Not a lie!

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Not a lie!

So I really thought everyone was lying, but it's true! It gets easier! Holy moly SO MUCH easier! Last night we all slept from midnight to 4am and then AGAIN from 6am to 9am! Lots of exclamation points! So many exclamation points! (Shh ... don't tell me about teething. Seriously.)

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yay! congrats!

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I told you!!! And don't worry about teething, brad and kaylee are both teething right now and I only know because of the drool and constant chewing. Just pick up a couple Sophie the giraffees for them to naw on! You're doing great mama. How bfing going?

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Breastfeeding is not going super well but I'm getting into a groove of a lot of pumping, 25-50% formula, and mostly just boobing the boy. The girl is still AWFUL at it and it's just not worth it if I want to have time with both and she gets more breastmilk if I just pump. Perhaps things will change with time but for now this is what's working.

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I am glad yours is getting better so quickly for you. I think I went through at least 3 months of hell before things got better. It sure is nice being able to sleep a little longer, isn't it.

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"triplespiral" wrote:

Breastfeeding is not going super well but I'm getting into a groove of a lot of pumping, 25-50% formula, and mostly just boobing the boy. The girl is still AWFUL at it and it's just not worth it if I want to have time with both and she gets more breastmilk if I just pump. Perhaps things will change with time but for now this is what's working.

Congrats on the stretches of sleep! Smile A&A started STTN around 3 months. Granted they had stretches starting around 7 months when they started waking up at night again. No teeth for either of them until over 10 months. Their first few teeth came in easily. Sometimes they will be uncomfortable, but a dose of Tylenol before bed and they sleep peacefully regardless of new teeth.

I'm not around often enough to know the reason why your DD isn't having an easy time with bfing, but just wanted to share our story as to possibly give encouragement. A&A were born 5.5 wks early. In the beginning their mouths were too small to latch on properly so I had to buy nipple shields. (at around 3 weeks I began tandem nursing) By the time their mouths were big enough, Alaina was too used to the shield. I tried and tried to get her to latch on without it, but she wouldn't open wide enough and would scream bloody murder when I tried to get her to re-latch. And while Aiden could latch okay without one, having to juggle a screaming Alaina would cause him to pop off. Being sleep deprived, I didn't have the energy to keep trying and just continued with the shields. Around 6 months I decided to try again. Aiden did okay after the first two sessions. It took about 2 days for Alaina, but she finally got it. We went from hr long nursing sessions each (when I just nursed one at a time) every three hrs, to 45 min sessions together every three hrs. At 5 months they were nursing 30 min every 2.5 hrs. Once I got rid of the shields they gradually started nursing for less and less time each session. Around 8.5 months Alaina decided she was done nursing next to Aiden, so I had to go back to doing it separately. It's now down to about 5 min each, 3x/day. There were so many times I wanted to just pump instead of nurse. But for us, it was easier to stick to the nursing so I didn't have to spend time pumping, fixing bottles, and washing them. Do whats best for you and your LOs, and know that even with bumps in the road, it can be done. You're doing great!

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I agree with Danielle. Do what works for you. Personally I would have given up a long time ago and just gone to strictly formula feeding. You are awesome for keeping at it. If you have time ( and would want to) post some updated pics of the babies. I know everyone would love to see how big they have gotten.

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You'll find it comes and goes. There were times everything was going smoothly and we were in a good routine, then it all goes to hell again lol! I'm glad things are going well!

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Yeah for longer sleep! Congrats!

Don't worry about teething - I've had 3 kids and none of them have EVER shown the least bit of discomfort when teething. Seriously, don't sweat it.

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"Stompin" wrote:

Yeah for longer sleep! Congrats!

Don't worry about teething - I've had 3 kids and none of them have EVER shown the least bit of discomfort when teething. Seriously, don't sweat it.

Haha, yeah ... I suppose I just meant "teething and/or whatever the next big bump in the road is!"

Pumping session done so I'm off the computer but I'll find a photo next time. The boy just started smiling yesterday! (The girl is a few days behind him in everything.)

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Nevermind. Having two effing babies at the same effing time is effing bullshpoop. After this one shuts the eff up the plan for the day is to fill them up full of formula and toss them in the neglectomatics. Clearly if your brother can sleep for 6 hours you shouldn't be screaming AGAIN. Not that I'm comparing two distinct children. Just shut up, little thing.

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:bigarmhug::bigarmhug::bigarmhug: you probably hate me right now telling you it gets better!!! I neglected to mention some days are better then others. If it makes you feel better I'm having a horrible day. B sleeping is back to normal but K's is actually worse. She thought she needed to feed every hr last night. I think DD1 is what's driving me insane though because I'm exhausted and she won't let me nap. I eventually gave her two cookies and sent her to her room to eat them so I can have some time to myself!

I'm sorry that you are having to deal with this but, like I've been told, anything goes with twins If they have to have formula to sleep better then that's what they'll get. Hope it gets better for you.

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Hugs my friend. I so remember those days, and sometimes we still have them, and when I hear myself whining to my two darling little stinkers, "If mommy hears any more crying I am going to go insane!" I have to almost laugh to myself, but I'm so frustrated that it just pisses me off more. And then that is sometimes followed up by a terrible night of sleep. And this is not to make you feel worse that it does not get any better for a long time, rather that I do feel your pain. lol

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"brady77" wrote:

You'll find it comes and goes. There were times everything was going smoothly and we were in a good routine, then it all goes to hell again lol! I'm glad things are going well!

Yes, this! This is just how it is regardless of the number of babies. Development means bumps in the road. I can promise that the exhausting demands will get easier as you approach 1 year. I cannot promise that the neediness gets any better. My girls still cling to me and call for me and want me all the dang time. It is enough to make me loca most days. However, I am their secure base. I am the one they trust and need to help them feel secure. As they get older, they will become more independent and life will get easier. At least until school starts, then it is just crazy again.

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Yay! Twins are easy again! Guess whose entire family slept >6 hours straight last night?? Biggrin

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"triplespiral" wrote:

Yay! Twins are easy again! Guess whose entire family slept >6 hours straight last night?? Biggrin

Jealous!!! I'm happy about 3 hrs.

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This whole twin thing is rollercoaster isn't it?