Wake up to a happy smiling baby face next to me, reaching to grab my nose, mouth, cheeks. She migrated at some point from her cot when she was hungry in the small hours. Josh leaves some time around 5 or 6am; usually I manage to get Phoebe back to sleep if she wakes. I play with her, enjoy smiling. chatting and grabbing her feet, the duvet, anything. Go to get her clean nappy, clothes, get her up and dressed.
Sit Phoebe in the Bumbo whilst I sort out her porridge and my own breakfast, typically yoghurt, fruit and granola. Feed her some breakfast while grabbing mouthfuls of my own; then put her in her bouncer so I can finish. Go into the lounge and maybe offer milk, depending on when she last had some. Put Phoebe down for tummy time, or in her ring or travel cot to play for a bit. Sing with her, throw her around; now it is summer baby and toddler groups aren’t on much, so our morning trips are fewer. Sometimes we go swimming on Tuesday.
Put Phoebe down when she gets tired and grisly, often about 10, or after about 2 hours since she woke.. Have a shower if I need, or start the washing up after bringing in clean washing and generally having a tidy up. When she wakes about half an hour later, either play some more or head out with the pram, to the shops, the park or to see a friend. Feed her some lunch once on solids, followed by milk. Again, once tired put her down for a nap, or if out in the pram she’ll fall asleep herself.
Play lots in the afternoon, once she has had food and sleep; maybe put her in the bumbo and she can ‘help’ me bake, or put her in the bouncer and try to do some tidying whilst she bounces and chews on a teether to her heart’s content. Maybe prepare some food for Phoebe and freeze some. The early evening gets a bit more difficult and tiring as she’s often getting tired, typically needing a nap about five or so. Sort out what we’re having for tea and wait for Josh to come home, some time between five and seven. Feed Phoebe some tea if Josh doesn’t get home in time or feed her some of ours when we eat.
Bedtime routine, after lots of playing with Daddy starts with some more milk at seven, then on bath days bathtime, changing into pyjamas, reading a story, playing. Put Phoebe down, typically a lot easier than naptime as she fusses for only a few minutes before falling asleep, usually around eight. Then Josh and I get some time to ourselves!