Oceano's mom: (katmainomad, sp?) about getting two to sleep...
Right now, Julianna takes most of her sleepy-time bottles in bed. We have her mattress on an incline, with a pillow underneath it. She can hold the bottle by herself, but most of the time we lay her on her side with the bottle wrapped in a blanket. Back when they were both itty bitty, we almost died of sleep deprivation and frustration because both babies would inevitably cry at the same time! It was horrible when DH wasnt home to help me. I obviously couldn't nurse Zach and hold Julianna and her bottle at the same time. So, as soon as she was old enough we came up with the bottle propping solution. It's knocked by everyone, and I wish I could give you some really great ideas, but that's all I have! The swing was a huge lifesaver when they were smaller, but... They're on a pretty good schedule now, so that helps, too. It just takes patience from both you and the babies. I just learned to realize that I couldn't always be in two places at once, so one of the babies had to wait while I finished up with the other. It took a lot out of me to listen to one baby fuss, but they got used to waiting for me! Now that they're older it's a lot easier! It must be hard for Oceano to share his attention with another baby, whereas my little ones are used to it.
BTW, how is Oceano pronounced? Is it O-say-on-o, or O-shen-o, or O-see-on-o? I vote for the first one, the Spanish pronunciation, but I had to check!
We are in temper tantrum central right now!!! It is so irritating! Sometimes I feel like all I do is yell at Zach and tell him "no!" Positive reinforcement and time-out don't seem to be working... He doesn't care what I do, he just wants to do what he wants, when he wants. His favorite things to do now are dig in the dirt of my potted plants and make a mess, turn on and off the Playstation/DVD/video, etc., etc., and chase the dogs and pull their hair. He also likes to push Julianna down, and bonk her in the head with whatever toy is closest... I don't think he knows he's hurting her, he just thinks it's fun. What a punk!
I think I'm finally going to make Zach sleep in his own bed all night. DH is out of town skiing, so as soon as he gets back I'll be getting up (meaning OUT OF BED- gasp!) to get Zach back to sleep, then instead of bringing him to our bed, I'll just make him sleep in his crib. Right now I'm getting up with both of them at night, so I don't even want to attempt it. Julianna, for some crazy reason, still wakes up every 3 hours for an entire 8 oz. bottle, which is getting old! Zach only wakes to nurse twice or 3 times a night, so I'm hoping it won't be too hard to get him sleeping through the night. Wish me luck!
I forgot to wish Oceano a Happy Birth Day!