It’s been so long since I posted a Day in the Life! My last post like this was just a week or so before I gave birth to Finley so it’s interesting to see the contrast!
This is my day from Monday which started at around 3am when Finley woke for a feed. His last feed had been at about 11.30pm so that was quite a good amount of time for him to go. However things didn’t continue so well as he didn’t go back to sleep until 4am then woke again at 5am. He was still asleep when James took him at 6.45 so I could go and get a shower. I shower every day as it makes a huge difference to how I feel! I always put on a vest top and leggings or yoga pants and no make up, just some organic face cream. I used to wear make up every day but I just don’t have the time unless I’m going out somewhere!
Finley was then awake and hungry so I fed him, played with him and fed him again. He was a bit fussy and took a while to fall asleep for his nap. I managed to get him down in his moses basket for about 20 minutes…
While he napped I warmed up a slice of my baked oats and ate it with a blob of cashew butter and a green tea:
He never sleeps very long in the moses basket so when he woke up I transferred him into the wrap for the rest of his nap:
Then I made myself a decaf coffee and started answering emails and checking social media:
Finley woke up about 9.30 for a feed and was very fussy again but I managed to chill him out after a while. Something I’m trying to do is go out each day so instead of getting our groceries online we went to the shops. I popped him in the wrap while we walked around Sainsburys. When we got home he was back in the wrap while I packed away the shopping, then I snacked on a persimmon I’d picked up at the shops and a graze box:
Finley was still napping in the wrap so I thought I’d might as well grab lunch too as it was almost 12. I made a big salad with beetroot, tinned mackerel and balsamic vinegar:
Our health visitor arrived just after 1pm. With all the issues we’ve been having with Finley she’s been visiting us once a week and I have to say she’s been an amazing support. We chatted about how fussy Finley had been feeding recently and came up with some ideas to try and help. After she left Finley was really fussy and cried a lot, my head was done in to be honest! Eventually I managed to feed him and get him down for his nap. I watched more House on Netflix while I pottered about online replying to comments, commenting on blogs and looking on Pinterest. I also snacked on an un-pictured apple and another graze box.
James came home at 5.30 and we talked about how fussy Finley had been during the day – we had thought it was due to thrush but now we were thinking it could be silent reflux or wind. James watched him while I made my dinner, some chicken, black bean and butternut squash chilli, a recipe I made for Old El Paso along with some steamed greens and avocado:
James bathed Finley while I chatted with a lactation consultant from the Tyne and Wear La Leche Facebook group I’m part of. She was super helpful and I arranged to see her on Friday. I popped in at the end of his bath and he was all smiles! After that I snacked on another persimmon, I just love them!
I fed Finley and got him settled then passed him over to James. I slept with some ear plugs in on a duvet on the living room floor from 8pm until almost 11.30 when James woke me up to feed Finley. Then Finley and I headed to the bedroom while James get’s his sleep on the living room floor.
And then we start all over again! That was actually quite a rough day as Finley was so hard to feed and settle, plus the weather was horrid. There would usually be a little more playtime but all he wanted to do was cry, refuse my breast and sleep! Luckily since Monday he’s been a lot better and is feeding much better as well. There was also no exercise on Monday as my back was still sore after falling down the stairs but I’m happy to say that has improved a lot as well!
If you have / had a little one what did your days look like? Do you wear make up everyday?
It’s so interesting to see how much things have changed in the space of a couple of months! The wrap you are wearing with Finley in looks fantastic. I think I would always worry about leaving a baby in a room no matter how quickly I was popping upstairs/wherever. The wrap means baby comes too!
I barely wear makeup now so there’s no chance when we have kids!
Absolutely, the wrap is so handy so you don’t really have to leave them, although in our 1 bed flat he’s never far away!
I love persimmons too! Got to go shopping today to stock up!
I’m still totally addicted!
Aww Finley is so so cute Laura! You have one very beautiful little boy :D Glad to see you are still managing to eat healthy even though you have very little time and as I can imagine, extremely tired!
Thanks Nadia! It is a challenge, but worth the effort for how much better I feel when I eat well!
Sounds pretty full on I can’t imagine how tiring that must be but that face makes it worth the while! Falling down the stairs?! Must have missed that I hope your ok!! X
Thanks Tam I’m ok now but my back was killing me after it!
Gosh it just sounds exhausting! You are doing an awesome job. I think showering and getting outside are great things to do because it’s easy to become a bit house-bound! I often feel office-bound so love to get out for a walk at lunch (I know you can’t really compare though!!)
Thanks Anna, it can be easy to just stay in with pjs on, so making the effort is really worth it!
Never had a persimmon in my life. Must pick one up tonight to try.
