A Day in The Life: Friday Five Edition

Happy Friday.  I haven’t been this excited for a Friday since……. last Friday.

This week I’m linking back up with the DC gals for another Friday Five.  Please join in on the fun and visit Cynthia, Mar and Courtney’s blogs.




Being a mom to two little ones is very demanding.

Add in a husband who travels for work and a marathon training schedule and you’ve got a pretty exhausting day!!!

Today I’m going to showcase one of my busier days. Don’t think for a second that every day transpires like this.

Most days my husband is home and works from his home office, so I get a little bit of help every now and then – which is quite the opposite from how it was just a month ago when he was traveling constantly.

At least one or two days I chill out and keep a relaxed schedule of events.  But for sheer entertainment, I’m sharing a busy day to let you in on just how we juggle all the madness.

4:30 am – Baby wakes and needs to be fed.  Most likely this is not the first feeding of the night/morning, so it’s a quick one (if I’m lucky) and I can immediately get dressed and get out of the house for an early training run before anyone wakes up.  I walk the dog and pump before leaving for my usual 6+ miles.

7:30 am – Return home.  Shower, change, tend to the baby while Daddy D prepares breakfast for the family.  We eat together as a family and then hubby gets to work and the kids and I hang out for a bit watching tv or getting dressed for whatever activities we have on our schedule for the day.  We usually leave by 9:30 for any playdates or activities.  We grab lunch on the go most days and I feed the baby while we’re out and he’ll cat nap in the car on the way to and from our outings.

3:00 am – Back home for a little playtime indoors.  Here’s where it gets tricky.  Rosalyn doesn’t take a nap anymore (it became more trouble than it was worth, so we just started letting her skip it) so I have to keep her entertained with games, toys, crafts, books or letting her cook with me.  She loves to bake, so baking banana bread has been our favorite past time.  I’ll start gathering dinner together at some point during the afternoon too.  Dinner is usually between 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

7:30 pm – Bath time  I was so thankful when Harrison began sitting up unassisted.  It made bath time so much easier.  Now, instead of doing separate baths for both kids, I can put them together in one tub and multitask the heck out of their baths.  The only drawback is that I cannot use the same soaps on both kids due to Harrison’s sensitive skin.  Rosalyn keeps Harrison entertained with her crazy tub toys and I keep busy cleaning both little ones and making sure they’re fresh and clean.

8:30  pm – Bed Time:  I let Rosalyn watch cartoons in our bedroom while I nurse and rock Harrison to sleep.  He takes a bit more effort so letting her watch Nick Jr is the best I can offer.  He’s glued to her every move when she’s in his sight, so I cannot  possibly let her in the bedroom with me when I’m trying to get him to sleep. Usually I start to get tired while I’m rocking Harrison in his darkened room, so I take my shower immediately after putting him down and typically slide into bed just after cleaning up the kitchen and walking the dog.  Whew!

If you’ve noticed that my blogging has been lacking over the past few months, maybe you can understand why after reading this post.  I don’t really allow myself much time these days for extracurricular activities.  Most nights I don’t get more than 5 hours of sleep, so I’m pretty drained by the time I get my kiddos into bed.  After a busy day, blogging just slips into my “not that important” column.  Hopefully one day soon I’ll be back to regular posts.  But until then, you can follow me on Instagram and Periscope.  I’m @_Haleyduke

What kind of schedule do you keep with your day?  

Are you an early riser or do you prefer to sleep in?

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13 thoughts on “A Day in The Life: Friday Five Edition”

  1. I remember those very early mornings of feedings! I’m impressed that you get in your morning runs with two little ones to juggle! My days are a bit different, teaching elementary school, chauffeuring my teenage daughter to cross country practice, dinner and evening runs! I’m an early riser and usually early to bed:)

  2. being a mom must be so busy! i can’t imagine. you’re rocking and rolling! i love being a morning person (as long as i get enough sleep) and prefer to workout first thing if i can. morning runs are my fave.

  3. Your schedule is so familiar to me! My oldest daughter runs about the same kind of day. Up so early in the morning. Her oldest doesn’t nap and her youngest just now is able to sit in a bathtub ring so they can bathe together…easier but still hectic around bedtime at their house! I’ll tell her about your blog!

  4. I can’t imagine keeping up with two little people AND me, Haley – ha! You are a rock star! Rosalyn is so, so cute; she seems to have the best little personality now. Harrison is adorable; he’s growing so fast!! I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks mama. It’s amazing to me how much I’m capable of since becoming a mom. You really learn to readjust your whole life to make things work with kids. And it’s really not as difficult because you have them to keep you motivated.

  5. I had two little ones close together. I admire you for being able to run let alone train for a marathon! All I could do back then was fall into the bed completely exhausted. They are teens now, and it’s more about mental exhaustion these days. Good luck with your training!

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