatever is left over in the fridge. #momfail
6:40 pm - after some quick play time, it’s upstairs for bath.
7:00 pm - story time. Jack is obsessed with books. He would have us reading to him all day if he could. We try and limit story time to 3, depending on time.
7:30 pm. Jack is asleep. I sit down on the couch and look at my husband. Another day done. We chat about our day. This is usually the time when I realize how lucky I am. I run through a quick list in my head.
A wonderful little boy that is happy and healthy? Check.
A career that I enjoy? Check.
A wonderful husband – my partner in parenting? Check.
I think to myself: “Sometimes I can do it all. Life is good.”
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