Losing An Hour of Sleep Isn’t All That Bad!

It seems like just yesterday I was thinking about how we would adjust Emily and the triplet’s sleep schedule with the time change of daylight savings time and now here we are again! On March 11th at 2am or to make life easier, on March 10th before going to bed, our clocks will go forward 1 hour.

When you become a parent, it’s amazing how much a single event, like daylight savings time, can impact your life. Before having kids, I didn’t think twice about the time change. Yes, it was unfortunate to lose an hour of sleep, but I would go to bed, wake up the next morning having slept one hour less and continue on with my day. Now that I am a parent, I go to bed, knowing I will be tired tomorrow, hoping that the kids stay asleep and they wake up in a good mood.

Although we are losing an hour of sleep, there is a benefit we gain from this time change. By pushing the clocks forward an hour, we get to enjoy an extra hour of sunshine in the evening. It’s sometimes difficult in the evenings when it becomes dark so early. There were some days it was dark 30 minutes after getting home from picking Emily up from school, which really limited the outdoor time we had after school. I know earlier sunsets are better at bed time, as I said back in November when we pushed the clocks back an hour, but the extra hour of sunlight is great with the warmer weather and it gives you a little more time to get things done or to enjoy some time outside.

The shorter days during the winter combined with the cold weather, can be challenging to get through and I find it really impacts my mood and attitude. I think I experienced bouts of seasonal depression this winter, especially on those days when it was cold and cloudy outside and we were stuck inside because it was too cold to take everyone out. It’s one thing to deal with it yourself, but when you add kids into the mix, who are also feeling the impacts of the short days and just want to get outside, it’s not very fun.
I am excited for the extra hour of sunshine in the evening and even though we will lose an hour of sleep and we will have to adjust Emily and the triplets’ sleep schedules, in the long run everyone will be happier.

For some parents it may be a challenge when adjusting their baby’s sleep schedule to the time change, but with a few simple tips, it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. Just as we shared in our previous post, How to Adjust to Daylight Savings Time, last November, having easy tips to follow can make the adjustment easier for everyone.

I think the biggest thing to consider and focus on is keeping your baby comfortable and providing them with a sleeping environment that will allow them to sleep through the night. Sometimes it is inevitable and your baby will wake up during the night, but if you can set things up to promote them to sleep through the night, you will have a better chance of it happening.

The best things I found that help the most are

  1. Make sure their room is dark.
  2. Put them in comfy pajamas and a clean diaper.
  3. Add a little extra comfort with a stuffy, a sound machine or a story before bed.

We are lucky that the kids’ rooms are at the front of the house and the sun rises at the back, so they never get the bright sun light in their room at night or in the morning, but we still have blinds on their windows to keep the room dark.

I always like to keep their pajamas light, except for the winter months when I put them in comfy fleece onesies to keep them extra warm. My favourite pajamas to put them in are the ones with built-in feet! For the longest time Jackson and Levi hated the feet, but they have luckily outgrown that phase and wear them with no problem. All of their pajamas are from Carter’s OshKosh and my favourite thing about their pajamas is, I can usually get matching or similar styles for boys and girls.

I also make sure to change their diaper right before they go to bed. I know it’s probably a standard in every home, but I think it is a key part of a good night sleep. We use the Pampers Baby Dry diapers at night and they really do provide up to 12 hours of protection overnight. The triplets do wake up during the night, but I don’t remember the last time they woke up because they needed a diaper change.

If your kids are old enough, a stuffed animal could give them a little more comfort when holding onto them at night. I’ve started this with Emily and the triplets and I bought them each a Lenny the Lamb Scentsy Buddy. They bring him to bed every night and plus there is a scent pack inside him so he smells good! If your baby is too young for a stuffed animal at night, I think a sound machine is a good way to add some more comfort. It doesn’t even need to be a sound machine, but just something that provides a little background noise. In the rooms we have a little heater and a humidifier that each provide the background noise like the sound machine would.

I hope my tips help some of you out, but just remember, I am not an expert by any means! Sometimes it’s nice to hear what others do and then take some of their advice and apply it to yours through trial and error to see what works. I will be the first to admit, that even though I incorporate all of the above into our bedtime routine, the triplets still wake up and end up in our bed. I have seen an improvement though with the amount of time they spend in their own beds before they end up in ours, so we are getting there!

With all that said, I actually wont be home Saturday night to put everyone to bed. Dan will be on his own, as I am going to Niagara Falls for a girls weekend, but Dan is an expert so I know he can handle it! =D

What are your plans for handling the time change? Let us know below!

-Corrie

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THE ULTIMATE DAD HACK


Corrie and I went out to the grocery with the kids and we found ourselves in a little bit of a dilemma. It happens often actually, but as we got home the kids fell asleep in the car. Normally we leave them be, and can be a great way to catch up on some e-mails, social media, watch a movie or even hit the drive-thru and get a meal! To think you could do all that with 4 kids and not even have to leave your vehicle is a great hack itself! But sometimes you have somethings to do, and often enough you need to let your baby nap! Or else, it’s continued chaos for the rest of the day with cranky children. When you have multiples, you need to take advantage of every chance you get in letting your kids nap ESPECIALLY AT THE SAME TIME! 

