A Day in the Life

When the babies were nine weeks old, I exhausted my FMLA and returned to work two days per week.  The cost of daycare is astronomical for one baby let alone four, so that was never under consideration.  My mom has been gracious enough to come Fridays, sometimes with help from a faithful friend.  George had flexibility in his work schedule so he arranged to have every Wednesday off and sacrificed Saturdays.  His father aka Grandaddycame on Wednesdays as a helping hand.  That arrangement was working quite well, until George accepted a different position in his company.  He now works Monday through Friday, which is great for family weekends.  Not so great for childcare.  With thoughtful consideration and prayer, we approached George’s aunt, Carol for the gig.  To our surprise she accepted!  George’s father will continue to come Wednesdays to help her and spend quality time with his grand babies.  Carol came over last week for a little “on the job” training, but tomorrow is her first official day without George or I here.

I know the babies will be in loving, capable hands so that is a piece of mind.  I also know that caring for quadruplet infants is no easy task and not for the faint of heart! I made a bit of a road map for them.  I jotted down our daily schedule with a few painstaking details about the major stuff: diapering, feeding, playtime, and sleeping.  I figure I would want a road map so Carol and Grandaddy might appreciate one too.  Here it goes:

7:45 am

  • Change Diapers
  • Give the girls juice from the tiny labeled bottles in the fridge (they will take it cold.)
  • Feed
  • Dress them in day clothes (Yes, they wear clean clothes every day even if no one is visiting and we are going no where.  They sleep in their pajamas over 12 hours so they sweat and sometimes leak from their diapers.  Eww!  Also, they need to wear all of the cute clothes generously gifted to us.  Plus, they look cute in pictures!)
  • Playtime

9:30 am

  • Nap

11:00 am

  • Change Diapers
  • Feed
  • Playtime

12:30 pm

  • Nap

2:00 pm

  • Change Diapers
  • Feed
  • Playtime

3:30 pm

  • Nap

5:00 pm

  • Change Diapers
  • Feed
  • Quiet Playtime (e.g.  books, Baby Einstein DVD, rock, chatter, swings)
  • Baby Massage with lotion OR bath, then pajamas

6:30/6:45 pm

  • Power Nap

8:00

  • Change Diapers and add Diaper Booster Pads
  • Dream Feed with one tablespoon of oatmeal added to the bottle
  • Bedtime

Every time it says “nap”, imagine me morphing into a white tornado that tackles enormous loads of laundry, scads of bottles, Crock Pot cooking, blogging, and slurping a cup of cool coffee.  On occasion, I force myself to indulge in a bit of television or maybe a power nap, but that is rare.  By the end of each day we have changed 20 or more diapers, made and served 140 ounces of formula, settled babies into cribs over 20 times, and washed 130+ bottle parts.  No rest for the weary here!  Now that the babies settle in for the night after their 8:00 pm feed we find ourselves trying to wrap up WAY too many projects in addition to the existing chores.  Sometimes it’s difficult to not do things that need doing, but our bed is calling.  That’s all a day in the life of quadruplets!

hugs!

Amber

Here are some pictures of our playtime activities from today:

Sydney and Mason are doing a bit of supported tummy time with a flashy toy.  They are starting to press buttons!

Sydney and Mason are doing a bit of supported tummy time with a flashy toy. They are starting to press buttons!  Mason is especially good at grabbing things and pressing buttons.

Harper and Rylin are also trying supported tummy time with a flashy button toy.

Harper and Rylin are also trying supported tummy time with a flashy button toy.

Elmo makes appearances in our den, which really entertains the babies!

Elmo makes appearances in our den and the babies just LOVE him.  He is a tad annoying, but look at the grin on their faces.  They sometimes even laugh out loud when they see Elmo.

We now put the bottles IN the bottle buddies.  The babies have gotten really wiggly and the buddies help stabilize them.  I had to cut the elastic for the Avent bottles.

We now put the bottles IN the bottle buddies. The babies have gotten really wiggly and the buddies help stabilize them. I had to cut the elastic for the Avent bottles, but Sydney’s Dr. Brown bottle fits well.

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Harper is apparently enamored with this barnyard toy.

Sydney is trying to get a burp out while the others are in "stations".

Sydney is trying to get a burp out while the others are in “stations”.

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Here are some of our “stations” The boys are in bouncy seats while Rylin is on a playmat and Sydney is still trying to burp. That girl has the worst time trying to burp!

Everybody loves a rattle!  Harper can't wear rattles on his ankles anymore so his are wrist rattles.

Everybody loves a rattle! Harper can’t wear rattles on his ankles anymore so his are wrist rattles.

Good luck Carol and Grandaddy!

15 thoughts on “A Day in the Life

  1. Hey I think you are copying my days! We are on the exact schedule except when they think they have to eat at seven in the morning and then we adjust everything by an hour. I had to laugh though because I DO know what gets done during those nap times! I am so impressed with the head control your babes have…we are still working on ours over here.

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  2. Amber I am soo impressed by your family life!! I hope you and George take time to for self-care and kuddos 😉 And the babies look healthy and beautiful! Lots of hugs!

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  3. Yes I do appreciate you writting it down. We will fumble through, & I’m sure eventually we’ll get it. But after watching you last week, you are amazingly well organized. Know this…they will be loved and cuddled and fed. But we probably will never match their Mother.

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  4. Ha! Confirmation that you are, indeed, as busy as we all thought you were. Talking about “stations” brings back memories! I did a similar “typical schedule” post when the twins were little. It was fascinating to me once we were past that stage!

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  5. Wow!!! Hard to imagine at my age and you didn’t mention time to take pictures. Seeing the quad’s pictures always brings tears to my eyes as it is right now. What joy!!!! I’m so glad you’re able to find photo/post time. Blessings….

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    • So glad you enjoy following us. The picture taking is the easy part. Our camera is always on the coffee table. Uploading pics and watermarking is another story!

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  6. You are so very organized & the babies are so very attentive & alert & strong. What a joy to read your blog & see those photos! Thanks for taking VALUABLE & SCARCE time to share your family with us.

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