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A Day in the Life: Toddler Schedules, Motherhood and Blogging!

Wednesday

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Since Mother’s day is right around the corner, I thought to share a day in the life of being a stay-at-home mom with my kids. Some of my friends, and even my sister, wonder how I still manage to blog while taking care of my kids. With two little ones (soon to be three), I think one of the important habits that helps me greatly in doing these things, is planning and scheduling ahead of time. Knowing what I need to do for the next week or what I need to do (like cook) are such big helps. It makes things easier, especially since I have young kids that are unpredictable. I love to have a routine with my kids, which my husband likes as well. My husband, who is a psychologist, says that it’s okay to be organized, on schedule, and to plan things ahead of time, but that we should also be flexible when things don’t work the way we want (which happens). For the most part, here’s what our typical day looks like.

 

6:30 Wakey! Wakey!

They like to stay in bed for a few minutes and start a conversation with each other. Once I open their door, my boys are ready to play and say, “Mama” at least a hundred times.

6:45 Milk Time

Not only is this milk time, this is also potty time and when we change from diapers to big boy underwear. We also love to read short stories from the beginner’s Bible book.

7:00 Free Play

While they are busy playing, I make breakfast for everyone. I also put away the clean dishes from the sink. Sometimes I let my eldest son help me in putting away the utensils. He loves doing it, so I let him be.

7:30 Breakfast With Dada and Mama

My eldest son has learned to lead the prayer now. It’s so cute, “Thank you God for the blessing, for the egg, for bread, for damit (word for clothes in Tagalog)…” It’s a good start to the day. 😉

8:00 Free Play

They are full and ready to play again! So now I have time to clean the kitchen and dining area, check my email, and quickly freshen up. I feel like a better mom if I take time for myself, even if it’s just for a few minutes. It makes me feel better inside and out and it recharges my patience lol

9:00 Kids’ Activity

These activities usually consist of reading time and doing sensory activities. I also try to have a Filipino class at least once a week. There is also a day when we go to the library for storytime and borrowing books. Other activities we love to do include going to the playground or meeting up with other mommies for play dates. Mornings are the best time to be active! I also love to have one-on-one time with each of my boys, even if it’s just for a few minutes. For example, if my eldest son is busy with his legos, I like to play cars, cuddle, or read books with my youngest son. If the younger one is busy, I’ll do the same with my eldest.

10:00 Snack Time

I love to give them pretzels or goldfish with some fruits and raisins. Or if they have leftover from their breakfast, I let them finish it first before crackers.

11:00 Mama Preps for Lunch

We mostly eat leftover food from the previous night’s dinner. If we don’t have leftovers, I like to make a simple lunch like sandwiches with steamed broccoli or green beans. If they are getting bored from playing, but I need to make lunch for us, I use Pandora to play toddler songs. They love listening and dancing to it, which gives me time for meal prep.

11:30 Lunch Time With the Boys

Now, we eat!

12:00 Free Play

This free play time is when I try to clean up our lunch or talk to my family via video chat.

12:20 Playing With the Kids

They love to play legos or hang out on our balcony where they play with bubbles! After we play for a few minutes, I let them try to clean up some toys before getting ready for naptime. Before naptime, we read books, use the potty, and sing.

1:00 NAPTIME ( AKA Dancing Mama Time ;))

This is the time when I blog, take pictures, do tutorials, or edit in Photoshop. I also find this time to do household chores like laundry or cleaning the house. It’s such a good feeling when it’s quiet and the house is clean and organized. This is my relaxation time.

3:00 Waking Up From Naptime

Sometimes they sleep longer, depending on how tired they are. But if they wake up around 3:00 PM, all they want to do is eat snacks and drink milk. My boys are always hungry! They are growing so fast, that’s why!

3:30 Play / Errands

Depending on the weather and how my pregnancy makes me feel, I bring them outside to walk and to play with balls outside, or I do outdoor errands with them. Sometimes we’ll go window shopping like many moms love to do!

5:00 Dinner Prep

This is the time of day when I get ready for dinner. Sometimes I start a little earlier depending what I cook. When Brent comes home, it’s his time to bond with the boys. Nerf guns are the new thing they love to play with together! And they love to shoot me…

5:45 Dinner With Dada and Mama

We talk about our day and how was Brent’s work. We have learned to avoid having cell phones on the table, unless we want to take picture of our kids. This is also a great time to share to my husband about the kids’ behaviour that day, and who was in trouble… Haha I feel thankful that I’m married to a child psychologist. It’s a great help for me to ask my husband about how I should react to certain behavior and what to do if they are in trouble.

6:30 Bonding Time With Dada

It’s the boys’ bonding time while I clean the kitchen and dining area. I mostly clean the kitchen, especially after we have dinner. I find this easy and relaxing, and when the kids are in bed Brent and I have more time to spend as a couple later at night.

6:50 Brent and Kids Clean Up the Toys

7:00 Ready for Bedtime

Brent is in charge of giving them a bath. The boys’ routine is brushing their teeth, reading bedtime stories, potty time, praying, and singing. Brent mostly sings Christian songs and a made-up song about how Cavan defeated a bear. If it’s my turn to sing for a night, I love to sing Filipino songs like “Bahay Kubo”, “Ako Ay May Lobo” and the Philippine national anthem, “Lupang Hinirang.” I need to work on memorizing Christian songs, I’m so bad with the lyrics!

7:45 Giving Our Boys a Sweet Dreams Goodnight Kiss

This is also time to tell them about good behavior they did. Brent reminds me that even they have consequences from wrong doing for a day, I must  praise them from their good behavior even just a small thing, like for example “Good job on picking up the toys” “That’s nice of you to stay quiet and not fussy”. This is good way to let them know that they are not bad and focus on the good part.

7:50 Sanitizing Our Kids’ Bathroom.

Since both of my boys learn how to to use the potty now, their bathroom can be dirty and messy too (If you are a mom of boys, you know why!). I always make sure that the seats are sanitized and wiped off the counter etc.

8:00 Me-time

Now it’s time for me to do some work if I have a client, or write for my blog. This is also a good time to just sit down and relax for me by reading some Bible scriptures from BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) notes and questionnaires.  Brent does some work too and he usually loves reading books or news articles.

9:00 Netflix time with Brent

Brent and I love watching Netflix while eating popcorn. We try to sleep before 10:30 PM, but sometimes we sleep later… Oops.

 

When it comes to blogging, I try to post twice a week because that’s how much I can manage right now. I really enjoy being a stay-at-home mom and being able to take care of my kids. I am thankful that I have a husband who supports us, and that God gave me the role of being a stay-at-home mom, taking care of my own children. That’s why I learned to give more time to them and to my marriage. This is my new duty right now and it is what God has planned for us.

Our schedule will definitely change once our new baby comes in the summer. I’ll update everyone with our new schedule for our 3 kids, once we get the right feel for it.

 

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Mother’s day to all moms out there! :-)

 

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Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, design, and lifestyle blog by Em Smith. She is the mother of two boys and a wife, who loves to inspire and encourage others through her works and stories. Originally from the Philippines.

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