Our Daytime Routine
I've been wanting to write this post for a long time, but the truth is it took a REALLY long time - at least from my new mama perspective - for us to settle into a semi-predictable daytime routine over here. For months, Luke refused to nap in his crib and his reflux made him uncomfortable, preventing him from playing contentedly independently. This resulted in him taking all of his naps in the car or in my arms. While he was awake, I'd carry him around most of the time because he was quite fussy otherwise.
Now that he's a little older, I'm happy to report that we've sorted out most of those issues. His tummy troubles have been largely resolved as a result of me cutting dairy out of my diet, and probably due to his maturing digestive system as well. He's a much happier baby overall, and we have some structure to our days, which we both enjoy.
I'd love to share what a typical day looks like at our house with Luke at almost 6 months old.
Wake up and nurse. I take a quick shower and get ready for the day while Luke hangs out in his Rock n' Play. We then relocate to the kitchen while I make my breakfast and coffee. Luke sits in his highchair and plays with his toys. I chat with him while I'm padding around the kitchen.
Nurse and nap. I tidy up and work on my Etsy shop or blog while Luke sleeps.
Wake up and have playtime. I'll put him in his activity center while I do a quick workout. Then I'll sit on the floor with him while we do tummy time, play with his toys, read books, and sing songs together.
Nurse and nap. I'll usually eat lunch and do a little more work during this time.
Wake up and play for bit. This is also the time of day when we go out to run errands. When the snow melts, I'm also looking forward to using this time to take our Golden Retriever, Chevy, on walks with us. For now, though, it's too difficult to push the stroller through the snow!
Nurse and nap. Since the last nap of the day is typically shorter, if we've been out and about, I often let Luke sleep in the car. I'll grab a tea or coffee from the drive thru and drive around for a bit while he sleeps. I've started calling this "snooze and cruising" :). Otherwise, if we're at home, he sleeps in his crib and I'll prep dinner.
Wake up and play with Daddy once he gets home from work. I'll usually feed Luke around 5 pm so that he's not starving and fussy before bedtime. Then, he'll sit in his highchair playing with his toys while we eat dinner at the table. We chat to him while we eat.
Bath time! Due to Luke's eczema, we bathe him everyday with bath oils to lock the moisture in his skin. We then complete a quick bedtime routine, which consists of putting on a soothing playlist, applying lotion, putting on his pajamas and sleep sack, saying goodnight to Daddy, closing the lights and curtains, and nursing him one more time before he goes to sleep.
Sleep! Luke typically sleeps from 7 pm until 6:30-7:30 am. He might wake up once, but just as often he sleeps through the night!
After Luke goes to sleep, Adam and I enjoy a bit of alone time chatting and watching TV. Like the old-at-heart couple that we are, we're usually in bed by 9 pm.
Brittany Van Den Brink is a PhD Candidate and freelance writer living in small-town Ontario with her husband, baby son, and their Golden Retriever, Chevy. She founded Motherhood Her Way to collaborate with other moms as they go through the ups and downs of motherhood. Say hi on Instagram @brittanyvandenbrink.