I am going to start off this post by saying I am the luckiest woman alive. When we first came home we took turns getting up with the boys for night feedings, but I was increasingly having difficulty falling back asleep after my turn, so Matt took over ALL night feedings. Seriously lucky girl! The other night I got up and start to feed Ezra and Matt noticed I had done this, came into the nursery and said, “What are you doing go back to bed.” I know I am lucky and my husband is AMAZING. Sorry I just had to brag and properly thank my husband before I got to the purpose of this post. Thank you honey for being the most amazing and wonderful husband and daddy!
Noah has slept through the night on a few occasions, I think he would sleep through the night almost every night if Ezra didn’t wake him up. Ezra’s crying doesn’t always wake him up, but sometimes it does. Ezra wakes up every night for a feeding without fail. We are considering night weaning in the 10th month by slowly watering down the formula. I go back and forth on this because he is obviously hungry, but then I think if Noah can do it so can he. I know every baby is different, but I still wonder. He is getting plenty to eat during the day, if you can’t tell by his pictures, he is nice and round. 🙂
Anyway my question is to all the experienced parents out there. Did you night wean or let it happen naturally? If you night weaned at what age? Do you have any regrets about night weaning?
I would love to hear from everyone. I am just gathering data so we can make an informed decision! We love hearing from experienced parents.
So being new to kids, there were somethings I expected, after all, we have friends with kids, and we have babysat a few times. In the past 3 months, there are always things popping up that surprise and shock me. Stuff I was not ready for.
Mom & Dad being in bed at 9.
these boys wear us out!
I never thought the bed time routine would take 45 minutes.
bath time, oil down, diapers, bottles, etc. Takes forever.
Wow we have never run the dishwasher more
We used to run it about once per week. usually washing pots & pans, and only loading plates / glasses. Now we almost fill and run it daily.
Going out and running errands is hard.
No, not the stuff to haul along. We have that down. Im talking about the issues errands cause on the kids routines. Too much out and about = no naps and bad moods x4.
I didnt expect it to be a “keep the boys happy as long as physically possible till 7” kind of deal.
The fussing starts around 5:30, or when ever we want to eat. its pretty much melt down from there.
I did expect costs in life to increase. But wow all that food, insurance, car payments (since we had to get a different car to hold 2 rear facing seats) and such really add up.
Computer time = luxury
thank goodness for blackberries, or you would probably never hear from Stephanie. I get to use a computer at work.
wow do single parents have it hard.
We can not even imagine being a single parent. We feel stretched thin as it is.
Cleaning house is really hard
we have a hard time finding time to clean. The boys have us on our toes at all times. No time to wrangle all the dust tumbleweeds.
Free time is really precious.
Im sure there is more I am forgetting. Ohh there is another, i forget 10x more than before. my brain is fried half the time.
Not whining. Just saying i am shocked at many things around here. I do really enjoy all the time with my amazing wife and boys.
The diaper pictured above is currently causing a debate in our house. One of us thinks it is girlie and the other thinks it is unisex. I won’t say who thinks what. I am asking you the reader to end this debate. Please let us know what you think, girlie or unisex?
wow twins are a lot of work. I mean it feels like a lot for both of us. Stephanie and I wonder how people with more kids ever do it. triplets? quadruplets? HA no way!!!. These two are a handful as it is.
We are home and alive, sorry blog updates have been minimal. Catching up on sleep. the boys are all out of whack on their sleeping patterns, but i think we are moving in the right direction. Noah still fights sleep pretty hard. A sound machine and some swing action are helping to cut the sleep fighting efforts down by a bit.
Grandma and grandpa inskeep have been helping us keep the house in order with dishes, and laundry. As well as staying up late and playing after we feed them. All of our friends and neighbors have been bringing us food, which has been huge!. Thank you all so much.
Please keep praying for bonding and attachment, as well as our own sanity trying to handle two kids and eventually go back to work and house chores. I hope once we are all comfortable with the new situations, a routine will fall into place.
Some pics from the park this morning:
noah is in blue (because noah had an ark, smooth huh!) and ezra is in green. Yes, those are their official colors. We are trying to color coordinate toys, and things we buy so we know whose item is which. But we still often share.
noah: 15.9 lbs
ezra: 13.5 lbs.
Thats all. I think my computer time is about up as I hear stirring & cooing on the baby monitor.
Matt and I had a very busy, but fun weekend. On Friday his Ergo had arrived, so we tried it out.
Can’t wait to use it with the boys!
On Saturday we went to the Botanical Gardens to see the butterflies and the wildflowers. The butterflies were great, but unfortunately with the lack of spring rain the wildflowers were not very plentiful.
Then we ran a whole bunch of errands including a trip to Babies R Us. I keep thinking we have everything and then realize we do not, but we are getting close to ready to travel. (I think) The nursery is now a mess again. Time for more organizing.
We also went to Lowes and Home Depot. I needed some plants for the garden. Thanks to the wacky spring weather (60s one day, 90s the next) not one of my seeds took.
Matt also made me some self-watering containers for my tomatoes. (I uploaded some other garden pics to the photo gallery.)
Yesterday we went to church then hung out with our neighbors. We went swimming for the first time this season. Their pool was at a very nice 83°!
We then went home and did yard work. The grass was in serious need of a mow and I had plants to plant!
Please vote for my niece Abby in a local baby idol contest!
And this just because the cats are silly. Carter was actually trying to sleep squished in there, I guess it is better than where Matt found him this morning, curled up in the bathtub.
It’s only 10 days till Noah & Ezra’s court date. I thought I would share 10 big things we are looking forward to (in no real order).
finally holding you boys
hearing you giggle and make goofy baby noises
seeing you discover new things for the first time
napping on the couch with you
seeing you be fascinated with the cats, yet they wont let you catch them (yet)
taking way too many photos
oddly enough, I do look forward to trying to figure out two of you at the same time.
Watching you play with your toes and your tongue.
seeing you in all the awesome clothes we have and fun cloth diapers. You guys are gonna look so cool.
did I say holding you yet?
Stephanie thinks we can keep a list a day up for each of the 9 days left. We’ll see how that goes. I stole most the good stuff here. Any ideas on what other lists we can expand on over the next 9 days? We probably need the challenge to keep our minds occupied.