She Says… Home Alone

It was quiet here yesterday for the first time since Emmett was born.

  • Benjamin was working
  • My mom (who stayed with us for the last 6 days helping out) had gone home
  • Owen was at school

It was just me and the little guy.

The first time this happened with Owen I remember feeling a bit panicked. What if something happened? How did I go to the bathroom or shower? What if I couldn’t get him to stop crying? What would we do all day? This time, it just felt… peaceful.

Yesterday I kept a list of what we did (since I distinctly remembering feeling like I hadn’t gotten anything done when I was home with Owen as a baby).

6:30am: He “woke up” (and by woke up I mean I opened the windows and considered it morning, despite the fact that we are up every 2-3 hours around the clock), right when Owen does. It’s Owen’s 3rd birthday today (!!!) so I made Emmett wait to nurse so we could go in and sing Happy Birthday. Emmett wasn’t too thrilled with that idea, so I ended up nursing while singing and  then Benjamin got Owen ready for school while Emmett and I finished up. Emmett and I said goodbye to the boys.

7:15am – 8:30am: Emmett chilled in his chair while I had breakfast and he dozed off while I started a batch of homemade yogurt and cleaned up the mess from the somewhat hectic evening with both kids.

8:30am – 9:00am: Before I knew it, it was time to nurse again. This time we watched the Today Show and I not-so-secretly loved all of the royal baby coverage.

9:00am – 10:00am: Quiet awake time for Emmett, and then his first at-home sponge bath. I kind of forgot how to do this around the (gross) umbilical cord but I got the job done. Of course as soon as I toweled him off, he peed everywhere.


10:00am – 10:45am: Emmett was exhausted from the bath so I popped him in the Moby wrap for a nap and vacuumed our whole first floor. The sound of the vacuum soothes him, and he seems to love being jostled around, just like he was in the womb.


10:45am – 11:00am: Spent time staring at his beautiful face while he woke up and stretched out after our vacuuming session.

11:00am – 11:30am: Nurse again.

11:30am – 12:45pm: This time instead of having some awake time after nursing, Emmett nursed himself into a milk coma and went right to sleep. I took advantage of his full belly and put him in his chair while I showered, folded laundry and ate lunch.

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Nurse again. This time, between waking Emmett up, a mayjuh diaper incident, waking him up again, and then a long nursing session, it took nearly an hour.

2:00pm – 2:30: Quiet awake time. Emmett looked around and bobbled his head while I carried him and patted his back and babbled about what we were doing. By 2:30 he was getting twitchy and was ready for another nap.

2:30pm – 3:15pm: Emmett sleeps in the swing while I wrap Owen’s birthday presents and go through the mail we had been ignoring from the last week.

3:15pm – 4:00pm: Nurse again.

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Ice cupcakes and prep for Owen’s birthday.


At 5 Owen came home from school and we began Emmett’s slow decline to bedtime. He is seriously cluster feeding at night from around 6-9pm, which is slightly inconvenient because it’s the only time I get to spend with Owen on school days, and also coincides with dinner time. Though, really, is there ever a convenient time to be chained to the couch nursing a starving little animal? Tonight we had some help from the grandparents who made dinner and Owen was entertained with birthday presents for the most part.


The cupcakes made the night.


A happy birthday to my first born and a successful first day home with Emmett. I realize the sleepy newborn days are fleeting (and I’m in for a LOT more awake time, likely fussy awake time, in the coming weeks), but so far I like the way this maternity leave feels.


10 responses to “She Says… Home Alone

  1. That video has left a huge smile on my face.

  2. Awhhhh, happy birthday Owen! Glad you had a peaceful day at home with Emmett!

  3. I felt the same way the first time I was alone with Ethan (panic!!!) and the first time I was alone with Miles (peace). It’s one of the really nice differences between the first and the second – your own sense of calm! And Miles used to just love cluster feeding right around dinnertime, so I finally just started nursing at the table while we ate. It was tough, but you’re right – this time is fleeting! And things will continue to change, usually right as you get used to them! 🙂 Happy Birthday to big brother Owen!

  4. I love how Owen keeps wanting to take the candle out of the cupcake! What sweet boys you have. Happy birthday to Owen and wahoo for a great first day at home with the little guy!

  5. Kate, you’re such a super-mom! How is breastfeeding going this time around? It sounds like you’re nailing it, congrats!

  6. Welcome Emmett. Glad day 1 was great. It sounds like nursing is going much better this time around. One trick is to practice nursing in the Moby – once you get the hang of it you can do things during the cluster feeding. Although sometimes it is nice to be chained to the couch 🙂

  7. Angie All The Way

    Happy Birthday Owen!!! It looked like he legitimately paused to make a wish before blowing it out, so cute 🙂

    I remember feeling panic that first time, but now that I’ve been through it, I imagine I would definitely feel much differently the second time. The confidence of some experienced mothering under your belt makes a huge difference. Make cupcakes & prepare for a birthday while caring for a newborn? SURE! 🙂

  8. sounds like things are going really well! I was wanting to ask, the little chair you put Emmett in, what is the name of it? it looks awesome and I think I want one for my next baby!

  9. Second babies are so much easier. Mine just turned 6 weeks old and it’s amazing what you learn from baby 1 lol. I think nursing was way easier too. The umbilical corn stump isn’t any less gross though lol. I’m about to spend my first week alone with 2 kids. That’s making me nervous!

  10. Thanks for taking the time to share with us how things are going! I love hearing about what it’s like with two little ones at home, because we have been talking about baby #2, and Maya will just be turning 2 in September. She is not great at self-play yet, so I often worry how it would be having a baby and a toddler at home together. Seems like you are doing a great job. From the sound of it, breast feeding is going well for you so far!

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