A quick update on my little loves…
- Just tonight we started calling him Little Buddha because he is getting fatter than Holden. At their two month checkup, Teddy weighed one ounce more than Holden, but I bet he gets farther ahead by their next checkup.
- This boy LOVES to eat! He also doesn’t always know when to stop, which means spit up everywhere. Fun times!
- His love for eating means he is once again the better breastfeeder. During the day today, he got almost no milk from a bottle — perhaps his best day yet!
- Still loves his pacifier.
- Likes it when you sing to him, especially the Clemson fight song (according to his father : ) )
- Makes such fun faces. His grin is just killer. His eyes and eyebrows are so expressive.
- He’s my “squeaky wheel” — he lets you know when he want something, and it’s usually milk or a pacifier. Sometimes in the late afternoons and evenings he just needs a little extra help falling asleep for a nap.
- Is so mellow. If he cries, I figure he must really be sad, because it doesn’t happen much.
- Has the sweetest little grin. I mean, just look at that sweet little cherub face! I love him.
- Will just stare into my eyes for the longest time. And then I melt.
- Sometimes finishes his bottle, and sometimes doesn’t. He likes to eat but he isn’t quite as demanding about it as Teddy.
- Is totally growing a mullet beneath his bald spot in the back of his head.
- Are starting to consolidate their sleep at night. Last night they slept from 10pm to 4am! It was awesome. I fed them at 4, pumped at 4:30, went back to bed at 5, and they woke up again around 7am.
- Still nap all day long, off and on. Lately it seems like they have been asleep a ton! I try to let them sleep as much as they’re willing. They still eat every 2.5-3 hours during the day.
- Have started to notice things in their field of vision. I can lay them under a playmat with hanging toys and they will stare at it for 20 minutes.
- Give us lots of smiles, especially in the morning. We haven’t heard any laughs yet, though.
- Are wearing 3 month or 3-6 month clothes. I packed up and gave away their newborn outfits. (Le sad!)
- Get a bath in the sink about once a week. That just seems like enough to me?
- Are getting pretty strong and stable in the neck. We practice sitting and standing (with LOTS of assistance).
- Overall they are just such good babies. I know there is no such thing as a bad baby, but truly these are some really good ones. They make having twins about as easy as it can get (which is not easy, but…)
As for me, I feel very good. This is my first full week home alone all five weekdays with the boys, so perhaps ask me again on Friday. I know that twelve weeks is generally the time that moms go back to work, and honestly, I cannot imagine doing that right now. I am grateful for being able to stay home with them for awhile.
As long as I go to sleep soon after the boys go to sleep (like, right after I hit publish on this post) then I can generally get a stretch of four or five hours of sleep if I’m really lucky. That plus another two hour stretch and a couple of catnaps make me a pretty sane person! I’m trying to plan one outing each day, too (lunch, a walk, an errand).
I’m still doing a somewhat insane combo of breastfeeding, pumping, and bottle feeding. I’m down to only six pumps per day (from eight) and between all of this the boys are only getting about one or two bottles of formula each week. I have no idea how long I’ll keep doing this, but right now I’m just going one day at a time. I had a milestone today when I froze four ounces of milk. Sure, it’s a puny amount, but I’ve been pumping literally around the clock for 12 weeks now and this is the first time I’ve frozen a drop!
My mom was here last week, and now is gone, and this begins the longest stretch of doing this on our own. Thankfully, the boys are doing great and their progress on sleep comes at a good time. Some days are boring, and some tasks are monotonous, but I refuse to wish these days away because I only get them once.