Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions

The twins have brought on much curiosity from people. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions:

1. How do you do it?
Well, I just do what I have to do! When I had Halley, I always wondered how people with multiples made it through the day. Now that I have a set myself, I see that it's possible to make it through the day and stay sane! As God promised, He has given me grace for each moment of the day. I didn't need grace to raise 3 children when I only had 1...He gives us what we need as the situation requires.

2. Are you getting any sleep?
Actually, I am. The first 6 weeks were pretty rough. But herein is God's grace again. I did not sleep much during my pregnancy and I think that just prepared me for being up at night with the twins. My body was already used to a small amount of sleep so that helped a lot. For the last week, Mariah has been sleeping 8 hours at night! Wow! Max had a few nights where he did 6 hours, but in the last couple of days he has been getting up once a night after his 11 o clock feeding. He's a fast nurser, so I'm back in bed within 15 minutes.
I used a plan called Baby Wise with Halley and the twins. It teaches parents how to put their babies on a schedule. With this method, most babies are sleeping through the night by 12 weeks of age. This way, I guide their eating and sleeping schedule, instead of the babies ruling me. I highly recommend it.

3. How is Halley handling the babies?
Well, she loves them a lot. She gives lots of hugs and kisses. Sometimes, she is overly eager to help and I have to watch her closely. She calls both of the babies Mac! One day she will learn that each have their own name.
Her behavior has not been so good, so we are having to discipline and instruct her a lot. I'm sure this has to do with not getting as much attention and the fact that she is 2. Being 2 is not an excuse, but we are definetly seeing some behavioral problems. Please pray that she will obey and that God will give us wisdom in training her.

The babies still sleep together. When one cries, it does not wake the other. That's amazing. I don't know how that works, but it does! We pretty much stay in the house, all day, everyday! This past weekend we had great weather, so I took all the kiddies to the park. If you know me, you know I love warm weather and walks at the park. It took me 4 hours (including bathing, eating lunch, and putting the stroller together) to get myself and everyone ready, but we eventually made it out and enjoyed the sunshine! The babies went to the doctor on Feb. 2 for a check up. Mariah weighed 9.5 lbs and Max was 8 lbs. 10 oz.! They have changed so much since birth. I'm trying to soak in the baby days, because they go by way too fast!

I've set a goal to blog atleast once a week. Hold me to it, ok?


Shannon said...

Awww, that was sweet to read. Jordan was sleeping through the night by 10 weeks. I consider "through the night" to be 8 hours, so I was happy. I didn't do Baby Wise, but I did schedule feedings during the day. I think that really did help. Good luck with that. And, I must say that I enjoyed your 25 things. I can relate to quite a few. I love J&K plus 8 but agree that she is just plain mean to her hubby. Jordan has an outie and I have often wondered if she will want it fixed. I want an Odyssey so bad I can hardly stand it and all my friends have one. Stinks doesn't it? I even put the infant seat in the car just to show Scott how little room there is with two carseats. Didn't work.

These Three Kings said...

that was great to read!
The LORD has really used your life as example to me of his faithfulness and GRACE!!

Thanks for the update friend!!!
love you!

Keisha Reid said...

I think this is my favorite blog. I could just picture myself with a warm cup of chai tea, with a wide smile on my face, just reading!

I loved that you said,"I didn't need grace to raise 3 children when I only had 1...He gives us what we need as the situation requires." You are so right, God gives us the grace for whatever He has called us to do.

Love you & I can't wait to meet the twins :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for giving us the 411 of what it's like to raise twins.


Julie said...

I loved Babywise with my baby. I was not consistent enough with it though. I can't wait to try again. LOL.
Those are some beautiful children you have. You are truly blessed!