Sometimes people ask me what I do all day. Half the time they are genuinely interested, and are likely a mom that wants to compare notes. Half the time it is meant to be rhetorical and comes off as a bit patronizing. Sometimes, I am curious myself as to what all happened, because it can easily seem a blur by the end of the day.
If you actually read all this, I will be shocked.
Anyway, it was an interesting activity for me. Overall it was a pretty typical day, only more nursing than normal. Other observations? A lot happens before 9 a.m.
It should also be noted that I am new and have only a slight idea of what I am doing. I am not trying to advocate that you follow anything I list below, nor am I trying to prove any points. This is just what happens.
Here is an account of today:
Midnight-6:30 Early morning feedings that I really don’t keep track of.
6:30 Justin’s alarm.
6:30-7 Justin gets ready, Benton wakes up and we lay in bed, he eats his hand.
7 Justin changes B’s diaper and leaves.
7-7:15 Benton watches WGN propped up on the couch while I make coffee and cereal, feed birds, feed cats.
7:15-7:30 B in bouncer. I go to fix internet in the bedroom and come back to see poop face. Change. Back in bouncer, more poop. Change. Back in bouncer. MORE POOP FACE. Change. Back in bouncer.
7:35 I remove the loud rattle from bouncer and text Justin about insane multi- poops.
7:40 J texts “Hah.”
7:41 Second cup of coffee.
7:45 Poop check all clear. Whimpering.
7:46-8 Nursing and internet time.
8 B is transferred to crib after falling asleep on lap. TV off. Look up “Princess Di engagement ring.”
8:05 Shower. Check on baby immediately after while still in towel. Stand in nursery for a minute watching the baby flip around in his sleep. Notice it is a very light sleep, which means this nap may be limited. Rush to dress.
8:21 Check baby. Zombie eyes. Rush to do top-line clean of house. (Make bed, dirty clothes in hamper, dishes in washer, toys in baskets, bathroom stuff in cupboards.
8:26 Whimpers heard from room. Retrieve B. Baby kisses and hugs.
8:29 Put him on the bed while I brush my teeth and brush hair. Entertainment.
8:30 Floor play with mama and toys, songs, kicking, tummy time, toy nomming, mirror chatter, bumbo sitting, rolling.
9:05 Bath time, lotion, diaper, dress baby, attempted tummy time in crib. Hates it.
9:30 B in Bouncer while I clean up bath time in kitchen and start a load of laundry, check twitter and converse with bouncing baby.
9:34 B is staring at my boobs and making mouthy movements, retrieve from bouncer, walk around with B while getting water, banana, vitamins, makeup, pillows.
9:38 Nursing, internet, banana, makeup, baby fingernail clipping.
9:57 Benton falls asleep in lap and is transferred to crib again. Nap #2 begins. Me thinks this is the long morning nap?
10 am Transfer laundry to dryer and start a new load, thaw chicken, check on baby, plug in baby monitor so that the nursery door can be closed in an attempt not to wake him with the laundry that shares a wall with said nursery, write blog post and publish. Look up cinnamon roll ingredients and do inventory of terribly organized cupboards.
10:48 B awake whimpering in crib, bring him to kitchen to continue inventory for cinn rolls, play airplane, note drowsiness and suspect nap wake-up was premature.
11 Nursing sleepy baby, internet.
11:12 Landline phone rings, baby is angry, I stomp to bedroom and lift receiver enough to slam it down. That phone is only used to buzz people in the building but telemarketers have found the number. I do not want to win a cruise!
11:13 Nursing again, B starts to come off every two seconds an stares at me, turn off loud dryer, go to rocker in nursery, let him suck on my pinky and pet his forehead thinking he will doze off, he starts to kick and I realize he is gassy, feet up by his head does the trick, starts to look like Marlon Brando, so I am suspicious of poop, change pee diaper, more feet by head.
11:40 Back to bouncer for possible poop and mama gets herself lunch, puke and Brando face in bouncer, makes parmesan multi-grain toast and minestrone soup
11:45 I eat while baby watches from bouncer with poop face, big yawn, puts baby music on iTunes, Baby Beluga
11:49 Poop check, all clear
11:50 Oh mister sun, sun, Mr golden sun, bounce bounce bounce, mama dances while eating toast, kitty walks under bouncer and gets bopped on the head.
11:52 Have you ever seen a moose kissing a goose? Marlon Brando, now I’m drinking soup from a mug, baby frowns upon this.
