Several of you have emailed me asking what a day with the babies looks like. The schedule stays the same pretty much throughout the day since we homeschool and most days we are at home. Even when we are out and about I try to keep their eating times close to schedule and obviously the napping adjusts on the days we are on the go. So, here is how a typical day for the babies goes at our house for them at 4.5 months old:
8:00 a.m. Wake babies, new diapers, get dressed, morning bottles
8:30 a.m. Playtime on playmats & bouncy chairs in family room
9:30 a.m. Morning nap in cribs
10:30 a.m. Evan thinks morning naptime is over-gets moved to the swing
11:00 a.m. Wake babies (if not up all ready), new diapers, lunch bottles
11:30 a.m. Playtime on playmats & bouncy chair (starting tummy time too)
12:30 p.m. Take fussy babies to cribs for 1st afternoon nap
1:30 p.m. Evan thinks it’s time to wake up–move to swing
2:00 p.m. Babies up, new diapers, and time to eat again
2:30 p.m. That’s right! Playtime again. Elizabeth loves this time with babies while Sarah is napping
3:30 p..m. Late afternoon naptime
5:00 p.m. They all wake up at 5:00 on their own “starving” or so they let on.
5:30 p.m. Playtime, stroller rides (since it’s cooling off around her finally!)
6:15-7:45 p.m. This is the fussy & unpredictable time of day. One or more sometimes like a catnap. Other times, they won’t nap but fuss most of the time until bed. I use this time to breastfeed those babies who want and like to. Most of the time, we are just happy to have enough people here to hold the babies and help them through until bedtime.
7:45 p.m. Time for Jammies! If it is bath night, we do it during the fussy time above.
8:00 p.m. Bedtime bottles and down for the night. Well that would be nice, but…
12:30ish a.m. Evan wakes on his own screaming for a bottle
2:00ish a.m. Evan wakes again for a bottle and is moved to swing
4:00ish a.m. Half of the time Evan wakes for another bottle because hey, I’m not feeding him right?
5:30 a.m. One or both girls wake up and are moved to swings
7:00 a.m. Evan wakes “starving” and though I try to hold him off, usually gets his morning bottle early at 7:30 a.m.
So there is the schedule on an average day. How does my average day break down? That will be my next post. 🙂
Sweet Eliana at bedtime
And a pic of the one who just really needs to learn to sleep more at night don’t you agree? 🙂
Sarah is full of love and life and stories to tell. She loves people and talking to just about anyone. She enjoys playing with friends, her cousins, and helping care for the “trip-uh-lets”.
She adores drawing and coloring. Most days recently she is dressed in one of her princess gowns. She is such a joy to all who meet her! We love you Sarah!
Yes, it’s been since May since I’ve posted! You can only imagine the level of activity in our home!
The babies bring such joy to our home. We just returned from our first trip with the whole crew. Rhea rented a beach house and we spent a week together with extended family and had such a great time. The babies are growing and doing well. They have their 4m check up next week and I will be able to share their new measurements. I’m curious to see where they are on the growth chart.
They are growing so fast. Emma and Eliana sleep through the night for the most part. Though the last couple of days they have been waking for pacis. Evan still believes he is a newborn, haha! He wakes 2x a night and takes full bottles! They are smiling, grabbing at toys on their activity mat, sucking on their hands, and the girls will “talk” to you if you are up for a conversation.
We have started homeschooling up full swing from a more relaxed summer study schedule. I’ve “scheduled” me blogging time. I want to record the memories and life tidbits from our home as they unfold. So, join me as I share life with 8 kiddos, big and small. Our life is full and we are blessed!
Below: Eliana, Emma, & Evan 4m old
Haven’t taken any pictures in a few days I don’t think. We are just trying to figure out a good routine for the babies eat every three hours and then pumping right after and somehow getting some sleep in between all that! We’ve enjoyed all of our time with these babies. They’re cuddly, expressive, and such a blessing!
Each of them is doing quite well.
Here are a few pictures that I have. the first one is of Sarah when she got up this morning before everyone else! The black-and-white of Evan is one a photographer took of him in the NICU.
We got home midafternoon from the hospital. It was a wonderful time with Elizabeth and Sarah finally getting to hold the babies. At the hospital the rules were that only the older kids could hold them.
We jumped into our every three hour feeding routine and everybody pitched in. So far I’ve been able to make enough milk that none of the babies have had to have any formula. Breast-feeding is coming slowly as they are still quite young. They will be three weeks old tomorrow but truly only 37 weeks gestational age. They all have an appointment with our doctor tomorrow afternoon. So that will be our first outing. Our general practitioner Dr. Dibble will be seeing the babies.
Our first night was tiresome but expected. We are just all so glad to be home together. Rhea is wanting the babies in our bedroom and us all to be together. However I’m not sure how long that will last being that he will need a lot more sleep in order to work outside the home! We will see what the next few nights brings!
After dinner and the last early evening feeding we all had a sweet time of family worship and prayer before heading to bed.
Today is the day! Our babies are coming home! People have asked, “Are you ready?” Yes we are.
I remember when I was a little girl and my aunt took me to a pool where platform divers trained. I climbed all the way up to the highest platform and walked to the edge and looked down at the deep blue water. I was excited. Most of me wanted to jump, but there was that little part of me that wanted to climb back down. That thought process lasted for a short minute because the lifeguard blew his whistle for me to jump as other people were waiting for their turns. I jumped and it was exciting! I did it over and over again that afternoon.
Bringing all three babies home will be like that. Rhea and I will just have to jump! By God’s amazing grace He will guide us and lead us. He has brought us all this way in this adoption journey. He has blessed us abundantly with three more children in our “old” age.
I have warned the family that I have been “strong” these last couple of weeks and have not cried, but I know as soon as we are all home together as a family, I will probably cry. A lot. All happy tears. All tears of thankfulness, humbleness, gratefulness, and just awe at what The Lord has done through preserving the lives of these three little tiny babies who were frozen at such an early stage of life for so many years. Thank you for your prayers for us on this journey. Thank you for washing & folding clothes, vacuuming floors, and bringing meals. Thank you for the diapers and wipes and all the hugs when we see you. Thank you for rejoicing with us and praising the One who deserves all the glory and honor!
Today is here. They are coming home! We are ready to jump!
We went up to the NICU to visit our trio this afternoon with the kiddos. When we left the babies yesterday, Evan was still in a separate crib with his NG tube and IV and working on getting his full feeds down with a bottle and taking antibiotics through his IV. His cultures came back negative so they took him off antibiotics, removed the IV, and the NG tube because he has been able to take full feeds for almost 24 hours. He has improved by leaps and bounds since we even saw him yesterday! So all of this was a surprise when we walked in this afternoon! this is what we saw:
Eliana & Emma with Evan snuggled in on the end on the girls’ pink blanket! So excited!! We were also told Emma passed her car seat test and should be coming home tomorrow!