Life With 4 Month Old Twins

Life With 4 Month Old Twins

Life With 4 Month Old Twins

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of having twins is like? Would you like answers to questions such as: ‘How do you manage with twins?’ ‘What time do you feed them?’ ‘How often do twins sleep?’ ‘What activities do you do with two babies?’ Well lucky for you, in this post I shall be giving you all a wonderful insight into what life is like with twins.

As the twins are now 4 months old, things are starting to get a little bit more exciting for us. Now, I don’t mean to sound like the last 3 months haven’t been the most whimsical (N.B. They haven’t. I’m tired (understatement), I haven’t washed properly since I entered into my third trimester (have you SEEN how big I was??) and no amount of caffeine or Benefit can cover these bad boy eye bags. I am in a constant state of delirious deja vu: feed feed, nappy nappy, change change, sleep sleep…) Fabulous.

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A day in the life of having twins. Do you wonder how to cope with having twins? The most important thing to do is to keep them on the same schedule. That way you can do the same job at the same time.

 

However now that the twins are a little bit older, they are able to stay awake for more than 20 minutes at a time. This means we can fill up our time with things other than the obvious (that’s if I have the energy…our babies are still feeding all through the night…zzz).

Entering into month 4 was exciting because I could see we were starting to get into a somewhat daily routine. Now, if you haven’t already detected from my last posts, I am a stickler for organisation. Give me a Paperchase planner and a bunch of post-it notes and I’m happier than a postpartum mumma devouring her first glass of chilled Prosecco (well, maybe not quite as excited as that, but you get the picture). I felt like I had some control over what we were doing in this existence of new born delirium. So, here is an overview of a typical day living with twins:

Our Daily Routine

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How to cope with twins. I make sure I feed them at the same time so that they are on the same schedule. Sometimes I even have to burp them at the same time too!

 

Morning

  • 5/6am: First feed of the day. This is delightful because even though I want to stick pins into my eyes as I’m SO TIRED from feeding throughout the night, I am always greeted with slobbery, gummy smiles. All the feels.
  • Nappy change and then back to sleep (not always, if they wish to prolong my sleep deprivation)
  • 9am: Feed, followed by tummy time. They hate this. Literally hate it. They used to just lie there like dead fish. Now their movements resemble something similar to a drunken seal… This drama is then followed with another nap. Twin tip! Always put your babies down to sleep together so that they get used to each other’s noises. That way, they are not disturbed if one becomes grizzly, the other will sleep through it
  • 10.30am: Wake up and time to play with the play gym. It’s wonderful to watch them using this. I have really seen the difference from month 3 to month 4, where before they didn’t have the coordination to do anything with it, now they are able to understand cause and effect: I kick, the monkey wobbles, I smile.
  • *At this point of the day I would start packing the baby changing bag, ready for our afternoon walk. This means boiling water for the formula feeds, decanting formula into pots, sterilising bottles, checking there are enough nappies etc. This helps to make the afternoon run a lot smoother.

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How to go out for a walk with twins. I wear one twin using a baby carrier and then push the other twin in the pram. This makes getting around much easier.

 

Afternoon

  • 12pm: Feed and then out for a walk for the afternoon. YOU NEED TO DO THIS otherwise you will go mad with cabin fever. Yes, this is definitely the hardest part of the day in terms of organisation. Having babies means you are constantly on a time limit, planning in when their next feed is going to be. This means as soon as they have finished their 12pm feed it’s go go GO out of the door as quick as we can as to cram as much in as possible before their next feed strikes.
  • 3pm: (Another!) feed, more tummy time, before they gang up and torture me with the dreaded witching hour. Which, by the way, is a big fat LIE because some days we have witching afternoons. (Do not fret…I have another post about how to survive witching hour coming up in the future!)

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    How to feed twins at night. Have you wondered how to bottle feed your twins during the night? Use curved cushions to keep the babies safely in place so that you can feed both of them at the same time.

