Bedtime is hell around here lately.
These babies used to sleep for an average of 7 hours at a time at night, and now they sleep for an average of 2!
It's seriously been since their 4 month check-up (2.5 weeks ago) that suddenly they're little demon babies. I know I wrote that post 5 up, 5 down about getting them to sleep - and it's true that they have put themselves to sleep several times on their own.
But the real truth is: They scream themselves to sleep no matter what.
I don't know what to do!
Even if I hold them, and rock them to sleep they scream. And we're not talking about crying.
We're talking 12 year old girls at a Justin Beiber concert.
I've done everything that I've ever heard to do. I put them down awake but sleepy. I watch for their sleep signs. We have a bedtime routine. They take several naps a day (which they SCREAM before, also. It's not just nighttime.)
I've been worried that the problem is teething or pain, so we give them Tylenol and OralGel and NOTHING is working.
I've called our doctor half a dozen times and he just says "So let them cry. There's probably nothing wrong."
But I can't. They cry for upwards of four hours.
Have you ever heard a baby scream and cry for four hours? You start to lose all sense of ... everything.
I get to the point where I don't want to lie my baby in his bed, I want to throw him in.
I want to pat him on the cheek and say "Night-night, you little bastard. I resent you and am going crazy."
I lie in bed and pray and pray and pray.
I've stopped even asking that they'll sleep.
Please help me know how to comfort them. Please help me know what they need. Please help me to feel rested, even though I'm only going to sleep for three hours tonight, tops. Please help me to be patient with them.
Please. Please. Please help me.
I know they're just as miserable as I am, and honestly that's what keeps me going. "He's not making a choice to do this. He doesn't want to be awake either. He needs me to help him."
Tonight, for example: They boys ate at 3:30pm. Then we were running some errands, so they dozed but didn't nap. At 6:30 we started their bedtime routine. A story, Pjs, a swaddle, and singing songs while we fed them a bottle.
Then we started to put them to sleep.
It is now 10 o'clock. They are freaking awake.
And they spent most of the last three hours screaming at the top of their lungs.
I've read every sleep training book ever written. They have not helped us. And since they're crying themselves to sleep WHILE we're holding them, I can't help but think that something's wrong!
Any advice? Any suggestions? HELP! Seriously.
I can't go without sleep for another two and half weeks.
I spent all day yesterday dizzy and shaking with a low fever, and I'm pretty sure it's just lack of sleep - my exhausted body isn't able to function.
Oh, and yes. I'm sitting in my bed right now with a crying baby next to me.
I just can't do anything for him. He cries if I hold him.
He cries if I don't.
In fact, he cries MORE if I hold him.
Travis keeps making jokes about slitting his wrists.
But it's not really funny.
Give me your advice. Mama's with twins, what did you do?! HELP.