Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sleepless Nights in Austin...

Yes you read that correctly! Josh and I have a beautiful daughter, beautiful twin boys, and we work WONDERFULLY together! What we don't have, is SLEEP!

Let's do some math here...you tell me what this equals :)


2+2+2... Let me see, 6, right?! WRONG! It actually equals NO SLEEP! 2 hours plus 2 hours plus 2 hours does NOT equal a full nights sleep. But that isn't for just one of us - that's both of us! It's not like one of us can get up and do this on our own ...it's that thing called a schedule that we have worked so hard to get them on :) Not a specific schedule that we know when they will be waking up - but rather doing it TOGETHER! Yes, they eat, poop, sleep and pee all at the same time! They even spit up at the same time!


We've started noticing that Collin spits up a lot like Callie did. He doesn't projectile vomit the way she did, but it all comes out. It started getting to the point that he and Carter would both spit up so much that they were still hungry...and I was feeding them every hour.

I finally told Josh that I can't feed both of them every hour - it's just not human! So I started strictly pumping and we are now bottle feeding. I have to be honest, I don't miss it as much as I did with Callie. It has really opened up my time to enjoy both the boys AND Callie. I thought I would be more upset, but I have really coached myself along, telling myself that the TIME I am able to spend with all 3 of my kids now is much more valuable than nursing both of the boys CONSTANTLY! Callie has enjoyed the attention SO MUCH MORE!

The bottle has helped a little - they are filling up more, both eating about 2-3 ounces every couple hours. And more people can help with feedings!

Collin is also very gassy - so we have started giving him some gas medicine - it seems to be helping, but not 100%. We're still keeping an eye on this!

We have also bought a box of rice cereal....we're debating on starting to add that to their milk. We did this with Callie, because it helped thicken the milk so she wasn't spitting up AS much. We're going to wait a little bit yet and give the bottles a chance.

Sleeping arrangements are constantly changing as well. From co-sleeping in one crib together, sleeping in the crib with the mattress raised a little, sleeping on top of us on the couch, sleeping in their bouncy seats in the living room, in our room and now they are currently sleeping on bouncy seats in their room. Josh and I are able to enjoy sleeping in our OWN bed!

So, if you are wondering, you don't sleep with twins! Especially when you have a daughter who is a HUGE daddy's girl - that's even worse - she's been getting up in the middle of the night a few times wanting to spend time with him :) One night she woke up and wanted to blow bubbles! Haha - seriously girl :)

Yes, we're tired, yes we knew this was going to happen, and YES, I have taken up drinking Diet Coke again - 1 can a day...some days I don't have any :)

 

2 comments:

  1. Samanthia CrabtreeJune 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    You and Josh are doing such an AMAZING job with the boys & Callie!! I'm so happy for you that you have been able to get them on a "schedule" :o) I'm so happy for you and I can just tell by reading your blogs you are glowing and loving life!!

    Love,
    Sam

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  2. I feel your pain but trust me when I say it won't last! Those first few weeks are just miserable. If I could get a total of 4 hours in a 24 hours period I could keep going. IT IS OK TO PUMP AND GIVE THE BOYS BOTTLES! Mine get bottles 98% of the time. Nursing twins just traps you and doesn't let you BE with the babies and Callie. It is hard to give up nursing your babies but the fact that you are giving them breast milk is the most important thing. Have you asked your Dr. about Zantac? It helped our not spit up so bad. You are doing great!

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