This past month was a big one for all of us. At the beginning of March I went to St. Louis for three days to celebrate my best friend Emily who is having a baby girl in a few weeks! I missed my little family while I was away but it was a wonderful visit and I'm so glad I was able to go. It also gave Michael some extra bonding time with the babies and he did an amazing job taking care of them. He was sweet enough to text multiple pictures each day so I didn't miss a thing.
EAT & SLEEP
Eating remains fairly consistent these days with the twins eating every 3-4 hours. I'm still breastfeeding one at a time and then we give them a 7 ounce bottle before bed. Bedtime is still 7:30p and (so far) we haven't felt the need to bump it up any earlier. Unfortunately, 4:30a has been a fun hour for one (or both) of them to wake up ready to eat again. I'm not sure they could eat much more than 7 ounces before bed so I don't really know how to solve this problem (suggestions are welcomed). After they eat they go back down for a few more hours and we officially start the day around 8a. Since they are both rolling front/back and back/front (more on that below!), they are both stomach sleepers. We still put them down on their backs but they almost immediately flip to their stomachs. Jude is a pro at the stomach sleeping while Sloane still gets a little apprehensive when she wakes up and everything looks a little different. Their sleep seems to be better and more consistent so I'm going with it.
Naps are still going well and are still very necessary. Right now they usually take three naps a day and they range anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. It's very easy for them to get off schedule because one (almost always Jude) will sleep longer than the other but I try my best to get them back on schedule as quickly as possible. Jude will wake up and easily put himself back to sleep. When Sloane wakes up (regardless of how long it has been), naptime is over.
I purchased some rice cereal last week but we've yet to give it a try. While breastfeeding is time-consuming, it's so easy and convenient. I realize, however, convenience for me is not necessarily best for the babies so my hope is to give it a try in the next few weeks. They watch Michael and me eat with such interest!
Sloane rolled from stomach to back last month but wasn't able to roll from back to stomach--instead she did this crazy back arch that looked very uncomfortable. Jude hadn't rolled either way so I was spending extra tummy time with him. On March 15, Sloane rolled from back to stomach for the first time. As I was cheering for her, Jude decided it was time and rolled from stomach to back for the first time! It was a really great moment and I was so glad I was there for it! Three days later, Jude rolled from back to stomach and became a pro almost immediately. Neither of them care to be on their backs these days so they're almost always on their stomachs. They've got some strong necks!
The twins also experienced their first colds. Sloane came down with it first and I felt awful for the poor girl. She kept a great attitude but couldn't breathe through her nose for almost a week. As soon as she started feeling better, Jude came down with it as well (I knew he was bound to get it so I didn't even try to keep them separated). We purchased a humidifier for the nursery, which definitely helped.
They're also getting better at sitting. Neither can sit unassisted for long at all. Jude has it down a little better than Sloane. When I try to put her in the sitting position she grabs her feet and grins. Doesn't bode well for balance but sure looks cute.
Jude and Sloane have both developed a tiny bit of a jealous streak. They now notice when mom is holding their sibling (this is especially true when they're eating) and don't always like it. I can usually distract them with a toy. Regardless, they do seem happier when they're next to one another. I love to sit back and watch them interact.
Both are drooling quite a bit but no sign of teeth just yet! Anything in their reach makes its way to their mouths.
Sweet mama's boy, you have been so much fun this past month! You still have such a chill attitude (unless hungry or sleepy) and love to smile at friends and family. Notice I said friends and family--you've become a bit more reserved around strangers. You study them intently but don't always give them a smile right away. You tend to warm up quickly but gone are the days when you smiled at everyone who looked your way. You're still happy to be held by anyone and always get great reports at the church nursery.
Your hair, buddy. I am obsessed. One of my favorite things about your daddy is his hair. I always called it baby penguin hair because it sticks straight up and is SO soft. At least for the moment, yours is the exact same way. It has gotten so much lighter and fuller and I am constantly kissing your head and rubbing my cheek against it. Your eyes are a light blue and your skin is quite pale! You're wearing size 3 diapers and 6-12 month clothes. The rolls on your arms and legs go on for days and I can't get enough of them.
You absolutely love to stand on our legs and it's the surest way to get a giggle out of you. When you're upset I have a song I made up and it almost always cheers you up... at least temporarily. When you are tired you stick your thumb in your mouth and we know it's naptime. You still take a pacifier at bedtime but it comes out almost immediately.
We have a Laugh & Learn Puppy and you ADORE it. As soon as I turn it on your face lights up and you are mesmerized.
You truly are a mama's boy and this mama couldn't be happier. I'm not sure how I got so lucky but you seem to think I'm pretty special. And I, in turn, think you are the absolute greatest little boy in the world.
Little Daddy's girl! Holy cow, I thought I had a crush on your dad but you're giving me a run for my money! Your personality has just exploded this month. You talk nonstop and smile at absolutely everyone. And your smile, sweet girl, is phenomenal. It starts at your eyes and goes all the way down to your toes.
You're still a wiggler but I am determined to get a picture of you with all body parts in focus. Until then, it is so much fun to sit back and watch you move all over the place. On a similar note, you must know all that is going on around you so you get frustrated if your view is obstructed.
I took you to the pediatrician this month because your eczema had gotten so bad on your face and the back of your head. She gave us a prescription steroid cream that cleared it up in two days and gave you some serious relief. We're hoping this is something you grow out of fairly quickly because it's definitely uncomfortable for you, which we hate to see.
Your hair is still very short but is starting to fill in a bit. It looks pretty dark and definitely has some wave or curl in it! Your eyes are a dark blue/grey and your skin is quite a bit darker than Jude's! You're wearing size 2 diapers and can fit in both 3-6 month (a little snug) and 6-12 month (a little big) clothes.
You love to scratch things, especially your crib sheet, exersaucer, and carseat! I'm not sure if it's a texture thing or what, but it's pretty funny and keeps me from having to trim/file your nails so thank you for that!
When you're ready for bed you rub your eyes and lay your head down on the quilt. You've really enjoyed sleeping on your stomach or side but since you started you've woken up several times in a bit of a panic. We can typically calm you down by giving you your pacifier and rubbing your back. I also have a song I made up for you that gets a smile almost every time.
No matter what kind of night/nap you've had, I always know when I pick you up I'm going to see your beautiful smile. And when your dad comes home from work, the squealing that commences is downright adorable. Everyone around you disappears and you only have eyes for him. You are an absolute joy and make us so happy.
I can't wait to see you two every morning and I miss you desperately as soon as you go to sleep.
Quite possibly my favorite picture ever...
Baby cheeks x2!