Week in the Life of a Working Mom: In-House at a Large Corporation

in-house lawyer work-life balanceFor this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader Em, who lives in a small Midwestern city with her husband and son and works as in-house counsel for a corporation. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! – Kat

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First, Some Basics About This Working Mom…

Name: Em
Location: A small city in the Midwest
Job: In-house attorney for a corporation
Age: 31
Hours worked in a typical week: 35–44
Home Situation: I live in a 2,500-square-foot house with my husband (32-year-old project manager for a construction company), our son T (2-year-old), our two dogs (and occasional foster dogs), and our pet rabbit.in-house counsel work life balance - image of a woman reviewing a contract
Childcare Situation: Daycare center 40 hours a week, $900/month

A Week in My Life

Sunday

6:30 a.m.: I wake up and brush my teeth and wash my face. I made cinnamon rolls and put them in the fridge the night before, so I go downstairs to pull them out so they can warm up. I let our foster dog outside and feed her. I get my coffee and go upstairs to shower and do my makeup.
7:30 a.m.: I go downstairs to put the cinnamon rolls in the oven and get my son’s cup and snack ready for church, then back upstairs to do my hair.
7:50 a.m.: My husband wakes up and gets ready. I go downstairs and pull out the cinnamon rolls, cook bacon, and make the icing for the cinnamon rolls.
8:05 a.m.: T wakes up and my husband changes his diaper, feeds our rabbit, and brings T downstairs. I feed our dogs and we all eat breakfast.
8:20 a.m.: Everyone goes upstairs and gets dressed.
8:30 a.m.: Leave for church.
10:00 a.m.: We have brunch at noon with family on the side of town we are already on, so we decide to kill time instead of going home. We get coffee and a snack at a coffee shop and play at a playground.
Noon: Brunch with family.
1:30 p.m.: We get home and T goes down for a nap. I put our bedding in the wash. I food prep for T and me for the week while my husband plays on his phone on the couch.
3:30 p.m.: I take our foster dog to a vet appt.
4:30 p.m.: I arrive home. My in-laws came over to see T and stay until around 6:00. I feed T a snack and I eat some leftovers from dinner the night before. I do some laundry while my husband cleans the rabbit cage.
6:00 p.m.: We take T outside to play.
6:30 p.m.: Dinner, bath, and bed by 7 for T.
7:00 p.m.: I take off my makeup and feed our dogs and our foster dog, and give them all their pills. My husband and I watch a movie on the couch.
9:00 p.m.: I feed our rabbit and we go to bed.

Monday

5:45 a.m.: I wake up and get ready for work. My husband gets up, gets ready, lets our foster dog out and feeds her, and leaves for work by 6:00.
7:05 a.m.: I wake up T, change his diaper, get him dressed, brush his teeth; we feed the rabbit and go downstairs.
7:25 a.m.: We both eat breakfast. I pack our lunches and my snacks for the week, and feed the dogs. I chase our dog so he will come inside. We leave at 7:50 and I take T to daycare.
8:15 a.m.: Get to work and read emails. Check bank accounts and this site. Work on a project but I can’t get anything done because of noise from construction, so I handle a few projects that take less attention.
10:30 a.m.: I get a snack, track down an FSA receipt, and schedule a vet appt. I work some more.
1:00 p.m.: I finally get sick of the noise and leave to WFH the rest of the day. Immediately change into sweatpants.
2:30 p.m.: After finally finishing my big project, I do a couple loads of laundry while answering emails and knocking out a few more tasks.
4:00 p.m.: My husband picks up T and drops him at home, then leaves to fix something on his truck. I need to finish up a task, so I get T a snack and let him sit on my lap and watch YouTube on my phone while I finish up work.
5:00 p.m.: I let our foster dog outside, and T and I go upstairs to change his diaper.
5:30 p.m.: I let the dog in and leave to run an errand.
6:15 p.m.: We get home and my husband is home. I start a side for dinner, and my husband finishes making dinner while I take T up and get him ready for bed.
7:00 p.m.: I feed our dogs and our foster dog and give them all their pills. We finish making dinner and my husband and I eat and talk. My husband puts away leftovers for mine and T’s lunch tomorrow. I do some rescue work.
8:30 p.m.: I feed the rabbit and we both go to bed.

