Thanks everyone for your support and advice. We have considered silent reflux as a cause of Nathan's wakings for quite awhile now. I think I even blogged about it awhile ago. I'd look up the link but I'm too tired. lol! We have even discussed it with the pediatrician who didn't not recommend meds for it because she felt his case was so mild that he'd probably outgrow it. Now I'm going to revisit the subject with her.
Wesley gets up about three times a night. He's easily soothed back to sleep, just a few rubs on his back and he settles within 1-3 minutes. At about 3:30 he wakes up hungry and I nurse him. It used to be 2:30, but we've been pushing that nursing session later and later. It's working. I don't mind getting up to nurse once or twice a night. But not getting more than an hour of sleep at a time, FOR 8 MONTHS, is not expectable.
Nathan on the other hand, is impossible at night. He can not sooth himself. It drives us insane. We always make sure that the boys have fallen asleep by themselves, not with nursing or rocking. I think part of the problem is that in our small rental for the previous 3 or 4 months they were in our room. Which means they saw us and heard us while they put themselves to sleep. Now, that's not an option. Now they have to soothe themselves to sleep in their own room. Wesley can handle it, Nathan can't. Nathan has always had a bit of separation anxiety. Night time doesn't help things.
I've been trying to put Nathan to sleep first so that he won't wake Wesley up when he fusses. But Wesley is always more tired than Nathan. I really hate to move cribs in separate rooms, but I may have to do that. The strange thing is that Wesley can scream and not wake up Nathan (if he doesn't want to be woken) and the same thing can happen with Wesley if Nathan screams. It's odd how they can wake up so easily sometimes and not even flinch with mass chaos of screams at other times.
Okay, blogging time is over. Boys are finishing their breakfasts and need to be cleaned up. I have a friend coming over today. I real life, twin mom (twin boys, a few months younger).
Here are a few pics to show off their cuteness. And of course, Big Brother Jake in all his Bat Man costume cuteness.
Sleep is still not happening in this household. The problem mostly is with Nathan. PLEASE NO CIO ADVICE! Trust me, if I thought it would work for Nathan I would do it for his sake, let alone my own. He needs sleep as much as I do. I want sleep of course, but more importantly, I need Nathan to get sleep. He is the only one to get sick so far and I know in my heart that it is because he doesn't get enough rest.
So Tuesday we have an appointment with the pediatrician. I don't expect any cures or worthy advice, but I need to be sure there is nothing physical going on. I will not let her blow me off on this. I just don't think it is normal for a baby at over 8 months of age to not be able to sleep longer than 2 hours at a time.
I've been reading up (again) on vaccinations and I'm still on the fence about when to start, what to start with etc. The more I read, the more confused I become.
I'm so sorry my blog hasn't been updated. I must keep up better. I really enjoy looking back months or years later and reading about how our life was. Lately I've been so busy that I can't seem to get caught up long enough to justify a blog post. But right now I have 3 napping boys and I got a ton of stuff accomplished this morning so I'm feeling okay about taking time to update.
The boys turned 8 months old yesterday. They are doing great. Well, now they are doing great. Nathan had the flu last week. Poor little guy had a horrible temperature, yucky tummy issues and even threw up one time. I held off going to the doc for 3 days because I could control his temp with meds. But I started to worry when he threw up and when nobody else got sick. It made me think it may be a bacterial issue or an infection instead of the flu. You really can't do much for the flu except let it run its course. The doc also worried that it might be an infection so she had a blood panel run on him. And we were thankful to learn that it was not an infection or anything other than the flu and sure enough, he started to improve that day. It was nice to have his ears checked and his throat looked at just in case.
I do think the next time I see the doctor we need to discuss Nathan a bit more. He's got some issues that worry us. Nothing major, but still, he's not like Wesley or Jake. He's sleeping behavior is odd at best.
I have been so busy cleaning and unpacking in our new home. It's crazy how dirty other people live. Seriously, the grime and stick on the doors, cabinets, walls, etc grosses me out. Unpacking is going so agonizing slow. Three kids really slow me down. And, the worst news (besides Nathan being sick) is that my part time baby sitter that I adore, got a full time job for another twin mom. I'm so happy for her, but sad for me.
Jake is doing well in school. He's been doing some amazing art work. The art teacher that comes in on Thursdays is fantastic. She's been teaching them about primary and secondary colors and how to mix them and lighten and darken them. They use different materials to create different patters and textures. It really is fantastic. I'll have to take some pictures or scan some of his work to show you. I'm a very proud mama.
Well, blogging update time is over. Wesley just woke up and smiled at me.
Really, this move has felt like it is taking forever. I realize we have a lot more stuff now, with 3 kiddos, 3 dogs and all that comes with. But my goodness we have a lot of "stuff". And I am not able to move as quickly to unpack stuff now that I have 3 kiddos wanting/needing me.
I barely get started on a project and then I'm being called by some adorable little person. Today we do the walk thru with the real estate agent on the vacation rental we were in. I must say it is IMMACULATE! I hired a cleaning lady to finish up the cleaning I'd started. I just couldn't get over there to clean and now that all the baby stuff and Jake toys are at the new house, it was impossible for me to entertain them (let them entertain themselves) while I cleaned.
We are going back this morning to get the last of the hanging clothes in the closet and then the walk thru is at 4:30 this afternoon. My dad is coming today to help me with some stuff. Hubby is working to cover for one of his employees who is out of town. Horrible weekend for that to happen, but such is life.
In other news ... My little Nathan slept from 8:30 to 5:45 last night. That's a record for him. I think he woke up briefly a few times last night, but not crying hard enough to make me get up and go to him. Just sort of a miffed whine. I'm hoping last night wasn't a fluke!
Moving can sort of suck. Even though I'm glad to be moving it is hard. The people who owned this house before us, were not cleaners. I don't know what two unemployed people did all day in that house, but it wasn't clean. The grime on the walls, the doors, the fixtures, cabinets, floors, etc. is beyond gross. Don't even get me started on the ovens. It is obvious the oven has never been cleaned since the house was built in 2002. It took me nearly two hours to clean just the top oven. The bottom oven isn't as bad, but still, it's gross!
I've been washing walls, cleaning cabinets out and the surfaces of the cabinets too. We need to get the tile/grout and the carpets professionally cleaned. Okay, enough blogging, back to work for me!