Monday, February 13, 2017

Three Months.


My babies are getting so big! Each month gets better and better and more fun! Less fussiness and more sweetness, thank goodness! More sleep, too!

Weight - No official pediatrician appointment this month, but we took the boys in for a few minor things on January 21st (11 weeks old). Reid weighed 11lbs 6oz and Travis weight 11lbs 10oz.

Eating - Around the 2.5 month mark, our breastfeeding journey came to an end. The mommy guilt kicks in from time to time, but then I remind myself that they are still getting breastmilk and we are all happier as a result of that decision. We were following the Moms on Call 4-8 week schedule, which is what the book suggests until they start sleeping through the night. So they were eating at 6 or 7am (whenever they woke up for the day), 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, and 8:30pm. If they woke up in the middle of the night, we'd try to shush them back to sleep, but if we couldn't, we'd feed them. On this schedule, they were getting 5-5.5oz bottles each feeding.

Sleeping -  January 31st was the first time they slept through the night, 2 days shy of turning 3 months. This was also the night before I went back to work! It's like they knew! They will wake up and squirm a little bit now, but put themselves back to sleep. They wake up for the day between 6:30-7. If they wake up at different times, I take advantage of the one on one time by holding them while feeding them a bottle, rather than putting them in their Rock n Plays and propping bottles in their mouths.

Milestones - Smiling and cooing up a storm. Batting at the toys hanging from their play mat, bouncy seat, and car seat. Kicking like crazy, especially in the bath! Summertime at the pool is going to be so fun! Both really love holding their Oball. Can both hold theirs heads up and so close to not wobbling. They are the happiest in the bath and laying on their changing table! They also really like to stand in our laps!

Favorite Baby Gear - Nail clippers with a light (their nails grow so fast!!), Dohm white noise machine (blocks out so much noise!, bouncy seat and sit me up seat (they think they're big boys now and rarely like to lay down)



Lunch date with our other twin friends, Oliver and Sam!









The morning I went back to work

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Travis and Reid's Nursery

Like most girls who long for the day to become a mother, visions of what my baby's nursery would look like filled my head (and Pinterest boards). I always knew I didn't want it to look too "baby," if that makes any sense. Black and white always stuck out to me, too. Apparently, babies can only see in black and white during their first few weeks of life, mostly due to the high contrast of the colors. After deciding on the black and white, I knew I needed a pop of some color and I always came back to the picture of the dresser in this nursery.

Trying to find the perfect accent rug was quite the task, and it still isn't perfect, but this one is soft and I'm learning to deal with it. :)

We rearranged the nursery quite a few times, even after they were born, and think we finally found the perfect layout!

The framed photo to the left of the window is a poem that Cameron's father wrote when the original Travis Baker was born. Cameron's mom typed it and had it framed. How special!

The canvas to the right of the window was the photo that I took for my 24 week bump pic. My aunt had it blown up for one of my showers.

The framed hand calligraphied names are actually cards that my best friend, Emily, had done for me by one of her student's moms! I love them so much, I probably won't ever use the other cards! Haha



 






Crib sheets - Modern Burlap
Crib skirt - Land of Nod
Abstract art work - Target
Cutains - Ikea
Rug - Amazon
Lamp - Homegoods
Dresser - Repurposed
Dresser color - Valspar Capital Green
Dresser knobs - PullsDirect.com
Changing table - Keekaroo Peanut
Changing table baskets - Target
Bookshelves - Target
Toy bin - Homegoods
Driftwood Letters - Etsy

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Two Months.

Another month under our belts! While it is definitely not easy (not sure it ever will be), we've all had less meltdowns than month one. That's gotta count for something!




TRAVIS
-At their 2 month checkup, which they were 9 weeks at, Travis weighed 10lbs6oz (25th percentile) and was 21 3/4 inches tall (12th percentile)

-Travis smiled for the first time (non-gas related) on the morning of December 20th while I was talking to him! He smiled at my dad on Christmas Eve, which I'm pretty sure made my dad's life.


REID
-10lbs4oz (25th percentile) and was 21 1/2 inches tall (5th percentile)

-I went dairy and soy free at the recommendation of their pediatrician due to Reid's really bad gas and uncomfortableness. No exercises, gas drops, etc seemed to help, so this was the next step. He is on Enfamil Nutrimigen (dairy free) formula while the dairy completely leaves my "system," which can take approximately 3 weeks. I chose to put him on formula during this time so that my milk would not cause him any further pain in the process. It has made such a difference! He still gets a fussy, like a normal baby would, but doesn't scream like he's in pain and he has had significantly less gas.

-Reid smiled for the first time on Christmas evening despite being really fussy that day! Aunt Kara was the person who was holding him and got him to smile!


BOTH
-Wearing size 1 diapers

-Somewhat in between sizes in pajamas (because that's pretty much all they wear at this point). Mostly wearing 0-3 months, but some NB still fit, depending on the brand.

-Still wake up every 3-4 hours at night. Momma is still tired.

-Although sleepy, morning is my favorite time of day with them! They are both so alert, smiley, and chatty when they wake up and it melts my heart.

WHAT WE WERE UP TO LAST MONTH...

Went to their first birthday party! Jack turned 1 and thoroughly enjoyed his smash cake.

