6am North wakes up, gets dressed with Dada and has a bowl of porridge and fruit for breakfast
7am Indi wakes up and has a feed
8:45am settle Indi to sleep with a breast or a baby carrier and go out for an activity with North (park, library, playground, beach, playgroup...)
10am Indi wakes up and has a feed, North has a packed snack
11:15am Indi has another sleep
12pm return home for North's lunch,
12:30pm Indi is usually awake and looking around
1pm story and naptime for North, Indi enjoys a book with us
1:15pm "play" with Indi (talk, coo, gurgle, sing and rhyme)
1:45pm feed Indi to sleep on our bed
2pm mama has a cup of tea, a piece of chocolate and takes a deep breath
2:15-2:30pm North's up and plays in our yard or with his toys while I prepare dinner or bake or do some housework or we go on an after noon outing to run errands or have a playdate
3pm a little snack of fruit and cheese
4:45/5pm Indi has a feed
5:15pm North's dinner
5:45pm bathtime for both little ones
6:30pm North's bedtime
6:30-7pm feed Indi to sleep
1:30am Indi wakes for a feed
4:30am Indi wakes for a feed
5:30am Indi wakes for a top up
This is not a routine that is set in stone, but it's approximately what we've fallen into and like all rhythms it will naturally change over time. Every day is a little different. Indi's feeds are what are most variable at the moment. Some days it feels like I must offer my breast 50 times or more and others she is content 3-4 hourly.
How did/do all of you balance life with a toddler and newborn? Any tips or suggestions?
By the end of the week I should be settled in and able to inject some more enthusiasm into this space. Looking forward to it and to visiting all of you. Now back to the boxes...
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