A day in our life: A toddler and a newborn

Max is now 10 weeks old and Jake is 21 months. Jamie is back at work after paternity leave and it is very fair to say that life with a toddler and a new born is very hectic and quite messy! Here is how a typical day seams to go for us:

1am: Max usually wakes up for a feed, I breastfeed him and put him straight back to bed in his crib by our bed.

4am: Max will wake up for another feed, and may restlessly go back to sleep for another couple of hours, if not Jamie and I will take it in turns to hold him so the other person can get a bit more sleep.

6am: Max has just settled down to sleep and Jake wakes up. We all have a family cuddle in bed before heading down stairs

6.30am – 9am Jake has his milk and then breakfast whilst watching cartoons. Jamie and I will both have breakfast and then take it in turns to get dressed. Then Jamie will look after the boys whilst I try to get some housework done, usually I manage to get a clothes wash in and load the dish washer and clean the kitchen up from dinner last night.

9am – 12pm: Jamie goes to work so I’m on my own with the boys. Jake usually goes down for his only nap of the day at about 10am and will sleep for about 1 to 1 and a half hours. During this time if Max is awake I try to give him some focused attention on his play mat and having some tummy time. If Max is also asleep while Jake is ( this doesn’t happen often) then I will do a bit more housework and then perhaps have aa short amount of time to go on Twitter or write a blog post. When Jake wakes up we will play in the living room with Max watching us from his bouncy chair. Max will have had another feed in this time also.

12 – 1pm Jamie comes downstairs for lunch which we try to eat in the conservatory.

1-4pm: I try to get out of the house with the boys going for a walk with our double buggy to the shops or the park. Then it’s back home for more playing at home. Max will have another feed.

4pm: Jake will be getting tired so he will have a quiet hour with his dummy and some cartoons on TV while I take Max into the kitchen with me and start putting dinner on. These days I cook most of our meals from scratch so it does usually take me about an hour to get dinner sorted, I will also try to do as much kitchen cleaning and laundry sorting as I can at the same time.

5-6.30pm: Jamie finishes work and we all have dinner together as a family. Then it’s more playing in the living room, usually with Jamie and Jake running around like maniacs! 

6.30 -7.15pm: We start winding down! Jake has his bed routine of bath, PJ’s, milk , book, bed. Max will also have a bath, PJ’s and a feed. 

7.15 – 8pm Jake goes up to bed and takes about 30 mins to settle. Max will also hopefully start to settle down too. We do a quick tidy up of the living room and have showers and get ready for bed ourselves.

8 – 9.30pm we chill out in front of the tv and then head up to bed as soon as we are sure Max is settled.

Then it all begins again! ……. 

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