Out of my group of friends I am one of the first to have a baby. So many of my girls have thanked me for taking one for the team and getting the low down on being pregnant, birth and life with a newborn. I have promised to be honest with them, so I don’t sugar coat the fact that parts of pregnancy, birth and having a newborn suck, but it is also amazing. Being pregnant – you can eat WHATEVER you want and no one will say boo about it. Giving birth… well you get a baby out of that process… thats a positive, right!?! Having a newborn… come on they are so freaking cute, what’s not to love?
So here we have the truth about what I do with my days. I will start my day at 1:00AM… because babies don’t follow the rules of starting the day at a reasonable hour.
1:00AM – Baby wakes up from 2-3 hour sleep (on a good day). I head downstairs prep a bottle, grab the baby, change his diaper, feed the baby.
1:30AM – Baby is swaddled, fed and clean. I now walk around bouncing/rocking until he is pretty much a sleep. Place him in his bassinet…. pray to the baby gods that he goes back to sleep. I then hop back into bed and listen to him grunt and fuss as I rock his bassinet. He’s sleeping (YAY!!). I try desperately to get comfy and fall back to sleep.
3:00AM – Baby is not into sleeping tonight. He is fussing again. I begin the process- prep a bottle, grab baby, change him, feed him, possibly change him again as he likes to have a middle of the morning poop, swaddle, rock him back to sleep.
5:30AM – You got it… baby is fussing again. Lay in bed expecting my husband to hear him and get up as it is now his turn to feed the baby. 5 minutes pass, husband is still sleeping. Elbow husband and try to say as nicely as possible that it is in fact his turn to get up. Listen to husband check his phone, grab the baby, walk downstairs….I drift back to sleep.
6:30PM – Husband never came back to bed, is now frustrated and puts baby in bed with me. I attempt to nap.. cause how could it possible be time to get up. Force myself to get up a few minutes later – I can hear the dog whining to go out.
7:00AM – Let dog in the backyard, prep bottle, turn coffee machine on. Let dog inside quickly, feed the baby on the couch.
8:00AM – My stomach is grumbling, set the baby down on the couch, make my morning shake, pour coffee. Attempt to have my breakfast whilst holding/playing/making faces at the baby so he doesn’t cry. Check Facebook, realize I need to boil more water and sterilize the bottles. Check in with the baby as water boils, then leave him fussing as I can’t hold him while I sterilize everything.
8:15AM – Feeling ready for the day I head upstairs to put on workout clothes and get ready to take the dog and baby on a walk. Get baby strapped into car seat, listen to him scream as I put on my shoes, leash the dog, put the stroller outside, find my keys then finally I pick him up – all is good. Pop in my head phones and head out.
9:15AM – Return from walk. Baby loves the stroller so is still sleeping. I take this opportunity. I leave him in his car seat, grab his laundry basket and put on a load of wash. Check on baby – still sleeping. Unload the dishwasher and load a few dirty dishes. Check baby – still sleeping. Check Facebook and Instagram, pour another cup of coffee (first one is now cold).
10:00AM – Baby is up again. Prep bottle, feed him, change diaper. Baby is awake, chat with him, make silly faces, explain the colours on his toy, make sounds with the rattle, bicycle legs, tummy time on couch… tummy time on me, bouncing and rocking anything so he wont fuss. Attempt to answer messages in group chat. Baby is making a cute face, take a picture. I am hungry… convince myself that an apple will be the best snack ever.
11:00AM – Baby is getting a bit fussy. Put him in his swing thinking he will like it. Baby looks content, perfect I will run to the bathroom. Close door…baby is now screaming. Pick him up walk around the house looking out the window explaining what I see. Trees, grass, rain, the car… pretty boring out there. Try some more tummy time, he should be into it. Laugh at how funny he looks lifting his head. My stomach is growling again, pour some water to tide me over until lunch. Its about feeding time for baby again.
12:00PM – Prep bottle, feed baby, change diaper. He is looking pretty sleepy, attempt a solo nap in his crib. Turn on monitor. Creep backwards out of the nursery, go downstairs.
