Monday, December 31, 2012

Jude & Sloane | 2 Months

Our babies are two months old!  The second month passed far quicker than the first and at this rate they will be graduating college in a few weeks.

While month one was all about survival, month two was all about growth.  Along with our babies and hours of sleep, our confidence also grew.  We've been able to see glimpses of their personalities, which has been so rewarding.  

We had their two month appointment today and both did great.  They were measured, weighed, examined, and given three shots and one oral vaccine.  We gave them half a bottle before the appointment and the other half as soon as they received their shots.  Both cried a little but didn't seem too bothered by the needles.  Praying neither has my fear of shots!

Jude's Stats at 2 months:
Weight: 12 lbs 11 oz (75%)
Height: 23.5 in (70%)
Head: 16 in (65%)

Sloane's Stats at 2 months:
Weight: 11 lbs 1 oz (60%)
Height: 23.4 in (80%)
Head: 15.7 in (75%)

Our pediatrician was really pleased with their sizes.  After the nurse told her their weights she walked in the room and asked how our "piggies" were doing.  :)

I'm still exclusively feeding them breastmilk and it's going really well!  They eat every 3 to 3.5 hours during the day and we give them bottles at their last feeding and when we're out.  Sloane usually takes 4.5 oz and we've started giving Jude 5 oz.  The rest of the time I breastfeed, which has become quite humorous. While I wouldn't say they've "found" their hands, they're using them quite a bit more.  When Sloane eats she always has her hands balled into fists on either side of her face.  Jude, on the other hand, gets a little too excited so his hands go all over the place.  90% of the time they end up in Sloane's face or more specifically, her eye.  It doesn't seem to bother her but I spend most of my time moving his hands away and saying things like, "Jude, please quit punching your sister in the face while she's trying to eat."

Their sleeping has improved dramatically during month two.  The first week of December they started regularly sleeping 5-6 hours at night.  After their last bottle we swaddle them and put them down, typically around 10 or 10:30.  They now sleep 7 hours, which I consider sleeping through the night.  After that feeding, three of us are fortunate enough to go back to sleep until 8:30 or 9, while dad gets up and goes to work (sorry dad).  For the first two months they slept in our room.  Jude slept in a pack n' play and Sloane in a rock n' play but we moved them to the nursery last Saturday.  Michael and I have temporarily moved upstairs to the guest bedroom, which is right next door to the nursery. We also set up the video monitor to make sure we completely filled the roles of overprotective parents.  :)  Even though I told everyone I didn't mind them leaving our room, it did break my heart a little.  I loved waking up throughout the night and having my babies three feet away from me.  However, I'm pretty sure I'd still feel that way when they're in junior high so it needed to happen sooner than later.  We only have two nights of nursery experience but they seem to be dealing with it well.  Jude slept through the night both times and Sloane made it until 3a the first night and 4a the second.  We then put her in the rock n' play in our room for the remaining few hours so she wouldn't wake her brother.  Overall, I'm really proud of them!

We traveled to Fort Smith for an early Christmas with my family when the twins were six weeks old.  We were extremely nervous and I spent an entire week making a list of things to bring with us.  I was embarrassed at how scared I was--Jude & Sloane were champs.  They love being in the car so we woke them up to eat halfway there and then they immediately fell back asleep.  We had a wonderful time with the Besancon clan and loved meeting sweet Adelyn (she is exactly 4 weeks older than the twins).

We stayed in town for Christmas and my parents drove down to celebrate.  We had a wonderful celebration at Michael's parents house and the twins now know the true meaning of Christmas (haha).  We gave them stockings and two Christmas ornaments.  The grandparents were much more generous.  My parents gave them their high chairs and Michael's parents gave Jude a rocking horse and Sloane a rocking snow leopard.  :)  I hate to sound cheesy but those two kiddos were (by far) my favorite gifts this year.  Sloane even had a red bow to boot!

Dear Jude,
My big little boy.  The first thing I see in the morning is your smile and it is the perfect start to my day.  You have the sweetest personality and are as laidback as they come (unless you're hungry, then watch out)! You still have most of your hair and it's just like your dad's... soft, straight, and a wee bit crazy.  Friends always comment on your wild hair, your long eyelashes, and your beautiful lips.  Your mom is jealous of the last two.  You are still Michael's mini-me, both in looks and disposition.  Your blue eyes seem to get lighter every day while your skin is getting darker.  You're wearing size 1 diapers but will probably move to size 2 in the next month.  You absolutely love the playmat and ceiling fans (the "spider in the sky").  You are very strong and I'm already terrified of the day when you're stronger than me (I'm thinking six months or less).  You've been lifting your head for a month now and this past week started using your legs to support you.  You are a loud sleeper and eater, constantly making funny noises that make your dad and I laugh.  You love to cuddle and are happy in the arms of family and friends.  When I'm holding you I can't stop kissing your sweet cheeks.  You put up with it well. While you don't particularly love baths, you've come to accept them and we in turn make them as quick as possible for you.

