Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Double digits…10 months!!!!



10 months!  We are in the double digits…this is insane.  Our babies are getting so big and get more and more fun each day.  At their 9 month appt. (which was really when they were about 9.5 months old) Abby weighed 22 pounds, 3 ounces (!!!) and George was 17 pounds, 14 ounces.  Abby is in the 95th percentile for weight and height.  George is in the 15th percentile for weight and the 25 percentile for height.  Both are in size three diapers, although I'm starting to get size 4's for Miss Abby.  Abby is in size 18-24 month clothes and George is in 12 month sized clothes (some 18 month too).


  

Both babies are eating only solids foods now.  Horray for no more purees!  They feed themselves now and let me tell you, that makes my life a little bit easier!!!  I love this and they love it too.  For breakfast they typically eat pancakes (their fav!), buttered toast with cinnamon and some fruit, or cheese toast with fruit.  For lunch they usually have cheese toast with fruit and veggies, or turkey/ham and cheese with fruit and veggies.  Dinner is usually whatever we are having.  There is really not many foods they don't like.  They don't love hummus, but other than that they will eat just about anything.  They are my good little eaters!  They even will pick out the veggies in their dinner and eat them first.  I know this may change the older they get but so far it's awesome. :)  When I was a baby my brothers called me the "hurricane eater" because I was very big like Abby and ate EVERYTHING.  Like Mother, like Daughter.  Abby is just like how I was and now I totally understand why that was my nickname. haha.  

I am still nursing Abby.  I just stopped pumping for George (well except for my one morning pump).  Mainly b/c it's just getting too hard to pump with mobile babies.  All they want to do is crawl the opposite direction and get into things or try to pull the pump off of me.  It's very difficult.  The only time I'm pumping now is in the morning after I nurse Abby.  Only b/c I'm super full.  The good thing though is that that morning pump makes a full bottle so George gets that at his noon feeding.  They are still taking a bottle 4 times a day.  In the next month or so we will most likely go down to 3 times a day and do a snack in the afternoon instead of a bottle.



Both babies are sleeping great at night.  Is is so wonderful.  If it's a pretty day and they are happy we will push their bed time routine back to 7 pm so they go to sleep at 7:30 pm.  If not, we keep their routine at 6:30 so they are asleep by 7 pm.  They wake up anytime between 7 and 8 am.  It's glorious!  Naps are still hit or miss.  Some days they are great and other days they are awful.  They usually take their morning nap around 10 am and their afternoon nap is around 2-3 pm.  

Abby and George are MOBILE!  Crawling everywhere and pulling up on things.  Abby loves to walk when you walk with her.  We think she will be walking by her first birthday.  


We are more than happy that the Spring weather is here.  We are getting outside as much as possible!  A & G love to go swinging.  There is a park in walking distance from our house that we go to or we go to a park in my parents neighborhood for this.  So much fun!  And hooray for getting out of the house!  What a rough winter it was.


Abby with her Mimi

George with his Great Grandma


A & G met their Great Grandmother this past week.  She so enjoyed getting to meet them and play with them…as did we.  It was a lovely week and we miss her already!


A & G with their Great Grandma and their cousins!


Both love their bath every night.  They giggle, splash and have the best time in their baths.  They are going to love the pool and ocean this summer!  Abby HATES getting her pi's on after bath time.  She screams and screams until I feed her.  She's always been like this…she knows bed time is coming.  Once I feed her she calms down.  

We are enjoying watching the babies interact.  It melts my heart when they play and laugh together.  So much fun.  We are working on sharing and gentle touches.  



I am starting to plan their 1st birthday party and it is blowing my mind.  It really is.  I feel it was just yesterday that they were born!  We are going to have a fairly small birthday party for them with mainly just family.  

Happy 10 months, Abby and George.  You both bring more joy to our lives than we ever thought possible!



