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A Day in The Life of a Mummy Blogger

I still find telling people I’m a blogger is a little weird.  Blogging is a much less well know career than a Nurse, for example, and so people don’t always know what it means or what you actually do as a blogger.  With this in mind I thought I would share a day in my life as a mummy blogger with you all today.

Some people have an issue with the term ‘Mummy Blogger’, but to be honest some people would have an issue with anything given half the chance.  I am a Mummy and a Blogger, simples!  I describe my blog as a family lifestyle blog, rather than a parenting blog, as to me, I feel the latter is going to give parenting advice and I do not feel equipped to advise anyone in that area!

A day in the life of a mummy blogger

Almost everyday is different, sometimes I will be going to London for a blogging event and other days I will be pottering around at home, juggling Baby and work, but I hope this gives you an idea of a ‘typical’ day, if there is such a thing.  It is worth bearing in mind that my schedule wouldn’t work for everyone, but I do what I have to do in order to support my family and ensure my daughter is cared for at the same time.  We don’t have local family and Baby is in childcare for 6 hours a week, which is the most we can manage.

Anyway here is my day.


6am – Baby is an early riser (sadly!) and so most days she is awake around 6am.  If by some miracle I wake before her, I turn my phone off flight mode and check my emails and social media notifications.  Retweeting anything that I can do quickly.  During the week Mr Hubby will have already gone to work, so I give Baby a bottle of milk and she will drink it in bed while I have a quick shower (is there any other type as a mum?!).  We both get dressed and head downstairs.

6.30am – Make a HUGE cup of tea.  There is actually not a cup of tea that is big enough for my needs, so I resign myself to the fact that I am going to be chaining cups of tea for the next couple of hours.  Turn the PC on and open everything up.  Pop on Disney Junior for Baby (who is probably still drinking her milk), while I check my social media properly and respond to everything I can.  I will respond to any emails that have come in overnight and don’t require too much thought at this early hour.

cup of tea

7am – 8am – Anywhere within this time zone is breakfast.  I usually spend loads of time trying to make her something she will eat.  While she is munching, I usually add my posts to any linkys for that day, commenting on the host and some others, marking what I have done in my diary incase I get called away on mummy duty.  I will play with Baby in between doing things, using the time she want to play independently to get a few things done.

8.30/9am – Pop upstairs to get us both changed.  This usually involves a battle and maybe a tantrum (Baby not me!).  Eventually we will both be presentable (Baby always more so than me) and ready to go out.  Check we have everything in our bag before we go.

9.30am – Head out for the morning, often with no idea where we are going until we are driving away from home.  98% of the time I will have my DSLR and sometimes my Go Pro with us.  If we have arranged to meet a friend, then we will be either meeting in the park or at their house; otherwise we will probably head to the park.  We have lots of local parks that are lovely, so we like to live on the edge and mix it up a bit!  We once went to six different parks in a week…. Rock n Roll!

Baby on climbing frame

9.45am – 12pm – Play with friends or in the park, I will probably take 100+ photos if we are on our own in the park.  Baby doesn’t mind and actually has started to love her picture being taken. She enjoys looking at them back on the camera.  Taking this many ensures I have lots of potential images for posts over the next week or so.  I usually take a snap on my phone to Instagram too.  While we are out I am checking social media every so often, as it builds up so much if left unchecked for hours.  I try to do most of it incognito, as don’t want Baby to see me on the phone too much.

12 – 1pm – Lunchtime!  If Baby doesn’t nap, we will usually head home for lunch.  While we are eating I will do any urgent bits that have come in while we are out.  If Baby has napped she will do so in the car, so I will grab a cup of tea from the drive thru and work in the car on my tablet.  This work will usually be social media and responding to comments, as I find it easier to write posts on my PC.

1 – 2.30pm – If we have no plans to meet anyone, we will either play in the garden or do some activities in the house.

2.30pm – Baby likes to have a bottle at this time and she is happy to chill out and watch some tv while she is drinking it; so I can use this time to get some writing done or reading and commenting on blogs.

Writing

3.30pm – Baby’s bath time.  She used to hate the bath and so it has never been part of her bedtime routine.  She loves it now and will happily spend hours in there given the chance.  She doesn’t like being dried, so I usually have to sing Alesha Dixon’s ‘Does he wash up, he never washes up, does he clean up, he never cleans up’ song, changing he for she, which has her in stitches, then the drying is tolerated.

4.30pm – Mr Hubby gets home from work, yeah how lucky am I?!  He will then take over and play with Baby, do housework bits and bobs, the works!  So I go to my desk and work.  Usually writing posts, responding to emails, commenting, whatever is most urgent.

mobile

5pm – Baby’s tea time.  Mr Hubby will have made it for her and he will usually help her with it too, meaning I can carry on working.