Em told us more about her daily and weekly routines: 

My husband and I both routinely go to bed pretty early. We will often be in bed by 8:30, and it is very rare that either of us stay up past 10:00 p.m. My son goes to bed at 7:00, so I still have time to get things done in the evenings. I also do a lot of prep work so mornings are streamlined. I shower exclusively at night and only wash my hair every 3–4 days (thank you, dry shampoo). I prep both mine and my son’s breakfasts on Sunday, and they are things that just need to be heated up, such as protein pancakes for me and healthy muffins for him that I batch-cook and freeze. I also cut up a ton of veggies on Sunday and take those to work on Monday to eat all week as snacks. I cut up fruit for my son for breakfast and have his lunch ready to go the night before. It still takes us forever to get out the door in the morning, but these things enable me to sleep in until 5:45 every morning.

Tuesday

5:45 a.m.: I wake up and play on my phone for 30 minutes. I brush my teeth, wash my face, and go downstairs to get coffee, put away dishes from the night before, and feed our foster and let her outside.
6:30 a.m.: I go upstairs to get ready for work. My husband gets up and gets ready and leaves by 7:00.
7:15 a.m.: I let our foster dog inside and our dogs outside. I wake up T, change his diaper, get him dressed, brush his teeth, and we feed the rabbit.
7:30 a.m.: We both eat breakfast and I get our lunches ready. I feed the dogs and leave at 8:00 to take T to daycare.
8:20 a.m.: I get to work and check emails. I work until my meeting at 10:30.
10:30 a.m.: I attend my meeting with our business team and do follow-up.
11:00 a.m.: I get a snack, check emails, and work on projects.
1:00 p.m.: I eat lunch at my desk while working.
2:00–3:00 p.m.: I work out at our on-site gym and take a quick shower.
3:00–5:15 p.m.: I work more and leave at 5:15.
5:25 p.m.: I arrive home. My husband picked up T at 4:00 and got called back into work, so my in-laws came over. I get T a snack and visit with them while I prep dinner and open packages that were delivered. They leave at 6:00.
6:00 p.m.: I feed T dinner and continue to prep dinner for my husband and I.
6:30 p.m.: I give T a bath, read him books, and he goes to bed at 7:00.
7:00–8:15 p.m.: I feed the dogs and give them their pills. I finish making dinner, eat, do dishes, and start the dishwasher.
8:15–8:45 p.m.: I feed the rabbit and take a shower. My husband gets home and is sick, so goes straight to bed.
9:00–9:30 p.m.: I send some emails and update our budget, let our foster dog out one last time, and blow dry my hair. I’m in bed at 9:30.

With Em’s mentions of foster dogs and rescue, we asked her about her volunteer work:

We foster dogs with two different dog rescues (meaning the dogs stay in our homes with us) and my husband and I attend rescue events, which are events in the community (at local pet stores, for example), where we bring the dogs to meet potential adopters and to recruit new volunteers. I also process adoption and volunteer applications and do home visits for potential adopters. We also help with transporting dogs coming into rescue or that are being adopted (that is what my husband was doing on the evening I described in my write up). I am also on the board of directors for a non-profit that works in animal advocacy. The administrative stuff I do is exclusively done over my lunch breaks, in the car (adoption interviews are over the phone), or after my son goes to bed. The transporting and attending events are usually on weekends, so my in-laws will come watch my son if we are both going, or my son and my husband hang out if just I am going. We typically have events or a transport twice a month. My board of directors meetings are once a month on Sundays during my son’s nap, so my husband just stays with him for those. I also have a fair amount of administrative work for the board of directors, but again, that is done when my son is at daycare or sleeping.

Em also noted: 

We use a cleaning service every two weeks … and it is essential to enabling me to do all the volunteer work, socializing, getting to bed at a decent hour, etc.

