Even though we were only gone for a few days on our trip, it has been pretty hard to settle back into our routines. Not only were there no real naps on the trip, but there was an abundance of junk food, and endless new things to look at. So, as we sit in our living room waiting for the weather to warm up, we are not happy campers. Or good eaters. Or good nappers. Now what?
It’s been frustrating for me because I am used to the twins eating anything I put in front of them, taking a short nap in the morning, and a longer one in the afternoon. My 4-year-old has always been a picky eater, and a nap protester, so nothing has really changed with him. Since the trip, the twins decided they do not need to sleep in the morning at all, and that most of the foods that were staples in their diet, oatmeal, yogurt, bananas, sweet potatoes, are not delicious anymore. I’m sure they are just as frustrated and confused. I mean they were just eating Cheetos, meeting tons of new people who paid them tons of attention, and playing at the playground for the first time. They had a huge taste of freedom, and I’m sure they want it back.
I guess we’ll just have to make adjustments. As for the naps, I’ve conceded, and have been just letting them stay up until they are so cranky I can’t take it anymore. They end up with a pretty good afternoon nap that way, so I guess that is a good thing. They’ve been sleeping great at night, so I really can’t complain. As for food, well, that’s just been trial and error. They’ve been drinking a lot more milk lately, and not eating as much, but maybe that’s because they didn’t have milk readily available on the trip. It’s hard to keep it on hand when there aren’t refrigerators around. I guess there just making up for lost time. I have not, however, gone back to the junk food. I have been experimenting with new food items, like cheese sticks (like) and white potatoes (dislike.) Soon they will get to try peanut butter or some other kind of nut butter because they’ll be two. That I’m hoping they will like. I know some people say they can have nuts before the age of two, but I’m being overly cautious with these preemies. I’m still pushing the oatmeal, bananas, and yogurt whether they like it or not.
Like the boys, I’m finding it hard to get back into my routine too. For a couple weeks before we left, I really started focusing on eating better and exercising. The trip put a little wrench in my motivation. But, I’m slowly getting it back. Slowly. I’m hoping it will finally start to be spring around here, so I can take the boys on walks and to our park. That will be great for all of us.