I often hear parents talking about how they feel like they are always on a treadmill. I never knew what they meant. Until now. I have to say that the analogy is not quite correct: to me, it feels more like I'm on a treadmill while simultaneously trying to juggle two balls and a dagger.
Here is a glance into a typical day in the Jane household:
6:30am: I get up, get dressed and ready, and check to make sure that there are no messages from daycare. If I'm lucky, I may get to grab a glass of juice.
7:00am: Wake up Baby Jane. Nurse and dress her.
7:30am: Wake up Mr. Jane. (Yeah, yeah, I know, but he wouldn't get up otherwise.)
7:45am: I finish getting ready and grab breakfast while Mr. Jane feeds Baby Jane her breakfast.
8:15-8:25am: Clean up Baby Jane, buckle her into her car seat, and off to daycare.
8:45am: Daycare dropoff.
8:45am-5:45pm (on a good day): Drive to campus, teach, pump, sterilize pump parts, meet with students, squeeze in some research work, prep classes, pump, squeeze in lunch hopefully, deal with normal workday stuff, drive home. Try to squeeze in as much productive work as possible.
5:45pm: One of us feeds Baby Jane while the other preps dinner. Then one of us eats dinner while the other one entertains Baby Jane, who is most likely crawling to somewhere she shouldn't be or trying to grab food off of our plates.
6:30pm: Playtime, pack daycare bag, bath.
7:20pm: Get Baby Jane into pajamas, nurse, story, bedtime.
8:00pm: Workout, shower (hopefully)
9:15pm: Back to the computer for more research/class prep/doing whatever didn't get done during the day. And blogging (hopefully).
midnight: Bedtime, hopefully.
6:30am: Get up and do it all over again.
On a good day, it all works out ok, aside from the relative lack of downtime. On a bad day like today, when Mr. Jane was sick and I had all of the before and after daycare, after staying up way too late to watch tennis? Yeah, it pretty much sucks.
Oh, and I have no idea at all how I'd do this if I didn't have a spouse that was putting in equal time in terms of childcare on a daily basis. (yay for Mr. Jane!)