6-7:30 a.m.: Josie wakes up. The time will vary, depending on when she went to sleep and how many times she woke up during the night. We are lucky that most nights she sleeps through the night. Once she wakes up, I will bring her to our bedroom and nurse her. After nursing, I will keep her in bed with us and we will either go back to sleep or watch videos (Elmo, Baby Einstein) on my iPhone to slowly ease into the day.
7:30-8:30 a.m.: My husband takes our dog Kona for a walk while Josie and I play. We will lay in bed, read books or play together on her activity mat. This is time I cherish because it is not something I would likely get to do if I was commuting to work.
8:30 a.m.: Our nanny arrives. She will get started with feeding Josie breakfast. My husband or I will then feed Kona. Then I shower, make breakfast and start my workday.
9 a.m.: I make the "10-step" commute to our home office. If I am going to be out at meetings, I will pump while at my desk so there is a bottle for Josie in the afternoon. I'm self-employed as a digital marketing consultant and work with small- to medium-size businesses on their marketing and social media strategies. My days are always different but they are typically filled with meetings with clients, overseeing the day-to-day social media management and marketing campaign execution for our clients, new business meetings and writing content for my websites.
10:30 a.m.: Feeding break. I will take a 15–20 minute break to nurse. After that, Josie goes down for her morning nap.
12 p.m.: Our nanny feeds Josie lunch.
1 p.m.: "The Changing of the Guard." On Mondays and Wednesdays, my mom arrives to watch Josie and on Fridays, my mother-in-law comes. Our nanny is here the rest of the time. It's a nice setup.
1:30 p.m.: Lunch / feeding break. If I am home and not driving to meetings, then I will make myself some lunch and nurse Josie. This is usually around the time I will try and walk Kona as well.
4:30 p.m.: Afternoon nursing time. This is usually right after Josie wakes up from her afternoon nap.
6 p.m.: Dinner time! I stop working and prepare Josie's dinner. If I am working late, my mom will stay and help feed her. We always make sure we stick to the 6 p.m. feeding time, as we've found routine to be so important.
6:45 p.m.: Bath time! This is an important ritual for us every night. We give her a bath and she plays with her bath toys. Then we wrap her up in a hooded towel (the cutest) and my husband reads her bedtime stories. During this time, I am usually downstairs figuring out dinner.
7:15 p.m.: Head back upstairs to nurse Josie before bed. We usually sneak in a book or two as well. :)
7:30 p.m.: Josie is asleep. Go back to working on dinner.
8 p.m.: My husband and I eat dinner. After dinner, we will relax by watching TV. If we still have work to do, this is when we will do it.
11 p.m.: Bedtime.
One thing I've learned since becoming a new mom is the importance of routine. Babies do really well on routine and a set schedule and we do our best to keep her on one!