I can’t believe my baby is already 2 weeks old!!!! She is such a sweet little baby and we are absolutely loving being parents!!! Its been an adjustment but I think we are over the hump and finally settling into a good routine. I can’t believe how much she has already changed and she actually looks like a little baby now and not just a cute wrinkly little newborn. She is getting some rolls here and there which make my heart SING!!!! Baby rolls are the best and I know she is putting on some weight and slowly getting back to her birth weight!!!!
Right now our daily routine looks something like this…
5:30am to 6:30am – WAKE UP with Daddy!!!
Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, Nap for two hours until Mommy wakes up. This has been so nice because I can actually get some sleep before I start my day. Jeffrey is already up this early for work regardless so he takes care of the baby for a bit and I can get 3-4 hours of straight sleep after being up all night with little miss. This is the only break I take from pumping in the full 24 hour period. Even mommy’s need a break here and there and this one break keeps me from feeling like a milk cow.
8:30am – Mommy’s turn to WAKE UP & Morning Snuggles
Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, Awake Time, and then Morning Nap for an hour! We usually do morning awake time in bed with the puppies while mommy sips on some coffee and watches the morning news!!! Reagan loves to sit in her boppy and look at the bright windows. I talk to her and tell her all about the world and we snuggle and love on the puppy babies. Once she falls asleep for a quick nap I pump for 15-20 minutes and can usually score around 2-3oz. Hopefully I can brush my teeth and breathe for a few minutes before she wakes up again.
10:30am – Morning Clean Up & Chore Time
Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, Awake Time, and then Nap for an hour. For our early morning awake time I wear Reagan in my DIY Solly Wrap while I clean up the bedroom and nursery from the night, do bottle/ pumping dishes, and make some breakfast. She just chills and takes in the sights and sounds of our life. She usually falls asleep in the wrap and I put her down for her Late Morning Nap around 11:30am. She is usually “wide awake” in the mornings and often will be a little restless and a light sleeper for this nap. Once Reagan is down I pump, AGAIN, for 15-20 min. and then try and bust out some cleaning as quickly as possible or do any necessary chores/tasks while she is asleep. Baby Thanks You’s, organizing her birth documents, and vacuuming are all on the agenda these days. I swear an hour has never flown by so quickly in my life. And sometimes I just sit in the peace and quiet and enjoy another cup of coffee.
12:30pm – Shower Time and Laundry
Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, and then Nap for 2 hours (hopefully). Miss Reagan is a fantastic sleeper once she is down. Her little body is on a very reliable clock and she always conks out in the afternoons for at least two full hours. After we eat, burp, do a quick diaper change and cuddle/rock she falls asleep and I can actually get some “stuff” done. This “stuff” usually consists of taking a shower, maybe doing my hair & makeup if its a good day, pumping again for 15-20 min, and putting a load of laundry in. I try to do the “one load in and one load out” model. This keeps the laundry from piling up and I can rotate between towels, my laundry, Jeffrey’s laundry, and Miss Reagan’s ever growing pile of dirty spit-up covered laundry.
2:30pm – Afternoon Walk & Fresh Air
Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, and then Nap for 2 hours (again…hopefully). Given that it is March the weather is finally starting to turn around and on good days we have some sunshine and temperatures above 40 degrees. After our usual feeding & pumping routine I wear little miss in my wrap and we take the puppies for a good walk around the neighborhood. She usually falls asleep and naps in the wrap but she is always awake when we leave so she is getting some fresh air and taking in the world for a bit. The fresh air and sunshine really help me to feel NORMAL and not so cooped up in the house. I had my two week postpartum doctors appointment and got the “all clear” to resume my workouts. Given that I did give birth 2 weeks ago, I decided that going for daily walks, weather permitting, is the perfect way to get back into a routine. Each week I hope to introduce a little more exercise, longer walks and even some circuits and pilates back into my life. I’m lucky to already be back to my pre-baby weight and the only thing left is to do some much needed toning.
