Before I tell you about Baby Boot Camp, I’d like to say that we are not too poor to afford a Christmas tree! I’m not sure what all I said about not having one in previous posts, but apparently, it came across as us being too broke for a tree. Oops! That isn’t the case — I’m just to CHEAP to want to spend more than $75 or so on one. :)
Now that I’ve cleared that up, it’s time to talk about Baby Boot Camp. The boys are 13+ months old. They do not sleep through the night (if you do not have twins, insert your comment about how so-and-so was sleeping through the night since 8 weeks; if you have twins, nod your head in sympathy). Some days, I think they will never sleep through the night. But dang it, I am trying my hardest this week to correct that.
The problem with twinfants is this — when you’ve got two sharing a room, and one wakes up and starts to cry, you find it much easier on your sanity to try to rush in and comfort him any way you can before he wakes up his brother and you have two screaming infants. The problem is that they then get dependant on you helping them fall asleep, and soon enough, they NEED you to come help them and then no one is sleeping. Such is the case in our house.
I am a heavy sleeper. Very heavy. I have slept through not one but TWO fires in my building in college and various other things that should have woekn me up (like earthquakes). The boys’ crying doesn’t even wake me up (unless I am alone with them, I guess my subconscious makes sure I am not in too deep a sleep). What then happens is I am sleeping and Skip goes to the boys and generally brings one or both of them back to me to nurse. It’s the easiest thing to do, and they usually just stay in bed with us or go back to their beds, but after two years of interrupted sleep (I could nt sleep through the night when I was pregnant), I would like to rejoin the land of the conscious. Therefore — Baby Boot Camp.
I started on Wednesday night. I put them down to bed — the part they usually do pretty well with. The change was that any time they woke in the night, they did not get picked up or nursed. I gave them their binkies (which Ace promptly threw back at me and screamed harder) and gently talked to them (which made Nate bounce up and down and holler) and then got a pillow and blanket and slept on their floor. They cried quite a bit that night, but I was there in their room and talked to them gently and did my best to soothe them without soothing them (if that makes any sense).
Thursday and Friday night I did the same thing, and it’s getting bed. They aren’t waking as much, and when they do, they don’t need as long or as much from me to fall back to sleep. Ace does have a bit of a harder time, and he likes to hold my hand through the bars of the crib, so I admit I do cave and hold his hand quite a bit, but it’s a step in the right direction. I just hope we are soon at the point where I don’t need to (or feel the need to) sleep on their bedroom floor. It’s not the most comfortable place in the house to sleep!
Night four of Boot Camp is already in progress… wish us luck!