Disclaimer: I was totally going to get this post out earlier, but then I caught the stomach bug and then sweet Abby did!  Her first stomach bug, it was awful.  Thankfully she was a HUGE trooper (best little sick baby I've ever seen!  Even smiled in between throwing up as you can see in the pic below) and got through it quickly.  We first noticed her throwing up in her crib at 4 am Sunday night.  I had just stopped throwing up myself but thankfully God gave me the strength to feel better enough to care for her.  I cleaned her up and then she and I slept in the guest bed together the rest of the night and well into the day.  She threw up about 5 times, but the bug only lasted about 7 hours and then she was back to normal.  Thank goodness it didn't last long. I have to thank my breast milk for that and all it's antibodies!  The hubs got the bug a week ago…so far George hasn't gotten it and I'm praying he doesn't…only time will tell!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

9 months!



Again, I'm late on this post, but better late than never.  9 months, how the heck are we here?  9 months sounds so old!!!  I am starting to plan the twins 1 year birthday and I absolutely can not believe it.  I almost refuse to believe that they will be ONE in a few short months.  Time is flying.  I am really cherishing every moment (well, most of them, haha).  

So far 9 months is my favorite age.  The babies are just so much fun these days.  Their little personalities are so cute to see and it's so cool to watch them develop into little people.  They crack us up with their big smiles and belly laughs.  We love when they laugh…it's the cutest.thing.ever.  



They are still loving their solids.  We are doing more finger foods these days b/c they love to feed themselves.  To heck with the spoon, Mom!  Their favorite foods to eat are Cherrios (this is a top fav!), of course puffs, toast, cheese, crackers and avocado.  Just in the last couple days they have started to get picky.  It's like it just hit them that they could eat peas or a cracker and so they go for the cracker.  ugh.  I've had to start offering veggies first so that they aren't allowed to have the fun stuff until after they eat all of their meal.  Mean Mom I know.

I am trying to find places to go with spaces in the cart for two babies.  So far Costco and Target are the winners.  I haven't found any other place yet, although I haven't looked very hard!  The babies love riding in the cart and it makes it much easier for me to shop and get around.




I am still nursing Abby and pumping for George.  They are getting four bottles/nursing a day.  They have their bottles/nurse around 7 am (or when they wake up), then around 11:30 am, 3 pm, then before bed at 6:30 pm. 

Sleeping is going well and naps are getting a bit better.  They sleep 7 pm-7 am with no wake ups.  On occasion one baby will wake up at night but that is rare.  Although, every freaking time there is a full moon BOTH babies sleep horribly.  I SWEAR it has something to do with the full moon, I'm totally convinced b/c it's happened a few times.  I dread the next night when there is a full moon.  Both babies have started to take one "longer" nap a day which has been great.  Longer typically means a 1-1.5 hour long nap.  They will take one short nap a day (30-40 minutes) and then one long nap.  The craptastic thing is that they RARELY seem to take their longer nap together.  So say Abby will take a 30 minute nap in the morning, and George will take his long nap.  Then in the afternoon Abby will take her long nap and George his short nap.  This kills me!  If only they'd be on the same page and take their long naps together.  When it does happen, boy it is glorious!  I can actually get things done around the house!  Although I really can't complain b/c for 9 months old they are good sleepers.


Abby has two teeth and George still doesn't have any.  We are waiting!  Both babies aren't crawling yet but we keep saying any day!  They are getting around though by scooting and rolling everywhere.  I turn my head for a second and they are into something. :)  I call George, curious George b/c he loves to explore!  So cute.  For the past couple weeks they have been getting up on all fours and rocking so it really is any day that they crawl.  Life is surely going to change when that happens!    


Babies had fun playing with Ben, my sorority sister's baby boy!  (cracks me up of George!)

Both babies LOVE their baths.  Part of our bed time routine is to give them a bath before bed time.  They just love it.  They love to splash and play with their toys.  We are so looking forward to taking them to the pool this summer!  Both babies also love to go on jogs and walks with us.  They also love when we go out to eat.  They so enjoy going out in public and watching everyone…they think it's hilarious and such a blast.  


First bath together at Pop and Sush's!


The hubs and I spent my birthday weekend in NYC without the babies.  My parents watched them for the weekend!  We missed them so much but had a nice weekend away.  I was def ready to come home to see them though. 



Happy 9 months my sweet lovable and fun babies! 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Snow!

