I love being a mum, and I love being a vet, but juggling the two some days is tough, so I thought I would let you know what’s involved in a typical working day for me…
I’m fortunate to work part time, and typically work 3 days a week. Today is one of those days I have to work, so this is how my day pans out:
- 4.30-5.30am- James’ alarm goes off . Despite it being a soft alarm set on his phone, as a light sleeper I usually will hear it. Unfortunately the kids also seem to be light sleepers too!
- 5.30-6.00am.- The kids are awake and in my bed! They seem to know when James leaves the house. At the moment the kids are sharing a room so we can decorate one of the bedrooms, so when one is awake, they both are!
- 6.00-6.30am- Tea time. I need a cup of tea in the morning before I can function. So that’s always my first job. I can usually persuade the kids to play in their room so I can nip downstairs and make myself that all important cuppa. I generally go back to bed with my I-pad and cuppa till about 6.30am. Unfortunately this small amount of time to myself usually comes at a price as the kids managed to trash their room!
- 6.30-7.00am- First job is to get the kids out of their PJs, and get them to both use the toilet. Sounds easy right! Then it’s time to get out their clothes and get them dressed. Isla is generally quite good at getting herself dressed, that is if it’s something she wants to wear! It can vary from one day to the next.
- 7.00-7.30am- I have to confess that once they are both dressed I do resort to letting them watch TV to give me a chance to make another cuppa and have a shower myself and get dressed.
- 7.30-7.45am- Then it’s teeth and hair. I find myself shouting the word ‘Teeth’ a lot in the morning. We have the routine fairly well practiced now but any tantrum can put a spanner in the works!
- 7.45-8.10am- In the mornings I also have to load up my car with my equipment I need for work, put a load of washing on for later, pack the kids bags with wellies and spare changes of clothes (occasionally I do this the night before) and if I’m really organised I put dinner in the slow cooker, like today. I get the troops downstairs and whilst they are putting their shoes and coats on I quickly make myself a smoothie for breakfast and another cuppa in my thermos to take with me. We all in the car for 8.15am to go to nursery. I have to get them to nursery before 8.30am or they don’t get to have breakfast and they are quite strict on this, so it does feel like we are always rushing.
- 8.25am- The kids get dropped off, luckily they love nursery so there aren’t any dramas, and then off to work for me for 9am start.
- 9-11am- Today I am working 9-5pm. My day at works starts with consultations. I work as a small animal vet, a job which I love, but one that can be physically and mentally demanding. I have 10 minute consults from 9am till 11am. Fortunately this time of year it is quiet so I am rarely fully booked, so not as intensive as it sounds.
- 11-1.00pm- After consults it’s time for the operations. Most days it is a mix of routine surgeries, blood tests and dressing changes but it can obviously vary from day to day. Luckily today, no emergencies so just the routine operations to do. (below is me doing a routine cat spay in case you were wondering!)
- 1.00-2.30pm- Lunch break. Sometimes I pop onto town and get a few bits from the supermarket, or if I get a long lunch I might pop home for an hour where I race around trying to give myself a head start on the evening. Today however I visited another practice to see a case as I also carry out second opinion ophthalmology (eye cases) for other local practices.
- 2.30-5.00pm- Afternoon consultations.
- 5.00pm- Straight from work I go to nursery to pick up the kids and we get home about 5.45pm.
- 5.45-7.00pm- Its then the familiar dinner, bath bed routine. The kids have a hot meal at nursery so dinner is usually something snacky or if I have prepared something in the slow cooker. Then its upstairs for bath and get ready for bed and a quick tidy up in the bedroom. James is usually home by 6.30pm so usually able to help with the last part, and is able to read them their bedtime stories.
- 7.00pm- Lights out! They are pretty good at going to sleep although we obviously get the list of excuses pre-lights out ‘I need a wee’, ‘I’m thirsty’, ‘One more toy/story mummy’ and a favourite of my kiddies ‘One last cuddle mummy’ of which they know I can’t refuse!
- 7.00pm-9.00pm- After we have managed to settle them, it’s time for our dinner, tidying the kitchen (again!), hanging out the washing, loading and putting on the dishwasher (James obviously helps with all this).
- 9.00pm ish- Finally time to relax. Sometimes I have reports to write up for cases, or if I’m lucky I get to spend some time on my blog. Either way we are both exhausted. James has a very physically demanding job so is often snoozing on the sofa at 9.30, and I’m usually in bed by 10.30pm ready to start it all again tomorrow!
- 10.30pm- Phew makes me exhausted just reading it! Time for bed I think, night all!