5 Weeks and Finally SLEEP!!

Yes folks! You’ve read correctly! We are actually getting some sleep in our house (I am posting this against the advice of my great blog friend The Lady King)! Somehow the boys are more fussy, but only one at a time, which means we can alternate caring for them, in turn, allowing us more time for sleep! I’ve actually almost felt well rested! When you’ve only been getting about 3 hours sleep from 10pm-6am, things can get a little hairy, like making tons of errors at work or having unintelligible conversations with people, or fighting off sleep and trying your damnedest not to nod off as your boss pulls you aside to discuss some important emails that need to be sent out every month to another department. Yeah, all of that is a true story! After starting to use the wonder weeks app and getting little snippets of the book, we understand that this past week the boys are experiencing their world through new eyes. They are seeing well past the 6-10 inches in front of them and are scared and anxious at this great new world that has opened up in front of them. They have just needed to be held and understanding that there really is nothing wrong with them when they cry except the need for safety and security makes it a lot easier to deal with the incessant crying. So we just hold them, which settles them pretty quickly, sleep with them on our chest for about 3 hours and then feed and change them and go back to sleep. The past 3 nights, I’ve gotten more sleep than I was getting on a pre-baby night! I KNOW!!! It won’t last, and we are aware of that, but for right now sleep has been pretty decent, and being back at work hasn’t been so bad either, especially when your wife floods your text and emails with pictures like this…

KISSES FOR MAMA WHILE SHE'S AT WORK

KISSES FOR MAMA WHILE SHE’S AT WORK

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WHAT MOMMY DOES TO THEM FOR MY ENTERTAINMENT

WHAT MOMMY DOES TO THEM FOR MY ENTERTAINMENT

This past Sunday (I’m a little late, I know!) the boys turned 5 weeks old. They are getting much bigger and pretty heavy. Noah is almost completely out of newborn clothes but Levi still has a little ways to go. We think he loses more calories because he cries so darn much! He is definitely the needier of the twins, for right now, but he’s just so freaking cute, that even when he cries I can’t help but wanna cuddle and kiss and coo at him and nurse him . SB: I gave up on trying to produce milk (which was really sad for me) but I comfort nurse whenever I can or whenever I feel they need it. I’m not passing judgement here, but I don’t know how every mother does not want to nurse!!! It’s spectacular, milk or not!

The boys are really beginning to enjoy the play mat.  There is a star that flashes lights and plays music and they are both totally in awe of it.  Levi makes the best faces when looking at it.  It’s like he’s never seen anything cooler!  He can lay there for quite a while just looking at it.  Also there is this really creepy (at least to me) video on youtube if you search “Infant Brain Stimulation”.  It’s this black and white video with moving shapes set to classical music.  When we watches it, it’s like mouth open, where am I, why is this so cool, kind of reaction.   He loves it, so we play it once a night for about 5 minutes.  Noah will have nothing to do with it! He usually just passes out.  They also really like tummy time, and have been doing really well (trying) to hold their heads up.  It’s such a joy watching them grow one day at a time…

WEEK 5 AND STEADILY GROWING OUT OF NEWBORN CLOTHING! (STOP GROWING MY BABIES!)

WEEK 5 AND STEADILY GROWING OUT OF NEWBORN CLOTHING! (STOP GROWING MY BABIES!)

TUMMY TIME FOR THE BOYS

TUMMY TIME FOR THE BOYS

TUMMY TIME FOR THE BOYS

TUMMY TIME FOR THE BOYS

HANGING OUT ON OUR PLAY MAT WATCHING "ESTRELLA" DO HER THANG!

HANGING OUT ON OUR PLAY MAT WATCHING “ESTRELLA” DO HER THANG!

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14 thoughts on “5 Weeks and Finally SLEEP!!

  1. i agree that it is super helpful to understand what they are doing developmentally and how it affects thier sleep. We didn’t get off the 3 hours sleep/feed cycle until about 16 weeks and even then, we had a hard time stretching thier schedule out. It sounds like ya’ll are getting the hang of things! Good job mommas!

  2. It’s so glorious when you’re finally able to get some real sleep!! And even if it doesn’t last (it probably won’t) those boys are just so, so cute, it must outweigh the sleep deprivation 🙂

  3. OMG…so many memories. 🙂 They are so insanely beautiful, and I am so happy for all of you. How can you see those sweet boys and not have awe at the universe and all of it’s wonders. Hugs.

  4. The love notes from the boys are SO cute. I love getting pics of Jax while I’m at work! Glad you guys are getting a little more sleep. 🙂

  5. That Wonder Weeks app helped save my sanity many a time! I’m glad you’re able to nurse them, even without the milk. I agree – it is an amazing experience!

    They are absolutely perfect. Here’s to sleep!

  6. Little cuties!
    Ali slept on my chest for the first few months, I kind of liked it :). I didn’t really like breast feeding though, I can’t imagine doing it for fun like you are!

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