SAHM's what do you do during the day?

@nica269 (1399)
United States
May 15, 2007 10:19pm CST
For me it really depends a lot on my little on. But we usually get up at about 8 or 9 in the morning, I have something to drink, he has his bottle. Then if we have to go out, I get him ready and we go run our errands. Other days we stay home and I play with him and other times I actually 'clean' the house. I'm always trying to keep the house tidy, but not always cleaning it. Is your day completely busy, or do you have down time for yourself and or for your little on?
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23 responses
• United States
16 May 07
We don't really have a set routine. I know that "experts" say you should, but we never have. Usually I wake up in the morning, get sick (allergies), brush teeth, come power up the computer and check mylot, lowcarbfriends and some other sites, chat a little with some friends until my stomach settles and my boy gets up. He's a sleeper, so that usually isn't until noon or better. At that time I fix brunch, we eat and then he plays his Vsmile learning thing for awhile, or cars or watches a movie while I take a nap (8 1/2 mos preggo, got to rest), then I get up and fix a snack or lunch, depending on how hungry we are. After that, it is free time. We usually read or wrestle around a little (very little at the moment...lol) and then we have dinner. After dinner we go outside (weather permitting) and blow bubbles, ride bikes, play at the park or whatever we want to do out there. Then it is inside to showers, movie or show time (if there is nothing I want to watch, I'm back here at mylot), then it is potty, brush teeth, and off to bed..... As for cleaning, I did not mention this one in my day, because for the longest time, it wasn't much on my schedule. It has become lately though and here are some tips to help you out if you want more time to yourselves throughout the day. I clean one room a day. Now I sort of hijacked this from a site called flylady.net. Only her premise is to clean a room or "zone" as she calls it for a week. You can do it that way, if you are REALLY tidy and have to have every speck of dirt and stuff taken care of. I chose a room a day. I'm concerned with dust of course, but I find that once the rooms are cleaned, I can focus on keeping it that way and I have more time to dust and whatnot.... So I clean said room, one a day. I keep a basket in each room, and when toys, clothes or other things that don't belong in that room, come into it, I have a place to put these things throughout the week. Then on cleaning day for that room, I take the bastket around the house and put the things back in their proper room. So really all I have left to do is vaccum, sweep or mop (depending on room) and the house is clean..... then if I feel like doing some deep cleaning once the basket is put away and the floors are tended to, then I do it....
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
16 May 07
You're definitely on the fly type of person. That's what we do most of the time, but as he gets older he prefers a routine. thanks for sharing and congratulations on your baby!
@Gemmygirl1 (2868)
• Australia
16 May 07
It depends on what i have to do really, today i've been doing the washing, dishes & watching movies with my little one, she loves her children's movies so we watched Over the Hedge & i managed to get some dishes done while she was watching, the washing machine is going the whole while & she's currently having lunch. My house is never spotless, there's no point coz once my little one is finished watching her movie or has enough of it, she goes straight to her toys & just drags them out all over the place. I'll get the last of my dishes done when she takes her nap & then i can relax a little! I don't see a point in having a spotless house, my daughter is only going to mess it up again when she gets the urge to play with her toys! After her nap we'll play some, read a book or 2 & then when 3pm comes around she usually watches Play School, Bananas in Pyjamas & her more educational programs.
@ladygator (3468)
• United States
16 May 07
Bananas in Pajamas!!!!! How do you watch that? That was my sons Fav and he is now 11. I havent seen it in forever!!!!!
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
16 May 07
Sounds like a pretty full schedule. I'm glad i'm not the only one that does the dishes in loads. :o)
@wdiong (1817)
• Singapore
16 May 07
I normally get up at half past seven in the morning to prepare breakfast for my hubby and two children. I wake my kids up before eight o'clock because we normally have an early lunch as my daughter's school bus comes at about 12 noon to pick her up to go to school. My younger son who's 2 years old will normally go down for a nap at about half past one. While he naps, I'll also catch up on my sleep. After that, it's preparing for dinner, bathing my son and myself. In between ,I'll also do other household chores like sweeping,mopping,washing and ironing clothes.
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
16 May 07
Pretty cool that you get to have breakfast with your hubby. Not many families can do that now, just because we're so busy...or things are hectic.
