Over the next several months I will share blog posts on my experience becoming a mama of twins. The blog series, Becoming a Mommy of Two at 30 will touch on topics such as coping with change, dealing with insecurities and redefining who I am.
I know, I hear it all the time, you get to sit at home, take breaks and watch tv. Stay-at-home moms duties are often deemed not as strenuous compared to a regular 9-5. Sure, you’re at work like 9 hours. You may have meetings, a short lunch break or not one at all. I get it and I’ll let you finish, but being a stay-at-home mom is just as difficult, especially when you throw in two babies at one time.
What Does a Day-in-the-Life of a Stay-at-home Mother of Twins Look Like?
7:30 AM: The girls are up and pretty quiet. It takes me at least 15 minutes to pull myself out of bed.
🍼 8:00 AM: Most days, I’m tandem feeding(8 oz) the girls on the couch at this time. They still like for me to hold their bottles. I normally turn on the morning news. If I need to distract for a few minutes, I turn on Disney Junior.
9:00-11 AM Give them 30 minutes to an hour and one is sure to rock themselves to sleep. Lately, Lola has been falling asleep after her first bottle. Meanwhile, Mila is up watching the news with me or playing on the floor with toys. I’m normally watching Good Morning America, Today Show or local morning news. This is also the time I’ve designated as interview time. I’ve had multiple interviews with a Facebook recruiter at this time only because they both like to nap at this time.
🍼 11:00 AM I’m usually feeding (8 oz) Mila who will most likely fall asleep while we’re eating. Lola wakes up from her nap to eat. We’re eating applesauce (4 oz) this morning.
12:00-1:00 PM Lola went to sleep without her second bottle at 11 AM, so I’m going to double up and give her 8 oz of milk and 4oz of food. Both babies are napping. It’s peaceful and I’m getting some work done.
🍼 1:00-3:00 PM Lola wakes up and is fed at 1:30.I will normally feed her baby purees at least 30 minutes before her next bottle feeding. This way she’s not fussy. When she’s fussy, she only wants a bottle. Mila wakes up at 2:12 and is fed
3:00 PM Both are up now. We’re currently watching Disney Junior, but I turned the TV to Ellen. The girls are not interested, so they play on the floor.
4:00 PM I designated this “education” time. I normally read them at least two Dr. Suess books. We also sing ABC’s. Lola naps at 4:33 PM.
🍼 5:00 PM I just fed Mila and Lola.
6:00-7:00 PM Daddy is home and Mommy gets a break to cook 🙂
8:00 PM This is their last feeding of the day. 🙂
🍼 9:00-10:00 PM This is unwinding time. I’ve been doing better at turning the tv off and going into the room. I lay them in our bed. Normally Lola is rolling around while Mila is trying to go to sleep. But they sometimes take turns. This particular night Mila goes to sleep within a few minutes. We have to coax Lola with a few more ounces of milk and bam she’s out.
My days are normally very busy. The girls eat every 3-4 hours. In order to make my life easy, I use the app Total Baby to keep track of their eating so that I’m always ready for the next feeding. It even has an alarm that will go off when it’s time to eat again. The baby app has been my saving grace on many days when I’m mentally and physically drained. Although these little girls make my life challenging, I’ve learned to adapt and keep it moving.