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Nap Time Diaries: The “New Normal”

Well, it’s been a hot minute since COVID 19 showed up and ruined 2020 but the good thing is there’s a “new normal” that everyone seems to be adjusting to nicely. Weekends have become enjoyable and something to look forward to again as we start to venture out with friends and family. Last weekend we went for a picnic on a lake and despite not being on an exact schedule (*gasp*) Baby T did just fine having her nap in her stroller outside. It’s even gotten to the point that I start to dread Mondays again even though my Mondays don’t involve going back to work like most people.

Baby T and I have developed a regular weekday routine that has been really good for both of us. In the mornings she watches me make breakfast; she has baby pancakes with peanut butter and I have eggs and toast. We sit at the table together and eat our breakfast and I get to enjoy a hot cup of tea. After a little playtime Baby T is ready for her first nap of the day and I take full advantage of the free time to shower and get myself ready for the day. When she wakes up we have our lunch together and then do something different like go grocery shopping (she finds my mask funny so I guess that’s good), go visit someone or go for a walk. This usually tires her (and me) out nicely for her second nap. After that it’s more playing before dinner time, an hour or so with her Daddy and then off to bed.

Sometimes it’s boring doing the same thing over and over during the week, but finally being able to mix it up by going to visit Nana or going shopping just the two of us has been great. Something is working well for my Postpartum OCD because it only rears it’s head when I get overwhelmed, and thanks to the online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy I’ve been taking I have a better idea of how to handle it.

I finally came to the point where I’ve realized I have less than three months of maternity leave left with Baby T, and even though I feel like I’ll be ready to go back I still want to make the most of the time we have. She’s already almost ten months and the developments and skills she’s learning right now are a lot of fun. Don’t get me wrong, she wants to try and walk on her walker or climb on something ALL. THE. TIME. Including the side of her crib which led to a couple of sleepless nights until I taught her how to sit herself back down, then it wasn’t as much fun for her. I always have to be there to help her or catch her if she falls when she’s playing and it’s exhausting, but seeing that little two tooth grin when she accomplishes something new is just the best thing ever.

So that’s my “new normal” life in a nutshell right now. Only a few more summer adventures before fall starts to show up but contrary to popular opinion, I always look forward to it. The next post in the works is what I actually used out of my hospital bag when I had Baby T. I know you’ll all be waiting with bated breath.

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