2:30am- I wake up to the sound of Carter moving around and making noise. I check the monitor and he’s still asleep, but will be up and hungry soon, so I get up and go to the bathroom. He begins to cry as I’m washing my hands, so I go in to feed him. He eats really well and I change his diaper because he is tooting a lot. He tricked me as his diaper is just wet. I try to switch sides, but he’s not interested, so I lay him back down and go back to bed.
|Diaper change time!|
6:00- My alarm goes off and I get up. I set up to pump and start getting ready. The hands-free pump bra was the best investment I’ve made since Carter was born! I am able to pump as I brush my teeth, straighten my hair, and put my make up on.
6:40- I head into the kitchen with the pump pieces. I pull my smoothie out of the freezer to start thawing, make bottles, and begin cleaning the pump parts. As I’m making bottles I hear Carter begin to move around and fuss. I know he’ll be awake soon.
7:20- I let Carter stay on the activity gym to play as I go into the room to get dressed for the day.
7:25- I’m dressed and ready for the day. Ty leaves for work and I head back into Carter’s room to play until it’s time to leave. I pull out a blanket and pillow for the dreaded tummy time. Today is no different than most, he screeches in anger and I give in and allow him to stay on his back once he rolls over.
7:40- I load up the car with the many bags I now carry to and from work every day: my drawstring with running clothes, the pump, diaper bag, and my school bag. I get Carter situated in his car seat and then realize I forgot to put a coat on. I look at Carter and decide despite the 30 degree weather it’s not worth going back into the house. As I start the car I see the low fuel light come on and my heart drops. I forgot to get gas yesterday, so I have to stop at the gas station on the way to drop Carter off at daycare.
8:18- I arrive at school in the nick of time. Official start time for teachers is 8:20. I turn on my computer and pull up SMART Notebook documents for morning work and math. Morning work will be projected on the SMART Board as students enter the classroom so they know exactly what to do. Today they will do math boxes in their math journals.
8:45- The first bell rings and I stand in the doorway greeting students as they enter. Seeing their smiling faces makes missing Carter so much easier. Our morning consists of morning work, calendar, our math lesson, math stations, community circle, and then off to special class at 10:30.
10:37- I get back to my classroom after dropping my students off in P.E. I set up and begin to pump. While pumping I eat a snack, check my e-mail, and work on lesson plans for next week. Again, hands-free pumping is so amazing!
|The sign my co-teacher made for my door to indicate I'm pumping. She's hilarious!|
12:11- One of the best moments of my day, I arrive at Carter’s daycare. When I walk into his classroom he is fussing a bit because he’s hungry. He is in a bouncer and when I bend down to look at him, he smiles up at me. Moments like these melt my heart and make the rush of lunchtime so worth it. I would drive to daycare and back just to see that precious smile. I pick Carter up and he instantly nuzzles into my neck. I feel my body relax and everything is right with the world.
|Momma, I'm hungry!|
|I have to hold my phone to the side or he stares at it instead of me and stops smiling. Silly boy!|
3:30- The dismissal bell rings and I say good bye and get a high five or a hug from each student as they leave. With 47 students this takes a while! I am in a multi-age classroom with another teacher, so we have 2 teachers and double the students. I rush around getting some things done so I can leave for the day. We can leave at 3:45 and I try to leave as close to then as possible.
3:50- I am packed up and headed out the door to pick Carter up. I take home a lot more work than I used to because I’d rather do things after Carter goes to bed at night than stay at school and miss precious awake time with him.
4:05- As I walk in to pick Carter up I am shocked to see he is in the same clothes he was wearing when I dropped him off in the morning! That is a first for him! His teacher says he really enjoyed sitting in the bouncer and stared up at the turtle hanging down above him. She said he almost giggled at it. Sounds like we need to get him a turtle toy to play with at home! I take him into the nursing room to feed him before we leave. He falls asleep when he’s finished nursing, so I put him in his car seat and change into my running clothes.
|The nursing room. It's actually bigger than it looks and has a small table by the rocker.|
|Ready to run!|
5:45- I am getting cold from being sweaty and decide to shower. I put Carter in the bassinet and roll him into the bathroom with me. He loves to lay and stare at the lights above the mirror. I love being able to peek out and watch him.
|This is the face I see when I get out of the shower!|
7:30- Time to start Carter’s bedtime routine. I give him a bath, then put lotion on him, brush his hair, put on his jammies, and feed him. At 7:50 I put him down in his crib and head to the kitchen to clean the bottles and pump supplies from the day. He fusses for a couple of minutes, sucks his hand, and is asleep by 8:10. I make my smoothie for lunch the next day and stick it in the freezer.
|Harper thinks she needs to monitor bathtime.|
|Doesn't look like he'd be asleep just 20 minutes later!|
|I always have the monitor close by to watch my sleeping babe!|