Oh how the time flies! It seems like I took the photos for this post just a few weeks ago and while I was getting ready to write it and post it, Alexis almost turned 4 months. Oh well! A lot has changed since then. What she looks like, what she does, our routine and our days. But in general it IS all the same: it’s a life with a young baby. Nowadays, we go outside more often, visit the community pool, play with toys and enjoy lots of tummy time. And as of May 23rd, we no longer have grandma here 🙁 That’s the saddest part. But I cannot wait till she visits again next year when Alexis is already walking ( wow! Mind blowing!).
So here we go: what our days with Lexi look(ed) like. I chose to take photos rather than write descriptions of every activity that day. It is exactly what happened and this is what we usually look like/do at home ( except for most of the time I don’t wear make up, though I should). The photos aren’t staged or posed, except for the ones where it’s obvious we’re looking at the camera. But it’s a pretty accurate account of our days at that point. Most of them were taken by me, with a remote/tripod or by my hubby or by my mom – basically whoever had free hands to snap a picture. Times are approximate. I based them off of the time stamp on the picture which could have been taken mid-acitivity. Somewhere in between all those pictures there were nursing sessions but I wasn’t able to take a picture of them except for one.
Note: It is photo heavy so I hid most of the post under the “READ MORE” link.
For some reason I am missing all the photos from the morning till her 2nd nap, so here’s the breakdown in writing.
7:00 AM– This is her usual wake up time, give or take 30 minutes. We nurse, smile, talk, kick legs on the bed and snuggle, while daddy tries to wake himself up and go down to bring us some fruit for breaskfast.
7:20 AM – Going for a walk in the neighborhood if it’s not too sunny. This is usually done together as a family or if there’s laundry to do or things to clean up one of us stays behind.
8:00AM – By then we usually come back home with some fussiness because it’s time to eat. We nurse.
8:05AM – We have breakfast while playing with Lexi on the mat (or take turns having breakfast while the other person is holding Lexi)
8:20AM – The breakfast tends to get interrupted by increasing fussiness when it becomes clear it’s nap time. I go upstairs to put her to sleep, hubby starts working.
9:00AM – Lexi wakes up from the nap ( obviously these times vary greatly, but based on the time the other photos were taken, this is what must have happened) and we have some post-nap smiles, open the blinds, play and stretch on the bed.
9:15 AM – We go downstairs to see grandma who is usually up by now and she takes Alexis and spends some quality grandma time while I finish/catch up on my breakfast while talking to hubby who comes down to eat as well
9:45AM – About this time we nurse again and go upstairs to slowly start the naptime routine.
10:30 AM– I rock her to sleep and since she is having a very fitful sleep, I am unable to put her down ( I usually try twice and if she wakes up every time, I just hold her while she sleeps), so she’s sleeping in my arms.
10:55AM – She starts waking up and I have to rock her back to sleep.
11:21 AM Alexis wakes up and I feed her half asleep. (obviously some of the first photos below are supposed to say AM not PM (oops)
Then it’s time to change and I call daddy over. We make sure that dad changes her and comes to give her kisses after every nap whenever he can, so that, even though he has to work, he still sees her and interacts her throughout the day. Same thing happens on the days that I work, but my thing is breastfeeding, obviously. I’ll write about how we split our parenting and working duties more in the future.
Once Lexi is changed, we head downstairs to say Hi to grandma. I usually put her in her bouncy chair or her new Kicking Coaster and we all talk to her.
A few minutes after, I pick her up and we walk around the house looking at pictures and talking while grandma makes some lunch.
Once lunch is ready, I leave Lexi in her bouncer to be entertained by grandma while I try to eat as fast as possible.
Then we walk over to my mom’s room and play on the Tiny Love Gym on the bed. She loves that thing and supposedly, Tiny Love doesn’t use any flame retardants on the cloth pieces, and is free of BPA, PVC and pthalates which is very different from most manufacturers
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Soon enough it’s time for another diaper change an I call hubby over who takes Lexi upstairs to change her diaper.
