Here is a 24 hour snapshot of what life is like for us at 7 months old. I took these pictures on Wednesday, April 24th. It was a typical work day and we were in the middle of sleep training, so it looks much different than the last DITL post when I was on Spring Break!
5:30 a.m. Alarm goes off. I get up, shower, and get ready for the day. I also pump. Now that Kevin wakes up later and sleeps longer at night I need it to pump right when I wake up.
6:15 a.m. I finish getting ready and head downstairs. Kevin’s already down there making lunches and breakfast for both of us. Today I have cereal with blueberries and almond milk.
6:27 a.m. I hear the baby wake up on the monitor, a little earlier than usual. Daddy goes up to get him and play for a few minutes before he leaves for work.
6:45 a.m. Daddy’s gone, so I change the baby’s diaper and feed him a 6 oz. bottle of the milk I pumped earlier that morning.
7:00 a.m. I put Kevin in the exersaucer while I clean spit up off my dress and drink coffee 🙂
7:10 a.m. Breakfast time for baby! He eats apple cinnamon oatmeal and loves it.
7:25 a.m. We go upstairs to clean the baby up and get him dressed for the day.
7:30 a.m. My babysitter arrives and we chat for a few minutes. Then I somehow drag myself away from this cute face to go to work.
7:35 – 8:05 a.m. Drive to work. There is traffic and I’m 5 minutes late for a meeting. Ugh.
8:05 – 8:45 a.m. Meeting
8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Teaching
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Planning period. I had to pump during this time since I had a meeting before school and couldn’t pump before kids arrive like usual. I don’t like doing this because it messes with the timing of my regular pumping sessions and causes me to pump a little less overall.
10:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Teaching
12:20 – 12:50 p.m. Lunch and another pump session
12:50 – 3:30 p.m. Recess then more teaching
3:30 p.m. I eat a snack, take care of some things at work, pump one last time, and then I’m out of there.
4:10 p.m. Leave work. Sit in traffic. Boo!
5:05 p.m. Finally make it home and our babysitter is in the middle of giving Kevin his bottle so I take over. I’m SO happy to see him!
5:15 p.m. Baby finishes eating and we play together on the floor for a little while. After being apart from him all day this is one of my favorite things to do when I get home.
6:00 p.m. Dinner time for baby! He is having pumpkin and banana. It was his first time trying pumpkin and he liked it! He devoured the whole pouch fast!
6:15 p.m. Kevin gets home with dinner from our favorite Mexican restaurant. He goes to work early now (7-3) because he coaches middle school baseball from 3-5. He loves it, but it makes his days really long. We decided to get dinner out tonight because we had no groceries and no motivation to cook. I got cheese and onion enchiladas with vegetarian refried beans and rice… and ate it all! My appetite is out of control lately. Also, baby is tolerating dairy fine when I eat it these days. YAY for cheese!!! While we eat, baby munches on a Baby Mum Mum cracker. He loves them.
6:45 p.m. Kevin takes the baby upstairs for a bath and I run downstairs to put the cloth diapers in the wash.
7:00 p.m. Bath is done, now time for daddy’s special baby massage! Followed by a fresh diaper and PJs.
7:05 p.m. I fed baby a little 2 oz. bottle of formula, then nursed him. I do this to make sure he’s full before going to sleep with the hope that he will sleep longer.
7:23 p.m. He’s starting to fall asleep after he finishes eating, so I quickly put him down in his crib. He didn’t cry at all and fell right asleep.
7:30 p.m. I go downstairs to add detergent to the washing machine, then make bottles for the next day. I pumped almost 12 ounces between my 3 sessions at work. Big difference from only 7 weeks ago when I was only pumping 4 oz. total at work!
7:50 – 8:35 p.m. My friend Cynthia calls and we talk for a while. As we are talking I sanitize the parts to my new manual breast pump and clean up the house. I bought this pump for times that I can’t have easy access to my electric one (in a car, before/after a race, etc.)
8:40 p.m. After I hang up with Cynthia, Kevin and I start to watch Survivor.
8:49 – 8:51 p.m. Baby cries softly and then falls back asleep.
8:52 p.m. I run downstairs to put the diapers in the dryer. Then we continue watching Survivor.
9:35 p.m. We go upstairs to get ready for bed.
9:50 p.m. I pump 3.5 ounces before going to sleep and make fun of Kevin, who is wearing a sleep mask since I keep the light on while I pump.
10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. SLEEP! Without any wake-ups from the baby! I woke up SUPER full and leaking, so I pump and get 7.5 ounces!
5:15 a.m. I get in the shower and the baby wakes up. Daddy feeds him a 6 ounce bottle of the milk I just pumped and changes his diaper.
5:35 a.m. Daddy puts baby back down in his crib while I get myself ready for work. He cries lightly.
5:45 a.m. Baby falls back asleep for a little while longer.
What was baby up to while I was at work? Here are the notes my babysitter wrote down for me from this day.
- 8:25 – Bottle (6 oz. breastmilk), diaper change
- 11:00 – 11:15 – Super short nap
- 11:15 – Bottle (6 oz. breastmilk), diaper change
- 11:30 – 12:00 – Playtime, happy, really doing well sitting up!
- 12:00 – 2:40 – Nap in swing, had a hard time falling asleep
- 3:00 – Bottle (5 oz. formula), diaper change
- 3:20 – 5:00 – Playtime
- 5:00 – Diaper change, Bottle (5 oz. formula) – this is the bottle I finished giving him.
24 Hour Totals (5:30 a.m. – 5:30 a.m.)
- # of feedings: 7 + 2 meals of solids (breakfast and dinner)
- # of diaper changes: 7
- # of outfit changes: 3 (in and out of PJs + the babysitter changed his outfit, not sure why)
- # of hours of sleep for mom: ~7 hours
- # of hours of sleep for baby: ~15 hours
- # of hours spent nursing: Only 15 minutes 😦 the joys of being a working mom.
- # of hours spent pumping: ~1 hour 45 minutes (6 sessions- 5:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m. 9:50 p.m., 5:00 a.m.)
- # of formula ounces eaten: 12 ounces
- # of breast milk ounces eaten: 24 ounces in bottles + a little more directly from me
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