This is a typical day in the life of our lives now with a baby and a toddler.
7:54 PM- Finish feeding Juliet.
8:01 PM- Place her down in her bassinet for bed. Go help Mr. Chocolate finish up bed time with Drake.
10:00 PM- Go to bed myself. Normally I would have been in bed an hour ago if not two, but this night I decide to spend some time with Mr. Chocolate, surf the web, and blog a little.
11:50PM- Juliet wakes up to eat. I am a little disappointed as this is early for her. Normally she can go up to 7 hours some nights after her last feed, but once in a while she will break it up with a shorter stint which apparently has happened tonight. Feed her and change her diaper. Sadly after her longer stretch of sleep she tends to like to be awake for a little while. She is happy and alert so I sit her in her bouncer and catch up on some emails. Once she gets fussy, I swaddle her and watch an episode of Arrested Development on Amazon Prime while rocking her to sleep.
12:57 AM- Place her down to sleep and go back to bed myself.
2:32 AM- Juliet wakes to eat again. Sit in the dark room barely awake myself feeding her. Luckily the middle of the night feeding is quick and she goes right down again.
2:47 AM- Back in bed
5:31 AM- Juliet wakes to eat again. After a short feed she wants to be awake now for a little while. Every day we start the day anywhere from 5:30-7 with the average being around 6 AM, so this is an earlier morning for us. I change her diaper and then alternate with playing with her, taking photos of her, placing her in the bouncer, and holding her.
7:05AM- I try placing her down as I have rocked her to sleep.
7:27 AM- She wakes up to eat again. At this time Mr. Chocolate gets up and showers before going to work. Juliet gets a second wind and wants to be up still.
8:17AM- I hear Drake on the monitor. Luckily he is happy to play in his room by himself.
8:46AM- Attempt to put Juliet down again as she has nodded off in my arms. Unsuccessful as she wakes up the moment I place her down and cries. Back up for more rocking and Arrested Development.
10:05AM- I try putting her down again but she wakes up. I give up for now and go to Drake’s room to get him up. It’s hard changing his diaper, and helping him brush his teeth, change his clothes, and wash his hands one handed, which is why I usually prefer to get him after Juliet has gone to bed. We all go downstairs. I place Juliet in her swing while I get Drake his breakfast — yogurt and a bowl of Cheerios with milk. He eats both himself as I have gone back to rocking Juliet who is fussy in the swing.
10:27AM- Change Juliet’s diaper and feed her again.
10:39AM- Juliet is done eating so we rock while sitting downstairs with Drake as he watches a Barney show.
11:32AM- Finally put Juliet down for a nap upstairs. I eat breakfast, a bowl of cereal, and check my email. Drake has a dirty diaper so I change it. Normally during this time I like to do some house cleaning but since it took me so long to get Juliet down this morning, I’m scared to make too much noise with unloading the dishwasher or vacuuming. So instead I check my emails and websites. I start a blog post as I have both hands to type. Then I do a puzzle with Drake when his show is done.
12:18PM- Juliet wakes up fussy. I rock her while I give Drake a granola bar he asks for to eat.
12:39PM- Juliet wants to eat again. I change her diaper and feed her.
1:00PM- Juliet finishes eating. I place her in the swing and unload the dishwasher.
1:15PM- Back to rocking as she is fussing. Drake wants to watch another show so I let him.
1:40PM- I give up and drink a few sips of Coke. I don’t drink coffee and some days I can make it through ok, but other days I need a little caffeine to get through the day. This is one of them.
2:19PM- Juliet finally falls asleep and I can put her down again. I change Drake’s diaper, vacuum and try to clean up the playroom a little with him.
2:37PM- Juliet wakes up again. I change her diaper and feed her upstairs. Drake comes up with me and plays with Duplos in the room.
2:51PM- Juliet finishes eating and is happy and alert. Drake is playing with Duplos so I run and take a quick shower while both are happy.
3:00PM- Come out of the shower and Juliet is starting to fuss. Get dressed and rock her.
3:19PM- I lay down with Juliet on my chest. Drake sits next to me in bed playing with my phone. I close my eyes. I wanted to take them for a walk but am simply too tired, and it also looks like it might rain anyway.
3:54PM- Drag myself out of bed. Juliet hasn’t really slept during this time, but has remained calm at least. Drake is happily playing with my phone. I look at the time and realize Drake needs to eat lunch. We go downstairs and I make him a grilled cheese. I change his diaper as well.
4:40PM- Juliet finally goes down in her bed. I tidy up a few things downstairs.
5:00PM- Mr. Chocolate comes home.
5:13PM- Juliet is awake. I change her diaper and feed her.
5:32PM- Juliet finishes eating. I try rocking her a little.
5:40PM- I pass her to Mr. Chocolate to rock. I go upstairs for a little alone time. I check some emails and surf my forums.
6:18PM- Mr. Chocolate brings Juliet back to me. He wants to make dinner. I change her diaper and watch a new show I found, The White Queen.
7:27PM- Finally get Juliet asleep. Place her down in her bed and go downstairs to have dinner with Drake and Mr. Chocolate After dinner I clear the dishes and surf my forums mindlessly. Drake plays in the playroom, Mr. Chocolate does some remote IT work and plays Minecraft.
8:11PM- We take Drake up to bed. We change him, brush his teeth, and read him stories.
8:25PM- We leave Drake’s room and go downstairs. Mr. Chocolate and I chat a little while surfing on our laptops.
8:47PM- I can’t keep my eyes open so decide to go to bed early. I normally go to bed about an hour after Juliet does to maximize my sleep. I hope tonight she does a longer stretch of sleep for me.
11:58PM- Juliet wakes to eat again.