Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Week in the Life of The Cochran Family!

Here's our daily schedule.....

Monday through Friday
6:45 Matt leaves for work and drops Hannah Noelle of at preschool.
7:15 Andrea leaves for work.
8:00 Feed babies and all get medicine.
8:45-10:30 Nap Time (I do laundry, pick up around house and get ready for 10:30!)
10:30 - 11:00 Bath Time
11:00 Feed babies.
11:30 - 2:00 Play time! We do tummy time, turn on Baby Einsteins and whatever else we can do to keep them a little stimulated!
2:00 Feed babies and Lauren gets medicine.
2:30 - 5:00 Nap time in beds. I mean business about this nap time!
5:00 Feed Babies and Avery gets medicine. Andrea and Hannah Noelle make it home. Straight to bath for HN to get preschool germs washed down the drain!!
5:45 Matt gets home.
7:00 Make bottles for the following day, make sure everything is restocked and pack diaper bag if we're heading anywhere the next day.
8:00 Andrea, Matt and I feed babies and Cannon, Gunner and Lauren get medicine.
11:00 Matt and I feed babies.
11:00 - 2:00 I keep the baby monitor and I am responsible for any cries, apnea monitor beeps, etc.
2:00 Andrea's alarm goes off and she wakes me up and we "tag team" feed the babies and Lauren gets her medicine.
2:00 - 5:00 Andrea keeps the baby monitor and is responsible for babies.
5:00 Matt's alarm goes off and he wakes Andrea up and they "tag team" feed. Matt then gets dressed, gets HN dressed and the day starts all over again!!

Here's the extras that are added into our week......

Sunday, Hannah Noelle to church in the morning and family visitors over in the afternoon.
Monday, Normally doctor appt. day and Matt has football game at night.
Tuesday, Hannah Noelle has dance and tap.
Wednesday, Hannah Noelle has choir practice.
Thursday, Hannah Noelle has gymnastics.
Friday, Matt has football game.
Saturday, Normally always some party HN has to be at.

It's crazy, but a good crazy! I must admit it's a lot easier than having to go back and forth to Alabama to see the babies! It was so hard juggling two at home and then heading over there to see the girls.... oh, I didn't mention it, did I? WE'RE ALL HOME!!! I have tons of pictures to post, but for some reason my card has gone crazy and I'm crossing my fingers and toes and arms and legs that I didn't lose the pictures forever!!! (Any ideas would be appreciated! It says Memory Card Error.)
Anyone that knows HN knows she was a HORRIBLE baby, I mean the most horrible of horrible, even though it's really not a word, she was the horribliest!! I now understand why God made her be such a bad baby, it was so I could handle four. Not that I have got it figured out by any means, but even with four I'm getting more sleep than I did with her. She cried, oh excuse me, screamed, whaled, shrieked whether you were holding her, patting her, touching her, not touching her, it didn't matter, then at 5 months magically she became human!
Gunner and Lauren are AWESOME! They don't really cry unless it's something major. Avery is a little more vocal and wants you to know she's there every so often. Cannon is pretty rough! He cries sometimes just to hear himself cry. I'm going to blame it on a bad belly and hope that it resolves itself soon.
All in all I can't complain. I know it's going to get bad, I'm going to be drinking coffee like water, they'll go days without baths, as will I, but for right now, I'm just enjoying having everyone under one roof. Keeping up with Hannah Noelle's schedule is rough too, but I don't want her to miss out on things because of the babies, which leads me to this......
Andrea, I don't even know where to start. I cannot thank you enough. I sit in awe several times a day at the sacrifices you have made to make my life that much easier. I can honestly say we could not do it without you! If it's not the babies you're helping with it's Hannah Noelle. I joke and call you the Nanny, but you're way more than that, your a house keeper, bottle washer, HN's butt wiper, I could go on and on, but first and foremost, you are the most amazing sister, sister-in-law, Aunt and friend anyone could EVER ask for! We all LOVE you very much!!!
I hope to post pictures soon!!! I will cry for several days if I lost all my pictures!! Until next time, Love to you all!!!


jag said...

You crack me up! I've missed your posts, but after reading your "day in the life of" segment, I understand. I must say, Miss Jillian would love ti see a piture of Gunner. However, if they are gone forever, forget I mentioned it. Congrats on having all the muffins home!

Andrea said...

There's no way I could have been a part-time Aunt to these precious babies! I think it's pretty awesome that y'all let me be a part of their daily lives and have a front row seat to the amazing journey we just started. I'm honored to be part of the Muffin Team! - PaePae

Andria said...

Aww. Sounds chaotic. When does Andrea sleep? lol. What an amazing transition you've all experienced. I see why "schedule" is so important.

Praying for pictures!

Brie said...

Hi! I'm a lurker here! :) I love reading about your children and your lives. Amazing! Just thought I'd comment on the memory card error. This may be dumb, but I thought I'd mention it in the case you haven't tried. Have you pulled it out and put it back in? I ask because that happened to me a few months ago and I was FREAKING out and that seemed to fix it. Good luck!!!

Mary Anne Whiteley said...

Also make sure the memory card isn't "locked" or write protected. If you have any memory of floppy diskettes, they had this feature too.

Tracey said...

The babies are adorable. You seem to have a schedule down pat pretty good =]=] Take care!!

Joni and Jess said...

Awww, the babes are soo cute! and maybe you tried this already, but there is computer software you can get that will recover your memory card. I've only ever once seen it not work. The software isn't always cheap, but your babies pics. are PRICELESS and IRREPLACEABLE. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask hun!! CONGRATS on getting all of your lil' Muffins under one roof.

Moni Graf said...

Holy Bejeezers! HN's social schedule is busier than those of the most lucrative top execs! That's awesome that she has such wonderful parents who make it all work for her.

Andrea sounds like our Aunt Lainie. Such a blessing to have people like that in our lives.

Hope you can figure out the memory card thing. I'm pretty close to being technologically retarded, so I'm sorry that I have no suggestions.

Love ya!