We tried a little experiment last night. We fed the boys their bedtime bottles at 7:30 p.m. and put them down in their cribs around 8. Under normal circumstances, one baby would wake up around four hours later wanting to be fed. I'd take the crying baby and Justin would wake the sleeping baby and we'd feed him. It usually worked out well, except that we always felt bad waking the sleeping baby. Who wouldn't feel bad?! They always look so peaceful!
Anyway, last night Luke woke up at 11:30 crying to be fed. We took a look at Nolan who was still sleeping decided that we'd let him sleep and see how long it would be before he woke to be fed. Justin went back to bed and I stayed up to change and feed Luke. No problems.
At 1:30, Nolan woke to be fed. I rolled over and shook Justin. "You're up. Nolan is awake." He proceeded to head into the nursery to change and feed him. Nolan is a screamer and I could hear everything on the monitor. Even if the monitor was off, I would still hear it...I'm his mom.
So, I was supposed to be sleeping during Nolan's feeding (isn't that the point of each parent "taking" a baby at night?), but I totally didn't. It took an hour for Justin to feed and calm Nolan down enough to put him back in his crib. I was up the entire time.
Then, at 4:30, Luke woke up. "My" baby. I was up again and fed him with no troubles. Justin didn't even hear Luke wake up.
At 6:30, Nolan woke again to be fed. Justin's turn. Problem is that, of course, I woke as well and was up during the entire feeding because Nolan's a cryer. I stayed up and took the little guy once Justin was finished because he had to get ready for work.
So. How do moms of multiples handle this? I'd love to try and get the little guys to sleep for longer stretches during the night and I thought this was the solution, but night #1 was an epic FAIL! I return to work in a few weeks and don't think I'll be able to handle being awake every two hours. Do I need to go back to waking a sleeping baby? Please share your sleep solutions if you have one. I know most people are probably still looking for "solutions", but I'm desperate here!