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Today we have Nick from Dinner By Dad and his lovely family Nikki and son Isaac. Have a read about their daily routine.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your family…
Hi! My name is Nick – the dad behind ‘Dinner by Dad’. I’m a first-time father to my amazing son Isaac – who, at the time of writing this, is 7 months old. My partner (Nikki) and I absolutely love being parents and wouldn’t change a single thing about our experience so far.
We’re in the process of moving house – which is a little tricky when you’ve got a little one in tow; but we’re making it work so Isaac can have a garden to play in!
Are you a Stay at home parent, or working parent?
I’m a working parent, while Nikki is currently on maternity leave (due to begin working full-time again in December). Living off one income towards the end of maternity is tough, but it’s times like these that really glue you together as a family.
I work as an SEO Manager within the fashion industry; a really challenging role that keeps me on my toes.
Describe your daily routine…
Our ‘normal’ daily routine involves me heading off to work at 8am and returning at about 6pm (much better than the previous job – leaving at 7am and returning closer to 8pm!) – so I’ll take you through a typical Sunday; when we’re both at home!
6:30-7am Our natural alarm goes off at this point – Isaac begins to sing and shout in his cot, sometimes pulling the baby monitor and slamming that around to make the worst possible noise at that time in the morning! This is a noise you can’t sleep through, so we slowly start to wake up. We normally leave Isaac to slowly wake up at this time and go and get him up at about 7am. It gives him time to have a little crawl around in his cot and perfect his singing voice!
As soon as we head into his room, he’ll be grinning at us through the bars of his cot; so cute!
7:30am After a quick morning nappy change and cuddle with Mummy and Daddy, it’s time for Isaac’s first bottle of the day. If he’s being good, he’ll drain this one… but he has his awkward days! If he does drink it all, he gets something more exciting for breakfast; perhaps fruit or toast – but if he doesn’t drink it all, we mix the remaining formula milk with ready brek or weetabix (still a tasty breakfast though!).
Isaac now has his bottles cold (well, room temperature) – which is so much more convenient than having to wait for every one to warm up.
8am It’s time to go downstairs now, so we head down and let Isaac have a little play before we get his highchair set up for breakfast. If we’re feeling particularly organised, we’ll both manage to have a shower before breakfast – but we tend to like lazy Sunday starts!
8:30am Breakfast time beckons; and Isaac knows it too! As soon as we head into the lounge with the high chair, he shuffles across the floor and waits for us to put him in. Again, if he’s being good, this breakfast will be wolfed down – but it sometimes takes a little coaxing to get the little man to empty his plate.
Once Isaac has had his breakfast, it’s time for ours. The kettle goes on, Isaac goes down for a crawl around and we take a few short moments to catch our breath!
9am If we aren’t showered by this point, it’s time to get a move on! Church starts at 10:30 on a Sunday, so we like to be ready to leave before 10. One of us will have Isaac while the other showers and gets ready; teamwork is always at the center of our family – we know that without each other, getting simple tasks done quickly would be nigh-on impossible.
10am By this stage, if we’re not all ready we’re in trouble! We normally dress Isaac last (just in case his breakfast makes an unwelcome appearance on his clothes!), so we’ll finish getting him ready and load the car up to head to church. Isaac tends to cry a little when we put him in his car seat, but a quick song and a swing and he’ll be giggling away! If we’re lucky, he’ll fall asleep on the way to church – he’s normally due his morning nap around this time and we don’t want a cranky baby in a packed church!
10:30am – 11:30am Isaac usually behaves himself during mass, but has been known to get a little unhappy, which results in one of us taking him for a walk outside. If he’s awake and happy, though, he has everyone cooing over him; and the priest loves him.
11:30am Little man tends to get hungry around this point and will soon be due his lunch. Nikki’s mum lives just round the corner from church, so we often pay family a visit and feed Isaac there. We try to avoid jar food (we will still use it for convenience from time to time though), so we’ll have to defrost some batch-cooked food. This Sunday it was ‘Popeye pasta’ – a delicious dish from Annabel Karmel’s weaning book. Isaac loved it!
12pm If Isaac has finished his lunch (he’s sometimes not started it by this point depending how the morning has gone), it’s time for a quick play and gives Nikki and I chance to start planning for the day. If it’s sunny, we like to head out somewhere as a family and do something nice – last week, we went to feed the animals at a local farm; which was lovely. It also gives us chance to grab a bite to eat; as we’re normally starving by this point!
