Saturday, February 09, 2008
five months



The babies are five months old today. They are doing wonderfully. They are all chubby and healthy. Jack weighs about 18 pounds, Drake about 17, and Britta about 15. They are on a great schedule:

7 pm - 7 am: sleep
7 am - 8 am: bottle, change diapers
8 am - 10 am: nap
10 am - 12:30 pm: bottle (plus some rice cereal or oatmeal), change diapers, tummy time and play, bottle
~12:30 - 3:30 pm: nap (I wake them up at 4 if they are still sleeping)
3:30 - 7 pm: bottle( plus some rice cereal or oatmeal), change diapers, play, swing time during dinner (for two; the other will go in a bouncy chair or be held by David or one of the girls; if the swing isn't working that goes for all three), bottle, change diapers, bed.

The baby-focused part of my day is busy and challenging, but with the schedule the babies are well rested and rarely get too out of sorts and they (and I) know what to expect generally. It's everything else I need to do that can make life truly hectic.

My schedule is like this:
7 am - 8 am: nurse 1-3 babies, give bottles (re-prop bottles that drop while trying to nurse), burp babies, change diapers, sing songs and put babies down
8 am - 10 am: get Lillie ready for school (eat breakfast, get breakfast for Lillie, make lunch, get together clothes, go over math facts or spelling), take Lillie to school, come home and try to get in as much work as possible before babies wake up
10 am - 12:30 pm: nurse 1-3 babies, feed bottles and burp babies (usually with David), feed the babies some rice cereal or oatmeal, clean up babies, change diapers, give babies tummy time and play with them, warm up bottles, nurse 1-3 babies and feed bottles and burp babies (usually with David), sing songs and put babies down for nap
~ 12:30 - 3:30 pm: work, work out if work isn't too crazy, take a shower, have lunch, pick up the house, prep for dinner (if work is busy, just work and lunch);
after kids get home: do homework with Lillie, spend time with girls
~ 3:30 - 7 pm: nurse 1-3 babies, warm up and feed bottles( plus some rice cereal or oatmeal), clean up babies, change diapers, play, bath time a few days a week, make dinner, eat dinner, clean up after dinner (with help from girls and David), get girls to ballet/church activities (David often does this), play with babies, nurse 1-3 babies, warm up and feed bottles, change diapers, sing to babies, and put them down for the night.
7 pm - 7:30 or 8 pm: Wash bottles and mixing pitcher and any dishes from dinner. Make up 15 bottles for next day. Clean up house, fold laundry, etc.
~ 8 pm until bed: Spend time with girls and David. Relax.

There's not much relaxing. Looking at it makes me so grateful that we have a cleaning service. That gives me a few more breaks. But compared to those first few months, this is a great schedule. And, I do get a lot of help from David which makes things so much easier.

I have a big post in mind about tips for establishing schedules and sleeping, but for anyone reading this (I think most of the folks who read this have older children, but you never know who lurks), I'd recommend Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth and On Becoming Baby Wise by Gary Ezzo. If you have multiples, I'd recommend reading them when you are pregnant because finding time to do anything (and I mean anything) will be hard when your babies are first here and you really need to be establishing a schedule. If your babies are already here, read Baby Wise. It's more straightforward, a faster read, and they have a whole chapter on multiples (the Ezzos had triplets themselves so they are not giving pat answers that don't work like stagger each baby's schedule). If you have one baby, Healthy Sleep Habits gives a lot of different options and techniques for getting your baby to sleep without any crying that's very useful. I think the main thing that book taught me was how much sleep a baby needs. My babies are sleeping 16-17 hours a day and it keeps them well-rested and happy and the rest of us sane.



Jack today. He's the big boy now. We call him Olgi (for a sound he makes a lot), Jack Attack, Jackie boy, and J-Dog.



Britta today. Lillie calls her Britta Whittakers. We also call her Brit, Brit-Brit and Britti.



Drake a few days ago. It's rare to get him smiling (he does smile quite a bit, but he tends to look serious when I try to take his picture). We call him Digimon (for his first two initials DG), and Drakey (but not a lot - mostly when we sing "don't break my heart, my achey Drakey heart" to him).

To have five healthy, fabulous children is better than anything else I could possibly have. We're busy, lucky, and blessed. Amazingly blessed.
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