Taking care of children is already hard work, there are mothers who take care of 2 sets of twins under 4 years old.
So let’s see what a mother’s day with 2 sets of twins under 4 years old will be like?
As a mother of two sets of twins under four, I am always asked, “How do you do it all?”. The truth is, I don’t.
Something always must give.
If I take the kids out for the day, I’m sacrificing housework.
If I’m doing housework, I’m sacrificing playing with the kids.
Some days we are baking cookies, dancing in the kitchen, and playing at the park. Other days we are all still in our pyjamas at 10am, I’m microwaving my coffee again, and washing last night’s dishes because I was too tired to do them after dinner.
I have my super mum days, the days that I feel like I’m on top of everything and I have it all together.
“Got your hands full there,” as strangers like to remind me. Between changing up to 12 nappies a day, bottle feeds, mealtimes, dishes, reminding my older twins that they aren’t invincible as they jump off furniture, and folding the worlds largest pile of washing, there’s not a great lot of time left.
Every day is an early start in our home. I wake up when the kids wake up, which is usually between 5.30 and 6am. Spencer, Billy and Aria are always up bright and early.
We often wake up to find Spencer in between us, who has snuck into our bed in the middle of the night (we secretly love it).
Hugo is always the last out of bed around 7am, just as my husband, Ben, leaves for work for the day. After the babies have their bottles, they have a play on the floor, and I try to sneak in a hot coffee before the breakfast rush.Hugo and Spencer go to daycare two days a week and have swimming lessons on a Monday morning
Our oldest boys can now buckle themselves up, so that helps immensely. Packing all the bags for the day, loading them into the car, buckling one baby into the car, going back inside to get the next baby, checking that the boys have buckled themselves in correctly, and doing the final checks to make sure we have everything.
On our slower days, we love getting out and heading to the park, pump track, or the river when the weather is nice.
It seems like a lot with four little ones but to be honest, our kids are the best behaved and happiest when we are out and about.
One thing I am very particular with is bedtime. A schedule is probably the best way to describe our evenings at home.
Ben gets home between 5pm and 6pm and everyone is always very excited when he walks through the door.
He will help with the older two whilst I’m busy with the babies. It’s always such a breath of fresh air when he comes home – both for the extra set of hands, and to be in the presence of another adult.
Here’s how our night time routine usually goes:
4.30pm – Prep dinner.
4.30pm – Prep dinner.
5pm – Feed Billy and Aria dinner.
5.30pm – Bath time. Billy and Aria will bath first, followed by Hugo and Spencer.
6pm – Billy and Aria’s bottle, followed by bedtime.
6.20pm – Dinner time. We love dinner time and chatting with the boys about their day.
6.50pm – Hugo and Spencer brush their teeth and go to the toilet
7pm – Bed time for Hugo and Spencer.
Knowing that I get to somewhat take off my ‘mum hat’ at 7pm is what helps me through the harder days. Luckily the children go to bed soon !
It’s so much fun, but it’s also hard work, isn’t it?
Thank you moms for your hard work!