Have you ever wondered what happens in the life with a 7 week old baby or are you just curious as to what I get up to all day while on mat leave? Well, look no further then as I’m about to make your wishes come true! I tracked everything that happened during the course of two days and will tell you all about it. This was going to be just one day but as it turned out to be a really rough one, I also wanted to show the next day which was so much better! This is the reality with a baby, some days are easier than others. Now obviously these are just two examples so our days will differ. These two days we didn’t really have any plans either which isn’t always the case but it does give a good idea of what a lot of our days are like. Let’s begin.
2.00 – I’m woken up by Isobel stirring for her first feed and before she goes mental, I quickly run to the toilet as you don’t want to start a feed and realise midway through you need to wee! While feeding her, I have my phone to keep me awake either with nightly chats with the other mums or browsing social media. Once she’s done, I do a quick nappy change and put her right back to sleep. Usually this works really well and she goes down right away. If she’s a bit cranky, I’ll hold her for a bit until she gets sleepier and then put her down. She sleeps in a crib next to our bed inside a sleepyhead which is a fancy baby sleeping pillow. I turn on Euan the sheep which plays heartbeat sounds and glows faintly red and helps put her to sleep. I go back to bed and am out like a light!
5.00 – I wake up to Isobel stirring again for her early morning feed. Same process as the night feed with the exception that once she’s fed, I pass her to Andres for the nappy change. We’ve only recently started this routine and so far it’s working out quite nicely.
7.00 – I wake up to Isobel making noises and get up to feed her. I check my phone and realise Andres has overslept. When I check on Isobel, she’s still sound asleep so clearly she just wanted to make sure daddy didn’t get up too late for work, ha!
7.30 – I get up to join Andres for brekkie before he leaves. Before moving Isobel downstairs, I first throw a wash on. I do a wash almost every day, either for our cloth nappies, baby clothing, bedding or my clothing. Today is baby clothing wash day. I then bring Isobel downstairs with me. Today she remains sleeping so I leave her in her sleepyhead while other days if she’s awake, I move her to the bouncer so she can see us. I always have pre-prepared overnight oats for brekkie so I just have to grab my pre prepared jar (today’s flavour is raspberry chocolate, yum!), make a coffee and sit down to eat. This saves me lots of time in the morning and means that if Isobel wakes up, I can still quickly grab my jar and have brekkie one handed while feeding her. Within a few minutes of sitting down to eat, this is exactly what happens so I move to the sofa and do just that.
8.00 – Andres leaves for work. While finishing feeding Isobel, I catch up on the news, check my emails and social media on my laptop. While feeding, she has several rather louds poops (she loves pooping while eating!) so I take her upstairs for a nappy change. Once she’s changed, her clothes come off, I wash her down a bit with a washcloth and then change her clothes. I don’t normally put her in fancy outfits unless for special occasions which we have none today, so sleepsuit it is. I put her in her bouncer and spend a bit of time playing with her. She’s getting more and more fun every day, smiling away and making lots of sounds.
9.00 – Nap time and baby is out like a light! In my new routine, this is when I normally do a workout instead of our walk which has been moved to later in the day. Sometimes I do a circuit or HIIT with yoga added on afterwards or I just do a longer yoga flow. It really depends on what I feel like. Whatever I do, it lasts anything from 30min to an hour depending on how long Isobel sleeps for. Today, I manage to do an hour of HIIT and yoga.
10.00 – Isobel wakes up. I put her in the bouncer next to me and manage to get a bit of extra stretching in before she lets me know she’s hungry. I feed baby and she then throws up all over herself so I take her upstairs for another outfit and nappy change.
I give her a bit more food to make up for what she threw up. We then have a nice cuddle together on the sofa and as she usually does, she falls asleep on me. A sleeping baby on your chest or shoulder is so yummy!
