So today’s big success is that count it THREE times I’ve successfully gotten the two big S twins to sleep at the same time! The book that taunts me and sits in my living room called, “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins” assures me that unless I do this I am doomed to a lifetime of servitude to these two taskmasters. And so. I’ve done it. Three times today, readers.
But see, I’ve started using a secret weapon.
My brother and his late wife, Susan have twins. I remember going to their home one time when Susan had just gotten their infant girls to sleep. She told me the only way she could get her twins to sleep sometimes was to run the vacuum in their room. Something about the white noise it generated, she said, was ultra-soothing.
Ummmm. Ok. Indeed. Parenting through a vacuum cleaner, really? I one-eyebrow raised her and cocked my head and said, “Uh-huuuuh. Right. Gotcha.” And no doubt Susan knew I was not catching her drift that the vacuum cleaner was an amazing sleep tool. It is the sleep whisperer. I wasn’t ready for that kind of information.
But thankfully it got catalogued in my brain and I pulled out that little gem and used it on my boys a few days ago when they were over-tired, over-stimulated and not all that likable. I turned it on, and it was like turning them off. It worked like a charm, it worked like magic. So to my dear sweet sister-in-law whom I miss tons, I give you a virtual high-five for helping me with these boys.
And a big hug. You have given me perhaps the most useful trick I have up my sleeve so far, and have saved me from a lifetime of servitude to my little angel-faced tyrants.
And one more thing about Susan. It’s usually tough for me to believe in premonition or the supernatural – my ability to think magically got taken away somehow. Still, this helps me make that stretch. On one of my visits to help my brother take care of things, I was sitting next to Susan who was drifting off to sleep. She and I were talking and she was in and out of a dream state. Before she fell asleep entirely, she smiled at me and said, “Your twins are going to be beautiful….”
And at that time, I was not pregnant with twins. They were not on my radar at all. Susan never was able to hear that I joined her in bringing twins into this world – but maybe she knew, even before I did. Maybe?
[P.S. – A big thanks to my reader Dr. Kim, who has a PhD in Physical Chemistry – she sent these adorable onesies pictured here to us and they are a family favorite. I’m considering trying to stop the boys from growing so they don’t grow out of them….perhaps you could come up with a formula? xo]