11 months

Milestones: Emilia and Jackson both took 3 steps. William has taken maybe 2. The babies cruise like crazy, and it seems they would rather walk than crawl. Today, William climbed on a chair, and I nearly had a panic attack. I was playing with the babies on the floor, only a couple feet away and didn’t notice. Right then, I moved most of the furniture into the guest bedroom. I put the coffee table, rocking chair and dining room chairs in there.  Afterwards, I found him on the couch. I don’t think I’m going to like the climbing stage…

Still, we’re  very much enjoying the babies right now; they obviously know us and show it. Communication is happening. Also, we’re integrating them into our (previous) daily lives, no longer tethered to the house. We go anywhere and everywhere with them! I think we’re finally “used to” them.

Still, the attention remains. On Sat., the neighborhood had a garage sale, and we went looking for something that Jason could turn into a triplet table. Everywhere, people kept saying, “Hey, it’s that triplet family!” The attention never ceased, to the point where I finally said forget it, and we turned back. We’re used to the babies, but it may be a while before anyone else is.

Back to my sleep issues: I’ve been on a crazy sleep schedule for a while. For example, last Monday I fell asleep at 9pm and woke around 2am…for the day. Then on Tuesday, I fell asleep at 9pm and woke at 7am. Wed., it’s back to 9pm and 2am. This sounds nuts, but it’s working for me. I’m having a busy quarter at school, in addition to taking care of the babies the majority of the time, so I’m always, “Go, go, go!” Between pop quizzes, section quizzes, and essays, I’m grading approximately 150 papers a week. I’m also taking a core class outside my area, cognitive processes in child development (I want to learn more about babies), and presented my research to the department in an hour long talk, as required once a year. I can’t sleep.

If my sleep gets disrupted even slightly, my brain turns on and I start thinking about all I have to do. This happens a lot: “Crap! I forgot to email so-and-so about the exam tomorrow!” And I leap out of bed and start sending emails at 3am. People think I’m up already because of the babies, but I can’t really blame them anymore. My inability to sleep has truly taken on a life of its own.

I can handle the crazy schedule. I don’t mind the work at all; I’ve always been a hard worker. Slowly but surely, I’m getting the hang of it.

So, we’ve been without any help since Jason started working from home. If anyone is looking for a part-time job babysitting 1 year old triplets once a week, let me know!! We’re both pushed to the max and need just a little help. We would rather hire a referral than anymore craigslist babysitters.

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