Inspired by a friend through a fun conversation about our children. The idea to remove your child while still in the car seat came to me as a genius idea!

Watch me perform the ULTIMATE DAD HACK! 

Click the link below to watch such greatness!

No weakness here. 

THE ULTIMATE DAD HACK

The Unknown Changes During and After Pregnancy

There is no doubt that your body will undergo dramatic changes both during and after pregnancy and some of them will come at you like a flash of lighting, while others will gradually make their presence. Some of those changes will be minor and others will be extreme. There are the common and unavoidable changes that everyone experiences and there are the strange, unpredictable and unique changes only you will experience. Whatever the case may be, every woman who ventures down the path toward child bearing will encounter a variety of changes to her body. Here are a few of mine that I had the pleasure of experiencing through both my singleton pregnancy and triplet pregnancy.

A heightened sense of smell  was present in both pregnancies, along with an uncontrollable urge to smell the strangest and maybe a the little unsafest of things. I could smell anything near or far and some were great while others made me nauseous. With Emily I couldn’t stand the smell of BBQ chicken or salmon and both are two of my favourite foods. With the triplets I couldn’t stand the smell of ranch dressing or sweet potatoes . When it came to the smells I loved, the urge I had to smell chemical cleaners especially bleach, lemon dish soap and both laundry detergent and fabric softener was on another level. I loved to wash the dishes just to smell a sink full of warm soapy water and at work I loved the smell of the floor cleaner when the porter came by to wash it. I loved the smell of fabric softener and after the laundry was done I would always grab a towel and bury my face in it! I knew smelling the chemicals was unsafe so I didn’t actually smell them directly, I only just the smell of them through the air. It was the strangest thing, but as soon as Emily and the triplets were born, I never thought of those smells again.

Next, I was obsessed with having a bath. I wanted to have one every day and just fill the tub with copious amounts of bubble bath. A bath would help me relax and give me a chance to put my feet up at the end of the day to help reduce some of the swelling I had throughout both pregnancies. As I got bigger it became harder and harder to fit in the tub comfortably, especially when pregnant with triplets, but I didn’t let it stop me! Once again, as with the strange smells, as soon as Emily and the triplets were born, I never thought of having a bath again. Maybe the fact that I had no free time played a little part in taking the thought of a bath out of my head, but that’s just a thought 😉

Now the swelling. The swelling was so bad. It was so unbearable sometimes and made the task of walking around or standing all day very difficult. With Emily the swelling started around 4 months and the triplets around 5 months. This was a change to my body that came on gradually at first and then full force towards the end. My legs were the worst and I pretty much had no ankles for the duration of my pregnancies. I really wish I took a picture of my legs and feet at the end of my pregnancy with the triplets, it would have been a crazy sight. I never knew your hands and feet could gain weight or swell as bad as they did for me and Dan thinks I have loose skin on my feet now from the swelling. My fingers and toes were little sausages and I couldn’t wear any rings on either hand for so long. Thankfully all the swelling has disappeared and I no longer have a horrible case of sausage fingers, sausage toes and cankles.

Another big change I noticed was with my hair. While pregnant my hair started to grow faster, it became thicker and so luscious. I did not expect this change from pregnancy, but it was very welcomed one. Little did I know that after the babies were born, all that new found healthy hair would begin to fall out. Every time I had a shower or brushed my hair, it would fall out in big clumps, it was so sad. On top of that I began to notice really short strands of hair all over. The main areas being all around my face from ear to ear and the sides on the top of my head. The hair is about 1 to 2 inches long and is just a pain to deal with. I cannot do anything with it. It’s so short it won’t reach to a ponytail, it cannot be straightened and it makes my hair so puffy. I really don’t know what to do about it, other than wait patiently for them to all grow out and catch up to the rest of my hair.

The last change I noticed was how emotional I became. This is one change I think all women experience at some point during their pregnancy and even after too. I felt like I would cry over anything, especially anything involving children or animals. It could be a happy commercial, a sad news article or even a song on the radio, they would just make me so emotional and I would cry. I remember listening to the radio on the way to work and I would cry when a specific song came on. I would think about my life and somehow relate back to the song and just cry. This wasn’t really a bad change, but I found my self crying a lot for no reason. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have a good cry every once in a while.

All of these changes I experienced took some time to get use to and I noticed them in both pregnancies. Growing a little baby takes a lot of work and your body goes through a lot to make it happen. With increased hormone levels and the amount of energy you use, it is no wonder so many changes happen. There is so much information out there about all the possible changes you could experience, it is enough to scare anyone away from the idea of being pregnant yet women still continue to have children. In the end all the changes are totally worth it and to most they are only temporary. After having 4 babies, being pregnant with 1 and then triplets and going through the changes I had during pregnancy, I would still have more babies and the idea of being pregnant again is just as exciting as it was the first time around.

 

If you could tell someone one change that you experienced that you did not expect what would it be?

If you had multiple pregnancies did you experience the same changes for both or were they completely different?

Leave your comments below!