Before Christopher was born, a typical (non-working) day for me would never have much of a routine or structure. I would sleep in until I felt like getting up, cook myself a nice breakfast, maybe take breakfast back to bed and read for a while.
After a leisurely shower I'd then start thinking about what I'd like to make for lunch, spend a while making that, and take my time eating it while planning what to do with the afternoon. I'd usually then go for a long walk around a park, go shopping, or walk aimlessly around town for a few hours taking photos, stopping in cafes now and again for cake and tea.
I'd then pick something nice to make from one of my recipe books, pop out to the shop for the ingredients, and make myself a nice dinner, taking photos of it to post on my blog later that evening. Dinner would be a relaxed occasion, with candles and gentle music playing in the background, maybe a nice glass of wine.
The evening would then be spent watching the sun set with a walk around Stockbridge, then snuggling up on the sofa watching tv, reading or doing blog/facebook related things on my laptop. Bedtime would be whenever I started to feel tired.
Now my days are a little different! It has taken me a month to settle down and get used to the new way of things, but already I am starting to see that there are so many lovely moments throughout the day with my little boy, which make the little sacrifices all worth it
He is my little sweetheart, and for him I am only too happy to give up cooking fancy meals for myself for a while!
I have been keeping a note of when he has his naps, to see if there was any pattern to them. It felt like there was no routine at all, but now that I look at it written down, I see that he tends to sleep at around the same times every day and night!
He wakes me up at around 6am for his breakfast, then he goes back to bed for an hour or two. He has another sleep late morning around lunch time (ideally!), followed by either a couple of two hour afternoon sleeps or a three hour nap. He needs to sleep for about 8 or 9 hours during the day!
At night he (ideally) sleeps while we are having dinner, has another nap in the run up to our bedtime, and a longer 4-5 hour nap over midnight. He then goes back to bed for another 3-4 hour early morning sleep. So at night time he sleeps for about 8 to 9 hours too!
I have discovered through trial and error that when he is kept awake for too long during the day, and doesn't get the naps he needs, we pay for it in the evening with a very grumpy and overtired baby, who screams the house down for several hours before eventually dropping off to sleep! If he sleeps too much during the day, he is wide awake and babbling to himself for hours at bed time, before eventually getting bored and demanding someone come and play with him or cuddle him in the middle of the night!
Meal times for me now are a quickly crammed down bit of cold toast or bowl of cereal in the morning (accompanied by a cup of tepid tea), anything quick to make found lying around in the fridge for lunch, and a heated up ready made pizza, pie, pasta or quiche for dinner! Actually planning and preparing a fancy meal at the moment is impossible for me, the most I can manage is something that takes about 10 minutes to prepare, and even that is usually abandoned at some point to be finished later! I understand now why mums of babies have told me before that it's impossible to stand in the kitchen for half an hour or more, pottering around with food!
I have had lots of meals now where I am bouncing Christopher with one foot in his bouncy chair, while attempting to eat a thrown together sandwich. Sometimes I am attempting to feed him while he is scooped up in one arm, while eating my own dinner with the other arm! Usually though it just gets abandoned to be reheated later. Meal times are no longer the relaxed romantic candlelit affair they used to be! If he is actually sleeping at the time then we cook and eat as fast and as quietly as we can before he wakes up again! Never mind though, i'm sure they will become gradually more regular and predictable as Christopher grows up (if not particularly relaxed, romantic and candlelit!)