I was just reading Dr. Isis' latest post about her first day back from maternity leave, and it got me reminiscing. In my first few months as a working mom this past year, I thought I'd never figure out how to get it all done. Pumping, working, sleeping, commuting, dropping off the little one at daycare in the morning - it was all completely overwhelming. Everyone kept telling me we'd eventually settle into a routine, and you know what? We did, and our routine has now become, well, very routine. Especially without pumping interrupting my day. I'm used to it, and I like it. And it's all going to change next month.
In honor of this uprooting, I thought it might be nice to record my post-lactating routine for posterity. You know, a puff piece, which will probably only humor me, for this lovely Guest Blogge. 🙂 Here goes:
5:20 am: Alarm goes off; hit snooze.
5:30 am: Alarm goes off again; Hubby starts getting ready for work while I wander into the living room for some resistance training and a little light cardio with my new workout tape (thanks Mom!).
6:10 am: Workout complete, drink water and a quick cup of coffee as Hubby eats his breakfast and reads from his new Kindle Fire (thanks Mom, and Me).
6:30 am: Hubby heads off to work as I start getting ready.
7:00 am: Scarf down a bowl of cereal before Monkey wakes up.
7:05 am: Monkey wakes. I get him dressed, play a few minutes, then we head out the door.
7:45 am: Drop Monkey off at daycare; head into work.
8:15 am: At work. Unpack laptop and start checking email. Reply to sales rep in Tenure Track Town about installation of Awesome Piece of Equipment. Email future chair to see if my appointment letter has made it through "channels" yet.
9:00 am: Chat with lab tech over coffee while simultaneously reading blogs on Android.
9:15 am: Look over my to do list and prioritize today's "must-happen" items. Catch up on recent literature with Google Reader. Check out a few blogs and get inspired by one. Start writing a blog post of my own, then realize I have actual science to do.
10:30 am: Check results on latest Pain-In-My-Ass (PIMA) experiment - all crap. Write up some suggestions for fixing PIMA experiment in lab notebook, set up cultures for repeating PIMA experiment tomorrow.
12:00 pm: Eat lunch, visit a couple of blog posts that I want to comment on, return call from Monkey's hopeful future daycare in Tenure Track Town to see if he has a spot (he does, finally!!!).
1:00 pm: Work on manuscript; more literature reading; writing; head-banging because I can't get PIMA experiment to work and I NEED IT FOR THIS DAMNED PAPER!!!!!
3:00 pm: Break for Twitter to clear my head. Wander to break room to see if there are any treats - no. Wander to mentor's office for chocolate. Chat with mentor about random science stuff for a while.
4:00 pm: Back in front of manuscript; more literature reading; writing; more head-banging because I can't get PIMA experiment to work and I STILL NEED IT FOR THIS DAMNED PAPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5:30 pm: Call Hubby to see how my boys are doing and let him know I'm leaving soon; chat
with at Monkey for a few minutes.
5:35 pm: Check to do list to make sure I've done all that I can in the lab for the day.
5:40 pm: Hurriedly finish writing up blog post that I started earlier.
6:00 pm: Head out the door.
6:45 pm: Arrive home. Monkey greets me at the door wearing a pajama shirt, no pants or diapers, and a ski hat, running around in circles and yelling. After laughing my ass off a moment, I carry him into his nursery and Hubby and I put him down for bed.
7:10 pm: Eat dinner with Hubby on the couch - leftover pulled pork and a nice cucumber/tomato/pesto salad that Hubby made the night before, and a side of yogurt.
8:00 pm: Edit blog post while watching TV and schedule for the next day. Check Google Reader to see if any other blog posts or PubMed articles have been updated on my RSS feeds. Check Twitter. Check Facebook.
9:30 pm: Put computer away and lean back in the recliner.
10:00 pm: Hubby wakes me up to tell me it's time to get in bed.