A typical day for E and M

Written at 8 months old

00:00 E and M sleep (Mummy and Daddy also sleep)
03:15 E wakes in need of a mummy cuddle and dummy
03:20-05:00 E and M sleep (Mummy and Daddy also sleep)
05:00 E wakes in need of a dummy
05:00-06:15 E and M sleep (Mummy and Daddy also sleep)
06:15-06:45 E and M chat (Mummy and Daddy moan about the time)
06:45-07:15 E and M are changed and dressed (Daddy gets ready for work, lets the chickens out, feeds the cats and makes breakfast)
07:15-07:45 E is fed porridge and bottle fed, M is breastfed, fed porridge and bottle fed.
07:45-08:00 E and M play in their bouncy chairs (Mummy and Daddy eat breakfast)
08:00-08:30 E and M are changed, placed in sleeping bags and hats in their cots, are bottle fed, rocked, given dummies and teddies (Daddy goes to work)
08:30-09.30 E and M sleep to the sound of twinkle twinkle little star (Mummy showers, dresses and catches up with household chores to the sound of twinkle twinkle little star on the baby monitor)
09:30 E wakes calling “Meme”, “Dada” and “Bebe”, M is woken by the chatting.
09:30-10:00 E and M are removed from sleeping bags and cots. They are sat on Mummy and Daddy’s bed to play to the sound of the hairdryer.
10:00-10:45 E and M play sitting on their mat in the front room surrounded by cushions to the sound of Mummy catching up with household chores.
10:45-11:00 E and M make stacking cup towers with Mummy and practice knocking them down.
11:00 E has his medicine
11:00-11:30 E and M play sitting on their mat in the front room surrounded by cushions to the sound of Mummy setting up and preparing lunch.
11:30-12:00 E and M have finger food and pureed food in their highchairs
12:00-12:15 E and M are bottle fed in their bouncy chairs
12:15-12:45 E and M are changed, placed in sleeping bags and hats in their cots, are bottle fed, given dummies and teddies.
12:45-13:45 E and M sleep (Mummy tidies E and M’s lunch away and then has her lunch)
13:45 E wakes and is taken down stairs
13:45-14:15 E plays on the sofa with Mummy, M sleeps
14:15-14:30 E and Mummy visit the cats and chickens in the garden, M sleeps
14:30 E is changed, M sleeps
14:30-14:45 E plays lying on his mat in the front room to the sound of Mummy catching up with household chores.
14:45-15:00 E plays in his rocking horse in the dining room to the sound of Mummy catching up with household chores. M wakes and is brought downstairs.
15:00-17:00 E and M are dressed in their snowsuits and E, M and Mummy go for a walk.
17:00-17:30 E and M have finger food and pureed food in their highchairs. (Daddy comes home)
17:30-18:00 E and M are bottle fed
18:00-18:30 E and M are changed and bathed (Mummy prepares upstairs for bedtime and tops up bottles)
18:30-19:00 E and M are moisturised, dressed and placed in their sleeping bags. E is bottle fed and placed in his cot with a dummy and teddy. M is breast fed, bottle fed and placed in her cot with a dummy and teddy.
19:00-22:00 E and M sleep to the sound of Mummy and Daddy catching up with household chores (feeding the cats, shutting chickens in, washing, sterilising and filling bottles and locking up), cooking and eating (and compulsory watching of pre-recorded neighbours).
22:00-00:00 E and M sleep (Mummy and Daddy also sleep, at last!)
NB
-Timings are subject to change resulting in only 3 hours of sleep and missed meal times.

