November 14, 2023

Up all night

 I think I’m giving a rather distorted positive view of twin baby life here.  Mostly because I have been writing posts on my computer, which means in order to write posts the babies need to be asleep, which means I have some me time and reflection time and then I feel genuinely positive about the whole situation.  Who can argue with this:

For some perspective shift, it is currently 7:45am. The 3 year old came into our room crying at 7am. Nora and Audrey fed at 5 am but were very grumpy the whole time.  One of them was awake from 1am to 3:30am and I’m not sure which one. Nora was not feeding well. We did lots of nappies all night. Babies had their bottles at 10pm but didn’t finish till 11:30 so I was awake then too. They went straight into bottles from last feed as one of them didn’t fall asleep after the 8pm feed. 

Now this is probably complicated to read because it’s gone backwards in time, but from what I can tell I sept at most from 11:30pm to 1:00am and 5:30am to 7:00am

Andy was up the same, because with two babies there are two sets of feeding and burping and wailing and nappies and even when they are on the same schedule it’s not possible to change two nappies at once. Or they need different burps. Or different lengths of feed.

Now the 3 and 5 year old are 60% playing with Lego and 40% fighting and it’s already 7:50am and it’s going to be a push to get the 5 year old to school on time (8:55).  Luckily the 3 year old goes to nursery and doesn’t have to go arrive at any specific time so we can drop her off whenever.

The problem with nights like this is that there’s no reason it happened and no reason it won’t happen again. This is something planner me really doesn’t like. Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the definition of  insanity and also the defining feature of newborn life. 


  1. Oof. The thought of having newborn twins is enough for me to break out in a cold sweat. Hahaha! My boys are teens, so… babyhood feels like a lifetime ago and I am good with never going back to those sleepless nights! Thanks for your honesty and god speed. ;)

    Hope they eventually settle into a good nighttime routine for you! Fingers crossed they will become “good sleepers”, but we all know with babies that’s a total crap shoot. Seems like some are, and some aren’t, for no apparent reason… hopefully you can get a nap in today somehow.

  2. It will get easier - but what a rough season with two newborns! You're doing great. I hope you manage to fit in a nap today (and maybe a shower too - I feel like the hours just whizzed by in a blur and I would feel so icky and borderline sick from holding/feeding/changing someone, not eating properly, and living on very little sleep...and I only had ONE baby!).

    Hugs <3

  3. As you say, there's no reason why it won't happen again so I'm sending good sleepy baby vibes your way that it won't. Hang in there mama!

  4. Aww, look at these two :)

    It does sound exhausting and like a lot of juggling though.

  5. They're gorgeous. I hope you are having a wonderful sleep right now as we speak, and that your days ahead are full of afternoon naps. Those early days are so special...and so HARD when you can't sleep.