What’s My Daily Routine?

I’ve now been back at work for 4 months and it’s all about the routine. A bit of a juggling act to say the least, trying to get the important stuff done, and not worry about those little things that can really wait until the weekend. Above all, it’s about organisation and getting my shizz together before all hell breaks loose. Life has changed, and is as busy as it gets and so I thought I’d share my ins and outs of the day.

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I work in London 3 days a week and then 1 day from home, which I’m eternally grateful for. The commute into London makes it all a bit tiring but it’s been worth it to work in a job I’m enjoying for the moment. On the plus side, the commute means I have a couple of windows in the day to just breathe (assuming I’m not standing face-to-face with another commuter for the entire journey) and relax for a few moments. I thought I’d start from the top with Mondays, here’s how it goes for me…

7am – Alarm goes off for the day, but sometimes I’m woken beforehand by my other alarm clock, Emma and we have a cuddle in bed.

7.15am – Breakfast with Emma, she usually has a toast and fried egg & I have a cheese omelette with a strong coffee.

7.30am – Jump in the shower to get ready for the day.

7.45am – Emma and I play together for a little bit and get her changed into clothes for the day.

8am – Leave the house to go to work, parking at the station and getting the train to Waterloo.

8.45am – Pick up another coffee before the train arrives (force of habit these days) and get the train into work.

10am – Arrive at work to check emails from the Friday before as I have Friday’s off work, so Monday feels like a big catch up morning.

10.30am-6pm – My day is usually a mix of quite a few meetings plus working with colleagues to run through schedules and budgets for the productions we are working on.

1pm – Break for lunch and try to head outside to get some fresh air.

6pm – On the dot, I have to pack away my stuff and run to the train station. It’s military timing with this one and I know if I miss the 18:08 train, I won’t be able to put Emma to bed. So it.is.ON!

7pm – Arrive back at the car park and drive home to see Emma

7.15pm – When I pull up to the house, Emma is almost always reading a book with her Nanny, which is the sweetest sight in the world. I give her milky goodness and it’s straight to bed.

7.30pm-10.30pm – Spend the evening eating dinner, watching TV and doing a bit of blog stuff too.

10.30-11.30pm – Emma wakes for her midnight bottle, which we haven’t managed to drop yet. Sometimes this is closer to midnight, but seems to always happen.

4am – Usually she wakes for some water too but goes straight back to bed afterwards…and off we go again!

It is a jam-packed routine but seems to be working; I still get to see Emma in the morning and evenings and really appreciate our Friday-Sunday weekends. And sure enough, the routine will need changing along that way, as Emma gets older and needs different things. But for now, I’ll power through the busy parts of the week and enjoy the quality time together when we can.

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  1. February 6, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    You’re so busy and have such a long day. It’s good that you get home to put Emma to bed. I don’t know how I’d manage full-time work, I would miss A terribly. I’m finding it tough leaving her to go to language school still!

  2. February 6, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Wow Mrs you have that routine down to a T! They sound like such long days but I’m really impressed that you get to have some play time and evening snuggles with Emma too. The 3 day weekends sound wonderful. Thanks for having me with you at the fab #DreamTeam party! xx

  3. February 7, 2017 / 5:54 am

    I love routine, I’m a bit like Sheldon Cooper in Big Bang Theory! #DreamTeam

  4. February 7, 2017 / 6:32 am

    Gosh, it must be hard to be away from Emma for so long! I’m the breadwinner of my family and even short days (like 6hrs) I hate because I don’t like not being home with my Doll. And commuting sounds sucky, except for the being able to breath part 🙂
    #DreamTeam

  5. February 7, 2017 / 6:57 am

    Find a routine that works is so important when you go back to work – every minute counts! I’m working 4.5 days a week, doing 8-4 Monday-Thursday and 8-12 on Friday, which means I can get home in time to spend a few hours with the Popple and put her to bed, which is really important to me. The problem is that I’m always exhausted – between the early mornings, working all day and playing with a toddler in the evening, I don’t really want to do anything by the time 7:30 rolls around – my ‘free’ time! #DreamTeam

  6. February 7, 2017 / 7:08 am

    You’re so busy! And it’s hard when you’re trying to do a “normal day”, but you’re still not getting full, undisturbed nights. I think you’re amazing! I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying your job, though – I’m sure that makes it all feel a lot easier #DreamTeam

  7. February 7, 2017 / 7:18 am

    Our days are very similar ✨ #dreamteam

  8. February 7, 2017 / 7:37 am

    I envy your routine. I cannot get us on a routine to save my life. It would probably help if I didn’t work from home mostly. Commuting is always exhausting. #dreamteam

