I have now been back at work and into our new routine for the past 2 months. It is without question tough! I thought a little rundown of our morning routine may help anyone who is going back to work and worried about it. I was; I did and still do worry and find being away from my baby incredibly painful. I hate leaving her and literally run to collect her at the end of the day!
5:45am - alarm goes off and Aled goes to shower
6:00am - I shower (this is all a lot easier if Martha has slept well and is still asleep)
6:15 - 6:30am - Martha wakes and I give her a bottle of milk
6:30-7:00am - between us Aled and I pack all of our lunches (including Martha's also the formular for her bottles is prepared and I put everything in our bags. Breakfast is also made for all of us
7:00am - We eat breakfast together and Aled goes to work about 7:15am
7:15am - 8:00am - This is usually a blur of me running around doing my hair, makeup and getting dressed. I let Martha play (I keep a box of toys upstairs specifically for this and rotate things so she doesn't get bored.) Some days she is very content to potter about, other days she is very clingy and wants my attention; I play it by ear and often end up juggling baby in one arm and applying mascara with the other. I leave getting Martha dressed until last, otherwise she starts taking off her socks and slinging them all over the place!
8:00am - This is when we should be leaving but by the time I have loaded the pram with all the various bags, put our coats on, strapped Martha in, put a rain cover on (as is often the case) it is usually a mad dash.
8:00-8:25am - It is a good walk over the hills to the childminders and I am usually knackered by the time I get there, then its a power walk to work.
All this and I haven't even started the working day yet. It often feels overwhelming; I just try to stay focused on getting out of the house and be as organised as I can by preparing everything either the night before or before we start to get ready.
How do you start your day?