Wednesday

5:45 a.m.: Alarm goes off and I play on my phone in bed. My husband is already up and goes downstairs to let our foster outside. I get up, brush teeth, and wash my face. I go downstairs for coffee, let the foster in, and empty the dishwasher and put away dishes from the night before. My husband leaves for work at 6:00.
6:45 a.m.: I get ready for work.
7:20 a.m.: T is up. I change his diaper, get him dressed, brush his teeth, and feed the rabbit.
7:30 a.m.: We both eat breakfast and I get our lunches ready. I let the foster out, then our dogs out, and feed our dogs. I drop T at daycare.
8:10 a.m.: I get to work and check emails.
9:30 a.m.: I present a training for our sales team.
10:00 a.m.: I get a snack and work until 12:30. I eat lunch at my desk while working.
1:00 p.m.: I leave over lunch to speak to a middle school class about dog rescue work.
2:15–5:15 p.m.: WFH the rest of the day. My husband picks up T from daycare at 4:00 and they play in the family room.
5:15–5:45 p.m.: A minor work emergency comes up as I’m about to log off, so I start dinner while watching and occasionally responding to emails. My husband lets our foster dog out, feeds her, and gives her her pills.
6:00 p.m.: Finish dinner and we eat. I get our lunches ready for tomorrow. I feed our dogs and give them their pills. I fold some laundry while T watches YouTube with my husband in bed.
6:20–7:00 p.m.: I sort some hand-me-down clothes our neighbor gave us while playing with T in his room. We FaceTime my mom, then change T’s diaper, brush his teeth, and read him books, and he goes to bed at 7:00.
7:00–8:30 p.m.: I change into workout clothes and work out while watching Netflix, then take a shower.
8:30–9:45: I review documents for a nonprofit board of directors I am on. I feed the rabbit and go to bed.

Thursday

5:45 a.m.: Alarm goes off, look at phone for 15 minutes. I go downstairs and get coffee, put away dishes from the night before, and feed one of our dogs who is getting groomed this morning.
6:15 a.m.: I go back upstairs to get ready for work. My husband is up and getting ready. He takes my car to take our dog to the groomer and fills my gas tank. He comes home to switch cars, then goes to work.
7:00 a.m.: I get T up, get him ready for school, and we feed the rabbit.
7:15 a.m.: We go downstairs and eat breakfast. I get lunch stuff ready and feed our other dog and our foster and let them outside.
7:45 a.m.: I leave and drop T at daycare. I get to work by 8:15 and check emails.
8:30–9:00 a.m.: I have a meeting with our general counsel and outside counsel about the emergency from night before.
9:00–10:00 a.m.: I work on projects.
10:00–10:45 a.m.: I have a customer call. I get a text from my husband that the dog is done at the groomers.
10:45–11:45 a.m.: I pick up the dog from the groomers and take him home. I get a coffee then go back to work.
12:00–5:15 p.m.: I eat lunch and work. Daycare calls and wants to set up a conference, so I schedule for my husband to do it next week.
5:15–5:40 p.m.: Do rescue dog adoption phone interview for applicant.
5:45 p.m.: My husband picked up T at 4:00 and took him to my parents’ house while he transported a rescue dog for adoption. I pick up T and my dad and we go to Costco.
6:45 p.m.: I drop my dad off (they live a few blocks from us), then home to unload the car. T and I eat leftovers for dinner. I feed the dogs and give them their pills, then T and I go upstairs to get him ready for bed at 7:30.
7:30–8:00 p.m.: I update our budget and write some belated thank you cards from T’s birthday party. I make a meal plan for next week.
8:00–9:30 p.m.: I work out, watch Netflix, and hang out with the dogs. My husband gets home and we talk for a bit.
9:30 p.m.: I feed the rabbit, shower, and get ready for bed. I got to bed at 10:15.

Em told us more about her meal-planning, and she raved about Blue Apron: 

For about nine months now we have been doing Blue Apron (their three-meal option) every other week. I now meal plan for all seven days a week, every week, and the non-Blue Apron days we repeat Blue Apron meals with a few crockpot or other recipes thrown in to supplement. (I keep a running list of potential meals in my head.) This has eliminated most of the stress of meals, we rarely eat out, and we are also eating four times as many vegetables as we were before. The Blue Apron recipes aren’t quick, but they are very good, and we both really enjoy cooking. My husband started doing a lot of the cooking since we started Blue Apron, and both our cooking skills have improved. Our son’s daycare teachers always tease us about sending him gourmet meals for lunch. I promise they didn’t pay me to say it, but it has greatly improved our lives!

