Working Mom Evening Routine with Baby and Grad School
I hope that everybody’s doing well. Today was a bit exhausting because I’ve been trying to make sure that I can do all the baby’s custody papers. And that has been a lot. I decided that the only way I would be able to film a video is if I do it while I’m walking around. That’s why you see me pacing back and forth and walking around. I did notice that the light is better this way than it is this way. I see you see the difference. And so that’s why I’m probably gonna walk backward so you can get the better light. One thing that I’ve really been trying to do is cut down on our grocery bill. I looked online, and people said that for a family of three, they only spend about three, 400 a month, which I’m still trying to figure out how the hell they do that.
The only way that I can think that they’re doing it is that they are not eating out because you eat out. And right there, that’s a lot of time. That’s the baby’s bottle warmer, beeping to tell me that it is time to feed him. But I was very proud of myself because I was ready to go to Chipotle and just get something. And I was sitting there on the app order. And then, when I looked at the price and saw that it was $36, I took a step back and said, you can make something. So go ahead and quickly make something. Then, my son was with me, and then he reminded me that we had my dad’s ribs that he gave us. And so I am right now doing weight Watchers. So I can’t eat that. So I just made them, um, some corn with some chili powder and salt and pepper.
I then heated up the ribs, but I decided I can’t eat that, mostly that I ate a pretty big lunch. So it’s hard, but I’ve got to do it. We’re working on bidding on some work, and anybody who has worked on proposals, you know, that proposal time, you’re working more than 40 hours a week. There are times that I work until six or even seven if I’m working on something. But today, actually, it ended early, and it’s okay because I had to go and sign some papers at the attorney’s office. And so ended around four or so. Um, I still was like checking email, and I’m chatting with people on teams, but it’ll usually end around five. And if that’s the case, that’s when I’ll start dinner.
Um, so I’ve been pretty. No, I’ve been good, actually. I’m not going to say pretty well. I’ve actually been good. I haven’t been eating out, and I’m very proud of myself. So I make dinner for everyone. And then I just spend time with the baby right now. I’m about to feed him. And then we only spend quality time together until he, his bedtime at seven 30. So here I am feeding him. I’m trying not to feed him as much right now because I actually fed him like his timing is off. I think it’s because he woke up a little late. Usually, I try to get him up by seven, and then I try to feed him every three to four hours. But because he woke up around, I think like seven 30, eight we’re a bit off. I’m trying to feed him four ounces to see if he’ll eat at seven. Let’s hope because then he’ll be up because we’re definitely trying to do night, um, sleep training, make sure that he learns how to self soothe, which has been a battle today.
I put him down for a nap. He started crying, and I let him cry, even though it was hard, but I had to do it because it’s gotten to the point that if I don’t sleep, train him, I won’t be able to get any work done and work has been hectic. That is something that we’ve been working on is learning how to go to sleep on his own and self-soothe, and then at night, I’m trying not to feed him as much because he’s already five months. And so at that point, babies shouldn’t be eating at night as much. You need to like basically stop fat. Last night, I didn’t feed him until four in the morning, and I was shocked cause he actually woke up around one.
I patted him for like five minutes, and he went back to sleep, which was great. So still continuing to do that. So his bedtime is at seven 30, and that’s when I can get things done. Right now, I’m almost done with my second to last class before I get my MBA. And then, at that time, I go on Canvas and check what assignments I need to get done? And I start working right now. I’m just working on the final project, and that is a group project. Um, and so it’s a presentation as well as a three-page paper, which isn’t that bad. I can. I used to be a technical writer so I can write quickly. I would get distracted easily in the past, but now I just tune everything out, and I can write.
So that’s what I’m doing now I’m going to do tonight is I’m going to work on that final project. And then I’ll also start working on some of the things that I want to do for my side hustle. It’s been pretty hard because now, I’ve been focused on the baby. And I haven’t really been able to get much done, mostly I’m a little sleep-deprived, which I was, you know, I wasn’t doing before, um, getting up at night. So that’s one of the reasons why I’ve been kind of not doing as much. And it’s because I’ve been just trying to change my routine to include his cute self. And so that’s been a change. So I try to go to bed around 11. If I wasn’t trying to get things done, um, like school and trying to get things done for the side hustle, I would probably go to bed at eight or probably nine, nine the earliest.
But because I know I have to get those things done. I just, you know, track ahead. I know that there’s a finish line, and that’s one thing for people at school, especially if you’re at school, have a full-time job, or have kids. I always told myself when I was in college, and my kids were little as well as what I’m doing now is I just keep telling myself this is only temporary. You can do it. And I’m glad that I could do that because there were times I wanted to give up, and I’m happy that I didn’t because now I had my college degree, and then I’m getting my MBA. And so I’m glad that I just pushed through. There have been times that I’m just like, I just want to sleep. I don’t want to go to work.
I don’t want to do anything, but I know that I have to. So that’s been very helpful, and I know that for my grandson, I’ve got to do it. So that’s what I’m doing. Well, I just want to make a quick video of what’s been going on. Um, my routine currently, I am making plans to continue, um, and tweaking it. But if you haven’t subscribed, please do so now in the future. I’m definitely going to be doing more management videos and more videos on how it’s been an online student. Oops. And then as well as like productivity time management, because that goes alongside trying to get this work-life balance that I think all of us want to get. So I hope that everybody has a good evening. I’m going to leave because someone needs me, and he’s starting to pull the little parts of my hair that are not in the ponytail.
I’ll talk to everyone later. Bye.