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Milestones this week: Jackson helicopters around the playmat on his tummy. He’s rolling all the time (front to back only). He also laughed for the first time! Emilia laughed for the first time weeks ago, but I forgot to mention it. :) The shocker of the week is…William! The other night he ate 8 ounces with 3 teaspoons of organic rice cereal for dinner! And he’s rolling front to back all the time as well!
So, back to sleeping.
We’ve had a few good nights here and there, but generally someone wakes… Ok, Jackson wakes. Nighttime crying means 2 things: it must be Jackson, and it must be 3:30am. To make my nights harder, I a) moved everyone into their cribs, and b) put all cribs in the same room. This is standard triplet procedure, (having them all in the same room) because APPARENTLY they learn to sleep through each others’ cries. Haa-haa. (Plus, I need the guest room(s) for all the company we’re expecting in the next few months.) As of right now, Jackson wakes the other two, and no one sleeps because they all take turns crying for the rest of the night. It’s just the nightmare screaming fest I imagined!
I’ve been doing organic rice cereal in the bottles, but it’s not making a difference on the sleeping front. I know others swear by it, but not us. And this week, the babies didn’t care for my soothings at all. Rocking and pacis did nothing to settle them back to sleep. Picking them up and comforting does nothing. After soothing a baby for 20 mins the other night, I decided to just leave, and sure enough, he calmed and fell asleep within a few mins. Huh?? Subsequent nights I stood outside their doors and listened, and sure enough, they settled after crying and fell back to sleep. Same goes for Emmy. She does her usual 5am waking, but goes back to sleep, with maybe a little (or sometimes alot) more crying.
Yeah…if you don’t like crying…I recommend staying somewhere else, or bringing ear plugs. They cry going down for all naps, and bedtime, and in the middle of the night.
2 steps forward, one step back. Or one step forward, two steps back. I don’t do well with slow progress, honestly. No, I don’t miss them as super tiny infants in the first month of life (as everyone told me I would). Thinking back makes me shutter, not wistful. Never once did I enjoy or coo over my babies in their first month of life. I was so overwhelmed I couldn’t even blog about it. To explain, well…having triplets is like putting the world on your shoulders and then adding a few months of severe sleep deprivation for good measure. You’ll have times when you think you can’t go on. Positively can’t go on. Jason thought that on day 2. And, yes, it does seem easier when they’re not YOUR babies. Everyone has an answer, but not a clue.
I’m finally sleeping from 9 or 10pm to 3 or 4am. True, I’m never tired at 9pm, so I’ve been reduced to sleep aids. I don’t touch the hard stuff (Ambien); it makes me a little weird, but I found a “natural” aid that’s working well, Calms Forte. I get up around 4 (or lately, 3:30), and stay up and work on school stuff while listening to crying. I’m making good use of the time, though a little bleary-eyed.
Morning is my favorite time of day. A solid routine is in place, whoo-hoo! The triplets usually get up at the same time, 6:30am. While I make bottles, prepare Jason’s coffee, and feed the dog, the babies watch an Einstein video. I wait for Jason’s alarm to go off around 7am before kissing him and opening the bedroom drapes to help wake him. Then I feed, change and dress the babies. After Jason gets ready for work, he kisses the babies good morning, and plays with them for about 15mins. During all this, I make a breakfast of eggs, hashbrowns and thick-cut bacon a few times a week, and Jason takes it with him to work, leaving around 7:45. All babies go down for naps (with minimal crying!) at 8am. It’s like clockwork everyday, and I LOVE it. Now if I could just iron out the other 22 1/2 hours…