  9. February 7, 2017 / 7:40 am

    Wow hun I don’t know how you do it – you trooper! So glad you get some decent time with Emma though – makes all the rushing worth it xxx #dreamteam

  10. February 7, 2017 / 7:53 am

    Is it wrong that I’m slightly jealous of your alone time on your commute to work?! I’m a stay at home mum and I actually miss getting dressed into something nice and going off to work! I love a routine, I think it’s so important or else everything descends into chaos! #DreamTeam

  11. February 7, 2017 / 8:01 am

    Routine is so important for everyone. So glad I don’t have to do trains anymore, but I do miss people watching! lol
    #DreamTeam

  12. February 7, 2017 / 8:01 am

    Woah superwoman alert. That is really quite a busy and long day! #dreamteam

  13. February 7, 2017 / 8:30 am

    I am in awe of the fact that you can get both of you ready in an hour!! I have to get up at 5:30am on my work days to get us both ready and out the door for 7:45, so that Baby Lighty can be at the childminder’s for 8am ready for her to do the school run with him and the older children. You are right though, organisation is key, and is something I lack in the mornings!! #DreamTeam

  14. February 7, 2017 / 9:32 am

    wow, your so busy. If I had to wake up at 12 and then maybe again at 4, I would be so tired getting up at 7. I think as soon as I came in from work it would be straight to be for me. #DREAMTEAM

  15. February 7, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Oh sounds like a busy day but also sounds like you’ve got a routine that works well for you! Leaving work on time always is a bit of a military operation! #DreamTeam

  16. February 7, 2017 / 10:59 am

    That is a busy routine, but aren’t routines great. You know what you are doing when.
    I wished my husband made it home in time to see the girls go to bed. He sometimes misses them in the morning as well because he too has to commute to London, leaving at 6:30am and arrives home between 7:30 and 8pm.

    #DreamTeam

  17. February 7, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Not sure why, but I always enjoy reading about peoples routines! Maybe it’s just my post-it note brain satisfied seeing people get shit done! Quite a schedule, well done you (:#Dreamteam

  18. February 7, 2017 / 11:51 am

    This was really useful to read. I’m not back at work until August, but I’m already dreading it. This has reassured me that if I plan well, I can do it! #DreamTeam

  19. February 7, 2017 / 11:59 am

    That is a very jam packed routine, but I’m glad it’s working for you! I’m concerned about how to fit everything in a day once my maternity leave is over, but you’ve given me hope that it can be done! #DreamTeam

  20. February 7, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    You deserve a medal mama! Getting yourself and Emma ready in and out of the door in an hour!!! It takes me forever haha.

    #DreamTeam

  21. February 7, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    I have so much respect for working moms! Sounds like you have the routine worked out perfectly. Good luck! #dreamteam

  22. February 7, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Goodness, I knew you had to squeeze it all in, but that’s serious commitment. Love that you still manage to get time with Emma. It’s hard having to miss any bedtimes. Thank you for hosting the #dreamteam with me 🙂 xx

  23. February 7, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Much as I love a break from routine and get bored with routine, I couldn’t live without it! Yours sounds good to me. Hard work, but a great routine. Alison x #DreamTeam

  24. February 7, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    Gosh I remember those days. I used to work full time in PR and watched the clock like a hawk so I could dash home in time to collect my oldest from his childminder. I knew where to stand on the platform and everything.

    Your’s seems hardcore such a late night, at least it’s part time! Thanks for hosting. Yvadney x #DreamTeam

  25. February 7, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Busy busy busy. I’m exhausted just reading it. But I’m pleased you’ve managed to find a routine that works for you. #dreamteam

  26. February 7, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    Eeek that routine made me feel tired! You do amazingly well and how lovely that you get home to put Emma to bed. It must be such hard work but sounds like you manage really well. It’s funny what we can cope with when we have to though isn’t it? #DreamTeam

  27. February 7, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    Ahh wow it does sound busy! 8 minutes to pack away and catch the train must have your heart rate going! #Dreamteam

  28. February 7, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    I don’t know how you do it! Super mama! #DreamTeam

  29. Nige
    February 7, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Sounds like you have got that sorted amazing routine thanks for hosting #dreamteam

  30. February 7, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    I love that you cook breakfast everyday that’s a great start. #dreamteam

  31. February 7, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    I can imagine that it is hard to do all of that, without even mentioning the Mummy guilt, but my oh my, how it would feel to have a whole train journey to myself! #dreamteam

