Like many of the working moms I’ve featured, Nina starts her day early. She’s also juggling life with three boys, including toddler twins, and a career as a graphic designer. No wonder her blog is focused on sleep! Take a peek into her juggle this week and leave her some comment love.
Tell us what you do for a living.
I’m a graphic designer for a corporate company. I design marketing materials like websites, banner ads, brochures, sell sheets — everything that’s visual about the company. On the side, I write a parenting blog, sleepingshouldbeeasy.com.
How many kids do you have? Ages?
I have three boys — a five-year-old and two-year-old twins.
Explain your average morning.
My average morning is early! I’m up at 5:45 a.m. I eat breakfast, get dressed, prepare oatmeal for the kids and my husband, and head out the door.
Give us a glimpse into your daily “juggle.” Do you work in an office or at home? Do you connect with your kids throughout the day?
I work in an office Monday through Friday. I have a flexible schedule that allows me to come in early so I can leave early to pick up my eldest from school.
I leave for the day before anyone wakes up, and my husband handles the morning routine and drops our eldest off to pre-K. Our wonderful nanny comes to our home to take care of our two-year-old twins. After work, I pick up my eldest from school. The nanny leaves when we get home from work.
At that point, I settle in, make sure our eldest has a snack, and begin preparing dinner. We eat together at 5 p.m. every night, and some time between then and bath time, my husband comes home and we relax for the remainder of the evening. Bath time begins at 6:45 p.m., and all the kids are in bed by 8 p.m.
How does your family keep track of schedules and activities?
I’d be a mess without my calendars! We have a physical one hanging in the kitchen for the entire family, then I have one on my phone where I keep track of my own daily errands and to-do’s.
Describe your dream schedule?
I love that I get to pick up my eldest from school and spend the afternoons with all three kids. My dream schedule would probably be part-time so that I wouldn’t have to come in so early and actually be there for breakfast with the family.
How do you use your time at night once the kids are asleep?
I use the evenings to blog, watch movies and hang out with my husband. I also read before going to bed.
What is the best thing about being a working mom? Hardest thing?
Not sure if it is bad to admit, but I actually like that I get a ‘break’ from my kids when I’m at work. I’m able to focus, work at my own pace, set my agenda and am in control over most of my workday. I love doing challenging work, and I’m lucky to work in a place that isn’t too stressful and where I interact with great colleagues.
The hardest part about being a working mom is not being able to control my own schedule. There are times when I want to help out at my kid’s school but can’t. Still, this doesn’t happen to often, especially since I use my vacation time to recharge when work gets to be too much.
How do you relieve stress or carve out “me” time?
I talk to my husband when I’m stressed (he’s great at reassuring me out of my worries!). Blogging also serves as one of my ‘me’ time activities, as is fitting in exercise and reading in the evenings. And I love waking up early in the mornings before everyone else does.
Last great book you’ve read:
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. I was wary about a book rated five stars on Amazon, but it didn’t disappoint. The historical nonfiction book is about an underdog rowing team during World War II and the Berlin Olympics.
Are you a working mom who would like share your “juggle?”
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