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Jen’s Blog: Getting Into A Routine

posted: 08/12/13

By Jen Arnold

There's really no such thing as a typical day, as any mom can confirm -- plans change and there's always something that needs to get done. Typically during the weekdays Kate, our nanny, comes at 10 a.m. and she stays until 6 p.m. She'll send me pictures throughout the day of what Will's doing, which is really nice to keep tabs on him. It's also just a nice surprise when she sends me cute pictures of him while I'm working.

At the hospital I'm either in the neonatal unit, taking care of the babies, or I'm in the student center running courses and teaching. By 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. I come home, greet Will and check up with our nanny about anything I need to know from the day.

When Bill gets home the three of us will make dinner -- we always like to eat a nice dinner together. After supper the three of us will hang out in the living room. Sometimes we play cards or do one of Will's puzzles. We've also being working on counting in English and the ABCs.

Usually around 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. we have Will and mommy time, which usually translates to bath time. I'll usually give him a bath because I just really enjoy having that time together. After that it's all about getting him ready for bed.

One of the things we learned from our adoption agency is that kids who come from orphanages are used to being in a facility-type setting, so the Ferber method of letting them quiet themselves to sleep if they don't want to be alone isn't a good idea for adopted children because they're used to being around somebody. In a new environment it is common for kids to be afraid when left alone. We usually do fall asleep with Will -- he has a trundle bed, so we can pull the bed out and lay next to him.

We've got Will in a nice routine of getting to his room and in bed. Then he's all set for most of the night, however, he does wake up upset sometimes and will call for "mama" or "baba". Bill or I go in depending on who is less tired.

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