These pictures are from a fun walk we went on the other day! James loves being outside so much. He was staring around all wide-eyed! Ben and I love taking him new places and giving him new experiences!
James will be four months old on Wednesday...geez louise!! Time goes so so fast - you don't realize just how fast until you're a parent! It's true what they say, "the days are long but the years are short".
Being a mom is seriously THE BEST! I love it so much and I LOVE getting to see James learn and grow each day. He is so smart and strong and funny and easy-going. He can roll from front to back and from back to front. He can grab things and hold things on his own. He loves standing (with help, of course!) and can totally bare his own weight. He would stand all day if he could. He can almost sit up all by himself too. He constantly has a smile on his face and he loves chatting! He "talks" so much. He is just the best!
I've posted on Instagram a few times about putting James to bed, and I've received countless messages marveling at the fact that James has a bed time already. I've gotten so many requests, that I thought it would be fun to share our daily routine, including bed time. Because we are finally settling into a routine and it works really great for us!
Around 7am: James wakes up and coos in his crib for a bit until I wake up. I turn off the noise machine, turn off the Owlet, open the blinds, and then I pick him up. He smiles so so so big and is so happy to be awake and to see me and to start the day. We change his diaper, and get him dressed for the day, then head back into my bed. I feed him breakfast and read the news out loud to him while he eats. When he's done eating, he tells me about his dreams (babbles very excitedly and importantly).
Around 8:30am: We get out of bed and I put him in his rock'n'play in the bathroom with me while I get dressed and do my hair and makeup. We chat the whole time. Then, we change his diaper again and head down stairs and he plays on his play mat while I make myself coffee and breakfast and workout.
Around 10am: Naptime! James has a bottle and goes down for his first nap of the day. During this time, I meditate (a non-negotiable for me...this is a PRIORITY), and then I work on blog posts and client work until James wakes up.
Around 11am: James will wake up from his nap and we'll change his diaper and then play. He will do tummy time, play on his play mat, practice standing and sitting up, we'll sing songs, read books, listen to music, etc
Around 1:30pm: James will have a bottle and then we'll change his diaper and go for a walk. When we get home we'll play some more.
Around 3pm: James has another bottle and goes down for his second nap of the day. During this nap I will get more work done.
Around 4pm: James wakes up from his nap and we change his diaper and then play and read some more.
Around 5:30pm: We head upstairs for either a bath in James' bath tub (which we do about twice a week), or a sponge bath (which we do every day that we don't do a real bath). Then I'll put on his lotion, a clean diaper, and his Owlet sock. I put him in his jammies and his sleep sack, turn on the noise machine and turn out the lights. I feed him while I sing to him. He is usually asleep by 6pm.
After James is asleep I clean the house, do the dishes, finish up any work I have, and make dinner. Ben usually gets home from work around 7pm or 8pm. We eat dinner together and watch a show and then head to bed by around 10pm.
Things are falling into place and I am just having so much fun with my little family! :) I hope this schedule is helpful. This is just what works for US. Every baby and family are different of course. But our routine works wonderfully for us!
I hope you all have a great week!