The Chislets

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A Day in the Life

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One of the most common questions that I get is “How do you do it?”.  So, to quench everyone’s curiosity, I thought that I would share a typical day’s schedule.  Right now, we are following a three hour feeding/napping schedule.  Once the babies start sleeping through the night, I will move them to a four hour schedule.  Below is the schedule for when I am alone with the kids.  When I have help in town, I try to either get out of the house, take a nap, or hit the treadmill during the babies naps.  (Usually, I am either so tired or so stir crazy that the nap or shopping wins out.  Running on the treadmill is really just wishful thinking.)

8:00 - 9:00 am - Bottles/Diapers/Dress babies for the day

Feeding three Chislets at once!

9:00 - 9:30 am - Play Time (usually tummy time, play mat time and picture time)

IMG_1248.JPGJake checking himself outIMG_1006.JPG

9:30 - 11:00 am - Nap Time for babies (Mom does laundry, empties dishwasher, checks email, brushes teeth, gets dressed, sucks down as much coffee as possible)

Who put Jake in a pink blanket??!Grace with her posse

11:00 - 11:30 am - Bottles/Diapers

11:30 - 12:30 pm - Play Time (to include at least 5-10 minutes of tummy time, lots of play mat time, story time and, if everyone will cooperate, some individual time with each of the babies while the other two have independent play time)

IMG_1242.JPGBen reading Brown Bear, Brown BearIMG_1301.JPGIMG_1305.JPG

12:30 - 2:00 pm - Nap Time for babies (Mom eats lunch then washes bottles, makes formula and preps bottles for the next 7 feedings.  Right now, we are going through 21 bottles per day and 84 ounces of formula.)

One days worth of bottles

2:00 - 2:30 pm - Bottles/Diapers

2:30 - 3:15 pm - Play Time (to include at least 5-10 minutes of tummy time, play mat time and more story time)

Ben in the bébéPODJake and Mom sticking their tongues outGrace enjoying tummy time

3:15 - 5:00 pm - Walk (Babies nap while Mom gets her workout in - We don’t actually walk for an hour and 45 minutes, but it takes a long time to get everyone dressed for walk, into their carseats, and then into the stroller/bjorn)

All ready for a walk!Mom preparing for the daily walkMom on the daily walk with the Chislets

5:00 - 5:30 pm - Bottles

5:30 - 6:15 pm - Bath Time and Play Time (Mom does baths while Dad plays)

Jake showing off his curlsGrace's foot

6:15 - 8:00 pm - Nap Time (This is the witching hour - Everyone is cranky and no one ever wants to sleep, so we pop pacis, pat bellies, rock babies, do our best to soothe them and when all else fails - we put them in the swings)


8:00 - 9:00 pm - Bottles/Diapers/Dress babies for bed

9:00 pm - Mom and Dad finally get dinner (A big thank you to everyone who has given us take out gift certificates or given us prepared meals for our freezer!  This is all we eat.  In the last 14 weeks, I have only actually cooked dinner for Seth and myself 1 time!  The take out meals/prepared meals have been a huge help!)

9:00 pm - 2:00 am - Bed Time for babies

IMG_0446.JPGGrace all

2:00 - 3:00 am - Bottles (Dream Feed)

3:00 - 5:00 am - Bed Time

5:00 - 6:00 am - Bottles/Diapers

6:00 - 8:00 am - Bed Time

So far, this schedule has been working very well for us.