Tuesday, May 14, 2013

6 months in with twins

HOW has it already been 6 months???  Here's the twin update that you all haven't been asking for!

"Hey.  Did you see she's got the camera?"
"Duh, what do you think I'm smiling for???"
 
I had the sheets from their 5.5-month appointments (our pediatrician's office is weird, that's the actual scheduled appointment) that showed all their stats.  Then I very kindly left them right within John Paul's reach and he colored all over them and deposited them someplace more useful, probably the recycling bin (at least he recycles) (and at least the doctor's office keeps those records anyway). 

But I'm pretty sure they were both on the growth charts, Elizabeth around the 3rd percentile, Mary Claire around the 10th.  But their heads are both in about the 50th percentile, because we breed for head circumference.  Who needs hats that fit when instead you can have a head so big that you outgrow your shirt collar before the length or width?

"Love.  Just love you SO much!"
"Ummm get her away from me???"

Accomplishments:

As of this morning they have both pooped on the cream-colored rug in their bedroom.  You may think we're crazy for having a cream-colored rug, but it hides the spit-up and we can spray all the rug cleaning stuff all over it and not have to worry about discoloration!

Sometimes they sleep well.  Sometimes they don't.  They're still not on any sort of nap schedule (I think we'll get there in a month or two), so nighttime sleep is wonky.  Eventually they will sleep well most of the time.  Right now we're surviving somehow (caffeine and adrenaline).

Elizabeth likes to roll over WHILE swaddled, so we can't put her in the swing because it won't buckle around a burrito, so once she's up for the first time she's in bed with us for the rest of the night, either nursing or smushed into Andrew's armpit. 

Mary Claire usually sleeps for a longer first stretch, and then nurses and sleeps in the swing or stays in bed.  The lovely thing about them sleeping long stretches is that then they wake up and eat a LOT and puke a lot of it all over the bed or themselves because they weren't ready to cram their little bellies full of ALL THE MILK.  So sweet.  Not. 

But I'm glad that we don't have to be out of bed warming up bottles, and I fall back to sleep most of the time.  And Andrew's a saint and gets them from their cribs when they wake up the first time.  EVERY night, because I told him that I can't fall back to sleep if I get out of bed to get them (because I can't, not because I'm an excuse-making jerk) and if I'm going to be nursing them for hours and hours every night I need what little sleep I can get.

 
Their hair is growing!  Finally!  Still pitiful compared to other  babies, but we take what we can get over here in BaldLand.  From what I can tell, it's the exact shade of John Paul's and Cecilia's hair - a very slightly strawberry blonde that will turn light brown with red & blonde highlights.
 
We're getting closer to real mobility - Elizabeth rolls all over the place and scoots herself backwards on her back, Mary Claire rolls a little bit but prefers to stay on her back trying to grab her feet.
 
 
They love to play in their jumperoo, and Elizabeth is a much bigger fan of all toys at this point.  She's happier to be put down to play, but Mary Claire is happier at the end of the day when she gets naked time on their rug (because her feet are easiest to reach then).
 
Still cloth diapering, still breastfeeding, no solid foods yet (still need to get another high chair, plus we'll wait until they're 6 months adjusted, so 3 weeks from now, minimum).  I was seriously tempted to let Elizabeth suck on a hunk of chicken at Costco tonight, but she settled down so I didn't hand it over...  Just kidding (not really).
 
They still only really laugh at John Paul and Cecilia, and mostly just when they're jumping.  Andrew and I have NOTHING on the big kids!

 
It's exhausting, but I can't imagine just having one of them!
 

17 comments :

  1. I totally know what you mean on not being able to fall back asleep once you get out of bed. I'm the same way..I hate getting up (so I don't, I'm lazy..I just keep my baby in bed with me).

    They are so, so cute!

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    1. Yeah they mostly stay in bed with us once they're up the first time - it's just easier right now to get them down and put them in their cribs so we can put away laundry in our room and all that. Such is the luxury of finally having an extra room for a crib and not having them in our room all the time!

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  2. They are so precious! I think the one in purple looks like you and the one in white looks more like your husband. They have the most beautiful little smiles!

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    1. Kari, I think you're right! Mary Claire (in purple) looks like Rosie's side, I guess; hard to tell just now, but she does look like the older kids when they were babies. Elizabeth, on the other hand, looks so much like her dad's mom and brother that it is kind of ridiculous. In my opinion, anyway. Which may just be ridiculous.

      Oh, and Rosie, remember how Cecilia laughed so hard at John Paul's "what dance"? I guess it's to be expected that the twins would laugh only at John Paul and Cecilia. Or maybe you and Andrew are just boring.

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  3. cuties!!! love that last picture!!

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  4. You're a rock star. Period. :)

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  5. 1. So adorable they are! 2. we have a cream colored rug and the entire baby room is in whites and creams so I get you. 3. I also have the husband who gets up and brings baby to bed because I have the same thing with being unable to fall back asleep, especially that first year or so postpartum 4. I had the same issue with night time vomiting...he was the best sleeper but he would throw up in his sleep and want to keep sleeping with his face smooched right in it. I would put a big prefold under his head so that if I heard him throw up (as I was sleeping because when you're a mom you hear all the things.), I would just reach over and pull out the dirty pre fold from under his head and he'd go right on sleeping. I miss those days...he's up more now than he ever was then!
    Seriously, they are the cutest and you get some great pics!

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    1. Yes! I keep a stack of prefolds by the bed and just switch out throughout the night :) I think we're in the home stretch of the puking days, so hopefully we won't have to worry about it soon!

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  6. The first two captions are hilarious! And you need to enlarge that last photo, maybe a big canvas picture? It's such a good one. I also love that they touch each other all the time.

    Emmeline's turning 1 in two weeks and I seriously don't know where the last 12 months went. So I totally feel you! And yes, big brothers and sisters are just the funniest (apparently)!

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  7. Love the captions too!
    Our 8 month old finally stopped puking after most feeds...yay! We had the same issue with the puking in our bed. It really grossed my husband out. :P
    I'm so impressed! Twindom seems quite daunting, you are doing so well!

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    1. And they totally puke ON my husband sometimes - we're both so cranky when we're trying to sleep, it definitely doesn't make for stress-free nights... But hopefully it'll stop soon!

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  8. Twinsies (hahaha, twinsies) on the can't sleep if I get out of bed thing - what lucky hubbies we have ;)

    I know I've told you before, but I just think you are the greatest for nursing your babes!

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  9. Adorable! They are filling out nicely, even if they are just barely on the bottom of the chart. Benjamin's been under the chart for a while, but he's still growing so I'm not worried. It's not like I'm impressing anyone with my height!!

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    1. We just call you Zacchaeus. :-D

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    2. I know, I'm a shortie and so's Cecilia, so as long as they don't drop significantly on the charts, I think we'll be fine :) It's definitely easier for girls to be the little ones!

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  10. So cute! Yay hair! I was bald until about 18 months!

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  11. So cute! Yay hair! I was bald until about 18 months!

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