Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A day in the life with a 5-week old

I wanted to try to track how much Lila is actually sleeping and if there is actually some kind of predictability with our day. Although I do write down all her feedings, I thought it'd be fun to record what we do all day (24 hr period). This day is pretty normal except Neil is in class from 6-10 and I don't have any visitors lined up for tonight. So it's all me today!

11:30-12:15am - feeding and down for the night in her bassinet

2:15am - feeding and diaper change

3am - back to sleep in bassinet

6:30am - up right before Neil's alarm, time to eat!

7:15am - Neil holds her while I pee, fill up my water cup, and make a quick bagel

7:30am - screaming and crying, I change her but thats not the problem. Lila is apparantly still hungry. Another quick feeding!

7:50 - 10am - morning nap for both of us

10-10:15am- I run around like crazy until she wakes up. I change clothes, bathroom, laundry, grab a snack, etc

10:15am- diaper change, go up to her room to change out of pjs

10:30am - feeding

11:15 - 11:40am - diaper change, play, sing

11:45 - 12:15 - Looks tired. She falls asleep in my arms. Try to put her down in swing. Nope. Crying! Pick her up. Falls asleep in arms again after rocking her. Put her down in bassinet. I make a lean pocket for lunch. (I eat a lot of things that can be prepared and eaten with one hand). She's awake and crying 2 minutes later!

12:15pm - feeding. I eat my "lunch", catch up on emails, texts, watch Dvr'd show from last night.

1:30pm - Finally, she's asleep!

1:40pm - Nevermind. Awake.

1:50 - 2:30pm - cold walk outside! Lila is sleeping!

2:30 - 3:30 - still sleeping in carseat inside the house

3:30 - 4:45 - diaper change and feeding, music and playing

5-5:45 - took a drive in the car, got dinner, nap until 7

Feeding every hour 7, 8,and 9! Diaper changes and short naps in there too. Kind of losing my mind at this point!

10pm - Neil home! Mommy gets a bathroom and snack break! Lila pretty fussy.

11 - 11:30pm - Neil trying to get Lila to sleep. We use the 5 S's. Swaddling, put her on her side, swinging/rocking, shushing/white noise... The fifth S is sucking, a la a pacifier. Unfortunately Lila prefers me to a pacifier.

11:50pm - Asleep in bassinet.

11:51: Awake and screaming. One last quick feeding.

Midnight - Asleep on Neil's chest in bed. Eventually he moved her to the bassinet.

Wow. What a day. She did well overnight. Only waking to eat around 2:30. Then she slept until 8am! I even got to shower!

And now it's another day!


  1. I loved reading this! It sounds exactly like MY day but minus the time to nap and watch TV and insert toddler screaming and throwing tantrums! Love how you mentioned the 5 S's, they actually work most of the time but not all. I just got the DVD "The Best Toddler on the Block". Keep that in mind for a year from now! Sounds like she is doing great and you have your hands full!!

  2. Too funny, I love all the quick naps she takes. Jensen does the same thing! I totally pass off the baby when Eric gets home. Us mom's need a little "free hand" time. It sounds like you guys are doing great!!

  3. Thanks girls! I don't know what I'd do with a toddler too! I admire you both! Casey, I definately will get the toddler Dvd! I am even more unprepared for that. Lets just say i've been watching a lot of Supernanny!