Here’s an update on how my days looked with 9 month old triplets. If you read my 4 month old schedule, you’ll quickly notice that things got easier! I tracked a day when my older kids were home for summer break. By this time, the triplets had 3 fairly consistent naps: one in the morning, one in the early afternoon, and one in the late afternoon.
7:30am one baby is awake, bring him to my room to hang out and let his sisters sleep
8am all babies are awake. Feed the babies in the nursery and pump. Once the babies are fed, bring them downstairs to play while I get breakfast for my 7 and 5 year olds (I call them the “big kids” in this schedule).
9am the big kids brush their teeth and get dressed while I put the babies down for a nap
9:45am I shower while the babies nap
10am I eat breakfast, clean the fridge, take trash out and tidy the kitchen
11am the triplets are up from their morning nap. They are given a second bottle and brought downstairs to play. I start preparing lunch around 11:30
12 noon lunch with the big kids and the triplets in the dining room
12:30pm the triplets nap. I pump, read, and do some work. I spend time with the big kids.
2pm the babies wake up and have another bottle. Then we play in the living room, or if the weather is nice we go for a walk, go to the library, or go to a playground. I have to pump around 3pm. I usually do this while in the same room as the babies by being discreet and putting on music or other distractions so they don’t tug at the pump parts.
4:30pm the babies take another short nap. This is the nap that is being phased out, so sometimes the babies will continue playing at this time while I begin dinner.
5:30pm dinner with the entire family in the dining room. We feed the babies some of the same food we are eating. I sometimes supplement with pureed foods if they aren’t eating a lot.
6:30pm babies have their final bottle for the day. They get changed into pajamas and I play with them in their nursery with books and low lights to begin the bedtime routine. I pump.
7pm babies are asleep. The big kids get a bath. We read a bedtime story.
7:30pm big kids are in bed. I clean up the kitchen and dining room from dinner. This often takes a while since the triplets are messy eaters!
8pm-9pm I prepare bottles for the first feeding of the next day, pump, and then do something fun like read, eat ice cream and watch TV, read blogs, write for this website, or talk with my husband.
9:30 I try to wind down and get ready for bed. I often fall asleep within 5 min of putting my head down on the pillow.
12 midnight- unfortunately I still have one triplet that still wakes up just about every other night (the triplet boy). I nurse him or give him a bottle and put him back down to sleep. Then it’s really bedtime for me!
Looking back at this time log, I see that pumping and three naps interrupted much of the flow of the day. Our best pocket of time to do something was in the late afternoon, but by then my energy wasn’t at its peak. Despite the fragmented day, I did have time for the big kids and time for myself in addition to quality time with the triplets. It may have been hard to see it then, but already by 9 months things were more manageable. Next up is a 12 month time log.