You are quite the hit on Facebook due to your big smiles and your crazy faces.  As soon as I pull out the camera you become a complete ham, though you were very serious for your two month photoshoot.  Perhaps it's because you were wearing a button-up and felt like a grownup? 

You are a wonderful older brother and we can't wait to see what month three has in store for you. I love you, sweet boy.

Dear Sloane,
Oh Sloaney Bologna.  You are an absolute hoot, though I'm not sure it's your intention.  You cannot keep still, which is why I think you weigh so much less than your brother (flailing arms and legs burn a lot of calories)!  One of my favorite things to do is remove your swaddle in the morning and watch you go--those arms and legs have to make up for lost time!  When you're asleep and aren't swaddled your arms are always straight out with fingers separated--it looks like you're drying your nails.  :) Your Gramsie (my mom) mentioned you may not walk but instead go straight from crawling to running!  Your disposition is the exact opposite of your brother, and we wouldn't want it any other way.  You absolutely love your pacifier and almost always want it when you're awake.  You also love to observe people and items around our house.  You get bored easily so we tend to move around the house when we're holding you.  While your skin is getting lighter, you have beautiful dark blue eyes and dark eyelashes.  You lost most of your hair last month and it's coming back thicker and darker.  We actually think it may be wavy or curly but it's still too early to tell.  You wear size 1 diapers and will be in them for awhile.  You also started lifting/supporting your head several weeks ago and can do it for a fairly long time.  You really started smiling when we were in Fort Smith and while we may have to work a little harder to get a smile out of you, the ones we do receive are big and so precious.  You smile most and sleep best when you're being held by your daddy.  While I should be jealous, I'm too happy to care. 

Friends comment on how delicate and petite you are as well as how much they love your perfect button nose (I can say that because we have no clue who your nose came from--certainly not from me)!  People have started saying you look a little like me and I take that as a huge compliment because I think you're simply beautiful.

Little sister, I hope you know how happy you make us! We love watching you grow!

(I would say I love you two to the moon and back, but that's not nearly enough.)  So I'll simply say... 


Christmas 2012
(New) Visitors:
12/9: Rami & Jenna
12/11: Trish
12/13: Karen R.
12/15: Justin, Michelle, Evan, Braden, Adelyn
           Connie, Ginger
12/16: Patty & Mike
           Mark & Lynn
12/17: Julie & Ann
           Melissa, Jennifer
12/26: Craig & Jessie    
12/28: Amy, Julie C 

Instagram pictures: CLICK HERE
December (month 2) pictures: CLICK HERE

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas To All...

To see more pictures from December, CLICK HERE.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Jude & Sloane | 1 Month

Jude and Sloane are one month old!  I'm still not sure how I want to handle these monthly posts (personal letters vs. bullets vs. five paragraph essays, etc.) so this is subject to change in the upcoming months.  All I know is I want to capture as much as possible before I forget.

In short, it's been an incredible month.  October 30 will forever be the greatest day of our lives and the following days and weeks have been nothing short of amazing.  I think we've experienced every possible emotion and while the lack of sleep has been exhausting, it's pretty easy to wake up and smile when we see these two kiddos.

Let's get started, shall we?

Jude's weight at...
Birth: 7 lbs 5 oz
2 weeks: 7 bs 7.5 oz
One month: 9 lbs 7 oz (!!!)

Sloane's weight at...
Birth: 6 lbs 10 oz
2 weeks: 6 lbs 11 oz
One month: 8 lbs 11 oz (!!!)

As you can see from the weights listed above, both kids LOVE to eat.  From day one Jude has been an excellent breastfeeder and Sloane has recently caught up.   I pump at least once a day so Michael can participate in the feedings.  I like to think it's a good bonding experience for everyone. They both easily take bottles from family and friends (and me). When we do use bottles they eat about 3.5 oz every 3 hours but lately they've been wanting to eat every 2 or 2.5 hours (growth spurt?).   After they eat they're awake for a bit and then crash hard.  At night they've been going 4 hours between feedings, which has made us feel more human in the mornings.  Although Jude has always been bigger than Sloane, she keeps up with him on how much and how often she eats.

While I truly enjoy breastfeeding and all of its benefits, it's very time-consuming with twins, especially if I'm alone. The process involves changing two diapers, grabbing two burp clothes, setting up My Brest Friend (stupid name, seriously helpful), picking up the kids and getting both adjusted on the pillow, feeding, burping one, then the other, getting them re-adjusted, feeding, burping one, then the other, and half of the time changing both diapers again before we're done.  Michael wakes up during the nights to help me, which is so nice.

Sidenote: I was totally that mom who took her kids to the pediatrician yesterday so she could weigh them.  I was so nervous they weren't eating enough (a big fear when breastfeeding twins)!  Fortunately they are gaining weight like champs!

Both kids love to sleep, which was not always the case.  The first week they had their days/nights confused, which made all of us cranky.  Once they adjusted it was much better. For the first few weeks at home we did not swaddle them at all.  Sloane hated it--she is a mover and a shaker and a mini-Houdini.  As soon as we finished the swaddle, BOOM!  Both arms and a foot would shoot out.  Jude, on the other hand, would get so hot that we'd pick him up and there would be a pool of sweat in the pack and play (we are now wondering if it was his diaper leaking and not sweat).

