I realize I'm pretty lucky that my babies sleep through the night several times per week. Their record so far is 3 nights in a row of 11-12 hours. When they do wake up for a feeding, it is usually not until sometime between 4:00-5:00am.
I'm not including Rylee fussing until I pick her up and sleep with her on the couch. If she goes right back to sleep, I count that as sleeping through the night, even if it is partly in her crib and partly with me. I will admit I am pretty tired of sleeping on the couch though. My back is starting to kill me. I can't wait for the day that I can sleep through a night in my own bed. Seriously. It's been over a year now. Sigh....
Last night was a different story though. I had to get Rylee a little earlier than normal at 10:00pm. I think she's been having trouble sleeping because she is so congested. Ayden woke up at 11:55pm, which means I had to put Rylee down in order to go get him. And of course that wakes HER up. I think Ayden woke up last night because he was also full of snot.
I cleaned him up and sucked his boogers, changed his diapers, gave him a bottle and put him back to bed. Then I did the same for Rylee. I like to feed them separately at night if I can, because they USUALLY go back to sleep easier that way. Not. This. Time. I actually think Rylee would have gone to sleep pretty easily, but Ayden was not having any of it. He whined, he cried, and he snotted all over his bed. I tried to soothe him. I tried to let him fuss himself to sleep, but when he hit the sobbing stage, I went in to get him. Then I decided his crib sheet needed to be changed because it was flat out soaked. I couldn't let him lay his head down on the cold, wet sheets when he already had a cold. So I put him on the changing table and buckled him in, with Rylee looking on as I changed his sheet. Since Ayden was already on the changing table, he decided to go ahead and take a grumpy while he was there. So I then changed his poopy diaper. Sigh.
I knew he wasn't going back to sleep any time soon, so I took him back out to the living room and tried snuggling with him out there. He wasn't into snuggling, so I eventually just made him another bottle. Rylee went to sleep within seconds once her room was nice and quiet. Ayden finally fell asleep while finishing his bottle and I was able to lay him back down in his crib.
Two and a half hours later... I need to repeat that. TWO AND A HALF FRUSTRATING HOURS LATER, finally, at 2:20am he went back to sleep.
I crawled back into bed. Ahhhhh...... My own bed, my own mattress, my own blankets, with my nice warm husband snoring beside me. I thought for sure I'd get a few hours in before Rylee stirred again.
Nope. At 2:30am she started fussing and crying out in her sleep. If I don't pick her up when this happens, she eventually just wakes up and it's end of story. She won't go back to sleep. Back to the couch we went. Sigh. Lots of sighs and bad words last night. Doh!
I thought for sure they would sleep in this morning after being up so long last night. Wrong again! Ayden woke up at 6:20am. Arggggg!!!! Hubby got him up and changed his diaper, but he had to get ready for work so the rest was on me. Of course, that meant Rylee then woke up because I had to set her down.
Oh. My. Garsh. I just wanted to sleep. I just want to sleep now! I want to cuddle up in my bed under the warm blankets and stay there all day. Not gonna happen of course. However, they both happen to be napping right now, so maybe I can sneak in a few minutes....
*Just in case you think badly of Tony for not helping, he has an hour and a half commute to work and back everyday. He's working to support our family. In order for him to make that awful commute and earn a living, I do all the night time stuff. He does most of the bedtime feedings and puts the babies to bed. He gives me breaks on the weekends. He most definitely does his part in the Daddy department!
UPDATE: Not even two minutes after hitting the publish button for this post, the babies are both awake. Sigh. Deep breath.... I can make it!