Here's the snippets of a typical weekday in my life as a Mom to a preschooler and a newborn.
Thursday, July 14th 2016
23.48 I nurse my little tyke who just wakes up from his sleep. After my baby is full, I play with Naomi for a while then also cut her long fingernails. Husband is already sound asleep by now.
When baby refuses to be put down.
Friday, July 15th 2016
01.00 Naomi finally falls asleep on her own after I tell her to go to sleep for 117 times.
02.00 Brennan goes back to sleep and I turn to bed too.
04.30 I hear a very familiar Neh Neh sound. My baby is awake. Feeding frenzy time.
07.00 My little human alarm rings so I bounce out my bed. It's time to feed my hungry baby then burp him.
07.45 At this hour, husband is already downstairs eating breakfast that he prepares on his own (he prepares mine too usually). Crap, baby vomits milk on my shoulder. I need to change my shirt.
08.00 Before heading out for work, my husband goes to our room to get the sleeping Naomi. This girl needs to go to school even when she is still sleepy. I try to go back to sleep because I am not done with my sleep yet.
09.00 Baby makes noises again. So fast, it's milk time again.
Believe me, this was a one off occurrence.
09.20 I am fully awake now. I brush my teeth, put my contact lenses on then wash Naomi's milk bottles from last night.
09.25 I go downstairs to refill my water tumbler, put the tiffin tins outside, cook rice and prepare breakfast.
09.30 I eat my breakfast. After I finish my breakfast, I do the dishes in the kitchen.
My quick breakfast.
09.43 After breakfast, it's always Chop! Chop! Curry Pop! No time to chill. I need to get going with the house chores before baby wakes up. Baby's clean laundry needs to be cleared and folded so I can wash and dry another load of dirty laundry.
These needs to be cleared and...
09.54 Just when I am about to fold baby's last shirt, I hear him screaming out loud. Alas, it calls for yet another nursing session. I love watching the TV shows like Shark Tank, America's Got Talents, Britain's Got Talent, X Factor and such on YouTube while nursing my baby. Breastfeeding a baby is all about happy thoughts, isn't it?
... Folded like this.
10.15 Baby seems to be fully awake now so I might as well bathe him.
His way of saying good morning to me.
10.28 Baby is now bathed.
One item in my to-do-list today is crossed.
10.30 I decide to vacuum my room because my room just gets dirty overnight. At the same time, I make a mental note that downstairs also needs some cleaning. While, baby is still happily viewing our bed room's white ceiling, I quickly run downstairs to dump the dirty laundry onto the washing machine. Man, it's going to be a lot of laundry to hang dry later... I fill our 15kg washing machine with dirty clothes to the brim. *sweating-like-a-pig*
7 weeks old: Baby can smile now.
11.00 I sneak in a quick shower. I feel a bit dizzy - it's not even lunch time yet and I only woke up like 2 hours ago?
11.50 My lunch is delivered. I always feel so famished around lunch time so I help myself a huge serving of rice for lunch while baby naps.
My most important fuel of the day.
12.05 Lunch is in my tummy now. While baby is still in Dreamland, I utilize this golden opportunity to hang the laundry dry.
12.20 Baby wakes up because he hears the minor noises I make while tidying up Naomi's toys in the living room (from the night before). Naomi always scatters all her toys in the living room after she comes home in the evening. Oh no, no no no.. Baby begins to cry inconsolably. I dread afternoons at times because baby tends to cry badly for hours during these hours and refuses to nap. I try to console my crying baby for 45 minutes then turn to some colic drops. Brennan is on poop strike again so he usually fusses a lot because his stomach is gassy.
This is just half of the daily mess that Naomi makes with her toys.
Usually, she also pours the whole content of that blue bag.
13.20 The general rule of thumb for mother is to nap when the baby naps. I try to do that every single time. However, once I drift off to sleep in the afternoon, Brennan wakes up .. It's a never ending nursing and rocking business with him. Seriously. A high-needs newborn, you say?
Can you just stop crying and nap now?
15.15 I manage to get a nap but baby naps on my chest the whole time so I wake up with body aches instead of feeling on top of the world after an hour of afternoon nap in a sitting position.
Managed to coax him to nap.
16.30 Milk buffet is open again for my one and only customer.
16.51 I scramble to vacuum clean my living room, dining area and kitchen downstairs.
17.04 The hunger pangs hit me so I make myself some hot drink for my afternoon tea time. I gorge my food and drink real fast because the baby wails. He demands to be carried again.
17.20 I buckle the baby up in the baby car seat, get myself into the car and drive to fetch Naomi from Day Care.
OK, let's go and get Naomi home.
17.35 Home safe with two kiddos then feed Naomi her dinner.
The big one is back with me.
17.45 Naomi eats very little dinner. Maybe she doesn't like the dishes of the day. Critter #1 is fed and it's time to feed Critter #2.
18.07 The littlest one dozes off again after nursing. What now? Ah, the big one requests for milk. I run to our room upstairs to make Naomi's milk. After I hand the milk bottle to Naomi, I go to the kitchen and wash some dishes.
Milk after dinner.
So happy eating junk food.
19.00 Husband is home (YAY!) and dinner is here. Not even halfway through eating my dinner, Brennan cries for the Nth time today. I briefly nurse baby to calm him down and so I can continue eat my dinner peacefully.
19.30 I pass the baby to my husband then go upstairs to brush my teeth and shower. Naomi also wants to shower again so I help her.
19.42 As part of my bed time rituals for Brennan, I wipe his face, hands and legs with warm wet cloth then change him to his pajamas. In return, he throws me a crying fit that warrants another nursing session.
19.52 I take my contact lenses off then give Naomi her cough syrup. I am drop dead tired now and feel like having a short nap. No way to watch TV or turn my laptop on and update my blog at this point of time. Instead, I attempt to get some shut eye while the little man is asleep and Naomi plays Lego with her Dad. Man, it's so hard to fall into a deep sleep with so much loud noises in the room (read: Naomi's screams and meltdowns). Naomi also speaks very loudly at home as it were she can only get her important messages across to us IF she communicates in blaring volume. She commonly speaks in her normal voice volume when she talks to her plush toys, Lego creations or herself. You don't say.
22.10 I am all ears when I sleep. I jump out of my bed when I hear Brennan lets out his little cries because he is hungry again.
22.52 I go downstairs to eat some supper alone before my graveyard shift commences.
Here's to another long night ahead!
23.05 My night duty is officially on. I don't know when I get to crawl to bed later tonight - my little boss decides.
That's all - my day as a SAHM of two children, with no domestic helper around.
I don't know what you feel after you finish reading this post but I supposed you'd either feel exhausted or bored? Haha. Anyway, this is my life now. A little mundane and crazy busy (non-stop, to be specific) indeed but that's fine.
OK, I need to go back to tending my baby and finish some house chores now.