“Celebrate life in all its glory — challenge yourself to let the routine sing, and the new dance.” — Maximillian Degenerez
Life as a Stay at Home Mom
Being a mom is definitely something to celebrate. But, when I decided to become a stay at home mom, I was half-way terrified of what the days with Baby K would be like. I felt I was missing out on so many important moments with him by being at work, but also had fears about what life as a stay at home mom would be like.
- Will I be bored?
- Will I get lonely?
- Will the days drag?
- Will I realize very quickly that I’d made a mistake to quit?
These are the questions, among so many other “what-if-this-happens” scenarios that played in my head. As my time at work wound down during my two-weeks notice, I was dreading that I would ultimately regret my decision.
Thankfully, I don’t get lonely, and I definitely don’t get bored — well, most of the time this is true. And, while it’s not all sunshine, rainbows, and 24/7 baby-cuteness-overload, I don’t feel I made a mistake to quit my job. And, most definitely, the days truly do not drag.
Instead, I’m letting myself enjoy the challenge of adjusting to a new routine as a stay at home mom.
A Typical “E.A.S.Y.” Day With Baby K
Below is a loosely outlined “typical” day with Baby K at 6 months old. This is more a series of routines with baby, rather than a set baby schedule. The actual times of day shift from day to day, depending on Baby K’s wake up time and the duration of his naps. Each morning, mid-day, and afternoon chunk of time is usually about 3 to 4 hours long.
As you’ll notice, we tend to follow what I’ve seen on Pinterest called the EASY routine, which is:
- Activities (play)
- Sleep + You time
Baby K naturally fell into this pattern, as we’ve always just kind of gone with his flow. Our days naturally follow what is best working for him.
Mornings with Baby K
Lately, Baby K has been waking up between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.
Either I or my husband will get Baby K a fresh diaper, while the other makes his bottle. Then, my husband will focus on getting ready for work and my full day with Baby K begins.
Once his first bottle of the day is done, we’ll play for a little bit — usually just “talking” with him and then playing with his toys on the floor or reading books.
Then, I’ll set him in his Pack n Play with a few toys, and I’ll get a quick shower.
Before his first nap of the day, we’ll play with toys for a little bit more, do tummy time, or go for a walk in the neighborhood.
His first nap is usually about two hours after he first woke up (so, around 9:30 a.m.). Some days, though, we’ll try to make it to a morning MOMS Club meet up, depending on the time it’s scheduled. In that case, his nap is a little bit delayed.
This first nap can last anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes.
Middays with Baby K
Once Baby K wakes up from his first nap, it’s usually pretty close to time for his next bottle.
After that is usually when we get out of the house to run errands or go for a walk at the park — or make it to a MOMS Club meet up if one is scheduled. On Tuesdays, I’ve been trying to make it to the baby story times at our local library.
Once back home, it’s usually time for Baby K’s second nap of the day, and this one usually lasts a bit longer at around 2 hours. During this time, I do a lot of chores around the house, and work on freelance writing jobs or this blog (I’m typing this as I watch, via our video baby monitor, Baby K nap in his crib!).
Afternoons with Baby K
Once Baby K wakes up from his second nap of the day, our afternoon looks a lot like our morning, minus the shower. In place of that, I’ll be working around the house a bit more on household stuff — usually finishing up chores from earlier, such as putting away dishes or folding laundry while Baby K plays nearby.
He’ll then take his last nap of the day before my husband gets home from work.
Evenings with Baby K
In the evenings, my husband and I take turns keeping Baby K entertained until it’s time for his last bottle of the day (during this time we also make and eat dinner).
Currently, we wait about an hour after his bottle to try a new pureed foods. (Note: So far we’ve only tried green beans, peas, and carrots. We’re introducing a new food every three days, and squash is next on the list. We’re working up to giving pureed foods at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Baby K has done well with the new foods so far, but I think he’s still adjusting to having something other than his bottle.)
After his bottle/pureed food is done, we turn down the lights to start his bedtime routine. During this time, we play a little bit more with Baby K or there is bath time on occasional evenings.
Then, eventually it’s time for Baby K’s bed time — usually around 8:30 or so.
So, that’s it: Our daily baby routine in a nutshell.
Currently, Baby K is drinking four bottles of about 7 oz each. And, I’m expecting that we’ll be dropping a nap in the near future, based on sleep routine information that I’ve read.
It’ll be interesting to see how this routine changes over time — especially as Baby K gets more mobile!
Let’s hear from you!
For other parents of similarly-aged babies out there, does this pretty much resemble your schedule? Or, does it look completely different? For those who have older babies, how has your routine changed over time? Share with me in the comments!
For next week’s post, I’ll share Baby K’s six-month progress report, full of the favorite toys, activities, and developmental milestone we’re experiencing right now.
In the meantime, take care! 🙂