We had fun taking the babies out in the snow for their first time.  We've had a couple small snows so far this year, but nothing too exciting.  We had not taken them out in the snow yet so thought we would for our recent snow.  We didn't stay out there too long because it was lightly sleeting and very cold, but it was fun to take a few pictures.  Abby is wearing snow bibs that are hand-me-downs.  They are toddler size but we still used them for her, a bit long, but they worked!  Abby and George didn't know what to think of the snow.  There were not many smiles nor cries…they were in awe!













Thursday, February 6, 2014

Just for fun...

1 month

 2 months

3 months

4 months

5 months

6 months (crap I messed up on this pic and put G on the left, oops!)

 7 months

Currently, 8 months!





Tuesday, February 4, 2014

8 months!



8 months…holy cow.  My babies are quickly growing out of "baby" status.  Me oh my!   So many people have told me that babies get to be more fun the older they get and that is so true!  Each day A & G do something new and it's so fun to watch them and see them learn.  

Sleep is going pretty well for both of them.  Abby is *usually* sleeping through the night from about 7 pm until 7:30 am.  George has been waking up for a bottle in the middle of the night, but then goes back to sleep.  He sleeps 7pm until around 3 am (or so) and then wakes up again around 7:30/8 am.  He hasn't been taking as much bottle during the day so I know he wakes up hungry in the middle of the night.  Hopefully this won't last too much longer.  

Naps are getting a bit better.  We are starting to have some days where they take longer naps.  We still have our 30 minute naps from time to time but not as often.  I think they are moving in the right direction.  We are FINALLY getting into a schedule/routine during the day and it feels good.  Now the trick is to get them to BOTH nap for a couple hours at the same time.  That would be glorious!  :)  One of the tricky parts of having twins!

As for eating…

They are taking 4 or 5 bottles/nursing a day.  We have been doing four a day but just depends on how the day is going.  If our schedule if off or they seem extra hungry I'll will feed them 5 times.  I am still nursing Abby and pumping for George.  They are eating three solid meals a day and continuing to thrive with their solids.  They LOVE their solids.  Esp. George…he could just eat and eat and eat the solids.  So far there is really nothing they don't like and they have tried pretty much all veggies and fruits.  I also started giving them chicken (pureed) at night for more protein before bed…they love this too.  

Abby is in 18 month clothes, in fact I just bought her some 24 month sized clothes and they fit her.  INSANE.  George is growing out of his 9 month size clothes and will be in 12 months very soon…some of his clothes are 12 months.

Abby is pretty much sitting up on her own.  I still keep an eye on her just in case she falls back wards but that's getting more rare these days.  George sits up on his own but he still needs pillows behind him b/c he will fall backwards.  He's almost there though!  Both are getting VERY close to crawling.  The hubs thinks G will be crawling by the end of this month and I have to agree with him.  G is starting to get up on his hands and knees in the crawling position.  It doesn't last long, but he's getting the idea.  He's already got the scooting down so it's just a matter of time.  A is close to crawling too.  She'll be right there along with G in no time.

Abby is just cut her first tooth, as in this past Saturday!  Happy 8 months to her!  I was wondering when these pesky teeth were going to come in.  Finally!  But I do have to say I shed some tears…my babies are growing up too fast.  George doesn't have any yet but I know it'll be soon as he is definitely teething.

We started our Kindermusic class today and it's so much fun.  A and G loved it!  So excited that we have this every Tuesday for the next three months.  

They are just now really starting to play with each other.  It is the cutest thing ever.  Just yesterday, Abby was cracking up at George.  He would look at her and she'd just laugh, it was the funniest thing ever.  So cool to watch them start playing together.  

A and G both got their first bad colds and fevers this past month.  It was not fun at all for them or the hubs and I!  Both didn't sleep well at night b/c they couldn't breath well on their backs and it was so pitiful.  A had the cold first, then the next weekend G did.  I hated seeing them with their first sickness.  Thankfully though it didn't get into their lungs or get any worse.  I have to thank my breast milk for that!  The doctor said this is a sign that they are very healthy babies to have fought these bad colds and to not get a cough or anything else along with it.

Here are some more pictures…








Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A day in the life with 7.5 month old twins...

