Monday, April 7, 2008

News to Share and Advice Needed

It's twins! JUST KIDDING!!!!! I am NOT expecting. We do have two very big boys now though! Quite independant, if I do say so myself.

The boys have always slept well. Monkey always has taken a 2 hour nap in the am, another 2 hour nap in the afternoon and then was aleep by 7:30 pm everynight and would sleep until say 7 or so the next morning. He has recently started climbing INTO his crib, so we converted the crib to a toddler bed yesterday and added a safety rail last night. He did not want to go to sleep, hubby stayed in there from 7:30pm until 9 pm. He was wailing at the top of his lungs and he shares a room with his twin brother. At 9pm he finally dozed off. He awoke at 2;40am and I slept in the floor until this morning at 7am. That is not too bad. However, they both are waking at 5am EVERY morning!!!!

Now for Tiger. His typical slept pattern is a 30 minute nap in the am, the same in the afternoon. He is usually asleep by 7:30pm and then wakes at midnight. I have started taking a sippy cup in (filled with ice water)and sitting in in the corner of his bed and that has worked. He wakes up, gets a drink and holds the cup for the rest of the night and goes back to sleep. He used to sleep until 7 or so the next morning. He and his brother have been waking every morning at 5am (with the exception of this morning) for the last 10 days or so. He has been in his toddler bed for a month or better.

We have not changed the bedtime routine. We thought that maybe they were going to bed too early and tried keeping them up later, no go, same results. I even tried to eliminate the am go. I just don't know what to do. Any suggestions????

While we are on the same subject......... I also am curious as to how you got /or get yours to stay in their bed during nap time. I would like them to have a two hour quiet time in their bed each afternoon (with or without a am nap). They may nap or read during this time, but I would like them to stay in the bed and rest regardless. Any ideas?

One thing we are changing is when Hubby gets home, they are going to be separated. They each will have their own bedroom. Thoughts on this????????

They both are getting so BIG and now in BIG BOY beds!!! Yeah Tiger and Monkey! Maommy and Daddy love you so much and are so proud of you!!!

Any suggestions/comments are greatly appreciated! Blessings on you!


KyliesMom said...

I've always wondered what it would be like to have twins...I'm sure they must do the most adorable things together.

Marva said...

IT is very interesting, never a dull moment. They are quite adorable, but mischievous at times......very mischievcous!


Mrs. Darling said...

Seperating them would make things much easier.

Ive found it very effective when the kids were young to just place them back in their beds and expalin to them that they have to stay there and that you will continue to put them in bed every time they get out until they obey andfall asleep. After that explanation dont explain anymore. When they get out the second third and fourth times just put them in their beds and don't say a word. Continue this until they finally get the idea that they have to stay in bed. It really does work.

Good luck.

mel.austin.13 said...

My twins had trouble wanting to stay in their beds too once we put up their toddler beds. We put up a gate at the door so that they could not leave their room... Then they would get sleepy and go back to their beds to sleep... We did have to put them back in the beds the first few days, then they got the picture... Stay consistent... no matter what... my twins still are in the same room together... we don't have the space to do it differently yet... They are both close to one another and would end up back in the same room anyway... Why fight it at this point... When they start school, they will each have their own friends and will have to be seperated then... Good Luck and keep me posted.

Nico said...

Wishing you the very best. My big kid went through a early bird phase too, but now that he is 4, he loves to sleep in. He did give up naps by age three, so that one was really tough on Mommy.

Mimi said...

My twins never slept through the night until they were 4 years old. We had quiet time every day for an hour from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and the kids usually looked at books instead of napping. All kids are different, and what you want to schedule may not work, so be ready to be flexible!Good luck!

Marva said...

Thanks Mrs. D! I think you do an awesome job! Blessings!!!

Marva said...

Thanks Mel! Something else to think about! Blessings!!!!

Marva said...

Thanks nico! At least Dyaln has a nap time! ;)Blessings!!!!

Marva said...

WOW Mimi! Four? I bet you had a lot of sleepless nights! My children are realizing that I am the Mommy and there is no room for compromise on sleeping.

Having twins will teach you too be flexible yet grounded! I'm sure you know this as well as I do, probably more so now that yours are older.

Thanks for the advice! YOu are such a wonderful friend!

We have a 2 hour quiet time each afternoon and would not change it for the world. Since weare the parents and they are the children I think that it is improtant to let them know how things will be done.