Good morning! I hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to something fun this weekend. I’m hoping to do a day in the life post once a month, so I can remember what life was like at each little stage. This was our day on Tuesday.
I woke up at 5:20. James was squirming, but not crying or anything. I fed him so that he would go back to sleep for a little longer. He stayed half asleep while he ate and then went back to bed.
While he slept, I ate breakfast, drank coffee, and then did a 30 minute Barre3 workout (<- referral link). One thing I like about Barre3 is that you can select a whole workout, or just choose 10 minute segments, so I don’t have to worry about him waking up and needing me in the middle of the workout. This time I did get to finish the whole thing though and it felt great! I don’t always feel like doing it, but I feel so much better when I get a workout in first thing in the morning.
James started squirming again at 6:59 – perfect timing. I feel like it works best when he wakes up around 7. When he wakes up earlier, he’s still super sleepy all morning and when he wakes up much later, he doesn’t take good naps. I give him some time to wake up while I unload and load the dishwasher.
I used to go in immediately when I heard him, but have started trying to give him at least ten minutes or so to wake up first. He almost always wakes up in a happy mood in the morning and rolls around and talks to himself. I hope having time in there alone helps him feel comfortable and safe in his room as he gets older. I am also a major introvert and feel like I’d be heavily annoyed if someone came in and started talking to me right when I opened my eyes every morning 🙂
As a side note, I wish the baby monitor took pictures / videos. Does anyone know if this is a thing? I feel like it should be, I’d buy it. He is too cute squirming around in there and chatting up a storm.
We have a new favorite morning tradition. After I greet him and we snuggle for a few minutes, we go sit outside on the back patio. This has been a different experience since daylight savings, but I figured he is never outside when it’s dark, so maybe it’s interesting? I love all of the morning sounds and there is something so nice about getting outside first thing. I know it puts me in a good mood anyway. Sometimes we sing songs out there and sometimes we just listen and enjoy the stillness.
Today it is just starting to get light and the moon is out. I think this may be the first time James has seen the moon, which makes me really appreciate all of the wonder of such a beautiful morning. It was a little chilly, so I put on his cozy fox hat – I can hardly even handle the cuteness. We sit out there until he starts to get antsy and then I change his diaper and get him dressed for the day.
We go in to say good morning to his Dad – always a highlight of the morning.
After snuggling and playing in our bed for a while, I feed James and then he plays in front of his mirror. He has been initiating wrestling matches with his blankets lately and it is highly amusing to watch. I sit next to him and read about the upcoming milestones to expect in a baby development book until he wants attention.
I hold him upright while he bounces – his absolute favorite activity of the moment! I feel like he has very little interest in practicing sitting up because he just wants to MOVE. Bouncing is much more his speed.
He is getting sleepy eyes so we sit in the glider while I read him “Polar Bear Polar Bear, What do you Hear?”. I then turn on the white noise, sing him a song (Forever Young – our goodnight song), and put him in his sleep sack for his nap at about 9:10.
While he naps, I work on my Baby Sign Language post and this post. I also clean the kitchen, dining area, and living room. Yikes, I need to work on cleaning the floors more often before he starts crawling!
James woke up a little after 11. I fed him and we set out on the day’s adventure! My husband was working from home today, so he joined us for lunch.
His favorite taco place (Taco Deli) is right next door to my favorite juice / smoothie place (Juiceland), so it works out perfectly. They also have outdoor seating, which gives the little guy a lot more to look at. We go here probably once a week.
When we got home, James had some play time before his afternoon nap.
He goes back and forth between two and three naps these days. When he takes a long morning nap, he often only takes one afternoon nap. This is especially true on days like today where he is in the car / on our laps for a lot of his awake time and hasn’t gotten to roll around get his energy out.
He napped from about 2:30-3:30 and then we sat in the backyard again for a little while. It was seriously beautiful out today. He played a little more while I folded laundry.
I fed him and when my husband was done with work, we went for a long family walk.
Today was the first time we put him in the stroller without his car seat / converter. He’s been really squirmy in his car seat lately so I looked up when he could go in the stroller without it…8 weeks. Whoops. #newmomfail. He seemed much happier in the stroller this way so I’m excited to hopefully be able to take some longer walks!
After our walk, James played some more and then we took his 24 week pictures…hard to believe!
Then is was bath time…one of his and my favorite times of the day. After plenty of bath time fun, I fed him, gave him a massage and we all read Goodnight Moon together before putting him to bed. I seriously love this stage. It was a great Tuesday.