My life these days is consumed with little more than the twins' sleeping habits. During the day, I am constantly focused on who is awake or asleep, and for how long, and strategize how to make those things happen at the same time for two babies. At night, I stare at the clock with bleary resignation and wonder what numbers will be flashing when the next baby cries.
It's exhausting, in every way possible.
I will say we seem to be moving in the right direction. Slowly.
The every-2-hour night feedings have stretched to 3-3.5 hours from our efforts. However, they are still waking in between and often require soothing, so I'm not really getting much more shut-eye. For example, last night:
6:30 pm - Gax to sleep
6:50 pm - Nix to sleep (over-tired?)
7:30 pm - Nix cries, 3 failed attempts to sooth him, brief cry-it-out
9:00 pm - Gax cries, I feed him then get Nix and feed him (dreamfeed)
10:00 pm - DH and I go to bed
11:20 pm - Nix cries, my Dad sooths him (of course I'm in bed awake during this)
1:15 am - Gax cries, I feed him then get Nix to feed him (diapers changed)
3:30 am - Gax cries, DH sooths him (again, I'm awake for this too)
4:30 am - Nix cries, I feed him then get Gax to feed him
7 am - Gax wakes up for the day, let the fun begin
Fun, right? No wonder I'm completely useless right now.
During the day, I decided to first focus on getting Gax to be a better (longer) napper before trying to coordinate him and Nix. That worked by following Dr. Weissbluth's advice of keeping Gax in the crib for one hour, even if he only naps for 30 minutes. I discovered that Gax would fuss/cry half-heartedly for about 5 minutes and then go back to sleep. It's been a few days, and now he'll just talk for a few minutes before snoozing again. Awesome! And he's happier these days because of it, too. So now Gax naps better, but we are still far from being on a regular schedule for both twins.
Did I mention I'm exhausted? Encouraged, but exhausted.
I haven't taken a ton of pictures lately because it seems all I'm doing is trying to coordinate naps, but I'll leave you with a few I was able to snap. (And don't forget to enter my third blogoversary giveaway!)
"Wait 'till they get a load of my blog. First post: How to leverage cuteness to derail sleep training. Ha ha!"
This seems a bit inefficient. At least my Mom labeled them.
I can't mention how long this many diapers lasts in our household, because it makes me weep. Costco loves us. One day, sweet cloth, I'll be back!
We recently had the entire main level of our house torn up for painting and new floor installation. (Pictures coming soon.) It was a disaster, but fortunately we kept the TV plugged in so the kids were entertained. More good parenting!
Happiness, thy name is jumperoo.
"Umm, Mom? Is this really necessary? It's only September."
Gax enjoys a Grandma hug.
Bumpa has all the cuteness he can carry.
The observer and the performer: a look into the next 18 years.
Sometimes there's nothing left to do but dance.