Monday, March 24, 2014

6 months

I'd like to clarify something from my last post. I don't want to look like Angelina Jolie. It's not realistic. I don't have an army of assistants and nannies to give me the time, nor do I have the proper DNA. Plus, to be honest, I think she is too skinny. I sort of want to feed her a sandwich. I guess my point was that she reminded me that you can physically get to your pre-twin body again - whatever that may be. I needed to be reminded of that.  So, I have the motivation, now I just need to find the time. I already get up at 5:30am to pump, shower and dress before we get the babies up. I'm not sure how much earlier I can drag myself out of bed.

Anyway....

Paige and Riley are 6 months old! Holy crap! How are we half way through the first year already?

The dresses were a very thoughtful gift from a fellow blogger. Adorable, no?


I don't know where to start and I have tried to write this post so many times, that I think I am going to resort to bullet points just to get it all out.

  • They are sleeping in their cribs in their room. It is glorious. It was a surprisingly smooth transition, too.  We even stopped swaddling them with no fuss. Getting them to stop using their pacifiers to get to sleep was a much harder process, but I think we may have actually gotten through it. They still get their pacifiers during the day if they are cranky, but not in the crib anymore. It's a no paci zone.
  • They are sleeping through the night. Well, mostly. They sleep from about 8:30/9 until 7:30. Sometimes they wake up during the night and other nights we don't hear a peep from them. Even when they do wake up they are getting better at self soothing so we don't usually have to get up. We did have some rough nights when they started rolling over. Apparently, it's normal to have sleep regressions for a couple weeks whenever they hit new milestones.
  • Speaking of milestones, they are rolling all over the place. They have decided they prefer to sleep on their tummies so that's how they sleep now. Complete with butt up in the air. It's super adorable. It made me nervous at first, but I'm over it. They are fine and we have the Angel Care monitors with movement sensors which help me sleep.
  • Riley is up on her hands and knees and rocking back and forth. She is so close to crawling and I am not ready! I was prepared for all of their milestones to be late. We were told by all doctors and the internet to expect them to hit milestones based on their due date, not their birthdate. But this seems really early for Riley to be so close to crawling. She manages to scoot herself backwards but hasn't figured out the forward movement yet. 
Seriously. I am not ready and the house is not baby proofed.

  • They laugh all the time and it's the greatest sound in the world. It makes all the hard parts worth it. Paige loves to get her clothes changed and laughs as soon as I put her on the changing table. Last night they were laying on their tummies facing each other and just making each other laugh. We weren't doing anything. Again, super adorable. I love that they are so aware of each other now and interact and just get huge grins when they see each other.
  • They are finally playing with toys. They reach for them and grab them and shake them and stick them in their mouth. Seriously, it is so great that they are interacting with us and everything around them now. I think that's one of the hardest parts about those first few months - the lack of interaction. Then they just sort of become these tiny little people and not blobs that only eat, sleep and poop. It's so fun to watch them change everyday.
  • Food! We started giving them food a few days ago. I was all gung ho to do baby led weaning for awhile but that's not going to happen. The pediatrician doesn't want them to have actual solid food until at least 7 or 8 months because of them being preemie but did want us to start them off with some purees to see how they do. So far they have had oatmeal and peas. Paige is actually swallowing most of what I put in her mouth while Riley usually spits most of it out. She hasn't quite gotten it yet. It's only been a few days so I'm not too worried. I am sort of obsessed with not having picky eaters. For some reason, that has become a huge fear. I don't want the kid who will only eat mac n' cheese and chicken nuggets. I am not going to be a short order cook. They have to eat what we eat. I'm reading "French Kids Eat Everything" since apparently, as the title says, french kids will eat anything and it's because their parents teach them that. They have four course meals in their state run daycares that sound better than anything I have eaten for lunch recently. So, yeah. I am now obsessed with having my kids eat like the french. haha.
  • I'm still pumping. Mostly because I haven't had any time to research the best way to stop to avoid getting more clogged ducts. Plus, the little I did manage to read said that I could get really emotional because of the hormone fluctuations as the milk supply dries up. Now I am thinking I should wait until the end of April when I am done working on my current project so I am not an emotional mess at work. The upside is I get to catch up on my blog reading while I am pumping at work.
  • We still can't go anywhere without people stopping to ask us about twins. I'm getting used to it and, generally, it doesn't bother me anymore. I have found that if they are wearing anything other than pink, it's assumed they are boys. I guess there is no gender neutral. When I tell strangers their names, they assume Riley is a boy. People just really, really, really want twins to be boy/girl. One of the first questions people ask is "Is it a boy and a girl?"The other day a woman was looking at them (more like creepily studying them, actually) and since Paige had pink socks on said "Oh, is that the girl?" Um, actually they are both the girls. They also want to know who was born first. I'm not sure why that matters. I've never once wondered which one of my twin friends was born first. I think I was with SH for many years before I ever knew whether he was Twin A or Twin B. It's just interesting the things people ask and how many people ask the same questions. I'm sure one of these days I'll write a whole post on the things we get asked.
I think I have done enough rambling. Here are a few more pictures:

Eating some oatmeal in our new booster seats

She's not very modest, is she?

Whenever Riley gets really upset or really happy she just kicks and kicks her right leg so we have taken to calling her Thumper. This is her meeting her namesake.






10 comments:

  1. "Oh, is that the girl??" Lol!!

    I'm glad to hear there is hope for sleep! I dunno if it's hitting 4 months or rolling (happened at the same time), but we are back to newborn sleep cycles. Oh god help me I exhausted!!

    p.s. I get it. I didn't think you wanted to look like Angelina...just back to normal. I still feel like I look pregnant! It's a "shape" thing, not a weight thing.

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  2. love the update! Can't beleive how big they're getting!

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  3. They are so adorable! I'm obsessed with making sure that Izzy won't be a picky eater so I might have to check out that book! :-)

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  4. Like there has to be a girl rep and a boy rep?? People are wierd sometimes, to say the least...

    But man, those two are completely adorable!! Thanks for the update :)

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  5. Love those dresses! And they are even cutter in person! Glad to hear you just have one more month at work! That's great! ... and they are eating already!! Awesome! xo

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  6. I love reading about your girls. It gives me hope for the things to come, because right now I feel like mine will never sleep in there cribs! We haven't really tried it much yet beyond a few measly nap attempts. I know exactly what you mean about the silly things people say about twins and the questions they ask! You can't go out in public without someone inquiring about them.

    Weening yourself from pumping wasn't too bad, at least for me. Wear tight tight sports bras, and pump only for a few minutes to relieve pressure when needed, gradually weening yourself. Of course, I never did quite have the milk production so maybe it was easier for me because of that.

    Your girls are adorable! Love the dresses. I especially love the introduction of Riley and Thumper. So cute!

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