Sip & Talk: Finding time for yourself with a Newborn

Hi friends, good morning! On today’s Sip & Talk session, I want to list a few ways to help keep yourself organized in the midst of newborn chaos. So, grab your coffee or a glass or mimosa (whatever fancies you most today) and let’s get to sippin’ and talking…

We all acclimate to our new “normal” differently, but one thing is for sure — we can ALL relate. I hope that maybe some of the things that work for me can allow you some free time during the day to focus and enjoy yourself, even if just for a brief moment (and sometimes that means five minutes). You do what you want with that time.

I find that waking up early (er) — before baby— is a great way to start the day fresh and in a good mood! For example, Nathan fell asleep around 8:30/9 PM last night and slept through the night. He woke up around 4 AM and I breastfed him and put him back to sleep just before 5 AM.

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Here’s what I did instead of going back to sleep:

  • Took a nice, hot shower (and took my time)
  • Sterilized bottles + pacifiers and left ready in drying rack for the day
  • Prepped 3 oz bottles of formula in fridge for mid-morning + early afternoon feeding
  • Organized his bedroom — folded & put away his clean clothes, blankets, etc.
  • Re-arranged some drawers in baby’s room (forever nesting)
  • Made myself coffee + pan con mantequilla
  • Pumped for 20 minutes

It was around 6:30 AM when I heard the baby waking up again, so I grabbed him, changed him and fed him. We hung out for a bit after the feeding, FaceTimed my mom and then he was back to sleep on his Fisher Price bouncer (aka my salvation).

unnamed-4I am taking my free time to write this blog post (because that’s what I enjoy doing with my free time). I do, however, want to pick up reading again. I miss it. I miss getting lost in a good book. I am excited to begin reading the book “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. I am particularly excited to read Chapter 8— I hear it’s all about becoming a new mom. I think I am just (dare I say) tired of watching Netflix, though I’ve recently just been binge watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel. Hello Christmas in July!

When it comes to the baby, I’ve really made it a point to try and start getting him used to a routine now that he’s two months old… And believe me when I say, these little humans are much more smarter than we give them credit for. So, I decided to try and get a little routine going with him.

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Here’s what I’ve been working with:

  • Early morning feeding  (6:30 AM)
  • Early morning playtime/cuddles (7 AM-ish)
  • 8:30 AM – 9:30/10 AM (Morning Nap on vibrating Fisher Price Bouncer)
  • Mid-Morning feeding
  • Cuddles + Story time (around noon)
  • Afternoon Nap — this one allows me to make myself lunch and prep whatever I will be making for dinner
  • Tummy Time / Play time — following nap
  • Mid-Day feeding following tummy time
  • 6/6:30 PM — Bath time (not every day)
  • Somewhere between 7/8 PM: Feed + Cuddle + sleep

My goal is to have him asleep by 8/8:30 the latest (for now), though at times, Nathan has plans of his own. I’m happy to report that lately, he’s been doing great with this little routine— allowing me time to do things around the house like: cook, clean, laundry, organize, brush my hair (lol), etc. The key is to figure out what works for you and what YOU want to do with your free time. Some people choose to sleep while the baby sleeps. I honestly just sleep at night. Now and then I’ll take a little nap in the afternoon while watching TV, though very brief… But overall, I would much rather keep a clean and organized house. I cannot bare the sight of a disorganized space and dirty dishes. I see three dirty dishes in the sink and my nesting habit kicks into gear. I’ve become a little bit OCD with this kind of thing. Blame it on pregnancy and postpartum I suppose!

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Overall, I encourage you to find a space in your home that inspires you and gives you all the cozy feels. For me, that is a corner of my couch in my TV room. There’s something so special, warm and inviting from that little nook. That’s where I write my blog posts, enjoy little naps, pump, cuddle my son, read a book, watch TV etc. Find time that works for you and do what you wish with it. Whether that’s taking a snooze or taking a long hot shower. You take that baby monitor to the bathroom with you and you do YOU, boo!

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Though still a work in progress, these tiny steps are helping me have a little more time for myself to do the things I enjoy. I’ve been able to cook again (lunch AND dinner) and I even washed my hair TWICE this week! Hello #MomGoals haha!

I also find that writing down daily goals/tasks for myself also helps to keep me organized and makes me feel accomplished in my routine. I use my Simplified Planner to keep track of my To-Do list and any Doctor appointments we may have.

If you are a new mom (or if this isn’t your first rodeo), leave me a comment with a few tips from your very own routine and what has worked for you! If there’s anything I’ve learned from this new role is to talk (err vent) to fellow mom friends because we all understand each other… Been there and done that!

So, count your blessings (and your coffee) and start enjoying time for yourself… again!

—Liv

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3 Comments

  1. Hany
    July 11, 2019 / 3:46 pm

    Loving these posts 👌🏻 As I myself prepare for the arrival of my firstborn and being OCD is part of me since i was little is very refreshing to find new moms who somehow do it all. Thank you for giving me hopes. XOXO

    • July 14, 2019 / 6:08 pm

      Congratulations!!! I am so happy that my story connects with yours too! These first few months can definitely be challenging, while very rewarding and beautiful at once. It’s definitely all about finding the balance that works with (and for) you!

      hugs!!

  2. July 11, 2019 / 5:05 pm

    my daughter is 8 months old. She is not morning person. She sleeps around 1:00 Am to 10:00 AM But I can surely say waking up early than her helps a lot. Her sleeping time during day slightly differs but I know when she will sleep and how much. I mostly read, blog and cook while she sleeps.

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