A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A NEWBORN
WITH LOTS AND LOTS OF COFFEE!
A lot of people say that the newborn stage is the easiest stage! I have to agree with that but to some extent. Sure, it may seem easy at times since they are almost always sleeping (emphasizing on almost)! But nights are pretty tough in the beginning combined with all the postpartum hormones! Especially when you’re a first-time mom, shit can get overwhelming. In this blog post, I’m going to give you all the details about how my days look like with my newborn!
RISE & SHINE
I start my day usually between 7:00 and 9:00 am — it really depends on what time Sara wakes up! We’re still trying to figure out a schedule that works for all of us, but usually, she wakes up around 6:30 - 7:00. That’s when I’ll wake up and begin my daily routine!
The first thing I do once she starts crying in the morning is run to the refrigerator and pop the bottle in the milk warmer (I exclusively pump) and get my coffee ready, of course! I’ll then try and keep her calm and sleepy while she’s still in the bassinet unless she’s crying uncontrollably. A lot of times, she will cry nonstop until a bottle is in her mouth and that’s when shit hits the fan! Since I’m not nursing, I can’t just feed her the moment she cries. I have to wait 8-10 minutes for the milk to heat up which can seem like forever sometimes! But I am getting better at calming her down and soothing her before the milk is ready. And in this time, I’ll also change her diaper.
I’ll then feed her, which usually takes 20-25 minutes (she’s currently drinking 4.5 ounces at 6.5 weeks old)! I burp her when she’s halfway through her bottle and then once more when she has finished her bottle. Once she’s done eating, I keep her upright for about 20 minutes so she can digest the milk well and to limit the chances of spitting up. During this time, I’ll usually put her in her swing to hangout and relax.
While she’s hanging out in the swing, I’ll do a quick clean up throughout my house! My home usually gets disastrous by the time we sleep and it’s so annoying! No matter how hard I try to keep it clean and organized, it doesn’t stay that way (and not because of me!). But I’ve learned to accept it for the most part and just deal with the quick cleanup in the morning — it makes me feel good, anyway.
After Sara has been sitting up for a good 20 minutes, I’ll see if she’s tired. If I notice she’s yawning here and there, then I’ll go and change her diaper again (she usually takes a big poop 💩 during or right after feeding), then I’ll put her back to sleep in the bassinet.
I like to put her down in her bassinet while she’s still awake. I don’t want her to get used to the idea of sleeping in my arms or anyone rocking her to sleep! I’m trying to train her to become an independent sleeper as much as possible. There are other times, though, where she will stay up in her bassinet just staring at the ceiling but yawning SO much! And if she can’t sleep on her own for 20+ minutes, then I’ll take her out and soothe her to sleep.
If I notice she’s not tired after those 20 minutes of sitting up, I’ll play with her a little bit. I’ll do tummy time with her and just hangout with her! My favorite is when she’s so awake and observant — you don’t get that too much in the first few weeks, but by one month, you get to see them become so vigilant and it’s so fun!