I’m blessed to be able to be a Stay at Home Mom right now, and I couldn’t be happier. I get to spend every minute with my daughter, and my job right now is her! We don’t have a set schedule, but we do have a pretty predictable routine.
She wakes up for the day between 8-10am (usually closer to 8-9), and we start the day with cuddles. We hang out in bed for a little while and I nurse her until she’s full. She’s almost always in a wonderful mood when she first wakes up.
We go downstairs and we take the dogs out. Since it’s getting colder our walks have turned into just going out briefly. Once we come back in, I change her diaper, wipe her down, change her clothes, brush her hair, clean out her ears, and get her ready for the day. (Sometimes she just gets new pajamas on!)
Then, I usually make coffee and have breakfast while she plays independently either in the playpen or her exersaucer (though she’s liking the exersaucer less and less these days!). This is usually the calmest part of the day, and she seems to enjoy her time alone to play.
After I finish eating, she usually is close to wanting a nap. She doesn’t last long in the mornings before being ready to go back to sleep. I’d say about an hour or so on average. We play until she starts to act tired.
Her first nap of the day is usually between 10-12 (depending on when she woke up that day), and she usually goes down very quickly (with me nursing her to sleep). She naps anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. After she wakes, I nurse her again, and we take the dogs out once more.
This is the point in the day where we will go somewhere if we need to run any errands. If we are staying home (which is more common), we go into the playroom after her first nap and we play, sing songs, and explore everything. She practices pulling up, sitting down, crawling, clapping, and making noises. This is a fun time of the day, and she’s happiest when there is music on.
Her second nap of the day is usually between 1-2, and this nap is the most unpredictable! She sometimes sleeps for only 30 minutes but sometimes she sleeps for 3 hours. I never know what to expect from this nap. I’d say an average is probably about 2 hours.
Daddy gets home from work usually at the end of this nap, sometimes during, around 3pm. This is when I get most things done (cooking, cleaning, etc), and he spends some one-on-one time with her, playing.
She sometimes takes a third nap, but not always. I try to make sure she goes to sleep before 6:30 if she’s going to take this third nap, otherwise her bedtime is late. Between 6-8 is the roughest part of the day because she’s getting sleepy and starts to fight sleep. We usually try to start settling down and watch some tv while she plays. On bath times, this is around the time she gets a bath.
I know most babies go to bed early, but we learned that with Penelope, if she goes to sleep before 8 pm she treats it like a nap and will only sleep for about an hour. I try to keep her up until at least 9, and she sleeps all night!
So that’s our routine! It’s not an exact science, and it won’t work for everyone, but it’s what works for us.