A Day In the Life (2): the maternity leave edition

I LOVE love love reading day in the life posts. If you’re reading this, please make one for me to read. 🙂

My last (and only) day in the life post is here (and here…I was long winded). I’m pretty jazzed that I’ve managed to get this post done because I really wanted a day in the life post from while I’ve been on maternity leave.

3:52 AM: Miss Newborn is fussing/making noises. She’s currently sleeping in our room, so even though this isn’t a full out cry it wakes me up. I get up 4 times to deescalate, then at 5:20 AM I wash up, get a bottle feed Miss Newborn.

By 6:17 AM, Miss NB is done eating, and I go change her and get her dressed. Mr. Husband has gotten Mr. Toddler up and washed up, and I help him get dressed. Then we all go downstairs for Mr. Toddler to eat. We read a few books before he and Mr. Husband head out the door to daycare and work. I boil some water to sterilize a bunch of teethers that belonged to Mr. Toddler. I also go through a box of baby toys and pick out some to keep and some to give away. While doing all this I take breaks to play with Miss NB.

By 7:18 Miss NB is ready for a nap, we pop upstairs and I quickly change her crib sheet, swaddle her, and put her down. She falls asleep by herself almost instantly (it’s magical when this happens). While she sleeps, I give our bookshelves a once over and pull out some to donate, I start collecting laundry, and straighten up.

Miss NB starts stirring at 8 AM, I try to settle her while doing upstairs chores. She never gets solidly back to sleep though, so I change her diaper and set her up on a blanket next to me while I attempt to fold some diaper laundry. She wants to be held though, so not much gets folded.

8:51 AM: Miss NB has a bottle while I watch Season 1 of America’s Next Top Model on Amazon Prime (can you believe this was 15 years ago??). Her bottle is interrupted by a diaper change. I take advantage of the trip upstairs to start a load of laundry, before heading back down and finishing her bottle. After eating, Miss NB falls asleep on me.

I love when Miss NB falls asleep on me, and I let her sleep there for a while before I put her down so I can grab something to eat. By 11:15 I’m eating and Miss NB starts to wake up. She’s not fussing, which is key, because I’ve knocked over my drink and need to clean it up. (This is the second time I’ve done this in a very short period, and it needs to stop.) I straighten up around the house after cleaning the floor and things are looking pretty good by 12:30 when I take Miss NB up for a diaper change and something to eat.

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By 1 PM, she’s done eating and in a good mood, so I put her in her chair and empty the dishwasher, load it up, do the dishes, and make formula. I take breaks to play with her a bit here and there and have her do some tummy time.

By 2:30 the dish chores are done. I promised myself a snack of banana bread once I finish, but Miss NB is fussing, so I take her upstairs instead to change her diaper and attempt a nap in her crib. She is not having it, but while up there I put clothes away, get dressed, make our bed, and fold diapers. I normally do these things in the morning, but that didn’t happen today for some reason.

I give up the nap attempt at 3:20, and finally eat my slice of banana bread while holding Miss NB, and then I feed her (formula, not banana bread).

Once she’s done eating, I put her down in the swing and open some boxes that were delivered earlier in the day. Mr. Husband arrives home shortly after 4 and we chat a bit about our days before I leave at 4:40 to pick up Mr. Toddler from daycare.

We get home at 5:10 and do our normal routine of hand washing, having a snack, and playing before dinner. Tonight we read books and draw. Then we eat mac and cheese and sausages for dinner, do the dishes, and have a little dance party. Mr. Toddler LOVES doing the dishes with me these days. It’s a tad stressful (water everywhere, 2.5 year old handling breakables), but he has a blast and then the dishes are done, so I can’t complain too much.

At 6:20 it’s time to start Mr. Toddler’s bedtime routine, so we go upstairs for his bath. Mr. Husband is on bath duty and Miss NB has fallen asleep so I fold some laundry during bath time. Then we do PJs, read books, sing some songs, and say goodnight to Mr. Toddler right around 7 PM.

I take a shower and Mr. Husband feeds Miss NB when she wakes up. She’s not super interested in eating apparently so once I’m out of the shower, we give her a bath, get her PJs on and then I give her some more to eat.

By 8:30, she’s asleep in the swing and I eat as many snacks as possible before going up to bed at 9:10 PM.

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And, that’s the end because tonight, Miss NB sleeps until 2-something!  I get a good solid chunk of sleep! 🙂 Ready to do it all over again.

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