Every few weeks I’m trying to record a day in the life video to share how we are handling life at that various stage. Past DITL vlogs included 3 week old day in the life and 7 week old day in the life. It’s so crazy to see how much life has changed month to month when watching these videos!
I wanted to do a day in the life at 11 weeks but was struggling so much with potential postpartum anxiety and depression that I had to wait another week to even be able to film.
Some of the highlights and things we do every day now:
6 am nursing session
Sometime between 5:30 and 6:30 Penny wakes up hungry. This is usually when I wake up too after hearing her on the monitor. We start our day with a diaper change and a nursing session. She almost always falls back asleep nursing or soon after so I lay her back down and she sleeps while I get ready.
Luckily my husband does daycare drop offs in the morning because I potentially would have never gone back to work if I had to do them. I can easily leave my little one sleeping peacefully in her crib in the mornings with the anticipation of a big smile when I pick her up.
7:30 am work day
I changed my work schedule from starting at 8 am to starting at 7:30 since my employer has several shift options. This has worked out well since it’s not too bad waking up earlier and I love getting off earlier.
Right now I’m working a more part time schedule so on my latest days I pick up Penny at 4 pm and earlier days I get her around 2 pm. This is only temporary but I’m hoping to at least stay with 4 pm pickups instead of going back to 5 pm. Wish me luck!
12 noon pumping at work
My work day is broken up by 4 hours or so of work in the morning and then I pump at my lunch time. I was trying to pump multiple times when I first went back to keep my supply up but it was a horrible challenge. I have to leave my work building and go to another building where our pumping room is. Since it takes 5-7 minutes to get to the building and setup, then 20 to pump, I was spending an extra hour a day unpaid at work pumping. I decided I would rather use that time to get paid and then get home to my baby so I only pump during lunch and at night before I sleep. While I pump at work I eat my lunch that I brought or the lunch we get on Wednesdays.
4 pm daycare pickup
I pick her up from daycare 3 days a week and this was a daycare day when I got her around 4 pm. She seems to love daycare and has lots of good days there. I’ve picked her up before where I’ve watched her babbling and watching the older kids with amazement, so I know being around all the kiddos there is going to be really good for her development. Plus, next month she has her cousin and a family friend starting there too!
She is usually ready for a nap soon after I pick her up so we don’t get a ton of time before she has to take a nap but at least I get to see her smiling face again! Sometimes we will have 30 minute or so to play but she definitely needs this nap during her day still.
6 pm playtime
By the time she naps and then wakes up again and nurses, it’s time to play finally! It changes every day but during this time we sometimes do tummy time, reading books, singing songs, chewing on toys, standing on laps, sitting and talking. This is my favorite time of the day as a working mom since I get to see how she is learning new things and developing.
7 pm fussy time
After dinner she normally gets fussy so I almost always babywear during this time. I put her in the moby or baby bjorn and walk her around the house. We also go for a lot of walks during this time since going outside instantly calms her down. She loves going outside and looking at stuff and since this combats the fussy hour before bedtime, we always babywear and usually walk around outside.
8 pm bedtime routine
We haven’t done anything special to sleep train but Penny has put herself on a little schedule! Around 8 pm she lets us know she is ready for bed so we have started doing her bedtime routine then. Every other night or so she gets a bath and every night she gets lotion, snuza, sleeper change, swaddle, bottle, and then rocked with singing.
She’s normally asleep by 9 pm at the latest and sleeps either til her 6 am wakeup or with one wakeup around 2:30 because she broke free from her swaddle. Now that we are going to stop the swaddle soon I wonder how her sleep will change. I guess we will find out but she has been a great sleeper so far in my opinion! I’m very happy to not be up with her every two hours anymore.
That is our day in the life in a nutshell! I definitely get less time with her now than I did on maternity leave but I try to make the time more quality and focus on her without distractions. Hopefully as she gets bigger and does less napping in the evening we will get even more time together as a family and our weekends will be filled with fun adventures together!