Welcome back to “A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life”. I am so stunned by the responses I got for this blog series, I can’t actually believe it. The places are filling up nicely and I have new people on board each week now. Keep them coming guys. We all love a good daily life story.
This week I have Aimee with me who blogs on Mum Amie. As well as having her blog, she is also a co-founder of a mum friendship website. You are able to find this via her blog, too. Now onto Aimee.
First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.
I’m a full-time mum to two children aged 7 and 2. I co-run mum friendship website Mum Amie and my main task is managing the blog, where I write about parenting, baby loss and well-being. I also volunteer for children’s heart charity Tiny Tickers as a social media coordinator. We lost our second daughter to a heart defect when she was one day old and I’m passionate about helping Tiny Tickers with their mission to improve the early detection rates and care of babies with heart problems. I’m a bookworm, love writing, going for long walks and swimming.
Once. My two year old son still often wakes at night.
Do you co-sleep?
No, unless you count my daughter crawling into bed with us when she has a bad dream!
I normally try and wake up before the kids at about 5am so I can have a few hours to write blog posts. I’m a morning person and am most productive at this time.
How much average sleep do you get a night?
Seven to eight but it’s often quite broken.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Make a coffee and switch on my laptop.
Tell me about your typical morning routine.
I wake at 5am and work until about 6.30am. I then have a shower and my son gets up about 7am. My daughter normally wakes up around 6.30am and she gets herself dressed and plays downstairs or watches TV while I get ready. We have breakfast and need to leave the house just after 8.30am to make it to school on time.
When and how often do you prepare the family dinners? Give us a few examples what you would cook.
I normally cook dinner after I pick up my daughter from school, while the kids play together. My husband cooks quite often too. Both kids are pretty fussy eaters so I cook them pasta with hidden vegetable sauce, spaghetti bolognaise, noodles and vegetables, cous-cous or roast chicken.
What’s on the menu for lunch?
My daughter has lunch at school and my son likes to have hummus and cheese sandwiches, pasta or cous-cous. I also make a smoothie every day for us both as this is the only way to get fruit into him!
After dropping my daughter at school, my son and I normally head to a toddler group or to the beach. We then come home, have lunch and play together until it’s time to pick my daughter up from school.
Do you generally eat dinner together as a family or get the kids fed first?
I always eat with the kids. My husband works shifts so he isn’t around much at dinner time. When he’s home, we’ll all eat together. Because he works weekends and bank holidays, it’s difficult to stick to normal family routines. You’ll often find us having our Sunday lunch on a Tuesday afternoon and that kind of thing!
What do you do after dinner?
Bath the kids, then they watch a bit of TV, we read some stories and they go to bed. Once they’re in bed I get the laptop out again and continue working.
What is your bedtime routine?
We don’t really have a routine as such. They have a bath and stories and then go to bed. My daughter often sits in bed and reads before she falls asleep.
Most importantly, when and where do you normally blog in those 24 hours? Do you have a schedule?
I’m a big fan of to-do lists and so I write all my tasks in my planner. I write blog posts in the mornings and then all the other admin, promotion and social media scheduling plus my work for Tiny Tickers is carried out in the evenings.
Blog URL: http://mumamie.com/blog
Thanks for sharing the insights of your daily life with us, Aimee. To me it looks like you are a well organised person being able to handle two websites and taking care of your two kids.
Everyone loves a follower more. What social media platforms can we find you on?
If you would like to feature in my new blog series, you can do so by sending me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to have you on board.