There’s been drafts sitting unloved in this dusty old dashboard, and rather than picking the ‘right’ one to finish, I thought I’d jump back into this blogging business with what I felt like finishing! A day in the life, of me and my almost toddler. At the moment, Ava’s dropping a nap and we’re trying to adjust our daily schedule around that, so it changes day by day. Sometimes we nail the one nap and other times we’re back to two. But otherwise, this is pretty much our routine!
Ava gets up around 7-7:15ish, but it’s not unusual for her to have been awake in her cot since around 6:30am. She’s quite happy playing and babbling away to herself until Robin goes to pick her up. They do their breakfast routine of banana and a bottle of milk, then maybe some porridge or a brioche roll afterwards. Her first bottle of the day is around 6 ounces- I know I’m meant to be weaning her off formula and onto cow’s milk but she just rejects it each time. We’ll figure it out! Around 8ish, when Robin has to leave for work, I’ll take over and give her a nibble of more fruit over CBeebies and we’ll have a quiet play until it’s time for her morning nap.
9ish: Depending how early she woke up and if she appears tired enough for one, she’ll have a nap around 9-9:30 for a couple of hours.
Unless it’s a day we’re nailing the one nap, this is the time she goes down, but not today! Today she wanted an early nap and wakes up at 11:30 instead. I head up to her room to get her up and changed out of her pyjamas. We read a book (she’s currently obsessed with her Peppa Pig books) and then I take her downstairs to have a snack (either a bit of fruit, some Organix melty puffs or a Petit Filous) and have playtime together before I get her lunch ready.
Her favourite food is potato anything, or bread. She loves scrambled egg and French toast, but today I give her cheesy pasta with half an avocado, a mandarin and a pot of banana Petit Filou. She has water from her beaker throughout the day. We’ll either go out for a walk in the park, or run errands in town. I then get her back home and put her down for an afternoon nap- although lately she has been dropping this and staying awake until bedtime! I’ll offer her a second bottle of milk (6oz) before putting her down (unless of course, she’s had her one nap and is only just getting up!)
When she wakes up (if she sleeps) we’ll have more book reading, playtime and a snack, and then I’ll take her out for another walk and play in the park. She gets excited when the buggy comes out…less enthusiastic when I try to put her shoes on.
5pm– I start making her dinner. It’ll be more of the same at lunchtime- a main meal with fruit and a yoghurt. We’re usually done eating by 5:45 at the latest.
6pm– Bath time! This is sometimes a battle. Some days she’s happy to play and splash in the tub and others she’ll scream the moment she’s placed in the bath! At the moment we’re going through a happy phase and she will splash around with her bath toys for about 10 minutes. Then it’s out and into her pyjamas. I feel like she knows once she’s in her PJ’s, it’s time to wind down.
She has her last bottle of milk (6oz) over In The Night Garden. By the time it finishes, if Robin’s home by then, he’ll have a little cuddle and play with her before putting her to sleep around 7pm. As she’s dropping her second nap of the day, some days I put her to bed much earlier as she’s so knackered. Other days she seems to have endless energy and shows no sign of sleepiness! Even on those days though, she is good at settling herself down to sleep and will be happy to lay in her cot until she eventually nods off. She will sleep through the night, and no longer needs a dream feed (we used to give one around 10pm but she began rejecting this about 3 months ago)
And that’s a typical day for us! The days we have a playdate or a baby group to go to, we just adjust accordingly around it. Ava’s a routine baby- she’s much happier and sleeps much better when we stick to a routine. We’ve done the bath, bottle, bed thing since she was a tiny baby (more for our sanity at the time rather than wanting to enforce anything!) and in hindsight I think that it’s helped loads with being able to put her down to bed each night with minimal fuss.
I was pretty gutted when I realised she was growing out of needing two naps, as I had been relying on those breaks in the day to get things done- the laundry, the hoovering, the picking up of the socks and what not. But I know we’ll figure it out! We always do, and as ever we’re just winging it as it comes.2