At two years old here’s our basic routine for life with twin boys.
7:00-7:20am The boys wake up after sleeping through the night and start talking or jumping around in their cribs until I (mommy) get up to change their diapers. Almost every day I put them back in their cribs with a stack of books to look at. I’ll tell them it’s still time for resting and then I flop back into bed to enjoy the warm covers and steal a few more minutes of sleep. Most days they’ll rest quietly looking at books, just happy to have the huge soaked diaper off and changed.
7:40-8:00am Okay we’re up! I get out of bed, pick the boys up out of their crib and they run downstairs to play with toys or chase Joel around asking what he’s doing (brushing teeth, shaving his face) and they dig into the drawers pulling out all of Daddy’s belts. Time to say goodbye to daddy and wave out the window as he drives away.
We have breakfast at the table in their high chairs and I try to make breakfast a hot meal. Almost every morning it’s some combination of pancakes, waffles, french toast, sausage, cereal, raisins, applesauce, yogurt and milka milka milka milk
9:30-10:00am We’re either motivating to get out the front door for a play date, library time or other errand or we’re enjoying a relaxed day of staying in and playing in the living room.
10:30am A snack of milk and either fruit (apple, raisins and pears are the current favorites) or carbs (cereal bar, bunny crackers and ikea biscuits are always a hit).
More play time and if they can keep themselves entertained then I’ll work on chores around the house
Noon Lunch time at the table with water and/or milk and whatever I can get them to eat. If they have carbs I try to smear everything with almond butter or cream cheese and after that it’s dinner leftovers, fruit, corn or dried peas. They haven’t been into veggies lately so I’m hoping those buckets of carrots they ate as babies will hold them over. I’ll sneak in veggies with zucchini bread or the occasional spinach in a smoothie but for the most part it’s meat, fruit and carbs with these two. They like chicken, beef and fish in almost any preparation.
1:00pm Start the nap routine. We go upstairs, change diapers and put on soft pants. Then they go into their cribs with a stack of books. From there they can choose what to do but they stay in their cribs until 3:30. They are mostly pretty good with falling asleep within twenty or so minutes. But there are the days were the howler monkey jumping, taking off clothes and diapers and occasionally gagging themselves really tests my patience.
Naps are typically around two hours but some days it’s longer and some days it’s shorter. I think the shortest nap session recently was just over an hour and the longest was about three and a half hours. I very rarely wake them up early from a nap.
After naps is play time and getting dinner ready.
5:45-6:20pm Dinner starts when Joel gets home from work and we eat at the table; although the boys are in their high chairs. We’ve tried pulling Graham and Miles right up to the table and not using their trays. They seem to like that set up but they’re still pretty wiggly and almost always dump their plate on the table. So we have a way to go before they’re out of their high chairs.
7:00pm Bedtime routine starts. Baths, naked time, Daddy time, reading stories, we fit in as much as we can before night time diapers and backwards pjs get put on, teeth are brushed and into cribs they go.
7:30pm Mommy and Daddy give each other a tired high five and then look around at the living room and wonder why things look like a bomb went off.
On Mondays we try to do a play date with twin friends to get our week started off. Tuesday is usually a good errand running day for me. Wednesday or Thursday we go to the library and Grandma and Grandpa come visit. Friday we fit in whatever we didn’t do yet; a trip to a park to run around, a play date with friends or just a day in if the weather is crummy. On these days I try to spend blocks of time playing with the boys on specific things instead of splitting my attention with the kitchen or laundry.
When you do all of that a hundred times over, suddenly we’re looking at two TWO year olds!
The hours are long the days are short. Being a stay at home mom was always one of my goals in life. There are times when I question my sanity like when I’m changing the fifth poopy diaper in two hours or when I’m cleaning up a throw up incident off the floor from nap time gone awry. But there are other moments, sweet moments, when the boys come over for a hug or I see them sharing toys well, when it’s all worth it. The days fly by; but quite often I look at the clock around eleven and think IS IT NAP TIME YET?!?!?!
I never imagined myself a mom of twins, and certainly not of two boys. I was going to have two girls, one at a time. That was the plan. But as you know, you don’t really have control over what life has planned for you. When I go out on errands by myself I miss my boys and when they wake up in the middle of the night and cry out to me I want to be right there. That’s not to say there aren’t moments when I just want them to stop whining or stop all the hitting and just BE STILL but I love them dearly and I wouldn’t change having them in my life for anything in the world.
I try my best to be patient and loving at all times. Even when I scoop up Graham and plop him on the hallway carpet to finish his tantrum there, I smile knowing these little tots are turning into little boys. They have all the emotions anyone could have and it’s pretty awesome getting to be there every day to watch their world evolve around them. It seems like weekly they can do things they weren’t doing before. Graham can reach some of the light switches now and he’s so proud of himself when he can make the lights go on and off. Miles climbed up to the top of a slide by himself over the weekend, looked over at me and said “You did it!”
Yes, my boys, you do it every day. Steal my heart, test my patience, make me smile, exhaust me and make me so thankful that I’m so lucky in life.