12:10PM – Check Facebook and Instagram, answer group text. Realize I should probably sterilize the bottles I have used this morning. Boil water. Remember that I am hungry. Whip up some lunch, sit down to eat…. baby is fussing. Go upstairs and stand by the door to see if he will fall back to sleep. Baby self soothes IT IS A FANTASTIC DAY!!! Go back downstairs, eat lunch in 2 minutes flat.
12:45PM – Baby is waking up. Grab him from his crib, bounce with him around the house. Realize I need to shower. Pop him in his bassinet, make airplane noises as I move him into the bathroom. Start up shower, he likes the sound so just watches me. Step into shower. Baby is now crying. Open shower door and tell him I am almost done and that it is okay. Baby is still crying. Get out of the shower, dry off, make airplane noises as I move him back into the bedroom. Pick him up and bounce for a minute – place in the middle of the bed. I need to dry my hair. Continue a sequence of blow drying my hair for a minute and soothing him for a minute. Throw on some clothes.
1:45PM – I am ready for the day. Change babies diaper, head downstairs to prep a bottle. Sitting on the couch feeding him I remember the laundry is still in the washing machine. Make a mental note to change it over when I am finished with the baby. Decide that I want to go out. Come up with a few items that I need from the grocery store and shoppers drug mart. Pack baby up in the car seat and head out. Wander around the grocery store, why am I enjoy this trip so much. Pop baby back in the car and head home.
4:00PM – Groceries are all put away. I remember the laundry again. Take advantage of the baby napping in the carseat. Prep a bottle, note that is already 4:00PM so the husband will be heading home form work soon (YAY). Think about what we will have for dinner. Wonder if he will be home in time for me to go to the gym. Feed baby and change diaper…great poo explosion. Get clothes off the baby and search for a clean outfit. Remember they are all still in the dryer. Throw on a onesie… no pants… that’s what blankets are for!
4:15PM – Faun over babies chunky legs. Pants are over rated. Entertain baby by making faces and kissing his toes.
5:00PM – Baby decides he’s tired lays down beside me on the couch. The cat joins us and cuddles on his blanket. I take a photo because that is super cute. Husband calls, says he will be home in time for me to go to the gym (Wahoo!).
5:30PM – Babies nap is over. I bounce him on my knee, put him on his belly, and rock him until his next feeding time.
6:00PM – Husband should be home any minute. Quickly change into gym clothes, baby in tow. Prep a bottle. Dog is going nuts at the door, husband is home. Toss baby and bottle to husband, grab my bag and say ‘I will be home in a bit!’
6:05PM – I am alone. Smiles all around.
6:30PM – Class begins. Run, jump, lift, and sweat over the next hour. Contemplate why I love crossfit as I want to die during the workout.
7:30PM – Class is over. I am tired but feel amazing. I head home.
7:45PM – Baby is napping in husbands arms. I quickly prep and cook dinner.
8:00PM – Dinner is just about ready. On cue, baby is hungry again.
8:15PM – Scarf down dinner. Baby is on the couch between us and starts fussing. I cuddle him as we watch a show on Netflix. Husband finishes dinner, I give baby back to him and boil water for bottles and formula. Baby falls asleep cuddled in husbands arms.
8:45PM – Think about how I missed the window to do the babies bed time routine. Mad at myself for not being consistent. This is clearly why he doesn’t sleep longer at night…not the fact that he is only 7 weeks old.
9:30PM – Baby begins to fuss a bit. Prep a bottle and head up stairs to attempt bed time routine. Sit in his nursery listening to rainforest sounds in the dark. Attempt to keep my eyes open. I wish I went to bed an hour ago.
10:00PM – Baby only drank half a bottle… I am worried he wont sleep for long, but put him in the bassinet anyway. He seems to go down. Creep into the bathroom to get myself ready for bed. I can hear him grunting and carrying on. Silence. I think he’s down for good. Crawl into bed and pray to the baby gods that he sleeps and so do I.
2:00AM – YAY ITS 2AM!!!! BABY ACTUALLY SLEPT FOR A LONG STRECH. Prep bottle, change diaper, feed, swaddle, put baby down again.
And repeat. Today was a great day.
Until next time day dreamers.
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