11:55 Lunch is over, the wipers on the bus go swish swish swish, dishes in the dishwasher, chicken goes in the crock pot with a can of Amy’s lentil soup.
11:58 B out of bouncer, onto lap for baby huffing, photobooth, hand nomming.
12:13 Finish reading Zooborns book, fussing ensues.
12:16 Nursing, watch birds eat crumbs on balcony, Porpus bites her toenails, read blogs.
12:34 B passes out on lap, wakes up during crib transfer, but I sneak out after giving him a pacifier and his penguin.
12:40 Curses loud trucks, trains, cars, horns, dogs, makes mental note to buy birdseed.
12:44 GOOOoooo from crib, get B from fake nap, put him in bear bunting, gather myself and put him in the ergo.
12:55 Go for a walk to the park and lake, get hit on by toothless guy in sweatpants, take picture of poop sign and tweet along the way, go to grocery store next door on the way home to get cinnamon roll ingredients.
1:45 arrive home, put away groceries and change B, happiest baby ever, lots of smiles, remember to turn dryer back on, and oops I forgot to buy birdseed.
1:50 Starving, eat a half Clif bar and check on crock pot.
1:55 Nursing, internet, longingly look at the other half of the Clif bar across the room.
2:17 Benton passes out on lap, I notice it is getting dark out, sad face, zone out and wonder if I should start the dough for the rolls or clean up the cat box room, getting sleepy.
2:24 Crib transfer.
2:25 Moves laptop to counter top, turns on baby monitor, begins Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls, turns off hideously loud dryer because baby clothes have a ton of snaps and zippers that bang around in there constantly, gets text about a class action settlement from AT&T and this reminds me of Justin, lonely moment.
2:29 Admires goodness of the crock pot, considers it a magic cauldron, considers hugging it, considers burns.
2:33 Baby crying comes from monitor, appears to be crying in sleep so I replace the pacifier and he rolls over and is peaceful again I think, baby nightmares are so sad.
2:39 (see 2:33) Poor guy is having a hard nap day.
2:49 Briefly considers doing sit-ups.
3:00 Pull out art supplies and work on Herp Derp Lurk Giveaway.
3:21 Sad little B nightmare cries, nursing for comfort.
3:28 Timer goes off and there is something I am supposed to do to the cinn rolls, walk to kitchen with baby attached and turn off timer, really hungry baby today.
3:40 B passes out on lap momentarily and is transferred into the care of Nanny Norpus, I attend to rolls.
3:50 B is awake , change diaper, check crock pot, snuggles on couch.
4:04 Cat pukes, B plays on floor mat while I clean puke and switch out laundry.
4:10 Couch sitting while we play laundry folding game which consists of songs made up about the laundry and peekaboo.
4:30 Floor play with B, more tummy time.
4:41 Bouncer, finish dough and put it in fridge.
4:48 B squeals to get out of bouncer, and is held while I finish dough.
5:00 Wait for Justin’s text to say he is on train, nursing, internet time.
5:02 Text says he will be an hour late.
5:15 Pajama time, couch cuddles, baby talk, cat cuddles.
5:40 Video chat with grandma.
5:50 Attempted nursing and pacifier time, getting ready to nap? Weird calling the dolphins chatter, couch play, more weirdness, I make myself seasick from rocking.
6:20 Justin texts that he is waiting for the train.
6:30 Benton falls asleep nursing on the couch. No transfer, just cover him up and move to chair and edit this post. Give up on editing. Herp Derp Giveaway work.
6:59 FRAKKING landline. Slam phone. HULK SMASH. B is still asleep by some miracle.
7:04 Justin home.
7:10 B is awake and talking to Justin while I eat the goodness from the crock pot, listen to baby daddy chatter as J changes B.
7:20-9:00 I don’t really know. B was awake, and Justin and I took turns entertaining him. There was a lot of nursing and hiccups and some crying because this is fussy hour. Cats are fed, dishes washed, lunch is packed, face is washed. TV remains off because B gets really overstimulated if it is on.
9:00 Justin changes B and hands him over, I nurse him to sleep.
9:50 I am still on the internet, zoned out. Brain is toast. Be has been sleeping in my lap for 20 minutes. He is giggling in his sleep. Transfer to crib. Editing this post.
10:13 Publish post, gather water and phone
10:15 Done. Until B wakes up. I will then bring him to bed with us for night nursing.