So they’re 7 months old. And this is what my day looks like...
5:30-6:30 am - anywhere during this hour, I’ll awake to the soft sounds of baby in the monitor… I typically wait until about 6:30 to get them up.
7-7:30 am - nursing twins tandem… then feed them breakfast
7:30-8:30 am - try to grab a bit to eat while changing diapers, getting them dressed, and playtime
8:30/9-10:30 am - babies nap. Often I nap too :) Or I eat… or check emails, clean, etc. This is one of the only times I get during the day to “get things done”. It’s the best time to make dinner, make lunch. When I do this, our evening is a lot easier.
11-11:30 am - nurse twins, change diapers
11:30-12:30 pm - play time, snuggle, read (or meet up with a friend for a walk/coffee hang)
12:30/1 - 2:30 pm - second nap of the day. I sometimes nap, or eat lunch, or try to “get something done” (laundry, make dinner, empty dishwasher, shower, etc).
3-3:30 pm - babies up, nurse, change diapers….
3:30-4:30 pm - usually try to get outside for a walk… catch some fresh air and sunshine.
4:30/5 - 5:30 pm - sometimes babies need another cat nap… or we play. Prep dinner. Prep baby dinner. Housework.
5:30 - 6 pm - feed twins dinner & wait for daddy to get home. I’ll often Skype with family while the twins eat… two birds with one stone.
6-7 pm - play as a family, bath time, snuggles, and nurse before putting down for the night.
7:30 pm… - eat dinner, more house work, work out, run errands, depending on the night… My most efficient hours of the day are 8-10pm. This is often when I’ll manage my small business (invoicing/book keeping, emailing clients/staff, etc).
The most difficult things for me to accomplish during the day:
1. drinking water
2. brushing my teeth
3. showering/changing out of my PJ’s
5. getting outside
6. making a phone call
What I’ve learned so far is that the name of the game with twins is being ORGANIZED. Having a to-do list that is realistic, sticking to a routine, having help (even a couple hours to myself during the week to get out for an appointment or run an errand is a lifesaver, getting enough sleep, easy-to-make-healthy & quick meals, and having lots of grace with myself, the twins, and my hubby. We also have learned the art of balance in our life, which means a lot of saying “no” to fun things we’d love to do but just can’t. I book our social life well in advance and have found we can manage typically one (occasionally two) social things/weekend.
So far we are finding working out, date night, and time for hobbies are the toughest thing to fit into our lives… but we are motivated to get creative and figure out ways to incorporate those passions back into life.
It’s a crazy pace, a totally crazy life, but it’s equally as amazing and fun and awesome. We are constantly learning, adapting, and reminding ourselves life is short… it’s all about being in the moment.