Up until about two weeks ago bedtime was wonderful. We started the bedtime routine about 6:30pm and everyone was asleep by 8pm. It was wonderful and very smooth, but that is a thing of the past. For the past two weeks the babies have insisted on feeding at about 5pm. Now that may not sound bad but it take about 30mins per baby and I feed one right after the other.
So when I get done it is time to start the bedtime routine. I have tried everything… First I tried holding them off and they were having none of that. They would cry and scream the whole time until they got their bottle. Then I tried just giving them a half bottle at 5pm. Again, epic fail, they were having none of that and would be fussy till they got the rest. So I gave in and let them have their 5pm bottle then again at 6:30pm bedtime routine/ bottle. That just seemed to cause a whole host of issues… they would take their bottles but seemed to be harder to get down, harder to burp, and more restless. So, once again, epic fail. There is one thing that I have not tried yet, but we will be trying tomorrow night… I am going to move their bedtime to 7:30pm start time instead of 6:30pm. Now I haven’t done this yet for two reasons. 1) They get extremely cranky and unruly if they are not asleep by 8pm. 2) There are all these professionals saying that if a baby is not asleep by 8pm then they have a more restless night, don’t get good quality sleep, etc. Once again I tried to listen to the professionals, and once again I have come to the conclusion that I really need to stop listening to them. Everyone keeps telling me what we should do, but with our kids it just doesn’t work. They beat to their own drum and do not fit in the typical baby section. This should not surprise me though. Who ever heard of 6+lb triplets (all of them)?! Who’s 3 month old drinks between 6-8 oz bottles every 3 hours during the day (and 1-2 at night)?! Who’s 3 month old weighs over 15lbs (not even counting triplets, just singletons)?! They are unique in every way and I have to keep that in mind when trying to follow what these people say. Why do I always get caught up in this? Why can’t I just take what they say with a grain of salt? It’s because I want to do everything right for them. It’s because I keep thinking these people know what they are talking about and what they say is the right thing. My advice to those out there experiencing, “unique” children… Listen to what they say but don’t try and make your kids fit into their vision of what they should be. Let your kids be who they are and work with that instead. If they want to eat more then 3-4ozs then let them. If they need that extra feed which causes their bedtime to change a little, change it. Everyday is something new. Everyday there is a new challenge. I wouldn’t miss it for the world… just wish it didn’t take me so long to catch on at times.