We're finally at the point where we have a pretty set schedule down. I love this stage that Jack is in, because he's getting more interactive and fun to play with, but he's also on a predictable schedule (for the most part). The first few months are hard because their sleep is always changing, they go through the 4 month regression, they're teething, they want to nurse around the clock etc., but now he's somewhat settled down, and we're in a good groove.
Piper is going to start her first year of preschool next year in September, *insert ALL the tears*, so for now our schedule is based on whatever I want it to be each day. Every day I try to do a different activity to get us out of the house, and I make sure their afternoon naps overlaps, and that I have alone time with each of them individually. It's not always perfect, but routine is huge for them and me, and this is what works for us right now!
7:00am Jack wakes up, I nurse him, and we read books and play together.
8:00am Piper wakes up around 7:30-8:00am, and we head out on a walk. I usually just keep them in their pajamas and Pipes drinks her milk in the stroller.
Breakfast Jack has lots of teeth, so he does well with solid food, and it keeps him busy. I get his breakfast so he's happy and then get some for me and Pipes. We also listen to "baby shark" about 50x during breakfast. That song is going to haunt me for the rest of my life.
9:30am I get them both ready for the day, and Jack goes down for his morning nap. I normally start a few loads of laundry, and do activities with Piper that are harder to do when Jack is awake. She LOVES painting and colouring (despite her face in this picture) or reading books together.
We also bake a lot together, and make different treats to have on hand. These are the chocolate energy bites we made this week. Again, despite her face in this picture, she loves helping.
11:00am Jack wakes up, I nurse him, and we either head to the library, the store, meet up with cousins/play dates, go to the splash pad, swimming or something like that.
1:00pm I make them lunch (I have a post with some go-to snacks/meals for Piper HERE), change diapers, and put them down for naps around 1:30pm.
Nap Time I clean up their lunch, make myself food, clean up from the morning, do work stuff, and sometimes workout if I'm not planning on doing it in the evening.
3:30pm Jack wakes up first, I nurse him, and we cuddle (he LOVES cuddling), read, and play together until Pipes joins the party (usually around 4 if I'm lucky).
4:00pm If we went out in the morning, we stay home and they play together. If we didn't, then we'll head out and do an activity. They're starting to play pretty well together, but Jack's crawling and putting anything and everything into his mouth, so I have to keep a close eye on that one. I try and fold/put away laundry, finish up projects, and clean up a bit while we play.
6:00pm We have dinner, clean up, they take a bath together, and get ready for bed.
7:00pm I nurse Jack and put him down. He used to sleep for 11 hours straight, but when he got 5 teeth all at once, he had a hard time and wanted to nurse a lot in the night. He kept waking up during the night after that, so I've been slowly breaking that habit again. He usually sleeps until 5am, will nurse and go back down for a couple of hours. Sometimes he'll wake up at 1am too. I need to be tougher with him, but he's still sleeping in my room while we're at my mums house (we'll be moving into our own place once a couple of things are in place), and it's hard to let him just cry it out in the middle of the night.
7:30pm Piper goes down between 7:30-8:00pm, so we get some alone time again. We cuddle, read lots of books, and she bosses me around a bit more before bed.