This post took me about a week to write...it is not only LONG but I have very little time to blog these days!
6 months...half a year. Holy cow, I can't believe it. People said time goes by really fast when you have babies and man, they weren't kidding. It really saddens me yet makes me happy to watch them grow. I never used to be much of a cryer, but ever since babies I can tear up at the drop of a hat just watching them and thinking how special they are to me. I really can't believe in another 6 months they will be one year old, omg! But let's not rush to that quite yet. I'm still enjoying these baby snuggles for a bit longer!
I'm going to break up these posts a little different into categories of Sleep, Eating, Weight, Development, Random Facts for each baby.
-Miss Abby went through a rough patch this past month with getting her to bed, but for the last week has been doing much better. She would scream and scream for a while and put up a big fuss before bed time. It was awful for everyone. But once she got to sleep she sleeps pretty well. She still wakes up 3-5 times in the middle of the night for her paci but typically if you stick it back in her mouth she is good to go. She goes to bed around 7 pm and wakes up around 7 am. George on the other hand is a freaking incredible sleeper. He goes down like a charm and sleeps through the night so well...7 pm-7 am. He wakes up for a paci 1-2 times during the night, but other than that, he's easy-peasy. They both (esp George) like to sleep with their hands behind their heads and it's the cutest thing ever!
-Naps have all of a sudden gotten shorter for both babies. The 45 minute intruder has made it's way into our house and I just have to say it pretty much sucks. I really can't get anything done around the house and that stresses me out! But I'm trying to remember this is just a phase and this too shall pass. No sense in getting in a huff about it as it won't last forever. They still take about 3 naps per day. I think in 1-2 months we will transition to 2 naps.
-Abby is still my great nurser and nurses all the time except before bed time. It's our little tradition to feed her a bottle at night and that way I can pump and give my pumped milk to George the next day. George is eating from a bottle and gets about 50% breast milk from my pumping. We have also started solids which they LOVE. Right now I'm feeding them breakfast (oatmeal or rice cereal) and lunch. I am making all of their food (so far) and having so much fun with it. Their top favorites are squash, avocados and green beans! They have also tried carrots and peas. Next up I'll try spinach then maybe I'll start adding in some fruits. I'm so happy they are loving the solids! Around 7 or 8 months I'll start doing meals three times a day.
First time trying food!
-At their last check up (6 month), Abby was pounds 17 lbs., 1 oz., in the 75th percentile (!!!) and 26.5 inches long. George was 13 lbs., 14.5 oz. and 25.75 inches long. They are both doing well with their weight gain and right on track.
-Both rolled from their bellies to back at 4 months but the day before Thanksgiving when we were in Raleigh, Abby rolled from her back to her belly! Now that's her preferred way to be. George hasn't done it yet but he is close! They are both grabbing EVERYTHING and everything goes in their mouths. They are also drooling everywhere. Abby is most definitely teething (I think this has been causing some of her sleep issues). I'm not sure if George is or not. He probably is but being the laid back baby that he is he may not have issues with it. Both babies are sitting up in the bumbo great and their core strength has really improved within the last month. They both can kind of sit up on their own...they lean way forward and support themselves with their fists...it's cute. I don't let them stay that way for long though b/c they are extra wobbly! I have to remind myself that although they are 6 months they are really about 5 months old adjusted since they were early. Our pediatrician thinks they are right on track developmentally. The neonatolgist we see for their developement thinks they are right on track for their adjusted age so who knows. Whatever it is they are doing great and thriving.
-They both just discovered our dogs, Zeus and Zoey. They love watching them! They also love grabbing their fur.
-George rarely gets fussy...like barely ever. The only time he typically lets out a scream is if you take is bottle away in the middle of feeding him when you are trying to burp him. It's pretty funny. He's SUCH a good baby!!!
-We tend to call Abby miss fussy pants sometimes b/c well, she can be, haha. She is sooo cute though and has the biggest smile ever, but she is high maintenance! We love her to pieces though. She is starting to get easier during the day though which is nice. Instead of "cooing" she squawks like a bird, it's hilarious. I love when she's nursing she will stop and look up at me and give me a huge smile, it melts my heart.
-George is my good snuggler in the morning. It melts my heart. Moments like that I wish would last forever. Abby is my good snuggler at night. There is nothing better than a baby falling asleep in your arms.
-They both love the bumbo and do great with it. Abby never wants to be on her back anymore. She either wants to be sitting up or on her tummy. It is getting VERY difficult to change her diaper and dress her...she is sooo wiggly these days. I call her Miss Wiggly! haha.
-They both love their walks. Thank God!
-They also both love toys that light up and play music.
-They love to be out and about. Being at home is starting to get boring for them so I try to get them out of the house about once a day. We just signed up for a Kindermusic program that starts in late January. This is once a week for 15 weeks...we are all looking forward to it!
-We celebrated my Mom's 60th Birthday. It was so much fun and such a wonderful celebration for a very special woman! The cousins also enjoyed each other.
-We traveled to Raleigh for Thanksgiving. We had a great time and the babies were on their best behavior :) They love "playing" with all of their cousins!
Let's be real here for a minute. Having twins ain't easy. There are times when I want to scream to the top of my lungs and pull my hair out. There are times I long to be able to run an errand without it being a marathon process to get ready for that one errand. Although life sure has changed these pass 6 months, I wouldn't trade it for the world. Abby and George's gigantic smiles, their belly laughs and coo's makes my heart skip a beat. I love how every morning they wake up happy and ready for the day. It's so exciting to see what new things you do and discover these days. I love you both with every itty bitty morsel of my body. Happy 1/2 birthday!!!!