Meet my family
Brad - 10 (Years Married)
Jaida - 7
Xavier - 5
Zara - 2
Conor - 9 months
Candid Jewellery - 13 months
This is a day in the life of me. It’s not unlike that of many working Mums I know.
04.58 Conor’s up. Take him back to bed for a feed. See if I can squeeze in another hour of sleep.
05.33 Muuumeeee (Zara). ‘I had good sleep Mummy’. No, you didn’t….
Up we get, hello morning.
06.10 Brad goes to work – ‘have a good day babe’
Lunch boxes, bags, breakfast for 5
07.46 Major blow up over milo between Jaida and Xavier. Slammed doors, tantrums, tears.
‘Get dressed, brush your teeth’ x26 times. ‘I really mean it, we are going to be late’. How many times do I have to say it? I hate my nagging voice.
‘Mummy, you sit next to me and cuddle me…..’ I would like nothing more than to spend an hour snuggling on the couch with my babies – maybe just 5 minutes.
08.32 We might just make it. Get your bags, jump in the car. Zara where are you? ‘I’m wet Mummy’ oh shit, ‘take it off Mummy, new one Mummy’ tantrum…….
08.41 Back in the car nice and dry. We are moving.
08.43 Xavier ‘Not the freeway, not the freeway’, ‘It’s quicker Xav, we’re running late’. ‘You are not a good Mum if we go on the freeway’ – turns out I’m not a good Mum and Xavier is huffing and puffing.
08.49 School drive through ‘SLB’ (See you, love you, bye). ‘Have a good day’
08.53 Unclick out you pop. Time for day care. Conor dropped off no issue, now for Zara – ‘C’mon let’s put your bag away, everyone’s outside’ (cling) ‘no daycare Mummy’…… I wish I could stay home with the kids today…..
09.00 Work – I made it – Here we go again. Lucky I love what I do (well…. Mostly)
Work is with family, Dad’s looking stressed. What can I do to help – not much… I’ll focus on Candid first.
Candid is a venture that is so exciting to me it feels valuable; to the charities we are going to support, the communities we are going to create and to the stockists who are also my friends that believe in it.
I wish I had more time, definitely no time for lunch, too much to do. I am going to go home again today feeling like I didn’t achieve enough. There is always tomorrow. Who am I kidding the list feels like it is getting longer not shorter and pressure builds, I am doing the best I can. It isn’t enough though….
15.18 I’m leaving now and will only be 15 minutes late.
15.25 Get the kids back to work. ‘I am warning you two, sit quietly and do some drawing, no running around and distracting everyone.’
15.58 SLAM – don’t do that, clean up that mess, stop fighting, what did I say about being good. No, I can’t play with you, no we can’t do your reader. Just please sit still and be quiet.’
I feel so mean – how am I going to get anything done……
17.05 That’s it, I give up lets go home.
17.13 Dad’s home, good. Dinner’s on, Zara and Conor are happy (for now), I really have the best husband IN THE WORLD.
Washing, readers, dinner. Trying to be organised Brad and I are going out! Without kids!
18.23 Hop in the bath with Zara and Conor. It’s the only way I’ll get this kid clean tonight fuss free. I need a shower anyway – 2 birds.
18.27 Jump out, dry off, wrap myself in a towel. Dress the kids.
18.36 Throw on some clothes, heels, brush hair, apply BB cream and mascara – shit I still need to feed Conor.
18.58 We made it out the door – Woohoo a night out with adults….a couple of drinks….adult conversation…. Hand holding with my husband.
19.40 Sit down with the girls, cross my legs and discover a bulge in my jeans behind my knee….what the….yes it is the undies I was wearing today…. Yes they are scrunched up in the leg of my pants from my frantic dash earlier, yes I am at a hip venue drinking margaritas with the cool kids…
19.45 Breath, relax, be thankful. I remind myself “be gentle on yourself, you’re doing the best you can”. This quote helps me let the stress and pressure wash away. It let’s me appreciate me for me - the daggy Mum that loves her kids and husband more than anything.