John and I both agree, that if we had to do it all over again (the first year) and we could only spend money on ONE thing, we would spend it on a night nanny for those first few months.
And we had an AWESOME one!
For one week, we had Kate home alone, and that gave us a taste of how easy it would be to only have one! We thought we were prepared for the other two a week later, but those first hours, when we brought Willa and Oliver home, were chaos. Kate was on a four hour feeding schedule, and the other two were on a three hour schedule, so everyone was eating and sleeping at different times, and we needed to pay attention to our older son occasionally. Luckily we had arranged for our night nanny to come that first night.
When we came down the next morning, all was calm and peaceful. All three babies were now on a four hour feeding schedule, on a schedule that worked for us and let us get our then four year old off to school before babies had to eat, all of the baby laundry was washed and folded, AND our house had been reorganized.
Our nanny came four nights a week and stayed with us until the babies were three months old and sleeping through the night - yes, she had them sleeping 10-12 hours a night by three months!
I truly believe that you can do anything if only you have enough sleep! Those nights when we could go upstairs and shut our door and know we had eight uninterrupted hours to sleep and not worry about babies, were the best nights ever. And worth every penny.
So, if you are in the Austin area and are looking for a night nanny, I would be happy to pass on her e-mail (Thank you, Shea!).