Where should I begin…
For the past 3 years I have been transiting from working from home, to working part time, then sewing from home and now I am back to working full time again. Every type of arrangement has its own challenges and advantages. I like to see these transitions as seasons for different activities and purposes. Going back to work can be rather intimidating but I am thankful to have transited rather smoothly into my current schedule. Here’s a peep at a my typical work day.
Starting in the wee hours of the morning, the alarm goes off while I nurse manny in bed. On good days when I could get some decent hours of sleep and manny isn’t stuck to my breast, I would be able to catch my girls in the morning for a hug before they head to school. But for most weekdays, I would stay in bed with manny nursing as I hear the bustle of the busy morning.
Good morning Nat and Manny
This is when the action starts. Nat and I would get ready for our day while Manny keeps himself busy walking around with a toy or helping himself to the TV.
On days we managed to head out on time, we would have breakfast together before dropping Nat at the childcare center.
My office is more than an hour away from home. I try to as much as possible make the most out of my journey. I would work on craft projects, read o plug in to mando pop or kdrama while I travel from one end to the other of the NorthEast Line.
For the next 8 to 9 hours I would work. In between meetings, emails and projects, Renee would call and give me a quick update on her day in school, then send me a kiss over the phone before she hangs up. As much as possible, I try to leave office on time and bring home the necessary to work on after the kids’bedtime.
Home Sweet Home
The 2 to 3 hours at home before the kids’ bedtime are the most precious. Though that is also when I am most tired, nothing a huge hug from the baby at the door cannot fix.
This is what dinner looks like every evening. Manny would climb on my lap, mess up my dinner, eat from my plate as we dine together.
It’s almost impossible to plan and stick to a routine with 4 kids at home. I pretty much play by ear and attend to whoever and whatever that seems to fit into the evening for us.
I have pretty much come to terms with my current circumstance. I know that I may not be able to do everything I want to do with the kids in a day, but I can space them out into pockets of quality time with each child. So instead of trying to do everything in a day (then beat myself up cause I can’t), I try to do a little of everything everyday with everyone in the house.
Weekdays usually zoom by pretty quickly with work and 4 kids to fuss over. Before I could grumble, weekends would catch up and I could snuggle and hurdle with my babies, fill up my emotional tank and get ready for the work week again.
This post is part of a blog train hosted by Justina Tay from Mum in the Making, where mummies from different walks of life come together to share their glimpse of our everyday in a single blog train.
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