On Monday, the girls spent a large part of the day practicing their thumb sucking skills. Maya, especially, was so enamored with her thumb that when it came time to nurse, she tried to do both at the same time. Over the next couple of days, they continued to hone their skills and I am pretty sure they will have it down in a few weeks. Their thumbs need to get a little bit bigger for optimal suckage, but knowing where it goes is the first step, I think.
On the girls' three-week birthday, we had our first big outing: a trip to Leyden to visit Brett's parents and take a look at the river. They did great in the car seats on both the drive there and back, sleeping almost the while time! It seems like about 45 minutes is the longest they can go in the car before they start fussing.
When we arrived, we grabbed a snack and then headed outside to look at the Green River. During the flooding over the weekend, it flooded more than Brett's parents have ever seen it, and it washed away a neighbor's house. We were a bit awestruck at the different course of the river, and the destruction it caused. Going back inside, the four of us took a nap, waiting for Brett's parents to arrive (it was a surprise visit). Brett's dad (Grandpa Craig?) came home at lunch time from working cutting firewood, and we had a nice visit with him, and he got to hold Maya for a while. We couldn't stay too long, but for our first big outing, it was a mighty success!
We have purposefully had no visitors this week. As much as we love seeing people, it was a much needed break from company and gave us a chance to spend time as just the four of us. We are working on setting some rhythms and routines and ways of coping with the nights better.
Below is an example of the past few nights. We have been trying to go to sleep as soon as we can after we get them to bed. As they wake during the night, Brett will change them as I get set up to nurse both at the same time. While we are nursing, Brett usually changes the laundry from the washer to the dryer and gets us both some food. Last night we had delicious fruit/ice cream smoothies at 4:00 a.m.! Other nights it's been hamburgers, or leftovers from dinner. We are a good team. I don't know how I would do this alone. The food has really been helping us both make it though the nights. I get so hungry.
7:30 p.m. Nurse both girls.
8:30 p.m. Change, swaddle, lay down sleepy girls in co-sleeper, hopefully to fall asleep on their own. This has been working well so far.
11:30 p.m. One or both usually wakes up. If only one, we wake the other and I nurse both at the same time while Brett is on food-for-us duty.
12:30 a.m. Change, swaddle, lay down sleepy girls in co-sleeper.
4:00 a.m. Nurse both again. (Same as 11:30 p.m.)
5:00 a.m. Change, swaddle, lay down sleepy in co-sleeper, again.
7:30 a.m. Both are usually awake and not as interested in going back to sleep at this point. We get up, too.
I am holding out hope for a four-hour-stretch of sleep at some point during the night in the near future. It would really help us both to get a little more sleep in a row. Getting up for that 4:00 a.m. feeding is so tough!
We didn't take pictures of the river in Leyden, but here are pictures of the Mill River by our house.
We usually go swimming above the waterfall, but not today! See that little fenced ledge jutting out at the far side? That's where we are standing in the first photo.