So apparently it's super hard to find any time to do anything that might be of any interest to you when you have a one-month old. I have no idea what happened around the one-month mark but everything has changed. Peanut is this totally awake, playful, curious baby. She is no longer a newborn and I love every moment of it.
Except for the lack of "me" moments. That part is a little hard to get used to.
Nonetheless, it's super fun to watch her develop and do new things almost daily.
And starting today I am going to try to get Peanut on a routine that will benefit her and me. I've been reading up on things that babies her age need and here's what I've come up with.
6.30am - Wake up and feed
Play for about an hour, nap for about an hour. This means mommy can shower and get ready for the day.
9.00am - Wake up and feed
Play for about an hour, nap for about an hour. This is usually when I would have breakfast and get some house work done (like maybe make the bed finally or maybe get the grocery shopping done - online or at the store with her).
11.30am - Wake up and feed
Play for about an hour, nap for about an hour. I sometimes get lunch. Then we go for a walk if it's warm enough outside.
2.30pm - Wake up and feed
Play for about an hour, nap for about an hour. If my friend can walk at this time, I walk with her instead of earlier. Otherwise I might do or finish the house chores and maybe even work out.
5.00pm - Wake up and feed.
Play for about an hour, nap for about an hour. This way daddy can get to play with the baby right when he comes home from work or eventually, both of us will be picking her up from daycare around this time. Then we usually make dinner and finish up any household stuff or get ready for the next day.
7-7.30pm - Wake up and feed.
At this point we spend a few minutes with her if she's awake and then begin the bedtime routine. This might include a bath on "bath days" or just rocking and reading her a couple of books in her room. Then we swaddle her and put her in her crib.
Then we get up about every 2-5 minutes to put the pacifier back in her mouth which she spits out and then wails for. Once she actually falls asleep (if she does), this gives us a little time to ourselves. And this time - for me to actually blog!
10.00pm - Change, feed and make as little noise as possible. Then hopefully go to bed. All of us.
She usually wakes up once or twice during the night as well. We do the super quiet, "do-not-engage" change and feed, then put her right back to bed in the co-sleeper.
What do you guys think? What are your routines or experiences with routines at this age? I'm dying to know!
I just wanted to let you guys know that this isn't set in stone. We're pretty flexible, so if we're off by a half hour here or there, or if Peanut sleeps through her play-time, we don't fret too much. This has been primarily set by her and adjusted here and there by me to make sure she gets the full 16 or so hours of sleep, eats every 2-3 hours, and gets some time to play.
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