Our weekdays usually start at around 6:15am when Matts alarm goes off. When I eventually roll over he’s usually got the glare of his iPhone lighting up his face. He hits snooze on his alarm about three times. It’s so bloody irritating but no everyone’s perfect like me. Matt usually jumps in the shower around 6:40am and I’ve just about woken up enough to flick through my social media and check my emails.
Just before 7am we head downstairs but usually have to wake Florence up on the way. Since we moved her into a single bed she’s slept far better – wish we’d made the transition sooner. Florence’s mood in the morning can vary from delightful little angel to sassy little witch (think Peppa Pig). The mornings she wakes up in the latter mood are the mornings I usually do everything wrong “mummy, I wanted a big spoon”, “mummy, I wanted my Weetabix soft (hot)”, “mummy, I wanted to choose my own trousers”….you get the drift.
As for breakfast Matt usually has porridge or muesli, Florence has Weetabix or Coco Pops and I have porridge, cherry shredded wheat or toast. Whilst Matt and I are making packed lunches and preparing breakfast Flo usually sits and watches some inane children’s show on Nick Jr.
Matt heads off around 7:15am and Florence and I get ourselves dressed and ready for the 8am pre-school drop off. I never, ever wear make up for this. I barely manage to get my clothes on the right way around.
Once I’m home I make a coffee and head off to my laptop to start my days work. I work part time as a project coordinator so most days are taken up with this. I open my emails, open Skype and logon to the internal office server. By the time I’ve cleared the emails which have come through overnight I usually remember there’s a huge pile of washing that needs putting on (perks of working from home).
Mid morning I always, always get hungry so today I made a smoothie from a rotten old banana, semi-skimmed milk and frozen red berries. It was delicious.
Lunchtime – one of my three highlights of the day, along with breakfast and dinner. I forgot to photograph it as I was ravenous again.
The rest of the afternoon disappears in a whirl of emails, spreadsheets and snacks. Whoops!
I collect Florence at around 5pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and it’s always straight on to dinner when we get home. As I’m cooking she chats about her day and chills out on the sofa. I try and prepare dinners which Matt, Florence and I can all eat together, at the same time. The only exception to this when Matt and I have a curry or something too spicy for the kids. We like our spicy food spicy!
As soon as dinner’s done it’s on to bathtime. Mondays and Tuesdays always feel like a rush, we don’t bath Florence every night as she has quite dry skin, particularly in the winter but when she does have a bath it does feel a bit hectic. Following bath time we start getting Flo ready for bed – teeth, pyjamas, hair dried and brushed and then she usually has a story but since Christmas we seem to have started a new routine of playing one of the kids Orchard Toys games. It’s a nice way to round off the day – as a family.
Once Flo is in bed I like to have a lingering shower and smother my bump in body butter, current favourite being from The Body Shop. It feels like a real treat after a long day. The rest of the evening usually involves crap TV, chatting to the husband and yawning! I wonder what my day in the life will look like in 5 months time when I have a newborn in tow too!