6:15 am: G starts stirring, I pop the paci in his mouth
6:30 am: G stirs again, I put the paci in his mouth and he falls back asleep (so do I)
7:15 am: both babies wake up
7:15 am: run downstairs to heat up G's bottle
7:20: bring G downstairs then go up and get A
7:20: get G's bottle
7:22: nurse A and feed G his bottle at the same time
7:30: snuggle with A while G is finishing up his bottle
7:45: change A's diaper
7:50: Burp G, change his diaper then time for snuggling with him while A plays on the floor
8:15 am: get my pumping supplies ready/set up
8:20: feed the dogs and let them outside to potty
8:30: make my coffee and breakfast while babies play on floor
8:35: pump and eat my breakfast
8:50: make babies breakfast, either oatmeal w/bananas or homemade applesauce w/oatmeal
8:52: A has a poopy diaper, change her
8:55: put babies in high chair and feed them while I drink my coffee that is now cold
9:15: clean them up and put them on floor to play
9:20: put on their clothes for the day
9:30: change diapers again if need be
9:40: more play time.  If I can I sneak upstairs to change out of my pi's and quickly brush my teeth and wash my face.
10:00: bring G up for a nap, put him down.
10:05: bring A up for her nap, put her down.
10:30: babies wake up.  yes, that was a 30 minute nap, that's what my babies do.  
10:35: let babies wake up and pray that they would maybe sleep longer.
10:40: go get babies.  change diapers, let them play.
11:00: give G a bottle and nurse A
11:30: change if need be, get a snack for myself.
11:35: haul the two babies and a diaper bag out to the car to head to the gym.
11:45: workout and time for myself…ahhh, glorious!
12:45: pick up babies from the childcare at the gym and head home.
12:55: give babies solids while making my lunch in pieces.  Typically they will eat a veggie at lunch.
1:15: let them hang out in highchairs while I finish my lunch and do a couple things around the house (if they will let me)
1:30: change diapers, bottle for G and nurse A
2:00: nap time.  Try to get them down for a nap.
2:15: I send a couple emails, fold some laundry, pay some bills...
2:45: both are up!  
2:50: let them play for a bit in hopes they will fall back asleep.
3:00: get babies and think about going to the store with the babies or just staying home.  I decide to stay home.
3:00-4:00: play time and story reading time.
4:00: bottle for G and nursing for A.
4:30: more playing to try and wear them out before bed time.  They are tired and are fussy.
5:00: I quickly whip up a dinner for the hubs and I.  Last night it was whole wheat pasta with chicken meatballs and a salad.  Tonight is soup in the crockpot…thank goodness for the crockpot!
5:30: solids for A and G.  Usually potato and beets or something of that sort.  Feed them while the hubs and I eat.  Already eating our dinners together as a family of four…it's crazy but I love it.
6:00: take the babies up to our bed to get them ready for bed time.  They love playing on our bed with just their diaper on.  We always have a fun time doing this before bed with them :)
6:15: make their bottles and get the bath water ready.
6:30: start G in his bath, the hubs gives him a bath, feeds him and puts him to bed.
6:40: I start A in her bath, give her her bottle and put her to bed.  Our routine is to give A a bottle at bed time, that way it's easier for us to go out to dinner or go away if we want b/c others can feed A at night with a bottle and plus this makes it so I can pump after we put them to bed and that gives G a full bottle of breast milk for the next day.  
7:15: Both are asleep.  Phew.  I'm exhausted.  Go downstairs, put some clean clothes away, put another load in the wash, straighten up the downstairs from our day.  
8:00: crash on the couch.  Pump, eat some dessert and catch up on blog reading and emails.
9:15: heading to bed…

*As I've said before we try to have one outing a day…otherwise I go nuts.  Outings are not easy with these two but they are worth it.  
*Obviously not every day is exactly like this but they are pretty similar.  We are working on dropping a feeding for the babies and going from 5-4 bottle/nursing feedings a day.  They do so well with their solids which I think is causing more G to not want his bottle as much.
*The hubs and my parents are HUGE helps!  I didn't mention them in this daily post, but the hubs is a massive help to me.  He is soooo good with these babies and loves them so much.  My Mom and Dad are also huge helps.  My Mom will stop by and watch them while I go to the gym or go run errands.  She will also bring over meals for us.  Both of my parents watch them overnight about once a month so the hubs and I can have a date night and a night "off" from parenting.  It really is wonderful and we couldn't thank them enough.  It really gives us time to recharge our batteries and get some house chores done that we can't normally do with the babies around.
*Two babies are TONS of work but we really are enjoying it.  I can't believe they will be 8 months old soon…time sure is flying.