6pm – I take Baby upstairs to bed.  She used to have her bottle lying on me, but she has recently decided she wants to lie in bed and have it.  While she is doing this, I will sit next to her bed on the rocking chair.  I used to use this time for social media responding, but I now actually read a book on my phone.  I love the quiet peacefulness of this time, even after the craziest day, it is like an oasis of calm.

7pm – Hopefully Baby is asleep by now and I head to my computer to start the night shift!

7.30pm – Eat dinner cooked by Mr Hubby while I have been upstairs with Baby.  I am usually tapping away between mouthfuls.

8pm – Back to work, scheduling posts on social media, responding to comments, social media responding, brain storming, emailing, whatever needs doing. This is my biggest time slot of the day so I need to make it count.  I will be chatting to hubby and half listening to the tv at the same time.

Blogging

I love brainstorming in my Unicorn book! 

blogging

12-1am – I usually end up falling asleep on the sofa about this time and decide to call it a night, heading upstairs to bed.  Sometimes the second my head hits the pillow Baby will wake up, if so it is back out of bed to see to her.  Otherwise, I try to ignore Mr Hubby snoring and get some sleep.

3am – (Baby may decide to get up). We take it in turns to go to her.

6am – The day starts again!

So that is a vaguely typical day for me, but being a blogger you just roll with whatever you have to do!  If an urgent job comes in, then your plans may come unstuck as you get it done.  However, for all the late nights and pretty much constant working (in between caring for Baby), it is THE BEST job you can have.  It gives us great opportunities and means I get to spend most of my time with my daughter, for that I am so grateful.  Blogging has given us so many fabulous things and I am truly grateful that I fell into this world.

Does your day sound anything like this?

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Showing 47 comments
  • Baby Toddler Me
    Reply

    Thanks for posting this Aby. This is so helpful to see. It’s so interesting to see how other bloggers work… especially super-amazing-productive ones like you! I have three kiddos including a 15 week old, so my main time to blog is the lunchtime nap time where I try and get 2 hours in. It’s not enough, but i’m trying to work smarter so I can make my time count.

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Ah thanks. You are doing amazingly! x

  • Mim
    Reply

    It’s lovely to see what you get up to in the day with Baby and how you slot work in 🙂 it’s such a constant juggle isn’t it. Is this a tag post? Mim x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks huni! No but feel free to be tagged if you want to do it x

  • Gemma
    Reply

    Love this!! The singing “Does he wash up…” made me smile! Bless her!

    Gemma xx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      She is bonkers x

  • Cathy Lavictoire
    Reply

    Great post hun, I really admire your dedication and its so lovely how you get to spend your days with your little one x x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thank you lovely lady. I hope you are well xx

  • NewMummyBlog
    Reply

    This is sounds like such a nice work life balance, you really have lots of time with your baby. #brilliantblogposts

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      It is hard sometimes, but I am blessed x

  • Donna
    Reply

    Your mind really is on the blog all day – even tapping away while eating dinner. I thought I was putting way too much time into my blog but really I blog all evening every evening, whilst the kids are watching a movie in the afternoon and for half hour in the morning to do my blog admin. The rest of the time when the kids are around is for them and I try to put work aside as much as possible. You definitely have dedication to it. Your husband too – works all day then gets home, cooks dinner, does housework etc. It sounds like something has to give for all of you. I hope you find a good balance soon – I can’t imagine doing this day in day out can be much fun x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I do work hard but I adore it and feel blessed that this is my job. Hubby and I am both adult and parents so we both muck in with all the things that need doing. We don’t stick to gender roles. Baby definitely takes priority in the day, and I only do bits around her. We have to pay the bills and have very little in the way of childcare, so we just do what we have to do x

  • Who Let the Mum Out?
    Reply

    It’s great to see a typical blogging day for you. You always have great posts. I also try to do things when my baby is sleeping. Your unicorn book is so cute.

  • Claire Ridewood
    Reply

    I love your pretty office space! And your day looks a lot mike mine except Hubby is not back until 6pm !! #thelist

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Mine gets an early finish as he leaves the house at 6am! x

  • Katie / Pouting In Heels
    Reply

    Aby, my love you are incredible. To work so hard, to juggle so much, have an incredible blog, to be a hands on mum, is just amazing. You should be so proud of yourself, as you’re creating a fabulous new world for both yourself and your family. Thank you for sharing your typical blogging day. It’s a great eye opener and will be be really interesting and useful to so many. Keep doing BRILLIANTLY. xxx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Ah thank you my darling. You are such a support and I really needed to read this today. Thank you for your lovely words xxx

  • Reply

    I’m exhausted just reading this! Falling asleep on the sofa is not good though! You are certainly the most dedicated blogger I know xx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Dedicated or crazy?! 😉 xx

  • Chloe
    Reply

    This sounds exactly like my day only definitely not as full on! I have 5 hours off in the day (10-12, 2-4 and 6-7) for baby groups/messy play and bedtime. I don’t know how you do it without burning out Aby! I am so passionate about my blog though so if this is what it takes to become successful then I’m going to carry on. I love your blog! xx #thelist

