Sleep training has been really difficult on both the girls, and me and Alan. Because of their reflux they don't intake the required amount of milk a day to actually begin the training. Although we add rice cereal to their milk (thus making them fuller on less to limit the amount of vomiting) they still may only take 2.5-3 oz at a feeding. Here's what it was looking like for a day:
7am: wake and feed, girls usually take 4-5oz.
11am: feed, girls average around 2.5-3oz.
3pm: feed, girls average 2.5-3oz
7pm: feed, girls average 4-5oz.
8-9pm: girls cry cry cry and usually take another 1-2oz.
They really are only averaging between 14-18oz a day, although they get a lot of rice cereal, I am just not convinced they are ready for the sleep training. The book says you need to feed them every 4 hours and to stretch them if they want to eat at say 3 hours. I am fine to stretch and distract if my baby seems a little hungry, but what if she's truly starving??? And ours are... frequently.
So, I think all in all, we're are implementing some principals of the sleep training, but won't actually begin Baby Boot Camp for another few weeks to give our girlies stomachs some more time to develop and we'll see where we go from there! A big lesson I am learning is to read books and take in advice, but to not let that replace motherly (or fatherly) instincts. We know our babies and what is best for them.
On a super fun note- Stella smiled her first big I-am-so-happy-to-see-my-mommy smile yesterday... it was amazing. Pretty sure my heart leapt from my chest.
Ok, gotta go get ready. Today we venture into the real world and are taking the girls to church in the DR for the first time!