The radio comes on at 6:15am. Depending on the day, baby is either already awake, alternating between fussing and nursing, or asleep and snuggling; either way he's usually sprawled on top of me. Now that it's getting closer and closer to winter, it's way too dark in the morning for pictures, so here's what I got.
At this point Chris is up, and if baby is pleasant enough, Chris will take his for a diaper change, giving mommy the reign of the bed for a whole five minutes.
The alarm goes off at 7:00am and here is where I make a decision: if baby is awake, we get up. However, if baby has been fussing since 5am and is now asleep, I ignore the alarm and snooze with him. I'd rather be late and smelly with lack of shower than wake him up. Today he was awake, so we snuggled for a few more minutes and got up.
We always say Hello to the baby in the mirror (weird how it's always the same baby in EVERY mirror!).
I put him in his Pack N Play and head to the shower. He's getting less and less fine with being left there while I shower, and today we transitioned to the jumper while I finished up.
Hello Puppy. You do not look amused.
Baby is still pleasant, so I get myself dressed -- standard issue jeans, nursing tank, and a cardigan. And hello! I find his hat in my pocket! . . . I've been looking for that since June!
New diaper and time to get dressed!
Hello Again Puppy!
Baby and Puppy play (and practice crawling) while Mommy gets breakfast (and yes, those ARE Lucky Charms, and they ARE magically delicious).
Time to take the puppy out. Everybody get their sweaters on! Sling up! Puppy waits so patiently and then takes off!!!
One more nursing before we leave! One more snuggle with baby, plus it's my chance to watch Real Housewives!
Time to pack up the stroller. Baby -- Check. Lunch, Milk, Pump stuff -- Check! Lots of other stuff -- Check! And we're almost on time!
A nice walk to daycare with a sleepy baby.
Daycare and Stroller Parking!
If I get the time just right, I can hop on the bus up to the subway stop (though the walk's not bad).
On Mondays I have some mental goodness -- "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me" Podcast, Starbuck's and Therapy! Does a psyche good!
Time for work!
Welcome to the VIACOM 49th floor "Mother's Room". Fully equipped with a mini-fridge, desk, couch, and now (thanks to me) a phone! Some other additions for a homier feel: a notebook for writing notes to the other mommas, a safe place to keep our pumps, pictures of our babies, and season 9 of Friends!
Ok, time for some real work!
And then more pumping!!!
Repeat . . . then rinse!
Finally! 6:20 and time to go home (though I should have left at 6).
A special treat when I get home -- Baby is still up! It's normally hit or miss whether he's asleep when I get home, but tonight I get a few minutes of baby time before bed.
Bedtime . . . music, books, and boobies.
Dinner with the hubby and some much needed feet-up time (and even some knitting).
Then cleaning up and packing bottles and bags for the next day.