Monday, December 30, 2013

32 months: How does their daily routine entail?

 
It has been said in a multitude of ways that parenthood is the most rewarding and challenging role I have been gifted with. I am certain, many parents will agree with me on this. The twins have just turned 32 months and some aspects of our lives are certainly 'easier' (e.g. being able to communicate with them and knowing with confidence that they understand) and others continue to be a challenge (e.g. them understanding what we say does not necessarily translate to their compliance).
 
Just as well, my husband and I share the same parenting values and are sticklers for THE ROUTINE. Our lives are very full and busy, some days / moments in a day can go from being very challenging & mind-numbing to our hearts being full of love & pride for them.
 
Talking about being sticklers for routine. Yes, we are OCD like that. We implemented a routine for the twins from the moment they were born, to be more specific, from the moment I tandem breastfed them. We did routine feeding and not demand feeding, the twins have never slept in the same room as us and yes, we also dropped their overnight feeds at 9 weeks, slept trained them at 10 weeks and they slept through the night from 11 weeks. In their own room, without any lights on / adults / rocking.
 
Sticking to those methods work for us because we are working parents who need our sleep. Also, we are of the belief that children who sleep well, eat better and tend to be better behaved also. It's a winning situation all around, for us.
 
Therefore, what does our daily routine look like? Allow me to share with you a non-working day vs. a working day when the twins are at childcare.
 
Full Day
 
6:00am - They wake up and nappies are removed
6:15am - They drink 180ml of full-cream cow's milk cold from the fridge
6:45am - We have breakfast together. Usually 3 different fresh fruits, cereal / toast
7:15am - We clean up and get changed out of PJs and into our day clothes
7:30am onwards - We head out as a family to do various things / activities
10:00am - We drive home
10:30am - Lunch is served at the table
11:00am - We clean up and sit on the lounge to watch a short cartoon
11:15am - They drink 180ml of full-cream cow's milk cold from the fridge
11:45am -  Afternoon Nap
 
2:30pm - They wake up from their nap
3:00pm - Family activity either at home / we head out somewhere
4:30pm - We are home and it's dinner for the twins followed by fruit
5:15pm - The twins head outdoors for a bike ride or play in the backyard
5:30pm - Bath time
6:00pm - Twins get changed, they drink 180ml of cow's milk, we read 2 books
6:30pm - Lights out. Bedtime for them.
 
A Working Day
5:45am - I am out of the door and driving towards the city bound for my office. Washing machine is turned on
6:00am - They wake up and daddy cares for them
6:15am - They drink 180ml of full-cream cow's milk from the fridge
6:45am - Daddy sits down with them for breakfast
7:15am - Clean up, twins entertain themselves while daddy hangs out the washing and has a shower
7:45am - Daddy drives them to childcare and drops them off before he heads to work
 
{The routine at Childcare pretty much mimics what takes place in our home}
 
2:15pm - I leave the office and start driving home
2:45pm - I am either at the supermarket doing a grocery top up / at home tidying up, bringing in the laundry, etc.
3:30pm - I pick the twins up from childcare
4:30pm - We are home and it's dinner for the twins followed by fruit
5:15pm - The twins head outdoors for a bike ride or play in the backyard
5:30pm - Bath time
6:00pm - Twins get changed, they drink 180ml of cow's milk, we read 2 books
6:30pm - Lights out. Bedtime for them.
 
If you are interested in finding out more about our routines during their younger months, type "routine" in the search box located on the right hand side of my blog.
 
I am lucky that my children still have their one daily nap as it gives me and my husband a few hours to either catch up on domestic duties or simply to take a much needed breather.  
 
Raising multiples and holding down two demanding careers without domestic assistance is a challenge in itself. This is the way we have chosen and are by no means advocating that this be the way for other families with multiples. You do what suits you and your family best.
 
This suits us perfectly and yes, it has its limitations. Still, predictability and routine works for my family of four.
 
Have a splendid Monday,
 
 
 

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