I decided that I want to chronicle some of the different routines we go through in the Weaver household so that I can look back on them and remember what these times were like. I also want to write them out in hopes that someone else might identify with me and know they are not alone in what they may be going through as a mommy of little ones. 4 under 4 is no joke, but we are learning as we go. So I hope our story can make you laugh and give you something to empathize with.
On the daily our nap times are around 1 pm. The nap might start then, but the process starts long before that. Since I now have a newborn, my biggest defeat during nap time is to make her happy long enough for me to get the other three to sleep without her waking up the whole house with her crying. She is really a great baby but she is a baby, so I have to feed her and then hope that she is content for the next 30 minutes, or that she falls asleep without my help. Most of you new mothers know that a 5 week old doesn’t always just fall asleep in whatever place you put them, so this is a colossal defeat to me if she stays content the whole nap time routine!
Thankfully the twins have always been very good nappers and night time sleepers. I am soooo thankful for this. I know they have a buddy in each other and they genuinely love each other. There is only so many ways you can express it when you are freshly 2, but they love each other. My older sister bought the boys pillow pets when they were little and they have called them their baby’s ever since they knew what the word was. They LOVE them. They carry them around everywhere. It is their security blanket. Before the boys go to bed I make sure they are fed, and that they have a fresh diaper. This sounds simple, but they don’t stop long enough to eat, and they DON’T like their diapers being changed. So tears naturally ensue when I force them to eat and make them get a new diaper. It doesn’t help that they see each other take off running when I have diapers and wipes in hand, but I eventually catch one of them and the other one is long gone. I have to chase down the other one when I finish the first one. Once that is done we go straight to their room. They both drag their baby with them and I put them in their pack n play (cause that is what they sleep in) and turn on their sound machine and leave. I tell them, “Don’t climb out!” They recently started climbing out, more on that in another post, and I have to remind them that is a big no!! So I close the door and pray they don’t climb out to make a mess of their room. They usually play for a bit and then they sleep the next 3 hours!!! Bless them.
I usually let Liana watch one show she likes while I put the boys down and for a few minutes after they are gone. Its our short time to sit and snuggle together. Mind you I just hope the baby is still sleeping or is content wherever she is. Then I take Liana back to her room, read her a book and lay down while holding her hand. She has always loved people and does not like to be alone. At this point in her life, I love that she still wants to hold my hand while she falls asleep. If we hear the baby crying, Liana knows I have to go and comfort her and she is able to fall asleep on her own, but if we don’t hear the baby I take the time to lay with her. By this time, Samantha is usually ready for me and lets me know it. I spend the next hour or so with her and feed her, hold her, talk to her, etc. It is a nice time to relax and just spend time with the newbie!
Liana likes to come around the corner just about the time I have finished playing with the baby, and the boys shortly after. Nap time is a safe haven for me. I love the rest, I love that it is fairly predictable and the nuances are expected. When nap time is over, I have already made it through most of the day to when my amazing hubbie comes home. I am very thankful for him and his presence. Until the next story, thanks for reading if you made it this far!