Sweet Avery is a little over 5 months old now. Where has the time gone?
Baby schedules change all the time & for no reason at all! Or at least, that’s how it seems. A growth spurt (either physical or developmental) will change your world for a bit.
I have a couple of huge luxuries over a lot of moms who are trying to get their baby on a schedule. First, I don’t work. Second, I don’t have another baby to match up routines with. Since she was born, I’ve really let Avery determine our schedule. I didn’t care if she took a nap at 2 o’clock rather than 4 o’clock. I also wanted to “train” her to sleep wherever! I didn’t want her to get used to only sleeping in her crib. She sleeps pretty much wherever – crib, my arms, blanket/mat on the floor, swing, carseat, or someone else’s house.
We also have to have a unique schedule because of my husband’s job. He doesn’t get off work until at least 9 o’clock most nights. It’s not an option for me to put her to bed at 8 or 9 for that very reason. That wouldn’t be fair to him or Avery.
Over the past couple of months, Avery has become pretty routine. Here’s what our day-to-day life looks like:
- Mike leaves for work around 8:30. I wake up around 9 or 9:30. I usually get to pump & make myself breakfast.
- Avery wakes herself up sometime between 10 and 11 & nurses pretty soon.
- Between 12:30 and 1:00, she eats a small serving of pureed fruit & nurses again. She’ll usually fall asleep after this (although this nap has been hit or miss recently).
- Throughout the afternoon, she’s usually had 2 naps (one for about 30-45 minutes and the other is usually closer to 2 hours) & played with some toys and the dogs. She’ll nurse one time throughout the afternoon (usually before the longer nap).
- If we’re home, I try to pump once during the afternoon. This is also my time to get any work done around the house. A 5 month old that is fighting naps and/or rolling around and getting closer to crawling is hard to keep contained at times! If we are running errands or just getting out of the house during the day, this is the time I try to do it. She’s usually wanting a longer break between nursing sessions & is usually in a good mood.
- She’ll normally nurse around 5:00. Around 7:00, she gets another serving a pureed fruit, nurses, and then naps a for about 30-45 minutes. I always wake her up by 9:00 regardless of how long that nap was.
- Mike usually gets home by 9:15-9:30. They get some fun time together & then we start bedtime around 10. Mike gets her dressed for bed, listens to a song with her, reads her a book, and then gives her back to me for a bottle of breastmilk (she gets a bottle because I had to start adding cereal for weight gain about 3 months ago). She’s usually asleep by 10:45.
- After she goes to bed, I pump once more before I watch some TV, hang out with Mike, and go to bed.
- I still wake her up (per our pediatrician’s orders) around 4-5 AM to nurse. Lately, she wakes herself up at least one additional time (which has been 2 AM on the dot).