Monday, April 13, 2009

The importance of schedules

When I was in business school I took a class on Leadership. The professor did a session on habits and their importance in our lives. Did you know that 99% of what we do on a daily basis is habitual? I definitely agree with that statistic, at least in my own life, and find that it only strengthened when I was pregnant. I rarely varied from my routine including wake up and sleeping times. This put me in very good stead once I became a mother. I mocked Mommy, Esq. a little bit about her adherence to a schedule but now that I'm in her position I mock no longer. I do try to change things up by taking her out on errands or while doing work in the yard but I don't screw with her feeding schedule.

It's been over a week now with a consistent schedule and I love it. Sometimes I feel a little too tied to the clock but that's also because I'm exclusively breastfeeding so all feedings are on me, so to speak. Cameron eats every 3 hours during the day starting at 6:30 AM and has her last feeding at around 8 PM (filling her up again so soon after her 6:30 PM feeding keeps her nice and happy). She's usually asleep by 9 PM and goes until 2 AM for her middle of the night feeding. I often times have to wake her up during the day to have her eat on the three hour schedule but I think it keeps her happy and adhering to a single wake up during the night.

Am I jinxing myself by writing about this schedule? I hope not. What should I expect as Cameron continues to grow? Will I be able to space out feedings to 4 hours at a time?

I'm on my own this week (well, DH does work at home so it's not quite that bad) as my mom left this morning. She was a huge help with cooking and gardening and talking and singing to Cameron. Grammy has inspired me to start reading to Cameron. Also on the list is tummy time. The last part of her umbilical cord came off last week and she's been having regular baths. Plus she's already lifting her head up so it's definitely time to start. I will be sure and post lots of pictures of her outrage at being on her belly. At least that was how Mommy, Esq's kids reacted...

Our happy family on Easter Sunday 2009
A beautiful day in Charlotte

Charlie is starting to be protective of Cameron


Mommy, Esq. said...

Most BFing moms have to keep the 3 hour feedings - until well after solids are established. That does change some though once she'll be in daycare. The only reason I could do 4 hours is that my kids always got bottles after BFing. And Ned LOVED to eat and Penny hated it so both could go 4 hours without a problem.

Sotorrific Twins said...

You definitely have a good thing going! One wake up time overnight is awesome, I think :) My kids still have one middle of the night feeding and they are 4 months old (but 3 months adjusted).

Keep up the good work, Mommy!

LauraC said...

My boys still eat at least every 3 hours! ha ha! Seriously, they came home from the hospital on a 3 hour schedule (thank you NICU!) and we kept them at 3 hours until they were on the solids full-time.

Then when they were a year, we had them on 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. They are still on 3 meals and 2 snacks a day, with no snacks in between.

Lovely lovely Easter pics of the family! Crazy to think you this time next year you will be chasing after her while she hunts eggs!

Anonymous said...

Cute photos! Glad things seem to be going really well for you guys!!

My kids still don't go more than 4 hours without a meal or a snack, and they are 4 yrs and 2 yrs. But eventually, they do sleep 11-12 hours at night and even with a 3ish hour feeding routine, you wind up nursing only about 5x a day.