Let me start out by saying I know I am so lucky to have a realllly good baby. She sleeps a lot, goes down fairly easily (most of the time), and is bright eyed and smiley a lot of the day. I thought it’d be fun to capture a day in the life with her at 3 months and kept waiting for a “typical” day, but then realized — there really isn’t typical at this point! Every day is different and I don’t have her on a schedule except the one that’s led by her. So here goes – our day last Thursday!
8:00am – My alarm goes off and I jump out of bed with a start and run to the baby’s room to make sure she’s still breathing. She is. I was up from 4-4:45am feeding and soothing her back to sleep and she’s still out, so I go make coffee, respond to a few work emails, and tidy up downstairs.
9:05am – I hear Riley crying so go up to her room to start her day in disbelief that the hour I had is somehow gone.
9:15am – I bring her downstairs to nurse her until she loses interest and seems full, about 30 minutes.
9:45am – We play on her mat and I read her a book. Sometimes she likes it when I’m down on the mat with her, but sometimes she prefers to be by herself so I give her some space ha.
10:15am – She starts yawning so I pick her up and rock her a bit to try to put her down for a nap. I put her awake in the Rock ‘n Play and she falls asleep within 5 minutes.
10:30am – Realize I’m starving so go downstairs to make breakfast – scrambled eggs with leftover roasted broccoli and cheese, plus a piece of peanut butter toast. I also respond to a few more emails.
11:05am – I commit the cardinal sin of parenting and wake Riley up to change her diaper and get her dressed for the day because I’ve been wanting to make it to Baby and Me Yoga every Thursday since I’ve been cleared to exercise (7 weeks now) and decide today is the day I’ll finally make it.
11:25am – Arrive at the studio and go to register for the class online and realize it’s not happening today. Argh! I check the schedule for next week and the class is actually at 11am, not 11:30am, so learn the lesson that it’s best to check the schedule before you head out of the house (and/or wake your sleeping infant). Try again next week.
11:30am – Decide to reroute to the Dollar Store. Riley is not having it, so I rush through to grab the few things I need (gallon Ziplock bags, sponges) and a few things I don’t need (cheap K-cup coffee I’ve tried since and is NASTY, shockingly) and check out. Riley proceeds to spit up all over herself on our way out the door.
11:45am – Drive back home and eat a serving of my new dollar pretzels on the way.
12:00pm – Change Riley out of her clothes and into a new diaper as soon as we get home.
12:05pm – Sit down and breastfeed for 20 minutes.
12:25pm – Take Riley upstairs to her room, put her in a new outfit, add a sleep sack, and put her on my shoulder to pat her back for 10 minutes until she seems sleepy.
1:35pm – Get a solid hour of work in. Riley is still in her crib but I can’t tell if her eyes are open on the monitor, so I go up to check in person to make sure she’s still breathing. She is. Back to work.
1:55pm – Realize I’m super hungry so whip up a quick lunch. I take chicken breast and marinate it in soy sauce, garlic, rice vinegar and fish sauce while the broiler heats up, then put it under for 8 minutes. I also take a cup of cooked quinoa and mix in chopped scallions and heat it up in the microwave while the chicken cooks, then top the whole thing with 1 tsp each of sesame oil and sesame seeds. Delish.
2:15pm – Can’t believe she’s still sleeping, so I start writing this blog post. (Funny how I’m just now finishing it almost a week later.)
2:35pm – Riley wakes up, so I bring her downstairs and let her have some diaper free time on the play mat. We just switched to cloth diapers a few weeks ago and I’m told diaper free time is important to help keep things dry and prevent rashes. We also do some tummy time which turns into torture time after 1 minute every time, even though she’s really good at it.
2:50pm – Time to nurse her again.
3:35pm – Riley falls asleep in her Rock n Play for another nap.
4:25pm – Riley wakes up and it’s back to the mat for playtime. Good thing she looks at it like it’s new every time still.
4:45pm – Riley gets a little cranky so I nurse her for a few minutes and then put her back on the mat for tummy time
5:05pm – John gets home and joins Riley on the floor for play time
5:30pm – She’s hungry again so it’s back to the boob.
5:45pm – She falls asleep while nursing and goes down for another nap in the crib.
6:30pm – She wakes up and starts talking to herself so we leave her in the crib for about 20 minutes since she’s content.
6:50pm – Bring her back downstairs for more diaper-free time where she proceeds to pee AND poop with her diaper off. Good thing I have her on a waterproof mat haha
7:15pm – Bath time! She absolutely looooves the bath – it’s so cute. One thing that surprised me as a new mom is how quick baby baths are since you can’t let them get too cold. She’s probably in there for a grand total of 3 minutes but is smiling and cooing the whole time.
7:30pm – She’s hungry again so it’s back to nursing for session 3092834 today. Exaggerating obviously but it feels pretty constant!
8:00pm – She’s exhausted and keeps falling asleep in my arms but screams her head off every time I try to put her down. Finally I put her in the crib and leave her for a few minutes to see if she calms herself down. She doesn’t. I go back in to get her after 5 minutes and bring her back downstairs. John’s on the phone with his sister so we both chat with her for an hour or so while Riley sleeps on me the whole time.
9:00pm – I put her down in the Rock n Play soooo carefully but she immediately opens her eyes. I hand her to John because I am staaaarving and need to make something quick to eat — frozen veggie burgers it is.
9:35pm – Change into PJs and her nighttime diaper and feed her one last time.
10:00pm – Play the game where she falls asleep while I’m holding her but screams bloody murder as soon as I put her down for a good 30 minutes which feels like hours, but finally she tolerates being put in her crib and she is out for the night. Fingers crossed she makes it through the night like she has been for the last week or two.
10:30pm – I come back downstairs and melt into the couch while watching trashy TV but am exhausted too so don’t even make it through a show. Whew!
PS: That night she slept straight until 7am, got up to eat for 15 minutes and then went right back down until 10am. I know I’m super lucky and make sure to be grateful for it every day, especially during the tough moments!