Sunday, July 16, 2017

Holland | Three Months

Can I blame this post's tardiness on not wanting to accept the fact that Holland is already three month's old?  It has nothing to do with me being too tired.  Nothing.  Ok, everything. Moving on...

Holland is three months!  I feel like we've reached the place where time starts flying.  Everyone always says time flies in the beginning but when you're getting up several times a night and multiple parts of your body hurt like crazy, it's hard to feel like time is going very fast at all.  We're settling into somewhat of a routine and I'm forcing myself to be ok with words like "somewhat" and "occasionally" and phrases like "still sleeping in our room" and "she'll stop crying when the light turns green."  Let's get to it!

Not a lot has changed in this department.  When she's hungry she's an excellent eater and can take a bottle down so quickly I'm already worried about college.  However, she has major FOMO so if there is something/someone else in the room she has a tendency to focus on it and not the task at hand.  The on and off dance is still happening, much to her mother's chagrin.  Regardless, she continues to fill out nicely and is quite the chunk.  We didn't have a three-month check-up but my guess is she's between 14 and 15 lbs.  

I'm trying to pump a few times a week due to a few trips we have planned in the future - I want to make sure she will take a bottle.  She does pretty well with it for the most part but definitely prefers nursing.  

She eats every three hours or so.  Usually there is a 4-hr stretch and a shorter 2-hr stretch but it all rounds out for the most part.  Unfortunately, after sleeping through the night for two weeks she started waking up again in the middle of the night for a snack.  Typically it's around 4a so she's still getting an 8-hour stretch but I sure would love to get back to the 6:30 wake-up I'd grown to love.  

Lots of growth this month!  She's awake a lot more during the day so she spends quite a bit of time on her playmat.  She celebrated her three month birthday by rolling from front to back for the first time!  I was taking her pictures in her nursery and after she did it I burst into mom cheers.  She gave me such a judgy look (see pic below) - it was hilarious!

She really enjoys her swing because it gives her a great view of the room and her siblings.  She could end up surprising us all but at the moment I think she's going to be our most outgoing child (pray for us).  She's the happiest with company, especially her brother and sister.  And oh how she talks.  And talks.  And talks.  We'll turn the lights out at night and she's still chatting away in the dark.  Cracks me up.

She's incredibly strong and reminds me so much of Jude at this age.  If we stand her up, her legs/feet can fully support her weight.  She's also kicked my stomach a few times while nursing and it's taken my breath away.   

She found her hands this month and also started laughing.  It's more of a happy shriek and I think it always surprises her because as soon as she does it her eyes get wide and she looks around as if she's trying to find out where that piercing noise came from. 

Sleep has been ok this month.  Her naps during the day range from 10 minutes to two hours.  She's been forced to be the laidback child with all of Jude & Sloane's activities and playdates.  She's great at sleeping in the car but when she's awake, she hates it. Red lights and stop signs are the worst.

As I said above, she's no longer sleeping through the night (boooooo) and is still sleeping between us (quite possibly why she is still waking up).  The Dockatot is her main sleeping place, though she'll grab a nap in the rock 'n play occasionally.  She's gotten big enough that sleeping on me is rare. :(

We don't swaddle her much anymore because it's 1,000 degrees here and she always wakes up hot.  We now use the swaddle more as a sleep sack so her arms have free rein.  Right now she prefers to have her left arm up by her face.  A pacifier will help her go to sleep quickly but then she drops it and is done with it for the rest of the night.

Dear Holland,
You are three whole months!  This has been a big month for you and we absolutely love watching your little personality emerge.  I think you're fantastic but your daddy is completely smitten.  As soon as he comes home from work he scoops you up and you two exchange the biggest, brightest smiles.  Speaking of smiles, yours is award-winning.  Your eyes disappear (just like your dad) and you still give a little shake with your whole body.  It's the cutest.

Your hair is slowly, slowly falling out and what's left has pretty blonde roots.  I thought you'd be our brunette baby but now I'm thinking your hair may be as blonde as Jude's!  We'll have to wait and see.  Your blue eyes are getting lighter but are still the darkest in the family.  

You're wearing size 3-6 mo clothing and size 2 diapers.  I love having a summer baby because I get to see your chubby arms and legs and I squeeze them often.  You don't seem to mind.  In fact, you are truly a hot and cold baby - when you're happy, you're SO happy.  When you're upset, watch out! I'm guessing I will be reading all the spirited child books fairly soon.  You love to be held by everyone and have yet to meet a stranger.

Friends say you look a little like your dad and Jude but everyone agrees you are definitely your own unique person.  Every night when we put you to bed we tell each other how cute you are and how lucky we are.  We've yet to miss a day.

Big things are on the horizon, little miss.  You'll have your first plane ride in a few weeks and get to put your little toes in the Sanibel sand.  We hope you love it as much as the rest of us do!

I'm continually amazed at how easy this transition has been.  Adding you to our family has been the greatest gift and we're all equally excited to have you here.  Holland Claire, you are so loved!

Love - Mom

(The look she gave me after she rolled over and I cheered!) 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Holland | Two Months

Not quite sure how this happened since I just hit "publish" on her one month post, but another month has passed with Miss Holland Claire!

She. Is. So. Much. FUN!!!

By Jude & Sloane's two-month update we had them on a full-blown Schedule (with a capital S).  They were eating/playing/sleeping at specific times.  They were sleeping in their cribs.  They had a certain amount of time each day dedicated to "tummy time" and everyone was flourishing.  

