Ever wondered what it’s like being a SAHM (Stay-at-home mom)? I surely cannot speak for all SAHM’s with this post, because I know everyone is different. But I’m going to give you a little insight on what a typical day is like for me as a SAHM, because well… why not?
First off, I just want to say that I am extremely grateful and fortunate everyday to be a SAHM. It’s not always easy, or pretty, but I am so lucky to be able to spend every day at home with Myla, and I will forever be thankful for that.
We usually get out of bed around 8 AM, and that’s only because Myla is over the boob, since I desperately throw it in her face throughout the morning just so I can get a “few more minutes” of shuteye. At this point, she sits up and just looks at me like… wake up woman. Sometimes she will even throw a slap in here or there, but I know she does it out of love.
Of course, as I run on minimum sleep, my morning would not be possible without my cup of coffee. I practically sprint to the Keurig every morning, and I have no shame in that. I’m currently loving Silk’s pumpkin spice almond creamer, and drinking it makes me feel super festive. 🎃
Breakfast is always the same for me, because I am obsessed with avocado toast. Little bit of pepper, little bit of hot sauce, whole lotta’ yum. Myla has been eating strawberries, bananas, avocados, and pieces of bread, although a majority of it always ends up on the floor, to which my doggies happily clean up.
Sometimes I throw her in the bath after breakfast, sometimes I don’t. It really depends on how messy she gets, but usually a wipe will do the trick. I try to clean up the dishes and counters while she’s still eating, but by this point she’s usually throwing her food everywhere.
After breakfast, we are either having some playtime, or I’m trying to clean something. She just kind of bounces around from room to room with me. If I’m in the bedroom putting clothes away, she’s ripping down all her diapers and her books. If I’m in the kitchen still, she’s probably in the cabinets. And if I’m in the bathroom, she’s probably trying to eat shoes in the next room over, or she’s most definitely in the bathroom cabinets, too.
I can tell she’s ready for her first nap of the day usually about 2 hours after we wake up, anywhere from 10 to 11 am. Since I’m trying to wean her off nursing, I try really hard to just rock her with a baba. But if she fights it, which she often does, I’ll cave and give her the boob, which knocks her out instantly. Then I will put her down in her crib, grab the monitor, and hop in the shower.
If I’m lucky, her naps her will last longer than an hour. Like I said in my previous post, the girl doesn’t sleep. I’m really hoping that as she gets older, her naps will get longer, but I take advantage of the time I have to myself.
Today, I chose to write a blog post while she naps. And if I’m lucky, I’ll put on some makeup and get myself ready for the day. And if I’m SUPER lucky, I’ll finish up the cleaning I started this morning. But I’ll take what I can get.
When Myla wakes up from her nap, she is the cutest little snuggle bug ever, and I absolutely love it. She get’s excited to see me every time, and my heart just pounds with love for her.
It’s usually about lunch time too, so I’ll make us both lunch, and put on some music so we can sing and dance. Sometimes if I’m getting antsy from being inside, I’ll sit outside for a few minutes after lunch with the dogs and just enjoy the sunshine. I’m trying to embrace these warm days as much as I can before it starts to get cold, to which I am not ready for at all.
With Scottie’s work schedule, he goes in super freakin’ early, but he’s home about 2 pm everyday, which is amazing to me. And I’m fortunate to get some time to myself to focus on my homework, go to the gym, or take a nap if I need to. He’s been really great about this, and I’m so appreciative.
Myla usually takes a second nap around this time too. But it always varies depending on what we do that day. If we are out and about, she’ll fall asleep in the car. If we are home, I will put her in her crib.
Lately, we’ve been lacking at our nighttime routine. Since Myla was so sick last week, (she had a UTI and 104 fever), we forgot all about it and just gave her all the lovin’. But this week, we are starting to get back on track.
I like to give her dinner between 5 and 6 pm, and I usually just sit with her while she eats, or I will be cleaning up the kitchen (I swear it never ends). If she didn’t have a bath in the morning, I will give her one after dinner. I like to put essential oils in her bath, like lavender and cedarwood, to help make her sleepy.
After her bath, we have some downtime to play or read or just be together as a family. She usually tells me when she’s ready for bed by her fussiness, so I make a bottle and rock her until she falls asleep. I sneak her into her crib and usually enjoy a glass of wine or something while I can.
As much as I would like to end the post here, the night is not over for us. We are still trying to get her to sleep in her crib. This means she usually wakes up about an hour after being put down crying. Scottie and I will take turns trying to get her to fall back asleep. Some nights we will walk back to the living room baby free, other nights she will be in our arms. It really is what it is at this point.
But no matter what, we always go to bed together as a family.
No day is exactly the same for us. Some days will be full of accomplishments, other days will be full of Netflix. But this is life for us at the moment. And I hope you enjoyed reading about it, because I truly enjoy living it. 😊