Mama in the City since 2008 and blogging since 2009!

A Day In The Life Of A City Mama

January 25, 2018 // Apartment Living, Parenting, Vancouver

Well, hello there! I’m Mama in the City.

I’m a mum to three kids, ages 9, 6 and 2.5 years old and together with my husband and our dog Lucy we live in a condo in downtown Vancouver. I work as a RN in labour and delivery and I absolutely love my job. The night shifts are not easy but I love holding space and being present with labouring moms and meeting fresh babies. My other passion is helping to give infant feeding support to new parents and also sharing the inside scoop when it comes to raising newborns.

I’ve lived downtown since I graduated with my nursing degree, which was about 15 years ago, at that time I had no plans to put down roots in the city but here we are, raising our family and thriving. I’m an apartment mama and that means I know every trick to make use of small spaces, shared bedrooms and also the perks of living with less overall.

I’ve always loved having a glimpse into the ordinary days of families and so I’m sharing a look into a typical day with my three kids. No shift work today, it’s just a regular day at home being a mama. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek into our world as a family living in the city.

700 Our youngest shares a room with us for now. We live in a two bedroom condo and she’s usually the last kid up for the day so having her with us makes it easier in the mornings. Right now the big kids are up early and they get right to making their own breakfast in the kitchen. I can hear them arguing and spilling cereal on the counter and floor at around 630 AM. I’m just so happy they’re getting ready for the day. I am seriously so slow in the morning and I always have to set an alarm so I don’t laze in bed. Definitely not a natural morning person at all.

710 It’s official. My phone alarm buzzes and I need to get the day started. There are lunches to be made, kids to get dressed and things to organize. This morning I’m feeling kind of relaxed as I make our usual french press coffee. My husband is already working and I always bring him a hot cup of coffee to his office. He works from home which has its advantages and disadvantages (I’m never ever alone, true story). Meanwhile, my cup sits mostly full on the counter till I make a whole new coffee later on. Daily occurrence.

815 Everyone is ready to go for the day and now I get 15 minutes to get myself together. Some days I just throw on whatever is nearby, brush my hair and go and some days I do my make up and pick out an outfit. Today I’m getting ready. Often if I’ve come off a night shift or a bunch of shifts in a row, I will often keep things more simple.

 840 Right now I’m thinking ‘hurry up’ as we are trying to get out the door. Seriously, I always lose my cool this time of the morning. I just want to get to school on time and there is always some kind of kid related delay or sibling squabble. Maybe it’s time for me to reset the alarm clock for ten minutes earlier?  Seriously. We often drive to school but sometimes take the bus or walk but today we drive.

920 The two big kids are off at school and two year old Lizzy and me are back home to start our day. Which includes taking this furry fuzz ball out for a walk. Funny thing is that despite being a Vancouver dog she refuses to set her paws in any sort of dampness or potential dampness.

Noon The littlest and I decide to do a few walking errands in our neighbourhood and fortunately for us it’s pretty decent outside today and we make the most of it and stay outside as long as we can.  One of the things that I love most about living in the city is being able to walk to everything. It feels so good to live in a walkable neighbourhood. We walk to a local coffee shop and I grab my favourite coffee and then off we head to a local home decor/ gift shop to buy a birthday card for a friend. Then a stop at the local market for a few dinner items and lunch groceries for tomorrow.

We decide that today is a great day to have a lunch date and the two of us stop by a restaurant and have lunch together. I love doing this with my kids! This two year old of mine is such a city kid and is great at walking everywhere which makes it easy to get around. We’ve already walked a few city blocks and it doesn’t even phase her. However, I still bring along our stroller mostly to put all my groceries and just in case she wants to hitch a ride. She doesn’t. She’s too independent.

2 PM We walk home and make a stop at the neighbourhood flower shop for some pink tulips that we spotted on our way out earlier. This girl insists on carrying some of the flowers home and loves on them so much that one of the tulip blooms pops right off! Cue the tears and toddler upset.

230 PM We get home and I do a bit of a mad dash to put the groceries away and pick up some random toys. I run a load of wash and start up the dishwasher. It’s almost time to head back out and go get the big kids from school! Lizzy gets so excited about going to pick up the kids from school. The reunion when all three kids meet up is priceless.

4 PM Big kids are home, let the craziness flow! I try and do some more things around the apartment before dinner time. It feels like there is always something to clean, tidy, sort or prepare! Am I right?

530 PM My husband is working late tonight, we can all see him in his office working as I bring dinner to the table. It’s just the kids eating together but I sit with the kids and we tell funny stories and talk about tomorrow. I’m in full mama of three mode and mentally prepping for day ahead.

As soon as dinner is done I get the kids in the bath and they do their night time routine. For me this includes getting their outfits out and ready for the next day and have them fill their backpacks with the things they’ll need. It feels like a hustle, and it is, but I always get to breathe a sigh of relief as the day winds down.

815 PM My kids are all in bed and fast asleep and their slumber is my cue to escape into the bath and let the day wash over me. There is definitely highs and lows to each day and today our definite high was getting outside and walking the city. I always feel like I’m constantly catching up with daily life and yet I try really hard to take the time to also have fun with my kids. I think this is the constant battle of motherhood.


I’ve teamed up with  Carolyn of Moments of Mommyland and Tairalyn from Little Miss Mama. Together we each captured a ‘Day in the Life’ to share with you. Find out what a Country Mama and a Suburbia Mama do in their own daily grind. We’d love for you to follow along!



About the author

Hi! I'm Andrea, a 30 something girl who loves living the downtown lifestyle and didn't want to give it up once I started a family. Mama in the City since 2008 and blogging since 2009!


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  2. Evelyn says:

    I am loving the post Andrea! I always wondered what daily life in the city with kids would be like. Apparently lots of walk. Which I really just adore!

  3. Reg Lok Von says:

    This was so fun to read! Thanks for sharing your day 🙂

  4. Teresa says:

    wow, your kids leave late for school! My son is out of the door at 6:10 am and I leave to take my daughter at 7:30 am. i wish we were a bit later, as I am not too great in the morning either!

    1. Andrea says:

      My kids school is 9-3 PM and we live nearby school. Which is wonderful! Especially on days I get home from working a night shift and I can still see them a bit before they are off to school.

  5. Erica says:

    I live in a place where you can walk a lot too. I just love parking my car and walking around for the weekend. I’ve never been to Vancouver, but I hope to get there someday.

  6. city living is the besttt and im so happy to hear that you are able to do it with kids. in texas, everything is large and it kinda upsets me believe i loveee the idea of small living spaces and less stuff in general.

  7. Your dog is totally adorable! I love “do all the things”, that’s how I feel every day as a working,breastfeeding, boy/pet mama.

  8. Melissa says:

    I loved getting a glimpse into your life. My alarm goes off at 5 am and its non-stop from there lol