With Finn, we used the Moms on Call infant schedule and it worked wonderfully. While I was pregnant with Ryder, I
6:00- I wake up, grab a cup of coffee and have a few minutes of quiet before the boys are up
6:30- I get Ryder up (sometimes he's already awake and sometimes I wake him up, either way, I get him up and feed him).
7:30- I put Ryder back to bed for a short nap and get Finn out of his bed (he's usually been awake for 20 min or so by this point, but he's pretty content to stay in his crib for a bit) and feed him breakfast.
7:30-8:45ish- Playtime with Finn or I bring him to our room so I can try and get ready for anything we have that day.
9:00- Feed Ryder (he sleeps anywhere from 45 min to an hour for this first nap). During this time, Finn is usually in his play pen with some toys.
10:00-11:30- I run any errands, go for a walk to the playground or go to any activities for the day. Ryder will sleep in his carseat or Ergo for this nap.
12:00- I put Finn in his highchair for lunch and feed Ryder while he's eating.
12:30- I put Ryder in his bouncy seat while I put Finn down for his nap and then I put Ryder down for his nap, swaddled in his bed.
12:30-3:00- Nap time for BOTH boys. This is where I
3:00- Feed Ryder
3:30/4:00- Finn usually wakes up
4:15- I put Ryder back in his bed for a short nap and I'll start prepping for dinner as much as I'm able with Finn up and around.
5:30- Feed Ryder and put him in his bouncy seat in the kitchen while I finish dinner.
6:15- Family dinner together
6:45- Bath time for both boys (I only do this if Dustin is home to help. We put Ryder's bath seat in the tub next to Finn and bathe them together. Then, I get Ryder's pj's on while Dustin does the same for Finn.)
7:30- Finn in bed and Dustin gives Ryder a bottle. I usually shower and then pump during this time.
8:00- Ryder in bed
Ryder will typically sleep until anywhere from 2-4AM when I'll get up and feed him. Regardless of when he eats during the night, he will last until 6:30 the next morning. I think one of the main keys to making this schedule or any schedule successful is patience. Patience for yourself and your babies. And when your patience is wearing thin, give yourself grace. Grace for the moment that just passed and the ones that haven't happened yet. These littles need you and just when you feel like you're too tired to continue, your one year old will start to dance and laugh and your one month old will smile and coo when he hears your voice. Yes, it's exhausting and there are days when I go to bed at night not being able to remember a single thing I did that day. But you get up and do it all again because it is so incredibly worth it. So pour that extra cup of coffee, reheat it four times and embrace the gift of today. And when today doesn't go as planned, there's always tomorrow.