All moms are busy. But Nadia Sherwin has even more going on than most. She’s the mother of twins and triplets. And Sherwin has not one but two jobs: She’s a part-time preschool teacher and a custom cookie artist through her home business, Be The Light Bakery. Sherwin makes her home in Wylie with husband Robbie—a car dealership sales manager—and their children Amari and Keona, 6, and Mila, Colette and Noah, 3.
6AM Time to wake up! Finally turn off the alarms and slide out of bed. As soon as my feet hit the ground, there’s no slowing down until bedtime—so the first thing on the agenda: coffee!
6:15AM Time to wake up the twins. We try to encourage as much independence as possible, so they choose their own outfits and get ready mostly on their own. After the twins get dressed, they help wake up the triplets. The twins have always been the best helpers, and I am thrilled to have four extra hands on busy mornings like this.
6:45AM We are usually running late, so we grab something quick and easy for breakfast. Double check five backpacks, folders, snacks, lunches and water bottles. I try to set aside a few minutes for extra snuggles to help time slow down for just a second.
7AM The twins grab their backpacks and masks, then head out the door with their dad. I take a deep breath as the door closes. Two down, three to go.
7:15AM I work part time teaching at our church preschool, so the triplets and I are all headed to school today. We try to always set out their outfits the night before so they can start getting ready right away. The triplets are 3 and so cute as they toddle downstairs. I turn shirts the correct direction and encourage them to switch their shoes to the right feet. Everyone wearing undies? Check!
7:45AM The triplets take breakfast to-go as we head to school-slash-work. We love to sing, count and talk in the car on the way to school. They take turns asking me a million questions before we pull into the school parking lot.
9AM I am incredibly blessed that I get to teach in the classroom right next door to the triplets’ class. I fulfill my love of teaching while still catching sweet little waves and smiles from my trio throughout the day. Now it’s time to get our school day started.
9AM–2PM I spend the school day playing, counting, learning, painting and dancing with my class.
2PM My students head home, and the triplets join me in my classroom to tidy up. I clean and sanitize every surface, straighten up toys and get things ready for the next school day. I move quickly so we can leave to get the twins.
2:30PM Drive quickly to the twins’ elementary school. I turn on the radio right away, and we have quiet time on our way to carpool. All the triplets are asleep within five minutes.
3PM The twins hop in the car, and I can’t wait to hear all the stories they have. One of the best things about having twins is that they have each other at school. We do our best to not wake the “babies” until we get home. I drive around for as long as I can to let them sleep, so today I head to Target to pick up a grocery order.
3:30PM Finally home! Once we’re inside, I spend a few minutes looking at the twins’ schoolwork to see what they are learning and making in class. I start a load of laundry. If I don’t do at least one or two loads of laundry every day, I’ll fall behind.
4:30PM The kids get a little screen time while I start to prep things for dinner. They snuggle up together on the couch. They’ve missed each other today. We move laundry over, and the kids help me fold and put away the finished laundry.
6:30PM Dinner time! On school days, I try to keep dinners low-key and make sure that it is something that everyone will eat well. We spend every dinner taking turns sharing our favorite parts of our day. When they’re finished, the kids head upstairs to put on pajamas. We take baths every other day. It’s a non-bath night, luckily—because my husband’s working late tonight.
7:30PM The kids brush their teeth in my bathroom. They get started on their own and then line up to give me a turn to help them. And just like that, everyone is ready for bed! We read a couple of books together before bedtime. Even though I know there’s never enough space in my lap for all five, I will never stop squeezing them in all around me.
8PM Time for bed! My son is first to tuck in, sing songs and say prayers. Next up: the two triplet girls, and then finally the twins.
8:30PM After the kids’ bedtime I start on my “night owl” job. I make custom cookies for my home business, Be the Light Bakery. Most of my work is done at night after the kids are in bed. Tonight, I have 4 dozen cookies to bake. I grab a cup of coffee and get to work! I have been listening to audiobooks while I bake. Even though I am technically working, this is my time to breathe and decompress from the day.
10AM If I can, I try to squeeze in a quick Beachbody workout before bed. Tonight, I was able to find the motivation, so I went for it. I am not a morning person, so nighttime workouts work better for me.
11PM It’s been a busy day, and it’s finally time to head to bed. We have another eventful day tomorrow!
What she’s reading The Gift of Imperfection by Brené Brown
What she’s watching Firefly Lane on Netflix
Favorite indulgence Cheesecake
Where she goes for retail therapy Target and Michaels
Favorite song “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
Restaurant she frequents with the family Hat Creek Burger Company
Beverage of choice Iced coffee or red wine
Best purchase ever Our new house that finally fits all of us!
No. 1 item on her bucket list To fly in a hot air balloon
Words she lives by Every day is a gift—don’t forget to celebrate it.
What she does when life gets stressful Snuggle my babies. It fixes literally everything.
Hobbies Crafting and baking. I love to learn new things.
She wishes she had more time to Spend one-on-one time with each child.
Looking forward to Traveling somewhere, literally anywhere.
If she had to change careers, she’d be an Accountant
Favorite thing about living in Wylie Small-town feel with access to city amenities
In her mom bag Extra masks, hand sanitizer and lots of snacks!
Photo courtesy of Brittany Ebany & Co.