I work in a hospital as a public health and safety engineer. Needless to say, most of the day is either spent on my feet checking out the varying floors or at my computer filling out endless reports. Either way, my days are long and pretty hectic.
I received a lot of excellent feedback from my previous post on returning to work as a breastfeeding mom, but I received a lot of emails and questions, inquiring as to what my day actually looks like. So I figured I would give a quick rundown of my day!
4:15 am: Wake up. I get up this early so that I can have a bit of me time. I have a chance to meditate, exercise, shower and enjoy my coffee in peace before it’s time to wake the kids up for school.
6:00-7:00 am: I wake the kids, get them dressed and ready for school. I also use this time to do a quick feeding session with Isla, before taking her to daycare.
7:15-8:00 am: Drop the kids off at school and daycare, and head to work.
8:15am: Arrive at work, complete necessary paperwork and start morning rounds.
11:45am: First pump session. I head to the lactation room, because this is the time where it is usually the quietest, so I have a chance to pump in the room alone, and even take a quick nap while pumping. (I must be the only one who gets sleepy when pumping!)
3:30pm: I pump once again in my office. I like to stay in my office since at the point everyone else is usually out of the office for meetings. So I don’t have to worry about someone walking in and knocking on the door mid-pump. Also since I would have spent the last few hours walking around the hospital, it gives me a much-needed break as well.
5:30pm: Pick up the kids and head home for the evening. Sometimes. I do have to pump in the car. Not always, but depending on what I have eaten or drank that day, my supply can fill itself pretty quickly, so I have to get rid of some of the excess or I will be miserable.
7:00 pm: Bathtime for Isla. Dinner is already done at this point, and the two older kids would have already had their baths and are in bed. So this is a great time for me and Isla to really just bond.
7:30 pm: Last feeding session for Isla, before she goes to bed.
8:00-10 pm: Relax with a hot bath, and curl up in front of the tv until I doze off! I also like to use this time to crank out a few blog post or work on art for my studio.
This is just a quick rundown of what my day looks like! I’m lucky that right now there is no ballet nor sports going on because my schedule would be a lot more hectic! What does your schedule look like?
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.