When I got pregnant I was so excited for many many reasons, one being the fact that I was SURELY going to be lounging at home all day during maternity leave, cuddling and snuggling a perfect little baby for 4 months straight. I mean, what else do babies do or need, right?
Well, let’s just say that I’ve been surprised in the best way possible and that hanging out with this sweet face all day has been a blast. Here’s a little looksy into our day (these times aren’t always exact, sometimes the naps are longer or shorter, playtimes are varied, etc):
8:00-8:30am – Wes wakes up for his “first” feeding of the day (there’s technically one before this one but it’s in the middle of the night). His feedings lately are typically 20-30 minutes long, so I usually end up watching a Friends rerun while he eats. I was never allowed to watch that show when it was actually on the air (well, til I was in high school/college, but at that point I didn’t care) and so now I’m catching up. It’s kind of an obsession…
8:30-9:30am – We have playtime! Since Wes is smiling more and is learning so much these days we have a good time singing, dancing, reading, tummy time and playing on the play mat! He’s usually a little sleepier during this playtime, so we’ll sing and dance and then he actually gets sleepy. I haven’t eaten yet at this point and am staaaaaaarving! 9:30-11am – Wes takes a nap in his swing and usually falls asleep really quickly. This is the time that I usually get a lot of blogging, emails, freelance and chores done as well as make and inhale breakfast. Once he hits the swing it’s a mad rush to get it all done! The dogs get brushed, the yard gets watered and the kitchen gets cleaned. 90 minutes flies by!
11:00-11:30am – Second feeding time! More Friends or whatever is on Food Network at the time. It’s more background noise than anything, and I’ll usually try to finish what I didn’t get done on my phone while he eats. I’m so thankful that we can do the breastfeeding thing and truly cherish it but it’s nice to have something on TV while I watch my sweet boy eat!
11:30-12:30pm – More play time! He’s usually more awake at this point and ready to really get rolling on the playing! We’ll read a few books, dance around, sing songs and do more mat/tummy time. He’s still not a big fan of tummy time but it gets better and easier for him every day. I know it won’t be long before he’s spending a lot of time on his stomach! Toward the end of play time he’ll start to get pretty fussy, so we usually opt for a diaper change and clothes change at this point.
12:30-2:00pm – For this naptime we usually get in the stroller and head out for a long walk or head to the dog park with the pups for some exercise and outdoor time. As it warms up we’ll likely be making this outdoor time a regular morning or evening thing, but right now is a great time to get in a good walk. I also try and grab lunch right after we get back since it’ll be another 90 minutes til I’m able to eat!
2:00-2:30pm – Wes is awake and hungry! More food, more Friends and more chugging water for mom.
2:30-3:30pm – Around this time he usually has no patience for dancing and singing anymore, but the play mat is super awesome! He’ll play and bat around at the toys while I watch him and do things like laundry folding, dusting or other random chores where I can keep him in my sight. We also walk around and look at things in the house or outside and he just stares at all the cool new things!
3:30-5:00pm – This is the time that I’ve been trying to get in a high-intensity 20-minute workout and subsequent shower. It all just depends on how I’m feeling from previous workouts in the week or how far we went on our walk earlier, but I figure I always have 20 minutes to really work hard. If I’m roasting something or need to prep for dinner I’ll usually do it now before the 5:00 feeding since it will make the cooking part that much easier. It’s also the time that I make blog-specific things since that’s usually when the light is best.
5:00-5:30pm – Dinner time! Wes gets in a good feeding before Daddy gets home – just in time to play!
5:30-6:30pm – Nate is home! He and Wes spend time together while I cook dinner and feed the dogs. I’m so glad that they are able to play more now…the first few weeks home we were all getting used to one another and it was hard for Nate to know what to do when the only thing that would console Wes was food. Now they smile and sing and dance – so much fun to watch!
6:30-8:00pm – Final naptime! This naptime is actually fairly short because he doesn’t show that he’s tired until a little later. He hangs out in his swing until his last feeding.
8:00-8:30pm – Final feeding and get ready for bed! We feed him, wipe down his face, put him in his PJs, read a little book and sing Amazing Grace. Nate leads us in a little family prayer, and then we kiss him good night and tell him we love him! Lately he’s been sleeping about 5-6 hours straight, which means that we now have a few hours after he goes down to get stuff done with work or just spend some quality time together! We usually end up climbing in bed around 10 or 11, a little later than we should, but it’s a good time to unwind.
2:30am – A midnight feeding! He wakes me up, we do a quick diaper change and the fastest feeding of the day. He’s usually back in bed after 30 minutes or so and so am I, hopefully for another few hours!
Like I said this isn’t an exact schedule and it changes literally every day but it’s a decent rough idea of what it’s like for us in this stage of Wes’s life!