  32. February 8, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    Sounds like a very similar routine as my folks however they are on the train before 8am 🙁 urggggh! You really need a routine to get out of the door on the mornings ! #DreamTeam

  33. February 8, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Oh my word I am totally exhausted reading this! I love the scene you depict when you come home and see Emma readingg with her Nanny – this is so special! You deserve a total rest at the weekend my lovely xx #DreamTeam

  34. February 8, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    You have a nanny. Well jell.
    Thanks for sharing your busy but rewarding week.
    #dreamteam

  35. February 8, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Sounds very much like my day. Coming home and snuggles in the morning are always the bets part 🙂
    #dreamteam

  36. February 8, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    How lovely that, with your schedule as packed as it is, you still make time for a morning cuddle if it comes your way. Bet that starts your day off perfectly. 🙂 #DreamTeam

  37. February 8, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Well done you when you also have to deal with night wake-ups. Although at least they sound to be brief. My daughter was waking for water in the night for ages and only regularly stopped at about 22 months. It was not too bad though if I could stumble in then stumble back to bed!

    Your routine sounds so familiar! I do the same thing but get to the office at 8 so I can leave at 4. My time with Little H is after work until bedtime. It’s so important to have a slot in the day with them though. I would struggle to work knowing I wouldn’t see her at night when I’d only had a sleepy wake up cuddle that morning!

    Glad to hear you have also seen the silver lining to commuting – quiet time! I do most blog commenting on the train. Like now… Hehe. #DreamTeam

  38. February 8, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    Great job! Routine is the key to success I think. I still struggle with balance, but routine helps a lot!
    #dreamteam

  39. February 8, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    It sounds like you are truly blessed with having a job that you love and getting to provide for your little one. #DreamTeam

  40. February 8, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    Such a busy routine but also, an extremely organised one! I’m so impressed!! We are so disorganised, I need to take a leaf out of your book! #dreamteam

  41. February 8, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Wow..you are so so busy!!it’s good that you are still able to make time in the day to spend with Emma. I think all working mums are superheroes..you’re doing fab lovely xx #dreamteam

  42. February 8, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    It must be really hard with such long days but it sounds like you have found a great way of making it work, and the long weekends must be extra special x
    #DreamTeam

  43. February 8, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I love reading about other people’s days! I have to say your breakfasts sound awesome!! well jealous! I often don’t eat until I get into the office…oh how I’d love a cheese omelette!!! Thanks for sharing! #DreamTeam

  44. February 8, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    I’m so glad you get to put little lady to bed every night. Most nights Ben is asleep already when I get in from work but the odd night he is awake and I love it! I get lots of smiles and recently when he is super sleepy he gets sooooo cuddly. Even better for a mum who’s missed her buddy all day! #dreamteam

  45. February 8, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    Wow you’re mega busy in the mornings! I’m dreadful in the mornings, like really bad! #DreamTeam

  46. February 9, 2017 / 6:54 am

    Wow I’m impressed! You’ve got this down to a fine art. Glad to hear it’s working well for you x #DreamTeam

  47. February 9, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    It really is so hard juggling work and parenting. You have it nailed with military precision! Not looking forward to going back to work later this year. #DreamTeam

  48. February 9, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    It is really hard when you go back to work and have to fit in ‘trying to look half normal’ into the morning routine. When you are on maternity leave it’s okay to look in a constant state of sh*t stains and vom, but when you have to actually meet and see ‘real’ people it means we have to try and look half presentable. It’s great that you have a job you enjoy though, and sounds like you have a great routine! #DreamTeam x

  49. February 9, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    You have got your routine nailed! Sounds like a very busy schedule. I have between 1 hour – 45 mins in the morning to be up and out. Feels impossible to get up any earlier. The commute must be a nightmare, especially with Southern. You could probably write an essay about that situation! I’m always so sleepy during my commute but from hearing your schedule I really shouldn’t be. Brighton’s super mum I think! #dreamteam

  50. February 10, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    What a busy day! It’s wonderful that you can put Emma to bed each night. Our bedtime routine is really one of my favorite parts of the day. #DreamTeam

  51. February 11, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    wow that is a long day. When I worked we left the house at 7.55 and dropped at nursery, I was in work 9.30-5.30 with half an hours lunch (if I was lucky) and then I’d get home about 6.15pm. Her bedtime was 7 so i still got to read books and do bath, and it was my favourite part of the day. Sounds like you have a great routine at the moment, hope it continues to work for you both xx #DreamTeam

  52. February 12, 2017 / 9:27 am

    Wow! A Full action pack! I am impressed that you get time to play with Emma before getting her change. Wozza! Super Mum! Thank you for hosting. x

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