So many of my friends in the blogging community are talking about their baby’s sleep. Maybe it is the time of year? Maybe it is we all have babies around the same age? Or Maybe it is that it is just something we all have to go through and it is miserable! Our family is no exception in that we too are fighting the evil sleep/no sleep issue.
When the babies were newborns we let them pretty much make their own sleep schedules. When one would wake in the middle of the night we would wake the other just so that they were being fed at the same time and we could keep it from one always being awake and one being asleep. Then it got to the point where Summitt would not eat if she was not ready. You could not make her do something she didn’t want. We moved them from rock and plays in our room to their own cribs in a room they share. That worked for a bit but they were waking every few hours to eat.
About five weeks ago Jace decided that the only place he was willing to sleep was our living room floor. So he would fall asleep and we would lay him on the floor. Then when it was time for Corrie and I to go to bed I would make my bed on the couch. He would wake up usually two times per night and sometimes be awake crying and screaming for an hour, sometimes he would eat and fall right back to sleep. We were finding no pattern in this. Summitt would sleep in her crib and usually wake up once and Corrie would always tend to her. We did this pattern for about 3 weeks. Luckily we have a comfy couch but sleeping in a bed would have been nice! After we went to the specialist about his ears and he was put on an antibiotic for fluid in his ears we decided to try putting him back in his crib. We thought maybe his ears had been bothering him all along and with them being better he would sleep better. This worked for about a week. For a week we were able to put them both in their cribs around 8:00 PM and they would wake once around 1:30 AM to eat and be changed and then would not wake again until 7:00 AM. Corrie and I were thinking maybe we had turned a corner…..WRONG! This week we have gone backwards. The babies started playing leap frog with someone waking up every two hours. So we were sleeping in 2 hour chunks. When a baby wakes up usually Corrie makes a bottle while I change a diaper and then they eat, fall back asleep and we move them back to their bed. This can take anywhere from 20-40 minutes. Last night we decided we need some sleep,because this leapfrog wasn’t working. So we put both babies to bed at 8:30 PM (Corrie had a basketball game so it was a little later night) and when Jace woke up at 12:30 I took him down stairs and feed and changed him and then put him where he wants to be…the floor. Corrie got up with Summitt when she woke up at 1:30 but I was downstairs sleeping so didn’t hear them. Jace woke again at 4:30 and I took care of his needs and put him back down. So basically we are each taking a baby. This is only going to work for so long. At some point these babies need to SLEEP IN THEIR OWN CRIBS ALL NIGHT! This mom is tired of sleeping on the couch! I am doing what I have to so that I can get a few hours of sleep before I have to get up and get myself ready for work and the rest of the house ready for their days. I keep telling myself someday these babies will sleep all night and this will all be a distant memory but that someday can not come soon enough!