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3adf6-blogeverdayDay 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life

 

5:00-5:30am – I wake up sometime in this window. It’s the only way I can have a cup of coffee in peace. I’m also a slow waker upper, if I wake up at least an hour before the girl than I am ready to go by the time they are.

6:15-6:30am – The girls wake up (and no, I have not gotten around to blackout curtains yet).

6:30am – Breakfast!

16:30 – 7:30am – Consists of me getting the girls and myself dressed, playing, and trying to remember that I need to have breakfast as well. Some mornings I’ll give them a bath. Like if Haley decided it was a good morning for putting yogurt in her hair.

8:00am – I start stocking up my bag for the day.

28:30am – The girls and I go to the daycare.

9:30am – The kids all sit down for snack after we get back from our morning walk, if the weather’s awful we will go to the gym and let them run around for a while, if it’s nice then they run around in the softball field.

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410:30am – Hazel is down for a 30 minute catnap (the longest she will sleep at daycare).

512pm-1pm – Lunch time! We eat lunch in the dining room and then Ken takes Hazel for a little walk and I take Haley back to our apartment to put her down for a nap. The girls get at least one nap a day in our apartment because their sleep sucks so much at daycare. We went through about three months of napping them in the daycare and it was awful and they were miserable because they were so tired and I was miserable and frustrated.

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1pm-2pm – Hazel and I go back to the daycare and play with the kids and she gets a ton of attention and then we go back home so she can nap.

2pm – I walk Hazel to sleep so that she doesn’t wake up Haley.

83:30pm-5pm – We are back in the daycare for afternoon snack and end of the day stuff.

5pm – Dinner time! Sometimes, we will go for a walk after dinner or come back to the apartment to play. On this particular day I was having a hankering for some cookies and we had some Andes mint chunks to use up.

97pm-7:30pm – Bedtime is somewhere in this time frame, kind of depending on how long naps were. Leading up to bedtime we will read a ton of books, play in the tunnel, maybe watch a short show in Netflix. They are totally weaned off of bottles now, which is awesome and went a lot smoother than I was expecting.

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11This is the face Hazel gives me when she’s about to run away from me when I’m trying to put her jammies on.

8:30pm – Once the girls are asleep, Ken and I will sometimes watch something, or he will read while I work on a sewing project. Our evenings are very mellow.

9:30pm – Bedtime for Momma!

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Living

If a blog were a living thing, I think mine would officially be dead. It would be limp, gray? grey? whatever, and very, very dead.

Moms who read this (if there are any left), how do you work full time and blog? I need a schedule. I also need to just write. I somehow got it into my head that I don’t do anything worth reading anymore, but then some of my favorite posts on other blogs have been about totally mundane things. I also need to improve my Photoshop skills. If I can find out how to make mood boards I think I would have a lot more to post about. Because then I would start telling you all about how much I freaking love clothes! Seriously, my clothes board on Pinterest has 487 pins. 4.8.7. It’s sick… But back to blogging!

So, yeah, I should work on that. I WILL work on that. Because I miss the old blog. I miss writing. I miss letting my freak flag fly it’s funky self all over the interwebs.  Do not worry, loyal readers. HSquared will be back soon… Hopefully, there will still be people who care about my writing.

In closing, I will leave you with this. Because they are cute (if ridiculously cranky right now) and because (in my world) what’s the use of a blog post with no pictures?

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I have a very good excuse for not doing a day in the life for when the girls turned 5 months: nothing had changed.  Our schedule at 5 months was exactly the same as it had been at 4 months.

