Tobyjoe and I are a year into our new job as parents and we’re still working on a schedule. I am told that this is one of the more difficult tasks to manage once the baby arrives. And in our case that’s true. I wrote about this before—juggling work and life, workouts and alone time. We don’t yet have it figured out, but things are admittedly better. (Although, I think Tobyjoe works too hard [us included] and never gets any alone time except for on the NYC subway and that’s a downright shame.)
Anyway, it’s been tough and it’s always changing.
One of the things I am most curious about is how others deal with meals, and more specifically dinner. I have an idea (based on zero scientific evidence or research whatsoever) that sitting down together as a family will keep our son from becoming a monster whenever he enters his teenage years. I know. This is absurd. Every teenager is a monster at some point. But I think we can turn the monster level down a notch if we try and eat at least one meal together. Plus, I feel that having a daily conversation—even if it’s forced—is important.
Here’s the deal though. It just doesn’t seem possible unless we’re willing to feed Em dinner after 8 PM. Due to work, commute, and then dinner preparation (plus, my gym time begins the moment Tobyjoe gets home from work), dinner usually doesn’t start for us until after 8 PM.
Here’s a snapshot of my daily schedule:
7:00 AM: Em wakes up.
7:30 AM: Feed Em breakfast. Drink coffee. Clean up, organize.
9:00 AM: TJ leaves. Walk him to subway.
10:00 AM: Get home put Em down for a nap.
12:00 – 12:30 PM: Lunch
2:30 PM: Nap (if I’m lucky. Usually doesn’t sleep until after 3.)
4:00 PM: Walk to park. Swing.
5:30 or 6:00 PM: Em eats dinner.
7:00 PM: Head to gym.
8:00 PM-8:30 PM: Start our dinner
8:30 PM-9:00 PM: Em goes to bed.
I guess my questions are: what time do you eat? Do you eat together as a family? If so, does it mean keeping your little one up later at night? How do you make it work if you make it work at all?