Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Day in the Life of A Baby at School

I've gotten lots of questions from people wondering how it's going with Micah coming to school with us. Well, we love it! I think he does too. I thought I would do a picture-filled post showing what an average day at school is like for Micah:

He's a pretty consistent little guy, waking up at about 7:00 every morning. Due to a way too late bed-time, and multiple feedings at night (I wish he would just sleep through the night consistently), I'm usually still in bed when he wakes up. I am so thankful for David, who gets Micah up and gets him dressed most mornings. I get up, take a shower, get myself half-way ready, and then curl up on the couch with my smiley little morning baby for a feeding. I then finish getting ready while he sits on the floor next to me, or usually, sits in his bouncy chair playing with toys.

Then, Micah gets in his car seat and we head off to school. By the time we get there he usually looks like this:

He's almost always wide awake by the time we get in to the classroom, though:

We then get organized, get Micah comfortable either in his bouncy chair or with his Daddy.

He sometimes will eat when we get to school, but otherwise he has just over an hour until we have our first break. He plays with his many toys, sits on the floor, plays with his toys in his playpen, or sits with the older kids. The older girls like to hold him, and he occasionally spends time with them while they do class work.

Right before recess (and sometimes sooner because he's made a mess), we do a quick diaper change in the bathroom. We've left a changing pad there, along with some wipes so we have a little changing station on the counter. It worked really well when we first started taking him to school, but lately it's getting to be a little small. I've started just putting a blanket on the floor in David's office and changing him there because I know he can't fall off the floor.... (He's never fallen off the counter, and I hold him tight, but as you can see it's a little risky).

We always make sure to get a quick visit with "Other Boy" while we're in the bathroom...

At recess (10:00) Micah and I go into David's office, where he usually falls asleep while he's eating. He then takes a nap for a while, any amount of time between 10 minutes to an hour and a half.

If he wakes up before 11:30, we do the same thing as the first hour of school or I take him and hold him for a little bit. If sleeps until 11:30, I'll load him into his carseat and we go over to lunch. On the day I took these pictures it was extremely windy, so David went and got our lunch and we ate on the floor in the class while Micah ate his yummy snack of elephant foot.

Don't know if you can tell, but the wind was blowing so hard the bark was flying out of the flower beds.

This chicken salad was DELICIOUS!

I don't have any pictures, but usually Micah sits either on my lap or in his carseat during lunch.

After lunch, every day is different. I usually feed him again after lunch, and then some days we'll go home after just a little while. Other days we'll stay and hang out at school for a while so I can help David with work in the class.

It's such a blessing that we can bring him to work with us! Not only do I get to spend most of the day with him, but so does David, which would definitely not happen if David was working in a public school. We love this little man, and it sure is a great time having him with us.

*One day at recess we got to go out to one of the out-buildings and see the baby "chickies" (ducklings) that had just been purchased. Micah was pretty interested in watching them swarm around the room.

Like every kid at school with a copier....


  1. So fun he gets to come to work with you!
    Where did you get that chicken salad? It DOES look good! Those little ducklings are THE CUTEST!!!

  2. Great Pics Tricia -I was wondering how that all went!

  3. I guess I knew most of that, but it was still fun. . . LOVED the "other boy" picture:) I get the feeling you'll never forget how blessed you guys are to have that work situation. God has given us above and beyond, hasn't He?

  4. Love this post! the "other boy" and "snack of elephant foot" made me laugh :) ...and now i want to go purchase a handful of baby chicks...

  5. Great post, Tricia! When Rembot was a baby, I worked at our church's private school. I took her with me for a few hours each day. Worked out great. :)