9- 12 Months
Getting Things Done & Having Fun
Baby routines/schedules, I know I googled them A LOT over the last year.
I never found exactly what I was looking for while I was googling, so I figured, ‘hey, maybe I can be a resource for a Mama like me.’
Here is what Thalia & I’s schedule/routine has looked like since 9 months:
7am/7:30am – First Feed, Diaper Change & Mommy Refresh
Typically, Thalia wakes up between 7 and 8. After she wakes up, we bring her to our bed and I feed her while I browse social media. After her feed, we turn on some cartoons and let her cuddle with Daddy while I freshen up. This may or may not include a shower and blow drying my hair, but always includes makeup. I am trying to make more of an effort these days, self care is really important when you are a new mom. I made the fatal mistake early on of forgetting to take time out for myself and I was frayed. Fortunately, I have a fantastic husband who is always there to help out. I know how to ask for it now.
8:30am – Breakfast
Thalia always eats breakfast at the table. I prepare my coffee while I prepare her breakfast. Lately, she has been eating oatmeal with fruit puree and if she is still hungry, I grab a grassmilk yogurt from the fridge.
9:00am – Playtime
She is in a great mood most mornings. I let her stay in her jammies and we play on the floor. I get down on the floor with her for about 20 minutes. Once she is busy or occupied with an activity, I leave her to play alone. We are getting to an age where she is becoming a little more independent and that is AWESOME news for my messy little house. I love to use this time to do a quick clean of the kitchen, spot clean the floors, table and unload the dishwasher. Occasionally (when needed), I will start a load of laundry. This is the time when I do the ‘noisy’ chores, vaccuuming, moving furniture around, etc. I save the quieter things on my to-do list for naptime and the evening.
10:30am – 11:00am – Diaper Change & Second Feed
I am still breastfeeding and we aren’t exactly on a schedule, but Thalia will usually start to show signs that she is hungry or getting groggy around this time. I will sit down on the couch in the living room, throw on some background TV and pop Thalia on the boob.
12:00pm – Nap
If she hasn’t fallen asleep during her feed, Thalia and I will go up to the nursery and rock in her chair until she goes down for her nap. During naptime, I will try and accomplish putting the laundry away, making the bed and whatever tasks that are difficult to complete while she is awake.
1:30-2:00pm – Diaper Change & Lunchtime
Baby girl isn’t the best at naps. We have had great luck with sleep during the night, but naps just aren’t her thing. After she wakes up, I change her diaper and bring her downstairs for lunch. I already prepare her lunch while she is napping, so it is a seamless transition for her.
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Third Feed & Errands
This is when I will attempt to run our errands. If we go to the grocery store, Target, the doctor, etc. I will schedule them during this afternoon stretch. I always feed her and change her before we leave the house. I always throw a snack in my bag in case she gets fussy in the cart or stroller, but she usually ends up snoozing in her car seat, which makes running errands a little bit easier.
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Dinnertime
Daniel and I are Keto (there’s that word again). Dinners are never very complicated and healthy enough to give a small portion to the little one. She typically gets fussy around 6:00, so we try not to push dinner too late.
6:30pm – Tubby Time
Thalia LOVES bath time. Even if she is having a rough day, she will play and smile and giggle in the bath. It is my favorite part of the day.
7:00pm – 7:30pm – Night Feed & Bedtime
After she gets out of the tubby, we lotion her up, put her in her jammies, turn on the white noise machine and climb in the rocking chair. I only have to feed for about 20 – 30 minutes before she is OUT. I lay her in her crib and she stays asleep for the wholeeeeee night.
7:30 – 11:00pm – Blog Posting/Vlog Editing & Guilty pleasure TV
Daniel and I have our evenings back so we have been able to accomplish so much more the last few months. We try not to stay up too late watching TV, but sometimes we like to binge on TV shows well past 11:00pm.
I hope this post was somewhat informative to any Mama’s out there looking for a realistic routine. It’s not perfect, but it works for our little family.
I hope you had a fantastic weekend, I’ll be back Wednesday with more of what I ate.
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