I try to keep us to a pretty consistent routine but we always manage to have something pop up which kills any free time I managed to have. Here's a look at a typical day (with various weekly activities thrown in for good measure).
6am--alarm goes off and Len gets into the shower. I roll over and go back to sleep. Both girls are usually awake at this point but thanks to the MIRACLE that is the dinosaur clock, they stay in bed until 7am.
6:45am--Len gets me up as he is finishing getting dressed and ready to face the onslaught of 2 toddlers who've been awake for an hour. He gets them out of overnight diapers, faces washed and fixes them breakfast (eggs & toast, oatmeal, cereal with yogurt or toast with avocado and tomato) while I
7:50am--Len leaves to catch the train to work. I usually give the girls 30 minutes of screen time so I can eat my breakfast and have some tea without having to share it.
8:30-12:30--Based on the morning's schedule we do the following:
1. Monday and Wednesday mornings are generally free so we either play at home, go to a playground or a playspace depending on the weather. Sometimes we'll try to see the chiropractor on Wednesdays too.
2. Tuesday morning are swim lessons.
3. Thursday morning is playgroup.
4. Friday Ms. Julie is here ALL DAY.
12:30-1pm--lunch which is almost always pb&j and some fruit.
1-1:20pm--low key playtime (usually pretending to put all their babies down for naps)
1:20-1:30pm--change into jammies, read some books and get settled in for naps.
1:30-3pm--dinosaur is asleep. Lucy usually sleeps for an hour so is awake by 2:45 but waits until her dinosaur wakes at 3pm before coming out. Kate may/may not nap but will not come out until her dinosaur wakes at 2:45pm. I used to have her dinosaur wake up later but that was frankly a long time to ask her to "rest quietly" in the dark.
3-5:30pm--This also varies according to the day of the week:
Monday--we just started a music and movement class through the park district so we do that in the afternoon.
Tuesday: playtime at home.
Wednesday: Ms. Julie is here from 12-5pm but most afternoons I have to take Lucy to either a dental appointment, speech therapy or other doctor visit. When she isn't at an appointment, I usually have one instead.
Thursday: playtime at home
Friday: Ms. Julie is here until 4pm. When I get home I try to spend time on the floor with them after she leaves as they are quite needy after my day-long absence.
5:45pm--Len is home. The girls follow him back to our room while I work on dinner (which I have usually tried to prep a bit earlier if the girls will play by themselves for a bit)
6pm--dinner for all of us followed by playtime with both parents.
6:45-7:45--bathtime (one kid at a time so each child gets one parent's undivided attention during this time). Len and I switch off so some nights he does bath and I do the lotion, jammies and visa versa. Then we all read books together. After reading we each take a child and sing them a few songs before lights out. Then Len and I switch rooms and sing a few songs to the other child before calling it a night.
8pm--collapse on couch and watch something mindless. Sometimes I will blog instead if Len wants to watch a game. I will usually head to the back for a bath around 9:30pm and Len will do the dishes. Some reading in bed and lights out around 10:30pm at the latest.
I'm exhausted just reading this. Oh, and snacks are in there too. How could I possibly forget snacktime??