In the beginning, we kept lights on in our house pretty much around the clock.
We were pretty much awake around the clock (they ate every 3 hours, and it took 1.5 hours to feed them, then I pumped for 30 minutes). Keeping the lights on helped keep me from snuggling back down into a cozy, dark, warm spot just two more minutes, so a lamp in the living room, the light over the kitchen sink, and the light over the stove stayed on during dark hours.
Now, the only light that stays on is the one on the refrigerator’s ice/water dispenser.
In the beginning, they slept on their backs in swaddles and barely moved a muscle.
Now, they all sleep with a small lovey blanket and a soothe-n-glow seahorse. Toby has one of my shirts, and the girls have bigger, satin-rimmed blankets. I think their positions vary with every half hour.
In the beginning, they slept through anything – even when I ran the vacuum under their cribs or among chaos in the pack-n-play set up in our living room.
Now, we tiptoe and hold our breaths till they are asleep, we hiss commands at the dog to not go click-clicking down the hall outside their room (let alone bark at passing
threats neighborhood people), and we freeze in place if we drop or bang into something.
In the beginning, we put them in their cribs drowsy but awake. They’d often fall asleep within moments, drunk on milk and exhausted with life as trying-to-catch-up preemies.
Now, we put them in their cribs sleepy but awake. They protest a bit at first, but they chatter to themselves and each other, sometimes laughing and blowing raspberries until the noises get quieter and more spaced apart. They drift off to sleep together, comforted by the sounds of their nearby siblings.
A lot has happened between then and now, and a lot of it has been downright hair-pulling hard. I don’t care, though. It was part of the growing process, something they needed to struggle through as babies and something we needed to struggle through as parents.
In the beginning, I slept an hour here or there.
Now, I (mostly) sleep 7-8 uninterrupted hours.
Thank God for the evolution of sleep.