For as long as I can remember, I have always put my absolute all in to working, but when the girls came a long I had to learn to split myself between working and being a mum. I went back to work both times with the girls when I they were 6 months old. I get a lot of messages when people find out that I work full time asking how I manage it, and the truth is I don’t even know myself. My week days are a massive blur from start to finish and then I spend my weekends recovering from the week days! So here is how my days normally go!
Depending on how busy work is, I get up at 6am if it’s early, or 6:30 if it isn’t too bad – but most days I sleep in and have to get an Uber to work! I aim to leave the house at 6:30 if I get up at 6, and 7 if I wake up at 6:30. I don’t drive, so I use the metro to get to work. It usually takes around 40 minutes to get to work. I always hate sleeping in because I actually like getting some fresh air before work! I usually get to work between 7:20-7:50 depending on the very reliable metros (they are NOT reliable by the way!). I work 8-4, 5 days a week. Daddy has them during the day which is lucky for us, so we don’t have to pay for nursery! Mia will be going to nursery when she’s 3 next year.
I finish work at 4 and go straight home, and I usually get in around 4:45. As soon as I get in, it’s all hands on deck! The girls’ team time we normally aim for 5, but it depends on what they have for their tea. I try and put things in the slow cooker to make it easier for us all, but sometimes I simply forget! I still definitely suffer from baby brain. After they’ve had their tea it’s usually around 6 – you know how it is when our littles ones eat they seem to take an age! After tea we always have an hour to just chill and spend time together with loads of cuddles, usually watching YouTube although now Mia is obsessed with the new Aladdin and dancing around to Prince Ali!
Since just before Mia was one we always had a bedtime routine of bath, bottle and then bed, and ever since then she has always been a stickler for this routine. She knows when it’s bath time as soon as it gets to 7 she says “bedtime mummy”. If we step out of her routine it knocks her out of whack so much! So at 7 we always go upstairs for bath time, Millie gets out the bath first, and then it’s Mia’s turn. She goes to bed by herself, obviously we go with her but she has a cabin bed and she has to climb up the ladders herself or she gets upset. Millie has a comforter which she’s had since a baby and a Marshall teddy from Paw Patrol, and Mia has her Minnie Mouse comforter since she was one, along with her Skye Paw Patrol teddy, 2 Rapunzel’s, Pascal from Tangled AND my old teddy who she has lovingly called “Buster Moon”.
Once the girls are in bed I do the boring stuff like tidy up after the two little hurricanes, and make my own tea along with doing the dishes. If the girls sleep through then I get a few hours to chill and watch telly, or catch up on my blog or Instagram, but most nights that isn’t the case and some nights I can be up until the early hours of the morning. The latest I’ve been up with them is 5am!
I mean don’t get me wrong the mum guilt is REAL, it is absolutely exhausting and some days I don’t even know how I’ve made it to work, but then I come home to their happy faces and cuddles and it makes me realist what I am doing it for – THEM! It’s tiring and exhausting but I wouldn’t have it any other way. And I hope when they’re older they’ll understand that everything I do is for them. I honestly look forward to the weekend so much knowing that I get time just me and them to do what we want, I am quite content just sitting with them snuggled in the covers watching Disney films, or going to the park to let them burn off their energy.