Things were going swimmingly well. Until they were going swimmingly not well. The boys were really close to sleeping through the night. Josiah is pretty much ready to sleep through the night, I think if he weren’t sharing a room with Micah he would be sleeping through the night already. But Alas, my sweet little Micah Bear has decided he no longer wants to sleep through the night. He’s not really to blame though (is a baby ever?) We are.
Let me back up.
Since Micah came from the hospital we were swaddling him. We continued to swaddle him, so much so that I told my husband, “We need to buy a bigger swaddle, he’s growing out of this one.” Then, I decided to do some research. I found out that most babies shouldn’t be swaddled after two months. Um, major OOPS. What can I say? I’m a new mom and I had absolutely no idea. Swaddling is the key thing that has helped Micah sleep because of his sudden movements. They are so sudden and unpredictable and jerky that they scare him, he wakes up, and begins to cry. And cry, and cry, and cry. So this is completely our fault. It’s not really safe to swaddle him anymore either because he is officially a roller, so is Josiah! They can roll from their bellies to their backs. They are not quite rollie pollie ollie’s yet but are getting there. This means that if he were to roll on his stomach while swaddled, he could suffocate. I’m really glad we found out we shouldn’t be swaddling him anymore. Swaddling at this point can also interfere with their development and growth, since it’s really important for them to be able to move around at this stage and stretch their little limbs. Again, major OOPS. I felt stupid but I tried not to beat myself up too much. I’m new at this and don’t own a guidebook that tells me all the rules.
All I know is that I’m absolutely desperate to get some sleep, once again. What we’ve been doing to cope – hubby stays out in the living room with them while I sleep in our room. He does night duty from about 11-7 and than tags me in..I stay up with the babies while he sleeps until about 11 am. It’s rough but I keep saying, “This too shall pass.” Yesterday my hubby said it was much easier…but he had to put Micah in the bouncer for some of the night. NOOOOOO. I DON’T WANT TO GO BACKWARDS. But I keep reminding myself, this is temporary.
The other thing is, Micah will sleep well on his stomach…but everything with SIDS scares me so once he falls asleep on his belly, we flip him over to his back. I can’t wait until they can sleep on their bellies!! This will make life easier for me. When I read about how other peoples babies sleep through the night, I want to say, “STOP RUBBING IT IN.” lol, just kidding. I’m happy for them. But wish it was me. Soon, I say, soon. My doctor said that it might take until six months. I feel like we can get there sooner. I hope so! What’s your current sleep situation? Or I should say, how are your little ones sleeping at this moment in time? Am I alone in this madness?!