(this is specific to my situation, but a few of the things anyone might find useful!)
- sesame street video podcast: six-minute blurbs on a word (like breakfast, dance, surprise, penguin, etc) — a few of them will keep jones entertained long enough for me to nurse ezra or put him down for a nap upstairs. and they are short enough that he isn’t expecting to watch a movie-length video and its easier to switch him to a new activity when he’s done. its a podcast, so its FREE. (!!!) and i can get it here in japan.
- baby swing: the only nap i really care about of ezra’s is the afternoon one that lines up with jones’s. if he wakes early from it and i can’t get him back down, then i’ll put him in the swing and he’ll be out in a minute. he also naps there in the early evening while i’m cooking dinner. gotta say, its nice to push a button and know your little one will be asleep in a matter of minutes when you’re busy in the kitchen — a convenient break from the usual naptime routine that takes much longer.
- homemade kettle corn: since ezra is milk-protein sensitive, i’ve had to cut out all my favorite snacks and treats — ice cream, chocolate, yogurt, banana bread (milk and butter!), etc. kettle corn has been my replacement. its not as filling, but its still sweet.
- early bedtime for baby: ez goes to sleep between 6:30 and 7:30, and gets up for the day around the same times. i would prefer if his bedtime was always 7:30, but some days he’s really pooped out and can’t make it that long. if i don’t put him to bed, he just cat naps, then stays up till 9p. (ick.) i LOVE THIS. i can put ezra to bed and not worry about him while i bathe jones, get him in his jammies and do his nighttime routine. its also nice to have some focused one-on-one time with my bigger little dude.
- breastfeeding in bed: i love laying in bed to feed and do it as often as i can. its so relaxing — enough like a nap that i feel refreshed afterward, even if i don’t sleep. 😉