Monday, August 11, 2008

A Day in the Life of Caroline

I'm stealing this idea from my friend, Emily. Sorry if this is a boring post for many of you. I just don't want to forget what life looks like right now so here is a day in the life of Caroline at 4 months!
Caroline usually wakes up sometime around 7:00 a.m. and will play/talk to herself in her crib for about twenty minutes or so. Then she realizes it's been 10-12 hours since she has last eaten and she's hungry! I feed her around 7:30 a.m.
Rise and shine sweet baby girl...this is the face that greets me every morning. Not bad, uh? It kind of feels like Christmas morning...even though it's early, I'm usually really eager and excited to get Caroline up.
After breakfast, I try to fit in some kind of exercise. We usually go on a walk/jog around the neighborhood, or I take Caroline to my mom's house and go to the gym.
No worries, I pull that shade down on my jogger and keep that little bald, white head out of the brutally hot Texas sun.

After our morning workout session, it's time for morning nap around 8:30-9:00 a.m. Caroline's least favorite part of the day! One of two things happens:

You just never know!!! Sometimes Caroline will cry for 5-10 minutes before soothing herself to sleep. Sometimes she'll find those fingers right away and she falls asleep immediately. Even though we still struggle with naps, Caroline has made some great improvement. She'll either sleep on and off for 1-2 hours. Or she'll sleep for 30-45 minutes and then wake up and play quietly until I go get her. Every now and then she wakes up crying inconsolably and that's when the lovely swing comes into play. However, we try not to use it as much as possible. Anyway, that's our nap saga.

Caroline eats again around 11:30 a.m. and then it's play time. Sometimes we'll run errands, go shopping, take a trip to the pool, meet a friend for lunch, etc... after she eats.

Even though it's time to play, nothing beats my fingers. Although, this ball might taste yummy... If I just open my mouth wide enough...maybe...maybe...
Nope, I give up!!!
Sometime between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., Caroline is ready for her afternoon nap. We try to read books before we put Caroline down for naps and bed. Usually, she's pretty tired right before going down so she's not super interested. Doesn't she look so excited? :-) Here are a few of her favorite reads:
After afternoon nap, it's time to eat again (see a trend here?!?). Then more time to play. Caroline just recently grew enough to stand up and play in her exersaucer. She loves it. She entertains herself alone for quite some time in this thing so I love it too!
Told you she loves of the only times I've been able to get her to smile at the camera:
Around 4:30 or 5:00 p.m., Caroline is ready for one more nap. I repeat her naptime routine (read a book, turn on her mobile, sound machine, fan, then cross my fingers and hope for the best!) Once she's up from her last nap of the day, it's time for some quality time with Matt, she'll play some more while we eat dinner, then bath/book/bottle/prayers and finally bed by 8:00 p.m. She'll sleep until 7:00 a.m. and then we start all over again. Pretty fun day, uh?!? I wish I got to eat, play, and sleep all day!!


Eric Smith said...

Laura... you did such a great job!! Those are such cute pictures.... I can't wait to spend some more time with the sweet thing. When can we keep her for you guys? Let us know ... C

Niki said...

That post was great! I love the way you put those pics into the story. That one put a great big smile on Grammie's face too! I can't wait to see that sweet baby girl! (And you and Matt, too, of course!)I'm counting the weeks....

Ryan and Kate said...

What a great day! I'm so looking forward to seeing what my day will look like - I'll definately be calling for advice - looks like you've got it down like a pro! What a Mom!!