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Ever Wonder How Moms Do It All?

When this newbie work-from-home mom isn't trying to sneak in a nap, she's nursing, changing diapers or practicing tummy time with her 3-month-old.

3:30 a.m.: I wake up to feed/change my 2-month-old son Brice. (If I'm lucky, 3:30 means I've just gotten a six-hour stretch of sleep! Sometimes this happens at 1 a.m. and then again at 4 a.m.)

6 a.m.: Up again to nurse/change Brice. I'll put him back to sleep while my husband gets ready for work and—if I have the energy and it's not too freezing cold outside—I'll take our two dogs for a quick walk/run.

6:30 a.m.: A quick shower while the baby is still sleeping.

7 a.m.: Make myself and the dogs breakfast and throw in a load of laundry (this is a daily thing, since Brice wears cloth diapers).

7:30 a.m.: I'll do a quick email check and send in a few pitches to Living Healthy—the health news site I write for regularly during the week.

8:30 a.m.: Feed and diaper change. Brice is usually most alert at this time so we'll do some playtime/reading/singing and (every other day) a bath.

10:30-11 a.m.: Another feed and diaper change, followed by a nap for Brice. While he snoozes (hopefully for two hours), I'll try to accomplish as much work as I possibly can—usually a post for the news site and any pieces with fast-approaching deadlines (especially for mom.me!).

1 p.m.: Lunch/diaper change for Brice followed by whatever kind of lunch I can scrounge together, using one hand while holding him.

1:30 p.m.: We'll read books and do some tummy time.

2:15 p.m.: Stroller walk with the dogs (and it's usually a good way to get Brice to fall asleep).

3:30 p.m.: Feed/diaper change and more playtime.

4:30 p.m.: Here's when I'll pull out the Baby Bjorn carrier (it's typically the start of the "witching hour," when he gets super fussy and nothing soothes him except being carried). While he's in the carrier, I'll complete whatever work or prep for dinner as best as I can with a baby strapped to my chest.

6 p.m.: Feed/diaper change and then Brice usually takes his last mini nap of the day. I give the dogs their dinner.

7 p.m.: Dinner/catch-up time with my husband.

7:30 p.m.: Brice spends some quality time with dad.

8:30 p.m.: Feed/diaper change/get Brice ready for bed and sing him to sleep.

9 p.m.: I'll think of everything I didn't get done that day (including the load of laundry that's likely still sitting in the dryer). I'll consider getting them done now that the baby is asleep. And then I'll laugh as my head hits the pillow.

Photo via Paige Brettingen

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