I think these boys sensed that as well since Monday went so smoothly. Eating every three hours, napping together, minimal fussiness - it was wonderful! Each day since has not been so breezy. Tuesday we did manage to take a walk and yesterday we also were able to go visit a friend for a few hours. However, past the first meal of the day they are starting to do things on their own time. PB refuses to nap after his first feeding around 7 while J snoozes away and I'm nodding off having gotten up between 3 - 4 am to feed J and again around 6 as Momma B gets ready for work. Of course, after they both eat again around 10 PB passes out and J is wide awake and ready to be entertained. Thus the rest of the day is spent feeding one then another, putting one down when the other gets up, etc. I'm barely able to eat let alone get anything done around the house! This afternoon I put them both down at the same time, praying they'd both fall asleep (or just entertain themselves in their cribs) so I could finally take a shower and eat something. It worked! Now most things I've read says at 10 weeks it's a little early for a set schedule, but I don't think it's too early to at least start trying for some sort of routine. For my sanity, it needs to happen!
|Nothing more precious than watching these boys sleep!|
Now don't get me wrong, I'm extremely thankful we have two wonderful sleepers on our hands. They both have been sleeping through the night for the last three weeks. Bedtime has been pretty consistent between 7:30 - 8. J routinely sleeps at least 8 - 9 hours, getting up between 3:30 - 4:30 am then going back to sleep for another few hours. PB really blesses us as he's been sleeping 11 - 11 1/2 hrs, getting up at the same time as J between 7 - 7:30!! They take 3 - 4 naps a day, ranging from 45 minutes - 2 hours at a time. I know we're very lucky, though I will take some credit as I read a multitude of books and other online resources to figure out what we could do to help them figure out their days and nights and sleep longer stretches at night without having to resort to CIO or any other stressful methods. So I won't discount any of that.
I don't want to seem whiny or inconsiderate, as I know how blessed I am to care for these amazing little guys. They make me happier than I could've ever thought possible. But I'd love to be able to keep life going and not have everything put on hold because every minute is spent feeding, cleaning, or entertaining babies. I'd like to shower daily, at least!
So I'm going to keep on keepin' on. It's bound to stick one of these days, right?!
If any of you can relate and have success stories - twins or no twins - I'd love to hear them! It's motivation and maybe what worked for you can for us too.