A Day In The Life

About a year and a half ago I wrote a “day in the life” post chronicling my schedule as a full time Pilates instructor and blogger.

My days back then were downright exhausting. I loved my clients and was thankful for how my business had grown but I knew I could only keep up at that pace for a season.

Life looks entirely different these days. I’m in a new state with a new routine, new clients, a new baby and new values.

I’m attemting to be a working/work-at-home/stay-at-home mom all at the same time. It’s safe to say I’m still trying to figure out how to make it all work.

I always enjoy glimpses into other women’s lives (like these posts from A Cup Of Jo) so I figured it was time for an updated post…

A day in the life…

5:20 am: Wake up to a hungry, crying baby. It’s unusual for her to wake up this early but she didn’t eat well last night so I’m not surprised. I get up feed her, change her diaper, change her wet PJ’s and we both go back to bed.

8:00 am: wake up to the sounds of the little one talking and cooing in her crib. The best kind of alarm clock. I feed her, change her and head out to the kitchen for coffee and breakfast.


8:30 am: Play time with B while I also check emails, eat my maple-pumpkin oatmeal and sip coffee.

9:15 am: Put B down for a nap. While she naps I make cloth wipes, shower, blow dry my hair, get dressed and then head to the computer.

Currently working on:

  • posts for my blog and 2 guest posts for other sites.
  • emailing with my PBP ladies who are in their final week! Wednesdays are weigh-in days so they send me their stats and we go back and forth about how to adjust for the week ahead.
  • prepping for the third annual online pre-holiday Pilates program that will be starting in just a few weeks…just in time for the holidays. I hope you’ll join me 🙂
  • working with my designer on a blog update.
  • invoicing clients/bookkeeping

11:00 am: B wakes up from her nap. I feed her, change her, get her dressed and grab myself a snack (leftover Tuna Salad from Sprouted Kitchen) and fill up my water bottle.

11:15 am: We head out the door for Mommy & Me class. (This time of day looks different depending on the day of the week. Sometimes it’s a run, sometimes it’s a walk with a friend, sometimes it’s grocery shopping, etc.)

11:30 – 12:15: Blake and I have so much fun in Mommy & Me class. She is the youngest one there but  is mesmerized by all the crawling babies and colorful toys.

12:30 pm: After class we swing by Qdoba to pick up lunch and head over to the husband’s office to discuss a few financial things. Blake naps in her car seat. She is exhausted from class! (I am still dairy/soy/gluten/egg/nut/seed-free so my lunch is a super exciting bowl with black beans, salsa, lettuce and guac).

1:00 pm: On our way home from lunch I make a few phone calls and swing through Starbucks to pick up a couple of gift cards (and a treat for me of course – decaf grande iced americano in a venti cup +  my own rice milk).

2:00 pm: Arrive home. B wakes up from her nap. I feed her, change her, burp her again (breastfeeding is no joke my friends)

2:30 pm: I throw a load of diapers in the wash and put Blake in her jumper for some independent play time (yes, this is a thing I do). Meanwhile, I make lentil soup so that it’s ready for dinner when I get home from work. If I don’t prep in advance we won’t eat until 10:00.


3:30 pm: B goes down for another nap. I return to my computer to respond to emails and try to get a few more things done (invoices, TBL monthly newsletter, blog post, guest post, bookkeeping)..

4:45 pm: The husband comes home from work. B wakes up. I feed her and  do a super-quick hand off so I can get to work on time (she doesn’t take a bottle so timing is crucial). Tag team.

5:00 – 7:45 pm: I grab an apple and head over to Park Meadows Pilates and teach my classes for the evening. Thankfully I planned and prepped these classes on Monday so I’m good to go. I have so much fun with these classes.

park meadows pilates

8:00 pm: Return home. Feed Blake and get her all ready for bed. We read a story and say our prayers. She goes right down and I head to the kitchen to make a quick salad to go with the lentil soup; mixed greens, pear, prosciutto, dried cranberries and maple dijon vinaigrette. Yum.

8:30 pm: Eat dinner and relax on the couch with my man.

10:15 pm: Wake Blake up for her dream feed, change her, burp her (whew, repetitive yet?) and put her back down.

10:45 pm: My turn to go to bed!

In this season of life, every day of the week looks different. Some days I teach more, some days I teach less, but I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend so much time with my little girl right now. I know as she gets older it will be much harder to work from home and balance all of these tasks but I’m enjoying it for the time being.

I would love to get a glimpse into a day in your life. If you have a blog share your own and post a link here in the comments.


PS – you can see what life looked like last year by clicking here (totally different!).

PPS – if you’re a busy mama and looking for exercise ideas that you can do from home join me in my Pilates Summer Series.

  1. Meg 9 years ago

    I’ll use today as an example of life with our 3.5 month old, George.
    6:30am woke up to nurse George & change him. Back to sleep.
    8:00am baby begins to wake up. Playtime & mama housework & email time
    10:00am mid-morning , breastfeed, change into day clothes & mama gets ready too
    11:00am meet up with fellow stay at home moms for a walk & tea
    1:30pm nurse George again & run a couple errands
    3:00 George naps while I work on an article & blog post
    4:30pm nurse George again & put him down to play while I prep dinner
    7:00pm time to feed George again !
    9:00pm bedtime routine begins for George & family

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      Robin Long 9 years ago

      It’s amazing how much time feeding takes isn’t it? I love hearing about your day. How old is little George now?

      • Meg 9 years ago

        Ever since is read your day I’ve been setting quiet times for napping. He tends to comfort nurse/sleep. It’s a start. He’s 15 weeks now. How old is your cutie?

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  3. Lesley 9 years ago

    I love reading about your day! It’s comforting to read about other mama’s lives because there is always some overlap with mine, but it’s fun to see the differences too. I wrote my “day in the life” and it can be found here: http://barefooton45th.com/?p=4179

    Also, I’m with Michelle…so jealous of her sleeping habits!

    • Administrator
      Robin Long 9 years ago

      I just posted on Becca’s site how I sort of love knowing that we’re all dream feeding at the same time. Adds a little community feeling even though we’re all in different states in our own little homes 🙂

  4. Judy 9 years ago

    My day isn’t as productive as it used to be! Linking up!


  5. Bex 9 years ago

    Love this post!! Sounds like such a fun full day! You’re doing so well juggling so much. I would love to read a post about how you decided you needed to go dairy/soy/nut/etc. free and how that’s going for you and Blake!

    • Administrator
      Robin Long 9 years ago

      I can only imagine how you do it with 3 littles, my friend! I’d be happy to share all about our elimination diet. It’s been quite the journey and if I could help one person figure things out easier than we have it would be worth it. I’ll get to work on it 🙂 xo

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  7. Michelle 9 years ago

    Hey Robin. Thanks for helping to connect all of us for one Day in the Life : ) Here’s my post:


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  9. Lindsay 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Here is my post 🙂 http://munozmama.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/a-day-in-the-life/

    • Administrator
      Robin Long 9 years ago

      Hi Lindsay!
      Thanks for joining in. I love your post and as a mom of 1 I am amazed by moms of multiples 🙂 I’ll be doing a big link round-up on Monday so stay tuned! (PS – do you mind if I use a photo from your blog for the link up?)

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  11. Ashlee 9 years ago

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