I can’t believe it’s been two months since our girls were born, but in some ways it seems like it’s been longer because we’ve come so far in those two months. A lot has changed since we brought them home right after Christmas. These girls grow and develop so much in a short period of time. We’re also growing in our confidence as parents; we feel like we know our babies now, which makes the whole trial and error process a little easier.
We head to the doctor this week for their check up and shots 😦 but we have a baby scale (hey, I had little babies and I’m kinda paranoid) and they’re weighing in around 9.5-10lbs!
They play so much more now that they’re out of their newborn stage. They both found their smiles (on the same day) at about 6 weeks and making them smile is our favorite pastime. Sometimes I’ll look over at Faith and shes looking at me smiling and I wonder how long she’s been doing that?! June smiles the minute you put her on the changing table, where they both used to scream uncontrollably when they were newborns. They’re also focusing on things more and starting to reach for toys. These girls love music- their legs will kick like crazy the minute music starts playing and when it stops, a short pathetic “waahh” until it starts again. They hate tummy time- they usually fuss the entire time.
The girls look at each other but I can’t wait until they actually start acknowledging each other. They do know if their sister is too close to them when they’re playing….a girl needs her personal space!
We’ve come such a long way since last month, and I’m so proud of them! The girls had no problem with feeding in the hospital, but they were small and couldn’t nurse until they were full. They’d either fall asleep or burn too many calories to make it worth it, so for the first month we had to “top them off” with bottles of expressed milk to get their weight up. This meant that I would “practice nurse” for 20 minutes each baby, then top them off with a bottle, then pump. By the time I was done with that cycle, it was time to start again. They were too small to tandem nurse at the beginning, so I ended up giving them bottles for their full feeding more often than nursing them because the whole cycle just took too long (especially when I was on my own during the day) and I was getting ZERO sleep.
I am SO happy to say that the twins are now nursing for every feeding, which is about 7-8 times a day. Since they’re a little bigger now, we’ve figured out tandem nursing so feeding them both takes at the most 25-30 minutes. I’ve found a lactation consultant that I really like and have worked with her almost weekly since the twins were born. It has helped SO much. I think if I didn’t have that resource, or determination to breastfeed, I’d most likely be pumping and giving them bottles full time, or quitting all together. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, but I really wanted to be able to breastfeed my babies and I’m so glad that I finally can! It’s made life a lot easier for all of us!
I really can’t complain in this department (knock on wood). Their naps are kind of all over the place, 1-2.5 hours, and they’ve been sleeping 4-5, sometimes 6 hour stretches at night. We put them on the same schedule at the very beginning and that has been our key to sanity. We put them both down at the same time and when one wakes to eat, we wake the other and feed them both. Charlie and I are usually only up once a night, around 1-2 am, but we’re now giving them a “dreamfeed” around 10-11 pm to hopefully stretch their nighttime feed till morning. So far they’ve been sleeping 6 hour stretches, but that only gets us to about 4-5 am, so we’ll see how it goes!
They’ve been in their cribs since the first day we brought them home (no space in our room and we’re right next door). I’m so glad we did that, one less battle to fight down the road. They also go down pretty easy (knock on wood again). We swaddle them, give them a pacifier, and they fall asleep on their own. Occasionally they fuss if a paci falls out so we have to go back in, but even that has slowed down over the past couple of weeks. I guess they’re learning how to self soothe- having each other in the room I think helps too. They’ve become noisy sleepers; I’ve actually had to turn the monitor down some at night so they don’t wake me up with their little noises. Maybe its the beginning of their twin language?
It’s safe to say life has changed drastically having not one but TWO babies! Most days are hectic, it’s hard work, but it’s so much fun, I mean SO much fun! We say it all the time- how we’re so glad God decided to give us two, we can’t imagine our life any other way. We each get a baby to snuggle and play with and their personalities are so different already, it’s fun to watch them develop!