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A Day in the Life of this Working Mom


August 8, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Raising a Parent


A Day in the Life of this Working Mom - Baby & Beyond

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my life as a part-time working mom and how I juggle parenting, work, household chores and blogging. A lot of people commented saying it is amazing how working moms manage it all. Well let me tell you the truth. I am far from “managing”. Most times I feel like I am an overtired juggler with 10 balls up in the air and all of them are about to drop at the same time.

Let me take you through a typical day in my life so you understand what its really like.

7:20am – Alarm rings. Snooze. Zzzzz

7:30am – Alarm rings again. This time I just turn it off. Zzzz

7:35am – This time it’s the alarm I can’t snooze…crying baby of course. Time for his morning feed. If I’m lucky he’ll go back to sleep which means I can peacefully brush my teeth and drink a cup of tea before the manic rush of the morning begins

7:45am – Nope, today isn’t that day. Baby N is now wide awake *sigh*. Daddy N is in charge of the morning diaper change. I go brush my teeth with a minion pounding away on the door shouting “mamma…mamma…mamma” every 3 seconds (actually who am I kidding…I’m really the minion..he’s the boss!). Then I try to sit down with my cup of tea but Baby N decides to pull me by my PJs and drag me all over the house

8am – Time for his morning walk with his Daada (grandfather). I gulp down my tea which is cold by now and head to the kitchen to help out with serving breakfast and packing lunch bags

8:15am – Baby is back from his walk and has pooped. Really! You couldn’t do this 30 minutes ago?? Time for another diaper change.

8:30am – Feed Baby N breakfast.

8:45am – If I’m lucky I can get a quick bite myself without him hanging onto my leg

9am – Husband is off to work. Which means Baby N spends 10 minutes at the front door looking at me with a questioning face asking “Papa? Papa?”, while I try to assure him that Papa will be back in the evening. In an attempt to distract him I pull out his playmat and ask him to get out his toys

9:10am – About half the contents of his toy cupboard are now strewn all across the living room

9:15am – Help is finally here! We get Baby N bathed and ready for daycare

9:45am – Baby N is being occupied my house help. I get time to get dressed myself, pack up my bag for work and his bag for daycare

10:30am – And we are finally off! A quick drop-off at daycare (most days are now fuss-free, but there is a bout of tears occasionally on Mondays) and I head to work. Luckily home, daycare and work are all in about a 2km radius so I don’t waste much time on travel (read: stuck in Mumbai jams)

10:45am – Reach work, grab a cup of tea that I can drink hot this time (I wouldn’t be able to stay awake if I didn’t) and get neck deep into emails, documents, presentations, meetings – typical work stuff

12:30pm – Time for a quick working lunch. I eat at my desk to save time on a lunch break

1:15pm – I’ve just barely settled into work and it’s time to rush off again. Got to pick up Baby N from daycare at 1:30pm

1:40pm – We are still here because Baby N is having a mini-meltdown today. He doesn’t want to leave the ride-on scooter at his daycare. I scoop him up with him still holding on to the scooter and march off towards the door while the daycare Didi pry it out of his hands

2:15pm – Today is a good day, I’ve got him home, changed, nursed and down for his nap already. Phew! I settle down at my desk for another hour or so of work

3:30pm – That’s enough of that. I need some rest too right! Zzzzz

4:15pm – Woken up by that wailing alarm again

5pm – Fed him his evening snack and had my tea. We head down to play. Most days its usually a stroll in his pram, football or bat-ball. Today its bat-ball. I run around with him for some time (its the only exercise I get all day after all) and then while he is being distracted by the maid, I run back upstairs. They continue playing for another hour or so while I get some work done around the house and kitchen and catch up on some emails while I’m at it.

6:30pm – This is our mommy-baby quality time together. This is the time I have set aside for structured play. I usually plan some activity in advance so that we can get the most out of this time

7:30pm – Time to feed Baby N dinner, then get him washed and changed into his PJs

8pm – Daddy N is back from work..Halleluiah! After some hugs and cuddles that would make you think that father and baby haven’t met in months, Baby N is off to play with his grandparents or great-grandparents while we sit down to dinner ourselves

8:30pm – This is father-son man-to-man bonding time. Which means I get to catch up on all my social media feeds and respond to comments on my blog. If you follow me on social media, you will usually see me super-active at this time

9:30pm – Trying to get Baby N to sleep. Which usually involves him running from Mamma to Daadi and back to Mamma…unable to decide who will have the honour of putting him to sleep today. Finally he’s settled with Daadi, which means Daddy N and I can relax and watch TV for a bit, something we rarely get to do these days

10:15pm – Dad and son are fast asleep. Awww… just look at those two sleeping peacefully. How lucky am I to have these two boys in my life!

10:17pm – Ok that’s enough time for getting emotional. Both boys are asleep which means I finally have some alone time. This is the time I usually sit down to write for my blog

11pm – All the parenting work, house work, office work and blog work for the day is done! I can finally settle down with a book

11:30pm – Gosh, it’s late and I’m exhausted. Maybe I should call it a day myself. On the other hand, another chapter couldn’t hurt right? I mean I have earned a little me-time after the day I’ve had!