4:30pm – Afternoon Play Time, Story Time, and Tummy Time
Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, and then Play Time for at least an hour. In the afternoons after our walk we relax and play. Little miss has two really good awake periods throughout the day. One in the morning and one in the late afternoon. We take advantage of this time and read a few books, listen to disney music on Pandora, and do tummy time exercises to strengthen her muscles. She is getting really strong and it is so fun to talk to her and watch her move her head from side to side. We also do baby stretches and baby massage to get her circulation going. This is one of my favorite times of the day because her beautiful little eyes are open and taking in everything. The happy Disney music is pretty darn uplifting too. I can’t wait to introduce her to all the Disney princesses…YIPPPEEEEE!!! The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Tangled are all my favorites!!!! She usually falls asleep for a short 20-30min. nap after play time.
6:30pm -7:30pm – Bath Time with Daddy & Dinner for the Parents
Once Daddy gets home from CrossFit it is bath time! This is good bonding time for Daddy and Reagan and gives mommy a break to start dinner and have some alone time. After she is all sparkly and clean she gets a bottle of pumped milk from Daddy while mommy pumps for 15-20 min. I love that we were not over-the-top when it came to exclusive breastfeeding. I am trying to keep an open mind and we just go with the flow and do what feels right. I am breastfeeding/pumping every 2 – 2.5 hours though to keep my supply up. She also takes a pacifier occasionally and has no nipple confusion between bottle, pacifier, or breast. I love that Jeffrey gets to enjoy the process of feeding her occasionally also. Bonding for Daddy is just as important!!!! After she goes down for yet another nap we can put her in the bouncer and we get to sit down and enjoy dinner together. Mommy Daddy time is so important. We love our little girl beyond belief but we also value our relationship and at dinner we have an opportunity to just talk and enjoy each others company. I absolutely love that we make time for our relationship and aren’t getting “lost” in being parents.
9:30pm – MamaRoo Fun & Working with Daddy (Mommy is already asleep HAHA)
After dinner, my amazing and super sweet/supportive hubby takes the baby for the evening so I can get 2-3 hours of uninterrupted sleep before the night rotations start. Jeffrey is usually up working regardless so he does the evening feeding and I get to conk out. We have a good routine going. He does the night feeding and I do all the late night feedings so he can sleep for 6-7 hours straight through. Then he gets up early with her and I get a few more uninterrupted hours while he does the morning rotation. This whole system seems to be working really well for us. We are happy and settling into this strong routine. I know the routine will need to change and adjust as she gets older and we will cross that bridge when we get to it. But for now we are doing really well and are very much in love with our sweet little girl.
These two are literally my world and I could not love them more. Watching Jeffrey with his little girl is absolutely amazing and wonderful. We got a MamaRoo Rocker as a gift from my mom and it has been amazing for getting Reagan to sleep. The hubby is a big Star War fan and so we call the rocker her “Millennium Falcon” and she loves to fly in her space ship while daddy is busy working. So cute!!!
LATE NIGHT ROTATIONS
Our late night/early morning rotations are as quick and painless as humanly possible. I always let her sleep for as long as possible but I also set an alarm to make sure she doesn’t go longer than 4 hours without eating per our pediatrician. She usually goes a little longer at night, anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours between feedings but some nights she is spot on with the 2 hour markers. Once I get her fed, burped, changed, and swaddled tight to go back to sleep we are usually 1 hour into the rotation. Once I pump and get cleaned up I can usually sleep for 30min to 45min before she is ready to get up and start the process all over again. I long for the nights where she is able to go a little longer between feedings. I love our cozy nights and early mornings together where its just me and my girl. That sweet little face and the intense love I feel for her somehow allows me to function on a few sporadic hours of sleep. The first few days I felt like a zombie at night but now my body has adjusted and I actually don’t mind the late nights anymore.
This is our current routine with our sweet little angel. The first week or so I didn’t even try to establish a routine but now its been incredibly helpful for my sanity and also to maximize our sleeping schedule. I feel a little normal and have a few moments to myself here and there to get things done.
Its been great to keep blogging about the little moments with her. I know someday we can look back at my posts and remember details and memories we wouldn’t be able to otherwise. I also love that we can share our beautiful little girl with all our family and friends who read my blog. Thank You to everyone who has sent prayers and well wishes on the birth of our beautiful Reagan Marie. We are feeling so lucky that this sweet little girl is ours and that we get to be there for all her moments growing up. I am just obsessed with this wee baby!!!! She is already growing up and changing before our eyes and I am trying to live in the present and soak up every second.
xo xo Friends,