Saturday, October 25, 2008

Their Day - Happily Managed By Mommy

Hi everyone, happy late October. We get a lot of questions about how Tanya does it --- take care of three babies at one time and remain sane. So, as Tanya was getting ready to take a quick trip to NYC the weekend of October 24/25/26, she wrote down for me how to keep Ethan, Zayne, and Tristan on their respective schedule that she has worked tirelessly to create.

First and foremost, as always, we must thank all friends and family for everything they do every day of our lives. Both of our moms come to our house almost every single weekday and spend at least three hours with Tanya. Our sisters, their families, our friends, co-workers, and neighbors are all integral to Ethan, Zayne, and Tristan; it is amazing.
Ok - here it goes --- the schedule!
6 AM - Wake up. The world's atomic clock could be set by their internal ability to wake at 6.

6 to 7 AM - 1st bottle; 8oz.

7 to 8ish AM - Play time

8ish to 8:45 AM - Short nap in bouncy chairs

8:45 to 9AM - Breakfast - Apple sauce w/oatmeal warmed with a little brown sugar

9 to 10:45 AM - Play time

10:45 t0 11 AM - 5oz bottle

11 to 12 AM - Nap in bouncy chairs

12 PM - 7 oz bottle

12:15 - 2 PM - Play time

2 to 4 PM - Long nap in their cribs

4 PM - 6 oz bottle when they wake

4:15 to about 5 PM - Play time

5 PM - Dinner - Tanya serves home made green beans, peas, squash, carrots, etc.

5:30 to 6ish PM - Play time

6ish to 6:30 PM - 6oz bottle

6:30 to 7 PM - Bed time
The boys will typically sleep until about 5:30 AM the next morning. When they wake, we go down stairs, vaccume the den and kitchen wood floors and rugs and spread out new sheets for a little added protection against baby slime (drool, chuck, you know..). Then, we go back upstairs to get Ethan, Zayne, and Tristan. Ethan always eats first and usually Zayne and Tristan take turns eating along with Ethan; no matter what, one of the three has to wait for at least one of the first two to finish. Here is a photo of Ethan, Zayne, and Tristan in the morning.


Zayne left and Tristan Right

Big brother Brenden is doing fabulous. He will be three in December; time really flies. He is such a wonderful big brother and loves Ethan, Zayne, and Tristan very much. Brenden stays really busy with all of his toys, playing outside, and helping us with Ethan, Zayne, and Tristan. Brenden loves his grabber and in the photo below, he's got a hold of a toy train and is about to sprint from the kitchen to the den!

And, here's a photo of Pirate Brenden at a Halloween costume party hosted at our neighborhood clubhouse on October 26. He's complete with treasure chest!