Monday, March 7, 2011

Routine Schmoutines

Thought I'd give you guys an update on the schedule/routine I planned out for Peanut.


HA...haha....hahahaha.

Those of you who had kids probably know exactly what I am about to write so feel free to oogle the pictures of Peanut and move on.

For those of you who are wondering what I'm blabbering about, allow me to clear this up.

There is no more routine.  Or schedule.  Or anything of the sort.

Every single time that Peanut and I got into a groove, things changed - she had a sleepy day or a cluster feeding day or we had an errand to run or we had an appointment or (insert any of life's 9013284302984 happenings).


And you know what?  That's a-ok by me! 

But we do have kind of a pattern to most of our days and we do try to stick to a couple of things that I feel are pretty important.


We eat at least 8 times so Peanut gets all her calories.


We sleep lots and lots.


We differentiate between day and night.


And we are working on a bedtime routine.


I want to thank all of you for your many comments regarding the whole routine thing.  The fact that many of you didn't have much of a routine made me feel easy about letting go of ours.

12 comments:

  1. Awww. It took me a while (months and months) and I didn't believe it would happen, but eventually I grew to trust my instincts. Sounds like you're on the right track for that. You know she's getting what she needs and have a rough idea of what goes on when - that's the best you can do at that age, in my opinion. :)

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  2. yeahhh she's the boss now. :-P She'll let you know when she wants what she wants/needs and make her own patterns for you to follow. It all works out! :)

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  3. HAHA!!! You are so cute. The coolest part about being a mom is knowing exactly what your baby needs most of the time. Sometimes we are as clueless as the next guy and have to try the full array of choices!! But thankfully, in a day to day routine - that is rare! She will have a routine but it won't revolve so much around her. It will revolve around you and what you set as your schedule each season. I think the hardest part about nursing is that they do eat differently every day. Every couple weeks they change it up. But for those few weeks, you can count on something - they WILL poop!! She is so beautiful :)

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  4. No offense, but I'm glad to hear ya'll are normal! Just was going TOO perfectly. ;) Enjoyed the oogling!

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  5. It's good for every mom to realize the lack of routine at the beginning on her own. Glad you're so ok with it! It's tough to give up control, right? And when you do finally get in a routine, there will be bumps that will make you question everything. But I always tell myself, "This too shall pass." Phases come and go. But those adorable kids? They are always adorable!

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  6. We really ended up just letting B set her own schedule. She slept through the night, she took good naps and she ate well. Why mess with a good thing right? And now I can tell you that she's going to wake up around 7:00 and want a bottle then eat breakfast, and she'll want a bottle every 3-4 hours, she'll take two naps (one 9:30'ish and one at 1:00'ish) she'll eat breakfast and dinner and take a bath. And no, its not at exactly the same minute every day but its predictable. Its what worked for us.

    Schedules work for some and not for others. Allen calls ours an "Accidental" schedule. You'll figure it out, she knows what she needs and so do you :)

    AND she's adorable!! :)

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  7. ahh, you're so right. for the past couple days my little guy has been on a bit of a "routine" of naps at 10, 1 and 4 with eating every 3 hours. then today he is having a fussy/sleeping off the nap routine day and it's screwed! ha..at least he HAS been going to bed at the same time since day 1 and that always works. and last night he slept 6 hours straight!
    your peanut is ADORABLE!!!

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  8. I'm so glad we aren't the only folks flying by the seat of our pants everyday! I felt kinda bad about how routine-less we are after reading your post! Sure, our little one has a few habits: she's happy in the morning and less so at night, she breastfeeds every 3 to 3 1/2 hours and plays after she eats before falling asleep and we usually get one stint of 4 1/2 to 5 hours of sleep overnight. But that's about it . . . and even that isn't guaranteed. Again, these tend to be more habits than schedule!

    Her new trick is fighting sleep. She'll be happy as a clam and playing in her crib or on her gym and the next minute she's so fussy! Her little eyelids are so heavy but she refuses to let herself fall asleep, as soon as she starts to nod off the crying starts again. Poor thing. Usually happens about once a day in the afternoon.

    It's funny how much your Peanut sounds like ours, go with the flow and making her own rules! :-)

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  9. I'm so glad we aren't the only folks flying by the seat of our pants everyday! I felt kinda bad about how routine-less we are after reading your post! Sure, our little one has a few habits: she's happy in the morning and less so at night, she breastfeeds every 3 to 3 1/2 hours and plays after she eats before falling asleep and we usually get one stint of 4 1/2 to 5 hours of sleep overnight. But that's about it . . . and even that isn't guaranteed. Again, these tend to be more habits than schedule!

    Her new trick is fighting sleep. She'll be happy as a clam and playing in her crib or on her gym and the next minute she's so fussy! Her little eyelids are so heavy but she refuses to let herself fall asleep, as soon as she starts to nod off the crying starts again. Poor thing. Usually happens about once a day in the afternoon.

    It's funny how much your Peanut sounds like ours, go with the flow and making her own rules! :-)

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  10. It's good for every mom to realize the lack of routine at the beginning on her own. Glad you're so ok with it! It's tough to give up control, right? And when you do finally get in a routine, there will be bumps that will make you question everything. But I always tell myself, "This too shall pass." Phases come and go. But those adorable kids? They are always adorable!

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