It’s been almost a year since I did A Day In The Life type post (I have one when Charles was six months’ old and one here when he was 11 months’ old). I am obsessed with reading posts that describe other mummies’ lives — they not only reflect your child’s progress but also your own culture and traditions.
I’m not sure if we follow a specific “culture” or “tradition” because the hubs is Aussie, I’m Singaporean, and we live in Tokyo. To be honest, after being away from my home country for nine years, I simply do what works for us — e.g. we put Charles to bed earlier than the norm in Asia (which can be quite late, i.e. 9-11pm) at 8pm but it’s considered late in Australia where small children go to sleep at 6-7pm.
Anyway, I’ll show you a snap shot of a typical weekday when Charles has pre-school.
630am Alarm goes off and I hit the snooze button. I usually drag myself out of bed 15 minutes later.
645am I make Charles’ lunch which usually consists of a boiled egg, fried rice or onigiri made with brown rice, cheese cubes, grilled chicken or fish, raisins, a sliver of vegetable (broccoli, pumpkin, peas, or a cherry tomato). This is the first thing I do so there’s ample time for the food to cool down before I pack it into containers. I also prep Charles’ breakfast which is very simple — peanut butter on multi-grain toast with a cup of milk.
7am Charles usually wakes up around this time and the husband will change his diaper and change him out of his pajamas and into his clothes for the day. Our cheeky monster is now very insistent on picking what he wears.
715am I rush to prep breakfast for the husband and I which is usually cold cereal on busy mornings — cheerios, granola, almond milk, and blueberries. I also whizz up a green smoothie for all of us. Yes, my picky-eater loves green smoothies!
730am I start filling up Charles’ water bottle, a sippy cup with mugi-cha, and pop a tiny juice pack into a cooler bag along with his lunch. I slip snacks and water into my work bag as well.
745am I desperately throw on clothes and wash up. If I have time, I’ll slap on some light makeup (sunscreen, foundation, blush and lip gloss) while the husband gets Charles ready — gets his teeth brushed, put on his shoes, put on sunscreen, and strap him into the stroller.
8am We are off to the train station! I’m pretty strict about this especially on rainy days because we actually have to make a beeline for a bus that leaves the station we are heading to on the dot at 830am. I feed Charles the rest of his breakfast if he doesn’t finish it which is almost always the case.
840am We arrive at Charles’ pre-school and he says goodbye to me very cheerfully. He loves school and accepts it as part of his routine. He gets to play with his classmates and do all sorts of fun things.
9am I arrive at a Starbucks near his school and get to work. I always kick off with my to-do list and then tackle it head-on.
12 noon I might snack on something and hold out till 145pm to get lunch at a restaurant or noodle shop, or I would just wander out and grab a quick lunch and return to Starbucks to work for another hour and a half. If I’m feeling like Super Mum, I might make myself a bento to eat in a park under the trees.
230pm I pick up Charles who is always smiley and happy after a day at school. He would babble excitedly and tell me all about it while we walk to the station.
330pm I might swing by the shops to pick up some miscellaneous grocery items so it takes about an hour to reach home though his school is not that far.
330-5pm Charles has a nap, but if he fights it, we would just hang out in the living room and play. If he naps, I would do a bit more work and start prepping his dinner at 430pm. He can’t tolerate hot food so I make it ahead of time for it to cool down.
5-530pm He takes a while to wake up and might be grumpy. I have to wake him up so he won’t oversleep and affect his bedtime. We usually just cuddle which is something I know will not last forever so I always treasure these moments. He’s only going to be a “baby” only for so long.
530pm We might go to a park or I would work out in the living room while he tries to copy me. I leave his plate on the table and let him eat at his own pace. He eats shredded cheese, noodles boiled in soup (but he doesn’t drink the soup), tofu, grilled salmon or chicken, boiled sausage, or steak cut into tiny pieces, broccoli, baked fries, quinoa, and almost always eats a kiwi after dinner.
7pm The husband, Charles, and I sit down for dinner. He might be interested in what we are eating (especially if it’s roasted pork belly!) even though he has his own plate of food and we’ll give him bits of our meal. He’s a bit of a grazer though I think most toddlers are as their stomachs are small so they need to eat frequently. If dinner really does not go well at all, I would offer him a baby food pouch which he may or may not take. I think toddlers often prefer to eat more during the day and actually have little or no desire to eat before bed.
730pm We might watch a YouTube video on any animal Charles might fancy. He has animal figurines so we ask him which animal he would like to watch and he would fish out a giraffe, or a lion, or an elephant, or a horse.
745pm The husband has a bath with Charles and he plays with his squirty bath toys.
8pm I dry him with a towel, put lotion on him, pull on his overnight diaper, and let him choose his pajamas for the night. Right now outfits with planes or cars are favourites. He then chooses books to read — sometimes we read Mandarin books or English books. He loves anything with trains, animals, and numbers and adores Hairy Maclary and Edwina The Emu.
820-825pm I tuck him into bed with kisses and “I love yous”. Charles would always throw his teddy bear, Bazza, on the floor with a cheeky grin. I then pick the bear up and ask him, “Why did you throw Bazza out of the cot?” And he hugs his bear and lies down. It’s a funny ritual and we do it every night before I turn off the light.
830pm I take a shower and then unwind for the night. I may catch up on blogs or the news or watch some TV. I’ve been getting into the habit of using a pillow spray and I think it really helps me to truly relax as I’m a very scent-oriented person.
11pm I brush my teeth and crawl into bed. These days it doesn’t take me long to fall asleep as our days feel full of activity and walking.
That’s it! Hope you enjoyed reading about our day and I might do one to reflect a typical weekend day in Tokyo.