Over the last 2 weeks I have been diving into my new adventure. Full force, both feet in, balls to the walls. I am so information overloaded that I literally had to take a break last Friday from reading and watching information videos and classes that I literally turned off my computer and phone and the ipad. Holy shit right?! Who does that? I came back to the real world and realized that yes, I was still a daycare provider and yes I still had my own family to care for. Overwhelmed much? We all feel that way sometimes. Whether we are parents at home, working parents, babysitters, nannies, daycare providers, whatever we are doing in our life we get overwhelmed and just need to “Turn off” sometimes. I realized am not yet the big shot MLM guru that I imagine myself to be. Yes my adventure is an MLM! Don’t judge. I’ll explain later. I’ll get there but I learned I needed to slow down, stop learning (Because I’ve learned enough for now), and start doing. So here I am, procrastinating on my blog. Just Kidding, I do have a point.
I really wanted to give you guys an idea of what my life is like as a spouse, a mom, a daycare provider, and now a business momtrepreneur. No I don’t think that is a word but lets pretend shall we?! I do all of this and then I also decided to take on a blog too. CRAZY! So a typical day might look like this…
My alarm goes off at 5am. I hit the snooze until 5:15. 5:30 if I’m really exhausted. I get up and get dressed do all my normal morning stuff and if I’m lucky I might have 20 minutes of time left to do whatever I want to do before I have to wake my son up to get him ready for school. I get him up and get his breakfast, usually a homemade protein bar. I’ll talk about those in another post. He sits on the couch eating 2 protein bars for about 40 minutes while I make sure that the floors are vacuumed, toys are in place, and everything is ready for my daycare. at 6:45 I go wake up my daughter because she has to go with us to take bubba (That’s her name for her brother). I get her a protein bar too because god forbid she not have something to eat the second she wakes up. I get her shoes on and make sure my son has everything he needs to take to school. If I’m lucky we get out the door by 7am. Sometimes 7:05am if my son has decided that he either cannot located his sunglasses or his fidget spinner. (Those things make me batty) I get him to school by 7:10 and I’m on my way back him to receive my first daycare child around 7:20-7:30. From that moment on my day is just chaos. I receive children into my home until 9am. That is a policy that I implemented because I was getting too many kids coming in at 10 and 11. And then by that time its almost lunch and nap time. So they were missing out on learning and I also felt like I spent my entire morning just waiting on people. And that’s not fair to anyone. We do a learning activity, do circle time, read a book, go outside, yada yada. Around 11am I start getting ready for lunch and then we lay down around 12:30.
I get my break time between 1pm and 3pm. This time is sacred ground! Like draw a circle around me, throw some salt, call the sand man, leave me alone because I need this time to re-group! And if you are a provider also, even a parent, you understand where I’m coming from. Because god forbid if I don’t get my 2 hours of peace I am not a happy camper. It’s almost like me not getting my cup of coffee in the morning. DO. NOT. TALK. TO. ME.
3 o’clock rolls round and I’m getting the kids up and pottied and nap stuff put away and getting snacks out. The afternoon is pretty chill. Its the end of the day and I generally let them pick what they want to do. Until everyone is done with snack I usually have the finished ones read a book nice a quietly while we finish up. Then they can pick what they want to do.
Around 5 o’clock we clean up, get shoes on, and we either sit and watch a cartoon or we go run around outside while we wait for parents to show. Depends on which kids are left at that time. Because trust me, some of those kids can’t handle going out front as opposed to the back yard! Yeah I don’t know.
Once all the kids are gone for the day I get to fix dinner for my family, get my own 2 kids fed, ready for bed, and in bed for the evening. If I’m lucky that can all happen from 5:30pm to 8pm. But lets face it, I rarely get them BOTH in bed by then. That’s wishful thinking. It’s usually 8:30pm – 9pm before they are both in bed. And then I have my own personal goal of getting to bed between 9:30-10pm. Its for health reasons. We can talk about that later too.
So that’s my typical day. Then we have weekends. And because we have a blended family sometimes we have all the kids together and sometimes we have 2 of the 3 while the other one is with their other parent. (my husband has a daughter that is a few months older than my son from a previous relationship).
And then you say “But Sarah! You said you are on another adventure. How do you have time for all of that?” Great question! I don’t fucking know. I’m just going to do it. And I would love an audience!