This post was written by Sarah.
Parenting twins requires a lot of planning, organizing, and balancing. Probably all parenting does, but there are some unique challenges to having two children who are both at such a young age. Getting out the door is a bit of a production. Right now the boys are highly mobile, do not like to be still for too long, and have not yet learned to listen to any instructions we give (Wait! Come back! Please don't dart away in opposite directions!). So when the ratio is one parent to two boys, going out of the house can only happen if we're going to one of two specific locations: (1) someplace where we will be contained in a baby-proofed space or (2) someplace where they boys will be in their stroller and we can be almost constantly in motion. Jason and I have learned to plan ahead accordingly. Then a few nights ago we were presented with a situation that required some extra planning.
We are blessed with two sweet boys who now almost always sleep through the night, so it was odd when one of them (I'll call him Awake Boy.) started crying at two in the morning. Sometimes they cry out in their sleep without waking up, so I waited a while for him to quiet down but he didn't. This was unusual so I knew something was wrong. I tiptoed into their room not wanting to wake our other son (I'll call him Asleep Boy.) and picked up Awake Boy. Gross parenting reality: babies often pee through their diapers overnight and end up with wet pajamas and sheets. Sweet Awake Boy was soaked. I also realized later that he just started to get his first molar, so he was also likely in pain. No wonder he was screaming at the top of his little lungs. Somehow Asleep Boy was sleeping through it. Thankfully. I cleaned up Awake Boy - baby wipes, dry diaper, dry pajamas. He was still crying so I planned on giving him a bottle and rocking him back to sleep. Then I realized that I needed to do something about the wet sheets and blankets on his bed.
I'm a big fan of Pinterest. One of the best tips I learned from Pinterest is to layer crib bedding: waterproof mattress pad, fitted sheet, waterproof mattress pad, fitted sheet. Then if you need to clean up in the middle of the night you can just pull of the top two layers and -- Tada! -- you're done. (Pro tip: always put a different colored fitted sheet on the bottom to remind you that you're missing the top layer.) I've been diligent about this and it's been a huge help... Until that night when Awake Boy's crib only had one, now soggy and gross, layer of bedding because the other was in a pile of dirty laundry. Drat.
My middle of the night muddled brain became to problem solve. I could put him back to bed without a mattress pad and fitted sheet. But no, if he peed through again then his mattress would be gross. I could put the wet bedding in the drying while I give Awake Boy a bottle. But no, that's disgusting. Are there more sheets in the closet? No. But wait! Asleep Boy has an extra mattress pad and fitted sheet on his bed. Great! But how am I going to finangle this?
I had been hoping to take care of this on my own so Jason could go back to sleep because he had a meeting at 7AM the next day, but I realized I had to give Awake Boy to him. Then, with my hands free, I returned to their room to change the sheets. Only to realize I didn't know what to do with Asleep Boy. I couldn't both hold him and unmake his bed. So, I put a soft, cozy blanket on the floor, picked him up, and gently laid him down. On the floor. I quickly unmade and remade the mattresses then carefully returned Asleep Boy to his crib. Thankfully he's a sound sleeper!
Eventually Awake Boy fell back to sleep so Jason and I could too. I had to get some rest so I could catch up on laundry the next day!