What Do You Do All Day Long As A Stay At Home Mom?

I am always fascinated to hear how others attempt to “do it all.” Aren’t you?

Personally, I don’t attempt to do it all. I don’t attempt to do all that much, really. I’m happy if, at the end of the day, the house isn’t a complete wreck and I managed to put on mascara.

But I do attempt to get out of the house every day, and I do try to keep my baby happy/fed/napped/clean (hard to accomplish all four, I’ve noticed), and I like if I can get the writing I need to write written, and the emails I need to answer answered, and the house I need to clean cleaned.

It doesn’t sound like all that much but some days? Phew!

After the jump, a classic day-in-the-life at the house of the Nat and the Huck.

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  • BETWEEN 7:30 AND 8:30 AM 1 of 12
    BETWEEN 7:30 AND 8:30 AM
    Huck is up for the day. We nurse, I set him on the floor with some toys, I keep one eye on him while the other eye naps (now that he is crawling this works infinitely less well than it used to). Between 9:00 and 9:30 he sometimes (SOMETIMES) naps. Sometimes.
  • BETWEEN 10:00 AND 10:30 AM 2 of 12
    BETWEEN 10:00 AND 10:30 AM
    Mama gets ready while Huck takes round two at destroying all the order in the house.
  • 11:00AM 3 of 12
    11:00AM
    11:00 is dedicated "Mom and Huck do stuff!" time. Sometimes that means running errands, like on this day.
  • SOMETIMES THAT MEANS… 4 of 12
    SOMETIMES THAT MEANS...
    ...trips on the subway! And no, we don't wear shoes in the summer, it's too hot.
  • SOMETIMES THAT MEANS… 5 of 12
    SOMETIMES THAT MEANS...
    ...lunch with mom! Lunch with mom is super fun.
  • SOMETIMES THAT MEANS… 6 of 12
    SOMETIMES THAT MEANS...
    ...lunch with dad! Lunch with dad is way more fun than lunch with mom. Duh.
  • 2:00PM 7 of 12
    2:00PM
    Nap time. Don't get too comfortable there, Natalie! You need to write! Those emails aren't gonna answer themselves! This is your chaaaaaaance!
  • 4:30PM 8 of 12
    4:30PM
    If I'm lucky Huck will nap for an hour and a half. By 4:30 the walls are closing in on us and it's time to hit the swing set at the playground.
  • 6:00PM 9 of 12
    6:00PM
    Dinner time! Make as much of a mess as you want, chicken. Bath time comes next!
  • 7:00PM 10 of 12
    7:00PM
    Bath, book, boob, bed. In that order.
  • 8:00PM 11 of 12
    8:00PM
    I surf the Internet and eat crazy amounts of chocolate from my frozen "I've earned it!" stash in the freezer. Ahhhhhhh. Write until Brandon gets home (usually in another hour or so) and then pick it back up when he goes to bed.
  • 12:30AM 12 of 12
    12:30AM
    Shoot! It's past midnight! Finish the last bit of my writing, check my email one last time, spruce up the living room and turn off all the lights, creep q-u-i-e-t-l-y into bed, put my cold feet against husband's warm legs. Night!

How about you? What does an average day look like for you?

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