  • 6:15am – Hazel is awake! And she proceeds to talk and coo until Haley and I wake up. I go into their room, open their blinds, and we do diapers and move into the living room.
  • 6:30am – The girls eat about 4 ounces of formula. Afterwards, I get my coffee and let them have some independent play while I check my email and FB.
  • 7:00am – Breakfast! The girls eat cereal mixed with fruit and water. Sometimes they’ll get a little more formula if they are still acting hungry. The girls get dressed after they are done with solids.
  • 8:00am – Diaper change and then first nap! This can either be their awesome nap (1.5 hours) or their stinker nap (30 minutes). For the sake of my sanity, lets pretend this is an awesome nap kind of day. I use this time to shower, dress, make the bed, fold laundry, check the blogs I follow, have more coffee, and crafting (if I’m working on a project).
  • 9:30am – Girls are up and we play out in the living room.
  • 10:00am – I offer the girls 7oz of  formula. They don’t usually finish them, but I keep offering. I figure they are going to need that much soon enough.  After they are done eating they get their diapers changed and we go for a walk.
  • 11:30 – 12pm – I’ll check their diapers again and then the twinks will go down for their next nap. By then there is usually more laundry for me to fold and I eat lunch.
  • 12:30pm -Girls are up! Their naps get progressively shorter as we go through the day. We play some more. The girls are pros at rolling and are working SO hard on crawling. I probably still have about six weeks before I’m in serious trouble. We sing a lot and read books. Hazel gets to practice standing (I predict she will be walking by Christmas).
  • 1:00pm – The girls have veggies for lunch followed by a 4oz bottle, a diaper change, and then it’s back to playing. I’ll try to give them some more independent play time so I’ll turn on a pandora station or the stereo and go do the dishes really fast.
  • 2:30pm – They go down for their last nap after a diaper check. This is the super short stinker nap.
  • 3:00pm – Up again! Usually, we’ll go play on my bed for a little while to just break things up a little bit. The girls really like looking out our bedroom window and playing peek-a-boo.
  • 4:00pm – The girls are offered 6-7oz bottle and after they are done eating (and having their diaper changed) I grab a blanket and some toys and we go hang out in the park for a while. The girls roll around, watch big kids play, I stop them from eating grass. Everyone has a good time!
  • 5:00pm – More veggies for dinner.
  • 5:30pm – If it is a bath night this is the time I do it and then I let the girls roll around in their diapers for a while. It’s been too hot lately for pajamas so when it’s time for bed they just wear their disposable diapers and their lightweight sleep sacks.
  • 6:00pm – We go into their room, pull the blinds, turn on the fan, and the girls will eat 9oz of formula. Hazel usually falls right to sleep and Haley will need to be walked a little to convince her she’s tired. Sometimes she needs to come hang out for a little longer before she will go to sleep.

They have both been sleeping through the night for the most part. Every once in a while, Haley will wake up around 3am, but it seems to be more from trying to figure out this whole crawling thing than from actually being hungry.

And that’s our day!

PS. check back later today for pictures from my impromptu photo shoot with the girls!

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Cha-cha-cha-changes

This has been one of those weeks where I desperately wish the twinks came with an operating manual.  Why?  Cause I think they’re schedule needs to be changed – correction: I think they’re trying to tell me their schedule needs to be changed, but it’s all guess work and I’m always so afraid I’m going to make things worse.  Gah!

We have been ALL OVER the place sleep-wise this week.  Sunday night was all screwy: Hazel woke up at 1 and 4 (she’s hasn’t done that in ages) and wasn’t really hungry at either wake up and took some convincing to go to sleep. Haley woke up for the day at 5.  AM.  ??!!?! And then on Monday night Hazel woke up at 2:30 and Haley woke up at 4 (I think?  That night is kinda blurry) and then Hazey woke up for the day at 6 (I’m rounding up) and Haley didn’t wake up until 7.  And then Tuesday night both girls ate at 4:30am and then Hazey slept until 7 and I had to wake Haley up at 8.

The upside is that the girls are finally staying up for two hours between naps, previously I could only get 75 minutes out of them.  It’s great! We have time to go do stuff without feeling like I’m racing against the clock.  But what this means is that they now need a four o’clock hour nap.  Bedtime has been at six their entire life thus far.  So, all this preamble basically leads up to the fact that I think they now need a later bedtime.  Around 7pm, maybe?

I don’t know. I know something needs to change, but, like I said, I’m afraid I’ll make it worse.  Thoughts? Advice? Prayers?

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Wow, months go by so much faster when you have babies to take care of!

As you could see in the pictures yesterday, the girls are getting so strong and doing really great at tummy time.  Haley is trying so hard to sit up by herself and Hazel is really good at sitting up, but is perfectly content to let us hold her up.  Hazel’s doing really well at trying to hold her own bottle (Haley’s sometimes wants to, sometimes doesn’t), and both girls are still toying with the idea of rolling over (now they’re just messing with me).

