A Day in the Life, or DITL, is a cutesy internet phenomenon where people post the events of their day in timestamped fashion, often illustrated with pictures. It is very common in the parts of the internets where “mommies” blog.
This has been sitting in the hopper for about a year because I keep trying to do one and fail, as I’m still so sleep deprived I can’t keep track of my day well enough to list it out with timestamps.
I spent most of this year pregnant, and the rest breastfeeding a mighty warrior. And that also wears me out. Breastfeeding can really yank the old calories out of a mother, and I haven’t got them to spare these days.
Today is a good day, I am not going back to bed for a good hour after being up all night with a, well, mighty warrior. Usually I am back to bed by now and make up for some of the sleep I don’t get at night by doing so during the day.
That’s my life when I’m less than six months postpartum–up every hour or two at night and sleeping a large fraction of the day. If I have the strength and energy, I get a little cooking or housework done before the sitter leaves, or maybe something more complicated like bills/budget/admin. Once the sitter goes home, a good evening is either me or T.W.O. cooking while the other wrangles the littles, or taking the whole brood out on the town by getting some groceries. Yes, our wild nights on the town are buying milk and carrots at 7pm.
This isn’t a very good DITL, sorry. But I don’t do much postpartum until at least six months after the birth. When I only had one infant, I just lived like an infant, eating and sleeping mostly the same times the baby did. T.W.O. and sous vide did all the food prep so I didn’t starve that first six months. And with that infant it was closer to nine because I seem to grow them mighty and warrorish when I’m not also growing them in pairs.
I am going to do some agrarian lifestyle stuff, and/or get Christmas presents out, and then sleep until 4pm, when it gets dark. And then the cooking/wrangling combo until bedtime for the oldest kids, and then my day in the life ends with me staying up with the newest addition to our family, as I can’t sleep when the waking is more frequent than every two hours, which is the current deal.
So there’s my day in the life right now. I’ll try this again in a few months.