02 April 2007

The Weekend, Two Versions

Version One: The Good
  • Lots of help with the twins.
  • Spending quality time with my siblings-in-law, both of whom are bright, talented, and caring people.
  • Taking the twins to the park, where they got to swing and go down the giant slide.
  • Walks in warm, sunny weather.
  • As mentioned in the previous post, getting loads of good stuff at the moms of twins yard sale, and selling some stuff that we don't need anymore. I think I broke even.
  • New clothes from my sister-in-law. She keeps me vaguely stylish.
  • A playdate with a friend and her daughter. Maddie and Riley ate big hunks of bagel and loved them!
Version Two: The Whiny
  • The twins deciding that 5:30 a.m. is a great time to wake up. Not only is it a great time to wake up, it's a great time to wake up and sob! until! mom! comes! to get us!
  • My brother-in-law leaving empty chip wrappers, computer cords, books, CDs, and all manner of other random crap all over the house. He is such a slob!
  • My brother- and sister-in-law taking a nap when I got home from the yard sale on Saturday. I had gotten up at 5:30 a.m. to pump, then worked from 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Did anyone ask if I wanted a nap? (Hint: the answer starts with n and ends with o.)
  • My sister-in-law pushing me to talk about issues that GH and I haven't even discussed yet. She wants us to be prepared, but we'll do things on our own timetable, thank you. And some things are not her business no matter how much she wants them to be.
Overall, more good than whiny. But what's up with the sudden 5:30 a.m. wakup from the twins? Any parents out there have any ideas? They used to sleep until 6:30 a.m. then wake up happy and talk to each other for 15-20 minutes. I like the old version better.


kim said...

The ol' wake-em-up early routine, eh? Lots of possibilities: are their rooms getting too much light (try thicker curtains or shades)? Are they getting ready to transition to less napping during the day (Em switched to one nap/day around 10-11 months and slept better at night afterwards). Are they hitting some big developmental milestones (sorry, just have to roll with the punches on this one)? Could something in the environment be waking them up now, like someone getting ready/making noise, a pet, etc.(try some white noise to cover the distraction)? So many things to consider - and heck, it could just be a temporary reaction to having the family over for the weekend. Here's hoping that the twins get back to their old routine quick!

Rachel said...

I'll echo what Kim said about the light. I put heavy blankets on Bella's window, and she started sleeping a little later.

But yeah, it sucks. There's such a big difference in how I feel when she wakes up at 5:30 v. 6:30.

Snickollet said...

Kim, I was wondering about developmental milestones. Riley is on the cusp of crawling, and Maddie is lagging behind Riley on physical development and seems frustrated by what she can't do. I've heard that babies have a lot going on brainwise around 39 weeks, and the twins are 41 weeks but technically were two weeks early. So maybe it's that?

We have room-darkening curtains, so I don't think it's the light.

Rachel, I agree that 5:30 is way different than 6:30. 5:30 is still night. 6:30 may be early, but it's day.