First of all I want to say thanks to everyone who sent me TONS of great tips for being a new father. I REALLY appriciate it.
Now with the baby and everything I have been getting a lot of emails asking me what my day is like so for those that care i put together a little schedule:
wake up and start my breakfast – omelet 3 eggs, swiss and ham complete with diet pepsi. While cooking my breakfast I get the baby up and give her the morning bath. just as we finish with the bath and i dress her my omelet is ready for the flip. After the flip I put cheese on my omelet and go and get dressed + take my morning vitamins.
I come back put my breakfast on a plate grab the baby and head down to work. Down at my office I put the baby in her swing but usually don’t swing her. I try to get through my email before she is rowdy and wants to feed. If I can make it through email then I will approve some pending comments on my blog. I 99% of the time approve all so its a pretty fast process. If I am lucky enough to get this far then I will play with her a bit. Usually just take her out of her swing and put her in her bouncer on my desk (yea i should put up some new pics of the baby equipped shoemoney office but i think some people would puke from corniness ).
Ok by now I take her up stairs check/change diaper and then goto moms for lunch. I hand her off for nursing with my wife while I go back down to the office and try to get some real work done.
Usually by now I am pretty hungary so I nuke 1 can of chef-boy-r-dee beef ravioli in the microwave and touch base with my business manager for the day to see where we are at and if I need to sign/approve/deny anything.
Once my ravioli is done i go back to my desk and check all forms of revenue to make sure everything is up to par. This involves checking paypal, azoogleads, commission junction, yahoo publisher network, google adsense and a few other things.
usually between those I will see some issue somewhere and deal with it or talk to my developer about it.
Then I will check out my PPC spends on the various engines.
After that I log into my analytics and check stats for sites making sure stuff is on par.
my wife and I really like to go out to dinner and we love to take the baby out. We do not venture out far but what dictates when we go is usually right after the baby has had a post 4pm nursing. We can usually get 1-2 hours of her being SUPER GOOD at a restraunt.
After dinner I will come home and try to get some new work done but this is really hit and miss. Most of the time at night I have to deal with issues from my various forums where somebody got there feelings hurt or there was a problem with something or just basic questions.
I will try to get in a shower so I can be to bed by 8pm. I then give the baby a night time bath and then she goes for more nursing.
During the night me and my wife have worked out a pretty good system. usually at 10pm 1am 3am 5am 7am I will get up and change her and then my wife will nurse then put her back to sleep. Its working well for us these first couple weeks. it just doesn’t really allow much sleep =)
I was talking to my developer today and I told him a bunch of stuff I wanted to focus on then he told me I already told him all of that yesterday…. weird stuff like that is happening to me a lot now lol..
Having a baby is a pretty amazing deal. I have learned that keeping the pace I was and being a good father is just not going to happen so learning to compromise is getting interesting.
Thanks again for all the nice words and advice.