My Life as a Freelance Designer with 1-year-old Twins

Photos by Serena Nicole Studios. Sylvie and I on the left, Theo and I on the right.

I guess you could call me a WAHM. If you’re not familiar with mom lingo these days, that’s “Work at Home Mom”. Curious what it’s like with two 1 year olds? Here’s a breakdown of a typical workday for me:

6:30am – One baby wakes up (usually Theo)

7am – Other baby wakes up (usually Sylvie)

7am – 8am Playtime, walk around the neighborhood, or a family jog

8am Breakfast

9am – 10:30am Morning nap. This is usually when I clean up the breakfast mess, eat breakfast myself (still haven’t figured out how to eat my entire breakfast with the babies), and brush my teeth. I remain in my pajamas unless I leave the house, so I don’t worry about the whole getting dressed bit. Then I go to my computer that is now on top of a standing desk. No sitting for this lady, unless I get lazy and use my stool (which I usually do). I usually have about an hour of work time before the kids get up. I check in on my emails (and yes, Facebook) and get an idea on what needs to be done that day. If I don’t have much work, then I may use the time to exercise. Right now I’m loving doing HIIT’s — high intensity interval training — since they’re such a time efficient workout. I’m ALL about efficiency these days. And of course, yoga. If I start soon after the nap begins then I usually get time to shower. I also sometimes need to cook for the kids lunch or dinner, I make them all of their meals, so it just depends on what I have prepared.

10:30am Babies get up. My Mom tries to come over right around when they wake up and stays until their afternoon nap. This is when I have a good amount of time to really focus on work, while my Mom plays with the kids. (thank you Mom!!!)

12:45pm Lunch for the kids

1:30 – 3:30pm Afternoon nap. I clean up the mess from lunch, eat my own lunch, and relax. If I have more work to do, I try to do it now, but sometimes I just need to watch Gilmore Girls.

3:30pm Babies get up. Playtime/keep them occupied till dinner. On Tuesdays and Thursday’s we usually go to Gymboree. Sometimes I might do try to do a little yoga, and sometimes they let me (see video).


5pm Dinner for the kids

6pm Pre bedtime routine/scramble (parents will understand what this means).

6:30pm Bedtime

After bedtime we clean up the dinner mess, do the cloth diaper routine (every other day, wah) and sometimes pick up clutter. We usually check in with work for 30 minutes – 1 hour and then start on dinner for ourselves. Then we watch a show together, preferably HBO.

10:30 or 11pm Our bedtime << I wish this was earlier, but that just never happens.

If you’re thinking this isn’t so bad, I agree! I’m so lucky to have a flexible job that I love doing and that I can do FROM HOME! It really doesn’t get any better in my eyes. And having such a wonderful Mom who comes over daily to play and help with the kids. Part of the reason I wanted to do freelance design was so my days could be like this, and I’m so grateful it’s worked out like I hoped. I really didn’t know how life would be when I found out I was having twins — that had never been part of the “master plan”. I envisioned never sleeping, never showering, not being able to exercise, just being a crazy mess. And yes, that’s how it was for the first couple of months. But wow, they are just the best thing in the world, and watching them grow up together is truly amazing. And if you’re wondering when I leave the house, it’s usually after the afternoon nap and before dinner. Ha. Life is good and I’ve truly never been happier.

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