     

Evening

  • 6pm: This is the part of the day where I really do feel like a human conveyor belt. Once I have fed them, I bath one baby whilst the other one sits in the bathroom with us waiting for their turn. I quickly moisturise the first baby, pretend I know how to do baby massage (you just rub the cream in, right?), put them into bed…then it’s onto the next baby. Once both babies are in bed I read them a story, say good night and leave them to settle down to sleep.

    *Don’t be fooled. The twins settling themselves down to sleep at bedtime has been achieved through endless nights of repeating this routine until they learnt that it meant bed time. It doesn’t happen over night so don’t be disheartened if your little one isn’t quite there yet. Routine, routine routine!

  • 10/11pm: Night feed in their cot (using curved cushions, see my earlier posts about feeding twins) and then straight back to sleep.
  • 2/3am: The painful night feed (I CANNOT wait for the twins to drop this feed. I have been reading up on how to help babies sleep for longer. Not. Working. Yet. I still have faith that we will get there in the end (but for now, I live with a large black coffee permanently in my hand…)

  • 5/6am: Aaaaand we do it all over again!

Of course this overview doesn’t take into account the surprise poo explosions or projectile vomit parties. But what it does give you is a little taster into how we fill up our time with our two bundles of joy. I will be interested to see how this differs in a couple more months time.

 

What’s Your Routine?

Are you a new parent? How does your daily routine compare? Let us know in the comments section below!

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13 Comments

  1. February 4, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    I’ve always been totally in awe of anyone who has twins and still looks mostly alive! How you’re finding time to write a blog too confuddles me! Not only are your posts super helpful to any parent especially those with twins, you seem to be channelling a kind of inner new mama calm. Look forward to seeing how you guys progress and reading future posts x

    • February 4, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      Hi Aleena, wow that has touched me, thank you so much for your extremely kind comments. It’s all a bit of a whirlwind but enjoying every moment! It’s wonderful to capture all of these moments. Thank you for reading xxxx

  2. February 4, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    I can’t even begin to imagine! Wills is 6 months old and comfortably holding his own bottle in a bouncy chair, I can’t wait for this revelation to hit your household!x

    • February 4, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      OH MY! I cannot imagine life like it! I shall definitely have to write a post on that when it comes… hehe 🙂

  3. Laura seaward
    February 10, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Aw Haley it sounds like you’re doing an amazing job!!! You’ve got such a good routine going already and your babies look so happy 🙂 My routine for my 3 month old has to work around the school run for my 4 year old and is generally this:

    6.30- 7 wake up and Feed
    8:30 — 9.15 Nap (school run)
    10.00- feed
    10:45- 1:00 Nap
    1.00- feed
    2:30 — 3.30 Nap (school run)
    4.00 – feed
    5.00- 5.15 power nap!
    7.00- feed and bedtime

    We’re so lucky he goes down at 7 and he only wakes for one night feed around 3am, I hope your babies drop the 3am feed for you soon, you deserve the sleep!! xx

    • February 10, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      Hi Laura! Ah thanks for your lovely message! Love to hear what other people do. Sounds like a brilliant routine, yes I hope ours will go longer soon too. Thank you for sharing your experiences 😊😘❤️️xx

  4. February 20, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    I’m in awe! My routine is fairly similar (albeit with just one baby!) and I’m like you, I have to get out of the house every day or I’d go absolutely crazy! And yep…that’s pretty much my way of doing baby massage too!

    • February 21, 2017 / 11:49 am

      Haha thanks! Yes cabin fever definitely creeps in! Will be glad when it’s spring time when it’s a little warmer 😊

  5. Rachael
    May 14, 2017 / 8:32 am

    Super mum at the ready!!

    My little ones schedule is:-

    Up at 7am, feed play for one hour
    8:15/8:30 little nap until 9am
    9:15/9:30 feed play until 10:30
    11:00 feed play until 11:30/noon
    12:00 to 14:00 nap
    15:00 feed play
    16:00 nap
    17:30/18:00 feed/bath
    He’s normally dozing during this stage..
    last feed at 8pm then again at midnight and then 4am..
    Then repeat ❤️

    • May 15, 2017 / 6:24 am

      Wow!! It’s amazing how it fills your day isn’t it?! xx

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