Friday

5:45 a.m.: Alarm and play on my phone for 10 minutes, then get up and brush my teeth and wash my face. My husband is already up getting ready. He feeds our foster dog and lets her out, then leaves for work. I go downstairs to get coffee and put away dishes from last night.
6:15 a.m.: I go upstairs to get ready for work.
7:00 a.m.: T is up and I get him ready and we feed the rabbit.
7:10 a.m.: We go downstairs to eat breakfast and I get lunches ready. I let our foster dog in and feed our dogs. We leave around 7:45 and I drop T at daycare.
8:05 a.m.: I get to work and check emails. I make a grocery list, then start working on projects. I get a snack at 10:00.
10:30 a.m.: I have a meeting with our business team.
11:30 a.m.: I do more work and eat lunch at my desk at 12:30. More work.
4:15 p.m.: My husband picks up T at 3:45 and goes home to let the dogs out. I leave work and meet my husband and T at home.
5:00 p.m.: My husband has a haircut so T and I go with him and get dinner and ice cream nearby.
5:30 p.m.: We go to Trader Joe’s and our regular grocery store to grocery shop for the week.
7:00 p.m.: We get home and unload the groceries. I get T ready for bed and he goes down at 7:30.
7:30–9:45 p.m.: I feed the dogs and give them their pills, clean up the kitchen, and review documents for the BOD I am on. I play with our foster dog.
9:45 p.m.: I feed the rabbit and go to bed.

Saturday

7:00 a.m.: I wake up and play on my phone. I get up and brush my teeth and wash my face. T wakes up and my husband gets him up and changes his diaper. They let our foster out and go to get coffee while I do my makeup and get dressed.
7:45 a.m.: I come down and make breakfast. My husband got T a cookie at the coffee shop so he isn’t hungry.
8:15 a.m.: My husband goes upstairs to shower and get ready. I eat breakfast and our Blue Apron delivery arrives, so I unpack it. T plays in the kitchen.
9:15 a.m.: I leave for my hair appt at 9:45. T has a haircut at the same place at 10:30 that my husband brings him to. My husband then takes him home, gives him a snack, and puts him down for a nap. My appt. is over at noon.
12:00 p.m.: I drive home and my husband and I snack on cheese and crackers and talk.
12:45–3:15 p.m.: I go to visit my grandma at her retirement community. My aunt is there and we hang out until 3:00. I head home and my in-laws come over to take T to lunch and to the park.
3:30–5:30 p.m.: My husband and I go to meet some friends at a local brewery.
6:00 p.m.: We get home and my in-laws are home with T. My husband lets our foster dog out and feeds her and gives her her pills. My husband makes dinner while I handle some business issues for the BOD I’m on, and we eat dinner. I feed our dogs and give them their pills. I get T ready for bed and he goes to bed shortly after 7:00.
7:00–8:30 p.m.: I work on more paperwork for the BOD I’m on and hang out with our foster dog.
9:00 p.m.: I feed our rabbit and go to bed.

Thanks so much to Em for sharing a bit of her life as a working mom! Readers, what’s your biggest takeaway from her week of work as an in-house attorney for a large corporation, as well as her general work/life balance?

Stock photo via Shutterstock / By Leonardo da.

 A Midwestern in-house counsel shared a week in her life as a working mom, including how she and her husband juggle their son and a variety of pets while handling her job as in-house counsel for a major corporation.

 

Comments

  1. Boston Legal Eagle says:

    $900/month for full-time daycare? Wow. One of the many reasons I’ve been dreaming of moving to the Midwest lately :) And your short commute to work sounds awesome! Sounds like both you and your husband both have reasonable work hours – has it always been this way or did you start out at a law firm/other more intense corporate gig?

    It’s great that you have both set of grandparents nearby to help out on week nights and weekends. My parents live near us and help out on the weekends, but live just far enough away now for it to not be convenient to come over on weeknights. Hoping to change that once we finally figure out where to buy a house in the burbs.

    • I was just looking at preschool tuition in NY and yeah, that sounds incredible!

    • We paid around $1400 for infant care, but that dropped to $900 when we moved him at 18 months, and that is actually high in our area. Straight out of law school I worked for a very small private practice firm, then moved to a large law firm before I had my son.

  2. animal advocate too says:

    I continue to be amazed by the level of organization of women who post on this site (prepping, planning, executing). If I were to do one of these it’d be pretty short: Mon-Sun, one big cluster F where we’re all just looking to come out alive.

