We’ve gone from living out of the Family Room the first few months, to three cribs jumbled together in what used to be the dining room, to relocating the cribs into bedrooms to be, opting to have 3 pack and play cribs in the dining room. For the last 3 weeks or so, we’ve changed things up yet again.
I’m taking Emma upstairs with me now once she’s asleep. Before that, she had her own routine, where she’d get up between 11pm – 1pm and mump in her crib or coo while the others slept. It was like clockwork, too. Usually she just wanted to be held, or needed a bottle to go back to sleep. Now that I’m taking her upstairs with me, I stick her in the pack and play, and 50% of the time she ends up mumping, at which time I co-sleep with her. Some nights, I don’t pick her up at all. A simple patting of her bottom does the trick paired with the binkie.
Michaela and Christopher remain downstairs for the time being. They all have the ability to wake each other up, which is why we distribute them the way we do. Michaela and Christopher have remarkably loud cries when they’ve woken up from sleeping. Making it upstairs with all three is a nice goal to have, but still might be a little bit into the future for us. We’ve battled regressions as their brains develop further and their sleeping patterns adjust accordingly, but generally they sleep from between 6pm and 7pm until between 3:30am and 5:30am. We had a recent week long spell where all three took turns getting up between 1:30am and 2pm…emphasis on between, and they each hair their time in that time slot.
Christopher still only has two teeth, so I’m sure he’s saving his best evening performances for last. I remember the witching hours, where 2 of 3 would be crying at the same time each evening for what appeared to be no particular reason. They have a routine now (dinner, faces washed, bottle, nighttime diapers, rocked to sleep and bed), and while it will change, it’s good for them as they like predictability. Soon it will feature story time and mandatory teeth brushing.
They are rapidly approaching 15 months and before you know it they will be two…and talking. We never did official nurseries for any of them – it just wasn’t a priority. We have Michaela and Emma’s crib in the same room for now, but we’ll give Emma her own room. She seems to like her me time with just her. When she’s up first, she’s totally cool with it – no competition for the toys! Nothing wrong with that.
I usually sleep from around 7 or 7:30pm until 3:00 or 3:30am. Angelique sleeps from about 5:30pm until 11:00pm, but then she usually gets to go back to sleep if the babies cooperate. Usually that entails her taking one or more to bed with her if Michaela or Christopher mump. Christopher must be removed from the premises before he gets his cry going. It always wakes up the others. And he’s a violent sleeper, with his limbs flailing everywhere. That noggin of his is a weapon. Watch your lips! Lately he and Michaela have enjoyed snuggling with their mother in bed. Those two are pretty close. They play hard, and are the trouble makers of the equation.
I remember the first night we had Christopher home with us I took him upstairs with me. I believe I brought him back downstairs about 30 minutes later. The days of feeding, burping, swaddling and putting them back in their swings are long gone. Those swings were life savers, though 😀