What does a Stay at Home Mom (SAHM) do all day? Well, I can’t vouch for the other moms, but here’s a glimpse of a day I had last week when I was at home all day with the boys.
1:45am Wake up, nurse L
4:30am G wakes up and starts knocking (loudly) on his door because he heard Hubby leave for work. Get out of bed to tuck G back in. I check phone for email and social sites and get sucked into reading comments to a tweet.
5:30ish Go back to sleep.
6:25 I hear L crying and check phone for time. See a text from Hubby letting me know has been in a car accident. Call him. He’s okay, the work truck isn’t.
6:30 Nurse L and put him back down.
7:20 Get waken up by G. Turn on Max and Ruby and try to will myself awake.
7:30 Hear a thump and then L crying. Not sure what he did but I get him up and change him since he has soaked through his diaper.
7:50 G needs to poop and he (thankfully) willingly sits on the potty. Calls out to me from the bathroom to tell me it’s harder to do than he thought. I get dressed.
8:00 Head downstairs for breakfast. I make G’s first, then L’s, then mine. I finish eating mine as boys play.
8:40-9:00 Get boys dressed and call my mom to chat for a bit.
9:00 G wants Peppa Pig on. I stop L from chewing on the edge of the area rug. I make G sit on the potty before putting Peppa on the TV, which he doesn’t appreciate. I carry him to the bathroom and he insists on privacy. When he’s done, I help him get dressed and turn Peppa on for him. I take a potty break.
9:15 Tell G he can’t play by the fire-place. He gets upset.
9:20 L starts getting fussy and rubbing his face, so I bribe G with videos on the phone take L upstairs to put medicine on his face, nurse him, and put him down for a nap.
930 Throw in random things into washing machine, take recycling to the curb, reheat coffee
9:35 G turns off TV saying he is done watching Peppa. He wants to wait in the garden for Grannie and Papa. I make G upset by telling him we can’t; they won’t be here for two days. He sees a banana want to play with it. Gets upset when I take it away because he’s not eating it. Wants to watch Peppa. No, a movie. He settles on Tangled.
9:45 G cuddles with me while I finish my coffee and we watch part of Tangled.
10:00 G wants to play trains. I lay down tracks while he gets upset that the magnetic trains weren’t sticking to each other in a way that suited him.
10:45 Since his monitor isn’t working correctly, I go upstairs to check on L. He’s happily babbling away to himself. I have no idea how long he’s been awake.
11:10 I ask G what he’d like for lunch. He tells me he wants cinnamon rolls then he insists that he hold Our Baby. I let him make two attempts before taking L away from him because they both kept falling over and hitting their heads on the hardwood floor.
11:20 I make G a PB&J sandwich with a side of mini pepperoni. He helps by putting the pieces of bread together. L starts losing it in the next room because 1) we’ve left him alone and 2) someone is getting ready to eat. I give L some mango slices and baked beans from my lunch. He’s only interested in the mango.
11:40 Clean up from lunch and help G clean up toys before Caillou comes on TV. L babbles happily at Chicka on TV.
12:00pm Let G watch Caillou while I nurse L.
12:15pm Watch Caillou.
12:30 Put L down for a nap.
12:50 make G clean up the new mess he made. Try not to lose my patience because he “isn’t” listening to what I’m asking him to do.
1:00 Make G sit on the potty, wash hands, and we go upstairs.
1:10 I realize we don’t have any daytime pull ups so I have to use a nighttime one. Of course it’s Thomas so G’s happy with that. I ask him to pick a book to read and he tells me he doesn’t want to read a book. He gets into bed. This is very rare, but I take advantage of not having to read Elmo and Friends for the umpteenth time.
1:15 L wakes up. I let him cry for a bit before giving him gas drops (his stomach had been gurgling all morning) and nursing him and putting him back down. He doesn’t like that.
1:30 G wakes up. I let him whine.
1:35 G opens his door. His eyes are still pretty much closed as I help him back into bed.
1:40 I go into L’s room and his head is on the mattress. Though he is fussing, he appears to be trying to fall back asleep.
2:00 Edit and post a picture for a blog post, try to ignore L’s fussing, and do some other various bloggy things.
2:30 Hear a noise at the front door. Hubby walks in. We talk about the accident he was in and he goes upstairs to take a shower. I make tea and frost a cupcake (or two) to eat. I think both boys are finally asleep.
4:00 Both boys start waking up. I get G out of the pull up and into regular underpants. I change L’s diaper. We go downstairs and I leave them to play so I can start figuring out what we’re eating for dinner. I decide on spaghetti because I really don’t feel like cooking. Besides, the Witching Hour is upon us and both boys are in less-than-stellar moods. I don’t have time to make something more exciting. I try not to feel resentful that Hubby is upstairs taking a shower while I try to manage the boys and make dinner.
5:00ish We eat! Or, me, Hubby, and L eat. G mostly plays with his food for a bit before announcing he is done with dinner.
6:00-7:00 I wipe off L and start clearing dishes off the table. Hubby takes L upstairs for a bath and to get him dressed for bed. When the dishes have been neatly piled in/next to the sink I cuddle with G on the couch at his request. Hubby calls down to me when L is ready to nurse, so I go upstairs and take L while Hubby goes downstairs to sit with G.
7:00 Hubby gives G his bath.
7:30-8:00 G gets the option of watching videos on Daddy’s phone or watching some TV in our bed. He chooses TV so he can watch Caillou.
8:00 Hubby and G say goodnight to each other than I read G one book, tuck him in, and kiss him goodnight.
8:10-8:45 Hubby and I take turns putting G back into his bed because for whatever reason G keeps getting out of it and knocking on his door very loudly.
9:00 take a shower and get into bed. Hubby is already asleep. I watch TV and play on my phone until 11:30ish.
This was actually a pretty easy day. Unlike today, when G is losing his temper over every.little.thing. The kid got upset that I gave into one of his demands. Sigh. Luckily I got to drop him off at school for the morning. It’s only his third day of school, but I’m thoroughly enjoying the break it’s giving me!