I’ve always had trouble during the first 12 months with a baby! I’m a planner and a scheduler, and I need to get baby on a schedule and follow it. Ever since having some guidance from a mom friend with older kids, I adopted Baby Wise. You set the schedule – you wake up the baby at a set time every day, and feed them every so many hours depending on age. If they are asleep (especially as a newborn), you wake them to eat. This doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s worked for me! I know what time I’ll be feeding the baby, how long she should stay awake, and when she will be napping. At 7 months, baby K is eating every 4 hours, and napping 2-3 times a day.
I become a super crazy person about the schedule, and being home for nap times. I was being a little flexible and wearing the ergo for naps so that I could take out the older kids, or meet for playdates, or just get out! But after hurting my back which put me out of commission for quite a bit, I realized K is too heavy now for the Ergo! This means we stay home for naps, which makes me feel quite trapped!
Here is what a day looks like – on a perfect day!
Wake up time 7:00am
7 -Nurse, breakfast
8:00 #1 is off to school
8:30 school drop off!
Nap time 9am – 11am
11- Nurse, lunch
Pick up #3 at 11:30….I CAN GET OUT! 11:30-1
nap time 1-3pm
3:30 #1 and #2 pick up.
I COULD GET OUT… with 4 kids if I wanted??!!
7:00 bedtime prep
7:30 nurse/and to bed
Add in pick up times for the other kids and my window of getting out is very slim!
In between there, I have to make time to make food for the baby, and make dinner.
I always view the first year as a hard time! I do give bottles for a little more freedom, but not too often.
Thank God for my parents who fill in for me often. My dad babysat this morning, and he knows how crazy I am…
This cracked me up! I love him!
Once I am done nursing around 11 months to 1 year, I feel like I am FREE!
I am still stuck at home for naps, but the baby can switch to almond milk, and eat more of everything that we eat! Of course, I don’t want to rush this time either! My favorite quote, “The days are long but the years are short.” It goes by so quickly! I am just trying to take deep breaths and enjoy!
Do you struggle with the first year?