Tuesday, February 07, 2012

What do you do all day? Revisited

 Staying at home with a baby means a lot of time you are unable to account for in the way you could if you were working outside of the home.  There is no typical day, but here is my attempt  to make an accounting of yesterday:

    1:30 - 1:50 am: get up and feed baby
    1:50 - 5:45 am: sleep (or try to fall asleep while thinking about everything I forgot to do 
                             and/or worry about baby)
    5:45 - 6 am: get up and change and feed baby
    6 - 6:45 am: try to get baby to fall asleep while also trying to rest
    6:46 - 9 am: fall asleep, intermittently waking up to make sure I haven't rolled over and    
                        smothered baby and/or keep her from scratching herself
    9 am - 10:40 am: put away dishes, do laundry, take a shower, clean/pick up house, eat
                           breakfast, catch up on e-mail, etc...
    10:40 - 11 am: change and feed baby, get her dressed for the day
    11 - 11:40 am: play with baby and eat a snack
    11:40 am - 12 noon: leave for story time at the library
    12 - 12:50 pm: story time at the library, feed baby, change baby, talk with friends
    12:50 - 2:10 pm: walk to and eat lunch, play with baby while eating lunch and talking with
    2:10 - 3 pm: walk around, stop at toy store to get her new toys, walk back to car
    3 - 3:20 pm: drive home while singing to crying baby
    3:20 - 3:40 pm: carry sleeping baby in car seat, put away dirty diaper, look at mail
    3:40 - 4:20 pm: change and feed baby, swaddle and put her down for a nap
    4:20 - 5 pm: wash dishes, fold laundry, watch tv, stop to nurse baby and attempt to get her
                        to nap longer
    5 - 5:40 pm: comfort crying baby and play with baby, video chat sister
    5:40 - 6:30 pm: drive around with napping baby running errands
    6:30 - 7 pm: come home to husband (home early, yay!), leave baby with him, take out trash, sweep
                         driveway, clean litter box
    7 - 7:20 pm: heat up leftovers while husband plays with baby
    7:20 - 7:40 pm: eat dinner with husband while baby plays in jumper
    7:40 - 8 pm: give baby a bath and get her dressed in pajamas
    8 - 8:50 pm: feed baby and put her to bed
    8:50 - 10 pm: feed cat, copy down recipes from library cookbook, clean up music library and add to
                          baby's lullaby playlist, catch up on e-mail, talk to husband, brush teeth, take vitamins
     10 pm - 1:50 am: sleep

My schedule will be some variation on this today, but there was no tangible big accomplishment.  Instead there were little things I was happy about:
      - she got in a good morning nap (and so did I) - yay!
      - watching her practice rolling over from back to front - finally!
      - getting out of the house and socializing with other adults and babies
      - finding her the baby maracas/rattle that she liked playing with in music class
      - getting some disposable diapers at a good price from another mom for our upcoming
        trip out of town
      - husband home earlier than usual from work 
      - finding a moment in the balmy Seattle evening to sweep the driveway

Yeah, not life changing events, but I'm glad I can enjoy these moments.

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