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Our Daily Routine – Breastfeeding Mom, Infant + Pet Dog + 2 Puppies

I have sooooooo much things and ideas in my mind for my blog, vlog and even just simple house chores. However, nothing is close to possible doing everything if you are a mom of an infant especially if you are still breastfeeding your little one. Writing this blog while nursing JD is such a bonus. I can’t do any thing because all we do is nurse, latch, nurse, latch and so on. Even when he’s asleep, he didn’t want to let go of the boobies. Others say they’re waiting for their kids to sleep so that they can do something but it’s the other way around for me. I can’t do anything while he’s asleep because he don’t want to depart from the boobies. I can actually do some work while he’s awake because I can either put him in his crib or let him play on the bed (with lots of pillows on the side so he won’t fall down). However, I must be really quick because he easily gets bored. Ending, still no chores done.

Below is a timeline of what we typically do on a daily basis:

7:30 AM – cries from sleep. Sometimes, nursing is the answer but often, he just want to be rocked/cradled again then falls back to sleep. Plus, nurse again.

8:00 – 10:00 AM – this consists of nursing every 30mins and/or rocking and cradling again. It’s still morning yet I’m already physically tired.

10:00 AM – this is the time when he usually wakes up.

10:00 – 10:15 AM – play a little.

10:15 – 10:30 AM – make bed, eat my breakfast, feed the dogs, wash dishes (depends), heat up water for JD’s bath time. Yup, you have to be really quick!

10:30 – 12:00 NN – bath time, play time, messing around time, make bed.

12:00 – 1:00 PM – he’s usually sleepy around this time. Either rocking or nursing will put him to sleep.

2:00 PM – awaken again from his first nap.

2:00 – 2:30 PM – a little play time, eat my lunch, feed the dogs, wash dishes.

2:30 – 5:00 PM – play time, messing around time. Sometimes this is the time when I can sweep the floor or anything else but this should be done in less than 5mins, make bed.

5:00 – 5:15 PM – we go out to the veranda so we can watch neighbor kids play around and also the birds, trees, clouds, dogs, etc.

5:15 – 7:00 PM – he’s usually sleepy around this time. Either rocking or nursing will put him to sleep. I have to squeeze in my bath time here.

7:00 – 7:30 PM – 2nd nap.

7:30 – 8:30 PM – play time, waiting for Jek to arrive from work.

8:30 – 10:00 PM – eat dinner, feed dogs, finally have some me-time (about 10mins), make bed.

10:00 – 11:00 PM – he’s sleepy already and want to always cling to me.

11:00 PM – next day – consists of sleeping, nursing, crying, rocking/cradling, nursing, nursing, sleep and so on.

Listing this down is really exhausting already to me. I can’t do pretty much anything else aside from nursing. That’s what I do best. You can easily say, “manage your time” or “you have to multitask”. Yes, I know, and I’m already doing it. I tried my best. It’s just really hard to do since we are exclusively breastfeeding. JD nurses every 30mins to 1 hour interval. He’s so clingy to me. Plus, I don’t want to leave him alone for a long period of time just to make sure that the house is clean or the dishes were cleaned or I already ate. No, that’s just not my priority. Having an exclusively breastfed infant is already time-consuming and I won’t complain. I know this too shall pass. I won’t be breastfeeding forever. This is just for a few more months/years. It will be beneficial to the both of us in the long run.

If someone will see how messy/cluttered our place is, others will be easy to judge that I’m not cleaning the house or I’m just a mess. If you ever exclusively breastfed plus you’re left alone with an infant, a dog and 2 puppies, then I’ll accept your comment. But if not, well, I have nothing to say. To me, I really hate untidy places. My husband knows this. I always nag at him if there is a tiny bit of a mess. I want everything to be clean and organize. Now is just the opposite. I’ve accepted the fact that I can’t do everything on my own. I have to look after my little one first. I’d like to thank my husband for being so supportive in our breastfeeding journey and for being a good husband. He do the laundry, he cooks for me, he prepares JD’s food, he wash JD’s cloth diapers, he cleans the mess of our dogs, he plays with our baby, he wakes up in the middle of the night if he hears JD cry (and cradle him), he just loves us always. Remember, this too shall pass. 😊😊😊

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Who Am I? – First Blog

Alright! First blog ever. Woohoo! Honestly, I have no idea where to start. Well, I’m here already. No turning back. Just so you know, it’s hard setting up a blog (even though this is free). Or maybe it’s just me who had a hard time. πŸ˜‰

First of, who am I? I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Abi Santiago, 27 years of age, from Bulacan, Philippines. I’m married to my long-time boyfriend of 10 years last March of 2016. I’m preggy as of the moment to our first. By the way, I hope you’re interested to know my husband’s name. If I may say, he’s Jek. Same age as mine. A professional photographer and loves to eat… A lot! Haha! Enough of him. This will be mainly about me.

You might be wondering why I’m blogging. To be honest, I myself too. I’m really new to this thing. Although internet, specifically blogs, are my major source of information and knowledge, I don’t know how this thing works. While being pregnant and nothing to do at home (aside from eating, sleeping and peeing a lot), I guess it is my main motivation that pushes me to get up (not literally, though. I’m just here sitting on a bed side, haha!) and force myself to do something. I don’t want to look like an elephant or hypopotamus when I reach my 9th month. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against plus-sized ladies out there but from me, being at 98lbs in my early 20’s and now being almost 140 lbs (nooooo… I hate those numbers), I’m not used to seeing myself this big and everybody’s looking at me like they saw a whale shark (grrrrrrr….). You may be raising an eyebrow, “Aren’t you just sitting and writing when you blog? How will you lose weight with that?” My answer? Please just excuse me, I’m sooooo pregnant, haha! Well, okay, I just realized my 2nd reason why I started blogging. I guess I just wanted to promote motherhood. As a new mom-to-be, I would like to share my journey and hopefully you’ll get something good about what I do. Also, if the internet decided not to put this blog down (I hope not), my future kids will be able to read this too. And lastly, if you have already observed, I have no formal training/lesson in writing. Grammar isn’t perfect. Punctuation marks not used properly. Well, don’t mind them. As they say, it’s the thought that counts. Literally, thought, as in the content and context of the blog. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

I’m already thinking if this post is too long.. I hope someone’s still reading at this point, haha! For my ending, I’d like to share my thought on what I would like to be covering in my future blogs. Being a new wife and mom-to-be, I wish to cover things about being pregnant, cooking, about babies, cloth diapers, breastfeeding, baby wearing, loving yourself and almost everything being a lady.

I hope to see you soon in my future blogs. Don’t hesitate to like, comment or share this if you want to. Please….. Do it for a preggy here! Haha.

PS: Next post would be our journey in preparing for our wedding.

Thank you and may you have a wonderful day! 😊