Helmet Day 2

A new development this week! Samantha has discovered her feet and hasn’t let go since. When she wakes up, I usually find her rolling around her crib with her hands wrapped around her little toes.
These things are fascinating!

Our helmet saga continues with both girls not sleeping well since Samantha got her band. Grrrrr!  Amelia must be having sympathy pains for her sister because the first night Samantha wore her band, Amelia woke up at 2 a.m. and wouldn’t go back to sleep without some milk, which hasn’t happened in almost 2 months! Samantha stirred around 3:30 a.m. and had a hard time going back to sleep. Both girls woke up again around 5 a.m. to eat and then slept again until 8 a.m. I know that’s not nearly as bad as waking up every 2 1/2 hours like I did the first month of their lives, but man, do I miss sleeping for over six hours at a time!

Both girls had a difficult time going down for naps again yesterday, but it wasn’t as bad as the first day with the band on. Samantha and Amelia both got a few good naps in, even though it took a while to get them to sleep, and they weren’t as fussy at bed time as they were two days ago.

Last night, Amelia woke up again wanting to eat around 2:30 a.m., and Samantha at 4 a.m. On top of the girls’ sleep being interrupted, Jake’s been working literally 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. every day this week on the biggest case he’s ever had. He has a huge mediation coming up Friday, so that means I’ve been getting up with the girls solo, since he’s already sleep-deprived without having to wake up with the twins. So, it’s been a rough few days! Thankfully, Jake’s niece, Maddy, is still here with us and has been a big help entertaining the girls, cooking, and doing dishes. I’m hoping her trip wasn’t so boring that she won’t want to come back again next year!

Other than having a hard time sleeping, Samantha doesn’t seem too bothered by her new head gear when up and playing. I am probably having a harder time with it than she is! My heart breaks when I look at her beautiful little face with this enormous and ugly white band strapped around the top of it. I hate to think how uncomfortable she is with it on and that she doesn’t know what’s happening–who would want to sleep with a sweaty helmet on their head? Not me.
Samantha reads a book during one of her helmet breaks.

 

 

I also feel bad for Amelia since all of us have been giving Samantha a lot of extra attention the past few days. I’m constantly worrying about if Samantha is too hot with her helmet, too cold once I dress her in lighter clothing, if she has a headache, if the band is strapped too tightly, and on and on. Poor Amelia has been severely lacking in the cuddle department. She seems to be taking it in stride and, besides sleeping issues of her own, has let us shower Samantha with attention while she happily chills out. She’s a good sister. I heard a lot about “twin guilt” when I was pregnant–the guilty feeling moms feel when they are giving one twin more attention than the other. It’s definitely true!

 

“Don’t worry about me! Take care of Samantha!” says Amelia.

I’m hoping this whole helmet thing will be worth it and over soon!

Lots of love,

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