It’s been a while since I’ve done a DITL post and I keep telling you guys I’d run you through my new “schedule” now that I’m a mom. Honestly, every day looks different for us and we really have no schedule since Claire is calling the shots as to what we do, but here’s a glimpse into our day-to-day.
This is from yesterday, Wednesday May 27th.
4:30 AM – Dad brings Claire into bed with us because she wakes up to nurse. She stays in bed with us for the rest of the morning.
6:30 AM – Dad starts getting ready for work. I am sleeping so peacefully with Claire that I don’t even think about getting up. He kisses us goodbye and heads out around 7.
8:20 AM – Finally rouse from bed. If we are sleeping/nursing well, I stay in bed as long as I feel like unless we have somewhere to be. No shame!
8:20-9:15 AM – I change Claire, put her in the bouncer, get into my workout clothes, and make myself breakfast. She usually fusses at this time, so I have to go back and forth between the bouncer and the kitchen about 5 times before I can actually finish making breakfast.
I sit on the couch while I eat breakfast, read my devotional, and journal out a prayer. I try to have this quiet time daily but it doesn’t always happen. I love when it does though!
Breakfast is an orange vanilla smoothie (banana, OJ, protein powder), Ezekiel raisin bread with peanut butter and coffeeeeee.
9:15 AM – Head out for a run. How good it feels to say that, as I just started running again. This is so much harder than it used to be!
I have to get the BOB stroller off my porch, walk it down some stairs to the sidewalk, unfold it. Then go back in the house, get everything I need (phone, keys, sunglasses, burp cloth, Wubbanub, blankets for Claire). I also took Beans so I had him saddled up next to me. Then I grab baby and go. A lot more effort than just heading out the door!
I did a slow 1.65 mi run/walk, running 1.32 mi of it. Not bad! Lots of stopping was involved because of Beans getting tangled and Claire losing her Wubbanub every five seconds. 😉 Overall it was actually a decent run though.
9:50 AM – Get home. I try to nurse Claire but am just WAY too sweaty. I pop her in her bathtub and use it as a seat in the bathroom while I take a cold shower. I get dressed and grab my leftover morning coffee and throw some ice in it for a post-run treat.
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM – Pop Claire in the swing for a nap while I tidy up the house, start this blog post, and read some blogs while Beans sleeps on my lap, pooped from the run.
11:30 AM – start prepping and early lunch. Tue and Wed we go to a mom’s group that meets at 1. I usually leave at 12:30 or earlier and try to nurse Claire before that, so I try to have an earlier lunch on those days or else I find I don’t even eat lunch and just eat snacks.
I make a turkey & provolone sandwich on a croissant and took some grapes to go.
12:00-12:30 PM – finish lunch, pack the diaper bag, nurse Claire, put her in the car seat and leave for the mom’s group. It typically takes us a half an hour to get out the door!
12:55 PM – arrive at the moms group. It runs until 2:30 but sometimes we stay later to chat with people. The group is so awesome. It’s basically just an open forum to talk about your triumphs and challenges going on right now with baby.
Mom’s offer advice or let you know that they too are having trouble with XYZ too. It has really helped me because it gets us out of the house, gives me something to look forward to each week, and has helped normalize what I’m going through. And it’s free! It’s put on by the hospital that I delivered her at. I’m really glad moms have these kind of resources available to them these days.
2:50 PM – leave the group. We stayed a little late like usual. Claire screamed the whole ride home because she was overtired and I couldn’t get her to sleep. I also think she was hot since it was just so hot yesterday.
3:15 PM – get home and soothe Claire to sleep. This means I swaddle her, put her on her side, rock her a little, and turn the sound machine really loud (just learned this trick the other night – Happiest Baby on the Block, people!). It calmed her immediately.
I put her in the crib and she is good to go. She just started sleeping in the crib! 🙂
3:30 – 5:00 PM – Claire naps! Yay! I camp out on the couch, attempt to read, and tried a new Seltzer water.
OMG this water is the bomb. And I actually didn’t read any of that book but read more of What To Expect in the First Year (which I love). I feel like all I read about it baby stuff lately, but that’s okay.
Dad also gets home somewhere in this timeframe.
5:00 PM – Claire is up. It was super hot (have I said that already?) so I gave her a bath since she was kind of clammy.
We nurse, do the bath, attempt to read a book, but then she is already ready for another nap. Dad swaddles her and we put her in the swing before eating dinner. She takes another nap.
6:30 PM – Dinner. Our plans kind of flopped. We were supposed to have something that required the oven but it was just too hot to turn that thing on (we don’t have AC).
We had makeshift meatball subs on hot dog buns instead. Whatever!
Plus a glass of wine and salad.
7:00-9:00 PM – Hang out. I finish up this post, tidy the kitchen, read some more, all while tending to Claire.
10:00 PM – We are all in bed. Claire is in her crib for the second night in a row.
And that was my day!
Questions for You:
- What do you imagine a day in the life with a baby looks like?
- If you’re a mom, what does your day in the life with your kids look like?