I long for the day when I can come on here and boast “Guess what?! Both boys have slept through the night for almost a week now!!” *Insert happy dance* But unfortunately for my husband and I, this is NOT that post.
Twin mom problem – when one sleeps through the night like a pro and the other wakes up a zillion times a night. The good thing is that Josiah doesn’t even flinch when Micah cries or makes all of his
cute crazy noises. He just sleeps through it all. Gotta be thankful for that!
We have tried everything. The doctor gave us tons of suggestions which proved helpful..but it did not fix the sleep issue. He just doesn’t want to sleep through the night. He will sleep soundly until about 2 or 3 am…and then, he wants to eat. We’ve tried doing all that we can to hold off the bottle, but he won’t stop crying until he finishes his bottle. He finishes the entire bottle, and falls back asleep. The doctor thought, maybe he needs to eat more during the day. She said that if he is eating the right amounts, he shouldn’t be hungry at night. She recommended giving him three solids a day on top of his normal bottles. Josiah is three pounds heavier than Micah. Micah remains at a steady 4 ounces every three hours. He eats all of his solids well, and takes his bottles well during the day too. He doesn’t resist any of his feedings…but during the night, he just won’t sleep through. Some of the things we are in the process of trying.
- Giving him Zantac regularly again.
- Give him more oatmeal in his last bottle and increase his bottle from 4 ounces to maybe 5 ounces or 6.
- The 3, 6, 12 method…which works like a charm to put him to sleep at night, but in the middle of the night when we try to use it again, he’s not having it. Not even sure if it’s a real “method” but it’s something our doctor recommended that worked.
- Praying for a sleep miracle.
It’s easier on days where my husband has to go in to work at 3. He gets up for the morning shift and lets me sleep until about 9:30 am..and I take over and let him sleep until about 11:30 However, on days when he opens..it’s a nightmare. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like when I actually have to go back to work and function like a normal person. I thought it was bad when I was pregnant (trying not to fall asleep during reading groups…not exactly the best look as a teacher!) but I can’t imagine what it will be like when I’m not and just plain ol’ sleep deprived. The positives? Micah is out of the swaddling stage. We put them both to sleep on their stomachs and they do well with it. Even now, I put them to sleep easily and they fall asleep on their own, which is awesome. We just need one to stay asleep through the night!
So we get really mad…and then this happens:
…and our hearts are melted. BUT THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Get your cute little butts to sleep. Please and thank you. Thus, I remain a Mombie.