I was talking about schedules the other day with a fellow twin mom. She was asking what kind of routine Alice was on and how I worked her into a better schedule. I was happy to report that we’re in a nice rhythm right now but I haven’t forgotten how it was not too long ago that I was stressing out about getting Alice to take naps not on me and then waiting FOREVER for her to be sleeping through the night.
At 10 months here’s our day
Between 6 and 7am, wake up!
I typically kick Joel to get out of bed and make the “long walk” down the hall to change her diaper and bring her to our room. I get up and nurse Alice and then stick her in a bouncy chair while we shower and get dressed. If the boys aren’t up yet then Joel will take his shower with Alice in the bathroom while I try to catch a 10 minute power nap. The boys’ wake up time is typically in the 7:10 – 7:40 range. Most often Miles is the first boy up claiming that he couldn’t sleep because Graham was being too loud or that Alice was making too much noise.
Then it’s Alice out of the bouncer and crawling around while the rest of us circle like ants and get ourselves dressed.
Down the stairs we go for breakfast. Joel tries to head out for work but is usually stopped a half dozen times by children questions.
8am Alice has a solid meal.
Alice chows down on her first solid meal while the boys and I also have breakfast at the kitchen table. I’ll start her with puffs while I get everything else on the table and then feed her some combo of oatmeal or yogurt with fruit stirred in for the rest of her breakfast. Then it’s clean up, finish getting ready for the day and songs and books until nap time.
9am Alice has a nap.
If we’re home for the morning Alice goes down for a nap in a sleep sack in the mini crib we have set up in the guest room downstairs. Then I’ll play with the boys or try to work on chores around the house while they play.
10:30am typical wake up time.
Alice is up from her nap and then it’s GO time for getting out of the house for the day.
11am Alice nurses around 11am.
I’ll get one more nursing session in before we leave the house and if we’ll be out for a while then I throw food pouches in our go bag so I can give her lunch while we’re out.
Noon Alice has a solid meal.
3pm typical wake up time. Alice nurses.
After her next nursing session it’s more play time and then into the bouncer or “play pit” to be entertained while I fix dinner.
5pm Alice has solid food joins us for dinner at the table around 5:40.
We usually wait to have dinner as a family when Joel is home from work, around 5:40, but Alice is ready to eat by 5:00. It works out well to feed her and then she sits in the high chair and hangs out with the family while we eat our dinner.
Then we put on some fun music and clean up the kitchen as a family for our “evening family works”. It’s a good habit to have but some nights the boys are too squirrely so we kick them outside with Joel and I stay inside to clean and have a break from the noise of little voices.
7pm start of bedtime routine with a bath every other night. Alice has one final nursing session and then into her crib in her room by 8pm.
Since Alice is nursing we split our bedtime up with Joel taking care of the boys and I take care of Alice. With Joel at work all day and Alice going to bed sooner than the boys we have Joel do Alice’s bath and getting into pjs so he has a little more time with her before it’s off to her room for Mommy and Alice time. I nurse her and then put her into her crib for sleep. She’s become such an independent sleeper that lately she doesn’t even want to be rocked to sleep. She’ll nurse, pull away and then is typically a wiggle worm until you lay her in her crib.
Some nights I wish she would snuggle on me and give us a quiet moment together. On the nights that I’m disappointed about it I try to remind myself it wasn’t too long ago that I was frustrated she wouldn’t sleep anywhere but on me! I guess I asked for it! We’re now in a good pattern of her sleeping through the night with no wake ups until the next morning when we start our routine all over again. It’s a good place to be.