Twin Life Lately- 7 Months

S E V E N months! This month flew by, I feel like I just wrote one of these posts! Every week…actually every day is something new with these two, it’s hard to keep up. They’re hitting a lot of milestones lately, I always have my phone nearby to take a video of something new they’re doing. This past month has been a busy one with travel and their first colds (more on that below), but I’m trying hard to soak in every minute with these two littles because time goes so fast!

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Health

We don’t have another well visit check up until 9 months, but we did have a couple of visits to the pediatrician this past month…actually over 4th of July. June stopped sleeping, I mean just flat out STOPPED. Like would doze off for maybe 10-15 minutes at a time…day and night. This was a super fun time in our lives (insert sarcasm). I knew something was going on with her; sure enough she was coming down with something, but thankfully nothing serious. Of course she then gave it to her sister, and they gave it to Charlie and then I thought back and realized I was the one who started it all. :-( I guess that’s how it goes when you all live together! We’ve kicked the bug out of the house it seems and getting back to sleeping somewhat regularly and no more sick babes…for now!

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Teething has also entered into our lives with full force, but still no teeth. Faith has been having trouble with it more than June but add that on top of colds and growth spurts, we have been having some fussiness in our house (understatement). I just keep repeating “this too shall pass” and take each day as it comes.

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Playing

I love all these new stages, it’s like every day they have a new trick! Both girls are sitting up on their own (with my hand close by to catch a quick loss of balance) rolling around like crazy, and scooting backwards. Faith just figured out how to go forward and will also rock on her knees and elbows like she wants to crawl. I’ve pretty much had to clear everything out of the living room and just surrender the room to them. I already can’t leave the room for more than a few seconds. They aren’t too quick but all it takes is a couple of rolls and they’re dangerously close to wacking their heads or getting something in their mouths that they shouldn’t. My parents got them a big play pen…Charlie calls it a yard cage…that fits pretty well in our living room and is great for outside when we’re doing something and they need to be contained. They still L O V E being outside more than anything. It instantly calms them!

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They’ve also started the toy fighting/stealing. It’s mild for now, but I’ve witnessed many times when one (Faith) will snatch a toy when one (June) isn’t looking. The drama I tell you!

Sleeping

As I mentioned above, colds and teething has really interrupted our sleep lately. Faith is sleeping through the night again, 6pm-6:30ish am. June is still getting up once or twice a night, mainly just for her paci. She’s still getting up at 5 am and won’t go back down. She’s not even hungry when she wakes, she just wants attention. Most of the time we can get her to go back to sleep in bed with us. (Things I said I’d never do as a parent…) The pediatrician said this is a common age for them to go through separation anxiety and I can see that especially at night with June. It’s during the day with Faith…she MUST be held by ME, with no one else around, most of the day. Sorry baby girl, you’re a twin.

They stopped taking their 3rd nap right around the time their sleeping went kinda crazy from them not feeling well. And then just last week they decided to take a 3rd nap again, and the past couple of days they’ve been fine with 2. Just when I think I have their schedule figured out…it changes. Story of my life!

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Thankfully they both typically nap and go to bed at the same time. I had a week or so when that wasn’t the case, for pretty much the first time in their life, and it was rough. It was a pure survival week and if I could just get anyone to sleep (including myself) it was a victory, no matter what time it was or where (crib, bed, swing, car seat). They’re pretty synced up now though.

Eating

The girls are still breastfeeding 5-6 times a day. I’ve had issues with them being so incredibly distracted when I nurse so I’ve started stretching out their feedings so they’d actually EAT because they’re hungry. So far so good. I also got so frustrated with tandem feeding these big babies that I went to feeding them one at a time…impossible when I’m by myself. I can’t handle the screaming from the one not eating or the one I’m feeding is distracted by sister and won’t eat. So that didn’t last long and I reached out to a great twin community for advice. Many recommended a new nursing pillow to tandem feed them on so I found one on craigslist and that’s been a world of a difference! They’re still a bit distracted but I’ve heard from others that this is just a stage, hopefully so!

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They’re eating solid foods twice a day, after their first nap and about an hour before bed. They like pretty much everything we give them for the most part. Faith will give us a face/gag/head shake the first time she tries something new but after that she’s game. She’s so funny, after every bite, her two middle fingers go back into her mouth. We sometimes actually have to yank them out for her to actually eat. June is hysterical…she eats with her arms straight out to her sides, eyes wide open staring at the spoon while kicking her legs like “gimme gimme gimme”. Sometimes she cries between bites if I’m feeding them myself. Impatient little one! I’ve been making their food which is a lot easier (and less expensive) than I thought. I’ve gotten in a groove and just make a little here and there to keep up a supply in the freezer.

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LIFE

I’ve been filling our calendar every week with outings as it helps me and the girls. They have really started to like being around people and different surroundings, which is a far cry from months ago when I literally couldn’t take them anywhere, especially on my own.

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We are looking forward to our first beach trip with the girls this month! I’ve heard from other moms it’s not a vacation at all when you have babies, but we’re looking forward to it. The girls LOVE a change of scenery, as do I, so it will be nice to get out of town and spend time with family.

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I Will Never…

Before I was a mom, there were things I always said I’d never do. I’m sure all parents can relate to their perspective changing once you actually have kids and some of these “rules” get thrown out the window. I thought it would be fun to share a couple of things I said I’d never do and sure enough, have found myself doing these days.

I won’t…

Let my identity be taken over by being a mom. You know what? 24 hours a day 7 days a week, I’m a mom and I’m more than good with that…I’m thrilled with that. So sorry if most of my conversation revolves around being a mom, it’s pretty much my favorite thing ever.

