Before Delia was born, I worried about how I was going to take care of a toddler and newborn by myself while Stu is on the slope. How would I shower? What would Delia do while I was bathing Mollie? How would I put two kids to bed? Would I ever have time to get anything done?
This week Stu has been busy moving out of one of his shops, and into his new shop. Since he's been gone most of each day, I've gotten a taste of what it will be like when he's back at work and I'm feeling much more confident!
Delia is two weeks old now, and we have a good routine down for showering, naptime, and bedtime. I've been waking up whenever either Mollie or Delia decides to wake up, which has been around 9 or 10. We go upstairs and I feed Delia while Mollie and I eat breakfast. Delia falls back to sleep during this time, so I lay her on our bed downstairs while I take a shower, and Mollie watches a tv show upstairs. Then we just play it by ear until naptime. After lunch we go downstairs and both girls lay in Mollie's bed while I read them a few books. Then I put Delia on our bed, and both girls take a nap. Amazingly, they've both been sleeping 2-3 hours, and I get just as much time to myself as I had when it was just Mollie!
I haven't had to do bathtime by myself yet, but I will probably either: (1) Put Delia to sleep first, then bathe and put Mollie to sleep, or (2) Have Delia in a bouncer in the bathroom with us as I bathe Mollie, and then repeat the naptime routine.
All in all, I'm very relieved and thankful that the transition from one to two has gone so smoothly!
Here is the sling I made in action. This is the first time I tried it, and she stayed in it for probably 15 minutes before she started fussing and I took her out. I'm not sure if she was fussing because she was uncomfortable, or if she was just in a fussy mood anyway. For those of you who "baby-wear", does it look like I'm wearing it right? I'll have to try it again. If she doesn't like it, I have a few other slings, wraps, and baby carriers that I will try. I just hope she likes one of them!