    In all seriousness, I admire you commitment to animal advocacy. I travel extensively but when I have time on the weekends, I volunteer at an isolation facility (MASS requires incoming animals to be isolated for 48 hours before being let “out” to foster / adopt). We have two rescue dogs ourselves and I do whatever I can to support my local rescue. But, your post is inspiring because I generally think of “giving” as time at the iso facility, when I can which is infrequent, and money more frequently (because time is less available). But, the things you mention about doing adoption interviews in your car or admin work is really amazing. These are things I could find time for and that would hopefully have a small impact / benefit. I’m desperate to foster but my husband has threatened divorce (which in all fairness, he’s the one day-to-day taking care of kids (human and canine) and they’re ALL HIGH maintenance), so this feels like a great happy medium until I am home more frequently to take in foster dogs.
    Thank you for posting and inspiring me to do more with our rescue :)

    • Anonymous says:

      i would love to see a post from you. i doubt your schedule is as big of a cluster F as you think it is if you were to actually put it on paper! And assuming you are all still alive, you’re doing great :-)

    • I realized when I was writing this out that it looks good on paper, but there were several times during this week (Tuesday night in particular) where I was about to or did lose my s*it. You can’t tell just from reading this, though. Even with the planning and organization, it’s still insane. I would definitely recommend connecting with a rescue and seeing if they need help with applications. It is important work, as that is what gets the dogs adopted. I love seeing a dog with its new family and knowing I processed the application that got it adopted.

  3. Agree that it is great that you have so much grandparent help. I find myself increasingly bitter that we don’t have this in our lives. To a certain extent, it is our fault – we chose not to live near our parents. But in all fairness, they live in a rural area where we’d never have the careers we are able to have in our town. And we didn’t trust that even if we did go back there, our parents would stay in our hometown in retirement. A friend and I were just commenting yesterday how different our lives are compared to friends who have local grandparents. I know it’s totally unhealthy to compare, and we’re all just doing the best we can, but we definitely do have friends who just don’t seem to comprehend that not everyone has an endless supply of free babysitting.

    • J – I could not agree more! My husband’s job is keeping is in one area right now, but if all goes to plan (fingers crossed) we will relocate in the next 1.5-2 years to my home city where my parents live, his father is close to, and his mum plans to move after retiring. Meanwhile we’re doing our best with an infant, dog, 2 demanding jobs (although mine is weirdly slow right now…), etc. I keep telling myself it is good in a way because it also makes us more self-reliant, but it is a hard sell to myself because it really does take a village. We are lucky my Mom has been able to come stay with us for a few weeks at a time (and even longer when baby was just born), and when she does is typically when we’ve had flexibility for date nights, late work events (without the other having to come home early or forgo), etc.

    • Frozen Peach says:

      I get jealous but for different reasons. My older parents are local and INCREDIBLY high maintenance. It is like having two extra people’s emotional labor to manage. They want badly to help and be involved, which I’m grateful for, but it also adds a ton of extra stress to our lives. Most of the time, their “help” is actually more work than our doing it ourselves. For example, we pay a babysitter for date nights because the inevitable 1.5 hour visit/ lead time with them on either side of the date kind of destroyed the point of going on a date night.

      • Anonymous says:

        This.

        A lot of grandparent ‘help’ with the kids is about keeping my parents active instead of sitting in front of the tv all day so I don’t add ‘elder care’ to the list of stuff i do.

      • This.

      • Exactly says:

        I truly do not have the emotional energy required to stage a holiday-style parade as “repayment” for my retired, able-bodied mother to drive three miles to my daughter’s school to pick her up and drive her another half mile to our home. I work full time, take two graduate classes, have a husband and 15 year old yet my mother is hands down the most exhausting part of my life. The only way to prevent myself from feeling absolutely furious is to tell myself that selfishness is a precursor to dementia and that this is not the way she used to behave. She has also decided that EVERYONE she encounters is rude to her – neighbors, family members, church friends, store clerks, etc.

    • Well, we moved back to a large city for the grandparents, and they aren’t very involved at all in our kid’s lives other than coming to bday parties and big family events that I invite them too.

      Every time we invite them over casually or ask for help they (both retired) have “a lake board meeting” or “dinner with XYZ”. They are younger grandparents (both just recently retired, and in very good health), so being old is not an excuse. They offered to watch my SILs kids while she was having her third and the day she had the baby said “I didn’t realize BIL wasn’t coming back at nigh to watch them” Luckily I jumped to the rescue, but I was so mad on behalf of my poor SIL who had just birthed a baby and was stressing about it. I know that they are living a great retirement, but I get pretty bitter that they don’t want to be more involved with the kids (this is my FIL and step-MIL).

      My dad is equally distanced, because he “doesn’t do well with young kids”.

      It makes me determined to be an excellent and involved gma one day . . .

      • I don’t know, we created really good boundaries and I’m glad my parents and DH’s parents don’t help out that much even though they are local. I just don’t like feeling indebted to people and besides, we have our own friends to hang out with.

