Moving from place to place in quick succession with a toddler is much harder than staying in place for a while, especially since we’re both trying to work part-time.
For the first ten-ish months of our trip, Brian and I split schedules so that we could both freelance part-time and hang out with Theo part-time.* Most days looked like this:
7:00 am (ish) – Theo wakes us. We try to convince him that it is time to relax and snuggle, and he tries to convince us that it is time for breakfast. After 10 minutes or so, Theo wins.
8:00 am – Parent 1 watches Theo for the morning while Parent 2 works (or sometimes explores solo.)
12:30 pm – Lunch, often together and generally cooked by Parent 1.
1:30 pm – We put Theo down for his nap or quiet time.** Sometimes, he stays in his room! Parents work.
3:30 pm (ish) – Theo wakes up and Parent 2 watches him while Parent 1 works or explores.
7:00 pm – Dinner together, generally cooked by Parent 2.
7:45 pm (ish) – We put Theo down for sleep. Sometimes, he stays in his room! We work, play, or read until bed.
One of the things that I like about switching residences (and countries) every month is that it pushes us to experiment with how we orchestrate our lives. This naturally applies to what we cook, where we buy food, where we take Theo to play, etc. It also gives us a natural break point to revaluate our schedules and division of household responsibilities.
“This is my laptop. I’m working. I’m doing Neo4j” – Theo