Another post in this fun series! I just wanted to touch on scheduling and how it really has been great for us.
While pregnant, I heard from many twin mamas that schedules are essential. But I really didn't think much of it! I thought we would kind of figure it out and Knox & Sloane would let us know what they wanted, when they wanted it.
Two weeks after they were born, I thought, there is NO way we can go on like this. We had started trying to feed them close together, put them down at the same time, and so on, but it always ended up being a mad dash to the first one who started squirming before needing to take care of the other.
When one woke up, that typically woke the other. One would stay up for thirty minutes, then one would stay up for fifty minutes. I kept thinking about how Brent would be returning to work outside the home in the near future. That would leave me alone. One person and two babies.
I was referred to Moms on Call, and I can honestly say they gave me confidence in structure. They taught us so much. They let us know that babies can really thrive on schedules. Sure, you don't have to stick to a strict one, but trying to do things at close to the same time every day--and with twins, the same time for both babies--could make a world of difference! Since Knox & Sloane were only about two weeks old, they really didn't have any schedules or routines that we had to break just yet. We simply implemented the new one and they caught on a little more every day.
We made sure we each spent one on one time with them, but overall, their routine of doing things was very similar. And can we talk about how sweet they were sleeping next to one another??
Brent went back to work and I knew what my days were going to look like. I couldn't control Knox & Sloane's moods, of course, but they began waking at the same time, eating at the same time, sleeping at the same time, playing at the same time. We all kind of knew what to expect. We didn't feel like a juggling act in the circus. During the day, I was, and still am, one person taking care of two babies with confidence.
This also kind of helped me know what they wanted and when they wanted it. When it was time to eat, they would wake up, and I knew it was time for their bellies to be filled! It also helped my milk. I nursed them around the same time every day. My body caught on, and I think it also helped keep my production going as needed. I'll soon do a breastfeeding post that will include more detail on that.
A schedule can also give you and your spouse a set amount of time to plan on spending with one another. Like I said, sometimes the babies call the shots, but the majority of days, they stick to their schedule because they like it as much as we do!
I can imagine one baby may be bit easier when it comes to deciding to schedule or not, but with two, I know it has been SUCH a major help to our family.
Now, they are still sleeping side by side, but in separate cribs. They also enjoy a little talking about playing before and after sleep :)
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