When talking with Doug tonight he made a comment that he thinks I spend 8 hours a day on the computer. HA! Yeah right! But it made me realize that unless you live it, you probably don’t know what a day in the life of Melissa is like. So I thought I’d do my best to give some insight on what goes on in the Bissing household all day.
6:00 am — wake up, use the bathroom (otherwise you’ll have to wait until 9am!), make coffee, start warming up bottles and changing diapers
6:15 -7:15 am — feed babies while directing Jaden to eat breakfast and get dressed
7:15 – 7:45 am — pump
7:45 – 8:00 am — quick shower and get dressed
8:00-8:15 am — get Jaden dressed for the bus stop (snow pants, coat, hat mittens, backpack)
8:15 am — leave for the bus stop
8:23 am — bus picks up Jaden
8:25 am — back in the house
8:25 – 9:00 am — empty clean dishwasher, load bottles from night feedings, check email and blow dry hair
9:00 – 10:15 am — feeding again!
10:15 – 11:00 am — free time! I fold clothes, read a book, clean up the kitchen, craft or more dishes – any of these is usually accompanied by a mid morning snack
11:00 – 11:30 am — pumping
11:30 – 11:45 am — load bottles from last two feedings in the dishwasher
11:45 – 11:55 am — leave for the bus stop and get the mail
11:55 am – 12:30 pm — make Jaden lunch and make sure he eats it. I usually sit a the table with him and get the low down on his morning at school
12:30 – 12:50 pm — clean up lunch and hang with Jaden for a little bit
12:50 pm — Mom calls to check in for the day and let me know she’s on her way over!
1:00 – 2:00 pm — feeding time again, Jaden grabs a blankie and cuddles up on the couch. We usually watch Tom and Jerry cartoons. Mom arrives at about 1:15-1:30 and jumps in to help with the feedings
2:00 – 4:00 pm — hang out time. We do any of the following but usually only one of the following: bath time, laundry, play Nintendo/Wii, I run errands, doc appointments or on a rare occasion I sneak in a nap
4:00 – 5:00 pm — feeding time again
5:00 – 5:30 pm — I decide what I’m going to make for dinner and get Jaden started on his meal
5:30 pm — Doug gets home
5:30 – 6:00 pm — Doug gets settled from work, I finish dinner and Doug & I eat
6:00 – 7:00 pm — Jaden takes a shower/bath and gets his lotion on
7:00 – 7:30 pm — I brush Jaden’s teeth and we read two stories in his recliner chair in his room (same one I rocked him in when he was a baby!)
7:30 – 8:30 pm — chase Jaden back to bed while trying to feed the babies. Doug and I have our shows playing in the background too
8:30 – 11:00 pm — Doug and I catch up on TV, I play farmville, clean up the kitchen for the night and put away the dinner dishes
11:00 pm — last feeding of the day!
12:00 am — Doug and I head off to bed
There we have it! A day in the life of Melissa Bissing.
What do you think?
All the triplet moms said how much they needed a schedule. I thought in the back of my head, “schedules are great and all, but I don’t need that much structure, I like to to be flexible.” Boy oh boy do I need my schedule! When we wake up late, it ruins the entire day. I struggle to get back on track. I think it’s because there are so many balls in the air that must be caught (mainly getting Jaden to and from the bus stop). If one thing is behind, it’s a snowball effect. For example, if I don’t start pumping no later than 11:10 am, I am in serious trouble of being late in getting Jaden from the bus stop. It’s really hard to understand unless you do it every day. I know I had a hard time understanding the first few weeks I was actually living it.
I hope summer will bring some new and fun activities to add to our schedule. The one nice weather day last week we took a walk outside was absolutely amazing! Not feeling cluttered and feeling a little free outside was great. I’m going to have Jaden outside as much as possible. We are talking sprinklers, kiddie pools, sand box, swings, sidewalk chalk and bike rides.
Mom has off of school on Thursday and Friday of this week. Looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble we can get into!
For every twin/triplet mommy I know there is a completely different schedule and set of rules. Whatever works, I say! Happy triplets’ birthday and halloween to you and your family. Emily Schober, mom to Abby/Tommy/Molly Schober, 12/29/07 (almost 4!)