My First Day Home Alone with Two Children

Thanks to a very generous paternity leave policy at my husband’s job, my mom coming to help, and the holidays, Ani was a month old before I had a day at home by myself with my girls. Last Monday, my husband returned to work, and I was left to hold down the fort alone.

I was a little nervous, but the day went much better than I’d imagined, starting with my baby doing her longest night stretch to date and ending with Downton Abbey (what more could you ask for?). I won’t pretend every day since then has gone QUITE so smoothly, but the transition to two children hasn’t rocked my world as much as I feared.

  • 6:30 a.m.

    6:30 a.m.

    Ani wakes up to nurse. My husband gets home from running while I feed the baby and we chat in whispers for a minute before Ani and I snuggle back in for a little more sleep, and Bart heads to the bathroom to get ready for work.

  • 7:45 a.m.

    7:45 a.m.

    I get up, shower, and dress while both girls are still sleeping.

  • 8:30 a.m.

    8:30 a.m.

    Ella wakes up and she drinks some cocoa on the couch while we snuggle. We eat breakfast together and then Ani wakes up around nine and I feed her.

  • 9:15 a.m.

    9:15 a.m.

    I start the laundry, and we play Bingo (her favorite game in the entire world) together.

  • 10:00 a.m.

    10:00 a.m.

    Ella decides she wants to do some art, so I get down her stickers and some paper and she plays quietly with them for an HOUR while I rock Ani on the couch and read. This is an unusual thing for Ella to play so well by herself. When she’s done, we hang up her artwork.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    11:00 a.m.

    A game of Chutes and Ladders, more work on the laundry, and some unloading of the dishwasher. Ella and I make some fantastic applesauce muffins.

  • Noon

    Noon

    I nurse Ani again, while Ella does some puzzles. I change my shirt because it’s been spit-up on, and then we have a little lunch together (leftover pizza from Saturday night dinner), while Ani watches from the bouncer.

  • 12:45 p.m.

    12:45 p.m.

    Ella and I read “Good Boy, Fergus!” six times in a row before her nap.

  • 1:00 p.m.

    1:00 p.m.

    Miraculously, both girls are napping, and I switch the laundry and then plow through my emails and do some other online work.

  • 2:30 p.m.

    2:30 p.m.

    Ella wakes from her nap. I give her a big stack of library books and she reads them quietly in her crib until three. When naptime is over, she has a muffin and some fruit for snack and then plays a little alphabet game on the computer while I nurse Ani.

  • 4:00 p.m.

    4:00 p.m.

    Bart calls to tell me he’s coming home early, so we can pick up our car from the shop before it closes. I fold some laundry and my mom calls to say hello (Ella enjoys chatting with her for a few minutes)

  • 5:30 p.m.

    5:30 p.m.

    Dinnertime! Dishes. Final laundry putting away. Bedtime routine.

  • 7:00 p.m.

    7:00 p.m.

    Ella is in bed, and Bart and I settle on the couch to watch Downton Abbey (and I nurse Ani again).

  • 9:30 p.m.

    9:30 p.m.

    We start getting ready for bed. I read in bed for a little while until Ani wakes up and then I feed her one last time before we turn off the lights. Not bad for a first day by myself.

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