11:45pm – Waahhhhhh…he’s up! Now regretting my decision (considering I could have had a solid 90 mins of sleep by now), I nurse Baby N back to sleep and put him down in his cot and finally go to bed myself.

2am – He’s up again. I nurse him back to sleep and gingerly put him back in his cot, lest I wake him up again

4am – “Mamma…Mamma….waahhhhh.” At this point it’s just easier to let him sleep next to me

4:20am – Nope…I was just about dozing off when he turned over and whacked my nose. Let me just nudge over a bit to the side

4:25am – Whoa there he goes again. How is he so active even in his sleep!?! I move over a little more and now I’m practically sleeping with one arm and leg off the bed.

6am – Here we go…”Someone” is up again.

 

So this is my life on most days. Part crazy, part fun and wholly worth it. But this post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning 4 things I am eternally grateful for, without which I would not be able to make it through these action-packed days with some reasonable amount of sanity:

  1. Family. I am blessed to have a super supportive family and a MIL who manages the whole show when it comes to home and kitchen and only expects me to pitch in as and when I can. This schedule would be a lot more manic if it were not for her
  2. Commute. It is very rare in a city like Mumbai to get from home to work in 10 mins flat
  3. Flexible work . A lot of my work is independent and online which means I can work anywhere and at any time, even from my phone
  4. Support system. Everyone from my house help to daycare teachers to grandparents and great-grandparents pitch in to care for Baby N so that I can spend time on work worry-free and guilt-free

 

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I am participating in the Write Tribe Festival of Words #6. This is my entry for the Day 4 Prompt – “Feature a day in your life or someone else’s life”.

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Comments
  1. Vinay Leo R. said on August 8, 2017 9:09 pm:

    Hmm. Yeah. That’s one long detail oriented day, but I think the mom-son quality time is the most anticipated, right? 🙂

  2. Prisha Lalwani said on August 8, 2017 10:13 pm:

    Im the minion, he’s the boss – lol! Story of our lives!! What a hilarious read

  3. Kavita Singh said on August 8, 2017 10:16 pm:

    Kudos mommy! Motherhood indeed means sleepless nights , restless days and still worth every second.

  4. Kala Ravi said on August 8, 2017 10:51 pm:

    Omg Mahak, I was feeling weak just reading your post. It is ages since my kids were that small and this reminded me of the manic days. You are indeed lucky to have a good support system and travel friendly location. Kudos young momma, you are doing simply fab!

  5. Apeksha Rao said on August 8, 2017 11:11 pm:

    Hats off to you for juggling home and work, so well. 👍 a big kiss to Baby N 😘

  6. SHALINI BAISIWALA said on August 9, 2017 6:09 pm:

    Sounds like an extremely tedious day and I wish more power to you for getting through this. BTW I am a teaholic too and need my morning mug of it to be awake properly 🙂

  7. Keerthi vydyula said on August 10, 2017 5:05 pm:

    “I am the minion, he is the boss” loved it . Indeed a hectic day in ur life.

  8. Shalu Sharma Rathod said on August 14, 2017 11:23 am:

    This is some detailing here… Wow… and I loved how schedules which are suppose to be boring thing can be pout in such a funny way.

  9. Vasantha Vivek said on August 14, 2017 4:09 pm:

    Oh ….. a day full of work and work …… but happy that you are lucky to stay calm and cool with all your support systems

  10. Anubhuti said on August 14, 2017 11:04 pm:

    A hectic day ..or rather nights for any mom for at least an year or two…but you have a great support system bplus you are managing things well… good going!!

  11. Rakhi Parsai said on August 16, 2017 11:34 pm:

    I can so relate to you, dear. Being a mom is a life full of work I feel as it never stops. I am happy to know that you have got a very strong support system as that’s the only blessing a mom can have and live strong throughout motherhood.

  12. Charu Sareen Gujjal said on August 17, 2017 12:38 am:

    That’s a hectic day. Managing all aspects of life with kids is demanding. But you are doing a great job at that. Loved reading your post. Btw, a peaceful all night slept had been my distant dream too till my kids were 1.5years.

  13. Anamika Agnihotri said on August 28, 2017 1:02 pm:

    Mommies have a real hard time. Glad you have a supportive family but it still looks very exhausting for you.

  14. Deepa said on August 28, 2017 4:39 pm:

    Wow! you just reminded me of the time when my kids were small. We moms are super women. You will feel better once they grow up but with my teen and tween, there are many other challenges. 🙂

  15. Shilpa Gupte said on August 30, 2017 11:03 am:

    I have seen my SIL go through the same rigmarole and I wonder how you girls manage it all! Of course, it’s all worth it at the end of the day when you see your little one give you the sweetest of smiles!

  16. Amrita Basu (Misra) said on September 16, 2017 10:13 pm:

    It great to have a support system.and flexible work options.Thats how I get stuff done too.