Milestones: Emilia rolled back to front AND front to back. William rolled back to front (I found him in the crib on his tummy). The boys mastered sitting, and Emmy does well, too, but she eventually falls over whereas the boys won’t. I’ve seen Jackson lie on the boppie before pulling himself into a sitting position.
We’re still suffering from Daylight Saving Time. My only hope is for the next one to come around and fix it!
They’re acting like “triplets.” If one starts crying, the other two look over in curiosity and start as well, for no apparent reason. Same goes for feeding. If one gets a bottle, the other two–otherwise content–start crying for the bottle, even if they’re not hungry. I never know to respond, hence the schedule. If one eats, all eat. If one naps, all nap. Although some think a schedule solely benefits the parents, that’s simply not true with multiples. Maintaining an ever-changing schedule with infants is much harder than one would expect.
I wish I were a morning person. Instead, I toss and turn all night, finally getting sleepy just about the time the babies wake up. I get up at 5am, 7 days a week…still, I don’t adjust. I seem to be functioning all right, so I guess another 6 months of this is doable. I hear it takes about a year for them to really stop waking during the night–and at 5am.
As much as we spend on formula, baby food, and diapers, our highest baby-induced expenses are the nanny (so I can continue my research, teach, and go to school), and medical bills. The nanny comes a maximum of 17 hours a week, totaling over $800.oo a month. We’ve paid nearly $6,500.00 in medical bills since the babies’ birth, yet I just received a phone call today telling me we still owe another $1,500.00. And I have good insurance!
So, Jason literally works around the clock—2 full-time jobs–to support us. He’s gone at work 11-12 hours a day, and then works every night and every weekend taking jobs through his LLC (www.squareorangellc.com). This helps us afford all the expenses, but it also means neither of us gets free time. Every day is like the day before; there are no weekends, no breaks, no times to relax.
I’m not complaining; WE ARE DOING IT!! I’m extremely impressed with our teamwork. We didn’t give up, pack up, and move home to our parents. One day we’ll look back and wonder how we got through this. For now, heads down, hopes up, and one foot in front of the other…