2:00 – 2:25 am: Baby wakes up, wanting to eat. I feed her, put her back to bed.
5:30 am: Baby wakes up again, but it’s too early to be up for the day, so I bring her into bed with me and we all go back to sleep.
6:30 – 6:45 am: Baby is still sleeping, but I go ahead and feed her while she’s sleeping. This actually works better than waiting for her to wake up, since she’s less likely to be totally distracted by our surroundings. I put the baby back to bed in her crib after feeding her.
6:45 – 7:00 am: I shower and blow dry my hair.
7:00 – 7:15 am: Baby wakes up, cooing and babbling. I grab her and put her on my bed while I get dressed. I take breaks to blow raspberries and make funny faces at her. I change her diaper and get her dressed for the day.
7:15 – 7:18 am: Baby spits up all over and down my shirt. I change my shirt. I do not have another clean nursing bra, so I clean it up the best I can and hope I don’t smell like spit-up all day.
7:18 – 7:30 am: Baby and I go downstairs and take the dog out and feed him his breakfast. She plays in the bouncy seat while I eat my breakfast (a fast bowl of cereal), gather up her bottles and all of my pumping supplies.
7:30 – 7:40 am: Baby and I play and sing songs.
7:40 – 7:52 am: I feed baby one last time before leaving for daycare.
7:55 am: We leave for daycare.
7:58 am: We arrive at daycare. (This is one of the best things about our daycare.)
8:05 am: I leave daycare, after having a conversation with our daycare provider about her naps (she doesn’t take many), and her eating (she can start having rice cereal a couple of times a day).
8:08 am: I arrive back home, where I drop my car and walk to the bus stop.
9:00 am: After delays on the Red Line, I arrive at work. I immediately pump as I have a meeting at 9:30.
9:30 – noon: Meetings and calls.
11:40 am: I pump again, while on a conference call, with my phone set to mute (I am not required to participate, I’m just an observer) because I have a lunch meeting and have to leave the office by noon.
12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch meeting is interesting, and thankfully, they feed us. Free lunch!
2:00 – 3:30 pm: I’m drafting a pleading, revising terms & conditions, and reviewing documents related to a matter that’s being transitioned to me from a departing associate.
3:30 pm: Pump. I take a break to read the internet, check my personal email, and relax a little bit.
3:50 – 4:50 pm: Continue drafting, revising, and reviewing.
4:50 – 5:00 pm: Gather up my stuff, taking care not to leave bottles in the dorm fridge in my office and making sure I have my Metro card, before dashing out for the day.
5:05-5:25 pm: On Metro. Read work materials.
5:25 – 5:45 pm: Arrive at Metro station and wait for bus that is supposed to leave at 5:30 but that never comes. Get on the 5:45 bus instead.
5:57 pm: Arrive at home. Take crying baby from dad. Try to soothe her, try to feed her. Nothing doing.
6:15 -6:35 pm: Prepare baby oatmeal and a little avocado and feed baby, trading off with dad in preparing dinner (pork chops, broccoli, rice).
6:50 pm: Eat dinner with baby on lap. She’s still fussing.
7:00 pm: Bathe baby, taking special care to get all the little bits of oatmeal and avocado out of her neck folds and from between her fingers. Messy baby is messy!
7:15 – 7:20 pm: Get baby in pajamas and ready for bed.
7:20 – 8:00 pm: Feed baby and put her down for bed. This is the only time of day when she’ll relax and nurse without fighting (unless I’ve fed her while she’s still sleeping). I consider (again) breaking the nurse-to-sleep connection and decide (again) that I just can’t do it. She’ll only be this little and snuggly for so long, and I don’t want to give up this time with her, even if takes FOREVER to get her into bed.
8:00 pm: Baby goes down in crib, and I go down to the basement with my computer and the baby monitor, to half-watch TV with dad and continue drafting, revising, and reviewing.
10:00 – 10:20 pm: Wash bottles, refill for tomorrow.
10:20 – 10:38 pm: Pump.
10:50 pm: Finally crawl into bed.
Lather, rinse, repeat.