Have you ever wondered what happens during the day for someone else?
Wondered what it would be like to spend a day in their shoes?
Now is your chance!
Welcome to A Day In The Life, a new series that shows you what a day is like for someone else! To take a walk in their shoes, so to speak.
This week, Savanna from Rose Uncaged, is sharing a typical work day with us. However, with small children, a job and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, it isn’t always so typical. Take it away, Savanna!
I am your typical wife, mom, and friend that lives in the suburbs. I love Jesus, I cuss a lot, and I blog, but I also happen to have obsessive compulsive disorder, and in December I had weight-loss surgery. I mean, I live a normal life, there is just a little extra craziness here and there.
Last year I decided to go through the process of having weight-loss surgery because my weight was getting out of control, and I wanted to be healthy. I went through the requirements to get approved by insurance, and then had gastric sleeve surgery on December 8, 2014. Things have been going pretty good, and since going on the pre-op diet I have lost 43 lbs. I think surgery has helped me both physically and mentally already. What about having OCD? Well, when things are good with me mentally things are good, but there are times where OCD gets the best of me, and a typical day could go a lot of different ways. Honestly, since getting regulated on medication, and realizing that I really don’t do well-being off of them, my days are usually pretty good… with that being said, I do have panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, some compulsions, and I see a therapist. It’s my normal.
My typical day varies a bit because I work 4 days a week. I have the weekends off, and also Wednesdays which is just the girls and I at home, as my hubby is at work. My older daughter goes to school a couple days a week, and my grandma watches Ayla (and Livvy when she doesn’t have school) when I work.
A typical day in the life on a work day…
5:00 am– I usually wake up around this time, I don’t want to, but my body wakes me up. I never thought I would be a person that just got up at the crack of dawn… but it happens. I blame my kids. So, I get up and let the dogs out, feed them, and turn on the Keurig. Next, I promptly use bathroom…. If it’s a weigh-in day I strip down butt-naked, and then weigh myself…. I must use the bathroom, and be naked, otherwise it doesn’t count as a true weight, right? I usually jump in the shower next, and then q-tip my ears as soon as I get out… it’s an OCD thing that I must do. After that, I get partly dressed, start drinking my coffee in the peace and quiet, and sit down at my computer to do blog stuff.
6:10– I wake up my husband (I know, but he’s never going to change), wake the girls up, and start getting them ready for the day. I turn on TV, so I can get some things done before we leave.
6:25– Goodbye hugs and kisses begin to and from everyone- I always make sure to give my Husband a kiss goodbye and tell him I love him- I have since we started living together, and I don’t like going a day without doing so… Shaun leaves with Ayla to take her to my Grandma’s house for the day, Livvy stays with me. I make Livvy breakfast and let her eat while I finish getting ready. If time allows, I sometimes get back on the computer and finish whatever up, but usually I just chill out with Livvy. I am trying to consume some sort of protein around this time as well, but I forget a lot.
7:25– If I straightened my hair, I turn-off and unplug my hair straightener, and usually check two or three times before I leave to make sure it’s off, and unplugged. I have driven back home to make sure before… Livvy and I get in the car, I take her to school, we talk, and sing the whole way. It’s a nice little time just for us to conversate and enjoy each other’s company.
7:50– My work is 2 minutes from her school, so I get to work, and get started- I usually eat a yogurt or an oatmeal soon after I get there. I like to turn on my I-pad to listen to the radio, and put my water bottles in the freezer… After I get situated, I get to working… I always work best in the mornings- it’s my time to shine!
9 am– I remember I need to be drinking as much water and liquids as possible, and I get on it.
11:45 am- I go outside for a walk, I usually do 2 laps around the parking lot. The parking lot is pretty big, so I get in quite a few steps.
12:10 pm– I eat lunch.
2:00 pm– I remember I need to drink my liquids, and get back on it. I will take about 5-10 minutes and do laps around the office (there is only 3 of us there, and usually I am by myself because the other 2 work from home a lot). After that I get back to work.
3:45 pm– I will usually drink a protein shake of some sort around this time. It is most generally Syntrax Strawberry Kiwi Nectar because I have a big tub of it.
4:15 pm– I go to the stairwell and go down, and then up a flight of stairs 5 times (That’s kind of like 10 flights, since I go up and down, right?) After I finish up with that, I do any last minute work things, and get ready to leave.
4:30 pm– I leave work, and go pick up Livvy from school. We chit-chat and sing on the way home like we do in the morning.
5:10 pm– Livvy and I get home. Shaun and Ayla are usually there already. We start winding down from our day… Ayla would crawl back inside the womb if she could, so she is usually on me as soon as I walk in the door. I don’t mind though, my little ladies are my world! After a bit, the girls usually start playing, and sometimes arguing… sisters!
5:40 pm– I start cooking dinner, and let Shaun referee the girls for a while.
6:10 pm– We sit at the table as a family and have dinner. This is where we talk about our day, and just spend quality time all together as a family. I really enjoy this time, it’s something that is really important to me, and I hope it is to the girls, and my husband as well. After, we clean-up by clearing the table, putting dishes in the dishwasher, and packing up any leftovers.
7:15 pm– It’s bath-time, and my girls love bath-time! I usually get them started, wash their hair and bodies, and then send Shaun in to supervise. I like it like that, we both get the shared responsibility of bathing the kids, and making sure they don’t splash water all over the place. He dries them off, and then we chase them through-out the house to try and dry their hair. They love it, it’s a little game that has become a thing, we must chase them, and they giggle and laugh… they just love it. It’s the little things in life! They get lotioned up, and put PJs on after all that.
7:50 pm– We watch TV. I get the girls their Milkies, and we cuddle up.
8:15 pm– I either have sleeping kids cuddled up next to me, or I take the them to bed to go to sleep. We co-sleep, so it’s in my bed. Well, Livvy will sleep in her bed, but usually makes her way to mine in the wee hours of the morning. Ayla has not ever really slept in her bed… No judging!
8:30 pm– I try to sneak out of bed to take my medications and vitamins, brush my teeth, and then I usually clean-out my ears with q-tips again before bed. Sometimes I sneak in a little sexy time with my man (hey- after kids you have to get it when you can!), or I get back to blogging if something is pending or needs finished (I do a lot of blog stuff on the weekends). Most generally though, I go to bed and lay there going over everything that happened throughout my day- obsessing over this or that. If I am going to have a panic attack it’s usually about this time. Otherwise, I eventually fall asleep, and that’s that.
There you have it:
Hello! My name is Savanna, and I blog at Rose Uncaged where I write about my life being a Mom, having OCD, and my journey with weight-loss surgery. I tend to be pretty random in life and on my blog. I post about my weight-loss journey with the Gastric Sleeve, OCD, recipes, parenting, kid activities, and everything in between.
I’m an almost thirty Midwesterner living life the best I can. I am married to my husband Shaun who I’ve been with since I was 17 years old. I have two amazing daughters that are both under 4, but not for long! I love Jesus, I cuss a lot, I struggle with anxiety related to OCD, and I can only eat like a 1/2 cup at a time since having 80% of my stomach removed. I’m a work in progress, feel free to follow, or stalk my blog all you want to get in with the craziness!