Monday, February 3, 2014

Routine- 7 & 27 months

**I wrote this so, so long ago that I had to re-read it to see if things were still the same. And at 11 and 31 months the only difference is that Baby Brother now also gets breakfast and lunch, his second nap is later and shorter (around 3 pm for 45 minutes) and we've dropped the night-wakings so that he usually wakes up around 7:30 for the day!

*This routine has been going on since about 6 months and is still working for us at 8 months. The only major changes we've had is that at 7 months Baby Brother started napping in the crib (and Little Boy consequently in our bedroom), and then at 8 months Baby Brother started going to sleep in the crib as well until his first wake-up when he comes back to our bed.

4 a.m. Nurse Baby Brother, go back to sleep

6 a.m. Nurse Baby Brother, go back to sleep

7:30 wake up, convince myself to get out of bed 

8:00 change, dress baby brother

8:20 get Little Boy- who is usually already awake. Help him take off pajamas, begin negotiation on wearing school uniform.

8:40 downstairs put Little Boy's lunch in his backpack, get him breakfast, get me breakfast (sometimes).

9:00 go drop of little boy at preschool. If I'm not super late we usually go walking (it's one mile, so just under 20 minutes), if I am then it's a two minute drive.

9:30 assuming I walked, I now take baby brother for a couple short errands, or sometimes to sit in a coffee shop or park before heading back home. If we have specific plans for the morning I try to head straight back home for an early nap.

Baby & Groceries

10:30 Baby Brother's morning nap time. I try to be home by this time so that he doesn't fall asleep in the stroller and mess up the nap. We change diaper, nurse, sleep sack and bed. This is my time to finish eating breakfast, do some housework, prep meals etc. I try to leave a little time to relax as well because the rest of the day is hectic.

12:00 wake Baby Brother. I do this so that in the afternoon they nap at the same time. 

12:50 go pick up Little Boy from school. Upon return, Baby Brother goes in the activity center for a little bit while we set out Little Boy's lunch leftovers with additions from home as necessary. 

1:30 Baby Brother is fussy and ready to go to bed. I set up a DVD for Little Boy so that I can put his brother to sleep quickly and effociebtly without the house being destroyed in the meantime. We nurse, sleep sack and in the crib he goes with noise machine blaring. 

2:00- Little Boy's nap time. We nurse, potty, story and I put him down in our bedroom.

3:30- Baby Brother is up. We change him and then bring him downstairs for some quality one on one time. We read some books, pull out some toys to play with and hang out.

4:30- Little Boy is up. We play, read books, count the minutes until Daddy is home...

5:30- Daddy is back and takes over play time. Usually they head outside to play on the grass while I scramble to finish up dinner.

6:00/6:30- Dinner for everyone. 

7:00- Baby Brother's bath time. Little Boy and I finish cleaning up dinner and washing dishes. 

7:30- Little Boy heads to bath time with Daddy. Baby Brother nurses to sleep. 

8:00- Baby Brother in bed, Little Boy comes to Mommy for books and nursing.

8:30/9- Little Boy in bed! Time to finish up final tidying, and crash on the couch for a little while before heading off to bed. 

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