I know I’ve been a little MIA lately. If you’re wondering why, this post will most likely give you an idea of how I’m managing my time. Unfortunately, blogging has taken a back seat to two very important children these days. Finding time to multitask TWO children is tough enough in itself, but I figured some of you might be interested to see just how to balance motherhood duties with two children. Obviously, Harrison is still very young (only 5 weeks old) so this schedule will change every couple of weeks as his eating and sleeping patterns change. And once I resume my workout routines, the schedule will change again, but for now….. Here’s a typical day in the life with a newborn and toddler.
8:30 PM Nurse Harrison while hubby gives Rosalyn her bath
9:00 PM Bathe Harrison while hubby puts Rosalyn to bed.
10:30 PM Feed baby again
11:00 PM Put baby down in rock-n-play sleeper
11:10 PM Take the dog out before taking my shower and getting ready for bed.
11:30 PM Go to bed. Hubby stays awake working in his office.
2:30 AM Harrison wakes to eat. I change his diaper in the dark then nurse him in bed with only my phone home screen illuminated to see. He falls asleep at the boob then I burp him and lay him back down to sleep. He goes down immediately without hesitation.
3:15 AM I go back to sleep
6:30 AM Harrison wakes again. I change his diaper and feed him just like before. He drifts off to sleep much quicker this time. I burp him and put him back in the rocker.
6:50 AM Take the dog out for a walk while everyone else is still asleep. Then get back into bed for another hour of sleep before the toddler wakes everyone up.
8:28 AM Hubby wakes up with the toddler so I can sleep a little while longer. (This is only applicable when he is not traveling for work – He works from home when not traveling)
9:30 AM Wake up and get dressed, make breakfast & coffee. Hubby and toddler have already eaten.
9:43 AM Scarf down breakfast before having to feed Harrison again.
10:05 AM Finish feeding Harrison and burping him. Put him in the pack and play for a cat nap. (Usually he won’t sleep long at this point in the morning)
10:15 AM Dress and play with toddler while hubby works or gets ready to travel (today he is packing to leave for the week)
11:00 Hubby leaves while we play inside. I take the toddler into the living room to play with the dog while I sit Harrison in the front room to some pictures.
11:32 AM Change baby’s diaper, then sit the kiddos in the family room together to read and watch Wreck-it-Ralph.
12:08 PM Run Rosalyn to the bathroom to potty – she is not fully potty trained yet and still needs help. I’m letting her stay in a pull up diaper while we learn our new routines with her brother. Better to be safe than sorry. I change Harrison’s diaper after finishing with her.
12:11 PM Sit down to feed Harrison again. Rosalyn plays on the floor in front of me while I nurse him. We continue watching Wreck-it-Ralph and playing with her new toys while I tend to Harrison.
12:35 PM Put Harrison down for a little nap He sleeps for about 25 minutes, then I put him in the swing so that I can tend to his sister for a while. He doesn’t go back to sleep, but stays awake and coo’s a little bit.
1:07 PM I make lunch for Rosalyn – chicken nuggets with grapes and graham crackers. I slice an apple for myself and eat a handful of nuts. I won’t have time to prepare my own lunch this afternoon. I have not done any food prep for the week because we were entertaining all weekend long. Usually I would reheat some leftover chicken or a veggie burger with vegetables, but today I will have to settle for fruit and nuts. Blah – I should have prepared better.
1:35 PM Feed Harrison again so that I can put him down for a while to get his sister to nap. He complies and falls asleep for just enough time to spend 10 minutes with Rosalyn putting her down for her own nap.
2:02 PM I fix some food – beef stew – for myself while Harrison is awake in his rocker. I tidy up the kitchen, load the dishwasher, and take chicken and turkey out of the freezer to thaw out. Tomorrow I will attempt to cook up some turkey meatballs and chicken breasts for the week.
3:35 PM Rosalyn never falls asleep – despite me spending 10 minutes in her room trying to calm her down and preparing her to nap. She sings and talks loudly in her room until I finally let her out and discover that she pooped in her diaper – probably why she never napped.
3:40 PM Take Rosalyn into the kitchen to make her a snack – more grapes and yogurt for her and a Kind bar for me.
3:55 PM Feed Harrison while Rosalyn snacks at the table (3 feet away from us) She plays on the iPad
4:22 PM Put Harrison in his rocker to sleep again
4:25 PM Sit with Rosalyn while she plays on the ipad. I check my emails, blog for a bit and catch up on bills.
5:18 PM Harrison begins to wake up.
5: 34 PM We take the dog for a walk – all of us – which is unbearably difficult because I don’t have a double stroller yet. Rosalyn walks while Harrison rides in the stroller.
5:55 PM Feed Harrison
6:25 PM Play with Harrison and Rosalyn in the living room. Rosalyn plays with blocks while Harrison has tummy time on Boppy pillow.
7:10 PM Give Roslayn a bath while Harrison sits in Rock-n-play in bathroom hallway.
7:33 PM Towel off toddler and put her in her pjs.
7:37 PM Harrison gets fussy so I change his diaper and rock him. He continues to fuss so I nurse him.
8:20 PM Rossi eats dr Cheerios on the couch while Harrison is awake in his rock-n-Play, so I take a quick shower.
8:45 PM Put Rossi down for bed. Sing two songs and say her prayers while holding Harrison. My singing must be good because it almost puts Harrison to sleep.
9:00 PM Nurse Harrison – I let him pacify for a little longer since his sister is asleep and no longer needs attention.
9:55 PM Baby gets fussy and wants to nurse again. I change his diaper and nurse him until he is drowsy.
10:22 PM I change his diaper and put him into his pajamas then put him back on the boob to pacify and get him to sleep. He is asleep in less than 10 minutes.
10:36 PM I burp him and place him in his rock-n-play next to our bed for the evening. I turn on the noise maker and the baby monitor from Rosalyn’s room.
10:36 PM I walk the dog then brush my teeth and finally go to bed.
**** Monday night is a lot better than the previous night for Harrison’s sleeping. He sleeps for a six hour stretch this night, which allows mommy a more pleasant morning. However, my husband is now out of town and I’m alone with both the kiddos so I’m not able to sleep in as long myself. I get out of bed by 6:30 and have to use this time to get dressed and eat breakfast. There are many changes to my morning routine without my husband home, but overall, the day looks very similar with balancing the day-to-day activities. Thankfully, my mother is gracious enough to come by to help me out. Aren’t mom’s wonderful?
If you have more than one child, how did you manage both of them in the beginning?
Did you have any help from family or friends or did you have to wing it alone?