Shira is six weeks old, and we are finally getting into some sort of routine. Not anything rigid, but I'm starting to feel that there is some order in my days, and that I know pretty much what I can expect in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
Wake up, usually because Shira is calling for Mommy's milk. Nurse baby. Usually, after a good morning meal, she will go down for a nice long nap - God be praised! After a night of disrupted sleep I normally don't get up very early but that's alright for now. Get dressed, fix hair, brush teeth and devote a few minutes to prayer.
Late morning - early afternoon:
Get going, and quickly, because I don't really know how much time I have. Eat breakfast. Take care of basic housework, such as dishes and laundry. Start preparations for dinner. Pack husband's lunch for the next day. If there is time, some cleaning (today I cleaned the surfaces and mopped the floors in our bedroom). Eat lunch - usually something simple, such as a sandwich, egg and salad, or leftovers from last night's dinner.
Nurse baby. While nursing, I usually read something uplifting, and/or pray. Sometimes I tell Shira, "now we are going to pray for Daddy". I have noticed that often she will calm down during prayer time.
Shira is usually wide awake after her long nap, and doesn't like being left alone. I usually bathe her in the afternoon, then feed her again, and if she is fussy and/or her tummy is bothering her (which happens often), I hold her and/or give colic drops. When I need to get something done, she'll usually be happy in her bouncy seat for half an hour or so, as long as she can still see and hear Mom.
Waiting for Mr. T to come back from work. Fix my hair again, change my clothes if they were stained with leaking milk or baby spit up. Shira will eat every 2.5-3 hours. If she is content to remain in the bouncy seat for another half hour, I can do a bit of crocheting or answer an email or two. Or even better, squeeze in a shower.
Dinner and time together with my husband. Each one of us takes turns watching the baby while the other showers (if I haven't showered earlier). Nurse baby. Prepare for bedtime.
Nurse baby. By this time she is getting tired, and will usually be content to fall asleep after a good big meal, which will usually sustain her for 4-5 hours, after which she will wake up, eat, and fall asleep again. I fall asleep again too.
Throughout the day:
Errands, phone calls, grocery shopping, changing diapers, blogging, feed the fish, and any little thing you can imagine that might need to be done here at home.