• China
16 May 07
Excuse me, what is SAHM? I am not clear about it. To me, everyday is the same. I get tired of it now. I have to get up at half past seven every morning,because I have to work from Monday to Saturday. I like sleeping very much,so it is really difficult for me to get up earlier.Although I know excessive sleep is not good for health, I couldn't change anyting. Maybe it is the habit I got when i was child. :) Fortunately, I make good use of every Sunday.I usually take part in some activities which held by the websites. Such as climbing hills, having picnic. People in the websites have the same interestes, we will organize some interesting and meaningful activities on every Sunday.
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• Australia
16 May 07
It's a Stay At Home Mum (Mom) - so this question probably was more meant for women who have children & stay at home with them instead of going to work at a normal job!
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@pumpkinjam (7565)
• United Kingdom
16 May 07
I very rarely have time for myself. I'm on here now while my son has his breakfast. Normally, I would just be getting back from taking my other son to school but he stayed at my mums last night so I could have a break as I have been ill. Most days though, I'll get up about 7 or 7.30, get the kids up, fed and dressed, have a cup of tea, get my oldest son to school, go to a parent/toddler group with my youngest or go into town to do whatever I need to do like paying bills and things. Then I get home in time to have some lunch, spend an hour or so with my youngest before getting us ready to go out again and fetch my oldest. Or, if I am doing something in the afternoon, I'll take the youngest to his grandparents before I pick my oldest up. Either way, I don't get time to myself, the house is always a mess because I am hardly ever here to tidy up and when I am, my time is taken up with the little one. He's starting to be interested in helping me with things now so I might actually be able to get things done without him getting under my feet soon!
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• United Kingdom
16 May 07
I've noticed how many people have said they get things done while their little ones take a nap. My son isn't quite 2 yet and he almsot never takes a nap, and even if he does, you can guarantee it will be while he's out in his pushchair so it makes no difference anyway! How do you get them to still take a nap?
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
16 May 07
I don't know how they get their kids to sleep much, because my lo is 7 1/2 months old and when he takes naps they are like 15 or 20 minutes long, so not much time for anything to get really done. So maybe i'm doing something wrong, i too would love to hear how you get your lo's to take naps
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@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
16 May 07
I'm usually busy everyday - with a 4 1/2 year old that is active and hyper he constantly keep me busy and often tires me out at the end of the day. Our days include play time, activity time, attend to errands, grocery shopping, cleaning the house (when I have time), tv time, games time, going for walks, and things like that. I try to do one thing different every two weeks so as to break the usualy routine and things we do on a weekly basis like an outing to the mall, or museum, or something that involves kids.
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@nica269 (1399)
• United States
16 May 07
It's great that you try different things often to break the routine. My lo is young enough that he enjoys the routines...at least for now, but i'm sure that as he gets older i'll have to 'vamp' it up more. :o)
@Gorgeous24 (1091)
• United States
16 May 07
As a stay at home mom my day usualy start around 9:30a, i give my daughter her breakfast & eat mine, me & her clean (she likes to help me) whatever needs to be cleaned then i get her dressed, take myself a shower & get myself ready if needed, by that time its luchtime then I feed my daughter her lunch..let her watch some tv for maybe an hour then its her naptime. While she is napping I do whatever else I need to do wash dishes, do laundry etc. She gets up and I play with her for awhile..then its time to make dinner, feed my daughter then its time for her to put her pajamas on and off to bed she goes. dont get me wrong my days are long & hard but then i do have my days where i clean the house the night before so when I wake up I dont have anything to do so I get to relax alittle bit.
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@nica269 (1399)
• United States
16 May 07
I sometimes wish i could clean the house at night, but most of the days i'm so tired of my activities during the day, that i just want to crash in front of the tv and spend some time with my hubby.
@msjigga (866)
• United States
16 May 07
On the weekdays I wake up at 6:00 am get something to drink usually coffe or tea get breakfast together, check my email,feed my 9 month old and my 5 year old, clean everyone up & brush teeth, fix hair, drop my 5 yr old off at school, come home play with my baby until she sleeps, do household chores,run errands, cook dinner,pick up my 5 yr old from school, help with homework, spend time w/5 yr old, get stuff ready for the nexy day, take bath & bath kids, put kids in bed, free time for me unless 9 month old decides not to go to sleep until late.go to bed.
