That’s right we too are dealing with serious lack of sleep and wanting to sleep train our babes.
They are going on 6 months old and still wake 3+ times a night per baby to feed. Luckily they do not stay up like some babies I know but rather fall back to sleep after they have nursed. Kate is no longer nursing so the night time feedings are all on me know and it’s a challenge to be a happy mommy when I always have a baby attached to me and no space of my own.
I love nursing them, I love cuddling them and I love waking up to their smiling faces. But let’s face it…I’d be happier and better functioning if they slept in their crib and woke a few times less in the night. Both mommies would like their adult bed back and be able to cuddle each other for once!
The real issue is getting them to sleep for more than 20min the first stretch at night. They always wake about 20 into bedtime and then it can take about an hour (sometimes more) to resettle and put them back down. Many times I’m the only one they want and need to get them back to sleep. I don’t know why either. It’s frustrating to both Kate and I.
Kate has tried bottle feeding them my breastmilk during the night to relieve me but they either fuss to nurse, reject the bottle or the other wakes simultaneously leaving me in the same boat.
We we currently reading ‘The No Cry Sleep Solution’ recommended to me by C over at Reciprocallove. We are tracking and logging their sleep right now which is the first step in her sleep training theory. I’ll try to update as we progress.
Naps are all over the place. For the most part they cannot be awake for more than 2hrs at a time and even that is pushing it. Then the need to take a nap that lasts about 40 minutes on average with he occasional 2-4hour nap on a magical day!
I read babies at 6 months should be napping two to three times a day and the nap should last 2-4 hours. I laughed hysterically when I read that! I could only wish they would be up longer and also nap longer too.
This is my current schedule:
Awake:nurse, change, play, change and nurse again.
Nap for about 45min
Awake for about 1.5-2hours: nurse, change, play, change and nurse again.
Nap for about 45min
Awake for about 1-1.5hrs: nurse, change, play, change and nurse again.
This is where it gets weird…
Sometimes the take another nap that is 2hours or longer other times no nap at all until 3pm.
Then the cycle repeats until 6pm when we try to get them to go to bed by 7. Then when they finally go down between 7-8:30 sometimes 9 they wake up 20-40 minutes later and we do it all over again. Once we get them back to sleep the sleep for a few hours solid and then are up every 1.5-2 hours to nurse or be changed.
We are simply exhausted yet used to it also.
Outside of their sleep “fun” they are amazing babies. They are so happy and playful. Very talkative and observant and starting to have more personality than I know what to do with.
The “sing” themselves to sleep and to wake and its soooo adorable. Except when it wake the other which happens a lot.
Daiton babbles all day everyday unless other people are talking a lot around him and then he just stares, eyes wide open with his jaw dropped, observing the conversation. He laughs hysterically at many things and is SUPER ticklish. He is starting to get more hair and it look blonde or strawberry blonde and very big dark blue eyes. His skin ton is staying pretty fair but not as fair as me so we will see if it darkens later. I still can’t believe they are so light skinned! He is wearing 6 months clothes and weighs in at about 15lbs, yet is only in the 3rd percentile for his age.
Emerie is a big ball of sweet love! She finally made her personality debut in December and hasn’t stopped smiling, giggling and chattering since. Everyday she masters something new. She learns very very fast! She was scooting herself at 4 months and rolling both ways too. In the past two weeks the scooting has progressed into a worm like crawl and she can crawl about two feet. Yesterday she started picking up her but and using herbknrssbto propel forward so I imagine “true” crawling to happen any day now. She’s a pistol this one. Her hair is now a very dark auburn on top and red in the back, it’s growing a lot more too. Her skin tone is mug darker than Daiton too. Her eyes are still a mystery to us but we think they will be green or hazel. She is in 3 month clothes since after Christmas and weighs in at around 12.5lbs. She is still on the premie scale and considers very petite.
I buy way too much baby stuff but it’s hard no too when your at home with them all day every day and need verity too lol. I still don’t go out with them by myself and can’t really now cause we sold our other car. I have a friend who comes to see me sometimes with her baby girl who is 6 weeks younger than them and I love it when we can hang out. I need more adult interactions but mommy and me classes just down work when you are by yourself with two babies! So for now I am a very solitary yet happy stay at home mom.
Wish us luck on month 6, sleep training and solid foods! Ah! How did they get so big so fast?
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