One twin sick

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One twin sick

So when you have just one sick twin.. how do you handle bed time and nap time? My boys are so used to going to sleep with each other (there is not an option of them not sharing a room), that I don't know how they would handle not being put down to sleep at the same time.

Wyatt has had the vomits for a few days (thankfully we went 12hrs w/o any, and I thought it was a quick bug, but it has started back up today). Anyhow, I didn't want to put vomit-boy to nap yesterday, since it was every 30 min or so, and so I decided not to put Abram down either, because I figured he would just scream. Wyatt slept in my arms, Abram just played and played until he crashed at 6:30, bedtime is 8pm. Bedtime, Wy seemed to be doing better, so we put them both down, but he woke up about an hour later vomiting again, so I got him out. Thankfully Abram was asleep (it was a tiny bit of bile on Wyatt's pillow, so thankfully we did not have to disturb Bram at all). Wyatt and I crashed on the couch until 5am when Abram awoke and we put them back in their own bed. Thankfully it happens rarely, but just had me wondering what everyone else does.

Also, I think this is the hardest time for me to have twins. I feel so stretched. Wyatt really needed to be held almost all day, and so Abram did not get as much attention and was a little whinier and needier. It made me feel so bad. Of course I held him too, when I could, but he kept saying, "Wy off" or "wy down". Sad When you have kids at separate ages, they just understand a bit better, I think.

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Thankfully, my girls sleep in separate cribs, so that was not an issue when they were both sick last week. However, I completely understand your pain on the jealousy and guilt aspect of just having one sick twin. Last week, Sarafina was so upset that I was holding Keira. Then, when Sarafina got sick, Keira was upset if I held Sarafina. Sometimes, I just sat and held them both. Thankfully, Keira is more independent, so she would climb up, stay for a bit, then get down and play. I felt bad for the twin that wasn't sick, but they have to learn that sometimes one person needs more attention. It is just the way it works when someone is sick.

I will admit that I used a lot of Nick Jr. last week to keep the girls happy. I just wasn't up for the fighting and whining. We sat in bed too. That way they both could sit with me and feel like they were getting attention. The things we do to keep the peace on ocassion. Biggrin

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I hear ya on keeping peace when needed. Lots of whining, and Abram saying, "No, Mine!" for my lap. We watched a lot of Toy Story (1, 2, and 3 lol).

But even with them in separate cribs, if they share a room... can you put one down to nap without the other being in there?

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I have no advice but I hope Wyatt is feeling better. I remember DD1 had a stomach bug and she keep vomitting and it was hard dealing with her...and I only had one. I'm not looking forward to the sicknesses. Sad

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Thanks, Wyatt is better, but of course we have head colds now, all of us. Joy!

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"rachelrazzle" wrote:

I hear ya on keeping peace when needed. Lots of whining, and Abram saying, "No, Mine!" for my lap. We watched a lot of Toy Story (1, 2, and 3 lol).

But even with them in separate cribs, if they share a room... can you put one down to nap without the other being in there?

I am not really sure. We haven't had to do that in a really long time. My guess is going to be yes. Then again, I am pretty stubborn. So, they can just stay in that crib as long as they are not despondent and sobbing or screaming bloody murder. They tend to be pretty happy as long as they have their blankets, a book, and recently, their dress shoes. ROFL

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"rachelrazzle" wrote:

Thanks, Wyatt is better, but of course we have head colds now, all of us. Joy!

I have never experienced just one kid sick, so that is beyond my realm. Usually it's 2 out of three or all... then the rest of us get it. But I think if it were just one sick, I'd hold them as much as possible, but still stick to the routine unless they'd have nothing of it. I don't think I'd break routine for my other kids either. That would leave me and DH feeling completely haggard, especially if we're doomed to catch whatever they have. Oh, and they all share a room, so you certainly can have one go down without the other. That, I've done without issues.

I hope you're all feeling better now!