Night-time is a special time for me. It means time to do something for myself. I know I should be sleeping, but then I will have to wait another 24 hours for my "me" time! Bedtime routines are important for children, but they also seem to be important to me as my routine makes me feel like I'm getting done what needs to be done. Here is the routine, just in case you care...
1. Bathe the babies. If I am at my mom's (which has been the entire summer) we bathe them one at a time in their little plastic tub on the kitchen counter. If I am at home, I place them both on a beach towel in the bathtub in about two inches of water and let them splash to their hearts content.
2. After bath-time, I hand off one baby to a helper, be it John, Mom or a child, and they diaper and dress him while I do the same with the other one.
3. My helper and I snuggly swaddle the babies with THESE blankets. I had them specially made to be large, but with only one layer of 100% cotton, hand-trimmed in yarn, because we live in such a hot climate.
4. Do a tandem nursing session. I do this by placing Hyrum on the left side with his feet to the right, then someone hands me Joseph and he is positioned the same way, with his head laying on Hyrum's tummy. They don't seem to mind this position at all. This is what they look like after they've had their fill...
5. Place them carefully in bed, one on each side, so that I can squeeze in between them when it is time for me to come to bed.
6. Set the timer for 2o minutes and clean anything. Usually I focus on the kitchen if it wasn't finished completely after dinner because I loathe waking up to a messy kitchen!
7. Go to lds.org to read one or two chapters in The Book of Mormon.
8. Write a post.
9. Read the comments I've saved up for this special time of the day. (This is one of my favorite parts of the day. Isn't it yours, too?)
10. Take my pills and vitamins, brush my teeth and drink a big glass of ice water.
11. Check on all the kids. To see exactly how I do that, you may refer to THIS post.
12. Check the doors one last time, say my prayers, then climb into bed between my two gorgeous little guys.
Unfortunately, this routine goes far too late into the night. One day, maybe, I will become an early bird, but for now, I'm enjoying being a night owl.