There’s a lot that goes into caring for a baby. I had no idea the magnitude of this when I was pregnant. It involves near continuous diaper changes and feedings, and then entertaining the baby throughout the day. I related some of that story on my previous website in the Family blog here. Ever want to know what it’s like to live with a 10 month old? I did before I had him. Here is a day in the life of Isaiah.
Through the week, 7 am – 7 pm my mom cares for him – most of the day. I am extremely fortunate and blessed that she does this for me. It allows me to go to work with peace of mind. We used to have a camera on him during the day, that I could pop onto and watch him while I was at work. It has since been sitting in his room though and I keep forgetting to bring it back to my mom’s so she can start it up again.
When I get home, it’s usually 7 or 7:30 pm, and I come home to mom and dad’s where Isaiah is, hold him and play with him some, and eat dinner with my parents. They kindly provide the opportunity for me to eat dinner with them 99% of the time. I feed Isaiah his dinner – usually either a bottle, some baby food or both – then bring him home around 8 p.m., at which point he goes to bed.
When I take Isaiah to bed, I have a routine I do with him every night. I swing him into bed, counting to 10 in German. This is something my mom used to do with me when I was little. I can still count to 100 in German. I then read him 10 verses of a Psalm from the KJV Bible. He ignores this — rolling around in his crib and exploring — but I like to do it. Perhaps I’ll switch to a more kid friendly translation someday when he’s older. I was hoping he could get used to the KJV if I read it to him. It was what I grew up on and I became fond of it. I’m not a die-hard though. I read other versions. We are up to Psalm 88 currently.
Then, I lay him down in bed (since he’s been crawling around) give him his blanket, and always say the following to him (more or less):
“Isaiah it’s time for sleeping now! Remember, Jesus loves you very much. He made you. And I love you. And your Dad loves you. And your Oma and Opa love you. And your Grandma Jackie loves you. And your Aunt Elizabeth and Uncle James love you. And your Aunt Casey and Uncle Matt love you. And we’re all going to take good care of you! Now, sleep well! I love you very much Isaiah.”
He always smiles at all the “I love you’s” and seems to listen. Most days, he goes right to sleep or at least doesn’t make a peep when I turn out the light and close the door. I’m so lucky. We had a spate of time where he would cry when we left, and we had to sit by him until he settled down for 5-10 min before it was safe to leave. However, most of the time, he’s doing pretty good again. I count that a huge blessing. Soon, I hope to be reading him a bedtime story every night too.
Saturday: A day with Isaiah and what we do together
Saturday is the day I watch Isaiah full time. He usually lets me sleep in until 8 a.m. Then, I’ll roll out of bed and feed him. Isaiah loves to crawl and explore everything. He also loves to go places he shouldn’t. Favorite activities include stuffing his mouth full of carpet fuzz that he finds pieces of on the floor, or going for the cat scratching posts and eating the cardboard pieces off the floor, or playing with the cords hanging out of the lamp or the Playstation. He once got interested in the cat pheromone plug-ins I have in the wall. I tried to get him away from those and at last succeeded. He also has safe toys. He likes his cars the best, rolling them around on the floor. Isaiah is also constantly babbling. He loves practicing talking. It’s kind of cute. He says “cat” pretty well, and I wonder if he connects the word “cat” with our cats yet. He likes flipping through books too – especially if he can turn the pages. He loves turning pages.
If he is in the kitchen, he’ll typically make a beeline for the cat food bowls and the litter pan. If he is in the dining room, he loves the computer cords, and also sifting through the mail and eating it. John has a box of sprue – plastic Warhammer model pieces in a box – and Isaiah loves to go over to it, take them all out and throw them everywhere.
Sometimes, he gets frustrated at a toy or if a wire doesn’t move like he wants, and he’ll cry. He’s a pretty good eater. We started him on vegetables first. I admit, though I like the idea, I haven’t really gone with baby led weaning, because it’s not the way my mom and dad grew up and while – I wouldn’t mind experimenting – my mom, who watches him 90% of the time, can’t stomach the idea. I don’t feel like I can do it without her support. However, Isaiah has had plenty of fruit in a mesh feeder. He won’t eat any beef baby food though – particularly the Gerber kind I used to like as a kid – nope – he hates it. Won’t open his mouth at all once he’s tasted it. But he eats peas fine, he’ll stomach green beans and his favorite is carrots, ironically enough. He also likes fruits. He’ll eat mixed fruits and mixed veggies. There’s nothing really he refuses except beef.
Sometimes, we’ll go on walks in the stroller – though we’ve done that less of late. We used to do it all the time when he was younger. While watching Isaiah, I’ll often turn on a movie. Or, if I’m brave, I’ll try to get house work done: the dishes, cleaning the floor from puffs he’s dropped (he loves puffs! – it’s a cereal for babies), the laundry. I try to carry him with me to the laundry room and bed room when I do the laundry.
John gets home about 4 p.m. and often John will help watch him at that point – he’s so sweet like that. Isaiah loves playing with John. John is great at making baby talk and baby noises with him that make Isaiah laugh.
On Saturdays, I usually always give Isaiah a bath. I still give him baths in the sink using a baby bath tub. I tried the bathroom tub, but it breaks my back. Painful. A lot of times on Saturdays, mom and dad will come over and make breakfast and help me clean the house, which is a HUGE blessing, let me tell you! I can’t describe how appreciative I am of all they do for me constantly.
On Sunday, John lets me sleep in and he feeds Isaiah instead of me. I’ll roll out of bed about the same time though around 8 or 8:30 a.m. We usually make Pillsbury crescents or rolls for breakfast. Then, we go to church. John will come – or if he has sinus trouble or a bad week at work – he’ll stay home – and I’ll take Isaiah to church with me. I give him to Brittany, the usual nursery watcher, and she knows all the things to make him calm. When he was younger, he didn’t make a peep in the nursery. He would always sleep and was such a good baby. Lately though, he’s been a more fussy customer. However, he likes music. There’s a favorite musical toy they give to him that makes him stop crying. He also like it when Brittany will take him out into the halls and walk up and down with him. He likes to be held and / or moving at all times. If she puts him down, he won’t last for more than a minute without getting upset. He also likes to talk to her badge, which she thought was funny.
After church, we will usually eat lunch with Jackie Petree. Then, most times, Jackie will watch Isaiah from 12 – 4:30 pm and this fact allows me to finish the house work – scoop the cat litter pans – which I do once a week, and finish the laundry, fold it and iron John’s shirts for the week.
And that is a usual week with Isaiah! More soon!