The twins did soooooo well sleeping through the night for 4+ weeks that we decided to officially move them out of our room and into the nursery. (Good job twinsies!)
We must’ve jinxed it.
They went from FANTASTIC sleepers to waking up 5-6 times at night (now take that number and multiple it by two.)
I didn’t see it coming, so when they woke up during the night I though it was a fluke and would only feed one baby before groggily plodding back to bed. 45 minutes later the other baby would wake crying.
At least I could nap during the day, right? Wrong. They were tag-teaming me even then! I wasn’t being diligent about their schedule so one would wake from a nap RIGHT as the other was falling asleep.
It’s a vicious cycle. I think I went 10 days without more than an hour of consecutive sleep, day or night.
One of these night, D was working late and wouldn’t be home until long after everyone was asleep. It had been a rough afternoon/evening of sass and fighting from the big kids, although I’d fed them dinner I’d never gotten a chance to eat and was starving. I hadn’t eaten because the babies were off schedule and angry screaming in unison. (Sounds funny but it sends my stress levels through the roof.) I was trying to keep my voice steady as I sang the nighttime lullabies and do the normal cheery routine as if they weren’t balling their eyes out but it looked like a long night ahead and tears kept dripping off my face. At this moment, Kimchi snuck out of bed for water and saw me crying and ran up and threw his arms around my neck. “Tomorrow, Mom, I want to be so much better.”
So, what caused the sleepless-ness? All sorts of sickness raged through our family in the past month (stomach flu? headcold?). Pollution has been up which causes labored breathing for Colt. They both have the constant drool and hot swollen gums indicative of teething. Bonnie had an episode of night terror. Our neighbors septic blockage seeped into our place in the middle of the night causing disruption. The list goes on and on but I think it was just a growth spurt.
I believe if they don’t get enough calories during the day they will wake up during the night to get in extra feeds. And the twins woke up starving!
D and I talked about introducing food or supplementing with formula. The thought of them being hungry makes me feel awful. I know there’s a limit on how much my body can do for them. Right now it’s providing 100% of the sustenance to sustain 35 lbs worth of babies.
Anyway, a few days into the sleepless nights, we moved them back into our bedroom. We made a battle plan. I fed them more frequently during the day and made an extra effort to get in full feeds.
The last two nights (March 20th and March 21st) they’ve sleep through the night (mostly–8:30pm to 5:30, then they’ll go back to sleep until 8am.) SO GREAT!! I hope this means they getting adequate nutrition. I’m still apprehensive about it.
And, I am still extremely exhausted. (I unloaded and put away an entire dishwasher’s worth of dirty dishes. They’re all mixed in now.) So very sleepy. G’night blogosphere.