Is it possible? Could it be true? Over the last week, Emma and Kate have slept through the night about 3-4 times! Like real 6-7 hour stretches!
Sleep in our house over the last three months has been a rare commodity. Looking back at my state of mind during month 1 and month 2, I was most likely sleep walking half of the time. The girls are okay sleepers, it’s just the timing. Trying to get them both to sleep at the same time is the part that is so hard – naps during the day, falling asleep at night, etc. It seems like the golden rule is that if one is up, the other is sleeping! We’re still working on that…
Here are some updates on the girls these days!
Kate has become quite a drama queen (in the best way possible of course ). She still loves to be held and rocked “a certain way”. She is a total daddy’s girl and lights up when she sees him. She makes a lot of sounds and when she smiles, it’s heart-melting! Her little tongue sticks out just a little when she smiles really big. Her favorite thing to do is listen to singing and music. She is a great sleeper at night (crossing my fingers this stays true), but man does she fight it at first! She’s a feisty one and I can tell she doesn’t want to miss out on anything. Her hair is still really dark and she still has dark blue-grey eyes.
Emma is quite the explorer these days! She is definitely a talker and really likes to “have a conversation” with you, cooing back as if she knows just what you’re talking about. She loves to sit up on my lap and just stare and talk. She’s very determined and excited to look at everything. I can tell she really wishes she could sit up by herself, but she has a few more months before that. I’m pretty sure she would get up and walk if she could though! She also loves standing on your lap while you hold her arms. She’s a strong one for sure. Emma has been the one still waking in the middle of the night, but it seems lately she might be catching the drift that night time is for sleeping 🙂 Her light brown hair is filling in more now and her eyes are still blue.
Today was my first official day back at work! Three months went by much faster than I ever expected – a whirlwind doesn’t even begin to describe my maternity leave. I had grand plans to blog all the time once the girls arrived, but being alone with two babies most of the time… let me tell you… “free time” doesn’t really exist! Even with tons of help from family and friends, most of my “free time” has been taken up by eating and sleeping (and pumping).
In the last few weeks, I’ve been able to get the girls on somewhat of a regular schedule and into a good routine to make the transition back to work easier (not sure that’s the right word, maybe more manageable?). The girls aren’t quite sleeping through the night, but we’re getting closer! It still takes two to feed at night in order for either Mike or I to get decent sleep. Yes, I married an amazing guy who helps with everything, all the time!! I really couldn’t do it without him or my mom.
I am also very fortunate to have a job with the flexibility to work from home. My wonderful mom is watching Emma and Kate two days a week and I found a great nanny who will be helping out the other half of the work week.
Here’s a peek at the the girls who were peacefully sleeping when I logged on this morning …
Well, I’m way behind on my monthly update post about the girls! In fact, we’re halfway through the month. The photos shown here were taken on their two month mark, so I did remember to do one thing!
Here are some updates on the girls and their personalities. It’s such an exciting time to really see them come into their own.
She loves to be held and bounced to sleep. We call her Queen Kate because she wants it her way all the time. We joke about her list of demands: “Get my milk layperson!” Or “Did I say you could put me down yet?” But boy when she smiles she couldn’t be any sweeter or look more innocent. Another nickname we’ve given her is meerkat because she loves to pop up on your shoulder and scan the room. She’s a very curious girl and loves staring at you while you talk to her. Her hair is still very dark and she’s out of newborn clothes weighing 10.5 pounds at our pediatrician check-up.
Emma has settled down a lot during the last month. We found out she has acid reflux, so we started her on medication after some very scary choking incidents. The good news is that she is what they call a happy spitter since she’s still gaining weight. She has been wearing three month clothes since the two month mark! She smiles every day now and it melts my heart every time. She loves making noises, listening to lullabies and testing out her own voice. Her hair is turning strawberry blonde for now and she weighs in 11.5 pounds!
Next up, a post about the things I’ve learned being a new MoM (mom of multiples) in the last two and a half months – stay tuned!
Well I’m two days behind, but we’ve reached the one month mark! Every day has been beautifully exhausting with little rest and a lot of diapers (we go through about 20 a day between the two girls!) I figured while they are both sleeping – a very rare occurrence lately – I would share some quick thoughts on both of the girls and their developing personalities. They both have their own quirks and I’ve even learned their different cries. Our next check-up is on Friday and I’m hoping the girls have continued to gain weight. I’ve also reached my first nursing goal of one month (whohoo!) and we’re continuing to supplement as needed.
In the hospital, I really thought Kate was going to be feisty. She has definitely fulfilled that prediction, but also turned into a snuggly, sensitive girl. She loves to be held and stare at you while she dozes off to sleep. She hates being cold, and is not a fan of her bath or of getting changed. Her hair has stayed a dark, brownish color and she reached 6.2 lbs at our last appointment. She is small, but her appetite is getting bigger every day.
I was amazed at how laid back Emma was in the first two weeks. Let’s just say that didn’t last very long. She loves to coo and be awake for the party whenever she can. She fights sleep and tries to keep her eyes open even when she’s beyond tired. She likes her bath and breaking out of her swaddles to put her hands above her head. Emma’s hair is still a lighter shade of brown and I wouldn’t be surprised if it continues to lighten up. She has a huge appetite lately and reached over 7 lbs at our last appointment. She is almost out of her newborn clothes now and into 0-3 months.
Looking to August, I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks bring. Hopefully, more smiles and longer stretches of sleep (we’ll see). Plus, I’m hoping to pass my 6-week surgery check-up and get cleared for carrying over 15 lbs (which would also mean I can carry the two girls’ car seats at once and spend more time outside the house!)
I’m so excited to finally share these photos of the finished nursery for my twin girls! This post is long overdue, but hopefully it was worth the wait. Almost everything in the nursery has special meaning to me. My inspiration for a modern woodland nursery has finally come to life! The gallery wall was a complete DIY project put together from blank canvases, washi tape and paint chips (one day I’ll get my act together and do a DIY post on the artwork I made). I also found or was gifted adorable items from unique Etsy stores like Niko and Lily, Little Hip Squeaks, Ivie Baby, and Bankie Baby.
Now, the only thing missing are my little ladies. I can’t wait to bring them home – I hope they like their new room as much as I do!
Nursery Project Details & Sources:
Paint Color is Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue
Pink/Purple Triangles and Birds Organic Receiving Blankets from Little Hip Squeaks
Modern Woodland Animal Wall Prints (Deer, Fox, Owl and Raccoon) from Niko and Lily
Glider ordered from Buy Buy Baby (Side note: this chair reclines and is SO comfortable!)
Grey Cribs from Walmart
Teal Fox Crib Sheets and Grey Owl Changing Table Cover from Ivie Baby
Custom Deer Blankets and Lovies from Bankie Baby
Zig Zag / Chevron Curtains from Urban Outfitters
Standing Lamp (found for $15 on Craigslist!)
Changing Table from Local Consignment Store Revival (See this post for my DIY makeover of the midcentury modern dresser)