Thursday 8 February 2018

Things I Learnt with Pregnancy and Post-Partum: Lesson 3

3. Routines Are Important

Babies are like adults and respond well to routines.

Daisy has a some-what fixed routine of getting up in the morning, taking meals, napping, strolling outside and sleeping at night.

This routine has helped her understand the concept of night and day, morning and evening, sleep and play time, bath and massage time, daddy leaving for work and coming back home, and so many other daily events.

Routines have also helped me plan my day with her and strategize my work as a mum and a professional.

I feel setting a routine as early as now will teach Daisy what discipline is. Why school and studies must be done in a proper time. When should one nap, eat, ride bicycle, surf internet, watch television, etc.

Routines also will help her stay productive at all times.

I want Daisy to be an early riser, active in many fields, wake us up in our lazy days and urge for outdoor activities, eat a hearty breakfast, enjoy school and studies, eager to meet people, motivated to self-help, and offer help to others.

This way I dream Daisy to be a content person with a peaceful mind and body.

Flipping through my diary, I catch hold of a note I made on 3 October 2017 about Daisy's routine. I wrote:

"I normally oscillate between routines and lazy days. But ever since Daisy happened, a routine has been set by me and partly by Daisy herself. And, it is also recommended because routines help in knowing what's coming next.
In these four an a half months post delivery, this has been our routine:
6 am - Daisy wakes up for a feed and makes noises.
6:30 am - I feed and both of us get back to sleep.
7:30 am - Sabya, me and Daisy get up. Sabya changes her diaper, picks her up and take morning stroll in the balcony.
9 am - Daisy after enjoying her time with daddy, playing and noises from television, takes her first nap of the day.
10:30-11 am - Daisy wakes up.
12 pm - Daisy gets her massage and bath.
1 pm - feed and sleep.
3 pm - Daisy wakes up, plays and takes short naps inbetween.
5-6 pm - I get her out of the bedroom. She either rolls and plays on sofa-cum-bed or I walk her in pram in the balcony.
8 pm - Daddy's home.
8:30-9 pm - Goodnight for Daisy.
10:30-11 pm - We pick her up from living room and place her in the bedroom, change diaper, feed one more time, and wipe her face."

Click to read my Lesson Number 4


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