Having a full time job, running a blog and having an infant. Mamas, that’s like working 3 jobs at the same time, am I right? I got questions from some of you on my Instagram of how I manage my days to do these things at once. So I’d love this opportunity to partner with Playtex Baby and share with you Lucy’s and my schedule. #PlaytexMom #ForBetterBeginnings
Like I said from my last post, I have gone back to work full time. I work downtown Denver at a tech company as an engineer, which I absolutely love doing. I’m there full time, well almost. I take Fridays off because I still have plenty of days from my maternity leave left. So I go into the office Monday-Thursday, stay at home with Lucy Friday-Sunday. When do I get time to blog? How do I take photos, do I bring the baby with me? Who takes care of Lucy when I’m working and blogging?
Obviously I need a lot of help, and I am not afraid to ask for it so I ask my mom. I ask my mom for help. She’s staying with us and she’s happy to help. I ask my husband for help. He’s been my photographer ever since this blog existed and he’s happy to help.
Lucy stays home with my mother while I’m in the office Mon-Thurs. My mom is a manicurist, and she works part time on Friday and Saturday when the salon is busy. It works out perfectly for everyone. I cannot be anymore thankful for such a great woman who loves her kid and her grandkid endlessly to do this for us.
By this age, Lucy’s gotten into a rhythm. She doesn’t follow it to the exact minute, but it makes things predictable.
Eat: She eats every 4 hours. You guys know I’ve been using this Playtex BabyTM Nurser Bottle with Drop-ins® Liners to feed Lucy. It’s easier for her to latch on and it saves time washing the bottle. In addition to the NATURALATCH® Nipple that it comes with, I use interchangeably this Fullsized Nipple. As its name explains, it’s fuller sized. Lucy sucks really hard and the other nipples collapse often during feeding which makes her mad. But this Fullsized Nipple is the perfect fix for that. It’s a bit thicker and so harder to cave in.
Play: After each meal, she gets about half an hour of play time. We either sit together and watch TV, or I let her play on her play mat. This mat has a mini piano at her feet so every time she kicks, it sings a short playful song. Sometimes I flip her over and she can practice on her tummy time. I also started reading books to her. She might not understand the stories fully, but she follows my finger when I point at the illustrations and can recognize the colors.
Nap: After play time, she gets her diaper changed and I put her to bed. She naps for about 2-3 hours, then when she wakes up I feed her again and the whole cycle restarts. At night, she sleeps for solid 6-7 hours. If I put her to sleep at midnight, she wakes up at 6, sometimes 7. People ask me how I get her to sleep this long at such a young age (she started sleeping like this at 6 weeks old). I don’t want to say the advices in this book works for ALL the babies, but if my baby doesn’t sleep for more than 30 min at night, I’d try anything. Plus it is an entertaining read on a different kind of parenting.
My blogging schedule
With this schedule, I get one day of the week to get all of my blog photos for the week done, Sunday. That is the day my mom has off. Dylan is also off and therefore can take photos for me. I pack the car with all my outfit items and we take 2 hours in the morning to get it done.
A tip to make these hours out with your photographer as efficient as possible (if you’re also a blogger with kids, or you’re just short on time):, plan out your outfits the night before. I usually do 3 outfits a week. And I mean plan out everything, iincluding your accessories, handbag, earrings, shoes etc. Then snap a photo with your phone of the entire outfit. So the next morning, all you have to do ist look at the photos and change into the exact look for the shoot. I don’t waste time in the morning choosing which scarf to wear, or which color shoes matches better.
To take things to the next level, I do my hair (how-to here) the evening before too because my hair is long and it takes a while to curl all of it. So Sunday morning, I just quickly run my fingers through it, spray a little texturizer or dry shampoo and done. I can move on to the next thing.
The rest of Sunday is spent editing photos and writing. Oh, I also write all of my Instagram captions for the week at once too. Batching is where it’s at 🙂
I hope this helps answer some of your questions on how I manage my time with working a job, blogging and having a baby. Although this might not work for everyone’s lifestyle, but it does give an insight into how this all could be possible. I can’t wait for the day Lucy turns 6 months old (old enough to get a flu shot) and I can take her out places taking photos with me.