A Day in the Life - Day Shift

I have seen these "day in the life" posts from a few bloggers so I thought I would give it a try. I may do another one of these posts to write about my day when I work a night shift.

5:35 - Alarm goes off. {Ugh} Hit Snooze

5:45 - Hit snooze again

5:50 - Finally get up because I have to start working out by 6 or I will be rushing to get ready for work.

6:00 - Start my workout - Currently it is the P90X3 program. I have done Yoga Meltdown, The 30 Day Shred, Ripped in 30, mostly workouts that are 30 minute or less. (This morning I ended up laying in bed dozing until 6:30, workout will have to be this afternoon)

6:30 - Finish workout / cool down - Time to see if Tim is done with his shower

6:45 - Out of shower time to find something to wear. This could take forever...

7:05 - Time to wake Mason up and get him dressed. He is usually easy because he is still waking up and stretching while I am changing his diaper and putting clothes on him .

7:20 - Time to leave - Drop Mason off at daycare then off to work

7:38 - Arrive at work. Punch in and figure out where I want to sit that day.

7:45 - 3:45 - Work, work, work... No breaks because it is a 911 center and we do not have the resources or enough people for us to take breaks. We eat lunch at our desks and do not get a 15 minute break like some office workers. I am ok with this because I work an 8 hour day instead of working 8 hours plus a 1 hour lunch.

3:45 - I get relieved by the next shift and stay in the room to give them a run down of what is going on for 15 minutes. {The longest 15 minutes of the day}

4:00 - Punch out and go get Mason. Daycare is only a couple blocks away from work so it makes it easy to go get him on my way home from work.

4:15 - Arrive home - change into workout clothes if I did not get my workout it before work. If I don't have to workout Mason and I play and clean the house.

5:00-5:30 - Figure out what is for dinner and start preparing it. Mason will play in the kitchen because that is where I am. He seems to like to be near me when we are home together.
6:00 - Tim arrives home and we all have dinner together. Mason is in a picky eating stage so dinner is not always fun.

6:30 - I have to do the dishes because I do not like a full sink. This is also bath time for Mason because he is usually a mess after dinner. After everything is put away we head into the living room for play time.

7:00 - Wheel of Fortune & more play time

7:30 - Jeopardy time, Mason dances to the song and seems to love watching the questions.
Jeopardy watching...

8:00 - Find something on tv to watch while we play with Mason and the animals. The last week or so we have been watching the Olympics when there is something interesting on.

8:30* - We ask Mason if he is ready for bed. This is my favorite part of the night. If he is tired and ready to go to bed he will grab his blanket and walk to his room. He stops at his crib and holds his arms up for us to put him in. We say our prayers and he goes to sleep. There are some nights he will lay there and talk to himself, but he does not cry out anymore.  I love this part of the night because he understands us and goes to bed on his own. If he does not get his blanket then we play some more and ask again in a few minutes.

9:30-10:00 - Tim and I head into bed. You do not see us up past 10 on a weeknight very often.

On Tuesday nights (tonight) Tim goes to the fire house from 7-9 so it is just Mason and I hanging out before bed. A couple times per month I will volunteer 6-12 for the rescue squad so it is just Tim and Mason for the night.

*Some people (my mother) might think that Mason's bedtime is late, but it works for us. He sleeps until 8-8:30 in the morning. This helps me when I work until midnight the night before. His bed time also helps Tim see him when he gets home from work. Maybe someday his bedtime will be earlier, but for now it is what works for us.

As I mentioned before I will have to get my workout in when I get home from work. I could not get myself out of bed this morning. That is how it usually is after I work an overnight because of the weird sleep schedule I have the day before.

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  1. WOW I think I need to do one of these for my 12 hour 911 shift.. hehehehe... I think I will.. - its interesting to see how different agencies set up their 911 systems..

  2. Don't worry about the bedtime! If it works for you, go for it! We don't put Harper to bed until 8-9 because she sleeps until 8 and it works so much better for us! It's cool that you're a 911 dispatcher/operator! I work as an RN in a small rural hospital so we have our own little ambulance radio that we hear all the calls on and get report from our ambulances. I find it quite interesting. I could listen to that thing all night!

  3. The problem with trying to get him to go to bed earlier, is you would probably be fighting with him for an hour to go to sleep, and he'd end up falling asleep around the same time anyway! Good job momma--do what works for your family:)