Good Morning Dear Ones!
We have had lots of rain over the past few days and the sun is just now starting to peek through the clouds. It is crisp and cool and I love that when I walked outside this morning, I could see the steam from my breath. I love winter!
Today is one of those days where we have a whole bunch of errands to run... vacuum, clean the inside and wash the outside of the car. Run to Target for more baby wipes, some baby food products and formula, lunch at the park, ( if the weather permits) and make it home before afternoon naps. Did I mention that tonight the kiddos and I are all heading over to Gigi's house to see Santa? Yep, Santa is coming by her house tonight in his beautiful sleigh, ( a once a year tradition put on by the city... every year, Santa drives by each house in the city and throws candy canes to all of the boys and girls.) So much fun and I never know who is more excited about this, the kids or me?!!
I am so excited that I have a little time to blog this morning while the babies nap and Robbie colors/ watches a little bit of Caillou and plays pirate all at the same time. :) Now that the twins are nine months old... yes, NINE MONTHS OLD!!!( I just can't believe it!). I have started to try to schedule our days a little more, mostly because I think I will go INSANE if I don't implement a little more structure throughout the day. By the time 4:30 rolls around I am thoroughly EXHAUSTED and it is really all I can do to stay awake until dinner! The twins are both crawling and into everything and all over the place and with these new developmental milestones comes a few night wakings for mommy.
So for any of you twin mamas or mamas of multiples, here is a basic outline of our new daily schedule.
Babies up and awake and given a bottle. Then keep them up , awake and playful. ( Usually I put them in their jumpy or let them play in their pack n' play with toys.
Robbie wakes up and comes and joins us.
I get breakfast ready while the twins and Robbie all play in the family room/ have a Praise Baby DVD on. I love starting the morning with these calm and beautiful worship DVDs.
Breakfast for all three little ones.
Babies- Practice with sippy cup with 2 to 4 ounces of milk and a fruit and grain breakfast ( oatmeal, brown rice cereal and fruit like banana or apples.) I try to read one book to the babies at breakfast.
Robbie usually gets a sippy cup with almond milk, eggs and cut up fruit or fruit/ veggie smoothie.
Play time together
We have been turning on the Christmas songs and playing Legos or blocks or cars and trucks in the living room.
Joey and Jacob are put down for their morning nap with 4 to 6 ounces of formula.
Ideally nap for 1-1 1/2 hours
During the babies nap time, Robbie and I read books together during our quite reading time/ work on school time letters and numbers, play Legos and then Robbie is allowed a cartoon, which is usually Caillou. During Robbie's cartoon, I am able to blog, write Christmas cards, I get to shower and get ready for the day.
10:30 to 12:00/ 12:30 p.m
Both babies are awake and it's the perfect time to run our errands for the day. Target, Costco, Market... This is also a good time to give Robbie a snack on the go.
Lunch time for all three and mommy!
Twins each get a sippy cup of formula. Robbie gets a protein, grain and fruit. Usually cheese, lunch meat and crackers with yogurt.
1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m
Robbie goes down for his nap until 3:00 or 3:30 p.m. This is his quiet time where he must stay in his room. If he chooses not to sleep that is fine, but he must stay in his bed and lay there quietly.
The babies nap also at this time for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. This is free time for mommy to tidy up prep dinner if needed.
Babies awake and time for a baby finger food snack or bottle.
Robbie awake and snack
3:30 to 5:00
Playtime outdoors, ( bike ride, park anything to get energy out of Robbie and the babies out for some fresh air!) A little more school time/ Robbie practices Spanish flash card words
Supper time for the twins. Usually sweet potatoes, chicken and apples etc...
Playtime get more energy out and one cartoon before dinner. Read books to babies.
Family Dinner time. Have the babies sit at the table in highchair to become familiar with mealtime.
Get bottles ready for babies
This is the hardest part of the day, especially when Richard isn't home, because I have to get all three bathed and dressed and it gets a little chaotic!
Robbie bath first. Get Robbie in jammies and pre-occupied.
Babies bathed, diapered and dressed.
Read story do prayers for Robbie in his room with the babies. Put Robbie to bed and then put babies to bed with a bottle and cuddles.
So there you have our new plan of action which tends to get off track a little during the holidays. That's okay! We will stick to this as best we can for now and after the holidays we will really commit to following this with no interruptions for the new year!
This morning we played and played Legos for a good while and all the boys loved it!
And now it's time for the adventures of Jingle....
Day # 17
I know you all are wondering and asking the question, "What has Jingle been up to today?" Well I will tell you. This morning we woke-up and found Jingle parachuting down from the ceiling with his friend, Frosty The Snowman! Jingle was holding on to Frosty's legs for dear life!
We found this note written by Jingle...
When we looked under the tree, we found these...
Yummy Snowmen Peeps!
How sweet of Jingle and Frosty to go skydiving off of Rudolph just to bring us these peeps!
Well as the morning went on, just after breakfast, we heard a loud thud in our dining room!
We ran in and found poor Jingle lying on the floor like this!
Robbie was pretty upset!!!
Then we realized that maybe if Jingle got some rest, then he would feel much better. Suddenly things were looking up!
We rushed him to Robbie's room where he is resting comfortably.
We will keep you all posted on his progress!
Have a great day friends!
9 more days till Christmas!!!