11.00 – I start toying with the idea of taking a walk. We try and get out every single day for anything from 30-60 minutes. Recently I have also found a really good Spanish lesson audio book so I learn Spanish while walking; multitasking! This will require moving the sleeping baby to the pram and keeping her asleep through the process so it’s a bit of a gamble. I decide to try. It fails miserably with her having a meltdown. I decide to put her in the sling instead. After calming her down through some air squats with her close to my chest (seriously, this calms her down like nothing else!) I make it outside.
I walk up to Sainsbury’s to test the waters a bit and while she stays asleep and cosy, obviously it starts to rain so I realise this will have to be a brief walk today. Oh well, you can’t win them all!
12.15 – We’re back from our brief walk and I throw some left overs in the microwave for lunch. Just as I’m about to sit down to eat, Isobel wakes up and demands food so I give her lunch instead, while my food gets cold. Cold food is my new normal so I don’t mind. Towards the end of the feed, I manage to grab my food and eat one handed, win!
13.00 – After we’re both fed, I put her in the bouncer while I hang up the washing.
We have a very interesting conversation at the same time. Seriously, the sounds she makes are so cute! Slightly less cute is the loud poop she then lets off. Another nappy change gets done.
14.00 – Isobel starts yawning so I put her down in the Sleepyhead for another nap. I make myself a decaf coffee (I try and not have too much caffeine as I’m breastfeeding) and sit down to get some personal admin done (Amazon shopping is life).
14.40 – Just as I start thinking I want Isobel to wake up (I miss seeing her little smile!), she starts stirring. Time for another feed.
17.00 – While I start preparing lasagna for dinner, I keep Isobel in the bouncer there with me inspecting and managing the process.
17.30 – This is when normally Andres would come home from work and would spend some quality time with Isobel and give me a bit of a baby break. Today, he’s going out with some friends after work so it’s just the two of us. I just about manage to finish food and my overnight oats for the next two days before Isobel lets me know she’s hungry again. We do a feed, nappy change and then some tummy time. Her neck muscles are getting so strong!
18.30 Time for another feed again. Isobel seems a bit sleepy so I put her down but she wakes up right away again and it becomes obvious after two attempts that she will only sleep on me now.
19.30 – Another feed. I swear she’s not eating for hunger right now, it’s just for comfort and basically is her using me as a dummy! Around this time I am getting a bit frustrated as I am just stuck on the sofa with sleeping baby on me and I desperately want to have a shower! I get a call from Andres telling me he’s on his way back and he can tell I’m a bit blue and promises to hurry back.
20.00 – Andres comes back. I finish the latest feed and he takes Isobel for a nappy change and I quickly jump in the shower. Throughout, I listen out for baby screaming but luckily she’s cooperating right now and being good to daddy.
20.30 – We put Isobel in the bouncer and grab some dinner. I just have time to make my plate before she starts screaming for food again. Thankfully she’s on the left boob so I can eat with my right hand! After she’s eaten, I try to put her down again but quickly have to give up, she refuses to sleep anywhere other than on me. Andres sorts out the kitchen for us but I can tell he wishes he could do more to help.
21.30 – Isobel seems to be in deep sleep so I try again and this time she finally stays down, allowing me and Andres a moment to ourselves.
22.15 – Time for bed. I carry Isobel upstairs and put her in her crib. I stupidly enough decide to change our bedding and in doing so, obviously she wakes up! Andres tries to calm her down while I hide in bathroom (well, partly hide and partly brushing my teeth and getting ready for bed). Isobel is not having it and doesn’t stop screaming until I come back out and give her the boob.
23.00 – Once she’s fed, she thankfully goes down willingly in her crib and it’s off to bed for Andres and I.
4.50 – Isobel is only now stirring which equals almost 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep! This is a record for us, wohoo! Quick feed and change and back to bed.
06.30 – The alarm goes off, as Isobel is starting to stir, I move her into bed with us for a quick cuddle.
7.15 – Andres gets up while I feed Isobel.
7.30 – I throw a bedding and towels wash on, make coffee and grab my oats. I put Isobel in the bouncer and we join Andres at the table with munchkin grazing us with lots of smiles. We also get a few loud poops letting me know it’s nappy change time!
