I’ll be honest with you. Don’t shoot me down though ok? Before AO I prejudged stay at home mum’s. 🙈
I couldn’t understand what they did all day long and why they wasn’t working. Little did I know, I’d soon be one.
When I found out I was pregnant I was working as a receptionist at a local business 10 miles down the road. I enjoyed my job and believed I would go back to it. As I got more and more pregnant and driving with a massive bump became more difficult I realised how far a 20 mile trip was every day. And then I had AO. My normal wage reduced down to statutory maternity pay and I looked in to child care costs. I couldn’t believe how much it was going to cost me and my husband. As well as that I was going to miss my little girl. Five full days away from her? I couldn’t imagine it.
So we made the decision for me to be a stay at home mummy. Don’t get me wrong it’s bloody hard financially. We’re not entitled to any help from the government and is child benefit is streeeeeeetched to its limit every month. But, without a doubt, I would choose AO every single time. Every poonami explosion, every time I get the hoover out to clean up another mess and every public meltdown is worth it when I get that smile and here “mummy” 😍.
So here’s our routine…
06:30 – morning bottle
06:40 – kick to the face
06:45 – kick in the chest. AO falls back to sleep
07:30 – wake up and change nappy
08-00 – massive poo 💩💩 change nappy again. Chase AO around room to get nappy on. Get her dressed
08:15 – breakfast time. I feed AO one spoonful of porridge whilst trying to spoon feed by self too. AO finishes her porridge and wants me to feed her mine too
08:25 – clothes have porridge on, change in to outfit #2
08:30-09:30 – play time
09:35 – go for a shower and put AO in her walker to keep my eyes on her. Give her toothbrush/bath toys/toilet roll to distract her whilst I shower
09:40 – see toilet roll has been thrown in toilet…dry on radiator
09:45-11:00 – AO nap. A little mummy time to read/watch tv/tidy up the toys from earlier
11:10-12:00 – play time. Get toys back out that have been tidied away
12.00 – lunch time. Ensure we have food made at exactly the same time to keep her distracted whilst I eat mine
12.30 – AO’s done a poonami and its exploded through her nappy. Change nappy and wonder if a pack of wipes is enough or whether to just plonk baby in bath. Outfit #3
13:00 – go out. Whether it’s a class, meeting hubby for lunch or just a simple walk we like to go out and get some air and get that step counter up!
15.00 – AO falls asleep. Mummy gets out book
15:15 – AO wakes up
17:00 – yay Daddy is coming home, we can share the load!
18:00 – daddy feeds AO whilst mummy eats. Daddy eats whilst mummy feeds AO dessert
19:00 – bath, nappy change and in to pj’s. Story time
19:30 – milk
19:45 – AO falls asleep. Places her in cot
20:00 – AO wakes up. Mummy picks AO back up. AO goes back to sleep
20:30 – Put AO in cot
20:45 – AO wakes up. Mummy picks AO back up. AO goes back to sleep
21:00 – mummy puts AO back in cot and crosses fingers! 🤞🏻
21:30 – mummy and daddy fall asleep watching tv
22:00 – mummy and daddy go to bed
02:00 – AO wakes up and comes on to bed with us
…and here we go again 😍😀