I tried and tried for weeks to get my baby to adhere to a schedule. Then I realized scheduling a baby was like trying to stop a flood with a plastic spoon. It was a sign of my own insanity. So I took three deep breathes and calmed myself right on down. That's when we fell into a routine.
Now that I am working from home more and picking up clients for my and sponsors for this website I have had to find a way to put myself on a schedule.
Here is a rough outline of how our day goes.
5:18 a.m. - I hear an alarm going off. It's Beardface UnStoppable's (that's my nickname for my husband. His real name is Jason). He hits the snooze and I roll back over.
5:30- Beardface gets up. I tell him goodbye but it's muffled by my pillow.
6:15- Someone is hungry. I somehow always know that the baby is awake, even when he isn't crying. I snuggle with him in my bed and feed him, change him and put him back to sleep.
6:45 - I stare longingly at my bed. I decided to make it so I won't get back in it. (Disclosure: Making my bed means pulling up the comforter and walking away.) Sometimes this is the only "housework" I will get done.
There is no time for a shower this morning. I have just picked up a new client and I have an ongoing project with another. I am also putting together an ebook. If I am going to put a dent in all this I need to get started before little man gets up again.
6:50- I am dressed and have a cup of coffee in my hand. Throw a load of laundry in the machine. Dump clean clothes on a chair in the living room. I will walk by those clothes about a dozen times today and swear I will have them folded. I never do.
Spill coffee on the floor. I read my devotional and get to work answering emails and working on projects.
Somewhere around 8:30 Little Bits wakes up. I clean him up, dress him and we sing for a little while. Then I put him in his baby gym to play while I wrap up a few things.
9 a.m. - we both eat breakfast. He is now up to 3 small meals in-between nursing. Today it's oatmeal for everybody.
9:30 a.m. - He plays in his high chair while I do the dishes or get dinner plans together.
10 a.m. - He has to be rocked cuddled before he will go down for a morning nap. I talk to him or read to him. Then I put him in his swing for nap. I dread the day he outgrows it.
Then I get back to work. Today a client needs me to write him a letter. I am also wrapping up a ghost writing project.
11:30- Sweet boy is awake. I change him and feed him.-- at some point here I eat again.
Noon- 2 p.m. Then we play. I keep a notebook near by to jot down ideas and to do lists.
I also use this time to run errands.
2 p.m. Baby boy gets more solids at this point. We listen to music while he eats. I dance. He laughs. It's a sweet time.
3 p.m. It's time for another nap. He usually fights this one hard, but he needs it.
3 - 4:30- He naps if I'm lucky. He will be an ill pill if he doesn't. More work time for me. I think I might get that laundry folded- I don't.
Between 5-5:45 Daddy is home! Jason feeds the baby. I finish supper. Do more work.
6:30- Jason and I eat.
7:15- bath and story time. I make the coffee for the morning. Lunch gets packed for tomorrow.
8- I think the baby is asleep. Jason puts him to bed.
8:07 - Just kidding! He's awake.
More snuggling, walking, bouncing, shushing.
8:45 - He is asleep this time.
I hang out with Jason, FINALLY fold that load of clothes. Get more clothes together to dump in in the morning.
10:30- We read our devotional and get in the bed.
11 - ??? I lie in the dark and make to do lists in my head.
5:18 a.m.- I hear an alarm going off.