1pm If we’re not on the road somewhere, then we’re usually with family at this point; and that’ll be the day sorted for us. We value spending time with close family and this tends to take up quite a bit of our weekend – but it’s a worthwhile sacrifice of our time!
1:30pm Wherever we are, at 1:30 it’s time to stop and give Isaac his next bottle. He’s been better with this one recently, but had a few weeks where he just didn’t take to his early afternoon feed! Depending on how he’s been in the morning, this bottle can sometimes send the little man off into a nap – but he tends to be full of beans for a little while afterwards!
Isaac normally naps for an hour or two, so it frees up some time to do a few things for us. This may be housework/cooking – but it’s normally heading for a walk or nipping for a brew and a slice of cake somewhere
3pm If Isaac is awake by now, it’s time for more playing. If it’s sunny, he loves crawling around the lawn (grass-staining his clothes) and playing with his toys. If it’s raining, he likes to cause destruction inside instead! What we do now really depends on little man. We sometimes head for a late-afternoon walk, but often head over to my parents for a visit (and tea, if it’s on offer!). I know that during the week, if Nikki is at home at this stage she’ll run around and do a few chores – but only if Isaac lets her, so we do try to get the house in order too!
4:30pm We’re normally exhausted by this stage, but there’s no rest for the wicked! It’s time for Isaac’s tea. We normally take his tea of out of the freezer to defrost earlier in the day; so it will just take a few minutes in hot water/over the pan to warm up. There was a time when Isaac didn’t eat much of his tea, but providing we remove ALL distractions, he’ll happily eat now! For a short period of time, which I wrote about here, Isaac wouldn’t eat his tea unless we blew bubbles at him… strange child!
5pm With tea time now over and done with, Isaac sometimes has a catnap – it’s a hard life being a baby, you know! If he’s not napping, we’ll let him have a play while I cook tea for us. I like to prepare fresh food rather than just cook frozen pizzas, etc. so tea can often take an hour or so to cook.
6pm While we munch down on our evening meal, Isaac will continue to play – but often starts to get a little bit tetchy at this stage. We do our best to entertain the little man as it’s another hour or so until his bath time. If he hasn’t napped earlier, Isaac sometimes needs a nap now to keep him going!
7:30pm It’s bath time! Isaac loves his baths and gets super excited when I pick him up and take him towards the bathroom. He’s so eager to play around in the water that he squirms and wriggles his way out of my hands as much as he can. He’s starting to learn, though, that playtime comes after wash time! As soon as bath time is done, we dress Isaac in his bedtime clothes and prepare his final bottle of the day. He’ll drain this one and sometimes falls asleep on it. Recently, he’s been drinking the entire bottle and having a little play before dropping off – but he’s normally very good with routine this late in the day.
8pm Without fail, we try and ensure 8pm is bedtime. Of course, If Isaac is still screaming (happily, of course) and singing, we’ll give him a little run around to use up the last of his energy, but that won’t take long! We give him a kiss goodnight and put him down in his cot with his teddy. He’s really good at getting himself off to sleep now, so if he’s not already zonked, we know he will be soon!
8:30pm Isaac might be in bed, but it’s not time to stop yet! Now begins the mad rush to wash, sterilise and prepare his bottles for the next day. As I mentioned, he takes his bottles cold now, so we can just put boiling water in them the night before and they’ll be fine for the entire next day. We also use this time to ensure his change bag is fully stocked and his snack pot is full too.
9pm And there we have it, the doors are closed, the curtains drawn and it’s time for us to collapse onto the sofa. This is our time now and we spend it watching TV, films, reading, drinking prosecco… whatever takes our fancy really! Isaac is a really good sleeper, so we don’t normally hear a peep from him now until morning. He did go through a stage of waking up at about 11pm for a little while, but this seems to have stopped now
Describe your day in three words…
I guess for me it would be: Work, Isaac, Rest.
For my partner it may be more like: Isaac, Isaac, Rest!
What is the highlight of your day?
The highlight of my day is definitely getting home from work and being greeted by Isaac’s cheeky smile. Knowing he’s happy to see me when I walk through the door makes all the hard work well worth it. From here, it’s shortly followed by the time I get to spend with my partner in the evening. We’ve brought bedtime forward a bit for Isaac, so we now get a little more time together; which is great.
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Thanks for taking the time to share your routine with us, it sounds like you have an action packed day full of spending time with as a family. There is nothing better. Make sure you check out Nicks blog for more about their family life. Please also get in touch if you would like to feature your daily routine.
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The L’s Mum.
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