Monday, April 23, 2012

Life with a Corgi & a Baby


It's been almost 6 months since Hadley was born.. which means almost 6 months since Gibson's world has been knocked upside down.  I thought I'd do a 'day in the life' post, to show the difference between now and my post I wrote 2 years ago about Gibson's typical day.

My day usually starts off quite a bit earlier nowadays.. usually around 2 or 3 in the morning, I am woken up by a starving little girl.  I sit and listen to her cry for a little bit, hoping she'll go back to sleep, but eventually I give in and go nurse her back to sleep.

About 2 or 3 hours later she wakes up again ready for a second helping.  I hope at this time that all she needs is a little more food and rocking back to sleep so I can get just 1 more hour for myself.  If it is too close to 6am though, I am ready for the storm that is Gibson to come barreling up the stairs to start his day.  I pray that he doesn't come in her room and just waits outside.  He loves to barge in, stomp around with his super loud nails on her hardwood floor, whine and shake for good measure.   He basically is shooting himself in the foot since she was about to fall back asleep, but now he has to wait for her to fall asleep all over again..  On good days, he waits downstairs for me to finish up with her.  On REALLY good days, he waits for me to come downstairs after my extra 1 hour of sleep... :)


So anyways, usually around 6 I go let Gibson out and feed him and then I crawl back into bed.  Hadley's internal alarm clock is set to wake up at 7or so and she does so almost every morning.  At this time, I change her and then take her downstairs with me to say good morning to Gibson and to get her tummy time on.  While she's doing that, I hop on my computer and check email and facebook and hope she's happy on her tummy for at least 10 minutes or so.  After that, I usually sit her up (she sits by herself now!) and she plays with a toy or we will sit and play with Gibson.  She loves watching him more than anything and loves trying to pet him.  He does not love her trying to pet him, but he's becoming a *little* more tolerant.

Around 8, Hadley starts to get tired again so I sit on the couch with her and catch up on some tv shows I've missed over the week (prime time gets interrupted quite a bit by baby) and try to soothe her to sleep by nursing, rocking and cuddling.

If all goes well, Hadley will take some sort of nap around 8:30 or 9, which gives me a little bit of time to eat breakfast.  Gibson gets the ends of my banana every day and then he is ready for a nap as well.  If Hadley takes a long nap, I usually surf the web, catch up on blog reading and then try to get some work done.  It is usually a short nap though.. 20 minutes or less.. sigh.   After her nap, I get her out of her PJs and into a new outfit for the day and then we play some more.  It's a tough life for a baby, let me tell ya.  She hangs out in her exersaucer and laughs at Gibson around this time, which Gibson loves since I actually am paying attention to him.  I sit and play with him like crazy to keep Hadley entertained.  I love that it keeps both kids happy at the same time :)

I try to eat lunch around 11 or so since I know if I wait I may miss my chance (if she gets hungry/tired).  I let Gibson out at this time and give him a treat.  Around noon, Hadley starts to get cranky again and so I try to soothe her to sleep again and hope that she takes a nice long nap.  This has been super hard lately so sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't.  The day pretty much sucks if it doesn't ;)

Around 3:00, Gibson starts to get restless and wants a walk and to eat dinner.  If it's a really nice day, I put Hadley in the stroller and we take a close to an hour walk (during which, I hope she falls asleep!  See a pattern here?).  If it's cooler or crappy out, I strap on my Ergo Carrier and wear Hadley on a shorter walk.. about 20 minutes or so.  If it is close to 4 when we get back, I feed Gibson, otherwise he waits until then to eat.  (poor guy)


After this there is more playing with Hadley and playing fetch with Gibson until Daddy comes home!  Once Ben is home, I feel like a thousand pounds are lifted off of me!  I look forward to it all day.  Hadley gets 1 hour off from her helmet every day, and we started to take that time at 5pm and use it as part of her bedtime routine.  At this time, I have to clean her helmet with rubbing alcohol and also wash her head every day.  I love this time of day, since I get to feel her cute little head with it's fuzzy hair and I can hold her and not have a hard piece of plastic digging into my arm :)   I also cook dinner at this time and we eat.  This gets hard if Hadley is already getting sleepy.  Picture me holding her while cooking and eating.. that's usually how it goes.

Anyways, around 6 she has been bathed, got her pjs on and her helmet back on.  She gets super tired like clock work and is ready for me to nurse her and rock her to sleep.  Gibson has already begun winding down at this time too.  We are real party animals in this house ;)

Hadley gets up a few more times (usually around 7 and 9:30ish) to nurse again and then it is time for us all (besides Ben) to go to bed for good.  I make sure to let Gibson out before I do and give him his Hip Action treat when he gets back inside.


So that's about it.  Pretty boring actually. haha.  Life has definitely changed for Gibson, but he is doing pretty well with it.  It's amazing how dogs can adapt to things  :) And with that.. I must go.  Hadley is up from her nap (not a bad one! 1 hour!)..


Whosyergurl said...

Oh, Kelly, those photos are adorable! thanks for sharing! xo, Cheryl

Karina said...

Hii Kelly, Totally off topic but I was wondering what type of food you are feeding Gibson now? My dog is about to be 6 months in a few weeks and I'm thinking about switching to Adult food. Right now he is eating Wellness for puppies. Let me know, thanks!

Kelly said...

We feed him Wellness Core (Reduced Fat)! I don't think you are supposed to feed it to dogs until they are 1 year though.. When Gibson was around 6 months we fed him Wellness Super5Mix. Hope that helps! :)

Karina said...


Thanks! that was really helpful. I got my Corgi a few months ago and have been following your blog ever since! It's been really helpful.

Sara Roxanne said...

Awww so cute!! Love the corgi baby pictures. BTW your life sounds close to mine with my baby and corgi. Naps/sleeping are getting easier though and it'll get better!

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