I'm not a routine person. I mean, I'm flippin' organised if anything, but routines have never been a thing in my life. My most decent routine must've been that ritual I did when I woke up at 4 am to get to work. That ritual was kind of a routine, to make me survive to the work, haha, makes me laugh now how I thought those mornings were hard. They're a piece of cake compared to this one when I'm writing this post for example.
As I said, I'm bad at routines. But my baby needs routines. Babies need routines. So during these seven weeks of his existence, we have created ourselves a pretty decent evening routine. Dino has adjusted himself to it and when we start doing certain things he knows it's time to start to calm down and think about going to sleep for a bit longer amount of the time. Dino has always been a great sleeper. I'm kind of jealous of his sleeping ability. I mean, sleeping like a baby is exactly what it is. Damn great good night sleep. And our little one lets us sleep too, which is wonderful. Depending on what time we go to bed and get up, Dino wakes up 1-2 times per night to be fed.
Dino usually wakes up from his nap around 3 or 4 pm. Then we eat and cook dinner together, for the ones who don't eat milk daily basis, multiple times per day. I'm trying my best to keep that tiny human awake; he's watching TV, laughing at his toy elephant (which is our new favourite), laying on his nest or just casually he can be placed on his stomach on the blanket on the floor. The last one is a bit tricky if he's starting to show some marks about being tired.
Around 5 pm, we start to take his clothes off until the point that he's only wearing a diaper. He's enjoying hanging on the floor wearing only his diaper and he's having a good 20-30 minutes fun while one of us is prepping his bathtub.
At 6 pm we go to bath. He has started to enjoy taking baths, which is good. Before, I wondered how our neighbours must think we're torturing him while he was screaming in his bathtub like someone was going to cook a meal out of him. After the bath, we dry him & make a 15-minute baby massage. We massage his legs and belly, to get all the air out of the system. (ps. that makes him so flippin' relaxed that he's almost falling asleep at this point.)
Around 7 pm we move on to the dark bedroom, feed him there and place him to his own bed. He falls asleep within the minutes. It's kind of insane how well our routine is working with us.
Have you ever had to create routines out of nothing?