It’s been nine months since the birth of our third child and adjusting to our new addition has been interesting.
Finding out we were going to be parents of a third child was terrifying. Fortunately, we worked through it and learned how to make time for just about everything by creating a weekly schedule.
Altering Morning Routines
At first, mornings were tough with a newborn and two under five. After her night feeding, I would do my best to lay her in the bassinet. Our little one is a kicker and she’d kick off her blankets, socks, etc. Anything that helped her stay warm at night would be thrown across the room. The cold air from the night would make her cough all night. The two large windows in our master bedroom didn’t help either.
Regardless of where we’d place her bassinet, she would feel a draft from the windows.
With time, we moved her to our bed. The warmth from our body heat helped her sleep at night so I didn’t complain.
One thing I’ve learned in the past months is the importance of finding time to do the things I love. If I want to spend an extra five minutes in the shower, then I wake up earlier. If I’m working on a deadline, then I set time during the day to spend with the kids building LEGO pieces or watching a movie. It’s about learning how to balance my wants with my needs.
Our kids love weekdays because we have things to look forward to during the week. We have a weekly schedule for us to make time to enjoy as a family and still focus on our individual goals.
During the week, we have movie nights and game nights for them to look forward to. It’s a celebration when we do game night because we can be a bit competitive with each other.
Regardless of what our day entails, we always like to end our night before 7 pm. It’s around the time our baby is ready to go down. It also helps with cutting out liquids for our toddler and getting our firstborn ready for the next day.
Creating Your Own Schedule
For the work-at-home parent who is looking to adjust to having a new baby, I highly recommend trying different work schedules throughout the week.
Remember, just because you try something once doesn’t mean it won’t work. An early work schedule might be successful on weekdays and not on weekends or vice versa.
For me, early-morning work schedules don’t always go as planned during the week. Instead, I put the kids to sleep by 8 pm and get to work.
Maybe your issue isn’t creating a schedule, but actually sticking to one. I’ve been there. One thing I recommend trying is setting alarms on your phone for certain times during the day. This can help you better plan your day and give you the necessary time to tackle things throughout the week.