Last week Henry and William turned 18 months old and we officially closer to two than one. This is just....crazytown. Although obviously I know the age of my children, it almost always blows me away when I stop and think about how old they are. I suppose I'll always be wondering where he time goes, but anyone with multiples knows that time moves at an even faster speed when there are several young children to juggle at once. It's just all so fast. Some days crawl by and others go by in a blink. As a mom of three toddlers I work so very hard to enjoy the days with my babies. And let's be real, not every moment is enjoyable. The moments filled with meltdowns and crying and arguing and clingy babies clawing at my legs are pretty much the opposite of enjoyable. But! One thing I have gotten very good at is learning to compartmentalize the crappy moments, take some deep breaths, and just power through it. The amount of sheer joy these two bring into my life makes all of the challenges of raising three kids three and under simply fleeting moments. They truly are my precious angels.
For posterity sake, here are some fun little details about the boys right now.
Personality: Both boys are loving, sensitive, curious and 100% obsessed with their mama. Henry loves anything having to do with water and will literally dunk his whole upper body under water in the bath. I'm pretty sure he would spend all day in there if he could. William on the other hand abhors the bath and we get him in and out in under a minute. Both love to be held but the second their feet hit the ground they are unstoppable.
Interests: Both boys are smitten with Daniel Tiger and Curious George. William loves to read books and is known to crawl into my lap waving a book around wildly saying "boo boo" asking me to read to him. And while Henry loves a good book as well, he can be found quietly building towers with blocks or anything he can stack. Both love building blocks, puzzles, and basically anything on wheels they can ram into a wall.
Routine: I've kept the twins on the same schedule since day one so their routine is pretty much identical. Here's a quick rundown of their day...
6:15-7:00am: Get each boy up, pile on the couch with milk, a banana and an episode of Daniel Tiger.
7:00-9:00am The boys play while I attend to all of the morning chores and getting everyone ready for the day. They'll all eat breakfast during this time (or throw it all over the floor) and I try not to go crazy getting everyone safely piled into the car without being late.
9:00-12:00pm Mornings vary depending on whether or not Reese has school that day. If she does I usually will run and errand or two with the boys and then take them to a music class at the library or open gym. We pick Reese up and head home for lunch. If it is a day that I go into work than we are more likely to stick close to home, but it all depends on how everyone's doing.
12:30/1:00-2:30/3:00pm NAPS. All three kiddos take a nap at this time, and let me tell you, mastering a joint nap every day is something I'm quite proud of. It took a lot of work and it is a lifesaver. Once everyone is up they'll have a snack, play and get another show or two. We might also sneak in an errand or trip to the park if the weather is decent.
5:30-7:00 I clean up dinner, the boys play, welcome dad home, and we often race through clean up, bath time, stories, and finally bed. This is by far the most chaotic time of the day, but it can also be the most fun as it is the only time we're all together.
7:00 BEDTIME! The boys crash and for the most part sleep through the night (William likes to pull some overnight antics but overall I can't complain).
Being their mama is my pride and joy and I'm so enjoying seeing the little boys they are becoming!