        That’s so obnoxious about your SIL though. Of course her husband is going to stay with her in the hospital!

    • I recently read something about this: “grandparent envy.” In that context, it had more to do with having younger parents who could help out more but I think it’s definitely a thing in all sorts of ways. We are very lucky to have lots of grandparent help on both sides even though they aren’t all super close and I know someone who lives in the same apartment building with their parents where the parents rarely actually help out, so it’s not always about distance, but distance certainly makes it easier/harder.

  4. I would love to hear more about Em’s job and her background prior to working inhouse!

  5. I recently took an in-house Counsel position in a small Midwestern City! This sounds like my life (except I have three kids). The Midwest small cities are awesome for work/life balance. We relocated here for my husband’s job six years ago from a large city and I don’t know how we would do it with the longer commutes and more “rat race” culture. I think the biggest difference we have noticed is the whole area has a family-focused culture, so even my boss (General Counsel) leaves by 6 every night to coach his kid’s soccer team and I NEVER get work emails on the weekends. I wish we had grandparents closer by, but as it is we are two hours from my parents and they come over pretty frequently, so that has been great!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’m so impressed that you do your makeup every day. Thank you for sharing!!

    • It is a very minimal routine that takes 5 minutes and consists of 5 products (and lipstick I put on in the car before going into work).

    • I’m surprised that you’re impressed? Most of us wear makeup I would imagine (the kind that takes just a few minutes to put on).

      To Em, thanks for sharing a glimpse into your life! I enjoyed it.

  7. farrleybear says:

    Thank you for sharing and for your animal advocacy work! I’m also a big fan of Blue Apron. I typically order about twice a month, and I think the meals are tasty and much better nutritionally that what I would otherwise be making:) Plus kiddo likes to help stir, saute, and mix so the cooking part is enjoyable to me and him. Hasn’t brought DH into the fold cooking wise, though…

  8. Legally Brunette says:

    Thank to the OP for sharing! I love this series. One question about Blue Apron. We loved it too and did it regularly before we had kids. Is your son eating the food as well and if so, is he eating the leftovers from the night before? Looking at your schedule, I couldn’t figure out when you were actually cooking dinner for your son. My issue is that my kids need to eat early (5:45 pm) or they get famished and there’s no way I could cook a Blue Apron meal the day of, before 5:45 pm.

  9. Two Cents says:

    Kat, I really enjoy this series but please consider posting this earlier in the day (maybe even as the first post of the morning). I noticed that we tend not to get many comments on this series, not because they are not interesting, but because it’s released later in the day when not as many people are checking. Like so many, I come here primarily for the comments and think this series would certainly generate robust comments.

    Thanks to the OP!

    • Anon for this says:

      I think the lack of comments could also be due to folks being afraid of offending the poster. I rarely, if ever, comment on these because I’m a little extra sensitive that anything other than “Poster, you’re amazing” will be taken wrong.

  10. I really enjoyed reading through this! Thank you OP for sharing.

  11. Seeker says:

    Thank you for the past OP. I am so happy that you are finding decent work – life balance.
    I am a Sr Paralegal at AM 100 firm in greater NewYork area. No work from home option. Two small kids. Husband is a consultant, so travel out of state ( and country), parents and grandparents out of country. So no extra help. There are some weekdays that I feel so frustrated . I feel I am not doing justice either to my job or family. I love my job. But it does get overwhelming. Today was one such day.
    I love this series. It gives some ideas for managing the busy life. I do hope I find some kind balance in my life. I wish kids would have some good memory of me when they grow up.

  12. Mtl bagel says:

    Thank you for sharing: I love to read those stories. I am amazed that your son seems to be sleeping a solid 11.5/12 hours at night. Does he nap during the days? I considered myself lucky when my 2.5 twin daughters are up at 6h20 am and they go to bed at 8h15-8h30 pm.

  13. bellatrix says:

    I am envious of your son’s early bedtime! I’ve been realizing that now that my son stays up later I stay up even later to get some me time after he’s asleep, which means I never get enough sleep. (He’s 7 and goes to bed around 9, gets up at 7:45 for a 9:15 school start — I’m a remote employee so I have the luxury of being able to drop him off that late.) And I’m reluctant to go out and do anything at night because he seems to prefer me at bedtime over my husband. Sometimes it can’t be helped and then he deals with it, but the mom guilt is real.

    I guess what I’m saying is, enjoy those early toddler bedtimes while they last! And keep them early if you can!

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