Dallas native Gina Miller is a sports anchor and host for CBS11 and TXA21. She and her husband Jim welcomed their daughter, Jordan, on October 24, 2011.
7AM Jordan usually sleeps until 8am.We’re lucky she was a solid 12-hour sleeper at around 6 weeks old. I typically sleep until 7:30 or 7:45, but this is Jordan's first day of Mother's Day Out. I have to get her diaper bag, lunch and snack all ready to go. I’m kind of freaking out because they offer a Cheerios or Cheez-It snack at 9:30. She's never had a snack before. We are a family that needs schedules. She gets fed at 8am, noon, 4pm and 8pm. She also hasn't had Cheerios or Cheez-Its. I’m sure this is one of many moments in which I will have to learn to let go.
7:45AM I wake up Jordan. She is sleepy. Today's breakfast consists of oatmeal with strawberries and four ounces of formula.
8:40AM Mother's Day Out doesn't begin until 9am, but I take her early. I've heard horror stories about carpool lines. I was working and not able to attend the open house when most parents learned about all this. Carpool is fine, however, and doesn’t involve any sort of calculus professor-type mastery. I drop Jordan off at her class. She's an easygoing girl. A little boy smacks a kiss on her as soon as I set her on the ground. I chat with a few friends at the school before I run a few errands.
9:45AM Back at the house to check my emails and do a little homework for work before I head to the gym. I joke with students when I speak to classes that I do more homework as an adult than I ever did in school.
10:15AM I hit the gym for an hour. This is the one element of my pre-Jordan life that I will not relinquish. I read for 30 minutes while I’m on the elliptical to prepare for my day. The Dallas Mavericks have a press conference introducing all their new players later today, so I do some research on them. I have to interview them this afternoon.
11:30AM A few more errands before I head home to begin working on tonight's show.
11:45AM Speak with producer at our station in Fort Worth about tonight’s show. I host an hour-long sports talk show every night. This Monday we're doing it live at the Fan Sports Lounge in Victory Park. I'm thrilled because I can stay in Dallas for the day and don't have to commute, but doing shows on the road without a teleprompter and the safety of the studio is always a gamble.
12:15PM Begin getting ready for work. This is a solid hour when I have to put on what I call “high hair and make-up.” As vain as this might sound, this is an integral part of any person who is on television.
1:15PM Leave for the Mavericks press conference at the American Airlines Center. These usually last an hour, so I plan on picking up Jordan at 3 from Mother's Day Out.
1:40PM The press conference with Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle, Donnie Nelson, Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones starts 25 minutes later than scheduled. I have to grab one-on-one interviews with the players, so I’ll be there a while. There's no way I’ll be able to pick up Jordan, so I call my husband to see if he can peel away from work to do so. Unfortunately, I have the car seat in my car at the AAC. She's due for a bigger car seat, so he proves he's the ultimate multitasker by purchasing a new car seat and grabbing our girl on time, all in under 30 minutes.
3:30PM Back home to work on The Fan Sports Show. People think we just talk on television. There is a lot of “just talking” to my job, but there is a lot of planning and research that goes into looking spontaneous. Jordan is asleep at the house.
5PM My husband comes home. I don't have time to chat much with him, as I’m grinding to finish scripts for the show. We're focusing on the Dallas Cowboys; former Cowboy Deion Sanders joins me every Monday.
5:45PM Leave for Victory Park. My second visit to the American Airlines Center parking garage today. I should get a frequent visitor's card.
6:30PM The Fan Sports Show from the Fan Sports Lounge. It turns out to be a pretty good one. Deion is a great guest.
8PM Home. Unfortunately, I don't do much cooking besides pureeing baby food, smoothies or composing salads. Jim wants to go out to dinner, so we hit Fireside Pies on Inwood. Jordan does really well in restaurants. We've taken her everywhere, and she’s pretty easy. I know at some point I’m going to have to develop some “go-to” dinners, but it's hard considering I’ve worked nights my entire life. I've never really had to cook dinner.
9PM Home to get Jordan down for bed. We have the routine down: bath, bottle, bed. The bottle part was taken care of at Fireside, so it's a super-quick night this time. She’s down at 9:20.
9:30PM Back on the computer. I’m constantly trying to develop my blog. By 10, I realize for the 1,000th time that I am not a blog-design savant and that I need to consult with someone. By Tuesday morning, I'm back to vowing that I can it make look great. I could be an Olympic gymnast as much as I back-flip.
10:30PM I finally go to bed. This is an early night.