Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What a typical day is like.....(This is a post for all of those who might be curious what life is like with 4 small kids)

The first week the kids were home was complete craziness and each week gets better.  The kids are adjusting in their own ways and there is more to come I am sure, but they are all doing really well.  One of the bigger challenges of having 4 small kids is meeting their desire and need for time with us.  Kids love attention, they love to be affirmed, they love the be held and at times when they do not get as much of any of those as they would like, their little sin natures open up full force!  It can be tough to try to meet each of their needs without any favoritism and then having the wisdom for the times when I am not able to meet their little desires.  I am very thankful that the Lord gave us a very laid back baby!  Piper is happy, smiley, loves to laugh and is just sooooo enjoyable......she only cries when tired or hungry, she is fun!

So, here is a typical day in our house.....just add diaper changes multiple times a day, lots of clean ups, crying at several points, a little whining, some laughing and smiles and its what life looks like with 4 small kids in our house:
6:00 - all of the kids wake up
6:15 - 6:40 Cartoon (usually Dora) while I read my Bible
6:40 - 7:20 breakfast and I am picking up the house, etc.
7:25 - 8:00 getting the kids new diapers, clothed and lotioned for the day
8:05 - 8:40 kids play in the play area while I am getting ready
8:45 - 9:15 Blanket time (kids sit on their own blanket and play with toys and rotate blankets                         every 10 min. or so) I am usually feeding Piper during this time.
9:20 - 10:00 Snacktime and coloring time at the table
10:05 - 11:25 playtime inside and outside
11:30 - noon lunch
12:05 - 12:30 cleanup from lunch, diaper changes
12:40 Take the kids up for nap/quiet time and read a story
1:00 - 3:30 Nap/quiet time, I get things done around the house and spend time with Piper
3:40 Kids come down from nap time
3:45 - 4:20 play outside
4:25 - 5:00 play inside
5:00 - 5:30 cartoon time while I prepare dinner
5:35 - 6:15 Dinner time
6:20 - 7:00 family play time
7:05 - 7:30 Bathtime and getting ready for bed
7:35 - 7:40 Storytime for bed
7:45 - 8:00 Kids go up to bed and we do our nightime prayer/singing routine
After that Piper usually goes to sleep with one final feeding, Tim and I spend some time and then the day is done!

The Lord is good and gracious to us in helping us all to adjust to all the changes!

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