How I Make It Work {Multiples Edition}

I shared a couple weeks ago why, as a mom of young twins, I chose to go back to work. Tracy & others have asked me how I do it.

My first thought, I have no idea, I just do. Kinda of like how people asked how I was able to work up until the day my water broke {at work!} at 32 weeks. I really don’t know, I just did it. I didn’t know any other way.

So I thought I would share what I do on a daily basis to make my going back to work, work for my family in hopes that it will help someone else. And in hopes that we can open up a conversation of workday routines that might help us all.

I pre-plan as much as possible. That means Sunday afternoons, I’m checking the weekly forecast then laying out clothes for the babies for the week. I will also lay out {or at least think in my head} what I plan to wear.

We cloth diaper Zach & Lucy, & their daycare allows us to use cloth diapers too. Over the weekend, I make sure all the diapers we take to daycare are washed & dried. Sunday evenings, we then place the diapers in wet/dry bags {four per baby}. We have enough that I can get Monday & Tuesdays diapers organized. During the evenings throughout the rest of the week, my husband & I will wash, dry, sort & stuff diapers the night before they’re needed.

I have to get three bottles prepared per baby for each daycare day. So six bottles total that need to be pumped, bottled, & capped. Plus their individual names placed on them {Lucy gets more milk, Zach’s bottles are fortified since he’s still so little} along with that day’s date. I prep bottles the night before & place them in PackIt coolers in the refrigerator, so they’re just grab & go ready for the morning.

Clothes read to go, cloth diapers ready to go, and bottles ready to go!


My husband is a bottle washing genie. He will typically wash all the bottles, caps, nipples & that day’s pump parts in the evenings while I’m nursing the babies.

I attempt to pack my lunch the night before, but I don’t make sandwiches until the next day. Deli meat that’s been sitting on bread overnight seems to taste weird to me.

I try to wake up before the babies do in the mornings {typically around 6:45am}. My goal is to shower & get ready first that way I’m ready in case things don’t go smoothly. {Even with all the above prepared, things rarely go smoothly.}

Once I’m ready, whoever’s awake {usually Zach} I’ll snuggle with while fixing my cereal & throwing my lunch & pump bag together. Then I’ll get that baby dressed for the day & begin to nurse. My husband will then get the other baby dressed before handing them to me to tandem nurse while he gets ready.

The baby that’s done nursing first, gets burped by my husband then placed in their car seat. Then I’ll hand off the other babe, give kisses, grab my bags & rush off to work. My husband grabs the diaper bag, bottles, wubbanubs & babies & heads off to daycare before he goes to work.

I watch the clock all day waiting for 5pm when I get jump in the minivan & head up to daycare. The gummy grins I’m greeted with upon my arrival make all the work involved with getting us organized for the day worth it.

What about you? What do you to try to best to be prepared to go each weekday morning?


  • Melissa says:

    You are amazing. I have an almost 3 year old and just found out I’m pregnant with twins. I haven’t been able to stop crying. I have no idea how I’m going to do it. Not working is not an option. I give you so much credit for nursing. That’s one of the things I’m really sad about. I know I will FF. DH has to leave for work really early, so I have to do the morning routine alone. You are an inspiration. Thank you,

    • Suzanne says:

      Big huge hugs, Melissa. It’s an emotional time for sure. But such a blessing too.
      I’m not going to say it’s not hard, because it is, but it’s also a lot of fun. You can make it work! & I’m here. Feel free to tweet or email me if I can help give advice or support.
      Breastfeeding does take time but I feel it’s worth it. But I know a lot of multi-mommas, who like you, decided to FF. Don’t beat yourself up over any decision you have to make. Just do the best you can for your family.
      And take care of yourself for now. Eat as much as you can to grow those little twins! Have you picked up Dr Barbara Luke’s What to Expect book? It was my multi-pregnancy “bible”.
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  • Madonna says:

    Props to you! I have a 3 yo and a newborn and am returning to work in 2.5 weeks. I will be spending my last week of maternity leave doing practice runs for returning to work. I have the morning routine myself so it could get interesting on the days E is not cooperative! But I agree, trying to prep as much as possible the night before is key; that seemed to work for us when I returned to work the first time.

  • Stacey says:

    I can so relate to this post! My twins are now 3 1/2 and my third will be 2 in two weeks. But I also worked up to the last moment at 38 weeks! I could barely walk around the office! And I went back to work when they were 14 weeks old. I am the primary breadwinner in our family. It is just what I did. You are right, you just have to do it! I remember all the bottle prep, all the packing, all the diapers! We had a cloth diaper service which was a life saver. We developed such a routine, pretty similar to yours. Taking turns showering, holding, feeding, dressing. I am sure that some of our friends thought we were so rigid but without a plan and without a routine you won’t survive twins! Good luck! Believe me, one day you will look back at these days and just shake your head and say “I can’t believe we did it!”
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    • Suzanne says:

      Thanks Stacey! So nice to read working moms who’ve not just survived but thrived through life with twins. And good to know that I’m not the only one who tries to be massively organized just to get through the week.
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