TWO MONTHS IN.
Two months of diapers, feedings, spit up, missed naps, and multiple loads of laundry.
Two months of comfy cuddles, the cutest smiles, SO much joy and SO much love.
We’ve survived parenthood for over two months. What a ride!
(Insert all the praise hand emojis)
Now that we are two months in, we are *somewhat* in a daily routine and knock on wood, she’s been sleeping through the night 4-5 days a week. We have learned her cries (and know when she is definitely being over dramatic – we are in SO much trouble!) and can pretty much tell exactly what she needs by process of elimination.
When Eloise was first born, I loved reading other blogger’s schedules with their babies. I had no idea what or when I was suppose to start putting Eloise on a schedule, so it was really helpful to read other families experiences and create my own action plan. I’ve had some requests for more Eloise updates on the blog, so I thought I would create a post every 2 months to let you know where we are at with her current schedule in case any of you mamas out there needed someone to relate to or ideas for your little one.
Now remember, this schedule is our ideal day (happens 3-4 times a week at this point) and it’s what has worked best for us. When I was pregnant, I read this book twice so that I would be prepared when Eloise was born. I didn’t follow the rules in the book exactly how they were laid out, but I did take bits and pieces of ideas and scheduling that I liked and made it work around our schedule.
In the end, you have to decide what works best for YOU.
So here’s our schedule at two months, which we actually started to really work on and put into place around week six. I’m sure once we get it down to a science everyday, it will change again!
But for now, it’s keeping this mama sane and I’m able to actually get work done on the good days!
Eloise’s Two Month Schedule
8:00 am – 8:30 am: Wake up slowly, play a little bit in the bed, change diaper
8:30 am- 9 am: First feeding of the day (last anywhere from 10-15 minutes)
9:00 am – 9:30 am: Play a little bit on our favorite piano
9:30 am – 11:30 am: First nap of the day in her Dockatot inside her crib (once she goes down for this nap, I throw in a load of laundry, answer blog emails & Instagram DMs and then get ready for the day – this is KEY in mama having a good day!)
11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Second feeding of the day
12:00 pm – 1:00pm: Change diaper, put cute outfit on for the day & play on our piano a little more
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Second nap of the day (This is when I will try and do a little in-home workout and more laundry)
2:30 pm – 3 pm: Change diaper & third feeding of the day
3 pm – 4 pm: Play or go on a walk
4 pm – 5:30 pm: Third nap of the day (By this time, Bryan is usually home from work so this is when I will head to a coffee shop to blog or work on Stella & Dot)
5:30 pm – 6 pm: Change diaper & fourth feeding for the day
6 pm – 7 pm: Bath, change into pajamas, read books, tummy time
7 pm – 8:30 pm: Fourth nap of the day (sometimes she will just fall asleep in her boppy on the couch with us)
8:30 pm – 9 pm: Last feeding of the night (We have been giving her a 4-5 oz breastmilk bottle before bed so that we can tell exactly how much she drinks. We’ve found that making sure she has a full belly before bed helps her sleep through the night).
* If she wakes up in the middle of the night, I will first try to get her to go back to sleep by giving her the pacifier. If she’s still fussy, I’ll get up and feed her. Like I said, 3am feedings are happening about twice a week at this point. *
So like I said, this is our IDEAL schedule. It’s a miracle if we can stick to it exactly, but we more so use it as a guide throughout the day.
I’ve always been a pretty scheduled person (hello type A), so creating this schedule for Eloise has also helped me be more productive during the day. Now don’t get me wrong, when we go out on the weekends or out to dinner with friends during the week, the schedule is modified. We are huge believers in having the baby work with our schedule instead of us working around hers all the time.
If you missed my post on what we are loving as far as baby products, toys and some of our other must haves for Eloise as of now, you can read it here.
Hoping this post gives you some ideas and helps some of you new mamas create a schedule that works best for your little family!
p.s. These pictures were taken when she was actually 1 month old, but I just had to share them with all of you!