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Ah thank you so much huni. If I am honest I think I am probably on the cusp of burnout most of the time, but blogging is also my therapy and really helps with with my PND, so I guess that stops me from burning out and I NEED to blog xx

  • Reply

    What a lovely insight in to your day, you are incredible and definitely supermum 🙂 I know how dedicated you are and I was surprised to read this and see how much time you are able to give to Baby, you seem to have a really good work/life balance although I guess it can sometimes be a bit much but that’s the same with working from home or going to the office, it applies to us all. Baby is very lucky to have you and it’s great that you’re able to enjoy and cherish your days with her and keep up with your amazing blog, you should be so proud of yourself! X X

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Aw bless you such a fabulous comment which I really appreciate. I really needed to read this today, thank you xx

  • Rachel
    Reply

    I have been feeling a little overwhelmed lately with fitting my blog in with my other job and Sam but this has given me a bit of inspiration to get myself organised. I was considering backing off my blog but I really don’t want to. Thank you once again! Your hard work pays off 🙂 #thelist xxx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Ah I am really glad it has helped hun xxx

  • A Mum Reviews
    Reply

    Very interesting to see how your day works! I blog and look after my toddler daughter full time and it can be hard to fit everything in. I only blog in the evenings if I have a crazy week but we save park play and visiting family/friends until the evening when daddy is home. My little one doesn’t go to bed early though! 😛

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      It is such a juggle isn’t it x

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    Reply

    That’s wonderful that your husband is so involved & helpful – playing with Baby, cooking dinner & doing housework! Your day sounds a lot like my own only with a couple more kids & school runs thrown in the mix 🙂 #TheList x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      We both have to earn and we are both parents, so we have to tag team to make it work and pay the bills. We have never subscribed to gender roles of woman doing housework and cooking. We are both adults and have to do it all together x

  • Mummy Fever
    Reply

    Oh wow you lucky thing with the hubby – hold onto that. Yes mine is a big juggle of 4 children, a blog, a business and the house. In term time the day is broken up a lot with school runs and activities too. #TheList

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      We both have to muck in as we both have to earn and have very little childcare x

  • caroline
    Reply

    Wow such a busy day, you are so dedicated. xx

  • Lizzie (firstoot)
    Reply

    Wow! That’s a long day for you! Very lucky t the hubby gets home early and is able to help out hugely, which I’m sure baby and daddy enjoy. I can only hope to have blogging as art of my daily routine 🙂 really interesting read!

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it, we tag team parenting as we both have to work and we have very little childcare help x

  • Reply

    Aby thanks for an insight into your world hun! Like you I schedule my work time around our family and do most of my post drafting while the kids are at school/nursury and first thing in the morning at stupid o’clock (i.e. before 6am) when the kids are still asleep so hence the early comments from me! #TheList

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      It is a constant juggle but worth every second x

  • Laura's Lovely Blog
    Reply

    You and your husband both work very hard. I blog and do things everyday around the children but I couldn’t cope on as little sleep as you. Your success is well deserved 🙂

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I am lucky to do what I love and get to be with my daughter. The lack of sleep is a no brainer 🙂 x

  • Kerry
    Reply

    This sounds exactly like my day! Although recently since having Harry I have been slacking however once they’re both in bed thats my biggest slot to get work done till 2/3am before i fall asleep. You are very dedicated! xx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Two kids though huni, you are NEVER slacking 🙂 xx

  • Awesomeausterity
    Reply

    Woah, you must be exhausted! You have such a full on day and I really admire your dedication- your success is definitely well deserved. This post makes me realise that life as a pro blogger is no easier than life as a full-time go out to work parent. I’m sure you posted a while back about having a bit more time off though….did that ever happen?

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      It is never that bad when you are doing something you love. I have slowed down a little! x

  • Lisa
    Reply

    Great post – it’s interesting to read an insight to a bloggers daily routine.
    Love the drying song you have to sing. The things we have to do as parents.

  • Alexandra
    Reply

    Aby this is amazing!!! You work so hard and it really pays off for you. Your blog is brilliant, the only bit that made me wince was tapping whilst eating. I do that too, but just thought with how much time you give to your blog maybe that could be your switch off time for you and Mr Hubby, even if it’s just half an hour. You both work so hard and you should be so proud of all you’re achieved. Baby is very lucky to have you both xxx it’s brilliant how much time she gets with you both xxxx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks hun, glad you enjoyed reading it. I need to find a balance that works x

  • Helena
    Reply

    I’m truly loving your sense of humour and approach to life. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ali Duke
    Reply

    You are so busy, how do you keep going?! I don’t have a set schedule per say, but my kids are at school during the week so I try and get as much done then as I can, although it doesn’t always end up working that way.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

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