WIAW: A Day in the Life of a Student-Mom


The alarm went off and I hit snooze.  I feel a foot by my face and remember that Emmalyne came into our room in middle of the night.  I nurse Bryn while dozing off for a few more minutes.



Up and at em!  Emmalyne and Bryn are still sleeping so I get up and start getting things ready for the day.  I lay out clothes for both girls before heading downstairs to eat breakfast.  It’s another one of those days that I am REALLY glad that I made a batch of apple cinnamon baked oatmeal.  Breakfast is WAY better when it only takes 50 seconds to warm up.  Also on the menu is a big cup of coffee.




6:15 AM

I head upstairs to get dressed and find Emmalyne sitting up in our bed.  She comes and hangs out with me in the bathroom while i throw on my clothes and makeup.  We both then head downstairs, turn on Mickey Mouse, and get a zippy cup of milk.  I make her some breakfast while she watches her show and clean up the kitchen.


6:30 AM

While Em eats breakfast I head upstairs again to finish getting ready and make sure I have everything for the girls for school.  After double checking my bags, I head back downstairs to pump


7:00 AM

I have to wake Bryn up which is always REALLY hard to do.  Who wants to wake a peacefully sleeping baby?!  After getting her dressed I start loading up the car with our 1000 bags and last of all the girls.


7:30 AM

It’s my first time dropping both girls off solo and it’s a little haphazard at the school.  I manage to make it out within 5 minutes of my goal time and start my 30-minute commute to school.  Enjoy my Shakeology shake on the way.




8:30 AM

First class of the day!  This morning it was Physical Assessment and we started learning the ears, nose, and throat physical exam and abnormal findings.  Most terrifying part of the lecture?  Finding out that cockroaches actually crawl into people’s ears and get stuck because they can’t walk backward.  Consider me scared for life.



Get out of class and head to my secret pumping location.  Munch on a Larabar while pumping and playing on my phone.




10:30 AM

Class number two of the day … this time it’s Lab Diagnostics.  Learn about autoimmune markers and the tests associated with them.  Pretty much learn that the symptoms associated with many autoimmune diseases are pretty vague and so are the tests.  Joy.



Lunch time.  I had to eat pretty quick because my small group had to meet to make our presentation for Anatomy Lab on Friday.  I packed a salad full of spinach, romaine, mushrooms, tomatoes, goat cheese, cucumbers, and grilled chicken.  Meet with my group and knock that assignment out.



We had a make-up lecture due to the “ice”day last week.  Unfortunately it’s another Lab Diagnostics class.  This time we learned about thyroid hormone and aldosterone.  I actually really enjoy endocrinology so these tests fascinate me.



Get out of class and head to my pumping station and pump again before heading to the car.  I have a couple of errands to run before picking the girls up from school and I didn’t want to wait any longer between pumping sessions.  Run my errands and head towards home.  Enjoy an apple-cinnamon rice cake with peanut butter on the way.


Rice Cake




Pick the girls up form school.  Bryn had a great second day and Emmalyne was coloring when I got her :)



We are home, car is unloaded, and there’s time for a quick workout before dinner.  I nurse Bryn before getting changed and she falls asleep.  Emmie enjoys a snack and colors while I do a quick 30 minute run on the treadmill.  Knock out 3.2 miles in the 30 minutes and then do a quick upper-body circuit with weights.




5:30 PM

Chris gets home from work and we all sit down to dinner.  I made crock-pot lasagna so it was ready by the time I got home from my day.  Made getting dinner on the table a breeze.

Crock-Pot Lasagna



While Chris hangs out with the girls I head upstairs to study for a little bit.  I have an Anatomy test on Friday and then 2 more tests next week so not a lot of time to prepare.  Em makes her way upstairs soon for a shower before bed.


7:30 PM

After getting Emmie showered, Chris takes her to her room to get ready for bed while I give Bryn a bath.  She seriously loves the warm water and the bath makes her super sleepy.  After a nice nursing session she is down for the night.



I get back to studying.  Emmalyne is going through a phase where she is fighting going to bed and just really struggling.  We spend the next hour trying to get her to go to sleep.  Fun times in toddlerhood.  All during this time I am working on my homework and trying to get through my chapter on bones.  Em finally falls asleep at around 9PM.



Time for me to head to bed.  One of the things I am trying REALLY hard to do is make sleep a priority during PA school.  I know myself and I don’t function well on no sleep and I tend to get REALLY sick if I get over-extended.  Everything is ready for the morning and it’s time to do it all over again.


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20 thoughts on “WIAW: A Day in the Life of a Student-Mom”

  1. There is so much I want to comment on here… how much of a rock star you are with such a busy day, your awesome ability to still eat such great meals while schooling and moming, the fact you had a dinner ready to go AND still worked out?!…

    but somehow all that is sticking with me is that cockroach fact. I’m scarred now. Thanks for that 😉
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  2. I love endocrinology too! I can’t even believe you… you take care of two kids, have dinner on the table, cleaned the kitchen, ate healthy, worked out, and studied. Oh yeah and blogged. Holy cow… I need to step up my game.
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  3. Just wanted to tell you that you are amazing! I’ve been through PA school (without kids) & it is soooo hard! I now have a 2 year old and a 2 week old, can’t even imagine being in school right now let alone going back to work! For the record, school is harder than work! You can do it!

  4. You are a true inspiration. I don’t even get that much done in my day and I have NO kids! Way to go! Keep it up!

  5. I just wanted to wish you luck on your upcoming exams :) You are doing an amazing job at balancing and I know that some days are likely “easier” than others and the key is to take it all in stride and preserving sleep is the most important key to keeping it all going long term. You will be an amazing PA and you are already an amazing mom as your kids will learn from your example that dreams are possible with a little hard work and a lot of love and determination :)

  6. You are doing such an amazing job! I can’t imagine how you fit in your study. Good luck with your course and all your exams this week.

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