Monday, February 05, 2007

3 hour intervals

Dana: It's amazing how much, or how little, you can get done in a day that is broken into 3 hour intervals. The boys are still doing great, sticking to a fairly predictable 3 hour schedule.
It often looks something like this:

6:00am - The kiddos are ready for their day (and more importantly, their breakfast)

7:00am - They are done eating, burping and have on clean dipies and new outfits for the day.

7:30am - The boys are sleeping and I've just finished pumping about 6 oz. of milk. If there is someone here to help me, I can quickly slip away to the shower and grab a quick bite of breakfast for myself.

9:00am - Usually one or both has woken up a few times by now, but we've managed to entertain and stimulate them until both are hungry again. Time for another round of eating, burping and changing.

10:00am - More pumping.

10:30am - This is when I TRY to get some things done around the house, usually being interrupted by a child who would like my attention or is not quite happy with his swaddle.

11:00am - Bath time. Tons of fun for me, not so much for the kids yet.

During his first bath, Ollie was a bit shocked by the feeling of the water and fought the bath time experience till the end.


Finn on the other hand proved to be our little dolphin and took quite an interest in the whole experience.

12:00pm - Lunch time for the kids. Burp. Change. Swaddle.

1:00pm- Hopefully I can get some lunch as well at this time. Usually around now we have Ollie and Finn in a bouncy chair or swing, fully awake and taking in the sights and sounds around them.


3:00pm - You guessed it...eat, burp, change, swaddle.

4:00pm - If it's not raining, I'll try to get the babies ready for walk around the neighborhood. Last week I made it a mile, and had a leisurely stop off at a coffee shop. They were 10 days old. (Needless to say, I felt pretty proud of myself.)

6:00 - Back to the boob for dinner.

Anyway, you get the idea. I'm sure I will soon learn to get more out of my days, although by then the boys will probably be more demanding of my time as well. I am thoroughly enjoying all the moments we spend together, and would gladly trade my vacuum for a baby that needs holding. (Maybe some day I will learn do to both at the same time!)

Our days usually end with something like this...


Posted by Walker Lockhart @ 10:23 AM

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I stumbled upon your blog in a roundabout way....and love it! As a new mother of identical twin girls, it all reads so familiar. Congratulations to you all!
Betsy and Mike (Seattle, WA)

Posted by Blogger Mike @ Monday, February 05, 2007 8:14:00 PM #
 

I found you through another blog I read. I cannot relate to twin babies (and nursing them too, I am impressed!), but I have two that are 25 months apart...so that has to count for something, right?

When they stretch to a four our schedule, you feel like your whole day has opened up!!

Posted by Blogger Redhead Mommy @ Tuesday, February 06, 2007 6:24:00 PM #
 

I too found your blog through another blog I read. I had a little girl on Jan. 6 (my 3rd) and enjoy reading about your cute boys. I cannot imagine having two little ones at once!

One tip for the bath is to put a warm wet wash cloth on the baby's chest during the bath. It has helped all three of mine enjoy the bath more.

I agree that the vacuuming can wait!

Posted by Anonymous Christine @ Tuesday, February 06, 2007 8:24:00 PM #
 

I need to do the same for our current schedule. Although it seems like we still have 3 hr intervals! The babies do sleep a lot more at night than day at least 11 to 12 hrs!

Posted by Blogger Archana @ Tuesday, February 06, 2007 10:23:00 PM #
 
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