Friday, February 13, 2009

Lucky Mommy, Esq.

I mentioned back in January that we have been in a sweet spot with the kids.  I can't believe how much fun we have every day and how "good" the kids are. Sure, we still have some fussing (sorry, Ned, mostly you) but so much laughter!  All our visitors keep saying how laid back they are.  This weekend is the kids' baptism and my sister Stacey's baby shower and next week the nanny starts full time.  I want to remember all the fun the kids and I have had so I thought I'd write about our current "schedule".  It has been this way since early January and I know the kids love the predictability as much as I do.  I was actually just mentioning to folks that although twin kids have flatter heads (because they are on the floor all the time - hard to be always holding two!) they nap better and are more structured because you have to do that with two (or more). 
  • 6:00 am:  We hear Ned waking up (have I mentioned he is LOUD?).  Penny is usually up since 5 am but she just lies in her crib (or rotates herself around) - no idea why she only needs 10 hours of sleep.  Sometimes she gets fussy but not often. One of us (we trade off but don't keep score) gives her the Previcid (we switched drugs) by holding it against her cheek until it dissolves.  If I am lucky we can convince Ned to go back to sleep for a bit with a pacifier.  He is really tired (needs 12 hours) but won't sleep past 6 am.  Otherwise both kids are in Penny's crib watching the mobile while her medicine takes effect.  [Don't worry, Ned has a mobile but it is Husband's old one and is a handcrank.]  The person who gives Penny her medicine prepares AM bottles.  Mommy, Esq. and Husband try to stay in bed but end up talking (usually about the kids). 
  • 6:30/6:45 am:  bottles.  We trade off kids but again don't keep score.  On the weekend one of us per weekend morning gets to sleep in. 
  • 7:15 am:  Mommy, Esq. gets the kids dressed while Husband gets ready for the day. 
  • 7:30-8:00 am: Play time on the mats/exercauser/bouncy chairs.  Whatever can be done to keep them going while Mommy, Esq. empties the dishwasher and makes herself coffee/breakfast.  Eventually I'll add solid food breakfast but our current regime of 4 bottles plus 2 solid foods = lots of energy spent on feeding. 
  • 8:00/8:15 am:  Ned is getting cranky.  Mommy, Esq. tries her arsenal of tricks to keep him awake and happy.  He thinks pacifiers are funny but not useful.  More fun is when Mommy, Esq. rough-houses - songs, throwing him in the air, "crushing" him with the large exercise ball (Husband discovered that fun game).  Penny plays more independently but she gets some Mommy, Esq. time too. I try to remember she should get rough-housed too. 
  • 8:30:  If we are lucky Ned made it this long.  Take him upstairs and rock him while he coos from behind the pacifier and starts to drift a little.  Put him in the crib with a blanket on him.  Penny goes down soon after - swaddled with a pacifier in the bopi (she is particular!). 
  • 8:30-10:00 am (or later): Nap time.  Ned always wakes up but eventually goes back to sleep.  Sometimes he sleeps 2 hrs but usually 1.5 hrs (our minimum). Penny is up around 10:30 am. Mommy, Esq. either (a) goes back to bed (not often), (b) checks blogs/blogs, throws in laundry or (c) bakes (happening less often).
  • 10:00-10:45 am: kids wake up (guess who wakes up first?).  Playtime with tummy time since the kids have empty bellies. 
  • 10:45/11 am: bottles in the bopis.  Kids are starting to hold their own bottles but aren't that skilled so Mommy, Esq. still holds them.  Penny takes twice as long to feed. 
  • 11:30/11:45: solid food - 1 veggie and 1 fruit.  Ned whines for solid food - as if somehow I am not spooning it in soon enough.  Who knew that 5 month olds could whine?  He has not yet learned that I don't care and don't speed up for his whining.  Whining still continues though.  Grammie has told Ned that Mommy, Esq. and her sisters were very patient during solid feedings but he is indifferent.  Penny lets you know when she is done by blowing the food out with raspberries.  They need quite the wipe-down after lunch.  Sometimes I do too. 
  • 12:15-12/45 pm: playtime - exersaucers, mats, book before nap.  Singing crazy songs.  Cleaning up spit up (extra points if it is colored - orange (squash), green (peas/green beans) or brown (prunes)). 
  • 1 pm: nap.  This is their awesome nap.  Ned usually briefly wakes up but we get about 2 hrs per kid and often have to wake them up for their next feeding. Mommy, Esq. has lunch, does some "work" (email, To Do List items). 
  • 3:00/3:15 pm: bottles.
  • 3:30-4:30: playtime - definitely have a CD of kid songs on. 
  • 4:30 pm: solids - veggie or fruit (usually sweet potato) and rice cereal.  
  • 5:00 pm: last nap.  It is getting shorter and sometimes we have to put Penny in the swing to get her to go down. I will miss you, third nap, when you are gone. It is my chance to prepare bedtime bottles and pick up the house a little. 
  • 5:30/5:45 pm:  playtime - usually with Husband (he's home between 5:30 pm and 6 pm).  Ned is getting cranky by 6 pm - going from crazy belly laughs to shreeks.  Penny could go another hour but of course we keep them on the same schedule. 
  • 6:15/6:30 pm:  bath (every other night), PJs, bottles, book, sometimes song (if I remember) and bed.  
  • 7 pm:  Ned is conked out.  Penny is wide awake but doesn't protest.  Husband and Mommy, Esq. make dinner, catch up and watch TV.  
Such a fun simple life.  We would have taken walks outside during one of the play times if the weather had been nicer.  I always looked forward to the 2 days the nanny came (she came over at 10:30 am and left after they went down for their third nap) since after 5+ days of the same schedule you do go a little batty.  

I'm always surprised how easy it is to "play" with your kids.  I used to have such a hard time as a babysitter since I was never very maternal.  But I'm okay with singing the "Noble Duke of York" 5 times in a row.  We also try to have them play together - sharing a playmat, facing each other during tummy time and "rasslin" (I always stack Penny on Ned - maybe because he weighs 4 lbs more than her?).  Not that they know what they are doing but they do take toys away from each other. 


Donna said...

This is a great age, isn't it? So hard to leave each stage. I have to admit, DS2 is so much more laid back than DS1. I believe it might last throughout their ages, too. You are lucky you have two easy ones (I have to admit though both my sons just hang out in their bed/crib when they wake up in the morning - no crying, no fussiness, just hanging out).

Chris said...

We took your advice and introduced K to Drs. Ferber and Weissbluth today. Hopefully we'll end up with a schedule like yours in a few days!