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!   


-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!


-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.  


-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!


-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 :)


-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!