Around 10-12 is nap time. I will get ready, do laundry, straighten the house, do my “chore” of the day,
and make sure I have snuggle time with Harper. This is hard to sometimes stop in the day, but it is so rewarding. We will sit on the bed read some books or watch a DVD. It makes such a difference to the way she behaves the rest of the day. After snuggle time, we will go start lunch.
12/1230 – lunch time. This time is difficult b/c Harper still wants to just have my attention and the boys think they are starving to death…and they are still very dependent on me feeding them. It is very crazy & loud. But once tummies are full, life is much better. **Side note: I started giving them table food this week at lunch. Oh. My. Word. I didn’t know whether to laugh because of the obscene amount of food all over them and my kitchen. I mean, it was disgusting. Times three. And they are boys, and boys are very very different than girls – even as babies, and even in the activing of eating. I called my mom and told her this. She replied to me that one of the most vivid memories she had was of her identical brothers throwing peas at each other at dinner. After she said that, I realized that I had a tiny glimpse into my Mama Dot’s life.**
After lunch I wipe the boys down which sometimes just results into a full out bath. We will sometimes go on a walk, but that is only if it isn’t blazing hot outside. Otherwise, i will put on a DVD while I clean up & get everyone geared to naptime.
2- Bottle #2, but I think they will be dropping this one soon… once they get more food into their bodies than ON their bodies.
2:30-4/4:30: Naptime – woot! woot! I have me time for the first hour. Then, I do laundry/house stuff or phone calls or emails and try to start dinner.
5:30- Dinner time! Crazy again. But more baby food is included here than table food, so that is nice! I feed them usually about 4-5 jars total + some oatmeal+ a banana. This is just a weird time for Harper. I usually just let her wander around and graze-eat. She is tired with a finicky appetite. When Chris is home, he can sit with her & she does much better. She is at a lovely phase when she says ” No like it!” Oh it drives me nuts!
6:15- We will go for a walk or do bathtime depending on the night.
7:30- bottle #3
8:00- night night babies
8:15- night night Harper
8:30- clean kitchen, start dishwasher, finish laundry, get ready for the next day, blog, hang out with Chris, etc. – usually not *all* of these things, but at least 3 of them
10:30/11 – night night
Well, I’ve tried a little bit of it all, but I think there are a couple of factors in having a successful naptime.
#1- whitenoise to drown out other babies cries. We have 3 noise makers under each crib. It sounds like a tidal wave is in the boys room!
#2-Babies need to be tired. Sometimes I want naptime to arrive sooner, so I will try to force it. That only makes all of us miserable.
#3- Once babies are crawling, nap life is sooo much better b/c they really work out to get tired!
#4 – I have tried to seperate them. We went through a period of a month or so where we kept one in a pack n play in our closet with whitenoise (the closet had a vent – important if you try this!), one in our bathroom with whitenoise & the window covered with a towel, and one in the nursery. It was good b/c babies slept. It was bad b/c breaking down & setting up a pack n play was inconvienent as well as trying to dance around the one in the bathroom. They are all sleeping in the nursery again.
#5 – a little crying won’t hurt em (this is when they are separated). Especially as they get older. With Harper and Crews, they have both had to cry it out at one point for 30 minutes. I didn’t start the CIO really until they were over 6 months (many start sooner than this, I just couldn’t do it). Warner & Maverick havent’ needed to (yet). But with C & H, it never last longer than 30.
Yes we do, but we have to be much more conscientious about making time together. Many nights we fall into the bed exhausted. However, there are some days that I start gearing towards bedtime at 2:00pm! I will make the coffee for the morning then, get in my pjs, get the babies in their pjs, make sure the kitchen is clean & dinner is ready. That way, once everyone is down for the night, Chris and I can have uninterrupted time together, and we can get in bed early if we so choose.
Part 3 coming tomorrow!