2:00 a.m. Wake up to Maddie fussing. Give her a pacifier repeatedly. Eventually give her a 5 oz bottle of breastmilk. Go back to sleep.
5:00 a.m. Jesse wakes up for the day as usual and begins exercising.
5:30 a.m. I wake up and pump for 45 minutes.
6:15 a.m. I give Maddie her bottle and go back to bed.
6:30 a.m. Jackson wakes up. Jesse gives him breakfast downstairs and gives James & Amelia their bottles in their crib.
7:00 a.m. Jesse leaves for work. Jackson watches TV downstairs. I sleep.
7:45 a.m. Maddie and Amelia wake up. I ignore their babbles until 8. (It was a late night last night.)
8:00 a.m. I take the girls downstairs to play.
8:15 a.m. I eat breakfast and stuff cloth diapers.
8:30 a.m. Make bottles. Puree strawberry and banana in food processor.
8:45 a.m. Give babies their bottles. Snuggle with Jackson on the couch.
9:00 a.m. Change babies' diapers. Wash bottles.
9:15 a.m. Feed trio strawberry banana. Make up silly songs.
9:45 a.m. Play with babies and Jack on the floor. Encourage Maddie during tummy time. Support Amelia while she sits. Discourage Jackson from sitting on top of James. Repeat. Finish stuffing and putting away diapers.
|(Okay, I took this picture last week, but this is how tummy time always starts.)|
10:40 a.m. Call Maddie's case manager to check on PT services. Ask if he received papers from neurologist. Check e-mail/Facebook.
11:00 a.m. Make Jackson lunch. (PB&J and strawberries) Heat up leftovers for myself.
11:15 a.m. Load the dishwasher. Clean counters.
11:20 a.m. Pump for 40 minutes. Blog while Jackson watches TV.
12:00 p.m. Realize the TV has been on all morning. Turn it off and do story time and crafts with Jack.
1:15 p.m. Give Amelia, Maddie, and James a bottle as they wake up. Each kid eats a graham cracker. Jackson also eats a banana.
1:30 p.m. Change babies' diapers. Load everyone into the van and drive to rec center.
1:45 p.m. Unload van, load stroller, and take kids into gym for open play. Babies have tummy time or sit on blanket with toys. Jackson and I play with gigantic blocks and bouncy balls and befriend another family.
3:20 p.m. Leave rec center. Drive home.
3:30 p.m. Unload kids. Put babies in cribs for afternoon nap. Play outside with Jackson. Fix popcorn for a snack.
3:45 p.m. Go inside to begin dinner preparations, unload dishwasher, sweep floors, clean counters/tables, etc. James refuses to nap.
4:30 p.m. Jesse comes home. I finish cooking dinner (shepherd's pie) while he plays with the kids.
5:00 p.m. Make bottles (5 oz formula) and give them to babies. Set the table.
5:30 p.m. Eat dinner. Talk about our day.
6:00 p.m. Clean up. Do dishes. Sweep.
6:15 p.m. Unwind. Zone out in front of TV/computer. Eat ice cream. Cuddle with kids.
7:30 p.m. All six of us go upstairs to begin bedtime routine. Change babies' diapers and clothes. Jackson puts on pajamas and brushes teeth.
7:45 p.m. Jesse reads Jackson three stories in his bed while I pump. I upload pictures from the day and blog.
8:00 p.m. Give babies final bottle of the day (5 oz breastmilk). Talk to/kiss babies.
8:15 p.m. Put them in their cribs awake but sleepy. Jesse and I watch America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Country. Jesse inevitably falls asleep while I finish watching the show.
8:45 p.m. I use the computer or read until I eventually fall asleep (between 10-11 p.m.)
Middle of the night-Wake up to give pacifiers, bottles, use the bathroom, etc.