I have noticed lately that being a stay at home dad has altered my sense of time. I often find myself surprised when it starts to get dark outside, or when O shows signs of being ready for his morning or afternoon nap. It’s really easy to space out and have a whole day go by just taking care of O in the apartment while meeting his moment to moment needs. This becomes a problem early in the week when I don’t have any set plans to go anywhere. It seems lately that my son and I aren’t getting out of the apartment enough during the first few days of the week. There are several tools that can help to combat this problem.
The itzbeen timer was a great gift and it has definitely helped me keep track of when O needs to changed, fed, etc. However, it does not help the aforementioned SAHD time warp. That’s why I downloaded the ibaby app for my android OS phone. It does what the itzbeen does but you can create custom buttons to track whatever you want plus create quick reminders and make time stamped notes with pics and videos to log what has happened during the day. The main advantage the app has over the itzbeen is that you can look back over the day and see things like how many oz of milk your baby drank or how long they slept or how long its been since they pooped. It also comes with quick log widgets for android OS phones that you can put on your home screen to make it easier to quickly log things on the go. I enjoy being able to look at the log before I go to bed and see all that I did to care for my infant son and it definitely helps to fight the time distortion that comes with being a stay at home dad!