This schedule and routine works for us and we LOVE it, however, I know it’s not for everyone! I’m telling you about our schedule and routine because I’m always curious about how people make their days work, both with and without kids.
It has taken us a solid 5 months of committed practice to get to this point and 2 months to tweak it, as he’s gotten older. This is not something that has always been easy for us. At 2 weeks old, we started implementing Babywise practices about 50% of the time. Around 6 weeks old, we got the green light from our pediatrician and implemented the process 70-80% of the time. That’s a story of another time, though.
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We allow the schedule to vary up to 30 minutes and every once in a while M3 will stay up a little later, if we have dinner with family.
06:30 – 07:00 AM — I wake up, brush my teeth, and change my clothes
06:45 – 07:00 AM — M3 wakes
07:00 – 08:00 AM — M3 eats (bottle and solids), plays
09:00 – 11:00 AM — Nap
11:00 – 01:00 PM — Wake, eat, play
01:00 – 03:00 PM — Nap
03:00 – 04:00 PM –Wake, eat (bottle), play
04:30 – 06:30 PM –Eat solid foods, play
06:30 PM –Final bottle, meds
07:00 PM — M3 Bed!
09:00 – 11:00 PM — House falls asleep
Typically, while he his eating his solid foods and/or playing in the morning, I will empty and reload the dishwasher, grab some breakfast and then join him for some play time.
Once that first nap time comes, I high-tail it. I will get myself ready for the day (if I’m not already), start a load of laundry, and clean 1 part of the house. Here is a cleaning schedule that I used to follow pre-kids. It has since changed, but you get the general idea of what I do. Also, if I can squeeze in time, I will write, plan, etc. for this blog!
After he wakes up from this nap and eats, we run quick errands, go to a baby class, go for a walk/to the park, etc. Basically, we try to get out of the house for the entirety of his awake time. IF we are staying around the house that day, I will bring M3 with me to get some more cleaning done, or sit in the backyard and hangout.
At the next nap time, I eat lunch, start prepping dinner, and try to finish the laundry. Occasionally, I will take a quick power nap during this time. Let’s be real, mom-ing is hard and if we can take a quick nap we should! At this point in the day, the dogs have gone outside 3-4 times, I’m losing motivation to clean the house, and Mike will be home in a 2-3 hours.
From 04:30 PM to 06:30 PM, it is a MADHOUSE here! I’m feeding the baby, trying to finish dinner prep, feeding the dogs, entertaining M3 during the–oh so lovely–witching hour, and trying to maintain my sanity! Twice a week, during this time, M3 gets a bath.
Right around 06:45 PM, we head upstairs as a family and start M3’s bedtime routine. He gets lotion and eczema ointment every evening (with or without a bath). We fill the humidifier, read 2 books, turn on the noise machine, and zip up his sleep sack. While he is still awake, but getting sleepy we lay him down, and close the door.
From 07:00 PM on, it is Mom and Dad’s time. We eat dinner, clean up the dishes, and collapse on the couch to try and watch an episode or two of any given t.v show. Hopefully, we haven’t fallen asleep in the living room…but, hey, parenthood calls for quick naps on the couch before bed! On most weeknights, we are asleep by 09:30 or 10:00 PM.
I know, it either seems like our days are crazy or boring or too full or whatever! But, again, this is what works for us. I’m not at all telling you that what you are doing is right or wrong. I simply find other people’s daily schedule and/or routine intriguing.
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