Use pacifiers. I had always heard moms complain about trying to wean their kids from pacifiers so I swore I’d just never introduce them in the first place. Of course all of the hospital nurses gave me a look like I was crazy those first few days when I said no pacis. After a week, I remember basically begging our lactation consultant to use them. We got the green light and after that, those things never left their mouths. June is still a big fan of the paci, Faith will just play with it but prefers her two middle fingers now. We’ll deal with the weaning when we get to it, plus they just look so darn cute with them.

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Ignore my appearance when in public. I always see those moms who are completely disheveled and look like they haven’t looked in a mirror in a week. I swore that would never be me, and then I had twins. Mind you, I do make an effort most days, but some days effort means wearing sunglasses to disguise my under eye bags the size of Texas.

Give my kids juice. Well, when they need liquid, won’t drink water, and breast milk isn’t an option, the sugary stuff is sometimes what they get.

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Use the 5 second rule. I know it’s gross, but I’ve got two babies, I can’t wash a paci, toy, etc every time it touches the floor. I mean of course there are exceptions, but for the most part, a quick inspection is fine in my book. I do TRY to keep my floor clean, if that helps.

Bring my kids to bed with me. And then I had a baby who decides to suddenly get up at 4:30/5am  E V E R Y M O R N I N G. We may be forming a bad habit, but we have to survive, and starting our day at that hour isn’t good for anyone. Plus, those days when all 4 of us are in bed in the morning are my favorite.

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Talk about our kids on date night. Charlie and I have had a few rare opportunities for date nights since we’ve had the girls and while we do talk about many things, we also talk a lot about June and Faith. It’s exciting to dream and glimpse into what’s ahead for us and our girls are a huge part of that, so yes, they come up many many times on dates.

Worry about every little thing. I’m a pretty laid back and thought that would be the case when I have kids but I’ve realized I’m such a worrier. I’ve chilled out a lot since they were born but overall I get freaked out about little things I never thought I would.

Let my kids be barefoot in public. I always would get grossed out by bare feet, even baby bare feet, so I swore I wouldn’t let my kids go barefoot even though they aren’t walking yet. Then I had twins and I’m more concerned with them just having some sort of clothing on them when we’re in public. They have 2 pairs of shoes and have worn 1 pair 1 time.

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Let my house get dirty. I’m so thankful for a smaller house, which means less to clean but I’m also very guilty of letting it go some weeks. I get a couple hours a day when the girls nap and cleaning the house usually isn’t super high on my priority list.

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Compare. Let’s be honest, this is what moms do. It started when we were pregnant and we’re in full on compare mode the minute our baby is born. We compare between the way we do things, the way we look, our kids… we even compare between our own kids. We’re constantly looking to others to figure out how we’re doing. I’m trying so hard to not compare myself with other moms and compare my two, especially since they’re twins and everyone else will compare them their whole lives.

Drive a minivan. No we don’t have one, but I have caught myself admiring them. I said to Charlie a couple of weeks ago, “that’s a pretty nice minivan” and he quickly responded with “we don’t say those words in this house.” Well then…

I’m positive this list will grow over the years. What things have you said you’d never do as a parent and broken your own rule?

Living Room Updates

I get antsy every once in a while and need a change, especially when it comes to my house. I’ve always been this way…when I was growing up and had a moment of boredom, my bedroom would be completely rearranged in no time. I guess I should have warned my poor husband? We woke up one day a few weeks ago and I told him I was thinking of rearranging the living room. Before he could ask questions I had already started. His response was “oh, you mean like now?” Did I mention I’m also impatient?

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So here we are, back to the original layout in our living room, and I’ve said goodbye to the gallery wall. I still love gallery walls, but with the addition of baby gear, a lot of things on the walls was starting to look cluttered.

You may also notice that we finally got a new sofa. I’ve been wanting a new one since the beginning of time (okaaaaay, at least a few years) and couldn’t justify the purchase, especially considering we were inserting kids into the picture. Finally I decided that I don’t need to live with an old sofa that I want to get rid of for as long as we have kids, because we’re talking at least 18 years.

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The solution? A cheap sofa that has a slip cover that can be washed/changed. Not a huge investment ($400 total) and kid friendly. So we went to trusty Ikea 2 hours away (girls and all…that’s a whole other post) and picked up the very classic Ektorp sofa and a white slip cover. Crazy? Maybe. But it could also be a smart move. The entire slip cover is removable and washable. If I need to clean or bleach just one cushion, I can, multiple times and not have to worry about fading. If I’m wrong about a white slip cover or its damaged beyond repair, it was $50, I can get another color if I want to.  We’ve had it for about a month and so far we love it and I haven’t felt like I have to protect it like I would had we paid for a really nice sofa.

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Other changes…I bought this mirror from Target after admiring many driftwood like mirrors. Of course I’d love a real wood mirror but real wood=$$$$. This one looks great and gives me the look I was going for. I also cleaned up our shelves a bit and we moved our chest/coffee table and brought in this fireside bench we got as a wedding gift. We were quickly running out of room once the girls started rolling everywhere, so this bench takes up less space and I can easily push it aside when we need more room.

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I need to do something about the TV stand that houses several enticing things for babies. I’m on the lookout for a replacement that keeps everything more enclosed. We are still working on baby proofing…so basically removing everything possible from the room. We don’t have a separate play room for them so this room is it. I know I’m going to have crawlers on my hands very soon…