Monday, April 30, 2012

My Incremental Life

Yesterday was ROUGH. I am not sure what happened, but his normal 2 1/2 - 3 hour schedule turned into 2 hours at best, including overnight.  And his typical 2 1/4 oz to 3 oz feedings turned into only 2 ounces.  I have no idea what went haywire, but it seems to have leveled out today.  Maybe it's because I got him up earlier than usual, or maybe it's because he's only 17 days old and I expect too much from him.

So far, today is a great day.  My perfect little Nugget is back to his perfect little self today.  And I am getting into my own groove today too.  It's 2:00 pm and here has been the day:

6:15 am - morning feeding and wake time
7:15 am - I am back in bed, exhausted from the 2 hour schedule overnight.
8:45 am - second morning feeding and play time spent staring at the dogs and ceiling fan while I change the crib sheet, empty the diaper pail and clean up the remnants of the nighttime feedings.
9:45 am - second nap of the day for Bryan.  I start a load of laundry, and another load of laundry, wash the bottles, have a cup of coffee, a quick breakfast, and get the gear ready for Bryan's bath.  I also managed to catch up on one DVR'd show from three weeks ago!!  YAY!!
11:30 am - Bryan is up and playful!  He eats like a champ, spends a few minutes in his bouncy chair staring out the window, then he gets a bath.  Nothing is sweeter than a clean (and naked) baby!  We sing and rock then go down for another nap.
12:40 pm - Bryan is in his crib and is seconds away from sawing I take the chance to jump in the shower.
Dressed and ready to go, at 1:15, I finally have the chance to have a little lunch, update the grocery list, shop for a Fathers Day gift on Amazon (I fully appreciate online shopping now!), and write this blog.
It's now 2:30 and I can hear Nugget starting to squeak a little.  And that's three hours since the last feeding. I'll take it!!

I now live life in 2 hour increments.  Sometimes I get two hours to get stuff done.  Sometimes I get only an hour and a half.  This incremental life takes lots of planning and a few good lists.  And I love every second of it!  In our next increment, I think we may take a walk.  I am starving for a run, but don't have the right stroller for that, and want to make sure the Pediatrician is OK with a 3-week old in a jogging stroller before I go buy one (and yes I know they make attachments for infant carriers to attach to the jogger...but some websites say that you shouldn't jog with an infant until they can hold their head up on their own).  Otherwise, I'll start running either before Chris goes to work in the morning, or maybe after he gets home from work in the evening.

Regardless, I am feeling great and so in love with our little Nugget and our new Incremental Life.


  1. Congratulations, Jenna! Sounds like all is going very well in your new life with a newborn! Can't wait to see some photos!

  2. I hear contentment and utter joy in your writing, doesn't get any better than that! Sounds to me like you are establishing a great routine for your little family.

    He is less than 3 weeks old and you are thinking of getting out to run....WAY TO GO.

    Hugs from the river.

  3. Welcome to the world of motherhood! Don't get too used to the routine, it will change in a few weeks, and a few weeks after than. :)

    I'm looking forward to reading about your Nugget journey!