I have been at this mom thing for a little over 3 months. First of all, they weren’t kidding when they said the days are long but the years are short! How is my baby 3 months old!? During that time I have been working from home blogging full time, just like before. If you are like me and you are part SAHM and also a full time blogger you might find it kind of difficult. I wanted to share my tips on how I work from home with a baby.
How I Work From Home With A Baby
Make a schedule: I mean it sounds so simple right? We do have a pretty solid schedule in place and it works for us. I get up when Andrew gets up AKA 5:15 AM. I get dressed, make breakfast, run to Starbucks. Then I get a little work done. Liam is up at 7. He has a bottle, we play, meet friends for a walk. Then he’s down from 830-1030. He has another bottle at 11. We play, work on stuff like tummy time and sitting up. Then he naps from 1230-3. He eats at 3 and we play till 4. He naps at 4. Andrew gets home around 445 and that’s usually when that third nap ends. If I still have work to get done I usually do it right when Andrew gets home so he can be on Liam duty! I also do A LOT of batching work on the weekends which helps a lot. I take all my photos for the week, do all graphics, etc. Obviously our schedule changes some days but mostly it looks like that. *Note that during Liam’s naps I work, work out, do laundry, shower, eat, etc. Some days we have a sitter here for 3-4 hours and I get out of the house to work out and work. Other days he might go to my moms for a bit or come with me to the gym.
Prioritize: Liam comes first. Always. There is no deadline more important to me than he is. If I have a phone call or a meeting or a blog draft that needs to get done his needs are met first. I would rather be up late or get up super early and have Andrew’s help than not pay attention to my baby. I am very lucky that Andrew is home before 5 most days and also works from home one day a week. This affords me a lot of time to work on my blog. I also try to do things very far in advance. As soon as I get a sponsored post I do it. I do not wait until the day before it’s due. When I had Liam I had MONTHS of posts scheduled. This included sponsored content too. I highly suggest if you have kids getting sponsored content completed ASAP! You just never know what may come up the night before (read sick or fussy baby).
Ask For Help: I have no problem asking Andrew for help. He is Liam’s dad and perfectly capable of taking care of him if I need to get work done. We also have someone wonderful who watches Liam for us about 10 hours a week. She was my first grade teacher and we have always been very close. She is amazing with him and he adores her. They are at the house with me so I can feed him and play with him too when I need a break. It’s been great for me to have 10 hours a week to focus knowing he is taken care of.
Find Time For YOU: Working full time and being a mom is exhausting. Some days I feel like I have no time for myself. So on weekends I make sure to take some time for myself. I go to the gym, get a pedicure, run errands, etc. I also drop Liam off with my mom an hour here or there during the week if I need to. I still go work out everyday and thankfully my gym has amazing child care. I usually leave Liam in there for an hour or an hour and a half. So I am able to find a little time for myself every single day (even if it is a workout!).
This is how I work from home with a baby. It’s not easy by any means, but I love every single second.
How do you work from home? Do you have a baby to take care of too?