This time?  No schedule.  No crib.  Tummy time is when she lifts her head off my shoulder after a mid-morning cat nap.  We are doing absolutely everything differently this time around.  Why?  Because I know how fast it goes.  I know the first few months go by at warp speed and that my babies are tiny for such a short time.  I know I will never regret the naps she takes on my chest because one day soon she'll be too big and uncomfortable to do so.  I know whether I feed her every three hours or let her snack throughout the day, she will thrive.  I know the chores will eventually get done, the food will make it to the table, and my hair will (someday) get washed.  But this sweet baby of ours is changing every single day and I refuse to miss a moment because I'm worried about sticking to a schedule.

I know this no-schedule approach won't last much longer.  I realize it's mostly selfishness on my part for not doing it already and I do believe a schedule is typically best for a baby (especially twins) so I'm going to force myself to start the process during month three.  This is not only for Holland's sake but also for Jude & Sloane's - they miss their mama being able to spend consistent one-on-two (ha!) time with them.

Holland's stats at two months...
Weight: 12 lbs 7.5 oz (81%)
Height: 23.5" (92%)
Head: 15.5" (86%)
First Smile: 5.10.17
Slept through the night for the first time: 5.18.17


This girl can EAT.  Her cheeks and rolls are filling out nicely and she's wearing 3-6 month clothes now.  We're finishing up what's left of size 1 diapers and just ordered our first box of size 2 (Pampers Swaddlers).  She typically has her first feeding around 6a and then it's every 2-3 hours until her last one around 9:30p.  As I said above, sometimes it's a snack and other times it's a full feeding.  She didn't care for her reflux meds so we've made a concentrated effort to burp her well and that seems to be all she needs.  She's now considered a "happy spitter" so we're all pleased.  I'm still pumping once a week and she has no problem taking bottles.  I'm so glad I got a nursing cover because it has saved us numerous times when we're out and she gets hungry.  That was always such a long process with the twins and I love how quick it is to feed one!

That being said, she has a bad habit of pulling off and on as she eats, which is frustrating for both of us.  My body is still trying to figure things out and I think once it calms down a bit, so will she.  Until then, it can be quite the mess.

My friends have joked that I'm going to breastfeed until she goes to Kindergarten because they know how much I loved it with the twins.  And I do!  While some feedings are a little crazy due to Jude & Sloane needing something that can't wait 10 minutes, I try to keep it a relaxing time for both of us.  It forces me to slow down for a bit and revel in the fact that I have a BABY again.  Eep!!

Her pediatrician was pleased with her weight gain and mentioned we could start solid foods at four months but my hope is to hold off until six months as we did with Jude & Sloane.  We'll cross that bridge when we get there.


Well this one will be short as there still isn't much "playing" going on.  She absolutely adores her playmat so we spend some time on it several times each day.  A week ago she fell in love with the bird on it and was concentrating so hard on kicking it with her feet.  It was quite the performance!  Of course in the back of my head I was thinking, "My baby is a GENIUS" but it's probably more common than I realize.  We try tummy time on the playmat when I think about it but she mostly falls asleep or gives zero effort.  She has some powerful neck muscles so the doc isn't concerned.

She started smiling a few days after she turned a month old and it is the BEST.   It starts with a crooked smile that leads up to her squinty Popeye eyes and then her whole body shakes as she lifts her arms in excitement.  I'm not sure I've seen anything cuter.  Sometimes she's stingy with the smiles and other times she will grin over and over again.  She saves her best smiles for her siblings and I am just fine with that.


The main reason I was told scheduling is necessary is so the baby sleeps through the night.  Jude & Sloane slept through the night early and I always assumed it was due to their rigid schedule.  However, Holland started sleeping through the night (9:30p - 6a) pretty consistently at six weeks.  This time around I can take NO credit as I did nothing to help.  My mom always says big babies sleep longer/harder and maybe that's the reason.  Regardless, I'm not mad about it.  Typically she wakes up around 6a to eat and then goes back to sleep until 8a.

She's still swaddled each night and sleeping between us in the Dockatot.  Our plan is to do that for one more month and then move her to the crib (WAAAAH!) when she's three months.  Naps are either in the Dockatot, mamaroo swing, rock 'n play, or someone's arms.  The latter is her clear preference (we think she loves the extra warmth) so if we don't have any plans one of us is happy to oblige.  She also loves the car and falls asleep almost immediately.  Red lights are her nemesis so we avoid those at all costs.  :)

Dear Holland,
Another month has passed and each morning you wake up looking a little different than the day before.  Some days I want to freeze time and other days I dream about what you'll be like as a toddler.  Will you be outspoken like your sister or active like your brother?

You are such a sweetheart.  You love being held, especially if that person is walking around the house.  When you're awake you're quite content... until you're not.  When you reach that point, only a pacifier will cheer you up.  It can happen in a moment's notice, so we have a pacifier in every room so we're ready for the outburst.  You still have a squawk that makes grown men jump - those pipes of yours are so impressive!

You haven't lost your dark hair and between it and your gorgeous almond-shaped eyes, we've yet to figure out who you resemble.  I found an old baby picture that shows some similarities but in person everyone says you look like your daddy.

You love Jude & Sloane and oh how they adore you.  Sloane wants to hold you constantly and Jude gets so excited when he catches a smile.  Seeing the three of you together takes my breath away because how on earth did I get so lucky?

Your dad and I have taken you to so many places already and you constantly roll with the punches.  We like to think we're teaching you to be laidback at a young age.  Life's too short to sweat the small stuff, right?

Gorgeous girl, you have made our family so very happy.  Sometimes I watch your dad hold you and the look on his face matches my own.  We're completely in awe of you, our miracle baby.  I can't get enough of your sweet smell and precious face.  Being a mom to you, Jude, and Sloane has been the greatest, most humbling gift I've ever received.  I'm so excited to watch you grow!

Love - Mom


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