Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sleep

Four months ago if you told me I would have a post all about sleep I would have called you crazy. At that point we were getting about 3-5 hours of sleep a day, so the idea of writing a blog about it would have made me laugh. But here we are 4 months later and we have made huge progress in the sleep routine. After months of not napping or sleeping I finally started researching sleep training and ran across Dr. Ferber's book. Its probably not for every parent but it worked wonders for us. Within a few days we had the kids taking naps when WE wanted them to, sleeping through the night (we still keep the 11pm feed so we have to wake them up) and going to bed in their crib, NOT their swings. So naturally we have been able to sleep a little more as well. We still wake up to a crying baby now and then but its usually a change of a diaper and a pat on the bottom away from getting back to sleep.

Of course the weekend after they started sleeping they all got sick. This threw our sleep schedule out of whack but once everyone was feeling better it was pretty simple to get them back on schedule. Lizy had the worst of it, which is lucky for us because even sick she is a very good baby. Her voice got really hoarse and she had this pathetic little cry that made you come running anytime she started to make a noise. As a result she was held A LOT for several days, something I think everyone enjoyed. We really don't get to hold them all that often so its nice to get an opportunity.

We even started getting out a little the past couple weeks, and by we I mean Amy-Jo and myself. I am still too big of chicken to take them out anywhere, but AJ is breaking me down and a family outing is probably coming up pretty soon. They are getting better as long as they don't miss a nap. HUGE thank you to our nanny Kaity. She is AWESOME with the kids and has been a huge help. She came over last week when AJ was sick and took care of the kids all day, huge task especially when you don't have time to prepare yourself for an all day affair.

Amy-Jo made it back to the hospital where we had the babies and visited her friends (nurses) on 4 north. Everyone there is so great and we miss all of you. I understand they still check in once and awhile so I wanted to send them a little shout out. Anyone needing to be put on hospital bed rest for 3 months should choose Presby Dallas, hands down the best nursing staff in the country. Now that's how you kiss some butt!

Anyway now on to the reason you are all hear....the photos. Keeping with my sleeping theme here are some funny pics of the kids sleeping, and other happenings.

Lizy is so funny when she sleeps, arms are always above her head sprawled out.



This was too funny, she isn't sleeping she is trying to claw her way out of the pack and play.
We have a video of this as well, I'll see about getting it up no promises.


So Miss Madi Belle has learned to roll onto her stomach. Now there is no keeping her off of her stomach. Which means she sleeps this way and drools like crazy. You can see the fresh drool marks on the second picture. We have to change her sheets every day. And for those saying babies shouldn't sleep on their stomach, we know there is just no stopping her.


Ok so you may remember the Bumbo picture of Logan sleeping in the last post, well this kid can sleep any where, any time. I offer up the below pics as proof.

On my lap.



Hunched to the side in the swing.
Resting on AJ's hand laying on her lap.

Laying in my lap.



Blue keeping my chair warm.



Blue hit the "sauce" pretty hard and passed out on the TV tray.

This is me using the "Looginator" on Logan. Its a massager but it helps get all his gas out. He hated it at first but it does work to get all those burps out. If we don't he wakes up screaming after about 10 minutes.


Fellow Quad Mom's and friends at a BBQ
(Suz, Moni, Casey, AJ, Misty)

So we started giving the girls rice cereal in their bottle, Logan does not get any the below picture is the reason why. He has a slight....okay big....allergy to the rice cereal or oatmeal. Not pretty.

Starting to use the jumpers and exersaurcers.

Lizy in the jumper.



Madi in the exersaucer.

"Daddy your to big to be down here"

Girl talk.
Madi L, Lizy R



Picture of all three from today.
Logan, Lizy, Madi

Girls where holding hands, very cute.



Happy girl Madi.

This is Lizy's face every morning when you get her out of bed or anytime you start to play with her. It might be the greatest face I have ever seen.

Logan hamming it up.






7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Too cute!! I am glad they are sleeping on your schedule. So, Brandon you ready for a Disneyland trip, yet? Come on you know you can do it....

Love you all & miss you all,
Christine

Charity Donovan said...

OMG the Loganator - HILARIOUS!!! The new pics are adorable! They are getting so big! Just adorable!

Suzanne said...

those kiddies are BEEEEEEAUTIFUL!!! seriously, some of the cutest babies i have ever seen- so expressive. love you!

Shar said...

Hello Amy Jo and Brandon..

I am so excited to see the family progressing so nicely..My prayers have been for your strong family structure and I see that you are doing great. I promise I will make out there to see you soon..Miss You

Shar

Cousin Heidi said...

OMG!!!!! those pictures are so cute ....aww poor Logan I just love the way he hams it up , don't worry about the sleeping on the belly thing the babies are old enough and their heads are strong enough they can turn head from side to side...Marisa slept on her belly all the time too and she is going to be 12....Amy Jo you look wonderful ...again can't say enough HOW PROUD I AM OF YOU and Brandon I highly encourage a book to be wrote it would be a best seller!!! ~~~~ Love you all
Cousin Heidi

Mary D said...

I read Dr. Ferbr's book when my children were small and it was a god send. Just stick to it and you will be sleeping great!! Mary D

Joanne said...

The pictures are great. They made me laugh, cry, sigh!!! The babies look so healthy-except of course the picture of the food allergy boy :(
Thanks for posting to the blog. Love the updates. And I'm with Christine-when are you coming to Disneyland-we have connections there!!
Love and prayers,
Joanne