Keeping life organized with a baby
Ahhh, the house is in perfect order for the next day, your baby is sleeping soundly and you’re heading to bed yourself. Sounds like a dream right? I used to think so myself before I got back on a schedule with my little one. You read countless post about how a schedule is key with a baby. It eventually begins to go in one ear and out the other. I never was a “schedule person” until about a month ago. Post baby, my full time work schedule was all over the place. So, of course the my house work, errands and life in general was also. I was not organized at all, to say the least. Well, now I’m right there preaching like every other mom out there that has some sanity left.
A schedule is key!
Once my baby started sleeping through the night I began to realize that I had to keep myself organized to keep things working for him. I tried so many different ways to keep a clean house, dinner on the table at night and all the errands done. Finally, after a few weeks I found what worked amazing for us!
My baby is 9 months old and most of the time takes 2 naps every day. He goes to bed at 8:30(ish) at night and will wake up anywhere from 7:30-9:30 in the morning. I wait for his ques to put him down for his naps. A time schedule during the day was never going to work for us, I learned quickly . I do try to keep our day fairly routine though. If I don’t work(I only work 3 days a week) I wake up whenever he does in the morning. Hey, I like my sleep and I’m going to take advantage of every minute he gives me!
First things first, I put a bottle in the warmer for him and a cup of coffee on for me. This is usually my five minutes to use the bathroom, find something on TV to watch and change a diaper. I get what we need to settle in bed or the recliner for our morning bottle/coffee. We relax and drink our coffee and milk together. If I’m being honest this may be my favorite part of the day.
Once were both good and awake and my baby has finished his bottle I know he’s ready to stretch his little legs. He goes in the walker and is off doing laps around the kitchen. I unload the dishwasher and get breakfast ready. If my husband is home he usually fixes a good breakfast. If not I’m a fan of the 1 minute meals like instant oatmeal or a bowl of cereal(for me). Depending on how early my baby wakes up we may even get in the living room floor and play for a little while. I usually shoot for 9:30/10am for breakfast. My husband and I are not early eaters so we don’t make out little one eat alone.
Once he is down for a nap(usually around noon-ish) I spend the first 30 minutes or so getting some housework done. If laundry needs to be washed, folded or put away I start that or just some mundane straightening up. I don’t usually get into too much first thing. I’ll get carried away and will try to keep cleaning when my baby wakes up instead of spending time with him.
I usually spend the rest of his nap doing things I want to do. I blog, look on pinterest, watch an occasional movies or maybe just take a long shower and shave my legs(yes, that is accomplishment for my motherhood days). Sometimes I even get some DIY projects done in this time. I’ve learned if I don’t take time for me I feel overwhelmed. My whole day has just gone to housework and taking care of my child. It’s important to take care of yourself so you can take care of your family too.
Lunch, errands and play time.
Once he wakes up it’s usually close to lunchtime. I warm up my babies food and leftovers for myself. After lunch is usually when we run out to do any errands that we have. I try to only run around with him doing the boring stuff once a week.
Sometimes we go to the park and I stroll him around. We may just get outside for a while and sit on the porch(he loves to walk in his walker on the porch!) or even go look at the garden or the chickens. A lot of times we play at home. I try to mix things up every day so we are not stuck inside if it’s nice. Plus, he’s not always sitting at home playing with baby toys. If I’m going to vacuum this is the time I do it, while he’s awake. Plus he loves to feel like he’s “helping” me.
The afternoon nap.
Nap #2 is when I get more productive with my day(around 4ish)! I do whatever cleaning task I have planned to do and tie up loose end on the little things like laundry or dishes. If I have to make baby food(I do twice a week) the I start cooking his veggies. You can check out how I make my homemade baby food here! This is also when I prep dinner. My hubby gets home about 7 so I shoot for dinner being ready about then. Usually my little one is up by 6. I try to get the baby food completed by then and whatever I can with dinner. Once he is up we play and goof around until I put him in his walker to complete dinner.
My husband usually tries to get his hands on our baby boy as much as he can in the short time he sees him on his work days. We all eat dinner together though. I think it’s an important thing to have family time around the table almost every night. We have bath time every other night after dinner and the it’s pj time for the little man. We usually let him waller around on the bed for a while and play before he gets his “night night” bottle around 8:15/8:30. Then it’s off to bed for the little man
Night time productivity
My husband works early so he goes to bed a lot earlier than me most nights. After we put the baby down we sit in bed and talk about our day and maybe watch a bit of TV. This is our time to unwind and be alone together, something we try not to let slip through our fingers. Sometimes I blog for a bit once he goes to bed but most of the time I get up and do my nightly routine. I load the dishwasher and turn it on, finish the never ending laundry, pick up baby toys, and straighten everything up so the house is put together and ready for the next day! Making bottles and get baby food meals together the night before completes my day. This way I’m not scrambling for things tomorrow with a hungry child.
And that is why a schedule is key!
Ahhhhh, what a difference a schedule makes! Having everything organized and clean makes my days go so much soother! While we don’t have a time schedule and a lot of things are left to what we feel like doing that day, I still feel organized knowing what part of the day everything gets done. The most important thing is that my son gets the attention he deserves. What’s your secret to a well organized day?
UPDATE/SIDE NOTE: A schedule, no matter what form you have, will constantly change with a little one. What worked for us for months suddenly changed when my son turned a year old and transitioned to one nap a day as well as started walking. Now we do a lot more around the house when he is awake and he loves “helping”. He will even hand me laundry out of the dryer for me to fold(although I can’t fold a his pace haha). We still have a very similar morning and night routine, minus a bottle. It may feel hectic changing your schedule but give it a little time and you will be right back on track with a clear organized mindset! For a few months at least!