So the time has arrived and my husband has gone back to work. It’s so sad that men don’t get more time at home with their babies. Anyway when I am writing this it is Monday 20th November and today is my first day looking after Edwin on my own so I thought I would record a diary of our first day together. It starts very early!
Edwin has woken for his second bottle of the night. He is doing so well at waking up without crying, having his bottle and then going back to sleep.
Edwin is awake again for a feed and nappy change. Unfortunately this time he has peed himself and it has leaked onto the babygrow so we need an outfit change stat. Don’t know how he manages to pee himself when he has a nappy on!
Daddy goes to work 😦
Nappy change and breakfast time for Edwin. He only manages 2 ounces this time but he has eaten 3-4 ounces at the previous two feeds so I’m not too worried. We have lots of cuddles and he falls asleep on me which is really nice. I can put the light on and make a fuss of him now it’s daylight as we are trying to get him used to day and night so the earlier feeds and nappy changes are all done in the dark.
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Mummy is up and dressed and I’ve quickly eaten some cereal and had a much needed coffee. I can now de-camp downstairs with his Moses Basket and changing things. I have got him changed into his outfit for the day which is a rather nice blue and white striped John Lewis number. He has been wide awake for the last hour so we’ve been playing on his prop mat. When writing this now he’s having cuddles and a little doze. I’ve put a wash on of all his things as he is going through his newborn baby grows and is already getting slightly too big for some of them.
Bottle time and then he’s down for a nap for an hour giving me chance to do some jobs. Hang some of his washing, tumble dry the rest, load and turn on the dishwasher and sterilise all his bottles. As well as quickly eat some soup for lunch. Fun for the whole family.
So I went to a Mum and Baby group. It was so nerve wracking I nearly didn’t go it felt like the first day of school. When I got there I had to collapse the pram and I completely forgot how to do it and one of the Mums had to come help me which was kin of embarrassing. It was nice to be at a group and to chat to some other mum’s about babies and all kinds of things but I did worry that Edwin was a bit young for the group. There is another one for babies birth to 6 months in another town I can go to but it would be kind of awkward to get to. But this group does say it is from birth to 1 year so I probably will still go back. Next week is Christmas craft!
Home from class and Edwin has peed himself so needs a change of clothes luckily there was an outfit in my bag. I don’t know how the wee gets up his back from a nappy? Is it just boy mechanics?
My Father in Law called to check on us as it is my first day on my own which was lovely. And then Mum came for a little visit to see how I was doing as well. Edwin and I are very lucky to have all this support. Whilst Mum was here I wrote some thankyou cards for her friends who have given us presents and we organised his clothes to find some new outfits for Edwin to wear during the day which is great. Lots of options.
William is finally on his way Home from work so I started cooking our tea, Spaghetti Bolognese (yum!). Edwin has been asleep now for 3 and a bit hours but he hasn’t slept much today so I’m going to let him sleep as much as he wants.
Daddy is home! So after quickly eating our dinner it’s bath time and bottle with Dad for Edwin. I clean up the kitchen and have a shower and put my pyjamas on as well. Once Edwin is asleep it’s chill time for Mum and Dad and I do some knitting.
Too tired to function so we start to get ready for bed. We have to make sure we have enough sterilized bottles and tubs for the formula for the night and then we take the baby to bed in his basket upstairs and hope he stays asleep.
Ohno Edwin is awake! And unfortunately for Mummy he doesn’t want to go back to sleep. He has two bottles and two changes and doesn’t go back down to bed till 1AM. Poor Daddy has to sleep on the sofa for a while to get some peace and quiet.
So there is my first day as Mum. It is really hard work being solo parent at night as I just get so tired. But hoping that Edwin will settle down into his 3 hour pattern that we get some nights and hopefully this will stretch to a little bit longer as well as he reaches the 3 month mark. But I absolutely love being Mummy and looking after my beautiful boy.