Oh goodness, my heart. Peter is 3 weeks old. Time, slow down! Every time I think I’m getting the hang of this motherhood thing, he does something to throw me for a loop. Like having a growth spurt and feeding around the clock. Or randomly deciding to stay awake all night last night, not fussy awake, just alert and happy and noisey awake.
Yesterday was our first day of just the two of us. My dear hubby had to return to work and I missed having him home to help out.
After correcting baby’s day and night confusion we have tried our best to stick to a daily schedule that looks something like this:
7:30- Wake up for the day, diaper change, feed, awake time
8:30- Down for nap
10:00- Diaper change, feed, awake time
11:00- Down for nap
12:30- Diaper change, feed, awake time
1:30- Down for nap
3:00- Diaper change, feed, awake time
4:00- Down for nap
5:30- Diaper change, feed, awake time
6:30- Down for nap
8:00- Diaper change, swaddle for bedtime, feed, put down for the night
Of course, this is a loose schedule. Babies aren’t exactly known for being on time for everything. Sometimes he wants to be awake for longer or falls asleep early. Sometimes he’ll wake up in the middle of a nap needing a diaper change. Sometimes he’s hungry earlier, I just have to roll with it.
But sticking as close to the schedule as possible has made our nights so much better. He usually eats more at night, which means when I put him down he has a fuller belly and sleeps longer. When he wakes at night I change his diaper as quickly as possible, re-swaddle him, then feed, and put him back down.
We just increased the time between feedings to 2.5 hours, so he eats a little more at each feeding.
So, what do we do during awake time? Not much! It doesn’t take a ton to stimulate baby. He enjoys tummy time and looking at my face.
Today we are going to have our first outing, to Target of course!