I know it's still really early on, but I have to say that the sleep deprivation this time around has been much, much easier. I think this is mainly because there is only one baby to wake up in the middle of the night and one baby to breastfeed. With the twins, it seemed like someone was waking us up at least every 2 hours all night long for weeks on end. Not only that, but it took us at least 45 minutes to an hour to nurse them both (especially with the SNS in the beginning), change them both and get them both back down to sleep. Sometimes Miles would endlessly cry after the 5 am feeding and Jason would end up falling asleep with him downstairs in the recliner after an hour or more of rocking and shushing.
So far, Evelyn is a very good sleeper. She falls asleep very easily, and seems to sleep very deeply. She has been exposed to a cacophony of sound during her daily naps, so I'm guessing that she would be able to sleep through a jackhammer at this point. She goes for a couple 3-4 hour stretches each night in between feedings, allowing Mommy and Daddy to get some good rest. For the past two nights, she has only woken us up twice to nurse. *Knock on wood.* We'll see if she stays with this rhythm or if she gets feisty soon and starts giving us more of a run for our money. I figure even if she stops sleeping so well, surely she can't give us as much of a challenge as the Miles-Vivienne Tag Team did.
Last night was the first night that Evie has slept in the co-sleeper the entire time. Previously, we would usually do the first stretch with her in our bed (breastfeeding her side lying and then falling asleep all together - seemed to get her settled down more easily). But last night, she was Miss Independent and fell asleep in her co-sleeper beside our bed each time.
Also, last night was the first night that Miles and Vivienne have slept at home since we brought Evie home. Before this, they would spend their days here but then go to Grandma and Granddad's house to sleep. This morning, they got us out of bed promptly at 7 am. Luckily, Evelyn gave us some good stretches last night, so we weren't too tired.
It certainly takes a lot of energy to keep two 2-year-olds entertained while juggling a newborn. But so far Evie is very relaxed and that really, really helps. I'm still very nervous about trying to run this ship solo, but I'm sure it will all work out. At least I have 2 more weeks of Jason home with us.
In fact, Jason is at the playground with the big kids right now. I'm sure they are enjoying some special play time with their Daddy while Evie and I beat the heat at home. I love that Jason takes initiative to do things like this with them on his own. And he's stopping by Trader Joe's on the way back to get some groceries. Miles, Vivienne and Evelyn have an amazing daddy. Love you, sweetie!