April 9, 2007

Time Flies!

I cannot believe how fast time is going. Everyone told me that this would happen once you have kids, but I didn't think weeks would go by like days.

Number of days...
Since Birth - 110
With Gabbie Home - 46
With Lukas Home - 34
With Niklas Home - 25

The days are also very similar at this point, which is another reason I think they go by so fast. The babies are an absolute blast, but it's all of the feeding and diaper changing that makes it feel like there is no time at all. I have no where near the hectic schedule that Greta does caring for the babies all day long, but when all you do is go to work and feed babies the days seem to blend together a little bit. Yet, when I look back on the progress we have made since all three have been home, it's amazing. Here is the way the feeding schedule looked at first.

7:00 a.m. (Feeding)
11:00 a.m. (Feeding)
3:00 p.m. (Feeding)
7:00 p.m. (Feeding)
11:00 p.m. (Feeding)
3:00 a.m. (Feeding)

Now, three weeks later, it looks like this...
7:30 a.m. (Feeding)
Between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Feeding)
Between 3:30/4:30 p.m. (Feeding)
Between 7:30/8:30 p.m. (Feeding)
Around 9:00 p.m. (Bedtime)
Between 2:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. (Feeding)

I know that it doesn't look too much different, but the elimination of that 11:00 p.m. feeding has been wonderful. Now, we can all get sleep between 9:00 and 2:00, and getting up for all of the feedings is do-able. I have been overly anal about the schedule. In fact, my mom and Greta call me the "Supervisor" and tend to get a little irritated with my obsession with sticking to it. However, I think that the schedule, overall, has made this whole thing much more manageable. Our next goal will be to start weaning them off of the middle of the night feeding, but I don't think we even want to start trying that until Lukas gets a little closer to 10 lbs. He still needs every drop of food that he can get, and it's still quite a chore to muscle his feedings down him. Today, we alternated help again. Greta's parents headed to California for the week, so my mom is in to relieve. The picture is of Dailius (Greta's Dad) and Gabbie.


Hanselman Family said...

Hay, Jason! We eliminated the night feedings with Wendie by leaving her with my Mom & Dad over night!! She was two months old and that was the first she slept through the night.

You & Greta might want to wait a while before trying that one, hugh? ;)


Anonymous said...

Hi Jason and Greta. It is Dawn Lauss one of the Area Coordinators with MOST and Forum Co Moderator for the Toddler and Special sights.It is so nice to hear that the tanks are gone on some of the kids. Let me know if there is anything that I can do for you. My private e-mail can be reached through the forums on the MOST sight. I'm glad to see that you got some time together to catch a breather. Did you do dinner and a movie? The kids look great. Have you joined us on the Special forum yet? I would love to see you there. My son has a shunt and was on oxygen at one time. He is now ten. Maybe we can share stories.