I do think women can have it all. Just not at the same time.
– Madeleine Albright (former US Secretary of State)
This has been my mantra for the past couple of weeks when I started working back in the office after the maternity leave. Not many knew about my post-partum depression of being a working mother and leaving the baby at home.
BUT in God’s grace, I am progressively dealing with the circumstance and overcoming the challenges.
FYI, this post is:
- For those of us who are the breadwinners of their families and cannot sacrifice their income contribution yet
- For all full-time working moms who are still in that phase of actively waiting for that ideal “work-at-home” opportunity
- And for those of us who do not balance, but JUGGLE work-family life
I have listed my own share of a “Working Mom’s Schedule” hopefully to help you out in this crazy phase of your motherhood.
Big shout-outs go especially to working mothers with newborns!
6.15am – Wake up. Prepare my office baon (last night’s dinner + the local bakery’s pandesal for breakfast)
6.30am – Bath. Dress up. Handbag was prepared last night pa.
7.10am – Kiss hubby and baby good bye. Commute, go!
7.45 – 8am – log-in to work.
8am – 5pm – CORPORATE SLAVERY HAPPENING
5.15-5.30pm – Out of the building to go home.
5.30-6pm – drop by the grocery if I need fresh ingredients/meat for dinner
6.30-7pm – Home. Rest. Play with the baby
7-7.30pm – Give Summer a bath. Prepare her milk and diaper for the night.
7.30-8pm – Prepare dinner
8pm – Yaya eats dinner. I put the baby to sleep (most of the time, I’m not successful)
8.30pm – Husband and wife dinner and bonding time
9pm – Baby decides she’s not sleepy yet and needs me to soothe her AGAIN. I put her back to sleep AGAIN (most of the time, successful!)
9.30pm – I take a bath and prepare my things for tomorrow
10pm – Collapse
6.30-7am the following day – Summer decides to wake up just in time for mom’s morning alarm!
Me and the hubby take alternate days of doing middle-of-the-night feeding + diaper change for the baby. I do the MWF-Sundays. I get “me time” on Thursdays (I don’t think I ever used this privilege). My husband takes up Wednesdays. Saturdays, my yaya is off from work starting at 5pm and returns the following day, same time. Sundays are strictly family days.
So far so good. This schedule is working for us. Routine keeps stability in the home – and mommy gets to keep her sanity in check.
How about you? What’s your working-mom schedule?