Morning Routine, Before Work. With a baby.

This week I went to work. One of those keeping in touch days (or KIT). I’ve been in two minds throughout my whole maternity leave about whether I want to go back to work or not. I crave the regular adult interaction again but equally don’t want to leave my baby, especially as he seems to be in transition to a wild cub phase. I still have a few months to decide so I won’t worry too much about it yet.

I did however use this trip as a bit of a dry test run to see how long it’d take to get myself and baby, fed and ready out of the house. I thought I’d roughly time it as well so that if and when the the time comes, myself and hubby can synchronise bathroom and mirror times smoothly.

Roughly, it went something like this

8:00 Alarm goes off. Wake with crick in neck from sleeping hanging off bed after baby has joined us in bed at 6am.

8:01 Leap out of bed remembering I am going to work today. Place sleeping baby back in cot, pray he stays asleep and grab all night bottles, thermos and baby feed in an attempt to speed up sterilising process

8:02 Attempt to walk downstairs quickly and quietly with arms full of feed stuff. Watch in movie mode slow motion as bottle slips from hand and bounces down the steps.

8:10 Sterilise bottles, have quick “functional” shower and change baby nappy is now wide awake and babbling loudly for attention

8:20 Get dressed, decide I hate tent like top, curse self for buying hideous thing in sale and through desperately through wardrobe for something to wear that is nice, will fit, and doesn’t need ironing. Wave a sock at baby to try to entertain him. Babble loudly back at baby when sock doesn’t work.

8:23 Apply makeup, being generous with under eye concealor.

8:25 Apply even more under eye concealor. Decide I look mostly awake and that’ll do.

8:28 Rush downstairs with baby attached to hip thinking of an easy baby breakfast. Decide on porridge and toast.

8:30 Strap baby into chair, attempt to feed baby who has clamped mouth shut. Put cbeebies in vain hope baby’s mouth will unclench. Find this only succeeds in baby going into cbeebies trance. Change channel wave toy above head. Watch baby spit out porridge, spraying rug in process, but enjoy toast. Phew. Try a yoghurt, which works.

8:45. Wash Babys face, put jacket on and strap into car seat. Pack bottles and feeds.

8:46 Carry out a 30 second “clean up” in living room. Spend another minute looking for damn toy that won’t stop singing

8:48 Locate toy, switch off and pile changing bag handbag and work laptop into car.

8:50 Feel impressed it took just under hour to get ready

8.55 Spot big baby food / sick stain on jeans. Sigh.

Not too bad huh?

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