As much as my friends laugh at me for not being techno-savvy, we do all our shopping in person. I’m told it’s very european of me, but we tend to have 2-3 trips to the supermarket per week, on foot and carry it all back. To me it’s free cardio but mostly I love a browse around the shop! I cook with mostly fresh produce, so it’s a necessary part of my lifestyle. We just buy 3-4 days ahead, and that’s it. I really like shopping this way.
Can not believe you’ve never had a persimmon! Let me know what you think when you’ve tried one. I used to love shopping like that, I far prefer seeing things and love browsing the shelves but for now online is a time saver I can’t be without!
Hi, I have just discovered you’re blog after searching for a healthy living blog in the UK, it’s great :)
On a side note, I have 2 sons who have both suffered from reflux and dairy allergies so I know how hard it can be when all they do is cry all day (and night!), I’ve got loads of hints/tips to help if you need any.
Hi Nicola, glad you like the blog! If you have any tips let me have them! He seems to have been loads better so I don’t think it’s reflux and maybe that he was just a bit fussy, but still, any tips for unsettled little ones would be great to hear!
Finley’s little fox babygro looks so cute! Looks like he is definitely shaking up your routine but I’m amazed at how well you seem to be getting on with everything, working from home. Inspiration :) I wear make up every day for work but I try to go bare-faced at the weekend.
I know I saw the fox print and had to have it!
I can’t comment on kids or babies…I have no idea how mothers manage it and I’m in awe of you all. Just reading your day gives me a headache and I can’t imagine having another human being so dependent on me!
I don’t ever wear make-up, and I doubt I ever will. I’m not comfortable with myself at all, and I’m not going to feel any better in make-up than I would without it, so I just go for the option that won’t cause some kind of horrible allergic reaction! Anyway, my main reason for commenting was to say how gorgeous you look with a ‘naked’ face. I honestly think you’re incredibly beautiful and don’t need any cosmetics at all, but I understand that most women think they need make-up to feel put together and everyone should do whatever makes them happiest. I would totally kill for your skin-tone though!
Oh Jess you are too kind! Even when I do wear make up I’ve started to wear a little less, the only thing I can’t get away with is my eyebrows as without make up on them they are no existent!
You are doing so well! They go through such stages of fussiness – just when you think you have a routine sorted it changes again! Even at two years old growth spurts and molars like to keep me on my toes ;-) Great idea to try and get out of the house every day – we used to try and go for a walk up to our village everyday and I would get a coffee (especially after my husband returned to work!) just to get some fresh air and adult interaction. Good for the mind and soul! I used to ALWAYS wear make up but once I went on maternity leave I chilled out about that – i didn’t have time in the morning to straighten my hair and do my make up – i was just happy to get a shower in before my husband left for work! I actually think its left me with a healthier mindset over all now – I wear make up every day to work now that I am back there but on the weekends I am more than happy to leave it off (which I would never have done pre-child!). Keep up the great work hun! Finley is divine :-)
Thanks Bron! Yep, getting a shower in before he goes is priority! I was looking at the Wonder Week app so I’m wondering if he was just having a developmental leap as he is much better now thank goodness!
I love persimmon!
I remember in 6th form we had to draw a circle, and then label it was 24 hours, and then fill in feeding a baby every few hours, nappy changing and stuff= the point was to show that with a baby you don’t have time- the school trying to put people off I think! Sounds tough.
I never wear makeup- I used to a bit but even to my friends wedding this month I didn’t as mascara gives me a headache weirdly, foundation makes my skin itch and lipstick comes off- tinted lip balm is my limit now!
Haha, I can see why it would put people off ;-) You always look amazing, I think in some ways once you start wearing make up it’s harder to start going without as people get used to seeing you with it!
He just looks so blissed out sleeping on you Laura, very cute!
What an exhausting day, glad to hear he’s been a bit less fussy since then. I think you’re doing amazingly.
I very, very rarely wear make up, I never mastered the art of applying it and my skin throws a tizz with anything other than mascara, eyeliner, lip balm.
Thank Claire, he’s been miles better thankfully. I think mascara, eyeliner and lipbalm is all you need sometimes, thats often what I’ll wear instead of full make up these days.
Oh Laura – I know I say it every time, but both me and my mum ‘squee’ quite literally, every time we see a picture of you and your little man. So adorable. You are literally the yummiest mummy in the world!
Thanks so much Lucie, can’t wait for you to meet him sometime next year!
I am inspired to try a persimmon now! Your doing so well , I have no kids and I don’t always manage make up every day but I makes a difference when I do – definitely feel more human :)
love seeing your day!!
don’t you wish we could nap with our little ones? haha
I know, this sleep when they sleep is impossible!
Yep, your day in the life with your gorgeous Fin was very similar to mine, exhausting times for sure! as for cosmetics I don’t have th
Glad I’m not the only one having days like that!
the inclination or th
Love the adorable sleeping babe, h
he reminds me of my new-born sleeping babe!