A few days ago we decided to give swaddling one more try because they were both waking themselves up with their own arm/leg movements.  I'm not sure if it's because they're a bit older and/or bigger but now it works like a charm and both sleep longer and better.  We don't swaddle them during the day but let them take their naps in whatever they're wearing.  Sloane is our alarm clock--she almost always wakes up first to eat.  Only recently has she started sleeping in the pack and play (two of them are set up in our room).  Before then she was sleeping in a rock n' play right next to me, which kept her from moving around as much.  She also has a harder time holding onto her pacifier so it was nice to be able to reach over and pop it back in!

While I'm not an advocate of co-sleeping, I typically let both of them stay in bed with me after their 5-6 am feeding since Michael has gotten up to go to work.  I'm pretty sure I enjoy it more than they do.  :)  After their 8 am feeding we begin our day!

Dear Jude,
You are all boy.  Your burps could put high school boys to shame and they never cease to amaze us.  For the most part you are as laidback and easy as they come... unless you're hungry.  If we wait too long to feed you the whole neighborhood knows it.  It is shocking how such a loud scream can come from such a tiny person.

When people meet you their first reaction is to mention how much you look like your dad, especially if your eyes are open.  You have the same crazy (awesome) hair and the same beautiful lips (I'm partial).  Your eyebrows and eyelashes are blonde so we're wondering if your hair will stay dark.  Both of you have a pretty good "tan" but you are the paler of the two.  You love to cuddle and will fall asleep on our shoulder or stomach in a moment's notice.

You also have your dad's legs and hobbit feet, which are the cutest things ever (when they are not size 12). You have outgrown newborn diapers and most of your newborn clothes.  Each day we put another outfit away.  It doesn't bother you but it sure bothers me!

You did not care for your first few baths but now you don't mind them at all.  Diaper changes don't bother you either (unless you're ready to eat)!

As you'll see from the pictures below, you are a total ham in front of the camera. I am absolutely crazy about you.

Dear Sloane,
While Jude is all boy, you are definitely all girl.  In the hospital the nurses called you "princess" and "diva." You have the most delicate facial features, which we adore but have no idea who they came from.  You have the longest arms and legs, which also gave us several laughs the first few weeks.  When someone startled you, you would raise your arms in a "What the heck is going on here?" fashion and your arms were as long as your body.  Most of the time you've kicked off your socks and your little legs are crossed.  Absolutely adorable.

You had a full head of hair when you were born but lost half of it while taking a bath last week.  I don't want to point fingers but it was the first time your dad washed your hair.  I will never let him live that one down.

You're still able to wear newborn diapers and clothes, though several of your newborn clothes are too short.  Unfortunately, most of the 0-3 month clothes swallow your slender body.

You enjoy bath time and don't mind getting your diaper changed. The hardest part is keeping you still!

Currently you care more about her surroundings than Jude.  When you're  fussy we can calm you down by carrying you around the house and showing you different things (pictures, mirrors, etc.).  My mom figured this out early on and it was a lifesaver.  If you put your brother and you next to one another he will continue looking around but you look directly at him.

I love my sweet Sloaney Bologna!

The pediatrician told me twins don't really acknowledge/recognize one another until four months.  However, we've noticed the two of them reach for one another when they're close.  It's the sweetest thing I've ever seen (and it's not just because I'm their mother).

I learned fairly quickly that we need to get out of the house several times a week (preferably once a day) to keep me sane! Sloane and Jude both fall asleep in their carseats almost immediately once we're in the car.  When they were three weeks old my mom and I put them in their stroller and walked around the Galleria and Northpark mall.  We kept blankets over their carseats so they'd avoid strangers and germs.  I like to think the outings are good for all of us as long as we're careful.

In their short month they experienced two holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving!  They were Thing 1 & Thing 2 for Halloween (thanks to adorable onesies from my friend, Savannah) and enjoyed their first Thanksgiving feast with both sets of grandparents at Michael's parents home.

From everything I've heard and read we have two very easy-going kids. We know how fortunate we are and don't take it for granted!

As we start month two, Michael and I are both eager to see their smiles and watch them become more aware of their surroundings.  At the same time, I'm already mourning the fact that month one is over.  It's hard to believe an infant can teach you so much about life (and yourself).  I think both of us started this journey with zero confidence and we now know that not only can we do it but we absolutely love it.  I'm sure we've already made a million mistakes and will continue to do so but we love these two with every fiber of our being and as long as that's the case, all is well.

10/30: Charles & Susie; Phil & Linda; Karen
11/3: Laurie
11/6: Courtney & Hunter

11/9: Wes & Nathalia

11/10: Brent & Collin; Karen & Myers
11/11: Lindsey & Blake
11/13: Lisa & Bryan; Melanie
11/14: Rachel
11/17: Ryan & Ashley; Lindsey & Johnny
11/18: Leslie & Jonathan

11/24: Kaitlin, Steve, & Leighton

11/27: Lauren


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