Before I had children, I never realized how quickly they grow and change. I always knew they did but it seems like just when we get into a good routine something new happens. Lately we have gotten into a good sleep routine with both kids, and I’m hoping it sticks for a little while.
It is nice now that both kids are on one nap. It makes it easier to go out in the morning (without a fussy tired baby in tow) and then come home around lunch time. Only thing that’s become trickier is that they’re both awake a lot more and I don’t have that one on one time with Nolan in the morning like I used to when she was on two naps. Pros and cons to each stage it seems. I’ve been needing to find more activities that both kids can do at the same time which can be challenging. They’re at similar stages developmentally but different enough that they both can’t always do the same thing. Story time and the park are the best activities for both right now. They’re generally pretty good listeners but sometimes it’s a balancing act trying to manage them both myself. Here’s what our routine is like currently.
Schedule with an almost 3 year old and almost 18 month old.
8:00-8:30 Both of them usually wake up around this time. I prefer getting Nolan up first so that he can go potty and get dressed before she is running around but sometime she wakes up first. If that’s the case, I usually get her started eating breakfast and then get him up and ready.
8:30-9:00 get dressed and eat breakfast
9:00-10:00 play at home and get ready to go out
10:00-12:00 This is generally when we go to story time, the park, play dates etc.
12:30-1:30 indoor play and get ready for naps
1:30-3:30 Eliza naps (Nolan usually watches one show while I read her a few books and get her down for her nap.)
1:45-2:00 Story time with Nolan
2:00-4:00 Nolan naps
4:00-5:00 We usually go on a walk or play outside until Jeremy gets home.
5:00-6:00 prep and make dinner
6:00-6:30 eat and clean up
6:30-7:00 play time
7:00-8:00 baths and bedtime routine
They’re both generally asleep around 8-8:30. Repeat in the morning. It is nice to have some predictability again with sleep. Eliza has been a challenging sleeper both for naps and overnight but seems to have improved now that all her teeth are in. I’m hoping Nolan isn’t ready to drop his nap anytime soon. I know as they approach 3 and 4 naps can become more challenging so we will see. More soon!