How is it that 5 months can go by so quickly yet at times I swear we have been without sleep for years? Despite the exhaustion, so much has changed in the five months since the girls have arrived.
I is still taking a Soy formula due to her milk protein allergy. She is taking between 4 and 6 ounces every 3 hours. She has started fussing when she is getting tired but won’t go to sleep without a bottle but she is just using it as a soothing method since she passes out after about ½ and ounce or so…I have wasted so many ounces this week!
O is still on Neosure and is taking 4 ounces every 3 hours. She doesn’t seem to want an increase in her meals yet, which I would think she needs to do pretty soon to keep gaining weight, she is still a peanut and a good pound smaller than her sister.
We begin our bedtime routine at 8:00…though they have been getting tired earlier this past week so we are going to have to adjust. Every other night we do baths with Mommy, lotion, sleep sacks and bottles in the “baby spa” or our bedroom with the nightlight and rain noise. They are usually asleep by the time we are ready to burp and go right down. There are nights where the girls sleep all the way from 8:30-6:30 and other nights they wake up once. So, each of us has to get up at most –one time for about 20-30 minutes for a change and bottle. I am considering dropping the diaper change unless it feels heavy so that they don’t wake up as much.
We have been trying to move O into her Halo bassinet, but she really likes how the rock n play cradles her and flails around with too much space around her. She usually goes down alright since she is already asleep and will sleep for upwards of an hour. When she tries to transition to a new sleep cycle, she wakes up and screams. We will rock her back to sleep and try to put her down again but she usually wakes within 10 minutes. After we rock her and put her back a few times, knowing that her sister will still be up at 6:30 I have been putting O back into the rock n play so that we can get some rest. This past week I bought a quilted fleece sheet for the pack n play and she actually napped well in that during the day. I had the genius idea to try it at night. So I had Hubby take it down and move it next to the bed. This meant he also had to take apart the Halo and move that as well as the rock n play out… What a guy! I also decided to really go big or go home by not putting her in a sleep sack. Instead, I put her in a long sleeve onesie and fleece jammie. I fed her and put her down asleep… Just like before, she woke up after an hour. Instead of picking her up I just rocked the mattress and out she went. WIN! I had a moment where I thought, okay, now is the time to tough it out. I put the rock n play out of my mind as a back up and was determined to make this work! She woke up every 10 minutes for about an hour and then it would go longer. I felt like I was constantly draped over the side of that thing rocking away. I’m sure I did this about once an hour or so but you know what? I never had to pick her up! To beat that, I noticed her sleepy face this morning and put her in her crib, turned on her mobile and music and walked out. She put herself to sleep and took a quick 30 minute nap…long enough for me to make some banana bread with I in her high chair.
I will be thrilled if she can sleep in her pack n play! It will make traveling and transitioning to cribs that much easier! I is next and I think she will be more difficult!
We are still trying to figure out a daytime nap schedule. Their sleep seems to change daily. Both girls will stay up for 1.5-2 hours before needing a snooze. They will sleep in the Twin Z pillow or swing. If I can, I try to put one of them into the pack n play. O will stay for a bit but I was waking up as soon as she touched down. They will sleep from 10 minutes to 45 minutes then be awake for another 2 hours or so before another short nap. The only way I can get them to take a nap longer than an hour in the afternoon is to take them in the car. They sleep for about an hour in the car and sometimes they will continue sleeping in their car seats when we come back into the house. Not an ideal situation, but it gives me time to get some things done around the house.
The past month has been a biggie for our girls! With O being so fussy I knew she was ready to make a leap! Reading the book The Wonder Weeks has definitely helped me feel less frustrated when they are fussing. Understanding that this is their way of dealing with a change in development and needing Mommy has helped me cope so much better!
One day O woke up and decided she was going to conquer the world! I swear, this is how it happened! In one day she was chattering up a storm, grabbing objects, smiling, laughing and trying so hard to roll over. I think she is our observant child. She sits back and takes it all in and when she feels confident that she’s got it, only then will she share her talents. She gets so mad when she can’t roll over even though when I help her, she hates being on her tummy. She cracks me up when she uses her sister for leverage. I left them both on their backs on their play mat for maybe a minute and I came back to O’s feet over I’s head and her tush in her face. Poor I!
Her sister I on the other hand tried things out right away and has been smiling and cooing for weeks now. She doesn’t show much desire to roll, but has started rocking in the past few days. She also just started trying to grab objects this weekend.
Both girls have found their hands and suck on them to self soothe, neither will take a paci. They are also getting used to their highchairs. I decided to put them together because O doesn’t seem to like to be reclined anymore and is constantly trying to sit up straight. It has been fantastic being able to pop them in their seats and make dinner or eat breakfast. I think it will get even better when they can play with some toys on their tray since we still start to fuss pretty quickly.
AS I said, it is has been a big 4 weeks for these little girls! Today we are hunkered down and watching this blizzard bury us with 18-24 inches of snow. We are beyond ready for spring but I am enjoying a nice cozy day with my snuggle bugs- which is a huge step forward seeing as how a month ago I dreaded the long days alone with them. I am finally starting to really enjoy my days at home with them!