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
16 May 07
wow, busy schedule!
• United States
16 May 07
I was wondering this too. My husband comes home at the end of the day and says it looks like I did nothing all. Then he gets mad when I start cleaning as soon as he gets through the door. My son is almost 5 months old and keeps me busy. It seems that as soon as I start doing something else, he cries. He is a very happy baby, but loves his mommy to stay next to him all day. So most of my day is spent laying on the floor with him. I try to clean up, but as soon as I finish, the toys are back on the floor for him to play with. By the time my husband is home, the house is a mess again.
• Canada
16 May 07
Tell your Husband to watch your son for one day and see how much better he does with a crying baby. lol Our job is never ending......
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
16 May 07
That's how I felt with my lo for the first like 6 months of his life. He's gotten better, now he plays on the floor with his toys by himself, so it gives me a little bit more time to do other things, but he still wants mommy to be down there with him. I really don't care what my husband says about the house. He wouldn't last a day with him alone. lol
• United States
16 May 07
My husband would never survive. Has to travel with the military sometimes. Once he came home and the house was spotless. Two days later, it was a mess. So if he complains, I just remind him of how clean it was when he wasn't there. It usually shuts him up.
• United States
16 May 07
Normally I get up at 6 and get hubby and my son off. Then feed my daughter, clean up some while she watches Dora and Diego or plays, and then we either go outside and play or do some kind of craft. She takes a nap from 11:30-2 and that's when I normally clean up much of the mess or sometimes take a nap with her (I'm pregnant so I need all the rest I can get). When she gets up we head off to the school to get my son and then go to the grocery store or come home and have a snack and help him with his homework. I don't have much downtime except nap-time which doesn't always last very long as she as a ball of energy...lol.
• United States
16 May 07
take advantage of the nap while you can get it. Congrats on the pregnancy!
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
16 May 07
2 1/2 hrs of nap, how lucky you are! i'm lucky if my lo gets 30 minutes in. congratulation's on your pregnancy!
• United States
16 May 07
lol..thanks. I've got an 8 yo son, my daughter is 21 months and we're expecting another boy in September. we'll see what happens about naptime when school gets out next week. She refuses to nap when her brother is home...he's just too much fun to annoy. Plus she does not sleep all night most nights. She's potty trained and actually gets up at night, but I have to help her...the joys of being a mommy. Also when she is awake I can not get out of her sight or she starts screaming..I hate seperation anxiety!
@sunshine4 (8706)
• United States
16 May 07
I am a SAHM but I also run a daycare in my home, so I am very busy. My day starts at 6:25am when I get up and shower. I have one girl who comes here at 6:45~ then I have to get my school age kids up at 7 and get them ready for school. They are out at the bus stop by 7:41 and by 8:30 I have 5 kids here. We play, do crafts, eat, play some more ect. After lunch is nap time and this is my time. I will get the laundry done during this time and get the house picked up . I also get on mylot during this time. By 3 they start waking up and are all gone by 4:30. This is when I will run my errands. My days are very busy, but I love being able to stay home.
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
25 May 07
I admire moms like you. I have an 8 month old and I can barely get the laundry done and dinner on the table at a reasonable hour. I guess i'll just have to keep practicing...practice makes perfect, right? =)
@sunshine4 (8706)
• United States
25 May 07
I am one of those people who like to stay busy. If I have down time, it is very hard for me to watch tv or read...I am always on the go.
@takkea (394)
• United States
16 May 07
I clean the house babysit a newborn, which means changing diapers, making bottles among other small things that are required. I have to cook and make sure everything is in order in the house. O and I have to wash the baby's clothes to prevent them from piling up.
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
16 May 07
I'm a sucker for piling up clothes. I should wash the baby's clothes more often than I do. I wait until his hamper is full before i put in a load...i really need to change that! Thanks for sharing.
@takkea (394)
• United States
18 May 07
I dont have a washing machine so I have to wash them by hand rather than taking them to the dirty laundry.
@mememama (3077)
• United States
25 May 07
We get up at 6:30, we eat, then he plays with his toys, he misses them during the night lol. I do laundry, fix lunch, we play outside, he takes a nap, I fix dinner, we eat, I do the dishes, give him a bath, then watch some television, then we go to bed. We have little spurts here and there where we play together and read, but that's our usual pattern.
