Anyone who knows me well, knows that I honor a very tight sleep schedule for the twins. I did the same thing with Kai and am so happy that I did. Is the baby sleep schedule for the babies? Absolutely! Is the baby sleep schedule for me? Definitely!
However, there are many days where I wish I could pack up and go, go, go with these babies. But their awake time is only 2-2.5 hours. And I mean 2 hours total time, which includes feeding solids, drinking milk, changing clothes, crawling around and in their beds at that 2 hour mark. Right now, it makes a trip to the zoo or omsi impossible:( Sure, I go on 2-3 walks a day with the babies. It’s a quick spin around the block with the intention of feeding the babies in the stroller and ergo. They drink bottles really well outside in the stroller so we hit the pavement as often as possible these days.
The best part for me about the sleep schedule is very little or no crying before a nap or bedtime. That is my big reward! Lately, we’re sleeping 3-4 hours during the day split into two naps and 7pm-7am at night. That’s my second big reward! Sometimes, I feel like a prisoner in my own house after staying home 9-10 hours straight. I can’t help it, I love to put these babies first. I’ve had friends tell me to “let go of the sleep schedule and do what I want and the babies will be fine.” “They’ll sleep when they’re tired and to live my life and do what I want and take the babies with me. For one, I have a hard time doing anything that’s just “good enough” for my babies but that’s another post. I want to give them the very best care and from my research believe that regular sleep allows them to eat more and develop at a healthy rate. Not to mention their dispositions of super happy babies! Maybe they would still be super happy if I bopped all around in the morning running errands but I’d feel too guilty. Sometimes, I wish I could cruise around doing fun stuff and skip the naps without all the guilt but that’s not the case. Most days I’m able to get my thrill from our baby walks. Of course, every baby and situation is different. Just saying the grass is always greener on the other side.
I am able to plan my life around their sleep schedule so I do. Would I be happier if I gave myself more “freedom” during the day with the babies and got out of the house more? Maybe initially it would feel good but I can’t bring myself to slog them around town and miss their naps if I don’t have to.
Pepper, Kai and Blaize chillin at home
About once or twice a month I test this theory and miss one of their two naps and wow is it hard?! It’s so challenging to feed the twins already but almost impossible when they’re overtired and hungry. Throw an active 3 1/2 year old boy in the mix and call it a rough day… Basically, no scheduled naps=no sleep at night, no workouts at home, no showers, and no time to get stuff done around the house.
So, I’m going to stick to my super strict sleep schedule and complain about being a house cat for awhile longer.