Sunday, January 9, 2011

Night Owls

I'm back and feeling MUCH better.  Thank you all for the well wishes.  It's amazing how much more you run yourself down as a momma.  It's impossible to drop everything and focus on yourself for a few days.  Not easy, and not fun!

Anyway, no cute photo to share today, but we seem to have a situation with the twins and I'd like some advice.  Or maybe you can share a similar experience, just so I know we're not alone.

Dan and I are tired.  Very tired.  We were blessed with twins that have been sleeping through the night since they were 12 weeks old.  That's right, 12 weeks.  Amazing. It's been great, so I probabaly shouldn't complain, but I'm going to anyway!

For the past week or so, one (if not both of the boys) seems to wake up during the night screaming and in tears.  I've done some online reading and we've tried all the suggestions, but the only thing that really consoles them is being held.  Perhaps if we only had one 16 month old, some of the suggestions might work; rub child's back, talk to in a soft soothing voice, don't pick them up, let them cry it out, etc., but we have two little guys, and inevitably, one eventually wakes the other up (or we do, when attempting to act out these suggestions on the first crying child.)  Then there are two crying toddlers who want to be held (and two crying adults who want to sleep.)

Are they too warm?  Too cold?  Hungry? Not sleeping enough during the day?  Sleeping too much?

Are they teething?  Both have mouths full of teeth, and haven't had trouble sleeping while getting them in the past.  Just for sh*ts and giggles, we tried a little Tylenol for the past two nights, and that seems to have done the trick, but I know we aren't out of the woods yet.

Suggestions? Advice? Earplugs? Red Bull?

4 comments:

  1. My guess? Probably teething..those molars take FOREVER to come in and they're painful. I'd Tylenol them up for a few nights and see if they get better.
    Have you noticed any other symptoms? runny nose (like we all don't have that right now...), toy, finger chewing, crankiness (yeah, another vague symptom..) you know what I mean...
    As for making it easier on you - go to your neighbors and have a drink or two before going to bed ;)

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  2. Glad you're starting to feel better.

    As far as waking with the twins, I think you're kinda stuck for now. A VERY quick cuddle to calm them down and then straight to bed. If you do too much, they will wake up on purpose to get this night time attention (yeah, I learned that the HARD way...BTW, the 3rd kid is soooo much easier!).

    Right or wrong, I never ignored the children when they cried at night. But I didn't hang out in their rooms either.

    Bad luck, the best advice is probably to do what you think is best. Only you know the "right" answer for you and your boys. Good luck!

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  3. Hey! We also have had times like this with our twins - they also slept through the night from 12 weeks. It seemed to be a very short phase, and I chalked it up to teething and/or just restless sleeping.

    The Dr told me one time too that as they get older, attachment can get a little worse for toddlers, so they will cry for you even in the middle of the night when they roll over and are barely awake. They know you will come give them a squeeze and tuck them back in :).

    Hope it passes quickly, I value my sleep too, so I like the kiddos to sleep all night!

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  4. Hey Margie,

    I don't know if the boys are sleeping again, but my girls did the same thing around the boys age (Sarah never was sleeping through the night until 13 months, but Lauren was). My fix was giving them something to eat before brushing teeth and going to bed (our usual was yogurt, cheerios and raisins. With a belly of food instead of milk, they would sleep through like a charm. Once they were into the solid night of sleep we moved away from the night snack. Hope you are doing well!!

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