A Day in the Life of Fitness Cheerleader: Part II

Yesterday I shared Part I of the day in the life of me – a busy mom of 3 trying to fit exercise AND nutrition into my day… Tonight I’m sharing my all the rest of the days routine:

Trying to do it all

4:30 am – wake up and nurse Amber – this is probably my favourite part of the day… cuddling with my warm sweet baby while the house is quiet, and no one is interrupting me 🙂

7:30 am – wake up to 3.5 yo Brookie at my bedside urging me to come downstairs and cuddle with her by the fireplace “Mommy, mommy! It’s time to get up! See… the sun is already up!”.

8:00 am – 5 yo Sierra comes down to join us in cuddlefest.  This doesn’t last long because everyone is hungry!

8:25 am – prepare breakfast for everyone.  Bagels, banana slices and milk for the girls – protein shake and a coffee for me.

9:00 am – Baby Amber up! All 3 of us go upstairs to get her. Sierra and Brooke fight over who gets to hold her first.

9:15 am – 9:45 am – change & dress Amber, nurse her

10:00 am – 11:00 am Workout time!!  The girls get their “fiti-ness” clothes on, and I get my workout clothes on. As I’ve written before, the girls LOVE working out with mommy! Sierra likes to move Ambers arms and legs in time to the music while I chase Brooke around the house by doing walking lunges, bunny hops, high leg kicks etc.

11:00 am – girls watch some TV while I nurse Amber, then put her down for a nap.  Then I take a much needed shower.

11:45 am – Amber up and the girls “help” me change her

12:00 pm – lunch – I typically end up preparing 3 different meals because no one wants what the other is having.  I lay out fresh veggies, cheese,  yogurt etc… while I have tuna and a salad (I eat a lot of fish).  I end up doing this while carrying Amber around because the girls

1:00 -1:45 pm – Nurse Amber, then  I steal 30 min of “me” time  (you may have also noticed that I haven’t sat down since I got up to make everyone breakfast…)

1:45 – 2:15 pm – figure its time to get people moving again, and I notice that we haven’t left the house yet – I bribe everyone to get dressed so we can go to:

  • Ikea – there’s an indoor ball pit and I can drop the girls off for an hour while I walk around and fantasize about how I would re-model my home if I won the lottery
  • An indoor playground – a few nearby have free wifi!
  • McDonald’s PlayPlace
  • The Park (yes, even in the snow!)
  • The bookstore – the girls love the Thomas the Train table and I get to sit (FINALLY)

(In the summer we’ll got outside, in fact chances are we’ll do our morning workout outside as well so all of my neighbours can stare at the freak doing mountain climbers and plank rows on her front lawn)

2:15 pm – we finally leave the house (yes, it really does take 30 min for us all to get ready to leave, even though we’ve been up for hours)

2:15 – 4:30 pm – out of the house – Amber generally naps during our drive and sometimes stays asleep for the first 1/2 hour where ever we are, then wakes up to nurse

4:30 pm – home – ready for the fighting to begin and the cranky baby to start whining.  I prepare snacks for everyone, and quite possibly send 1 or 2 girls to their rooms for a time out.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – dinner Olympics begin – nursing Amber, changing her, hopefully putting her down for a nap, cooking dinner and putting it on the table.

6:00 – 6:30 pm – dinner

6:30 -6:45 pm – clean up from dinner

6:45 pm – 8:00 pm – play with the kids in the basement – toilet tag, Zerbert monster, Lego, tea parties etc. Amber usually gets fussy during this time period as well.

8:00 pm – hubby home. Sierra and Brooke attack him while I get Amber ready for bed, nurse her and put her to bed.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm – assist hubby with showers, and snuggle/book time

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm – time with hubby. Our only time to discuss the day with each other. Usually I share cute stories about the kids and he tells me about his work day.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm – some quiet laptop time. Hubby likes to unwind while watching sports in the basement, while I prefer the quiet of the living room.

10:00 pm – bedtime! Occasionally Amber wakes up for a feed while I’m getting ready for bed – perhaps I should be quieter?

That my dear friends, is a typical day for me -it really is no wonder I don’t have any trouble falling asleep at night 🙂

Question: What is your day like? How do you fit it all in?



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  • Rachel @RunningRachel
    March 12, 2011 at 12:23 am

    You are amazing!! I totally need to write out my crazy day… but I am still trying to work out a routine/schedule. LOL and a blog post sharing “I sit on my bum in front of the computer ignoring my children from 6AM to 11PM” wouldn’t be interesting LOL!! Good thing that is not *entirely* true 😉

  • Tamar
    March 12, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I love this! Two things I would recommend to you are an Ergo Baby Carrier for Amber. Love mine! And I was gong to tell you about the book Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. He talks about the importance of fruits and veggies, which I know you can appreciate. He also has a book just about feeding kids, called Disease Proof Your Child. That book came out in 2005, but an updated version of Eat To Live came out a few months ago. I love his thoughts on health and nutrition, he has changed the way I grocery shop and the way I feed my family. Good luck!

  • Tamar
    March 12, 2011 at 8:53 am

    One more thing, if you contact Ergo and tell them about your blog, they may give you one for free in exchange for a review on your blog. 🙂

  • sarah (sarah learns)
    March 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    wow! you are quite the busy lady! i’m not sure how well i would do with that schedule. i admire you even more after reading about all that you pack into your 24 hours!

  • oma
    March 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Holy Moly Batwoman! You are definitely not like me at all! I will be making Butterfly easter baskets for the girls this afternoon. I got a gorgeous easter glittery 6 x 6 glitter pad and can’t wait to cut into it. Found a free template on the net and printed it out.

    • Janice
      March 15, 2011 at 8:03 am

      You’re right mom – I think I got a lot of those Luke genes! Especially the “ants in your pants, can’t sit still for longer than 5 min” gene.