I always really enjoy reading the day in the life posts. I especially enjoyed them when I was pregnant and when I had a newborn. When E was a newborn, it was helpful to see that other moms were going through similar difficult times (I wasn’t alone!), and if I read the life of a baby that was a little older, it gave me hope that there were some easier (not easy) times ahead. So what does life at lour house look like? Here’s a typical day:
4:00 a.m. Nurse E for about 20 minutes, change her diaper and sing rock-a-bye baby before laying her back down in her crib. My doctor wants me to drop this feeding, but she is still asleep when I leave for work, so I love this time we get to spend together before I go to work.
4:20 a.m.- try to fall back asleep before the alarm goes off at 5, but usually check Instagram, Facebook, blogs, etc for a few minutes.
5:15 a.m.- wake up, feed the dogs, pump, eat breakfast and get ready for work. Lately my breakfast is oatmeal with flax seeds and fruit because I’m trying to boost my supply and oatmeal is supposed to help. Also, stuff diapers or put away bottles that were on the drying rack, sometimes both.
6:30 a.m.- my mom, the “nanny”, gets to our house. I go over anything new to talk to her about and then head out the door. I’ve gotten into a very bad habit of stopping for coffee every morning, so I do that too.
7:00 a.m.-work, work, work
8:00 a.m.- pump. There are 6 pumping moms in my building with only one mother’s room, so we are all on a strict schedule to make sure everyone has a turn. It’s great there are so many of us, but terrible if I have a meeting or something that interferes with my pump time. So, I had to alter my pump schedule with the new job to make it work. But, most of my team gets in around 9, so I like to have at least one pump session done before the rest of the group gets here.
8:30 -11:00 a.m.-work, work, work
11:00 a.m.- pump
11:30- 12:00 p.m.- grab some lunch at my desk. Usually a salad or sandwich and some yogurt.
12:00-2:00 p.m. – work, work work
2:00 p.m.- pump
2:30-4:00p.m. work, work, work
4:15 p.m.- home!! I chat with my mom about the day, and find out what they did and how E slept. Here’s her schedule while I’m away:
- 6:45-7:00 a.m.- E wakes up
- 7:00 a.m.- 5 oz bottle
- 7:30 a.m.- breakfast. This varies, but usually oatmeal or some fruit and veggie combo like sweet potatoes and apples
- 8:00 a.m.- Stroller ride to the park. She loves the swing.
- 9:00-10:00 a.m.- Nap time with Lovey and White Noise Machine
- 10:00 a.m.- 4 oz bottle
- 10:30-12:00 p.m.- Play time: Jumper , floor activities like Geometric Stacker, and wood toy throwing mostly, reading, exersaucer, LOTS of singing, practicing crawling (we’re not quite there yet), mostly wanting to practice walking.
- 12:15 p.m. – Lunch time! Again, a mix of fruits and veggies. She is a huge fan of the squash family. So, butternut, acorn or spaghetti squash and some peas or broccoli or something green.
- 12:45-2:00 p.m.- Nap time with Lovey and White Noise Machine
- 2:00 p.m.- 4 oz bottle
- 2:30 p.m.- another stroller walk and more park time! Sometimes there are other kids there now, and she loves to watch them, but not let them get too close. One little boy wanted to help push her in the swing and she didn’t really want that to happen.
- 3:15 p.m.- snack time. Usually fruit, like pears.
- 3:30-4:15 p.m.- Play time again, a lot like the 10:30-12 time slot.
Now I get to hang out and play with E! I usually change quickly out of my work clothes while E cries because she’s so ready to nurse.
4:30 p.m.- Nurse E and talk to her about her day.
4:45 p.m.- play, read, and practice crawling some more. Usually use the dogs as something she should crawl towards because she thinks they are hilarious.
5:15-5:50 p.m.- Dad is home! We all head for a walk with the dogs. E rides in her Beco Gemini , and gets really excited when I pull it out.
6:00 p.m.- Dinner time. She loves zucchini, spaghetti, crab, sweet potatoes, broccoli. So we do some of that, and then anything else we have left over that we may have had that week. Dad washes bottles and prepares bottles for the next day while she eats.
6:35 p.m. – PJ and lotion time. We call this baby massage and she LOVES it. Again, we use California Baby Lotion .
7:00 p.m.- Wash diapers (every other day), feed the dogs, make dinner, and plop down on the couch to veg out.
8:00 p.m.- Sean leaves for the gym, so I log on to my work computer to make sure nothing is urgent, or close out any other assignments.
9:30-10 p.m.- Get ready for bed and do it all over again!
This is pretty much how things go everyday. When Sean was gone for a week, I felt like a zombie, it’s A LOT to do by yourself, and I am so thankful I have a helpful partner. I am terrified about how daylight savings time will impact all of this, because I have a feeling that E will not be ok with seeing me in the morning before I go to work and then going to my mom. So, we’re trying to slowly shift her bedtime; we’ll see if that will work.