24 Hours with Calder (our newborn)

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So let me begin with this - no matter what you've read about parenting, or how many kids you have or your sister has, or how many kids your mother had, no one can give you precise advice on parenting to a full extent. This golden phrase rings true: "Every child is different."

This is the breakdown of our daily routine with our seven week old newborn, Calder.

8:00am

Prepare a bottle of formula or grab a bottle of breast milk in the refrigerator, or hand him over to Maia so she can breast feed him. In any case, all solutions work, it comes down to whichever is most convenient at the moment.

8:15am

He's eating and calm. His eyes are wide open and he's fully aware it's morning time.

8:30am

He's beginning "phase two" as we call it of feeding - he starts to become fussy. He cries, spits out the bottle and squirms so much we can barely hang on to him. If the bottle ever so slightly leaves his mouth, he cries as if the world is ending.

8:35am

He's sleeping. Passed right out!

8:45am

He's awake and wanting his binky / pacifier. He's slightly more calm now, and offers us some bonding time. He genuinely smiles a few times and sticks his tongue out at us.

9:00am

He needs a diaper change. He cries some more. Sometimes he'll pee all over us, so it's best to keep him covered up down there.

9:05am

All clean and happy again, he's ready to be rocked / held / or played with. Soon he'll be sleeping, so we make sure the environment is quiet.

9:20am

try to lay him down in his crib, but he prefers our bed instead. He doesn't like to be swaddled anymore, so now we just place a light blanket over his torso and give him his pacifier and "sh, sh, shhhh, shhhhhhh" him to sleep.

9:30am

HE'S SLEEEEEEEEPING! Quick, now we can get some work done.

9:35am

HE'S AWAAAAAAAAAKE!! Pick him back up and hold him and walk around the house until he falls asleep again.

9:45am

He's finally sleeping. Gently place him in our bed with a light blanket on him again. Walk away... slowly!

10:45am

He's sleeping, but making some grunting and restless sounds. We check up on him. Quietly walk away...

11:30am

He's waking up again. Repeat routine from above starting at 8:00am - 10:45am

2:30pm

He's awake again. Repeat routine from above starting at 8:00am - 10:45am

4:30pm

He's awake again. Repeat routine from above starting at 8:00am - 10:45am

6:30pm

He's awake again. Repeat routine from above starting at 8:00am - 10:45am

8:30pm

He's awake again. Repeat routine from above starting at 8:00am - 10:45am - This time it's bath time! He loves bath time! We scrub-a-dub-dub him and we sing songs to him. He spends about 5 minutes in the bath tub and then it's time to dry him off. He HATES this part. He also generally pees all over his clean self and us. Clean him up again and diaper him up.

Now feed him some more... more...a little more than that... okay, that's enough!

9:45pm

He's awake again and playful. He doesn't want to go to sleep just yet, he wants to hang out with us. We play and sing and dance with him for about 30 more minutes until he starts to show signs of being tired.

10:25pm

Put him in our bed next to Mommy so she can breast feed him until he falls asleep. He's fussy, still doesn't want to commit to sleeping. Finally after 20 minutes he's out!

10:45pm

Sleeeeeeeeeping!

1:45am

He's awake again. Repeat routine from above starting at 8:00am - 10:45am

5:30am

He's awake again. Repeat routine from above starting at 8:00am - 10:45am

8:00am

Start the day over again!!