Here is what a typical day, with two-month-old quads, looks like for us...
7:00AM - Paul wakes up via alarm. Maria is still sleeping. Usually Paul lets me sleep in. Thank you!! Jared is up and ready to tackle the day! Breakfast time for the boys.
8:30AM - Feed Suzan and Anna bottles of Neosure formula. Jared is usually watching "The Letter Factory," Word Girl or Clifford while the babies are being fed.
8:30AM - Maria gets up and pumps.
9:00AM - Feed Bethany and Brielle bottles of Neosure. Again, Paul feeds them. What a good man he is!
9:00AM - Maria usually eats breakfast by now and is getting Jared dressed and ready.
10:00AM - We have some time before the next feeding! Maybe put away dishes. Or wash, flip or fold laundry. Or go run to the store for some groceries or sundries. Or take a shower (usually what Maria does :P ). Or mow the lawn. Or make bottles of breastmilk for the day. Or take the time to play with Jared! Or sometimes the girls are not falling asleep and so we're busy consoling them. Or...you name it!
11:30AM - Time to feed, again. Give bottles of breastmilk to Suzan and Anna.
Noon - Time to feed, again. Maria nurses Bethany and Brielle.
12:30PM - Maria pumps. Perhaps Paul and Jared eat lunch.
1:00PM - Maria eats lunch.
1:30PM - An hour before the next feeding! What to do...hm... See what we could have done at 10:00AM ;)
2:00PM - We try to get Jared down for a nap or quiet time by now. So get him napping before the next baby feeding...
2:30PM - Feeding time...again. Maria nurses Suzan and Anna.
3:00PM - Give bottles of breastmilk to Bethany and Brielle. Maria is busy pumping...again.
3:30PM - Nap time for Maria...maybe ;)
4:00PM or 4:30PM - Jared usually gets up from his nap by now. So Paul will try to spend some time with him, maybe playing outside. Try also to clean up around the house...put bottles away, put laundry away, etc.
5:30PM - Baby feeding time, again! Give bottles of breastmilk to Suzan and Anna. Maria gets up from her nap.
6:00PM - Maria nurses Bethany and Brielle.
6:30PM - Hopefully Paul and Jared eat dinner (dinner that was dropped off by generous friends or family! Yay!). Maria is busy pumping.
7:00PM - Maria eats dinner.
7:30PM - Let's take a break! Whew! Relax and play with Jared. Maybe give him a bath. Maybe play outside again (he loves riding his "big boy bike").
8:00PM - Tuck Jared in for bed, before the babies get fed.
8:30PM - Time to nurse again. Maria nurses Suzan and Anna.
9:00PM - Give bottles of breastmilk to Bethany and Brielle. Maria is pumping.
9:30PM - Clean up a bit again...putting away bottles, making bottles for the evening, etc.
10:00PM - Bedtime for Maria!
10:30PM - Bedtime for Paul!
11:30PM - Feed Suzan and Anna bottles of Neosure (thank goodness we have night help to feed the babies! Praise God!). Maria wakes up to her alarm to pump.
Midnight - Feed Bethany and Brielle bottles of Neosure (again, help from someone at night). Maria goes back to sleep.
2:30AM - Feed Suzan and Anna bottles of Neosure. Maria wakes up to her alarm to pump.
3:00AM - Feed Bethany and Brielle bottles of Neosure. Maria goes back to sleep.
5:30AM - Feed Suzan and Anna bottles of Neosure. Maria wakes up to her alarm to pump.
6:00AM - Feed Bethany and Brielle bottles of Neosure. Maria goes back to sleep (it feels weird to go back to sleep when the sun is up but sleep is GOOD!)
7:00AM - Time to repeat the day!
What has helped us A LOT in our days...having Paul at home with me (SO priceless!!), having volunteers from church, family and friends to help us out during the day (again, priceless!), meals dropped off to us from folks (really appreciate that!) and night help (Praise God for that!).