Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mommy Management

I made it through the work week. The first day was really hard as I missed Brianna very much! The excitement of starting a new job, meeting new people and adapting to the new work environment was not enough to keep me from missing my Bri.  I had moments of tearing up but then I would glance at her picture on my phone and it would plaster a huge smile across my face.  Never mind the people who would walk past my desk at that same moment that I am smiling to myself and probably think "who hired this creep" but I did what worked for me.  According to our sitter Brianna did very well this week which was great to hear.

Now comes the hard part, the balancing act...Bri Bri, Hubby, House, Work and myself and that is in no particular order.  I'm sure I will figure it all out in due time, how to balance all of the above but for now I am going to take my time and allow myself to transition into this new role gradually.  I would love for you to share some tips, schedules or whatever you have in place to help you manage your home and time effectively.  I'm not even going to pretend that I wear an "S" on my chest because I would only be lying to myself.

Here is a glimpse of what my schedule looked like last week:
5:30 a.m Wake-get dressed
6:00 a. m. Wake up Brianna and get her dressed
6:30 a. m Leave the house
6:50 a.m. arrive at the sitters
7:05 a.m. hop on train
8:00-5 work (Eat at my desk, and work out during my lunch)
5:19 p.m. catch the train
5:55 p.m. pick up Brianna
6:20 p.m. arrive home (unless I have to stop at the grocery store, or Tuesday is Brianna's swim class!!)
6:30 p.m. Play and catch up with Brianna
7:00 p.m  start dinner
7:30-8 Bath, Book, Bottle, Bed for Brianna
8:30 p.m.take my shower, read some blogs, watch a little TV
10:00 pm Bed
12:00 a.m. Brianna wakes up (Yes!! she is still not sleeping through the night!)
4:00 a. m. Brianna wakes up again (seriously considering the Ferber sleep training method but that's a whole separate blog post)

Notice cleaning did not make the list.  I hate cleaning and coming home to clean up after a long day is the last thing on my mind.  On Tuesday's my schedule is a little different because Brianna has swim class at 6:00 p.m. but I think I'm going to switch her to the Saturday morning class to maximize my weekday time.  I also try to prep our clothes on Sunday so that I am not worrying about that during the week and to help with time.  

I would love for you to send me some quick 30 minute meals that I could feature on the blog and also just simple tips that you found effective and works for you. When do you take your mommy moment?  

"I made vow to myself that I would get a manicure every week and a pedicure and my eyebrow's done every two weeks...I just haven't found the time yet."  

I am open to all possibilities.  


  1. I don't have any 30 minute meals, but a friend suggested that I cook three meals on Sunday for my family to eat during the week. I am going to give this a try soon and will let you know how it goes.

    My schedule is just as busy and I am looking to getting a hold of my schedule.

  2. I think you are doing just fine. Salmon and Pasta are always my quick go-to meals. Also broiling is healthy and quick. I have a post coming up about Noah's sleep habits too. You are not alone. I know it must be rough actually having to leave the house early in the morning though.

  3. I would look into crockpot freezer cooking! I have no time in the evenings with the kids extracurriclar, homework, and trying to prepare for the next day, so I use my crockpot or pressure cooker and its heaven! In the morning before work I take out prepared meat I put in the fridge to thaw from the freezer and whatever veggies I precut the night before, place in the pot and go. One less thing I have to worry about. Ill send u some recipes :)

  4. You will find your rhythm for sure. The crockpot is my friend. Check out Pinterst. I always find the best crockpot recipes on there.

  5. I concur on the crockpot idea! That's what helps me immensely.

  6. I'm a working Mommy myself. What works for me is to make 2 extra meals over the weekend. As well as on both days make extra food for dinner. That to is used for an meal later in the week. I really dont cook during the week I just unthaw and warm up dinner.

  7. Sounds like you got it down pretty good so far.. Crock pot meals are great..make a few meals that will leave left overs.. Stews.. hearty soups, chili,tacos and pasta dishes are easy to make one pots. Also think about adding a sand which night into your week. Check out30 Minute Meals : Rachael Ray : Food Network
    Love her.. quick easy and deelish..:)

  8. You got this Mama!! I agree with everyone above. Definitely do some crock pot meals and freezer cooking. It makes it so much easier!