Vander and Oliven’s current schedule:
7am Vander gets up.
Oliven will be awake and wait for you to come get him.
Vander can get himself dressed just tell him if he should wear pants or shorts and long sleeves or short sleeves based on the weather. Get Oliven dressed for the day. Try and get him to drink milk from a cup. He will be more likely to attempt it if he is sitting with you and not in the kitchen. (Empty Vander’s little toilet into the big toilet and rinse).
7:10ish eat breakfast. Vander eats a wide variety of foods. He can have waffles (I don’t give them butter or syrup or jelly- just dry), cereal dry or with milk, oatmeal, a fruit smoothy, toast with peanut butter (I don’t give it to him with just butter or jelly). He also really likes eggs of any style. Oliven can have any of these options as well, but may need more help. He is working on eating cereal with milk by himself with a spoon, but needs help drinking the remaining milk from the bowl when the cereal is gone. Or you can feed them anything else you want, those are just the easy options. Oliven gets a dropper full of vitamin drops and Vander gets a cars vitamin.
8ish When they are done eating they usually play for a while.
9 cartoon time. They usually watch 20-40minutes. Vander drinks his milk at that time. Try to help encourage Ollie to drink milk too. They watch whatever is on Disney in the computer room, but must be sitting on the couch so if they spill it can be easily wiped up. They both have to put their cups in the sink when they are done. This is one of their chores.
Play time until lunch.
11:30ish They often request snacks at 10am. I try to get them to eat fruit for snack, and lunch at 11 or 11:30, especially Ollie. You can feed them whenever at your discretion. There are corn dogs, chicken nuggets, and fish sticks in the freezer, Van likes tuna sandwiches, both like graham crackers with peanut butter, granola bars are their favorite. Leftovers are good. They have hotdogs in the freezer outside. They like macaroni and cheese. There is string cheese in the bottom drawer of the fridge and turkey pastrami. They love nuts. They like most fruit, but Oliven still likes his cut up most of the time. Fruit cups are always a big hit and Oliven loves fruit strips. They also like prunes, but no more than 3 and Ollie needs them cut in half). No cookies or other sweets until after they at least eat fruit. There is frozen mango in the freezer that they both love. Just heat it a little so it’s not so cold. There is also frozen corn in the freezer. Van likes it cold, Ollie likes it warmed up, but not hot.
12:45-1ish Ollie gets his shoes on and Vander goes potty in the big toilet. Read them each a story and put them down. I sing a song to Ollie. He sleeps with soft Mater on his pillow, Mickey and Goofy in each arm. Vander has to organize his own buddies and gets to ask 3 questions, but only 3, then close the door and say, “See you after quiet time.” He will keep asking if you heard him if you don’t say that you will see him afterwards. Vander often poops during quiet time and he will yell to you that he made a pooper. That is the cue to go in and ask him if he is done, sometimes he says he isn’t yet. So I give him a couple minutes. If he says he is wipe him and put his poop into the big toilet, rinse it out and bring the insert back in case he has to pee.
3pm both boys get up. Vander’s clock is about 2 minutes ahead of Oliven’s, so Van usually gets up before Ollie calls out that his clock is green. The boys alternate whose turn it is to pick a cartoon from the DVR in the living room. Friday is Ollie’s turn, Saturday is Vander’s, Sunday is Ollie’s. Ollie almost always picks Super Why and Vander picks part of a movie. Vander has an activia yogurt (if for some reason he asks for milk instead try and get him to eat the yogurt after dinner to keep him regular) and sometimes he asks for a pudding, which he is allowed to have if he eats the whole yogurt. He needs to feed himself, but needs help with the last couple bites just getting them out of the container. Oliven has milk, try and get him to drink some. (He is not liking drinking out of cups…I’m hoping he comes around- if not push dairy at dinner and other times during the day). He can have a yogurt off his shelf or an activia yogurt.
Play/go some where.
5:30-6ish Eat dinner. Vander is pretty good about eating anything you give him. Tell him what on his plate is best for him and what will make him big and strong. He loves to know that information. Oliven is tough. He will always eat a bowl of corn. I let him have yogurt, fruit or veggies if he doesn’t like what we are eating, but he has to try it first and wait for a few minutes before he gets anything else. Sometimes it helps if you eat it and ignore him for a minute and he’ll ask for a bite. They can have gogurt for dessert or fruit. They can have Easter candy, but only a couple pieces if they ate a good dinner. There are tons of family size leftover meals on the top shelf of the outside freezer and they are all labeled. You are welcome to any of them.
6:30pm They take a bath together. They play for a bit. We only do soap every other night, but that’s up to you based on your day. Brush both boys teeth in the tub (you can do it before if you prefer). Van gets a fluoride pill after teeth are brushed and flossed.
7pm Bed. Ollie gets his shoes on, reads a book, turn off the light and sing a song. He doesn’t always go to sleep right away, but he does go down easy. Vander sometimes has to try and poop after bath if he didn’t poop at quiet time. On the big toilet. Then he puts his own pull-up and jammies on. He gets a story and then lights out and 3 questions.
Vander is on a behavior contract right now, so please tally his points and see how he did. If he wants a marshmallow, or only earns a marshmallow, of course before bath time. If he chooses something else (because he earned it) after bath, before bed- special time for an extra story or puzzle.
The boys are allowed to have a spoon full of honey if they are coughing. Vander can also have a sippy cup with water in it on a washcloth in his room at night. It keeps him from waking up/calling for you too much. Often times when he wakes up at night he is still asleep. Wait until he calls for someone. Better to go in as soon as you can at that point so he doesn’t get too worked up. Hugs help calm him down. Talk to him for a couple minutes. Singing calms him down- any song, but if you leave too soon he will relapse into crying. Offering him water and helping him lay on his side often help.
The boys will be up a little late Thursday night for the Sesame Street show we are taking them to for Oliven’s birthday (sorry, it was the only show we could go to).
***Just so you know we in no way expect you to do things the way that we do or follow this schedule. This is just an outline of what I do with the boys and what they are used to. FYI Vander can skip naps without much consequence- Oliven gets really really cranky around 1:30ish if he is still up.