There are only so many hours in a day.
Or are there?
Life is not fair — that is for sure. And when it comes to time, some lucky people just have MORE than others.
“How do you figure that?” you ask. Well, there are some lucky people out there who can survive on less sleep then the rest of us.
Personally, I have a long term health condition that requires me to get even more rest than the average person. So, I really get the short end of the stick. I need a ton of sleep — which I DON’T get lately.
I was reading over at A Cowboy’s Wife, (don’t you love Lori?) about what she accomplishes in a day and I was blown away. (Yes – I was green with envy too!) That girl is a ball of energy — a phenom, a true Wonder WAHM!!!
Lori works till the wee hours of the night (1 or 2am) and then starts her cattle ranch, work at home mom day all over again at 5 am!!!
I almost wept with envy and shame.
Yes, I work till at least 12am every night, (usually between 1am and 2am, but lately often 3am,) but then I nap to recover.
I also have a nanny that helps me look after my house and my toddler. (When I only had Jackson, I managed it all with just a couple days of daycare, but when the babies came, Susan and I had to give in and hire help.)
I usually work about 10 hours a day, and on busy days up to 14 hours a day. Some days are much less if it is a busy day with Jackson’s after school activities.
What exactly does my day look like?
Well, it varies quite a bit day to day depending on meetings and my son’s schedule, but here is a look at a typical day.
I co-sleep with Olivia, so I often don’t get too much sleep between 2am when I finally crawl into bed and when she wakes up. My nanny starts early because I never know when Olivia and Jackson will get up for the day. If they are up early, I hand them over and crawl back into bed until I have to get up to get Jackson ready to go to school.
I drive Jackson to school at 8:20am and get back to my desk at 9am. I nurse while checking email and getting my day started.
I often have meetings, interviews, etc scheduled for 9:30am. I work until about 11:30am or noon at which time I am so tired I could cry. If I have only had a few hours of sleep, I then try to escape for a nap after I nurse. It doesn’t always work — some days are just too crazy and I never do get a break.
If I was lucky enough to sleep, I then rush back to my desk, nurse Olivia if I didn’t nurse her earlier, and try to get some work done before leaving at 2:10pm to pick up my son from school.
I get back around 3:30pm, depending on how long Jackson wants to play after school. I snuggle and play with Olivia and then get back to work.
I continue to work until about 5pm or later, depending on the insanity of my workload.
I usually stop for sure by 6pm to have dinner and spend time with my kids.
When I get my kids in bed, I get back to my desk and work from 8pm till 1 or 2am or later. Olivia still wakes to nurse — and I just give in and nurse her since I am up anyway.
(Honestly, I don’t mind night nursing at all. I love the excuse to go get her and have a sweet snuggle time with just the two of us. I will miss those late night bonding times when they are over.)
So, yes, my days are crazy. My laptop sits on my kitchen table and I am answering emails, writing posts, etc throughout my day and night.
I don’t get the sleep I need, but I definitely have to give in and nap to make up for my late nights. I am no Lori that is for sure!
On the weekends, I catch up on sleep. My kind husband lets me sleep in AND nap. I usually get at least ten hours of sleep each day/night on the weekends to prepare for my next crazy week.
My life consists of working, tending to my kids and trying desperately to get more sleep. At this point in my life, I don’t have much free time. Sometimes on weekends my hubby and I get out with friends, but not too often.
It is a crazy busy life, but honestly, it is a good life.
I nurse and see my kids all throughout my work day. It makes for a rushed, broken up work schedule, but I love that I am still there to drive my son and nurse and play with my baby. Fortunately, the bulk of my work is done while the kids are sleeping or when Jackson is at school and Olivia is napping.
The truth is, my laptop and iPhone are present at most moments of my day. Olivia has done the majority of her nursing at my laptop (except her late night feeds.)
I do step away for at least two hours most evenings to do piano practice with Jackson, play with Olivia and do their bed time routines.
Speaking of nursing… time to nurse and type with one hand…
So — how much sleep do you need? When do you blog/work?
If you wrote a post about your daily schedule, leave a link in the comments.