I just want to preface that this post is going to be very picture heavy! I want to give a true idea of what is like to stay at home with an infant. If this is your first time on my blog, let me give a little background of our family. My son, Oliver, is 3 months old and my husband works for a non-profit called City Year. We are so blessed that he works so hard to allow me to stay at home with Oliver and take care of him. I am thankful everyday that I get to stay at home and be with my baby boy. It is not a luxury that every family can afford.
From talking with some of my single/non-parents friends, I think there are some misconceptions about what happens when a mom stays at home with a baby! A). It isn't completely boring and mind numbing spending the day with a baby, and B). it isn't all play doh, trips to the zoo, and playgrounds at this age!
Here is a day in the life of Oliver and I:
Our day usually starts between 6-7 in the morning. I changed Oliver's diaper, get him out of his pajamas (I admit, somedays we stay in pajamas much later), and get him dressed for the day.
From the time Oliver wakes up until my husband, Dom, leaves for work, I make breakfast, eat, get dressed, brush my teeth, make lunches, etc. During that time, either Dom hangs out with Oliver, or he plays under his gym. Today he played with his monkey in his gym for a solid 30 minutes and then got a quick milk snack.
Between 7:30 and 8:00 AM
Dom leaves for work. Sometimes he works from home which are happy days all around.
The next two hours are for play time! Everyday I tried to do a variety of activities to keep Oliver happy and stimulated. It is hard with him being so young, because it limits that amount of things we can do. Things will spice up a bit when we can play with paint, play doh, blocks, take walks, and play in mud!
Today our play time started off with a FaceTime call with Nani in Israel and some practice sitting up in his Bumbo seat.
Diaper change #2
9:00AM - 10:00AM
Play time concluded with tummy time, sucking on Elli the Elephant, reading library books, and getting karate chopped by Leonardo the Ninja Turtle (I'm learning all kinds of boy facts!)
Diaper Change #3- The kid loves being diaper-less! I usually let him play on his changing pad naked for a few minutes.
10:05AM - 10:30AM
First big milk meal of the day. I take surveys while he eats. See my post on how I make money while nursing.
10:30AM - 11:00AM
I try to start nap time at 11 (see our nap routine), and was getting tired of playing. We were both getting a little cranky so we just snuggled and watched some Baby Einstein in bed.
Nap Time! Naptime today was picture perfect. Oliver fell asleep at 11, woke up at 10:45, ate for 15 minutes, and fell asleep for another 30 minutes.
While he slept, I ate lunch, put away laundry, cleaned the bathroom, and worked on some blog posts. This is when I feel most like a housewife!
1:30 PM- 2:17 PM
We changed into shorts and teeshirts and went to "play" outside. By play I mean walk the block, get the mail, sit in the grass, and talk about the color of the cars.
2:20PM - 3:15PM
Diaper Change #4. After diaper change Oliver got his 2nd big meal while I watched the new episode of Rookie Blues. He nap/nursed for about 50 minutes.
3:15PM - 3:25PM
Made funny faces and noises at each other
3:25PM - 4:00PM
Oliver requested a post snack snack and about 10 post nap naps while nursing... hence the growing double chin kid...
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Walk the dog, make dinner, clean up the messes that we made during the day, and a little play time thrown in there. Today we did this all in our Baby Bjorn carrier because Dom wasn't home yet.
On a normal day, Dom is done with work around 4:30-5 and we tag team dinner, walks, bath, and bedtime (see our bedtime routine) until Oliver goes to sleep around 7:30. However, today is a weird long day for him and I will be soloing it all the way.
Not everyday is spent at home like this. Sometimes errands or playdates replace playtime and that surprise second nap time we slipped in today. I'm excited to mix up play activities as he gets older, but for right now, I won't complain about our simple "Mommy and Me" lifestyle.
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I am 25 years old with a 2 year old son and a wicked handsome husband living in Birmingham, Alabama.