We affectionately refer to our house as a Bed & Breakfast because we have so many guests. Family and friends come from far and farther away to spend time with us but mostly to meet and hold little Rose. We moved to MA 2 years ago and don’t have any family in the area so we have to import all of our baby helpers. She has been popular with all of them and especially with our current batch of admirers. Right now we have a grandma, 2 aunts, an uncle and a niece vying for her attention and wanting to hold her and play with her.
She loves it. She has been tossed from one lap to another and stimulated by no less than 50 toys in a 2 hour window. Occasionally I pluck her from someone’s arms to feed her and put her down and she looks so frazzled. I don’t know why, but I keep seeing Bernadette Peters in her expression.
But having family here is fun for my husband and me too. Our house is full of fun people who aren’t short of jokes, an offer to help, a recipe to try and general willingness to help out. That is a critical characteristic of our B&B guests now, they have to be willing to pitch in now that we have Rosie, our new boss. So we’ve got cooks, jokesters, winos, a beautiful preggo lady, the baby-whisperer, and of course they are all baby experts. One sister is helping me conquer (one of) my current baby challenges – the schedule for a 4 month old. I’ll be going back to work on May 1, the nanny will start, and it will be good for everyone to know what little Rosie needs all day long. So amongst the chaos we are working towards some order.
Rough Schedule for a 4 month old, breastfed baby:
8:00 Wake Up
Eat (8 – 8:20) / Bath & Play (8:20 – 9:20) / Feed (9:20 – 9:50)
9:50 – 11:50 Nap #1
Eat (11:50 – 12:15) / Play (12:15 – 1:15) / Eat (1:15 – 1:30)
1:30 – 3:30 Nap #2
Eat (3:30 – 3:50) / Play (3:50 – 4:40) / Eat (4:40 – 4:50) / Play (4:50 – 5:00)
5:00 – 7:00 Nap #3
Eat (7:00 – 7:20) / Play (7:20 – 8:20) / Eat (8:20 – 8:40) / Play & Bath (8:40 – 9:00)
9:00 Down for the Night
We’ll try to get as close as we can to this. Not having done this before I’m happy to get advice. Any other schedules out there or feedback on this plan? I’d love to hear from you.
Time to go to rescue Rose from an overdose of love. Actually, maybe I’ll leave her to it. We don’t see everyone often so they need to squeeze in as much cuddle time as possible. It makes the time between visits easier for everyone.
Whoops, there goes the schedule….