How in the world did I give birth to these two cutie pies 1/2 a year ago? I really relate to the saying that the days are long but the years are short. I’m trying to soak in every day with these little ones because it’s going by way too fast.
I realize that I never wrote a 5 month post…things have gotten hectic or should I say LIVELY in the Lively household. These girls are changing daily, and work has picked up for me, so again, I apologize for the lack of posting over the past several weeks. I’ll try to summarize the past 2 months in this post, though so much has happened so it will be tough!
June: 13lb 6 oz (5%), 24 in (10%)
Faith: 13lb 9.5oz (10%), 25 in (25%)
Their 6 month visit went much better than their 4 month visit, and our doctor is very pleased with how they’re doing. They dropped a little on the percentile curve for weight, but she’s not concerned. It may just be that they’re a little more active now.
We have been noticing a reaction in both girls over the past few months that the doctor thinks is a milk protein allergy. Apparently it’s pretty common and most outgrow it in their first year, however it means no dairy for me, and it may delay introducing dairy to them as well.
The doctor recommended not giving them another dose of the oral vaccine for rotavirus since they had a reaction last time. I was happy to go along with that because after last time, I’d be in their room all night afterward making sure they’re ok.
Everyone has said that it gets easier the older they get and while I beg to differ, I will say that it gets more FUN. Watching the girls play and explore new things is so entertaining. They both “talk” all the time, roll around, give kisses, grab and play with their feet (including some toe sucking….I’m looking at you Miss Faith), stare and pull at their thumbs (Junebug), scoot on their tummy, throw toys, put E V E R Y T H I N G in their mouths….the list just goes on. Their laughing is uncontrollable, as is ours, they smile constantly, and L O V E to be outside more than anything. They also love music and when we sing to them, and they’ve really learned to love books. When we even pick one up they light up with smiles on their faces, especially Good Night Moon which has been a nightly reading tradition by Daddy.
They’ve started to take to certain toys and preferences, which is neat to watch, however when they have different preferences it becomes difficult when it’s just me at home with them. For instance, one wants to be held and bounced around and one wants certain toy out of reach. I say it will be easier when they can actually move and get what they want but they’ll also be able to move and get what they want! Baby proofing must happen soon!
We recently got home from a weekend away and plopped the girls down on the ground to play, both immediately rolled over, one bumping their head on our coffee table reaching for a toy, the other sandwiched their body underneath our glider. Charlie and I looked at each other with wide eyes and said “it’s happening!” That same day, they both sat up with no support. Too fast, baby girls, too fast.
Sleeping is always up and down in this house, I mean we have two babies. Since Faith started sleeping on her tummy a few weeks ago, she’s a rockstar sleeper. You lay her down, she puts her 2 middle fingers in her mouth (adorable, I know) flips to her tummy and she’s out. Getting to that point was challenging, we transitioned them out of swaddles at about 4.5 months and she could roll to her tummy but it kinda freaked her out so there was a lot of me going back in to flip her. Now she flips and contently stays there until sister girl wakes her up.
June decides when naptime is over and when to get up in the morning. She just recently started rolling onto her tummy in the crib so if she follows her big sister (by a minute), she’ll be sleeping contently on her tummy in no time (I pray). It freaked me out to no end when they started flipping in their cribs but it’s ok at this age….and if they’re more comfortable that way, it means more sleep for me!
The girls have been taking 2-3 naps about an hour to 1.5 hrs each but lately the 3rd nap has been non existent. They sleep ok during the night; we put them down at 6pm and they are OUT, and they wake up at 6-6:30 am pretty regularly. They were sleeping straight through until about 4.5 months and June started waking around 3am to eat so I’d then wake Faith and feed her too. I then started realizing that Faith would sleep through if I didn’t wake her so now I just feed June. If June doesn’t wake around 3-4, she WILL wake at 5 AM and not go back down, even after eating, which has been a recent struggle that we’re dealing with. We’ve tried adjusting their naps, their bedtime, feeding and putting her back down, E V E R Y T H I N G and she still wants to get up before 6. I’m thinking about setting an alarm for 4 am to feed her, kind of a reverse dreamfeed, not ideal but better than starting the day at 5 with a couple of cranky twins (and momma).
I’m still breastfeeding them which I didn’t know if I’d be able to say at 6 months! Most of the time I feed them at the same time. They’re almost too big to fit on my nursing pillow so not sure how much longer tandem feeding will last. Sometimes if I get the opportunity or if we are out and about I’ll feed one at a time, but if it’s just me and them, it’s easier to feed them together. We were giving them bottles for their last feeding before bed to give me a break and to let Charlie be able to feed the girls as well, but that had me pumping 3 times a day in addition to nursing them 7-8 times a day. So I went back to nursing them before bed and now only pumping once before I go to bed.
We started feeding them rice cereal and oatmeal a few weeks ago, and also just tried bananas and avocados. They’re big fans of banana oatmeal and bananas and avocados mixed together (sounds strange but they love it). I’m excited to try more foods, next up is sweet potatoes. I just started making big batches and freezing it which is actually more fun than I thought it would be…and much cheaper than store bought! They’ve been eating solids twice a day, once after their morning nap and again about an hour before bed. Between that and breastfeeding all day…I feel like all I do is feed them!
They’re forever keeping us on our toes, once we think we have something figured out, they change. This includes their personalities. For the longest time, June was our little firecracker and Faith was the snuggly quiet one. Then one day they completely switched…for a few weeks and then they switched again. We just can’t predict anything, that’s for sure!
They both have a little dose of stranger danger and have started crying when they hear their sister cry, so that’s been a recent challenge, but pretty normal at this age.
It’s gotten easier for me to get out of the house with them since my last update. While they’re getting heavier and harder for me to carry at the same time, they’ve grown out of their stroller hating stage so that helps. I think they’re also getting used to being out around people and don’t get as overwhelmed as they used to. Timing is everything, they have to be fed (feeding them on the go is very tough with two) and have a little bit of play time to let out their wiggles before we go anywhere. I try to time it so they’re getting sleepy when they’re in the car on our way back so I can just bring them in, nurse them and put them down.
They’ve also been going to the church nursery for about a month. The first two times they screamed when we left them which was heart breaking, we left bottles for them which helps calm them down and they’re good. Since then, they’ve been fine, even smiling and recognizing some of the workers when we drop them off. The last time I picked them up, the nursery workers were singing “Jesus Loves Me” to them and it absolutely melted my heart to see others invest in bringing up our babies in faith, even at such a young age.
I hope two months doesn’t go by before their next update, I will try to be on top of it! I have to say, it’s so much fun looking back at the different months, even posts during my pregnancy, to see what was going on, what we were dealing with, how I was feeling, etc. So that’s a huge motivation for these updates.