How life has changed since the last post of this type -six months ago in October 2015. Just days before Ava was born!
Ava wakes up sometime between 5:45 and 6:45 each morning. She still sleeps in our room and when she wakes she makes the sweetest little sounds. She talks to herself and runs her hand along the mesh siding of her pack and play. She kicks her little feet up and is quite content. When I hear her stirring, I get up and go into her room to pump. Kevin goes to Ava and changes her diaper. He usually sings a song or two to her and she smiles and sings to him. I take the pump parts and the milk downstairs, start the pump parts soaking in soapy hot water in the sink, and put the milk in the fridge or freezer, unless I know she’ll need it that morning. I give Kiki and Rue their wet food and then head back upstairs. Ava and I sit in bed and she eats while Kevin usually sits in the sitting area of our bedroom, watching Mike & Mike on ESPN and reading the Wall Street Journal.
When Ava’s done eating, I put her on the blanket near Kevin so she can play or he’ll hold her, and I’ll go downstairs to eat some breakfast. I try to get ready soon after eating and by then it’s around 8:00. I’ll take Ava while Kevin gets ready and feed her again. I really try to put her down for her first nap by around 8:45 on mornings that I work because I know the chances of her getting a good nap later in the morning are slim to none if she doesn’t go down before I leave for work. If it’s a morning that I work, Kevin’s mom arrives at around 9:00. Usually Kevin is able to leave at the same time as me and we’ll go together, but sometimes he has to be in earlier.
On days such as this, I work from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. There’s a good portion of my job (Quality Assurance) that I can do from home, but I work better at the office. Since March 1, our office manager has been out, so I’ve been doing some parts of her job like collecting payments, processing the mail, some of the billing, and making deposits. It’s stuff that needs to be done at the office, so that’s what I’ve been primarily doing in my time there. Then I fit in QA stuff as I can or take my laptop home to work on things.
If Kevin doesn’t have lunch plans, he’ll take a late lunch and go home when I do at 1:00. We’ll put together some lunch and I’ll change her diaper and feed Ava, who will have had a great morning with Grandma. Kevin heads back to work and Ava will usually be about ready for a nap so I’ll put her in her sleep suit, turn on the sound machine, and nurse and rock her for a bit in her room. She’ll usually go down for a nap around 2:00 and sleep until around 4:00. While she’s sleeping I’ll do stuff around the house, work from my phone or my laptop as needed, and start prepping dinner. Sometimes I’ll watch the Food Network or read or take a nap, because, well, why not. Kiki usually naps in our master closet for most of the day and Rue naps in the living room or the guest room (that is, when she’s not hopping to the top of the entertainment center to eat the fake plant).
When Ava wakes up, we’ll do a diaper change and play for a little bit. Then she’ll eat and then play some more. Sometimes we’ll read a book or two; now that the weather is warming up and it’s staying light longer, we’ll probably start to go for more walks.
When Kevin gets home, we’ll all play for a bit, then we’ll start cooking dinner. We love to cook dinner together and Ava seems to really enjoy being in her little rocker in the kitchen, watching us and playing with a toy.
We eat dinner at the coffee table in front of the TV (how long can we get away with that? I guess when Ava starts solids we’ll have to start eating like adults at the table…), and when I’m done eating, I’ll feed Ava. If she’s had two good naps during the day she’ll alternatively nurse and play until around 8:00, then she’ll nurse and wind down, ready to go to sleep around 8:30. If she’s only had one good nap or (it happens) no good naps, we’ll try to take her upstairs and put her in the pack and play at around 7:30. She’ll usually talk to herself a bit, but soon falls asleep. We hang out downstairs until 9:30 or so then go up and go to bed ourselves at around 10:00.
And that’s the day! There are variations of course. Sometimes Kevin goes to CrossFit, sometimes we’ll meet friends out for coffee or the aquarium. Some days Kevin works from home while I go to the office in the afternoon, or Grandpa comes to stay with Ava. Sometimes I’ll go for a jog, or we’ll run out and pick up dinner rather than cooking at home. Some days – many days – require multiple outfit changes due to spit up/excessive drooling and diaper blow outs. But everyday is wonderful. It’ll be fun to look back in six months and see how things have changed.
Are your days consistent or varied?