Sorry for the long hiatus! We moved houses and have generally been taking it easy over the summer, but I’m excited to be back to work on the blog. Here’s a sample schedule of my day now that the triplets are 2.
6am- my alarm goes off. My big kids (now aged 8 and 6) are usually already awake by now. They will play in their room (let’s be honest, they use the opportunity to use their iPads) until I’m out of the shower and headed downstairs.
6:30-7am- I put away clean dishes from the dishwasher that I always start the night before. I make my coffee and get the babies sippy cups of milk (honesty again- I still heat their milk! They really prefer it. I have to stop this soon). If the big kids are especially hungry, I’ll feed them breakfast while I’m puttering around the kitchen.
7am- the triplets wake up. I bring their sippy cups of milk to their bedroom. Usually the big kids play with the triplets after they’ve finished gulping down their milk. If school is in session, the big kids get dressed. Lately they’ve been going to a summer camp, so we have a more relaxed morning, but they generally know they need to get dressed after the triplets are awake.
7:30am- I bring the triplets downstairs. I’m still carrying them down the stairs as they haven’t mastered going down stairs yet. This is another thing I need to work on. The triplets play in the playroom. If I haven’t fed the big kids, we all eat breakfast together. If it’s a school day, we have to pack lunches and gather everything for school while the triplets run around us. I change and dress the triplets after they’ve had breakfast.
8am- If it’s a school day, I load the triple wagon and we all walk out the door for the bus stop. Now in the summertime, we’ve been taking it easy a bit longer and playing together downstairs until about 9am. Then I help the big kids pack their lunch and snacks for camp. I load up the car with the triplets and the big kids for camp. After the big kids are signed in for camp, I either go on a long walk with the triplets or if it’s too hot, we go to an indoor play group. I try to do something to get us out of the house every day because we all are happier after an outing.
11am- back home with just the triplets for lunch. After lunch, I change their diapers and tell them it’s time to go upstairs to their room. They all climb up the stairs on their own with me closely supervising them. They now walk into their room on their own. I make sure to make a big fuss about how well they do, which they love.
11:30am-2pm (ish)- the triplets nap. Going down to one nap has been amazing. They only started napping once a day right around their second birthday. This has allowed us so much more freedom to have a real outing in the morning without meltdowns. It also gives me a better chunk of time with the big kids while the triplets nap. If the big kids aren’t home, I do things around the house like laundry, meal prep, cleaning, decluttering, unpacking, phone calls, and bill paying. I really should use this time for blogging (like I am today!) but because we recently moved, there seem to be too many things getting in the way of blogging.
2:30pm- I make sure all the triplets are awake before going into their room. I give them another sippy cup of milk. We head downstairs and they play. We have a snack. If the big kids are at school, I load up the triplets in the wagon and meet the big kids at the bus stop. Lately I’ve been loading up the triplets in the car and getting the big kids from summer camp around 3:30pm.
3:30-5pm- we play at home. I start making dinner around 5pm. I often have to turn on Sesame Street to distract the triplets while I’m cooking. While they do well with naps, they can get clingy and irritable in the evening when it’s closer to their bedtime. At some point my husband gets home (the time can vary greatly day by day).
5:30pm- all 7 of us try and sit down for dinner together. This usually only lasts about 15 minutes but I’ll take what I can get!
6pm- the triplets play until they start getting fussy. I tell them it’s time to go upstairs and we head up together. I change their diapers and get them into pajamas. If they’ve had a good afternoon nap and aren’t too fussy, I’ll give them a bath. We read stories in their bedroom and say goodnight.
6:30pm- I clean up from dinner. If the big kids are in school, we do homework.
7pm- the big kids take a bath or shower. By 7pm they are no longer allowed screen time, so they play in their rooms or they ask for me to play something like a board game with them. We often read a book together.
8pm- I say prayers with the big kids. Our oldest is allowed to stay up and read after prayers. The 6-year-old (who can read now) is usually too tired to even entertain reading at this point at night.
8:30pm- I finish cleaning up downstairs if I haven’t already. I start the dishwasher. Then I finally get to do whatever I want! I try to blog (which hasn’t happened lately), read, spend time with my husband, watch TV (very rarely), and generally crash around 9:30pm.
So there you have it! Looking back at the 4 month old schedule, life certainly has gotten easier in some respects. The triplets are no longer as physically demanding. However, they have definitely entered toddlerhood and can be more emotionally demanding. Thankfully, they seem to take turns with meltdowns. At least I can easily arm myself with snacks and hugs and distractions around the house!
Image is of the playroom right after we moved in to the new house. There are a lot more toys, kids and mess in there these days!