So a quick summary our son Ky was in the bassinet as a 2mo infant and Eme was continuing strongly in her own bed in her own room with some night scares here and there.
By Aug 2018 our son Ky was in the crib in his own room and Eme was happy in her own room with our ‘wind down’ routine in full swing!
What are the main changes?
- Kyneton is in his big boy bed
- Nap routine
- Daily routine
1. Kyneton is in his Big Boy Bed
Our little guy has graduated from his crib to a low set baby bed.
I managed to source the new bed and mattress from an Op Shop (where my Mum works) and I got a great price 🙂
The challenge now is getting Ky to stay in bed when we begin the ‘wind down routine‘.
Once we get the kids fed and washed we get them into bed around 7pm.
It can take 30 mins to get Ky to sleep.
He often cries and gets himself down from the bed and wonders into our room upset.
I then hold his hand and show him back into his room and lay him down to bed and I say ‘goodnight Ky it’s time to sleep’.
He then cries for a little while and then again helps himself down before wondering back into our room.
I repeat the process of returning him back to his room until he finally gives up which can take 30 mins!
That was early March 2019 just 2 weeks ago.
Fast forward 2 weeks I’m now down to 15 minutes in getting him down into his own bed.
The struggle continues 😉
2. Nap Routine
In the next section I’ll share with you what our week looks like.
The reason why I’ve revisited the nap routine is because the kids and I get so tired with how our day is running.
With Kyneton he gets up early around 5:30am-6am Leki looks after him.
By 10am he’s really irritable and needs a little 30 min nap.
If I’m lucky he’ll go down for 60 mins!
When he’s up again he’ll go strongly until 3pm where he needs another 30 min nap.
I used to keep Emelina up all day so that she can konk out at the end of the day and sleep all the way through.
We are blessed that Eme is a great sleeper and consistently sleeps 10-11 hours all the way through with minimal disruption.
She goes down around 7:30pm-8pm and wakes around 7am.
I know! We are really blessed with her 😉
But her current calendar has become very busy which means a couple of days per week she goes down for a nap with Ky and I at 3pm.
I would say Eme is napping at 3pm for 30-60 mins most weekdays.
Most days I nap with the kids at 3pm for 30-60 mins.
I get some rest and recharge plus I enjoy ‘nesting’ with my kids.
I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to enjoy them at this time of their lives so I’ll spend as much time having some down time with them 🙂
3. Daily Routine
This is an update from our last routine update which you can read – HERE.
4:30am-7am: My husband Leki is up and studying before Ky wakes at 6am and Eme is up at 7am.
7am-8am: Leki makes a hot breakfast for the family which is our daily family meal as he gets home late from work.
8am-9am: Leki leaves for work and I prepare the kids for the day.
9am-6pm: Emelina has Gymnastics on Monday mornings from 10:30am-11:30am and 4yo Montessori School Tues, Wed and Thurs 9am-12:30pm
She also has a weekly swimming class on Tues at 5:00pm.
Kyneton has a weekly swimming class on Thurs at 11:00am and has a weekly Montessori ‘Nido’ session on Wed at 9:45am.
We bulk cook food on the weekend and simply reheat on the weekday which saves me time and trouble while I’m chasing the kids.
So the daily napping routine allows the kids and I to continue to be happy and functional 😉
As I mentioned above – Ky naps at 10am which gives me a chance to do some cleaning or follow up on things and we have a family nap at 3pm!
There are some days that are friendlier then others.
For example I enjoy walking to the local park and allow the kids to play for a good hour which gives me some down time and get the kids in the sunshine.
Leki and I put a lot effort organising our time during the day and training the kids to respect the wind down routine.
This process ensures that the kids are asleep by 8pm-8:30pm every night.
So Leki and I can have couple time where we can choose how to spend it.
It might be movie time watching a popular series, or chill out in bed reading or being on our phones unwinding before talking and catching up 😉
We then aim to unplug and place our phones on airplane mode at 9pm and aim to sleep at 9:30pm every night.
This enables us to be happy and healthy and we place a high importance on quality sleep.
Well that’s how the picture looks like in our little household.
I’ll update this in 6 months and give you an update on how we’re travelling as a little family!