A Weekly Portrait of My Children 10/52

a weekly portrait of my children, every week, in 2015.

grififn and scout

week ten// scout: sits up by herself,  loves sticking her hands in bruiser’s ears (he doesn’t even seem to mind!), and makes you work for every crinkly nose smile she gives.

week ten// griffin: sits up with a little assistance, slept unswaddled for the first time,  and waits to get your attention to smile at you, all day long.

Freshly Picked Giveaway!

 

We’re super excited about this post!  Freshly Picked has been kind enough to gift a pair of their gorgeous moccasins to one lucky Little Lex Adventures reader!  If you don’t know who Freshly Picked is, one look at their website and you’ll become obsessed like we are.  These amazing moccasins are made in the USA and are 100% genuine leather.  We have a pair on the way for both Scout and Griffin and can’t wait to give a pair away!

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how cute are these?

 

To enter, follow these simple steps:

1. Follow us on instagram (littlelexadventures).

2. Tag a friend on any of our Freshly Picked giveaway photos on instagram.

3. Comment below this post with your favorite color of Freshly Picked moccasins.  Be sure to leave your instagram name with your comment!

Winner will be announced on Instagram and this blog post 24 hours after contest closes, Sunday March 8th. Good Luck!!  Look for our upcoming post reviewing how much Scout and Griffin love their FP moccasins!

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so many choices!
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Sleep Training Twins, sort of

A few weeks ago, Mom and I made the decision to move the babies up to their room.  It’s time to experiment with sleep training twins.

You know the room I speak of.  It’s that special place that we planned and arranged just for them, where they haven’t even spent more than five minutes.

ready and waiting
ready and waiting

It’s been our favorite topic to argue about for the past few weeks.  Each argument usually begins with me saying something dumb like, “Well, I read online that we should…”, which instantly sets her off.  But Mom finally agreed to give it a shot.  Whenever my wife suddenly gives in and lets me have my way, an alarm goes off in my head.  The alarm signals a simple trap, which is usually followed by failure in whatever I had been suggesting and arguing about.  But I had to go for it.

The main reason it has taken so long for us to move the babies up to the nursery and let them sleep in their cribs, is the fact that they’re still waking up every three hours to eat.  I’ve been pushing for the cry-it-out method, which might be the cruelest endeavor I have ever suggested.  I’d be pretty pissed if anyone made me cry out anything.

But my logic tells me that they’ll exhaust themselves by shouting and crying, fall asleep, cry and scream again when they’re hungry, fall asleep, and then when we’re all good and rested, they’ll wake up hungry and eat breakfast.  My logic is not based on any professional experience of sleep training twins and Mom reminds me of this whenever I bring it up.

So we gave it a shot.

  • Friday: We brought the babies up to the dark nursery and realized that we didn’t have the noise machine.  How could they sleep in a new environment without the familiar sound of the ocean playing in the background?  Let’s try again tomorrow.
  • Saturday: We brought the babies up to the dark nursery, turned on the sound machine, and put the babies in their cribs.  Scout’s leg immediately shot through the crib’s bars.  Crap.  Bumpers.  We still haven’t put them on the cribs.  Let’s try again tomorrow.  No, tomorrow is a school night.  Let’s try again next weekend.

The babies began wearing their helmets, which they will wear for 23 hours per day.  What if they don’t sleep well because of the helmets?  We should let them get used to wearing helmets while they sleep and try again next weekend, right?  Right.  So we get a free pass for this weekend.

But you see, that next weekend, the babies weren’t acting like themselves because of teething (which we blame for everything).  Another free pass this weekend?  You know it.

At their six month appointment the following week, the doctor told us that we should do a tapered cry-it-out method in order to eliminate one of their night feedings.  We decided to cut out the feeding that took place around midnight.  So when they cry around midnight, we should let them cry for ten minutes, then feed.  The next night, we should give them 20 minutes, gradually increasing the time until they just sleep through that feeding.

It felt good to have a doctor-approved plan, but our questions for the doctor only came to mind when we left her office.

What happens when they wake up at 1am?  Do we feed them?

We have two babies, which means two schedules.  Do we use the cry-it-out method for both and their separate schedules?  Because in the past, we’ve fed both babies once one baby begins crying to be fed.

But we’ve started.

Despite teething, a recent bout of colds, and an ear infection, our boogie-faced babies are doing just fine.

I usually wake up (I think I do) when Griffin begins crying for his midnight feeding. I tell Mom that I’m setting my phone’s timer for 20 minutes so we know when to feed him.  Then she tells me that he’s been crying for ten minutes already.  She’ll wake me up again 30 seconds later (ten minutes later) and we feed both babies.

We’re currently sleeping in the middle of the nursery, on two twin mattresses pushed together, just a few feet away from both cribs.  Not the ideal situation, but we’ve got to start somewhere.  The next phase, which we haven’t yelled at each other about yet, is when Mom and I will move across the hall to the other bedroom.

No one in our house is sleeping more for than four consecutive hours, other than the dogs, of course, but I think we’re on the right track.  If we’re able to sleep for six straight hours by the middle of April, then I will consider myself a sleep-training master, and I will give advice to every red-eyed, frustrated, sleep-deprived sucker out there, whether they’ve asked for my advice or not.