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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

My New Routine

Ahhh, parenthood of a 3 week old. Seems simple, doesn't it? Well, it is if you are said 3 week old's daddy. I am beginning to understand hubby's desire for a baby.

A little background-
Justin has always wanted kids, from the moment we got married. I had just turned 24 when we married 7 years ago (ok, almost 8), but I wanted a little time. So, after a little more than 3 years of marriage, I decided that I was ready to give this parent thing a shot. Hubby was very relieved. We had actually had fights about him wanting to start a family immediately and me wanting to wait. He was ready, ready, ready.

Now I know why.

A day in the life of hubby:
Get up about 6 or 6:30 am
Feed baby
change diaper
put baby back in bassinet
baby cries
put baby in bed with mom
take a shower
get ready for work
go to work
arrive home a little after 5
have baby thrown at him
feed baby
change baby
get baby to sleep
eat dinner
watch tv
go to bed around 10 or 11

Sounds nice, eh?

Day in the life of mommy:
Have baby handed to you around 7 am
try to find a comfortable sleep position in which to not squish baby and keep one hand on the pacifier so that it remains in baby's mouth
Keep trying to get baby to fall asleep
Baby and mommy fall asleep around 9 am
Feed baby around 11
change diaper
Feed baby around 2
change diaper
feed baby around 4
change diaper
5 o'clock hand off to daddy
pay bills
update website
check email
do laundry
prepare dinner
feed baby at 10 when she wakes from daddy induced nap
change diaper
entertain baby until 1 am feeding
make a pallet on the couch with baby in a position that again allows for pacifier to remain in mouth
feed baby around 4 am
change diaper
try to fall asleep on couch-no luck
hear daddy come in and ask if he can take the baby so you can go to bed in a real bed
make it to the bed around 6 am

Yes-this is my life. Now, I know that I am on maternity leave and he is actually working. I know that he has to be in an office all day. He would feel bad if he read this. I don't want to hurt his feelings, but this morning, he says to me as he is leaving for office bliss, "Honey, I am leaving. I fed HK and changed her diaper twice so you could sleep." NO WAY!! Really-what a hero!!!!! Like he is going to win some kind of diaper dad award or trophy or ribbon. I sat straight up and gave him a big THUMBS UP!!!

He did catch the sarcasm.

I turn into quite a little you-know-what with lack of sleep-you don't have to tell me. I know I do.


  1. Two words: BOUNCY SEAT. That is how I survived it with AC- feed, burp, bouncy seat, bliss...

  2. I promise, it does get better... we used to joke about taping the pacifier to Claire's mouth (we never did though...). Life does get better when you can stretch your routine from a 3-4 hr cycle to a 4-5 hr cycle...