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The Swaddle Incident

Well it has been an exhausting few days… The night that I gave in and re-swaddled I learned something very interesting. It’s not that they were being swaddled wrong, it’s they have become impressive escape artists. At 3am that morning I went in to help Michael feed and Criton was completely out of the swaddle, on the other end of his crib, laughing. 

Yes, you heard right, laughing. He had wiggled himself out of the swaddle through the top and then scooted to the other side of the crib. That same night, Caitlin scooted herself down the swaddle towards her feet, causing the blanket to get bunch around her neck/ chest. The babies have started to move all over the place now and that is why we keep finding them all crazy like. So we decided that swaddles had to be completely out. The first night was horrible. I had a baby up almost every single hour needing to rocked down or fed just depending on the time. I got absolutely NO sleep (usually I can get a couple of hours here and there). I have already spent the last 7 months in various stages of sleep deprivation, so going over 24 hours without any sent me over the edge. I was grumpy all day. There was even one point when trying to put them down for their naps (which they were protesting) that I sat in the nursery and cried with them for a few minutes. It was truly horrible. I was too tired to think no less do everything else I needed. So my darling husband took pity on me and sacrificed his whole night last night so I could sleep. He stayed up with them all night, did all the feeds, and codling. He woke me up at 5am to take over. I woke up feeling completely refreshed and like a new mommy. I spent the whole day singing, laughing with the kids, chatting with Miche, and getting some good play time in with the kidos. It was a beautiful day. It amazes me how much lack of sleep can really effect my ability to be my happy bubbly self. In light of this new discovery… We are trying once again to split up the night shift until the kids are sleeping through the night. We tried this before but they babies were too young and it was too much for him to handle on his own, so I never really got a feed off. I have high hopes now though since he did so well last night. So he will take from the time I get everyone in bed (8pm) to 2:30am. At 2:30am I get up and have 30 mins to take a shower and get myself prepared for my shift. Then I have them from 3:30am on (until he gets done with work at about 5 or 6pm). While they are asleep I can either sleep some more or get up and do other things like: make new gripe water, prepare bottles/ formula, clean an area of the house, put laundry away, and so on. I know it seems early, but then again 5 hours of sleep seems like a dream so it’s not bad. Tonight is number 3 of no swaddling. I will post tomorrow the results of tonight’s experiment. Also this week I will be posting a lot under the Learning Experiences section. I will be talking about all the trials and errors over the past 3 months. Which is a lot since it seems like everything is trial and error. Hopefully these posts will help other moms out there or at least give them ideas on other things to try. That is the main reason why I started this triplets blog site. To help others by sharing what we go through.