I am starting a new blog series to share a little slice of daily life once a month. Here’s my “day in the life” for August 2019.
Life lately has been slow in the best way. As we catch up with friends and family after the newborn fog, I get asked a lot about what we’ve been doing. Honestly, we don’t “do a lot” in the sense of going places. I do, however, have full days of taking care of a 4-year-old and a 5 month old. Some days go by super fast and other days I’m staring at the clock and wishing my husband was home already. My babies are the reason I picked up a camera in the first place. They keep me going on this photography journey. They inspire me to capture beauty in our every day.
What I want to remember most right now
There are so many great things about life right now and so many things I wish were different. I’m at that phase of parenthood where I wish my kids were older, but also wish they would stay little forever. My 4-year-old is going through a phase of night waking that’s been really wearing on us. You would think my 5 month old would be the one getting us up at night, but nope! We created a visual schedule for her bedtime routine and visuals for helping her get back to sleep. So far, it’s going a little better. It’s funny that I wouldn’t think twice about making visuals for my kids at school (I’m also a speech-language pathologist), but making them for my own child took me way too long to do.
There are days that I wish I was my husband and got to leave for work. There are also days where I can’t imagine missing these little moments during their day. My older daughter sat with my baby today and told her how she wished for a sister and that her wish came true. It fills my heart to no end to hear these words from her. These days, we enjoy lots of snuggles together and usually get out of the house at least once a day for a small adventure like the library, a park, or the children’s farm. Working around baby nap times is hard most days, so this summer has been low key.
I go back to work part-time in 2 short weeks. I’m not ready, but I don’t think a parent is ever really ready to leave their children. I’m thankful for the 5 months I’ve had off, but it’s never enough. It’s hard to say what going back will be like, but I’m hoping for the best. It will be hard. I will be sad, but I hope to figure it out as I go. I thrive on routine, so once we settle in I think we’ll be fine. Wish me luck!
Thanks for reading my day in the life for August 2019! If you’d like to know a little more about me click here.
This post is part of a blog circle of photographers around the world. Each month we share a slice of our life through our documentary approach to photography called Our Documented Days. Anna is next, so follow the circle and see what the other talented photographers have been doing.
Any advice for me as I navigate motherhood going back to work with two kids? What helped you? I’d love if you left a comment below!