This is the summary for the twins’ 15th week – they were 14 weeks old.
I’ll admit, the fussiness is really wearing on me. I’m trying to maintain perspective here and focus on the fact that they sleep SO MUCH and SO WELL, so I have lots of breaks throughout the day, but at times the fussiness is tough to take. They’re fed, they’re rested, they’re clean, and they’re sitting in a chair that bounces them ever so slightly. WHAT ELSE COULD THEY POSSIBLY WANT?
Truthfully, they are much more content than they were a month ago. I can see that we’re moving in the right direction. But it’s starting to seriously grind me down.
On a more positive note, naps were 100% spot on this week. I really don’t think they woke up early from even one nap (the large majority I have to wake them from). They are still sleeping 11-11.5hrs at night. They are sleeping about 18-19 hours a day.
I bet you’re reading this thinking now why is she complaining again?
6:00-6:15am Wake, Feed
7:20am Nap 1
9:20am Wake, nurse
10:30am: Nap 2
12:30pm Wake, nurse
1:40pm Nurse, nap 3 (some days I nursed here and some I didn’t. Trying to figure out what works better)
3:40pm Wake, nurse
4:50pm Nap 4
5:30-5:45pm Wake, nurse
6:45pm Nurse, then in bed by 7pm
Where are we headed?
I’m starting to think about where we’re headed in terms of their schedule. They are napping perfectly, so there is no real NEED to mess with things, but I’m thinking about where I want to be in the next month or two and how I am going to get there. Here are my priorities:
- Move DWT (desired wake time) to 7:00am
- Drop from 4 naps to 3 naps
- Line the 2nd nap up with the older kids’ nap
I wrote out this schedule which I think satisfies all 3 of those requirements:
8:30am-11:00am Nap 1
12:30pm-3:00pm Nap 2
4:30pm-5:30pm Nap 3
The part I’m having trouble with is the nursing schedule. Babywise suggests to always nurse after naps, but if I do that I’ll be on a 4 hour schedule. I know lots of moms nurse on a 4hr schedule just fine, but I’m too paranoid about milk supply with my twins to do that this early. So I was thinking I could nurse before and after every nap, but then I’m nursing only like 80 minutes apart. I don’t mind doing that, but I’m concerned it will lead to snack feeding and decrease their milk intake overall. Hm. I will have to think more about this.
For now I am going to start trying to push DWT to 7am and increase waketime from 70min to 80min.
Sam almost never smiles. I have seen him do it a few times before so I know it’s possible, but he just chooses not to. I am forbidding myself from googling this issue.
I woke up one morning at 3am to one of them crying. I went in and found them both awake. Sam had rolled onto his back and Mercy had scooched herself over so she was lying right on top of his arm, pinning him down at the shoulder. I picked them off of each other, spread them out, and they went back to sleep without a peep. But that morning I decided it was time to separate them.
Oh sad day!
I’m blaming it on hormones, but I’m legitimately depressed about having to make this move. They are just so darn cute cuddling together that I think I’d convinced myself that they would sleep together forever.
Thankfully, they don’t seem to care even one bit. Both babies have been sleeping great in their own crib.
This week I was at my mom’s one day and she was watching my two nieces who are 1 and 2.5 years old. So we had 6 kids there 3.5 and under. I got to her house with my 4 right after lunch and we immediately jumped into putting the kids down for naps. We had to take them potty, read them books, nurse the babies, and get everyone down for a nap. We worked quickly and in about 20 minutes we went from the chaos of 6 loud kids to complete peace and quiet. My mom and I sat on the couch, sipped coffee, chit-chatted, and gave ourselves one big pat on the back. Six kids all sleeping at the same time? This must be nap heaven.