I was looking at Enya this morning and noticed that she too finally has pudgy baby thighs. Don't get me wrong, she is small and her waist is tiny (hopefully in 40 years I can still write that ;-)) she still fits into size 3 nappies with the tabs almost end on end, but she no longer has chicken legs. There is finally a bit of fat and more importantly muscle on her legs.
The darling girls allowed us to sleep in until after 7 this morning, I got a fright when I woke of my own accord and saw how late it was. We are no longer being wakened at 3am but they usually wake around 6:30am. Unfortunately Z had to go to work so we couldn't lie in and enjoy the late start.
Z is finding it really hard after his leave to only see the girls for 45 mins in the morning and then again for an hour in the evening. We get them out of bed just before 7 in the mornings feed them and then they go down immediately after for their morning nap as they are still very tired (latest 8 am). They wake anywhere from 9:30-10 and play until just after 11am when I feed them again and then back to bed for another 1-2 hour nap. They get another bottle at around 3ish in the afternoon followed sometimes by another nap although this one is usually just 1/2-1 hour long. Z comes home around 5:30-6pm to play a bit with the girls and then at the latest 6pm we start with the evening meal with the aim to get them into bed by 6:30-7pm. Any later and they are impossible to feed and settle as they are just too tired. Ciara has been known to fall asleep while being fed, she had to be woken up for every mouthful, she was too cute (we couldn't just leave her as she would have woken up at 3am starving-voice of experience speaking here).
This is the schedule that works for them and I know on the days where we deviate from it due to appointments how cranky they get, so obviously they need this much sleep, it just makes me sad for Z as he doesn't get a lot of time with them. It makes me wonder how moms who have to work manage. This is not a critisism of working mothers, I know we are fortunate that I can stay home with the girls this long, but it must really be hard to miss out on so much of your child's childhood!