A lot of people have told me that they don't know how I do it, or they ask what my life is like, some even go as far as calling me Superwoman.... I always respond with a smile and say "I just take it one day at a time." But what I am really thinking is "Girl.... you have no idea...." I've been meaning to post my daily schedule so people can just a peek into what the typical day is like in my world.
-Wake up to the sound of screaming or cooing girls or my alarm clock, my day HAS to start a 7 am no later, if I sleep in... the day is ruined.
-Nurse the girls, then burp and get covered in spit up.
-Lay them on the floor to play while I check my shop and email.
-Wake up the other kids, or let them out of their room (my kids are the only toddlers in the world that feel like they need permission to leave their room in the morning....it's great.)
-Get clothes out for the girls, a few days week get all the bath supplies out, and set up for the girls.
-Pull laundry out of dryer, fold it and put it away.
-Put the girls in their Bumbo's and then prepare some cereal for them.
-Get breakfast for Kaylie and Aaron.
-Feed the girls... this is a much bigger chore than any mother of on singleton babies just can't comprehend... it's just chaos.
-Clean up the girls and either play with them or head up stairs for the bath.
-Bathe the girls, separately while the other either plays on the floor next to me... or screams at me until it is her turn, and then the other one usually screams at me until I am done.
-Get the girls dressed.... all the while entertaining the other twin.
-Do hair, thank goodness they don't have much... yet.
-Rock for a few minutes and put them down for a nap before 9 am... this is a must!
-Prepare and eat mine and Jacob's breakfast... as fast as humanly possible as I am usually starving at this point.
-Throw some dishes in the dishwasher... or in the sink to wait until I get to them.
-Get Aaron and Kaylie ready for the day, which usually involves a "yes/no" fight with Aaron over using the potty....if this kid is potty trained my high school it will be a miracle.
-Review shop for what needs to get shipped out for the day.
-Read scriptures out loud to kids and my hubby... and usually I feel like I am the only one listening to myself.
-Sew a few flowers, if I am lucky.
-Twins wake up...usually cry or yell at me..."crap, it's time to shower already".
-Run upstairs, grab some clothes and jump in the shower for anywhere from 5-15 minutes of me-time.
-Jump out of the shower, throw my clothes on... go and grab the now very angry girls and lay them on the floor at the bathroom door so I can semi-sort-of get ready for the day.
-Brush Teeth, put on make-up, try to do my hair (usually doesn't happen.) All while singing and dancing to entertain the girls... this is much more difficult than it sounds but I usually get ready for the day in less than 15 minutes.
-Girls are usually screaming because they are hungry again...so I take them downstairs to nurse again.
-Burp them again and get soaked in more vomit.
-Lay them down on the floor or put them in the swing and jumperoo to play.
-Fight with Aaron to get on the potty again... I rarely win.
-Do Kaylie's hair.
-Take the kids outside for a few minutes if it is nice, but it usually isn't so I sit by the twins and sew a rose or two while they play.
-Feed the girls lunch.
-Clean the girls up.
-Rock the girls, and take them upstairs for nap number two.
-Come back downstairs and quickly fix lunch for the kids and Jacob and I.
-Eat super fast... have to, I never have enough time to enjoy eating.
-Clean up lunch, and kids.
-Try to get Aaron on the potty once again.
-Put Aaron down for a nap.
-Come sew a few more flowers, and sew pillows together for Jacob to stuff. (He's been working this whole time just in case you were wondering.)
-Run upstairs and put on my workout clothes, pop in a Dvd and workout for any where from 30-45 minutes...if I am lucky.
-Change back into regular clothes... no worries I usually don't work out long enough to sweat enough to need a shower... one of these days I will get there though.
-Print off all the shipping labels for Jacob and get anything else that he needs ready.
-Get girls up from nap usually by 3:30.
-Try to give them a bottle of formula... their Dr. says I need to supplement... but they hate every kind I try so they just usually chew on the bottles until they scream and I give in and nurse them any way.
-Get covered in more spit up... no I don't change every time I just wear it proudly, I have way too much laundry any way.
-Change them again.
-Put them in the Jumperoo or swing or on their mat to play.
-Hurry and help Jacob get everything packaged to ship and ready to go while he runs and jumps in the shower... if he didn't shower first thing in the morning it usually happens now.
-Send Jacob out the door with at least 10 orders (on a good day.)
-Get Aaron up from his nap... and if he isn't up already he will usually throw his after-nap-tantrum... no reason to even suggest the potty now.
-If the girls are grouchy, I rock them and put them down for another nap.
-If they are happy and it is nice outside I load them up in the stroller and go for a walk, at .4 miles per hour because they kids usually want to go with me...sometimes I am just too patient.
-Wake girls up, if they took another nap.
-Put them in the Jumperoo or bouncer or swing to play...(yes, they stay there a lot...I just can't hold both of them all day.)
-Go to the store, if we need food or something... but have to run back to be home by 6 at the latest. I run all the time any more.
-Get dinner ready... or try to start thinking about what to make for dinner.
-Make dinner, usually with a baby in one arm and the other one yelling at me from the Jumperoo.
-Bedtime routine for the girls begins.
-Nurse them again, get covered in even more spit up and feed them cereal.
-Clean them up.
-Change diapers and get them in pj's.
-Play for a few minutes.
-Head upstairs to rock in their room.
-Put the girls to bed.... Hallelujah! Half my kids are in bed!
-Eat as fast as humanly possible.
-Check the computer... I am so glad that Jacob keeps up on all this for me.
-Start fighting with the kids over bedtime.
-Potty fight with Aaron.
-Get them in Pj's...which they can never find, because their room is such a mess. I keep saying I will clean it one day (been saying that for months now.)
-Look for blankets and stuffed animals.
-Put Kaylie and Aaron to bed.
-Throw some laundry in the washing machine.
-Fold some laundry.
-Go downstairs and sew some more roses.
-Yell at the kids several times to go to sleep.
-Check the shop out again.
-See what needs to be done for tomorrow and make a to do list.
-Shut everything down, and get ready for bed.
-Throw the laundry in the dryer.
-Both Jacob and I are completely out cold.... it's been a long day...wait a minute, everyday is a long day.
12:00 am-5:00 am:
-The girls usually wake up once and then I nurse them and put them back to sleep.
The Next Day...It all starts again.
After 7 months of this ... and many more to go... I've decided, maybe I am Superwoman.. I will let you be the judge of that.