Quite honestly one of the best things about little Dan V getting older is that he’s becoming more predictable. Yes, things fluctuate and change here and there but as a whole we’re figuring out more regularly what makes this guy tick. Our nights and mornings are so much better for it.
We made the switch from formula to milk around the 12 month mark and anticipated a fight. V seemed to be none-the-wiser. Formula, milk, whatever – he’s on board to drink it. We also began to go down to two bottles a day. One in the morning and one in the evening before fully getting V off of bottles altogether.
I was terrified that V was going to throw a fit in outrage. But we removed the evening and morning bottle between 12-13 months from our routine and he didn’t balk at all. He also seamlessly switched to sippy-cups and hasn’t looked back since.
So now for our morning routine, it goes a little something like this…
- 5:30 – I could get up and go for a run (the operative word is could)
- 6:15 – Dan IV gets up for his run
- 6:15 – I make a cup of coffee then jump in the shower and put on my make-up
- 7:00 – IV finishes his run, brings breakfast for Baby V upstairs and jumps in the shower
- 7:00 – I open the door to V’s room and say ‘Good Morning!’
- He’s normally stirring and opening his door is just the kick he needs to get up and start his day
- 7-7:10 – We cuddle in the rocking chair in his room to wake-up
- 7:10/15 – Diaper change, get dressed for the day
- 7:15-7:30 – Play and have a sippy-cup of milk and cup of blueberries in the bedroom/bathroom while IV and I finish getting ready
- 7:30 – IV and V say ‘buh-bye’ to me as they head downstairs for socks, shoes and coats then out the door to daycare
There you have it, our typical morning routine to get the boys out the door and to daycare on time. As our routine shifts, I’ll be sure to post the different nuances. Personally, hearing routines of other parents has really helped us employ different things and determine what works for our family.
P. S. In case you missed it, check-out this post for morning routine 8/9 months.
A big stressor of returning to work can be the pumping situation. Here’s the skinny on pumping logistics and the gear to get you ready to tackle your new routine.
- Scope the situation
- If you’re planning to give breastfeeding a go, ask your HR representative where you can pump before you go on maternity leave so you can get the lay of the land. Knowing what to expect will make returning less anxiety inducing. Does it feel awkward? Sure! But you’re going to have to email this person and tell them whether you had a vaginal birth or C-section so you might as well rip the Band-Aid off on this one. Things get weird when you have a baby – all kinds of weird – this is nothing.
- Put time on your calendar
- At least tentatively block off some time on your calendar periodically each day to pump. Setting appointments ensures that you won’t be scheduled for a meeting unless someone checks with you and that will help you plan your sessions accordingly.
- Wear easy access clothing
- You’ll be exposed enough – the last thing you want to have to do is have to pull your dress over your head or unzip it to the waist to gain access. Trust me, plan accordingly!
- Invest in a double electric pump
- A double electric pump is the fastest way to get the job done. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act you are entitled to a breastpump free of charge. Guidelines vary so be sure to call you insurance company to learn how if you’re thinking about breastfeeding – do it while you’re pregnant so that you have your pump on hand when your little one arrives.
- Also, some pumps come with a cooler bag some will not. You’ll want to ensure you have one on hand when you go back to work. You don’t want to look like you’re transporting organs or a 6-pack for a cook-out but you do want an easy place to stash your supply.
Time Saving Gear that I LV
Medela Quick Clean Steam Bags
Target Up & Up Milk Storage Bags
Lansinoh Milk Storage Bags
Medela Pump In Style Double Electric Pump.
Medela Hands-Free Pumping Bra
Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads
Bamboobies Nursing Pads
Bamboobies Organic Nipple Balm
iPhone (or other Smart Phone)
- Medela Quick Clean Steam Bags
- These are a quick and easy way to sanitize your pump parts, when you’re pumping multiple times a day you want the cleaning process to be as quick and painless as possible.
- Storage Bags
- Go for whatever is most economical, I usually ping-ponged between Target’s Up & Up or Lansinoh. I tried the Medela Pump & Save bags but really disliked them, they were stiff, difficult to close and more expensive.
- Double Electric Pump
- There are a lot of options out there and it can feel pretty overwhelming when you begin weighing them. Ask around for recommendations. I personally love my Medela Pump in Style it’s quick and easy. It even comes in a stylish tote! I kid, the tote is not at all stylish, but it is functional and at least it’s discretely black and not screaming “I’M A BREAST PUMP!”
- Added benefit to the Medela Pump in Style is that you can get pump parts in a hurry if you’re in a pinch and forgot yours – usually in stock at Target.
- Pro tip – throw in a pack or two of AA batteries just in case you need to pump somewhere without an outlet (like the back of your car in a Metropark parking lot on the way to a client meeting or at a winery – yes both have happened)
- Hands-Free Pumping Bra
- Who doesn’t love being hands free? It allows you time to multitask by answering emails, prioritizing your to-do list, doing your make-up in the morning, Pinterest… the possibilities are endless!
- Nursing Pads
- You will definitely need these at first. I really liked using the disposable ones in the beginning, they even have tape on them so that you can attach them to your bra – so convenient! I then moved on to reusable washable ones. I personally loved Bamboobies – they’re soft, comfortable and discrete.
- Nipple Balm
- This stuff is amazing, it’s soft and easy to spread. You’ll want to have some on hand since your nips take a beating being shoved in a baby’s mouth or pump on the reg. You won’t be disappointed with Bamboobies Nipple Balm.
- iPhone (or other Smart Phone)
- Start your pumping session by looking at the latest pictures and videos of your sweet little babe. It will help get the milk flowin! (Plus with the hands-free bra you’ll want something to multitask on).