Thursday, January 16, 2014

a day in the life @ 6 months

I've been working on this post for some time now, a little unsure on how to approach it.  When a documented our day a few months ago, every day was nearly the same.  Now, it seems every day is completely different, unpredictable and fluid.  We like it this way, and it's especially helpful that Caleb is so flexible, but it makes documenting our day a little more difficult.  In late October, I started working part time.  Thankfully this job allows me to bring Caleb!  So two days a week he and I pack up mid-morning and head out for the day.  I've decided to document the other days here.  

It's 5:30 am // Caleb wakes for an early morning feeding.  After a quick diaper change and quick snuggle with daddy before he heads to work, Caleb eats eagerly and drifts back to sleep.

It's 6:15 am //  I roll out of bed unable to fall back asleep.  Start a pot of coffee and make some eggs for breakfast.

It's 8:00 am // From the living room, I hear Caleb start to babble.  Mornings are our favorite.  It's rare that our little guy wakes up anything but happy! I listen for a while before going in to scoop him up.

It's 8:30 am // Depending on the day Caleb may be super hungry and want to feed right after waking away, but more likely, the little man wakes up needing to burn off some energy before he can focus on eating!  Today it's the later.  I grab a few toys and together we spend some time playing on the floor.  Lately Caleb has been practicing rocking on his hands and knees.

It's 9:30 am // Time to tackle my to-do list. While Caleb is jumping like crazy in his jump and go, this mama runs around like a crazy person trying to cross things off her to-do list.  Endless loads of cloth diapers, dishes, and general clean up often fill these few precious moments.  If I'm lucky, I'm able to get to a few tasks on my actual to-do list.

It's 10:15 am // Nap time.  We've set up a temporary room for Caleb in our spare room until we're able to finish the upstairs and his nursery.  Over the past few weeks we've been transitioning him into his crib.  We read a few stories and sing a couple of songs while rocking until Caleb begins to rub his eyes.  Unfortunately, he's got a cold and is cutting a tooth and prefers to cuddle until he falls asleep, which means it's more difficult to get him into his crib without waking him up and starting the process all over again!  Today it only takes three tries to get him in his crib, success!

It's 10:45 am // More to-do list. now that the baby is asleep, I can push through that to-do list more quickly.

It's 12:45 pm // We're both fed and dressed, time to run some errands.  Today we're grocery shopping.  I put Caleb in the ergo carrier while we shop and he enjoys looking around for a while before drifting off to sleep.  Not wanting to wake him, I decide to roam the isles of Target while he naps! Win-win!

It's 3:00 pm // After running around, Caleb has loads of energy to burn off.  Together we play with the awesome puzzle Papaw made him for Christmas.  While I usually give Caleb freedom to choose the toys he plays with, once a day I try to guide him in a more intentional activity.  Today we talked about shapes, texture, color, and the concepts of in/out and on/off.  My intent is not to "teach" this information to Caleb right now, but to expose him to the language.

It's 5:30 pm // Caleb is tired, but won't go down for a nap.  I'm trying to get dinner finished.  Dan arrives home from work so I pass off Caleb briefly while I finish the meal.  Then I take Caleb into his "bedroom" to nurse and he quickly falls asleep.  It takes a few tries but I'm able to get him into his crib for a nap while we eat dinner.

It's 6:15 pm // Nap over. Our boy sure knows how to cat nap!  We strap him into his high chair and give him a few pieces of food to play with/chew on while we finish dinner.  Tonight it's bananas and he loves them.  Learn more about what foods Caleb has been enjoying here.

It's 7:30 pm // Caleb loves bath time.  This boy would stay in the tub all day and all night if we let him, and now that he's able to sit up on his own, it's a whole lot more enjoyable for mama and daddy too!  After his bath, we put on some lavender lotion and jammies then head to his "bedroom" for stories, songs, and a final feeding before bed.

It's 9:30 pm // He's asleep!  Sometimes our night time routine is quick and painless, but other times it's a long, exhausting, drawn out process.  Tonight it was the latter.  Caleb was not interested in cuddling, but rather wanted to jump on mama!  We read a few extra stories and sang a few extra silly songs and after a while in the dark he was able to finally crash.

It's 10:00 pm // We're all settled into bed, Dan and Caleb both sleeping, and this mama gets a few minutes alone to read before turning out the light.

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