I thought it would be fun to do a “day in the life” post of what life is like with an almost 6 week old (Annalynn was one day away from being 6 weeks).
2:30am: The baby is stirring. Check my phone and let out a silent cheer that it’s past 2:00am. Woo hoo! Baby girl slept a little more than 5 1/2 hrs!
2:45am: Baby girl is done eating and has fallen asleep on the boob, attempt my 3-stage maneuver of making sure she ends up back in the Pack ‘n Play without waking up.
- Step 1: Move my hand gently under her head and start to rock her close.
- Step 2: Pick her up with two-hands (one under the butt, the other under the head) and hold her out while still gently rocking
- Step 3: Slloooowwwwly lay her down. If she starts to stir, give her a minute before repeating. (This time she opened her eyes for a few seconds before falling back to sleep)
6:20am: Baby girl is up again. A 3 hour stretch! We’ll take it! She nurses and I cross my fingers she’ll go back to sleep. Generally if she gets up after 6:00am it’s a 50/50 shot of if she’s ready to be up, or she’s good with sleeping. Surprisingly, she goes back to sleep. I pass back out.
8:00am: Derek gently wakes me to tell me he’s leaving for work. Annalynn is still sleeping in the Pack ‘n Play by the bed. I roll over and attempt to get more sleep.
8:10am: I’m up. I figure it’s only a matter of time before Annalynn is up so I hurry to the kitchen to make coffee and breakfast.
8:20am: Annalynn is still sleeping, so I decide to treat myself by dining at a real table in the dining room. Breakfast was a quick 2 eggs, a pumpkin muffin, and cantaloupe.
8:40am: Baby girl is still sleeping. This is weird. I feed Maddie, get dressed, and respond to some emails.
9:10am: I hate to wake a sleeping baby, but I have a doctor’s appointment in an hour and half and it’s approximately a 3 hour process to get out the door. I wake the sleeping baby and change her, feed her, and burp her.
10:10am: We head out the door.
10:40am: Arrive at the doctor’s office and baby girl is wide awake. I attempt to entertain her in the waiting room.
11:05am: We’re finally called back. They take my weight and blood pressure and then let me know we’ll have to go back to the waiting room to wait for a room to open up.
11:15am: Annalynn had a diaper explosion. I change her diaper and change her outfit, then nurse her in the waiting room.
11:25am: We’re called back mid-feeding for the rest of the appointment. We see my doctor and get the all clear to start exercising again (woo hoo).
11:40am: I finish nursing Annalynn in the room before heading out.
12:00pm: I stop at Starbucks for an iced coffee and snack on the BelVita bar I packed.
12:15pm: Next stop is Babies R Us to see if they had a swim diaper we need for our water babies class that starts tomorrow (they don’t).
12:40pm: Finally, we head to Bed, Bath, & Beyond to restock our K-cup stash.
1:20pm: Home! I let Maddie out and then change Annalynn’s diaper.
1:40pm: I grab a water and the boppy to nurse Annalynn in the office. That way I have both hands free to do some work while she eats.
2:20pm: Put Annalynn down for a nap. Reheat leftovers for lunch.
2:30pm: While baby sleeps, attempt to do all things: dishes/laundry/start this post/play with Maddie/etc
4:30pm: Annalynn is up! I change her/ feed her.
5:00pm: We head out for a walk around the block and I test out my new ring sling. We’re still getting the hang of it, but I’m attending a babywear learn & play on Friday to help figure it out.
5:30pm: Playtime! We do some tummy time and kick around on the play mat.
(photo actually from the day before, but you get the idea 😉 )
6:15pm: Daddy’s home! I hand off Annalynn and start cooking dinner.
6:45pm: I nurse Annalynn while dinner is roasting in the oven.
7:15pm: Derek and I eat dinner watching a 30 for 30 special on Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. Tonight’s meal consists of roasted vegetables, black beans, and avocado.
7:45pm: Annalynn falls asleep on Derek’s chest (I took the photo before I heard her start snoring). She’s been surprisingly calm this evening.
8:30pm: Annalynn is up and ready to eat. I nurse her and she falls asleep on my nap.
9:15pm: I hand Annalynn off to Derek to get her ready for bed while I brush my teeth and get ready for bed myself.
9:30pm: Derek hands Annalynn to me in bed and I nurse her one last time before putting her in her Pack ‘n Play for the night.
9:45pm: I pass the heck out and cross my fingers we’ll have another good night of sleep.