The New Normal

Today I thought I’d give you guys the inside scoop on my new life as a stay-at-home mom.

I. Love. It.

Lilly and I have gotten into a pretty good groove during the day and having a routine is so important. It can definitely still be challenging but, I’m so glad I get to spend all my time with her.

My husband wakes up around 5:30 for work which is usually when Lilly will need her first feeding. A very sleepy me will get up to feed her and then put her back down for a nap so that I can get some more sleep too. Luckily, she goes right back down easily most of the time.

Around 7 AM is when I’m finally ready to get out of bed for real which sometimes will coincide with another meal for Lilly. She eats a bit more frequently during the day than all those baby books say she should but, because of her VSD, I don’t mind at all. I want her to eat as much as she can so she can start gaining a good amount of weight. Also, I quickly decided that trying to follow those books is way more stressful than actually just figuring out what works best for us.

The daily routine usually looks like this:

  • Wake Up
  • Feed
  • Medicine
  • Nap
  • Feed
  • Tummy time/play
  • Nap

And then it usually regulates to a consistent feed, play, nap pattern until daddy gets home around 5:30 in the evening. For some reason, the arrival of my husband always makes Lilly throw the schedule out the window and decide she just wants to fuss and eat. Luckily for me, my husband is always willing to help out by taking a feeding off my hands.

At around 8 PM, Lilly gets her last meal, her medicine, and then we wrap her in her swaddle sack and put her down in the bassinet for the night. Lilly spends about half an hour wriggling around and making noise until she finally falls asleep.

During the night, I’ll wake up twice to feed her. I’m so glad that she doesn’t eat as frequently at night as she does during the day; I don’t think I could handle that. She seems to really understand that nighttime is for sleep which is amazing.

I’m really enjoying being a stay-at-home mom 🙂 I didn’t think I would; honestly, I thought I might get bored, but there’s always something to do. Even when Lilly is asleep, I find chores to do around the house and I cook dinner. The routine does get pretty mundane sometimes but, I recently started going to a bootcamp class with Lilly a few mornings a week so we get to leave the house for some fresh air.

Mama’s getting her body back and life is good 🙂

I’ve also recently started a YouTube channel – First-Time Mommy – that goes along with this blog. Feel free to check it out! Below is my latest video. Hope you enjoy!

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