8.15 – Andres goes to work. Nappy change and an outfit change. I don’t bother washing her down today as it’s bath time tonight. Then it’s playtime on the baby gym while I finish my coffee.
8.45 – The baby gym is no longer fun so I move her to the bouncer where she eventually gets sleepy. I move her to the sleepyhead and she actually stays sleeping!
9.15 – I quickly decide to make the most of her nap and get a 30 min HIIT and yoga flow in and baby stays sleeping through the whole thing!
10.30 – She is still sleeping! I hang the washing up which is done and throw on a nappy wash as well. I then make a tea which is her cue to wake up. Time for another feed and nappy change followed by baby falling asleep on me.
11.15 – While she is down, I decide to take her out for a walk. Today this goes brilliantly, and she stays asleep. I walk around the park with my Spanish lesson playing and grab a take away decaf soya latte half way through, win!
12.15 – We’re back home and Isobel is awake. Another feed and a phone chat with daddy.
12.30 – She is asleep again! I manage to have a shower (including washing my hair!) with her in the bouncer in the bathroom with me. When she wakes up, I take her into our bedroom and put away my washing from the other day while having a conversation with Isobel who is being very chatty! Another nappy change and we head downstairs again.
13.00 – I grab some lunch which I enjoy with some Netflix (The Crown season 2!) and baby falls asleep on me.
13.30 – I move Isobel to the sleepyhead to continue her nap. I re-heat my tea for the third time and keep watching the crown while actually drinking it this time.
14.00 – Isobel is awake again. Time for another feed and nappy change. She then falls asleep on me again. She is definitely sleeping a lot today. I think it’s because she ate so much yesterday! I take the opportunity to file her lethal baby nails.
16.00 – Daddy is home early after a half day and some last minute Christmas shopping. Isobel falls asleep on him after a quick cuddle.
16.30 – We head upstairs to hang the nappy wash and put away the baby wash from the other day while baby chills in the bouncer. We realise her nappy has leaked so nappy change and change of clothing required. We don’t often have leaks with our cloth nappy system but sometimes it does happen.
18.15 – Bath time. She seems to like it these days but she does have this funny look on her face throughout like she’s not quite sure what’s going on. It’s then a race to get her dry and in fresh clothes before she has a breakdown. Today we fail but daddy manages to calm her down nicely.
18.30 – Time for another feed followed by another nap on me. Once she’s down I move her to the sleepyhead and quickly make myself a plate for dinner.
19.30 – She starts stirring but daddy calms her down.
Unfortunately, he misjudges how asleep she is and puts her down too soon. I have to feed her again to calm her down.
20.00 – Isobel falls asleep on me and we put a film on. I don’t want to risk waking her up so I just leave her sleeping on me and she stays asleep the entire film! Unfortunately all the nursings has me wiped and I also fall asleep midway through.
22.00 – I move Isobel upstairs and feed her in bed. Daddy does the nappy change and we’re all off to bed sometime around 23.00.
1.55 – Another feed, nappy change and back to bed.
5.00 – Feed, daddy changes nappy and back to bed.
8.00 – Isobel is awake. I move her into bed with us for a cuddle. Andres is on leave now so no rush to get up so we stay in bed together a bit longer.
Then our day starts all over again. This whole thing has taken me a week to write so Isobel is actually 8 weeks now and our days look a bit different as Andres is now home with us for two weeks, yey! Reading through what happens in these two days makes me realise even more how much she eats and sleeps on me, ha! We are trying to introduce the bottle to allow Andres to give the occasional feed and allow me the ability to go anywhere by myself (I so need to get my hair done!) but so far she’s only taken it twice and otherwise she just hates it but the struggle continues. We also started trying with a dummy yesterday but so far she is not a fan. About Isobel sleeping on me; it’s funny how I said before baby that I wouldn’t be one of those mums whose baby always slept on her. Now I realise how difficult it is to put baby down when she’s being so deliciously cute sleeping on me and I don’t want to put her down! Instead I’ve become a master in getting things done with baby on my shoulder. So there you have it, two days with a baby.