A day in the life of…

It’s almost a week since my mother left and I’m surprised to say I’m still holding up well (well most of the time although I did have a big cry this morning).

R has been on night shifts this week, which means he’s not around at night and is in bed during the day. L and I have been pretty much on our own 24/7, which gets very tiring for me but is still manageable because I’ve at last introduced a routine to our lives. This makes things a lot more predictable and thus controllable.

I am quite particular about getting him in bed by 8pm at the latest because it means I can have at least have the evening to wind down and get ready for bed myself. So for those of you who want to have kids, this is how a mother’s day looks like, so be warned:

0730 – Baby gets up. Feed and change nappy. Have a bowl of cereal while playing with baby.

0900 – Clean up baby after he does his usual morning big poo. Put him in the rocker to sleep. Shower, have a cup of coffee, express breastmilk. Do the laundry, clean the bottles, replenish changing baskets with supplies of wipes and nappies, tidy up the house.

1030 – Baby gets up from nap. Feed and change him. Play with the baby or take him for a walk in the pram.

1200 – Put baby in the rocker for a nap. Grab a quick lunch – usually soup or a sandwich. Do the dishes, put the clothes in the dryer, express breastmilk. Relax by reading or watching a bit of television.

1400 – Baby gets up from nap. Feed and change nappy. Play with him and take him out for another walk in the pram.

1500 – Give baby a bath.

1600 – Baby may feel tired now and will have a short nap.

1700 – Give baby a small amount of milk. Keep baby entertained till 1900. Put food in oven. E.g. Jacket Potatoes or anything that is easy to cook.

1900 – Give baby a big feed and settle him for bed. Have dinner, do the dishes, bring the hot water flask, a jug of cold water, clean bottles and milk powder upstairs for the night feeds. Express breastmilk. Watch telly. Resettle baby if he wakes and cries.

2100 – In bed and reading. Baby sleeping soundly.

2130 – Lights out.

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4 Comments on “A day in the life of…”

  1. Annabel Says:

    Kittens are MUCH easier to care for! Hehe. Glad you are enjoying motherhood. The human race will end if it was down to people like me!

    • tintedglasses Says:

      I know! That’s the thing with pets, you can just shut it in a room and throw it a toy or bone to keep it entertained when it gets too much. Sadly babies need so much attention it’s really backbreaking to care for it on your own. You never know, perhaps one day you may get to experience it yourself! 🙂

  2. shirleen Says:

    L sleeps all throughout the night now?

  3. tintedglasses Says:

    He was waking up once or maximum twice a night when he was in the UK, sleeping sometimes 7 hours non-stop. But this has now gone out of the window because of the time difference.

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