Our precious boys...

Our precious boys...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I’M NOT ASLEEP, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN I’M AWAKE.

This was definitely true during the twins first three months of life! I wasn’t asleep, but I wasn’t awake either. I felt like a zombie! And I'm pretty sure I looked like one too! But, now that the babies are just eating once during the night, Nick and I are finally getting more sleep. I remember the first night I woke up after having a dream. I was so excited that I finally slept long enough to be able to have a dream! WOW!

Life is much different now. Especially looking back to the first weeks, when the babies were eating every 2 hours, which was about 10 times a day. And I was pumping between those times as well. We barely got any sleep. I honestly don't know how we survived that. (I guess that's what's good about life - you tend to let the bad memories fade away. Thankfully I've already forgotten a lot of the pain!) Now they are eating just 5 times a day. That equals out to more sleep, much much much more sleep!

As of right now, the twins go to bed around 8:00pm and get up for the day somewhere between 8:00am and 8:30am. (But don't get too jealous...because they aren't sleeping the entire way through!) The fact that they don't wake up until after 8am is AWESOME!! Because I am not not not not not not not a morning person! On an average night, we usually have to get up 2-3 times to put a pacifier back in one of their mouths before they need to eat. (Wait, who am I kidding, it's usually Nick who's getting up when they are fussing because I have the most supportive husband there is!) And they eat only one time during the night, usually around 3am (although it varies anytime between 1:30am to 6:30am). Nick and I both take a baby and feed them at the same time in our bed while watching TV (quality bonding time! HA!). Then after they eat and fall back asleep, we don't have to get up with them at all until they wake up for the morning after 8am.

So, Nick and I are averaging about 7 hours of sleep a night. Of course it’s not consecutive sleep, but it’s sleep nonetheless. And I am extremely thankful for that.

The boys fall asleep within a few minutes of laying them down for the night. Sometimes we hold them if they seem fussy and they fall asleep within a couple minutes. And after their middle of the night feeding, we simply lie them down and they are asleep on their own within a couple of minutes. It is wonderful!

We are so blessed with good little sleepers. Of course it wasn't that way at first. It took them a while to get to this point, but now that they have grown and their little tummies are big enough to hold a larger amount of milk for longer, they can sleep for longer periods of time.

I just really hope and pray they are just like their mommy and daddy and LOVE to sleep.

This photo is back from October 13th, when the babies were exactly one month old. We all had fallen asleep on the floor. We were probably getting about four hours of sleep per night. Exhaustion. Pure Exhaustion...