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My typical day with a business + a baby

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Life these days is anything but typical, but I thought I’d share with you what a random day looks like for me. I’ve always found this really helpful when others shared, especially as you’re entering a new phase of life (i.e. with a new baby, with a new job, with a new business, etc), so I thought I’d share just in case it helps any of you.

I still try my hardest not to work on nights or weekends, but with very limited time during the day, it has to happen sometimes. This, however, is what a “typical” weekday looks like for me — juggling a business and a baby.

7:00 AM The little one usually wakes up around this time. I feed him and we venture out to the kitchen where my husband is getting ready to leave for work. I eat breakfast, have a cup of coffee and cuddle with Logan until he’s ready for his nap.

8:30 AM I feed him a little bit more and lay him down for a nap. Oh, the glorious morning nap! He usually sleeps anywhere from 2.5 – 4 hours. This is my biggest opportunity to get as much work done as possible. It’s a race against the clock, but it’s amazing how much you can accomplish when you have a set amount of time to get it all done. I try to make my weekly brain dump and daily to-do list at the beginning of the week so I know what I need to work on as soon as he falls asleep.

12:00 PM He usually wakes up around this time, so I feed him and we do a few activities around the house (tummy time, activity mat… you know, the usual ;)). I also take my shower during this stretch of awake time, or it’s likely I won’t get a shower that day until my husband comes home (the life, right?). For the first couple of months I was taking my shower during his morning nap until I realized how much precious time I was wasting on something that could just as easily be accomplished while he was awake. Just pop him in the bouncer and set him in the bathroom with me. Done deal. Next up is trying to squeeze my workout into this tiny frame of time.

2:00 PM He’ll usually go down for his next nap about 2-3 hours after he wakes up but this one isn’t consistent and doesn’t last nearly as long as the morning nap. I don’t plan on getting much done during this nap, because it’s so unpredictable. I finish up whatever is on my to-do list and clean up the house a bit.

3:30 PM Once he’s up from his afternoon nap, the work day is usually done for me. I feed him, and we wait patiently for daddy to get home at 5:30.

6:30 PM Once 6:30 hits, it’s a mad dash of chaos. Also know as – bedtime routine. Steven puts him to bed while I get dinner started. (I can’t even imagine what this looks like with two kids).

7:00 PM He is usually asleep anytime between 7 – 7:30. Dinner time for us while we catch up on awesome fall tv shows (Have you SEEN How to get away with murder?!?! Amazing! Also — Modern Family, New Girl, Scandal and DWTS).

9:00 PM We’re usually headed to bed around this time, stocking up on sleep for our middle-of-the-night wakeup call, aka – the night feeding.

And the day starts all over again.

Even with only a solid 4 hours total per day to work, I feel like I get just as much done on any given day as I did before. It’s exhausting some most days, but I wouldn’t trade it for any other life.

The biggest problem I’ve faced so far is how to schedule calls with clients and consults. We haven’t found a babysitter yet, and haven’t decided if daycare is the route we want to take, so I’m kind of left relying on nap time to take these calls. With babies being so unpredictable, this scares me to rely so heavily on naps. So, if you’ve got any pointers, I’m all ears!!

Have any tips you’d like to share with new moms (Ahem… me!) on how you manage your business and a baby? Let’s start a convo in the comments. xx
  • Thank you for sharing this! It’s so helpful to see a breakdown of your day and how you manage! Sounds like you’re doing a great job so far!

    • Amanda Genther

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed this :)

  • With a new baby on the way in a month or so, this is encouraging to hear! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Amanda Genther

      No problem! Glad it helped :)

  • Oh wow, I have a 5 month who will not nap more than 20-40 minutes, only sporadically sleeps well at night, and is often unhappy during many of her waking hours. We’ve tried lots of things to get some structure into our lives (including sleep training), but this beautiful baby has a schedule all her own. After nearly going crazy for five months trying to always simultaneously care for a colicky baby, the house, and my business, I gave in and hired a babysitter from 10-3 on Mon/Wed/Fri. She comes to my house, since she’s still nursing and I can’t be away from her for very long. It’s been a great decision for us, and has relieved some stress and restored some structure and sanity. If I had a napper, I’d definitely be doing as you do and just focusing like crazy during the nap times.