And then it’s her “favorite” time of the day (sarcasm here): Sleep time. This was before we had a real routine established, so I would just put her in my arms in an upright position (something she got used to from the days with reflux) and rock while shushing- the only way she falls asleep. After 10-15 minutes of that, I try to put her down into a bouncer to sleep (back then the location of where she’d sleep changed almost daily because certain things worked better on certain days and we were still searching for the magic bullet)
Of course she wakes up when I try to put her down ( she always does), so I decide to try the swing, since she occasionally falls asleep there without a peep. I try to put her in the first swing that she has never fallen asleep in, but I wanted to test it.
I sit next to her and take this time to put some make up on. I do like to look nice at home. It makes me feel better to dress in something other than sweatpants and not look all washed out, however I am probably only able to put make up on once a week. I should make a bigger effort to do that ( and shower more often than every other day lol).
Sure enough after about 20 minutes of sitting in the swing, Lexi is still awake.
So I switch her to different swing that has a slightly more upright seat that I have had more success with ( It’s amazing that two swings for the same manufacturer can make such a difference).
And voila, after about 15 more minutes she is asleep. It doesn’t always work that well, but sometimes it’s worth a try. In the meantime, I try to get some blogging done.
Two hours later Lexi wakes up refreshed with a mama who got a little bit done (finally). So we dance around the bedroom, since dancing is one of the activities that is recommended to help babies develop their vestibular apparatus ( “Active baby Healthy Brain” book). And it’s fun!
A little later I change her (sometimes I forget to call hubby to change her and just do it myself, and sometimes he’s on the phone and can’t do it at that moment, but I do try to leave that for him, so that he’d have some interaction with her during the day)
Afterwards, I dress her into one of her rompers while playing around on the bed.
Soon it’s time to eat and we nurse while lying down.
I usually cannot wait to go downstairs after her midday nap, because almost always there’s a package or two waiting for me and I LOVE getting mail.
I hand Lexi over to my mom who joins us and pick up the packages and carry them into the family room
Lexi LOVES looking at Victoria’s Secret catalogs (or any other for that matter). She’s been a fan since birth. Her favorites are blonde models wearing red dresses 🙂
Then hubby joins us and spends some time talking with Lexi
Int he meantime, I open the packages. That day I received my F21 order of clothes to wear at home (among other things). When you hang around the house all day long, you want to look like a human being so I bought some cheap leggings and tops in addition to a few Target dresses ( I am wearing one of them). Also, that was the day when I discovered my love for bamboo. I got sent a bamboo romper and onesie from Estella NYC and I am such a convert. If I had unlimited funds, I’d dress Alexis in bamboo only.
Soon Lexi starts fussing and it is time to sleep again (*sigh*)
It doesn’t last long as she wakes up 30 minutes later and we do some stretchies.
Then I carry her over to her nursery, lay a piece of fabric on the floor (because with 3 cats there’s always hair on the carpet) and give her some tummy time that turns into spit up time
I turn her over and lie down next to her.
Hubby hears us playing in the next room and comes over to say hi and play with Lexi.
They move into the bedroom
I convince him to stop working for the day and we walk outside to sit out on the porch while my mom gets ready to take Lexi for a walk.
Then we suddenly decide that if my mom is taking Lexi, we should take this opportunity to work out and Andrew goes to change while I wait for my mom.
My mom comes out with a stroller and takes Alexis.
I go back in, change and put rollerblades on. After saying Bye to my daughter, I am off, while hubby goes running.
We are back after about 40 minutes to an hour, during which time Lexi slept in the stroller. It’s getting late, so we head upstairs to start our bedtime routine. I read her favorite The Cat in the Hat book while she kicks her legs.
I decide that I want to take a big bath with her, so I undress her while hubby fills up the bath.
After a quick bath, she is out happy and ready to go to sleep or so we hope.
Andrew massages her, dresses her for the night while I towel off.
By then it’s been way too long since she has slept – she starts crying, so I rush in to take her and rock her to sleep
Then I quickly try to brush my teeth and get ready for bed, because I know that she’ll be up every few hours if we’re lucky ( every hour, if we’re not) and then up for the day at 6:30-7am, so we need any minute of sleep we can get.
So that was One Day with Lexi at 2.5 months. I want to say that I will do another post like this at, say 4 months, but I have to be realistic. It took me 5 (!!!) days to finish this post with the way Lexi naps. This amount of photos in a post just isn’t feasible. So I’ll do another “day in life” post, since things HAVE changed quite a bit, however it won’t be “In Pictures”.
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