Routines

When people find out we have twins, they are usually full of comments and questions. One of the top questions is “How do you do it?” The simple answer we always give is “We just do!” The real, complicated answer is a combination of teamwork and an intricate routine. I try to make sure I give Kyle the kudos he deserves. This man goes above and beyond what I ever could have imagined and does more than his part to keep our family rolling. Kyle and I depend on each other to make sure everything stays running smoothly…he knows what he needs to do and I know what I need to do.
Here’s an example of our typical weekday routine:
6:25 – Kyle’s alarm goes off and he plays on his phone for a few minutes.
6:30 – My alarm goes off and I ignore it.
6:40 – Kyle wakes me up and we get out of bed.
6:45-7 – Kyle makes breakfast for us (cereal for him, waffle breakfast tacos for me) while I get ready.
7:00 – Kyle whistles for me when breakfast is ready.
7-7:10 – We eat.
7:10-7:25 We finish getting ready and then I go dress the girls while Kyle gets dressed.
7:25 – Kyle grabs a baby, my purse and keys and starts loading up the car while I finish dressing the other baby and we head to the car.
7:30 – I head to school and Kyle heads to work after feeding the dogs and putting out the trash.
7:35 – I unload the driver-side baby and we walk to the passenger-side and I unload the other baby while pinning the first baby to the side of the car with my legs. I hold their hands and we walk into school. (On Monday mornings and Friday afternoons we have nap mats too so I loop a nap mat to each baby’s arm that I’m holding and we mosey on in.) There are three doors (one with a code) and the “log-in” computer between me and the classroom. Getting there is an art form. HA!! To open the doors and punch in, I use one hand to hold both of their hands. It’s a real treat when someone opens the doors for us!
7:45 – I leave for work and usually make it in by 7:50.
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4:30 – Kyle gets off of work and runs any errands (go to the bank or quick stop at the store). He gets home, changes clothes, and starts supper.
5:00 – I get off work and head to school. Reverse the drop off procedure. I usually chat with their teacher for a few minutes. We play “stop and go” in the hallway while we walk out.
5:20 – I get home, check the mail, unload the girls with the same “pin the baby to the car” method.
5:30-6:45 – The girls play in the living room, Kyle and I chat for a minute while he cooks supper. I change clothes and either help him with supper, do chores, or play with the girls.
6:45-7:45 – Somewhere in this time frame supper is usually ready. We set the table and make the girls’ plates. Once everything is ready we open the baby gate and say “Supper’s ready!” and they make their way into the kitchen. We eat/referee/try to keep them from throwing food or their cups off their trays. If we get done early, sometimes we take a walk for an hour. Lately that hasn’t been happening. 😦
8-8:30 – While the girls finish eating, I go start their bath. I get their PJs and towels and lay out their clothes and two diapers for the morning. When I’m done I call for a baby and Kyle wipes one down and sends her to me. We brush teeth and get in the tub. I call for the second baby and we brush teeth and I put her in the tub with sister. I wash them and make failed attempts at keeping the water in the tub and off the floor/me. While I’m bathing them, Kyle cleans up the kitchen and makes our lunches for the next day…usually sandwiches or leftovers. When I’m done with one baby, I call for Kyle and he takes her to the living room. I finish up the second baby and he comes to get her too. I tidy up the bathroom.
8:30-10 – We watch the all magic and wonderful “Flower Show” and the girls calm down and we cuddle on the couch/they kick each other and fight over my lap. Then we watch an episode or two of House (or whatever series we are watching.) Once they are asleep, we go tuck them into bed.

10-11:30 – Kyle starts the dishwasher and I go wash my face/take a shower. We finish any laundry that needs to be done. Usually around 11ish we finally go to bed.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is our beloved routine. The weekends are much more relaxed. Kyle is so amazing. I can’t say it enough. It’s taken a while to learn the right balance for us both to maintain our sanity (for the most part HA!) and we are constantly adapting. As the girls get older, we encounter new challenges and, like always, adapt and overcome!

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Quick Pic: Actually managed to get them to stand semi-still for a picture this morning since I figured they would grow out of this outfit soon. Little did I know it’d get ruined at daycare! Oh well! At least they had fun! 🙂