Friday, January 10, 2014

7 months!



7 month post...a little late.  I've got to muster up the energy to write this.  Twins are so exhausting.  So worth it though, but man, this Momma is super tired after we put them down for bed!   










Sleep:

-Still pretty much the same as 6 months.  We still have our good and bad nights.  George pretty much sleeps perfectly every night (knock on wood!) but Miss Abby has her good and bad nights.  Naps are still another story.  Although I do think we are turning a corner on their morning naps.  Lately they have been napping in the morning for 1-2 hours...at the same time...it's the most glorious thing ever.  I actually have time to change out of my pj's, throw some clothes on, maybe some make up if I'm lucky, fold some clothes, wash some bottles and respond to a couple emails before they are up again.  It's pretty stinkin awesome.  We are still working on their afternoon nap which is pretty non existent right now.  Poor babies are EXHAUSTED by the time bed time rolls around at 6:30 pm.  It will be nice when they take two solid naps, but for now, I'm happy with one as the days they don't nap well makes for an unhappy Momma!

Eating:

-Abby is still nursing and George is still getting some of my pumped milk (and some formula) in bottles.  We tried giving them 4 bottle feedings/nursing a day (were doing 5) but we are back to 5.  They took to it well during the day but Abby stopped STTN from it. ugh.  So who knows.  We will try again when they are 8 months.  I'm pretty sure they are ready but I won't rush it for now.  A &G are still loving the solids!  There really isn't a food they don't like.  I have enjoyed making their food but have really been having to start making it in mass quantities b/c they are eating so much more these days.  I typically feed them three times a day.  They have oatmeal and a fruit for breakfast, typically a veggie and maybe a sweet potato for lunch and then dinner can be anything from beets with mashed potatoes to squash, avocados, etc.  They just tried puffs and were fans!  I had fun feeding this to them too.  They are slowly getting the idea of how to put them in their mouths...fun for them to practice.  

Weight:

-Not sure as we don't have another ped. appt. until they are 9 months!  They are growing super fast though!  Abby is officially in 12 month clothes and George is in some 6 month but mostly 9 months!

Development:

-Man, they are changing every.stinkin.day.  I truly see something different/new every day.  George just rolled from his back to his stomach!  Something we have been waiting for him to do.  Now he is Mr. rolley polly!  I put him down on the floor, turn my head for a second and he's half way across the room.  Oh boy.  And Miss Abby likes to move too.  I swear both are going to be crawling oh so soon.  They are both scooting and rolling.  They are both doing really well at sitting up.  Abby is pretty much sitting on her own!  I am near in case she topples over but she is doing so well.  George still needs a little help but he's not far behind!  Also both are starting to notice the dogs.  They'll grab them and smile at them...it's cute.  And they are REALLY noticing each other.  It's really neat to see!!!!!  Built in play mates :)





Random:

-We try to get out of the house at least once a day...if this doesn't happen Momma and the babies go nuts.  We have been going to the gym a few times a week which has been wonderful.  We have childcare included in our membership and it has been a life saver.  A & G really enjoy it too which is an added bonus.  

Play group buddies at our Christmas party.  Abby is wearing my old Christmas dress!


-We are working on their "play room" which is our current living room.  We are baby proofing it, putting down a softer rug for them to crawl on, putting some baby gates up, etc.  It will be nice for them to have this room once we are finished with it.

That's all I have the energy for tonight.  Happy 7 months my sweet babies. I wish you wouldn't grow up so quickly.  I love you SO, so, so much.  

Here are some pictures a good friend of mine took when she was visiting recently...these are my favorites, she is an amazing photographer!