So now that I’ve got back to work, and we still dont have a reliable maid to take care of the baby, my days just got crazier. Here’s what a typical day looks like:
6 am: Feed Juno
6:30 to 7:30 am: Freshen up, have tea, boil Juno’s water, boil his bottles, make daliya for breakfast, get Juno ready
7:30 to 8:00 am : Take Juno for a walk in his pram
8:00 to 8:45 am : Have breakfast, feed Juno, change nappy, play with him
8:45 to 9:00 am : Prepare for Juno’s massage n bath
9:00 to 10:00 am: Massage n bath
Mom makes lunch by this time.
10:00 to 10:30 am: Feed juno. Have shower. Rush to work
10:30 am to 5:30 am: Work. Or atleast try to 🙂 Time spent travelling, worrying abt Juno
Mom takes care of Juno.
5:30 to 6:00 pm: Take Juno for a walk again. Mom makes dinner.
6:00 to 8:30 pm: Feed Juno every hour or more frequent. Play with him. He gets cranky in the evenings. Pacify him. Have dinner.
8:30 to 9:30 pm: Massage again. Feed again.
10:00 to 11:00 pm : Try to make Juno sleep. Eat again.
11:30 pm : CRASH.
My day’s planned to the T. Esp the mornings. If I miss any of those slots even by 15 minutes, it messes up my whole day. The evenings are bad. By then, I’m exhausted. Junior is cranky and screaming. Mom’s close to tears. Sigh.
On the days that I work from home, Juno’s fine. He feeds. Or rather Mom and I manage to feed him somehow. And he takes nice long naps. I’m trying to get him used to Lactogen, Cerelac etc during office hours. But its not working too well. He used to take the bottle with double toned milk or Lactogen while we were in INdore. But after coming to Bangalore, he hasnt fed once from the bottle. No matter what tricks we try. We’ve also tried giving him the bottle when he’s asleep.
He’s also developed a STRONG dislike for Lactogen. He refuses it even with a katori chamach.
Last few days we’ve been trying out fruit juices, rice water etc. He doesnt like anything that it sweet. He’ll happyily gobble down salty stuff. Ok, when I say gobble down, I mean he’ll finish a bowl in half an hour. And he wont wiggle or cry too much. But if we try to feed him anything that’s remotely sweet.. we’ve had it. He’ll scream. And wiggle all over. Twist and turn and try to run away. If we pin him down and try to make him eat it – then he’ll scream sooo that the neighbours come running.
So, when I’m at home, his routine is like
6 am : feed, then back to sleep.
7:30 to 8:00 : wake up and go for walk.
8:00 to 9:00: play and feed again
9:00 to 10:00: massage and bath
10:00 to 12:00: Feed n sleep
12:00 to 12:30: wake up n feed again. some fruit juice/pulp, or rice water, daliya or smthg.
1:00 to 2/3:00 : Play, feed, pee
3:00 to 5:00 sleep.
5:00 to 5:30: feed, pee, get ready for walk
5:30 to 6: walk..
over all, he’s ‘well behaved’ doesnt scream too much. Till evenings.
But on the days that I go to office.. he’s impossible. That 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm time slot – he doesnt feed, he doesnt sleep. Or he’ll take 1 hr to finish one bowl of feed. And sleep only 15 minutes. He makes life hell for Nani. And invariably I find them both close to tears when I come home. Sigh..
And the maid hunt hasnt been too successful. I’ve spoken to more than 50 strangers, sometimes leading to quite embarassing situations. I’m sure all 300 flats in the complex are aware of my hunt. And even people in all the neighbouring complexes – yes, I’ve asked ‘friends’ I havent spoken to in years, but who I know stay in Purva, Rohan, Gopalan, Shriram Spoorti to post on their email grps and their complex notice boards. I’ve interviewed over 20 maids. So far, we’ve tried 6 maids for periods ranging from a few hours to a few days. Some vanished on their own. Some we banished. And I’m just plain out of luck. Now I’m praying fervently hoping to get someone.