Wow. I can’t believe this time had flown by so fast. I’m really starting to see her as the toddler she’s becoming and not…a tiny baby anymore.
So, our typical day:
5:30 a.m. We wake up. This has gotten even earlier than it was last month, I see as I read back. That’s probably as the sun is getting up earlier… But that’s ok.
6 a.m. We’re up for the day after she’s done eating. Nursing takes so much less time now than it did 4, 5 months ago. Some days I take the time in the morning to go for a walk with Lissie and a pug, but usually I try to conquer some household task like the dishes or Mt. Laundry.
7:30 a.m. Is the absolute latest we’re eating breakfast. Usually it’s a bagel and yogurt. For awhile it was oatmeal and yogurt. I think she’s over yogurt.
8 a.m. We start the morning nap routine. Change into day clothes, a book, I tell her about her day to come, then a song, then bed. She us so remarkably good at naptime now. I don’t mind getting up early because she goes down so easily for a nap at 8:15.
8:30 a.m. I’m out the door. Baby monitor is silent. (She usually is woken up by her dad at 10 a.m. when he leaves for work.)
11 a.m. Pump time.
At lunch, some days, I run? I took two weeks off because my hip and then my back were really bothering me.
3:30 p.m. Pump again. For awhile I was doing this three times a day, but this week I went back to two. I see our days of nursing as her primary nutrition are starting to wane. It’s a struggle to meet her needs every day, but I’m not as concerned about dipping into the freezer stash. And I look forward to the days I don’t have to spend with a machine anymore.
Lissie usually has her second nap in the afternoon, from 3 to 5 or so.
5:30 p.m. When I was taking the bus I was so much better about getting home earlier. She is always so happy to see me!
We go for a walk as a family and then make dinner. She eats whatever we eat – Mexican, Indian, you name it. She is so great at feeding herself now.
7 p.m. Bath, lotion, book then bed by 7:30. And she goes down on her own. Without a peep. It’s awesome.
3 a.m. Is consistently the only time she wakes up at night. This is heaven. I feel like I’m emerging from a dark cave of sleep deprivation that lasted nine months.
When I put her down for a nap or bed, she won’t lie still with the blanket anymore. She usually rolls over then sits or stands in her crib right away. But she’s already quiet and happy to sit there with Penny, her stuffed penguin.
Things I’ve learned since the last time I wrote this
- I went away for my first night ever. 40 hours apart, and the three of us survived.
- I think you can child proof your house our you can just watch your child really really closely all the time. So um, I’m doing the latter and I have no time anymore and I wonder how long she’ll be cool with the carrier.
- It’s hard to enjoy babyhood in the sleep deprived moment but God, it went by fast.
- I didn’t know back pain until I was holding the hands of a 28-inch-tall baby around the house.
Things that I see are changing
- I’m ready to wean her off that 3 a.m. feeding, but I don’t want to get too greedy here.
- She is talking! WIth words! She says “hi” and “dog” and “dad.” And it is the greatest. And so is her laugh.
- I just took a really long break from running. I can see its effect my mental health, let alone my physical health, so I’m making an effort this month to not let that happen again.