Friday, June 14, 2013

8 Months Old: Daily Schedule

A lot of people are curious, due to previous posts, how the Little Duck and I fill our day lately. Now that he is older, it's a lot easier! Upon beginning solids he immediately needed to be carried around less, freeing up my hands to get a little housework and me time. Not a lot, mind, but enough that I didn't feel like a pouchless Kangaroo anymore. Jude even settled into a fairly routine schedule, something which he had fallen out of at four months, for whatever mysterious baby reason.

So just what do we do? Our day still begins fairly early as no matter what Jude will not sleep past 7:00AM in his crib. If I desire anymore sleep after that point, I must scoop him up and bring him into bed with me. Which isn't so bad. Then it's hit or miss, he'll either fall back asleep and we'll doze until 9:00AM, or there will be some sort of distraction (Aaron, cats, neighbors) and he'll get too curious to go back to sleep and we begin our day. So our starting time varies but the rest of the day is fairly uniform.

Wake up!
Jude swings and watches Sesame Street while I hop in the shower.
Nursing and cuddles.
Playtime on the floor with Mommy!
Breakfast (1/2 a banana, 1/2 a pear, and 1/4 cup of oatmeal).
Playtime on the floor while Mommy tidies up nearby.
Nursing and then nap time!
Playtime in the play pen with Daddy!
Lunch (1 whole peach mixed with 1 tablespoon of oatmeal).
Take a walk outside, fetch the mail.
Playtime on the floor with Mommy!
Nursing and then a brief nap in Mommy's lap.
Playtime in the play pen with Daddy!
Playtime on the floor with Mommy!
Dinner (1/4 cup peas, 1 tablespoon of yams, 1/4 cup of rice cereal)
Quiet playtime with Mommy.
The Sleepening, in which baby is nursed, rocked and soothed to sleep.
Bed time.

And of course he nurses on demand during daily activities whenever he wants to, which is still pretty frequently, though he typically doesn't nurse in earnest (longer than ten minutes nonstop) until about thirty minutes before meal times, at nap times, and before bed.

I usually eat breakfast and lunch while he plays and dinner after he's asleep in his crib.

Some days we replace playtimes with long walks outside or trips to the store or a friend's house.

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