Welcome to my blog feature where we are sharing daily routines from all types of Mums and Dads. If you have only just come across this feature you can read all about it here. I would love for you to get involved.
Meet Gail and her baby CC. Gail is currently at home with her baby daughter and coating down to her wedding.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your family…
My name is gail am 28 and a first time mum to Cora-Cameron or CC to us. I am an ex nursery nurse/massage therapist and currently am at home looking after my wee one and haven’t decided if am going back to work as we plan on having another sooner rather than later.
My family at home includes myself, my husband to be (6weeks til wedding), CC and my mother in law. She spends 6 months of the year living with us.
I have always loved children and it was even my job! CC was a wee surprise, we found out two weeks after booking our wedding!!!eeek!!!
Describe your daily routine…
Our average day is pretty clockwork now, I was strict at putting CC in a routine and started her at around 6 weeks. Some would say that’s too young but babies are already picking up cues and learning. We followed the EASY sleep pattern until CC fell into her own routine that worked for both of us. She is now 5 and a half months but I haven’t started her on foods yet as she is satisfied with just her milk and am keen to try blw.
So here is our routine
7.10 – CC wakes up on the dot! She gets big cuddles in bed with me. She is always smiling.
7.15 – nappy change, top to tail wash and clothes put on.
7.30 – CC has a play with daddy before he goes to work and this is my chance to have a shower and get ready for our day.
8.00 – CC has her feed of 8oz formula hungry baby. She is so like me…not interested in breakfast until she is fully awake.
8.15 – play time with mummy! This varies…story books, tummy time, play mat or CC favourite touching the trees in the garden or picking flowers.
9.00 – first nap. I can just put CC down and she falls asleep on her own I put this down to putting her down from 6wks before she sleeps and never feeding her to sleep. This is my time to do the washing, housework or enjoy a cup of green tea and my breakfast.
9.40 – CC wakes again on the dot! She very rarely sleeps more that 40 mins in the morning.
She takes a wee while to wake up fully (just like mum) and needs a big cuddle on the couch to wake up.
10.00 – activity! Now we are busy busy busy! I live in a wee village outside edinburgh and we have lots of baby groups I have something most days!
Monday – baby and toddles
Tuesday – baby peep
Wednesday – swimming
Thursday – coffee and walks with my antenatal girls
Friday – rthym time
These all happen around 10am so we head off for fun.
12.00 – lunch CC has another 8 oz
12.15 – I have my lunch( not always due to a baby who just loves my attention.) If I am eating CC will either go in her play centre or play mat and she will have a kick about and mummy gets food!
1.00 – nappy number two, this is her big one again if she is really tired she goes herself but other days she like me to lie next to her and we sing songs and laugh together before I leave her to rest. She will sleep for two hours.
2.00 – 3.00 finish any housework tidy up toys and prep dinner. Then I manage a tv catch up and a cup of tea.
3.00 – play time again depending on how much washing I have got down CC may enjoy a bit of tv or play centre or we go for a walk.( we get out every day even if only for 1/2 hr)
4.00 – feed time 8 oz again
4.15 – daddies home!! He plays with cc, normally in the garden having a roll in the grass or they listen to music together. I make the dinner!
5.00 – we sit down to eat and CC joins us, she is starting to grab for food or move her mouth copying us as we eat. She loves music so she usually has a smile listening to the radio.
6.00 – she is starting to wind down and normally has cuddles on the couch as I clean up, do bottles and more housework!
6.45- I run her bath, we have bathed her every night since 6 weeks and knows this is cue for bedtime. She loves bath time and am sure would spend all night in the warm water.
7.15 – bottle is made and I take CC up to her room which is ready for bed time. Nice and dark and cozy! I dry her and we have a massage. She loves this and will get fussy if I finish too quickly (diva) ! I dress her and she gets a bottle another 8oz. She is nice relaxed and calm so as soon as she is finished, I place her in her cot and her eyes close. I say to her every night “night night love you remember your prayers” and that’s her!
7.30/7.45 it’s me time with the boy…we love movies so may watch a film or he pours me a bath and I soak for an hour!
10.30/11- I do a little dream feed…I want to stop this but am scared as she sleeps 12 hrs and if I stop she may wake hungry.
Then I go to bed….
It’s like this every day! It’s varies due to activities and I am not as strict now as she is older and follows the cues well. I am very proud of the hard work put in to get this routine.
What is your favourite part of the day?
My favourite time of the day is the days she wants me to lie with her before her nap and we laugh, sing songs and she is still so young she stares at me intensely and I feel the love and bond between us.
You can catch up more with gail over on twitter @mygailforce
Thanks for sharing your routine with us Gail, it sounds like CC is totally adjusted and your routine definitely will help mums in the future I am sure. Good luck with your future wedding.
The L’s Mum