I always want to know what other stay-at-home moms are up to, so here’s what I did yesterday.
6am – Alarm goes off. Realize that the baby did not cry out in the night at all, and I had a full night’s sleep. But this does not stop me from promptly changing the alarm to 6:15…and then 6:30
6:30am – Pump 4 ounces of milk and stick in refrigerator. Baby also wakes up, but he likes to chill out in bed for a while before we get him up for the day.
7am – Up for the day. Nurse and read a morning book.
7:30 – Breakfast. Banana and toast for the boy. Sausage and toast for the mommy.
8am – Clean kitchen while baby plays drums with wooden spoon on the floor, the dog, and then mommy herself.
8:30am – Baby is fussy, so we decide to put him down for a nap. Mommy finishes getting ready for the day.
8:45am – Baby is asleep
9:00am – Baby is awake. Like for real awake and not going back down. Works out anyway cause we need to leave for 9 month check-up appointment. Change diaper, dress baby, and head out the door. If it were a Monday or a Thursday, we’d be heading out to the gym for a workout. And other days we might be out for a walk or off to the library. Today, the destination is the doctor.
10:15am – Leave doctor’s office with half-silly, half-upset baby (shots ya know).
10:30am – Nurse and watch Upstairs, Downstairs (upstairs, actually. It may not be Sesame Street, but he’s too busy with other things). Baby plays with his upstairs toys, which he thinks includes the swivel chair, the stepping ladder, and a measuring tape.
11:30am – Lunch! We both successfully eat lunch at the same time! First time that has happened in a while. I usually eat an appetizer (something to eat with one hand), then wait to put him down for a nap so I can eat.
Noon – Throw a load of laundry in the washer. Vacuum the kitchen and baby’s room while baby alternately wrestles cord and chases vacuum while yelling at it.
12:30pm – Play time in the kitchen and nursery. I play a little with him and then get out my computer to start working on blogs while he plays quasi-independently. So that’s what we do for a while. He plays. I type. We play. He plays. I type. The cycle continues.
1pm – The baby seems tired (crawling over to me more frequently, the tell-tale rubbing of the eyes). I put him down for a nap.
1:02pm – I realize that I have not turned on his sound machine and the Glass Doctor is coming to repair our windows from the hail damage in 20 minutes.
1:03pm – Sneak in room to turn on sound machine. Baby’s eyes are droopy, but the floor boards are too and creak all over the place. Sound machine on and baby wailing that I’ve disturbed his privacy.
1:05pm – Baby back asleep. He was tired! I continue to write, call the tax office to check on homestead exemption status, input receipts into budget software, exchange emails, and back to writing once again. Keep vigilant eye on front door, so I can get to it before the Glass Doctor rings the door bell and wakes up the baby.
1:30pm – Baby coughs, and stands up in crib. I think he’s up for good because 30 minutes is his average nap length, but he’s back down….for the count!
2:00pm – Baby wakes up for real. Makes silly noises, so I know he can stay in there for a bit until I finish what I’m doing, and take the opportunity to pee without baby trying to move me out of the way so he can drum on the toilet lid.
2:15pm – Nurse baby and read a book.
2:30pm – Back to blogging/playing with baby. Mostly reading books he brings me and smiling at him when he looks my way. Just a side note: the V-tech Learning Walker is awesome. We would probably go run an errand at this point, but Glass Doctor is still here and I need to stick around so I can pay him.
3pm – Fold laundry while baby plays with Hank-Dog and a trash-can lid.
3:10pm – Baby decides he wants to help with laundry – i.e. – he is upset about mommy doing something that does not involve him. I put him on the bed with me where we do the laundry and he plays with plastic hangers.
3:20pm – I attempt to put the laundry away, but Henry screams when I leave. Laundry to be continued later. Wish Glass Doctor would finish so we could go somewhere for a change of scene. Instead, we make our way to the nursery for more play time! We run through the songs he likes to sing, read another book, and have some Baby crawling Mommy like a mountain time.
3:45pm – An impromptu call from the grandparents who want to come over for a quick visit. Hooray! Henry loves his grandparents. They will be here soon. Until then, more mountain climbing.
3:47pm – Wow, that was fast. They’re here! We play with his basketball hoop and sing songs and dance with grandparents.
4:30pm – They leave and baby seems tired (lying down on the ground), so I put him in the crib for a quick rest or nap (whichever happens) while I eat an afternoon snack. I look at laundry pile and decide to chill out for a bit instead.
4:55pm – Baby is up and it’s time to nurse again.
5:20pm – Finish folding laundry and put away while baby plays in his room. At least that’s how it starts. There is a reason women are multi-taskers — we have to be. Baby “helps” me fold laundry while we sing songs, and I try to keep him from leaping off the edge of the bed. Ultimately, we stop folding laundry because he wants to be held. So I hold him as we dance to family folk music.
5:45pm – Dinner! Carrots and asparagus, which baby seems more interested in smashing with his hands than eating. Ends up eating half a piece of toast and a string cheese.
6:00pm – Daddy’s home!
6:30pm – Mommy and Daddy eat while Henry plays in the kitchen.
6:45pm – Pack up the pack n’ play, the baby, and our Bibles for small group Bible Study.
7:15pm – Arrive and let Henry play for a bit with the other kids
7:55pm- Nurse and put Henry to bed in the pack n’ play in a spare bedroom
8:05pm – Henry awoken by unnamed deliriously screaming child. I get him and try to keep him entertained for the rest of the evening.
9:00pm – Back home and put the baby and myself to bed.
10:30pm – Baby coughs and wakes himself up. But he goes back to sleep in 5 minutes. Wondering if I’m in for a long night but am consoled by the fact we had a good day.
And of course, throughout the day, I’m playing alternating soundtracks of Pandora stations on my phone because a girl needs her Wheels on the Bus, Adele, and Showtunes stations providing the music to live out the day.