All About Bean – 11/22

Since we have twins that share a bedroom, their sleep patterns are not always exactly what we would like for them. And so when one of them fusses in the middle of the night we go in and pick that one up and try to soothe her before she wakes up her sister. It is usually Alyssa that we have to go in for. So she doesn’t think it is just hang out time with us we bring her out to the couch and lay her down – in the dark – until she falls back asleep, and then we move her back to the crib.  This routine usually only takes a few minutes, but can sometimes happen 10 times in a night. Like I said, not ideal. But what else could we do? If we leave her in the crib to “work it out” on her own she’ll just wake up Kylie and then we have two problems to deal with.

Well, last week we decided it was time to make a change. The new rule? Once Alyssa goes into the crib she doesn’t come back out until it is time to eat or wake up. Yes, this does mean that poor Kylie will get woken up, but we figured if we could teach Alyssa that once she was in bed she was just going to stay there that she wouldn’t stir so much at night. We would rather have a week or two of crappy nights where she (or both of them) cry, than spend the next 9 months or more getting up a dozen times every night.

The first night both Russell and I were up a lot trying to help her learn to fall (and stay asleep) in the crib. The next two nights she did awesome and barely stirred at all. We thought we were so wonderful for helping her learn so quickly. Last night, however, was a different story. She actually stirred quite a bit before we went to bed, and then woke up very early to eat. So I fed her and she quickly fell back asleep on my shoulder while I was burping her. Then when I tried to lay her down in the crib she threw a fit! She was up for the next 2 1/2 hours mostly just screaming before she finally gave up and fell asleep for me. Amazingly Kylie stayed asleep through it all. So, wish us luck as we try to be consistent and patient with out little Bean. Hopefully she will sleep better in the long run because of it.

In other news, she is working on tooth number 5, another one of the top ones. She weighed in at 19 pounds exactly at her doctors appointment a couple of weeks ago, and she is standing up a lot more without holding on to anything. Yesterday as we were all just hanging out in the living room she crawled off on her own into the kitchen, sat next to the fridge, and quite contently watched the wind blowing the trees. I love that she is so independent and think it says a lot about her self confidence that she didn’t need us (or Kylie) there with her.

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