Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Forced Organization

Esther at 10 days.  All of these professional shots are courtesy of Lesley Colvin.
Being the mother of an eighteen month old and a newborn when family lives an ocean and a continent away requires a bit of organization - and fast!  I never dreamed that I'd have our little girl on anything close to a schedule within the first month, but at two weeks I had pretty much figured out how to coordinate her schedule and Gideon's so I could nurse in peace.

Here's the current shake down during the week:

6:00 first feed for Esther, pump
7:00 a.m. Gideon up
7:30 a.m. breakfast, Esther back to sleep
8:45 a.m. Gideon down for first nap (yes, he still takes two naps! It's such a blessing), mamma takes a blitz shower
9:00 a.m. Esther #2 feed
10:00 a.m. Gideon up and out on an "adventure" with Marianna, our au pair, during the week or dad on the weekends, mamma spends time grooming Esther, cleaning up the house, finishing getting ready, and maybe has a few minutes to do paper work or follow up on emails
12:00 p.m. Gideon back and lunched and washed in a hurry
12:30 p.m. Esther #3 feed while Gideon picks out books for me to read to him/climbs all over both of us
1:00 p.m. Gideon down for #2 nap
1:30 p.m. Esther down for long nap
2:00 p.m. Mamma naps!
3:00 p.m. Gideon up, although the last week he has been sleeping till 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. Esther #4 feed while Marianna cooks dinner
5:00 p.m. Esther down to sleep again, Gideon dinner
6:00 p.m. Gideon bath, Esther #6 feed
6:30 p.m. Scriptures and bottle for Gideon, put Esther down
7:00 p.m. Gideon down to sleep, mamma (and dad if home) eat and clean up
8:00 p.m. Esther #7 feed via bottle
9:00 p.m. Esther down to sleep for the night, mamma pumps, cleans up, and winds down for the night
2, 3, or 4:00 a.m. Esther feeds - we'll see how long this middle of the night feed lasts - hopefully not too long!  I then leave her till 6:00 no matter how long it's been.

It works - usually - but can be brutal to get up at 6:00 a.m.  It makes my nap critical.  You can see I've planned my whole day around that golden nap.  Learned that from my sister, the mother of nine!

First outing to Chalcot Square on day #14

Marianna - what a lifesaver she's been with family so far away!

Curly fro!

Gideon on one of his "adventures"

An off-schedule day.  This is called effective parenting.

Our little goblin has gained at least 2 1/2 pounds since birth!

Gideon squeals with delight every time he sees Esther awake, will "talk" to her, and give her plenty of squeezes.  He only needs more affection at the moment - the only "downside" to his post-baby adjustment.  I love it.  P.s. all of Esther's dark hair is falling out, being replaced with blonde, but she is BALDING in a receding hairline fashion.  So unbecoming, poor girl.

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