Sunday, November 04, 2007
8 weeks

This photo was taken when the babies were six weeks old

All of the babies are asleep. I have a thousand things I should do, but I think an update would be nice. My mom was here for the first six and a half weeks, which was an absolute life-saver. We had four days on our own and then David's mom came and will leave tomorrow.

Having triplets is crazy. It's really intense and amazing and miraculous and hard. They are wonderful and all of the babies are pretty mellow, but the reality of taking care of three babies is tough. I expected it to be hard but actually living it is a whole different thing.

The hardest part is the sleep deprivation. At first we both got up with the babies in the night. After about two weeks of that, we were both just hardly able to function because we were so tired. We were getting only four or five hours of sleep a night and that was in one or two hour chunks. After one night where we probably slept for only an hour or so, David come up with the idea to sleep in shifts. David goes to bed around 8 or 9 pm and then gets up after I feed the babies around 3 am. Then, I go to sleep from 3 - 8 am. On the weekends I can sleep in longer. At first, those four to five hours blocks of sleep seemed amazing, but it didn't take long for it to feel like it still wasn't enough.

The good news is that the babies are sleeping better. They do cry it out some (with triplets, it isn't a matter of whether or not to let them cry it out, it's a matter of how much do you put yourself through to lessen their crying), but I think starting it this early will be better in the long run. I normally do whatever I can to keep them from crying too much during the day, but if they are fed, changed, and clearly tired at night, I will let them cry. They usually cry just a few minutes before they fall asleep. It's hard for me because I had the luxury of not letting my other two babies cry much at all, but we just couldn't survive without getting them on some sort of decent sleep schedule. Last night they were asleep by 8 pm and it was wonderful. We have decreased their feedings from three to two feedings a night and Britta and Drake have gone down to one a night the last few nights, so I'm feeling like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The girls are adjusting to the babies well. They really enjoy them and are very helpful with them, but they have had their moments where they have had a hard time with it. It's hard to deal with sleep deprived parents and the fact that any little thing we want to do becomes more complicated. We generally just do things in shifts because at this point taking the babies places is just too hard. The few times we have been out in public with them, we were absolutely a freak show. And, I know that I am going to get entirely sick of hearing that we have our hands full.

We have had a fun time getting to know each of the babies' personalities and taking care of them can also be a joy. It's not all sleep deprivation and crying and juggling which baby needs more care. It's also funny and sweet and great. I am trying to enjoy the babies now as they are and not wish this time away just because it's not easy and I think most of the time I am able to do that.

There's probably a better way to wrap this up, but I'm tired and should probably get to a few other things before the little sweeties wake up. The babies are wonderful, we are tired, and life is good.
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