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A typical day for E and M

Written at 8 days old

00:00 E and M sleep (Mummy and Daddy also sleep)
01:00-02:00 E breastfed, bottle fed, burped and changed, M is bottle fed, burped and changed to the whirring of the double electric breast pump and bottle steriliser.
02:00-03:00 E and M grizzle to the sound of white noise
03:00-05:00 E and M sleep to the sound of white noise (Mummy and Daddy also sleep)
05:00-06:00 E and M bottle fed, burped and changed to the whirring of the double electric breast pump and bottle steriliser.
06:00-07:30 E and M sleep to the sound of white noise (Mummy and Daddy also sleep)
07:30-09:00 E and M breastfed, bottle fed, burped and changed to the whirring of the double electric breast pump and bottle steriliser.
09:00-10:30 E and M sleep (Mummy and Daddy also sleep)
10:30-11.30 E and M breastfed, bottle fed, burped and changed to the whirring of the double electric breast pump and bottle steriliser.
11.30-13.30 E and M sleep to the sound of Mummy and Daddy catching up with household chores, showering and attempting to eat.
13:30-14:30 E and M breastfed, bottle fed, burped and changed to the whirring of the double electric breast pump and bottle steriliser.
14:30 E has his nails clipped and filed
14:30-17:30 E and M sleep to the sound of Mummy and Daddy catching up with household chores.
17:30-18:00 E and M have a bath
18:00-19:00 E and M breastfed, bottle fed, burped and changed to the whirring of the double electric breast pump and bottle steriliser.
19:00-21:00 E and M sleep to the sound of Mummy and Daddy catching up with household chores (watering the garden, feeding the cats, collecting the eggs, locking up), cooking and eating (and compulsory watching of pre-recorded neighbours).
21:00-22:00 E and M breastfed, bottle fed, burped and changed to the whirring of the double electric breast pump and bottle steriliser.
22:00-23:00 E and M grizzle to the sound of white noise, given top ups of milk, burped and changed
23:00-00:00 E and M sleep (Mummy and Daddy also sleep, at last!)

NB
-Timings are subject to change resulting in only 1 hour of sleep and missed meal times.
-Supporting documents are available on request detailing amount of time breast feeding, quantity of expressed and formula milk consumed and nappy contents and colour.

R is for Routine

Admittedly it worked to our advantage to get our babies into a routine from day one, on being fed they would be put straight down in their Moses basket for a nap dozy or not and eventually they would drift off to sleep. We had sleep props, a comforter and a dummy which they were given to help them settle and they came to associate them with sleep wherever we were.  Our first Christmas we met with our postnatal friends for a Christmas party and people were amazed that when we put our babies in their car seats with their sleep props they just went to sleep.  Our babies were very content, rarely crying as they were put down for a nap before they knew they needed one and were fed as soon as they were slightly hungry.  The downside was that one of our twins was often woken for a feed so they could stick to the same routine.  Another drawback has been that since my twins were about 8 months they only have proper naps at home in their cot so it is somewhat limiting when people want to meet with you.  Saying all this though I honestly don’t know, even now, how you would have twins and no routine, I have come to rely on it for contented babies and a contented mummy.

A naptime treat

This week we are trialling something new, we are transitioning from a middle of the day nap to an afternoon nap (I say we I do no sleeping but E and M do, most of the time!).  We have successfully completed two mealtimes without faces down in their lunch and they currently are snuggled up in their cots.  I am exhausted… who knew that a couple of extra hours with two one year olds would be so tiring.  So this week I am trialling something else new, a naptime treat, an hour of time for me.  Today it is a bit of blogging, ‘Sewing Bee’ on the TV, crochet granny squares on hand, a bit of dark mint chocolate and a hot chocolate. IMG_2022

My tiredness is not helped by the lack of sleep, due to the usual E and M disturbance plus added nightmares for me.  Lovely Lily (the Chicken) took a trip to the vets at the beginning of the week and has been there ever since.  Hidden under the feathers on her leg I found 3 large lumps and a huge bloody scab, it transpires that most likely she has cancer.  The vet has given her an op to remove as much as possible but failed to remove it all as it surrounded the muscle in the leg and she suffered a lot of bleeding.  Time will tell if it has been successful in preventing further growth.  She is due home today, fingers crossed.  Needless to say I have been worried and that has led to lots and lots of very strange nightmares.  Night before last when E and M woke simultaneously at 1am and refused to go back to sleep I was convinced it was the work of some evil spirit inhabiting their bedroom, I know better now…