Our situation has vastly improved in the last week. I have had no little people in my bed for a full week now and for two days in a row, I have woken up before the babies. Who woulda thunk it?
I wish I could suggest a miracle book or plan or something, but when I went to Barnes and Noble to buy some type of method I just couldn't. I have found pregnancy, birth, parenting and baby books to be boring as hell. Truly, they suck. When I was on bedrest I tried with all my might to read some baby books but I would much rather watch TV or read something interesting at least. Hubby made fun of me and told me most normal mamas would be reading those books and not watching vampire porn all day (I watched True Blood, Big Love and Pineapple Express over and over). I purchased a photography book at Barnes and Noble and then continued reading "The Girl Who Played With Fire" by Stieg Larsson which happens to be AWESOME!! My spare time is so small I want to be entertained, not bored to tears.
I also wish I could take credit for this amazing feat but I can't. It turns out I'm a little wussy when it comes to my own kids. If the babies cry in the night I have to wake up hubby. I just can't look at them reaching out for me and not pick them up and let them sleep with me. I know that they don't really need me, they are just ringing the chump bell because they can and they know who the resident chump is. Hubby faithfully gets up about once a night (which is a huge improvement over just a week ago) and pats their backs until they go back to sleep. I put a pillow over my head or cry a little or panic and think "I'm just going to grab them and that's it" but before I do they are back to sleeping well. Neither one of them woke up at all last night.
We have a rather late bed time, but we like it and works for us. The babies are just in bed by 9:00 p.m. and they have slept until 7:45-8:30 the last two mornings and a little earlier than that during the week. They have a bath every night at 8:00 p.m. and then they get a bottle. They do their best to not make us take them to bed or they will just pass out.
I have had much more energy. There was no arguing in our house over the weekend. I have done a 9:45 p.m.-10:30 p.m. workout twice now and I already feel better. At just a little over 11 months old, we are finally getting good sleep that has lasted more than a night or two and it feels lovely. I'm getting the sleep I need, hubby is getting the sleep he needs and the babies are getting the sleep they need while we all get to enjoy each other. That's what I'm talking about!