Before going back to work I read somewhere how important it is to establish a solid routine to make the days go more smoothly. Truer words have never been spoken. All though it is exhausting and time-consuming, having a routine really helped out this past week. To my new moms and moms to be, take note!
Foxy did great in daycare. The first day they told me she cried a little and they think she was missing me, but by the third day she was comfortable with her teachers and getting naps and bottles in on a pretty good schedule. Her naps weren’t as long as they are at home, but they were long enough that she wasn’t cranky by the time I picked her up.
In the mornings I drop Foxy off and head to work. While at work I have to pump once in the morning and once in the afternoon. I know how important the pumping is, but I have to say I really dislike it. I feel guilty about being away from my desk and I hate lugging that stuff to work every day. But it provides a nutritious (and free) meal to Foxy so I’ll keep pressing on.
After I pick Foxy up from daycare, we head straight home. Once home we immediately go upstairs and wash our faces and change clothes. Then we head to the kitchen where we spend about 30 minutes washing and sterilizing bottles.
Next we either nurse or she takes a nap depending on what she last did at daycare. I love that they give me a written schedule so I can see exactly what she did all day. I can tell if she has eaten enough or napped enough. Hell, I even know if she had a poopy diaper.
While she is napping, I lay out her clothes for the next day and finish making bottles. Each bottle has to be labeled with her name and the date on it. I try to do other little house work while she is sleeping. Once she is up again it’s all about the quality time. We play on the floor or read or just sit and talk.
Around 7pm we head upstairs and have a nice bath. By the time I put her in her jammies, she is ready to go to sleep. Seriously, this routine is so great, by the time I finish buttoning her up her eyes are half closed and she is gone by around 8pm.
After that I take the opportunity to lay out my own clothes before heading back downstairs. Then I find myself some dinner and do some blogging or facebooking while watching television.
Work isn’t done, though. Before I go to sleep I pump one last time so my b.reasts aren’t so full through the night.
Foxy wakes up twice during the night. She is even looking for her paci less so I am starting to get less interrupted sleep. Two of those night I found myself going to bed 10 minutes after she did which means I got 5 hours of straight sleep before her first waking. I felt brand new!
I wake up at 630 in the morning. Sometimes she gets up then too. I bring her to my bed to wait for me while I shower. Around 7am I feed her and then get her dressed and freshened up. Then I finish getting myself dressed.
We head downstairs, grab her bottles and head out the door and the day is started!