I’ve been back to work for a couple of months now, but things got kicked up a notch last week when I started a consulting project in-house with a client. This means my husband Ian and I are both commuting to NYC.
I’ve never been much of a clock-watching scheduler, but I do believe in the power of routine—doing things in the same order so everyone can do them on autopilot.
Here’s how we run our mornings with 4 under 6.
- Get up (our 12-month-old twins have most likely been complaining in their cribs for 15 minutes or so)
- Change both babies’ diapers.
- Husband wakes up the big kids and goes downstairs to make coffee and 1 milk bottle
- Teo drinks a bottle while Juney nurses.
- Husband gets showered and dressed.
- Big kids stumble into my room and start to get dressed.
- I administer about 100 threats to the boys about getting dressed.
- Husband sets out something for boys to eat (usually) and leaves for the train
- I put 1 baby in an Exersaucer and the other in a Pack n Play while I take a shower
- Big kids are usually dressed by now and playing with babies
- They might even go downstairs by themselves to eat
- I get dressed and put on makeup. Sometimes I bring a baby in with me while big kids play with the other baby.
- I start getting everyone downstairs, taking one baby at a time.
- Babies sit in their high chairs and snack on O’s while staring at their big brothers.
- I prep my breakfast (usually a green smoothie) and get ready to drive Isaiah to school.
- Our beloved au pair emerges from her room smiling and fresh after a full night of sleep.
- Au pair takes over with the babies.
- Isaiah (kindergartener) gets teeth brushed/hair brushed/shoes on.
- Drive Isaiah to kindergarten. He gets to school a bit early so he can run around and play before sitting at his desk.
- Once Judah completely ready for school, he can have computer time until it’s time for him to leave. If he complains when it’s time to go or gives me a hard time about getting out the door, computer time is taken away for the next morning.
- Return home.
- Make my smoothie and pack up my bag/computer/high-protein snack.
- Au pair and I get the babies and Judah down the stairs and into the car.
- They drive me to the train. Blow a million kisses to my babies.
- Au pair will now drive Judah to preschool and take babies back home.
- I made it. On the train platform with all the other working parents.
- Ride the comfy, quiet train along the Hudson river until we reach the city.