Friday, July 10, 2009

What Day Is It?

At supper tonight, Husby asked me, "do your days run together since you are home taking care of Levi all the time?" I sat there and thought for a minute and realized that I couldn't immediately think of what day it was, let alone the date! I smiled and responded, "Yes, yes they do".

Levi is a great baby. He is very content and super easy to care for. He is awake more and more during the day time and we have so much fun playing and discovering. I am the type of Momma who does not read books on parenting. I believe each baby is unique and different and no book can tell me how my baby will be and what will work for him. During my pregnancy, I decided that when he got here, I would spend a lot of time being with him, learning his needs and doing my best to meet them. For us, this has worked like magic! He eats every 3 hours during the day and every 3-4 at night. He has never gone longer than that without eating and I doubt he will until we start him on rice cereal in a few months (when he goes 4 hours at night, it's like Heaven!). He naps when he's tired and plays when he's awake. I never force a feeding or a nap. He's a newborn - he has 4 basic needs: Feed Me, Burp Me, Change Me, Hold Me. Only he knows when he needs these things, and he does a great job of letting me know.

(*I'm sure not all babies are so structured, so self-help books may come in handy for you, and if they do that is great! Not bashing them, just saying they're not for me.)

We have a pretty good schedule of our own down now. If we are not out running around, we are usually at home doing the same thing around the same time each day. If Levi is awake, I like to give him my attention and stimulate him. We have tummy time, play mat time, swing time, story time etc., and all the while I'm talking in goofy voices and making up songs. When Levi does fall asleep, I jump up and try to do house work as fast as I can so I can cram in as much as possible during that nap time. This routine leaves me dead tired around 8:30 each night, but of course I don't go to bed. It's my time with Husby!

When Husby gets home, he immediately takes Levi and they have Father/Son bonding time (as he calls it). I love this time of day because I can finish any unfinished house work, check my e-mail, crash on the couch, or do anything else I please. It gives me time to let my mind relax and not constantly be checking on what my Bebe is doing. What would I do without Husby?

He told me last weekend that he was going to start making Friday nights "All Night Daddy Nights" and that he would put Weebs on his side of the bed and wake up for the feedings. Are you kidding me!? I've been looking forward to Friday night all week!!!! To get a full nights sleep and actually have some REM sounds too good to be true at this point.

I'm sure Levi will appreciate the change, since every night is "All Night Mommy Nights". Oh, and days. Ha! I swear his face lights up when Daddy comes home. I think he gets sick of me oohing and aahhing over his every move 24/7.

So, some weeks my days do run together, but I can guarantee you that I'll always know when it's Friday! :)

19 comments:

  1. days definatley run together. and i agree, the little ones are SO ready to see someone else by the end of the day. ruthie has just now started to say, "HI DAD!" when Kenny walks in the door. She is SO excited and it is SOOO sweet.

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  2. I read What to Expect When You're Expecting before I had my son and never read another "parenting" book after that. When he was newborn I was so wrapped up just keeping up with him, my job and the house and after he got older I guess I must have figured "ignorance is bliss" (potty training, etc). ha! So I agree with you wholeheartedly on the books. I can tell you're a great mom (and dad!) and it's so fun to read about your journey with your new little boy.

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  3. I bet that everything runs together, and I think that's how it's supposed to be! Can't wait to experience that!

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  4. I find that I know which day of the week it is, but have no idea what date it is.

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  5. I just love reading your posts! You are such a sweet mommy!

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  6. Your husband sounds like Mr Perfect :) You guys make great parents!

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  7. I'm glad you found a rhythm for your days. You are definitley a go getter as far as housework is concerned. Rushing back and forth between the baby and cleaning. I am not a Mom yet, but I hope I can keep up with it all.

    Ha! I'm sure you will be saying TGIF!! A good nights sleep really helps me be a better person and I am sure it is a pricesless blessing to any Mom.

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  8. I hear you on the days running together. Having a 16 day old does it to me. Enjoy the Friday evenings of sleep. We are formula feeding, so hubby does one of the feedings at night. He works from home, so he can snag some extra sleep in the morning if needed!

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  9. D is such a good daddy! I'm so glad you are enjoying your time at home.

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  10. Ha ha ha!! Friday's!! What a great idea Husby had! Such a blessing to a tired mommy, that's for sure!

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  11. you sound like you've got the hang of this mommy thing =) And yay for your husby giving you friday nite's off! what a great guy!!

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  12. I'm glad things are going so smoothly for you and Levi (sometimes the transition to Mommyhood and sleeplessness isn't so easy!) I also hope your husband is enjoying his third year of medical school!

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  13. I'm glad everything is going o smoothly for you. Sounds like you and your hubby have a good set up going on! :)

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  14. you're so lucky you have such a wonderful and loving husband and father to your baby. :)

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  15. I agree with on the parenting books completely. I too think that each child is unique in what works for them. You are great parents, I am so blessed to see how your husband helps out so much!

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  16. Love the "All Night Daddy Night" idea. Husby is a definite keeper.

    I know some men that don't get up at night with their baby at all . They think that's the woman's job.

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  17. It sounds like you are doing an amazing job.

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  18. You are a wise wise woman, Whitney! I love it when my days run together. It only happens in the summer, though, and those days are coming to a close very soon.

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  19. good call on ditching the parenting books and going with what works for you and your baby. moms were fine before the books!

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