I’m a bit tired these days—but a happy tired. My step-son, Jim, and daughter-in-law, Julie, finally have both their twin babies home from the NICU (known as the “nick-you” by parents of premies). They were born at 31 weeks and just over 3 pounds each and had to stay in the hospital for several months. Because the little girl, Olivia, is still having some feeding issues, I’ve been taking care of the little boy, Nathan, at night since they both came home about 10 days ago. Fortunately, he’s a great eater even if he doesn’t have the sleeping part down yet. I'm delighted to say, however, that he's even adorable at 2AM (and 4, and 6 AM)! My husband, Grandpa Larry is pitching in, too. He loves to cook, so he’s been bringing dinner for all of us every night.
You can bet I’ll be modeling signs—starting with SLEEP and PLEASE!
Anybody out there have experience with newborn twins? How have you coped? Have they used baby sign language with each other? I can't wait to see for myself!
Linda Acredolo, Ph.D.
The Baby Signs Program