I’ve joined quite a few ‘mom’ groups on Facebook. Some are based in the US. From my understanding, people in the US aren’t blessed to have a year off work with their little one. Most go back to work around when their babe is 12 weeks old. I’ve noticed everyone is so concerned with schedules and routines and rules!
Routine as of 6 1/2 months:
Cayden wakes up around 8am, 9am if he wants to sleep in. He plays, and plays and plays for about an hour and a half to two hours. He will want to nurse, and will have a nap. His nap will usually last around 45 minutes to an hour and a half. When he wakes up, I feed him some lunch with me. We then play and play and play some more. He’s usually up for a couple hours, he will want to nurse again around 2 and he will have another nap for again 45 minutes to an hour and a half. After that nap, we play and play lots more! He most often will stay up till bed time, but on occasion he has a nap around 430 pm/5 pm. Depending when his last nap was, dictates when bedtime is. If he has a 3rd nap, he will go to bed around 830 pm , no nap, and he’s cranky arund 7 pm. Our bed time routine has been the same since he was 2 months old. Bath time, boob, bed. I have side cared his crib, but he always falls asleep in our bed. I’ll transfer him to his little spot, and he will sleep there for the first feeding. He ususlly crawls into bed, and from there he stays in bed with us.
Depending on when Keegans works, sometimes our routine changes. It generally follows as this. As he gets older, I’ll have to add in more meals.
Everyone has a different schedule. Everyone has a different routine. My routine works for Cayden. I adapt my schedule to fit his needs. He eats when he’s hungry, he sleeps when he’s tired. He eats as much as he wants, and sleeps as long as he wants.
A happy baby, is a happy mama. Life is just too short. Babies grow so fast as it is. I’ll cherish every moment I can, I’ll play as much as I can, we will explore as much as we want. We will have fun together cause that’s all that matters.
I hope that when I end up going back to work, it’s not as stressful as some mama’s seem to find it.