It’s funny because as soon as things feel like a routine, everything changes. Even though the order of events have been about the same since the first week (eat, activity, sleep all the way- thank you, Baby Whisperer), our little morning rituals have changed and become even more fun as she’s grown. Back in the day, I looked forward to the time when I’d be able to enjoy breakfast with Liv, instead of trying to breastfeed, failing, and then feeding her a bottle while I pumped. Those days are here… and they’re awesome.
Here’s what mornings look like at our house. Lately, at least 😉
-6:30-6:45 I wake up. Sometimes Liv is awake, singing her happy pterodactyl song, and other times, she’s still snoozing.
I lay there for a few minutes, check my phone for emails and figure out a tentative plan for the day (if it’s a day I work, I need to figure out what I need to bring with me and make sure Liv has everything she needs)
-6:45-7:00 I get out of bed, put my contacts in, brush my teeth and make the bed quickly.
Then, I go into the nursery, where Liv in standing up in her crib or seated, peering through the slats and waiting for me. I sing the “Good morning” song to her, not sounding the least bit like Judy Garland:
-We come downstairs and I start heating up her bottle (Tom or I will make it the night before so it’s ready in the fridge), change her diaper and we take Bell outside. By the time we come back in, her bottle is ready.
-Bottle time, reading time (maybe 2-3 books), then breakfast.
-Liv sit in her high chair eating puffs and bites of banana or soft fruit (peaches, plums and avocado have all worked well so far, and she sometimes has sweet potato for breakfast since it’s easy for her to pinch up), while I make coffee and eggs. Usually I’ll put on some music during this time and she’ll bounce to the music as I talk to her and she snacks. That’s the newest thing and I absolutely love it: you put music on, she dances. Even in Paradise Bakery the other night, she was bopping in her high chair to whatever midi elevator music they were playing. I like to change the music we listen to but usually in the morning, I’ll play instrumental (like Baby Mozart or Rodrigo y Gabriela).
-While my eggs cook, I heat up her oatmeal (in the fridge defrosted the night before) and we eat breakfast together. I’ll spoon her bites of oatmeal in between feeding myself, and she still eats puffs or cut up fruit bites in between oatmeal bites.
-We wash off her hands and face in the sink -this morning we managed to get oatmeal in her hair- and I’ll put her in the pack n’ play by the window while I take 5-10 minutes to clean up the kitchen and/or switch out dishes.
-Since she’s full and happy, she’ll play really well in the pack n’ play for a little while (a huge change from when she used to hate being in there!), talking to her dollies or looking out at the birds. If it’s a work day, by this time, my nana or mom is here drinking coffee with me, and if it’s not a work day, Liv and I will play until she goes down for her first nap.
Sometimes we’ll take Bell for a morning walk:
and every morning, we have at least one solid round of peekaboo.
Here’s a snippet from today:
-The front of her hair is wet because I just washed oatmeal out of it 😉
-I talk to Liv in a baby voice (even after I swore to myself that I wouldn’t, once she was here it was “Goo goo gaga” land with no turning back… but, you should hear how I talk to Bella, hahah)
-At the end of the video, I whistle to Liv and she sings back. My mom taught her that one- she does this amazing high-pitched noise, so it sounds like she’s trying to whistle, too
-Halloween jammies = best ever
–Tummy time (I can’t believe how little she is here!)