Sleep training success!

The boys went to sleep for the night at 6:45 pm.

Six.Forty.Five.

The sun was still up! I didn’t know what to do first: eat, drink, cook, bake, prepare work lunches, shower, watch TV, watch an entire movie…

We started sleep training two weeks ago and it has been amazing. If you’re interested in how we did it, check out my post on sleep training here!

I was hesitant to sleep train at first for two reasons: 1) I believed sleep training meant CIO (cry it out) until the babies pass out from exhaustion and I couldn’t bear the thought of doing that, and 2) I learned that even after successfully sleep training babies, they go through dreaded “sleep regressions” due to growth spurts and being more alert and stimulated.

After doing some research and finding a sleep training method I agreed with, we did it! The past week has been wonderful. The boys are in bed early, giving us time to eat, clean up, and catch up on TV shows and watch movies!!! We’ll ride this wave as looooong as we can.

What we’ve been up to lately…

Adrian finding new ways of playing with the standing mobile:

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Our family room turned activity-slash-exersaucer-slash-bouncer-center:

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Silly Jer… wpid-20140317_161031.jpg

We’re going out for more walks!

The weather was beautiful over the weekend. We hit the 80s!

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Gonna have the boys enjoy sitting in this figuration before their feet are too long…

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If you were to ask me what is “music to my ears,” it would be a hard decision between the boys’ laughter/giggles and…

SILENCE!!!

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There are few things that beat the image of a sleeping baby. So precious, helpless, and perfect:

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Check out the cribs…

The boys’ nursery has a new crib arrangement!

We initially had their cribs on opposite sides of the room like this. Then the boys’ Lolo (hubs’ dad) suggested this option. I love the idea of the boys being next to each other and eventually being able to see each other through their cribs. Shot out to our good friends Ryan & Jo for our beautiful maternity photos. We had them put onto canvases and they are now up in the nursery! You can see the rest of our maternity shoot here!

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Well, I’m off to go and do something else because… it’s only 8:30! Watch out, I may sneak out and paint the town pink…

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Getting by with humor and the nursery!

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Humor. Lots and lots of humor.

My new lifeline.

“Forget the fallen sock. I gots me some coffee! Priorities, people!”

 

Don’t worry, this doesn’t happen:

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How can we be sure, you ask? Check out our awesome organization! We’d literally be lost without it.

Type A? No, it's called BEING ORGANIZED!

Type A? No, it’s called BEING ORGANIZED!

A good sense of humor, along with a positive attitude, patience, and faith, has been helping us get through each day, especially tough moments when we are seriously running on empty, both babies are crying, and the chance to nap, eat, or even breathe doesn’t seem close by. But we do get through it. We figure out what the babies need. We finish washing all the bottles and pumping parts. We are able to inhale something close to nutrition (or chocolate cake). We finally approach the light at the end of the tunnel. I feel terrible for always venting and bringing up the hard parts about this new life of ours. Yes, we LOVE LOVE LOVE the boys (never a question) and we cannot explain the joy and happiness they bring us. But it is not without the labor and hardships we must endure in order to care for these little guys. They are helpless and need us entirely. WE are their people! It takes a lot out of us and we are drained. This is what gets us through:

JT

JT

Ok, quick updates from the past few days! 1, 2, 3… here we GO!

We brought the babies out to their first house party! It was a tough decision (mostly for me). First of all, it was not a real party. Just a small gathering and we knew every single person who would be there. It is so important to be careful of the people around the babies. They haven’t gotten their shots yet, they are still newborns, and they cannot afford to get sick. Luckily, it’s not wintertime yet, but nonetheless, we are constantly aware of who is around our babies and handling them. Anywho, we got out of the house more than two hours later than we had originally planned. We had to haul over a bunch of stuff. But we made it! And the boys got to meet their Ate C.A.! (Ate, pronounced ah-TEH, means older sister in Tagalog.)

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Go Niners!

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The boys and Ate C.A.

Check out this army we’ve got… an army of bottles! We are constantly washing. I feel like we need to just buy more bottles already, but I don’t want to be washing 30 bottles at a time. Keeping it to a minimum forces us to wash frequently and I like keeping the sink empty. Does it happen all the time, no way!

Army of bottles

Army of bottles

Can you spot my Starbucks cup? Keep on the lookout because I plan to try to sneak the cup in the background any chance I get =P If you wanna make me happy right now, please come bearing Sbux or boba 🙂

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Adrian holding my face saying, “It’ll be OK, Mama”

The house is a MESS! Even though it is driving us crazy, check out the nursery! I was so excited to finally get started on it. We weren’t able to touch it during the pregnancy because I was on strict bed rest. We made TONS of progress. My parents bought the boys’ dresser and the hubs’ parents bought the cribs. We are also borrowing the glider from a cousin and it has been so nice to have. Loving the room so far! All that is left is a little decor and we’re done.

20130917181532010_20130917181929423See the lion in the middle of the animals? That is Kingy. He has been with us almost from the start. The hubs won him for me during our first trip to Vegas 🙂 When I find the picture I’m thinking of, I will add it to this post.

I always feel like I have a ton more to say. Until next time…

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Tell me something!

~ How do you get through stressful/hard times? Do you use humor, your patience, or some other thing?

~ Are you the type to keep the sink clean of dishes? Or do you let them pile up?

~ Tell me anything! I am all baby these days, so I’d love to hear about what’s going on with the outside world 🙂