Hello everyone! My name is Maria, I’m from Saint Petersburg. I’m 26 and I’m an illustrator. I have a son, dog (very kind), cat (so gentle) and husband (who’s hungry 24/7)! Sometimes people ask me how I manage to combine all these things. To answer their question, I decided to make a report on what I do during the day.
Welcome to my day! It’s Friday, January 27th, 2012.
My day starts at about 9 a.m. when Danil, my husband, wakes me up. He went out to walk the dog and I stayed in bed for another 5 minutes. That day my son Evgeny (he’s almost 16-months old) was asleep.
Hey! That’s me! I’m always cold in the morning so I wear warm clothes!
Then I wash the dog and make breakfast. Sometimes my husband helps me. That morning we had fried eggs with bacon. It’s not healthy but it’s so tasty!
Meet Martin. He’s going to turn three soon. He’s a very kind and smart dog.
I recalled about the letter I was to pick up from the post office…
My friend from LiveJournal sent me a handmake notebook.
I returned home (my husband left for work) and got down to work. This is my workplace. I use two computers for work (maybe that’s my secret).
My son woke up at 10.30. If he sleeps two long, I wake him up by myself.
Closer to the morning he moves to our bed.
He usually wakes up in a good mood.
He can’t speak yet but I understand almost everything he says.
While my son was brushing his teeth, I did laundry. I do laundry two to three times a week.
The cat started eating on the windowsill when my son learnt how to walk.
I made some cereal for Zhenya.
I cleaned up the kitchen a little bit.
I brought this painting from Vienna. It’s by Klimt and if you ask my son to show you his mommy or daddy, this is where he will point at.
I love this table! It’s very convenient and easy to clean!
I had a cup of coffee. I have no more than one cup a day. Danya thinks I drink too much coffee…
Those boards are for drawing.
My son loves posing for the camera!
Our cat is very smart and behaves more like a dog than a cat…
Zhenya eats his cereal very slowly. It’s kind of his ritual. While he was eating, I managed to vacuum the floor. I have to clean the apartment every other day. It gets dirty really fast because of the dog. This apartment is not ours. It belongs to our relatives. We live in just two rooms and dream of buying something of our own.
I have to wash all Zhenya’s clothes after he eats something.
Morning is the best time for studying. We do various exercises – play, read books… I just want to make it interesting for my son.
Playing with a string…
Then with a chair.
And I had to work. I create illustrations for books. That day I didn’t have rush orders. When I do, I work all day and all night. It is my husband who washes the dishes on these days.
I work with Painter and Photoshop. Painter is my favorite.
My client kindly allowed me to post some pictures before the book was published.
Meanwhile, my son played with the pets.
Oops! An incident happened. I had to wash my son in the bathroom.
I took the clothes out from the washing machine.
Zhenya was falling asleep.
He dozed off at 12.40 p.m. I remember the times when we slept together… It was so good!
I headed to the kitchen to eat something sweet. I had an open sandwich and a couple of candies.
The cat was dozing too.
A friend of mine is working on a project about pregnancy and I agreed to help. For free. I drew these pictures for her in a manner which is very untypical for me.
I posted another report on LiveJournal. It was Friday so I knew few people would read it.
Another project I work on.
My son woke up at 3 p.m. It was a bit early so I tried to put him to bed again but he refused. It meant that he would fall asleep later in the day and then he would stay up all night.
This is how the dog shows he wants to go for a walk – he puts his head on the bed.
My baby woke up hungry and I gave him his lunch.
My son loves soups.
So does Martin so he’s always around.
Zhenya had some mashed potatoes and beef.
Back to playing.
While my son was playing with his motorcycle, I returned to work.
When he’s bored playing by himself, he brings me the ball and we play together.
What’s that? It’s a baseboard from the bathroom! No way!
I know some mommies stay at home when it’s this cold outside, but we go for a walk no matter what. We have a dog.
I put on some warm clothes.
Af for my son, he wore twice as much!
My son can hardly walk wearing all this!
The dog brought me the slippers to remind me that it was time to walk.
Ready to go!
Heading to the park.
Something got broken.
I unleashed Martin. Retrievers are very kind dogs and they will never do harm to a man.
There are few mothers walking with their kids in this weather. Good! The playground was ours!
My son starts crying every time I say it’s time to go home.
Martin waited for me in the bathtub for so long that he got tired and laid down.
I feed Martin when my son is fixed in his chair. Otherwise, Zhenya will put dog food into his mouth.
This bottle saved me from doing laundry again.
Our cats likes eating in company. So when we are out, she is hungry but waits until we come home.
I gave my son colorful pieces of chalk to make him busy and got down to work.
I was tired and made a break.
I read comments on my book. They were positive!
My son learning figures.
Back to work.
I was making dinner when my husband came home from work.
He’s gone grocery shopping.
I could finally show you my fridge!
I also made a charlotte.
My son had a banana and some berry drink.
He didn’t like the macaroni I gave him…
After dinner, I showed my husband what I did during the day.
And I still had some work to do.
Sometimes, I consider my husband’s opinion on my work. Sometimes I don’t.
It was 9.30 p.m. and I went to take a shower while the rest were watching cartoons on TV.
Then I quickly washed my son.
We could go have some tea with a piece of charlotte.
Zhenya was tired and he didn’t want to eat.
But we wanted!
Usually, I don’t allow my son eating in bed but I so wanted him to taste what I cooked!
Since we have a baby, every day is unique in our life. I hope my son learnt something new and I also hope you enjoyed reading my report.
Thank you! Bye!
Location: Saint Petersburg
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