First play date with Holden, who is one week older!

Bundled up and went to my work's Christmas party


Twin lunch at Home Team BBQ with Oliver, Sam, their mom Kaitlin, and my sister


Lots of play time supervised by Gus

Second Sunday downtown Charleston
 Lots of window staring

Their first Christmas!
The boys got me gift cards to Starbucks and a massage!


My 33rd birthday
The boys got me a Keurig! They are really thoughtful with their gifts.





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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

One Month Update + Favorites.

My, how time flies when you're having fun...or raising newborns.

So that this post doesn't get too lengthy, but still with enough detail that I can look back and remember these things, an update via bullet points:
  • At one month old, Travis surpassed his "older" brother in weight by a whole ounce! Travis weighed 7lbs5oz and Reid weighed 7lbs4oz.
  • The easiest way for people to tell them apart is by looking at their hair and mouths. Reid's hair is lighter in color and his tongue is sticking out the majority of the time.
  • They are still in newborn diapers, which we go through about 20 a day!
  • They are also still in newborn clothes. And 99% of the time it's pajamas.
  • I have met with a lactation consultant (who I highly recommend if you are in the Charleston area! Shoot me an email if you want her contact information!!) twice now, which has been a lifesaver. We discovered that the boys were only getting an ounce of breastmilk from me per nursing session, when they needed atleast two ounces based on their weights. Therefore, I'm having to breastfeed them, then give them a bottle of an extra ounce and a half of milk, then pump so I have milk for the next nursing session. Atleast an hour to complete all three steps. Whew. (I switch back and forth between the Brest Friend Twin Pillow and the Twin Z Pillow for any of you soon-to-be twin mommas out there. I like both for different reasons.)
  • They eat every 3 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night. The pediatrician gave me the "ok" to let them wake me when they are hungry in the middle of the night, rather than me waking them up to eat. Yes, I feed them at the same time and yes, I wake the other one up to eat if he is sleeping. I get those two questions a lot. :)
  • Speaking of sleeping, for the first few weeks they slept in Dock a Tots inside bassinets next to our bed. Anyone who has a kid knows how noisy they are as infants when they are trying to go to sleep, so last week we decided to move them to their cribs (still in their Dock a Tots though) and keep an eye on them with a monitor. They've done really well with this and we're not waking to check on them with every little peep they make!
  • Their personalities are so similar to what they were like in my belly, it's crazy! Reid (Baby A) kicked constantly inside my belly, and outside my belly he is super feisty and does NOT like to wait a second too long to eat. He gets hangry just like his daddy. I could rarely feel Travis (Baby B) move in my belly, which sometimes worried me. Turns out, he is just a chill baby! Definitely think he's going to be the mama's boy, which I am totally ok with.
  • Gus has surprised us and does really well around them! When it is just us at home he is calm(ish), but he does get super excited when people come to visit so we have to put him in the crate. We're working on trying to find time to give him attention and exercise, too! Gus loves to lay in their nursery at night between their cribs.
  • We have ventured out of the house quite a bit recently. Thanksgiving at Dee Dee and Grandy's (my parents), hung out at the James Island Yacht Club with friends, lunch at Mellow Mushroom just the four of us, a solo trip to the grocery store and TJMaxx/Marshall's, got their first picture with Santa, attended their first birthday party (Jack's 1st Birthday), and a lunch date with my sister and her friend Kaitlin, who had twin boys the day before ours were born! Kaitlin and I have been chatting since about the middle of our pregnancies and it has been so nice to ask each other questions and provide support for each other!




  • I used Minted to make their birth announcements and, as always, was very happy with how they turned out! Also loved the fact that I already had all of my addresses uploaded to their website from last year's Christmas cards, and Minted addressed the cards for me! Huge time saver!! (Use this link to get $25 off of your first Minted order!)

ONE MONTH FAVORITES

-The Ollie Swaddle was given to me as a shower gift by my friend, Savannah. I had never heard of it before and thought to myself, "what could be so special about this swaddle?" Well, I'm here to tell you it's very special. It's made of polyester and spandex, which makes it super stretchy for that extra tight fit. It has an opening at the bottom, which makes nighttime diaper changes easy without unswaddling the babe.

-The Dock a Tot is a portable pod that can be used for multiple functions. It provides a snug environment that re-creates the womb. It's lightweight and easily portable whether it be from room to room, or to grandma and grandpa's house. It's also made out of lightweight air permeable fabric that facilitates for easy breathing if the nose/mouth gets a little too close to the sides. Although they don't really suggest using it for sleeping throughout the night, this is what we currently use it for.

-The Snuza Hero monitor is one of the few reasons we are comfortable with the boys sleeping in the Dock a Tot. It is a portable breathing monitor that clips on to the babies diaper. If there is less than eight breaths per minute and/or no breathing after 15 seconds, the monitor vibrates in an effort to jar the baby and remind him to breathe. If no breathing is still detected after three efforts of vibrating, an audible alarm will sound notifying you. Luckily, we have not heard this scary alarm yet and hope to never hear it!

-Zip up pajamas are key for quick and easy nighttime (or anytime, really) diaper changes!

-To get around, we also love the Joovy Twin Roo+ stroller! The frame is lightweight and their car seats easily snap in.
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