What's sleep looking like?

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What's sleep looking like?

What does a typical night of sleep look like for you these days?

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Go to bed around 7:30 or 8 PM. Sometimes DS fusses for a couple minutes and we pick him up and rock him for a minute or two, but generally he goes down easy. Wake between 1:30 and 4 AM for nursing, goes right back to sleep till 7:00 or 7:30. Sometimes he wakes up twice to nurse, at 2 and 5.

Before we did sleep training about 2 weeks ago DS would take an hour of crying, fussing and fighting before falling asleep and needed to be nursed back to sleep 3-5 times per night. We started letting him fuss it out with frequent checks and rocking to calm him, and with minimal crying (maybe 15 minutes total the first night) we have an awesome sleeper now. I never thought it was possible!

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In bed at 7:30 or so. I find it easier to read my son, he nurses, then whines when I put him in his crib, but he's out within a few minutes. My girly is still having frustrations with the bottle so I sometimes have to try a few times putting her down and maybe getting her up again for a bottle, but once she's ready for bed, she's super easy. I don't even lay her down, just put her sitting in the crib and she's out in a minute. My girly is dropping down to one bottle a night and we were pushed by her doctor (because of feeding issues) to make the bottle just water. She takes it easily (so I hear, I never give her the night bottle myself) and generally falls back asleep well. My son nurses 1-2 times per night now. He fusses if/when I put him back in the crib. I sometimes sleep with him but I'm trying to cut back on that since I don't sleep as well. They both get up around 7:30. Naps are generally 10:30-12:30 and 4-5. If we have a crazy exciting day then it's tougher to get them down and the naps sometimes turn into super long 3-hour sleeps that mess everything up. I'm super excited to not pump in the night anymore, I do once after they go down and once again before they wake up (and then again during each of the two naps). Everything is SO much simpler and I'm getting loads more sleep.

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Wow, that's awesome how well the twins are doing!!

We are all over the place. Jonah has a milk/soy protein intolerance so we spent months rocking/holding/nursing to sleep. Now that we have him feeling better he's got some bad sleep habits!

Bed at 7:30 wakes anytime between 10-2 and screams bloody murder unless he is sleeping next to me. DH is usually up and tries everything but Jonah always wins and ends up in our bed. We even put a side rail on my side of the bed. Then he sleeps until 5-eats, back to sleep until 6 or 7. Naps are two during the day no more than an hour each.

I think sleep training will start soon. I'm tired.

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DS goes down around 6:30pm. Wakes for a feeding sometime between 10-11pm and then usually stays asleep rest of night. He awakens between 6:30-7:00am. Morning nap usually around 9:30/10am until 11:30/noon. Afternoon nap 2:30/3pm until about 3:30/4pm. He sometimes fusses when he goes down but because we tend to time bottles just beforehand, he is usually pretty sleepy right after he finishes. We started sleep training a couple of months ago and after a few rough starts (I think DS and/or we were not ready) I feel like we are seeing the benefits now. Even when we have minor set-backs (e.g., separation anxiety, teething, etc) it throws us off for couple nights/days but then we seem to get back on track pretty smoothly. And as I suspected, more sleep at night = much more pleasant mommy during day.

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Kind of all over the place. Usually she nurses down to sleep (in our bed) at 8:30. We stay up until 11:30 or 12 (night owls). In that time frame she usually doesn't wake but if she does she nurses back to sleep easily. Dunno how th night goes because we bedshare, though sometimes she wakes up fully at 3 or 4 and it drives me nuts. Up for the day around 8. Lately it is unpredictable though. Sometimes she refuses sleep or just wakes constantly. We are trying nursing her to sleep in her room on her own mattress and she will sometimes stay there until 1 or 2, but she does wake a couple times so sometimes it's not worth it.