As you all know, I've been working on getting the boys on a schedule and to help them fall asleep for naps and at night on their own without being held or rocked. This schedule thing is still throwing me off. I still have so many questions. But before I get into all of those questions, we do have some great progress on the falling asleep front.
Right now (at 10:02 am) Isaiah is asleep in the spare room in his play pen and Julian is still fussing in his crib in the bedroom. However, I just put them down maybe 10 minutes ago. Isaiah fell right to sleep. He was awake when I laid him down, not really even drowsy. Isaiah usually does great falling asleep for naps. I swaddle him up, give him a paci and rock him for a minute with a cloth over his eyes. This typically is Isaiah's sleepy time routine and it works. I usually only have to help him once and he'll go right to sleep after that. However, he doesn't sleep as long as Julian.
Julian on the other hand, always fights nap time and I need to help him a couple times before he falls asleep. He gets really pissed off and starts screaming (no tears, just yelling) so I let him get through his 5 minutes and help him get settled back down. Sometimes he likes to be picked up, swaddled and rocked. Sometimes he doesn't want to be wrapped up or even held. However, once I finally get him to sleep, he is passed out and sleeps for long periods.
So, now on to the questions:
- When one wakes up earlier from a nap, do I wake the other one up or let him sleep? I feel like I usually let Julian sleep because he falls asleep later than Isaiah.
- I'm trying to keep a schedule of the boys eating every three hours. 9am, 12, 3pm, 6pm...etc. However, it's really hard to judge when they last ate because when we do cereal, they don't drink a lot of milk afterward until right before their nap. Then that pushes the last time they technically ate back farther. Does that make sense? Those of you who have twins on solids, do they drink much after they eat?
- They usually take a long afternoon nap and I think it's my fault they sleep so long. Because they have that later bottle, I let them sleep until one wakes up in the afternoon, sometimes they sleep for 2-2 1/2 hrs. I hate waking them up because I feel like they're sleeping that long because they're tired. Should I wake them up in the afternoon too and then they probably have another nap later?
- Anybody have any tips or tricks to keeping the schedule? I'm really trying but feel like I'm doing something different everyday. I feel bad keeping a super rigid schedule. Maybe I'M not ready for this LOL!
And, I'll leave you with the dudes...staying up way past their bedtime.