We just got back from visiting my dad in Florida last week. We had a great time, but it reaffirmed my reason for keeping my kids on a strict schedule.
I don’t mind a little flexibility, especially at grandma and grandpa’s house, but oh boy, a messed up nap and sleep schedule sure makes for cranky babies.
Austin has a pretty consistent schedule, where as Lucy’s isn’t as clear and defined. However, I realized that even though Lucy’s “schedule” isn’t as “textbook” as Austin’s, she still has a schedule.
So, here is what our schedules look like:
Austin – 2 years old
7:30am – wake up
8:00am – breakfast/get ready for the day
9:00am – head out for morning activities
11:00am – 12:00pm – playtime and lunch
1:00 – 4:00 – nap/rest time
4:00pm – snack, play, start dinner
5:30pm – dinner
6:00 – 7:00pm – play, go for walk
7:00 pm – get ready for bed
7:30pm – bedtime
Lucy – 5 months old
7:00am – wake up
9:00am – car nap/carrier nap
11:00am – playtime
1:30pm – nap
3:00pm – wake up to nurse, back down for nap
5:00pm – wake up/playtime
7:00pm – get ready for bed with Austin
7:30pm – bedtime
For as random as I thought her schedule was, it wasn’t until she was all out of whack last week that I realized it was a schedule that she was used to and it works for us. I mean what mom is going to complain when both her kids nap all afternoon?
With Lucy being so young, her schedule is sure to change again, but it is a schedule that works for us.
When I mess with the schedule I get cranky children and it takes days to get back on track. So, all though I am okay with getting off track sometimes, most of the time I just assume plan our life to fit the schedule.