Things are feeling really good here. The preschooler loves going to school. The toddler loves daycare. My husband found a part-time job he enjoys. My research couldn’t be going better. Sometimes, with major life changes, I work myself up over what is to come, then when things are ok, I work myself up in anticipation of difficulties ahead. So, I thought I’d take a moment to bask in this happy place and share our “new normal” with you. I wrote about creating a work schedule in a previous post. It was about our life juggling work and family in the U.S. Now that we’re in the D.R., we’ve carved out a new routine that works for our family.
Here is our weekday schedule:
6:15-7:15am wake up and get dressed, get the kids dressed, give the kids breakfast, pack school lunches/snacks
7:15am – My partner drives the 4 year old to school on his way to work. I put the toddler in his stroller and we walk to daycare. It’s a nice, cool, leisurely 5 minute walk where we imitate the sounds we hear (birds, dogs, roosters, and motorcycles)
7:30am – I am back at home. I tidy up from breakfast and check emails.
*I start my work day at 8am and there are two potential work days for me:
Work Day A – at home
8am – 12:30pm Work from home: writing, reading, organizing the data I’ve collected.
12:30-2pm Go pick up the toddler from daycare, make lunch, lay him down for nap, make lunch for the 4 year old. My partner picks up the 4 year old at 1:15pm on his way in from work.
2-6pm Continue working. Sometimes I work from home in our bedroom with the door closed to deter noisy children. Other times, I work in the eating area at a nearby grocery store. The kids nap from 2-4pm. My partner is on duty when they wake up.
Work Day B – at my field site
8am-10am Work from home: writing, emails, organizing
10am-1pm Head to my field site. Do 1-2 interviews with people.
1-2pm Have lunch. Maybe a cup of coffee. Leisurely conversations with people. Check in with my research assistant. She does interviews in Haitian Creole so we use this time to talk about how things are going. My partner picks up both kids from daycare/preschool, makes them lunch, puts them down for naps.
2:30ish – 5pm Do 1-2 more interviews. Sit and talk with people.
5-6pm Head home.
6-7pm– Make dinner. Feed the kids.
7:30-8pm Bedtime routine for the kids: bath, pajamas, story, prayers, song, bed.
8pm-11pm My partner and shower, eat, watch Hulu or Netflix, check in about our days, go to bed!