So, I’ve been wanting to do a post for awhile about what our typical day looks like for awhile. The last eight months seem like such a blur when I look back, and I wish I had done a post like this periodically just so I’d be able to remember what life was like when the twins were 2 months, 3 months, 5 months etc. Anyway, here we go!
7:00 am: Linc and Viv wake up and babble to each other and roll around in their crib for a half hour or so.
7:30 am: Jon and I head into the nursery for the best part of the day. When the babies see us they start flapping their arms and smiling, so excited that we’ve finally come in to rescue them. We snuggle for a few minutes, change diapers and head into the living room for them to nurse. Jon leaves for work soon after. When they finish nursing, we go into our bedroom and the babies lay on our bed and play while I pump. I get such a small amount of milk when I pump at this time (only about 5-10 mls), but it’s about all the extra milk I ever get, so we use it to dilute their vitamins at night. After I pump, the babies and I play on our bed and cuddle for a little bit.
8:15 am: I move the twins to the living room floor to play with toys while I make tea and scurry around doing a few morning chores - unload the dishwasher, move the diapers to the dryer, make the bed, pick up the house etc.
8:45 am: We read books and get ready to go down for their morning nap.
9:15 am: I put the babies down for their nap. Once they’re down, I use this time to get as much done as possible, such as workout, fold diapers, make baby wipes, do laundry, write a blog post, shower and get ready, eat breakfast and anything else that pops up. Their morning nap is usually the longest, lasting around an hour and a half to two hours. Many times one baby will wake up early, so I try to have the non negotiable things done (shower, baby wipes) first so I can relax and have one-on-one time with that baby. Early naptime wake-ups are really the only alone time I get with each baby, so I try and take advantage of it!
10:45/11 am: Babies wake up, and I change and nurse them.
11:15 am: Time to eat! I strip them down to their diapers and move them to their high chairs where they play with kitchen utensils while I fix their lunch. These days they usually have either yogurt or avocado, a vegetable (sweet potato, green beans, squash etc.) and a little bit of fruit. Sometimes I’ll add in a grain like barley or brown rice or some spices.
12 pm: They get moved back to their playmat on the floor while I clean up the kitchen. If Jon is coming home for lunch, I’ll fix our lunch right away. If not, I usually wait and eat once they go down for their next nap. If daddy isn’t home, we play with toys, read books and I get them dressed for the day.
1:45 pm: Babies wake up. Diapers get changed. Nurse.
2:15 pm: If we are going to have an outing, this is the time we usually go. Often it includes going for a walk if the weather is nice or running errands. I absolutely cannot wait until the weather warms up so we can do more things outside. We all get so stir crazy on days we don’t get out at all! If we don’t go anywhere at this point, we usually go play in the nursery for awhile.
3:30/3:45 pm: If we are home, the babies go down for nap #3! Usually by this point we’ve made a fairly significant mess of the house, so I clean up. I also do any prep work I can for dinner, work on laundry, organizing, blog, projects etc.
4:45 pm: Change diapers and nurse!
5:30 pm: Daddy comes home! One of us feeds dinner to the babies while the other works on dinner for us. We play, we eat, sometime we run errands, go for a walk. Just hang out and catch up from the day.
7:30 pm: Bathtime. Even though “they” say you don’t need to, we do baths every night. We’ve done this for quite some time now. In the beginning it helped a lot with nighttime routine and getting the babies into sleep mode. We’re still doing it now because it’s one of our favorite parts of the day! The babies love to splash around, and they are so darn cute doing it:) We’ve now graduated to bath toys and sitting up for the first part, which is even cuter if that’s possible. After baths, we do lotion, pajamas, nurse and vitamins.
8:15/8:30: Bedtime! We cuddle, rock and sometimes sing, but when it comes down to it they go down awake. We’ve spent a lot of time working on laying them in bed drowsy but awake and teaching them to put themselves to sleep. After a lot of patience on our part and theirs, they are pro sleepers! Literally amazing:)
8:30/8:45 pm: Now we pick up the house, start a load of diapers and load the dishwasher and start it. After all that is done, one of my other favorite parts of the day begins…adult time. As much as I adore our sweet babies, it’s so nice to have this time at night when they are in bed for the night, and we can work on stuff together or just relax and watch a TV show…whatever we want. I often use this time to make batches of baby food as well.
10:30 pm: Dream feed. Jon lifts the babies out of bed for me so he can get a few cuddles in, and then I feed them one at a time before slipping them back in bed. They don’t even wake up. It’s past time to wean them off this feeding, but we just haven’t done it yet. Part of it is sheer laziness. Part of it is that I’m a big baby, and I love having that time with them. We finally started this week to try and wean them. Hopefully it won’t be too hard!
Midnight: Bed! I usually go to sleep by midnight, sometimes a little later. More often than not, Jon has to stay up and work a little longer on Outbox. I don’t know how he does it. If I go to bed much later than midnight, I really feel it the whole next day. It’s not pretty;)
So that’s it! Our days look pretty similar most the time. Until the babies enter a new stage, and then everything will change again. Until then I am absolutely loving this phase of life.