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
25 May 07
Sounds like a pretty full schedule.
@lynboobsy11 (11343)
• Philippines
25 May 07
I usually get up 9am then I will go to the market to buy things and food preparing for lunch. Then I will clean the house before cooking. After cooking I prepare the table with my kids they are the one put the plates,spoon,ect. and Im the one who supervise them. After eating my daughter do the dishes, I take a little rest, watch my favorite noon time drama, after that I sit infront of my pc then do mylot. After a few hours after the sun go down I check again if there any food left and plan another meal if it's not quite for the rest. I think my day is very busy there's alot things to do in my shoue and sometimes I want to double my body to do all the things.
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
25 May 07
Times does fly during the day.
@deedles88 (297)
• Australia
17 May 07
Im a SAHM with a 14 month old daughter. And my day is all about cleaning lol She isnt a handful, but she loves attention and I love giving it to her so every waking moment Im with her, playing, watching a movie, reading, or playing on her swings and when she naps I run around like a headless chook cleaning!
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
25 May 07
My lo isn't a handful either, but he DOES like attention and I too give it to him. He's my only one, so I figure he'll be 8 months only once, so why not. And thankfully my dh isn't anal about having the house spotless.
@Julz81 (7)
• United States
17 May 07
My day differs depending on what goes on. Lately Makayla has not wanted to be put down so i have to hold her most of the day. The rest of the day I try to play with Matty as much as possible.
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
25 May 07
That DOES sound like a FULL time job, even with not doing the house chores or going out much. My lo wanted to be held A LOT when he was younger, but now he's gotten better. Although, now he's going thru the 'don't leave me' phase...
@Caila611 (992)
• United States
16 May 07
I get up around 5am to feed my 5 month old then put a load of wash in and try t go back to bed (after i put the baby to bed). At 7:30 I get oldest up and get her out the door to school. Then it's my two year olds turn. He has breakfast. I clean up the kitchen while he plays with all of my kitchen utensils. The baby wakes up and I feed him and let him play with his toys on the floor. I get my hot tea and sit down and fold laundry while watching Rachael Ray. 11:30 is lunch time for my two year old. While he'seating lunch I feed the baby . The two year old takes a nap and so does the baby. I get to take a shower (maybe). Then I make me a salad or a sandwhich an get on myLot while they sleep. My oldest comes home at 3pm. and then all of them are awake and playing. WHEW! I need a nap just thinking about it.
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
25 May 07
Now that's a schedule! Go and take a nap,you deserve it. =)
@loved1 (5332)
• United States
16 May 07
I am a stay at home mom who also does home daycare. Needless to say, I have plenty to do. I start my day at about 6:00am. My first daycare child arrives at 6:45am and the last one leaves at 5:30pm. I am exhausted by the end of the day. I do love this situation though, because it means I am here for my own children. We read books, play, color, do crafts etc. When they are busy playing by themselves I can throw in a load of laundry, read my mail, put some dinner in the crock pot and type on mylot at naptime. I never get bored because there is always (and I mean ALWAYS) a mess to clean up. Enjoy your time with your children while they are little. Nothing else in the whole world compares to the memories you are making.
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
24 May 07
My mom has a home daycare and I don't know how she does it. I go and visit her during the week sometimes and by the end of the day she is just exhausted. i admire you for being so strong.
@limcyjain (3519)
• India
16 May 07
My day begins early at around 5.30 as i get up to prepare food for my children. Then i get them ready for school. Then its time to get fresh and say my prayers. I then go for my job and after a hectic day i move back at around 5. See what my children have done at school and any homework they need to do and spend time with them while the maid servant clears up the house. Evening time, prepare dinner and spend some time with my spouse and then try my hands on mylot. This is my day for normal working days. On weekends we normally take food at a hotel than at home. Its a holiday and we mean it.
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
24 May 07
Must be nice to have someone clean up the house for you. I wish I could have someone like that to help me out. Thanks for sharing.
• India
16 May 07
After waking up at 4 I start my day with yoga and playing guitar up to 8 . then i clean my room and go to my college and after returning from college i study and go to sleep at 10.I have lot of fun every day along with my day today work
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
24 May 07
Definitely an early bird.