I’ve had many people say they wish they could have a camera and see what day in our life is like. My reply, I don’t think it would be as exciting as you might believe! So, I’m going to try to start posting at the end of the day what our day was like. I don’t get to my computer every evening, so there won’t be daily updates, but I will try to get here more often :)
12 midnight - Emme is awake, she is not feeling well, so as soon as her tylenol or ibuprofen wears off, she is awake and not happy. I gave her the next dose of ibuprofen, fed her, and put her in bed. Then, I go to bed.
4 am - Emme back up. tylenol and feed, then she is in our bed the rest of the night as she is not settling back down enough to go back to her bed and if I want to sleep, I sleep with her on my chest.
6:50 - Will and Drew up. They come into our bed and watch Disney channel and talk to Emme while she eats. Katie is awake also, so as soon as Emme is finished eating, I go get Katie and give her her bottle.
7:30 - we start downstairs. I get Drew and Will started on breakfast (it’s a school day, so no time to dawdle through the morning). Go back upstairs because Sammy and Tommy are awake and bring them downstairs. Go back upstairs to get Emme and the bottles and diapers from last night. Bill brings down Katie. Meggie is still sleeping. I change Katie and Emme while the boys eat.
8:20 - our helper for the day, J, arrives. The boys are finishing their breakfast. Will is getting dressed. I take the boys in to go potty and put their unders on. I make the girls cereal for breakfast.
8:45 - get Will finished with his dressing (he’s been distracted by everything going on around him and still does not have his shoes or socks on!), go upstairs and get Meggie. J feeds the girls their breakfast.
8:55 - our friend M arrives. She plays with the little boys while I take Will to school. Will’s school drop off is nice, I drive up, they get him out and take him in.
9:10 - get home. Start the little boys going potty again and then dressed. J and M get the girls dressed.
9:40 - start loading the boys in the van, or as they call it, the iBus. I drop them off at school, and come back home.
10:00 - back home. I work on some laundry and the kitchen, and sit and play with the girls with J and M. Then, we pick out the girls accessories for their dresses for Sunday. The kids are all getting dedicated this Sunday. The boys are wearing their Easter clothes, the girls have some dresses our neighbor L got them. We picked hair bows and tights and shoes to go with the dresses.
11:25 - leave to go pick all the boys up from school. Will gets out at 11:30, the little boys at 11:45. The timing is nice, we don’t have to wait long, but it’s enough time I can talk with Will about how his day was and look through his backpack before my attention gets divided by the little boys. Will wanted Arby’s for lunch, so we stopped there on the way home.
When we get home we eat lunch. The girls ate their lunch also. They don’t get Arby’s, although, Emme did try my roast beef sandwich. They had green beans and prunes and then also some real peas. They are liking the real food they get at each meal more and more than the purees, so I think soon, we will be done with those.
1:00 - nap time for the little boys, quiet time for Will. This is clean up time. I cleaned up what was left in the kitchen, did some laundry, and started on the closet under the stairs. The closet under the stairs holds our art supplies, games, and is where I hang backpacks. It gets out of control quickly as there is a lot of stuff to put in the little closet :) M goes home.
2:00 - Will is up, so I have some time with him.
2:30 - little boys are up. After they come downstairs, they go potty and then it’s snack time. It’s a little cool outside today, and our yard is getting treated, so the boys stay inside today. We have a lot of clover in our yard, which is bringing in lots of bees. Hopefully, this treatment will work well to get rid of clover and bees! E and G stopped by for a few minutes to visit. Will loves to have G come over and can’t wait for her visits.
4:30 - start of dinner prep. Tonight is leftovers, so just reheated chicken, mac and cheese, and peas for the boys. The girls had mac and cheese, bananas, and some green beans.
5:00 - play time for the boys. The girls get their baths when they finish dinner, and get dressed in their jammies. Katie takes her bottle and goes to sleep. Emme and Meggie play with the boys for a while. Bill and I get to eat dinner. J goes home.
7:00 - Bill takes Drew and Tommy with him to get gas in the iBus and to get some ice cream.
8:00 - boys go potty and get ready for bed.
8:15 - all boys in bed, Katie wakes up.
8:30 - feed Emme, put her in bed (very unusual that she will sleep in her bed this early, but it worked tonight!). Feed Katie, put her down. Feed Meggie, put her down.
9:30 - all kids in bed. I finished loading up the dishwasher (Bill had started it). Now I’m sitting working on this. Next, I need to finish picking up toys and fold the laundry. Then, I will get diapers and bottles ready to go upstairs. It will probably be close to midnight :)
All in all, our days are pretty uneventful. There is always something that needs to be done, and there are moments of tears, moments of laughter, and moments of quiet. I love all those moments.