This schedule is going to look really involved and busy, but it’s actually not that bad.  We’re also in the middle of a lot of transitions right now.  They are both trying to sleep through the entire night (sometimes they wake up at 3am, sometimes they don’t).  Haley is trying to go down to 3 naps (that fourth nap has really turned into a struggle), while Hazel still really needs that last nap.  98% of the time they can put themselves to sleep in their cribs with only a little fussing and me going into help every five minutes.  All in all, we’re doing really well!

*Please keep in mind this is a rough schedule.  I do an on-demand schedule so every day is a little different*

6:15isham – Hazel wakes up. I change her diaper, grab her clothes for the day and feed her.  After she’s done eating, I will get her dressed in the living room so as not to disturb Haley. We cuddle and talk until Haley wakes up (and Momma drinks her coffee!)

7:30ish – Haley wakes up.  I change her diaper, get her dressed, and feed her.

7:30ish – Hazel will go down for her first nap.

8:15ish – Hazel wakes up and gets her diaper changed.

Play time! – we do tummy time, bumbo story time, I try to give them a couple minutes of independent play, I sing songs, and we listen to the radio.

9:00 – Haley goes down for her first nap.  This nap can go either way.  Sometimes it’s a two hour nap and sometimes it’s only an hour.

9:00 – Hazel eats and theoretically will go down for a nap right after.  During this nap I will get dressed and do any chores that need to be done (laundry, dishes, etc). If it’s a Monday or a Thursday I do Zumba on the Xbox Kinect.

10:00 – The girls wake up and get their diaper’s changed and then they do some independent play in the infant gym while I finish up whatever I was in the middle of doing.

10:30 – Haley has her second bottle and Hazel has a hiccup bottle in an attempt to put the girls on the same schedule (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t).

11:15-11:45 – Nap for both girls.  This is the nap where I try to get Hazel to sleep longer.  She’ll typically only nap for 45 minutes at a time, but there is at least one nap a day when this isn’t long enough and she wakes up pretty cranky.  I will either put her in the sling and walk around with her until she falls back asleep or she’ll go in the swing and sleep there.  I try to make her sleep until Haley wakes up.

1:15 – 1:30 – The girls will wake up and get their diapers changed.

1:30 – Third feeding.  At this point if it’s a Wednesday or a Friday I will try to squeeze in a 3k.  Doesn’t always work out for me, if nothing else we’ll go for a walk so the girls can get some outside time.

3:00ish – Another nap.  Ideally, their last one.  This is the one where I cross my fingers and hope they sleep past four, otherwise I will have really cranky babies.  I try and use this nap to do any prep I can for dinner.

4:00 – 4:15 – They wake up and get another diaper change and eat again (they eat six ounces every three hours or so, if it’s a hiccup bottle I only offer 4 ounces.)  And then we play.  As it gets closer to bedtime they’ll get pretty cranky, they’re usually pretty done with entertaining themselves around 5:30.

5:30 – 6:00 – Someone will be in the swing listening to lullabies (or me singing) and the other will be in my arms getting cuddled.  I switch off who gets which.  I usually will hold the fussier of the two and let the other one just have some mellow time in the swing.

6:00pm – If it’s a bath night then we start that, if it’s not than we go ahead with normal bedtime routine: diaper, jammies, sleep sack, and bottle.  If it’s a Tuesday Ken is on his own at this point and I leave for dance class.

6:30 – 6:45pm – The little ladies are asleep and we can eat dinner and watch Netflix!

If the girls are going to wake up for a feeding in the middle of the nap it’s typically around 3:30am or so, but last week they slept through the entire night a couple times (can you say hooray?  Cause I can! I can even do an interpretive dance telling you how I feel about the word hooray).  Hazel will only wake up if she gets her foot stuck in her crib (I NEED to put the mesh bumper on her crib) and Hales will only wake up if she leaks through her diaper.  I’m going to stop putting her in a disposable at night and put her in the gdiaper instead since we haven’t had any leaking problems with them yet.

Update for Momma: I gained 72 pounds during my pregnancy and went up 5 pant sizes (I almost cried when I went to buy jeans for the first time when the girls were three weeks old).  As of last Thursday I only had 15 pounds and 2 pants sizes to go to be back in pre-baby shape!

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