Hello! I’m Kelly and I am a newly single mama to my darling 18-month-old twin boys, Liam and Noah. Before becoming a single parent I was a stay at home mom, and now that our home life has changed, I am working on starting my own business related to the film industry to continue to be able to stay home with my little guys. These days at home with them have always been so cherished, and I’m not quite ready to give them up. All of this is a work in progress, but we’re making due with it all the best we can. I want to keep the boys life and routine as normal as possible, despite how drastic things have changed over the past few months.
Today I will be sharing what a typical day looks like for me as a single mom to twin boy toddlers, and how I manage errands on my own with them, naptimes, and how I manage to keep them both entertained throughout each day. Everyday is such an adventure with little ones, because you never know what the day will bring! Some days are rather easy, while others are long and exhausting, but I wouldn’t trade this mama gig for the entire world.
7:00 a.m. || One of the twins typically wakes up around this time and our day officially starts. We are currently co-sleeping in the same bed, because I am not ready to have a bed to myself quite yet and they tend to sleep much more soundly close to their mama. So this is what works best for us for now, and I am cherishing the extra snuggle time while it lasts.
7:15 a.m. || We head downstairs and I make the boys some breakfast while they watch Daniel Tiger and have some milk in a sippy cup.
7:45 a.m. || After they have finished eating and Daniel Tiger is finished, I turn off the TV and we head back upstairs to change diapers, get out of our pajamas and brush our teeth.
8:00 a.m. || It’s playtime! Today, since the weather is finally cooling down a bit, we decided to head down to the park for a little while.
10:00 a.m. ||It’s naptime! The boys take their naps in their crib just fine, despite the fact they refuse to go down peacefully at night in them. This is the time I spend working at my desk, catching up on emails, editing photos, or writing blog posts.
I usually get asked a lot about naptime and how I manage to get them down in the same room at the same time. The answer to that for us personally is routine, routine, routine! When it’s naptime, I draw the shades, lay both boys down with a Wubbanub and blanket, and turn on their Snuga-Monkeys and quietly leave the room. Miraculously, they both will lie down and tend to fall asleep in rhythm with one another. There are some days where one is teething or particularly fussy and I have to take them out of the room and lay with them on my bed until they fall asleep there so they don’t wake up their brother, but that doesn’t happen too often. I’m not sure how this will all play out as they get older, but so far it’s all been working just fine for them to get the naps in that they need in the same room.
11:30 a.m. || The boys are awake and it’s time for lunch! We head downstairs and they get a sippy cup of milk while I make them food.
12:15 p.m. || We are done with lunch and we head upstairs to change diapers and get ready to leave to run to Target, which is a one-stop shop for us for groceries, clothing, diapers/wipes, etc.
Another thing I am asked a lot is how I survive solo trips to the store with the twins in tow. For me, the easiest thing is pushing them in the stroller while I pull the shopping cart behind me. We are a spectacle at Target to say the least. The number of times I get, “You have yourhands full!” and “Double trouble!” are countless. Sometimes I admit that gets a little old, but it comes with the twin mama territory, and I love every bit that comes with it. I know Target has the double shopping cart but that thing is hard to come by, usually requires I carry both boys in to the store to look for one, which is an impossible task in itself, and that thing is a beast to steer. So the stroller is the way to go!
I make sure my bag is fully stocked with their Wubbanubs, snacks, a toy or book, and a sippy cup of water. Usually the boys are perfectly quiet and let me get my shopping done in peace, but there are the occasional days where they are just not having it. I’m not against bribery in those moments, that’s for sure! But 9 times out of 10 we make it out of there in one piece with this mama’s sanity still in tact.
1:30 p.m. || We make it home from the store, I unload the bags and the boys get a chance to get any excess energy that got built up from being strapped into the strollers out before they go down for their second nap.
2:00 p.m. || The boys go down for their second nap. This is usually workout time for me! I do my abs and squats routine and sometimes fit in some yoga as well.
3:00 p.m. || The boys wake up from their nap so we change their diapers and head downstairs for a little snack.
3:45 p.m. || About this time the boys get some free play while we wait for dinner to be ready.
The boys do a great job at entertaining each other, but they still need my help from time to time. I love this time of the day because I get to get down on my hands and knees and be little again. Being a boy mama is especially fun because they are usually rowdy and wild, so I really get to let lose and be silly and free. We play in our teepee, dress up in silly costumes and run around roaring like lions or growling like monsters. This stage has been so fun so far, since they have gotten to be such rambunctious boys!
I think it’s so important for parents to take the time to not be just the mommy or daddy, but someone who can get on their level and be silly right along with them. They are only so little once, and their imaginations need to be encouraged and fed… What better way than being just as silly right along with them? I like to think these are the things they will remember of their mama when they are fully grown. The days we spent with superhero capes on our backs, running up and down the halls, or sitting in boxes pretending they are rocket ships, being carefree and letting them be little.
5:30 p.m. || It’s dinnertime! I get the boys all loaded up in their highchairs and we share a meal together around the table.
6:30 p.m. || At this point of the day we start winding down for bed. Our first step in our nighttime routine is our bath. We fill the tub with our favorite Tubby Todd soap and the boys play until their toes are wrinkly and the soap suds disappear.
7:15 p.m. || We get out of the tub and we do a lotion massage, comb their hair and clip their nails, and get into their nighttime diapers and pajamas.
7:30 p.m. || The boys get one more sippy cup of milk before bed, since it tends to wind them down quite a bit and fill their tummies through the night.
7:45 p.m. || We brush our teeth and snuggle up for some story time
8:00 p.m. || It’s time for bed! Right now since they sleep best at night for me, I climb into bed with them and lay with them until they fall asleep. Once they do, I either lay in bed and read my book for a while or I get up to sit at my desk and do some more office work. Some nights I will even watch some of my favorite TV shows on my iPad via Netflix or channel apps like ABC.
There you have it… an entire exhausting, but fruitful, day in the life of this single mama with my two sweet boys. I am thankful for my little life that I’ve made with them so far and am looking forward to seeing what the future holds for us. I know no matter what it is, it’s going to be great! Thank you so much for following along with our day today. XOXO