Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2 months

I can not believe they are 2 months already!! (Wonder how many of these posts I start that way!). It really is flying by. I'm so sad I only have a month and a half left of maternity leave, on the other hand I'm SO lucky to still have a month and a half with them as most people would be going to work at this point. Each day the twins get more and more fun. As they get bigger (and as winter comes to an end with all of its germs) we are taking them to more places. The past month they went to their first restaurant (Sushi!) and that was followed by even more restaurants (YAY mom and dad can get out of the house together!!!). They also had their first shopping experience at Target! So this month I think I will start with the "Firsts" they experienced over the past month.

Firsts:
To develop saliva (hello drool stage!!): Kylie! Around 6 weeks she started with lovely spit bubbles followed by Alex around 7 weeks.

Trip to Daddy's Work:

Alex's outfit 
Kylie's outfit

Restaurant: We went to their first restaurant when they were 4 weeks old. It was Hajime, mom and dad chose it because its rarely crowded and its close by. Go figure it was packed that night but we still got to sit at a booth in the back. Babies did great overall, didn't fuss til the end and even then it wasnt disruptive to those around us. Following this at 5 weeks they went to Chilis on a Friday night for dinner and slept through the whole meal. At 7 weeks they went to Hells Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis. They are really doing great at restaurants (but how can you do bad when you sleep the whole meal!). We will miss this easiness when they are a bit older and harder to keep calm/quiet when eating out!!!
On their way to Chilis:
Daddy and Alex at Chilis:
Mom and Kylie at Chilis:

First Trip to Target!!!! We went 3/21/14 (7.5 weeks). It was quite the show I'm sure. Alex was strapped to Ed in the baby bjorn. Kylie slept in her carseat on the grocery cart. Ed pushed the cart and carried Alex. Mommy walked around and looked cute (just kidding....mommy grabbed all the groceries and then talked daddy into Starbucks!)  Both babies (and mom and dad!) did great and I think the fact that we went during a weekday when it wasn't crowded helped. This will make future trips much easier.


St. Patricks Day! Mommy failed and forgot to get outfits so we had to make do with two of Alex's green shirts (sorry Kylie you had to wear boy clothes!).


Alexander:
Weight: 10# 7 oz (12%ile)

Height:  21.5 inches (3.2% ile) 

Diaper size: Newborn

Clothing size: Newborn

Feeds: Neutramigen formula due to his colic and reflux. Taking 4.5 ounces every 4 hours during the day (9, 1, 5) and then goes 5 to 6 hours at night (YAY FOR US!) Becoming a much cleaner eater. He likes to look you in the eyes when he eats and often has his hands on the bottle. If his hands aren't on the bottle they are holding your finger or resting on his belly. 

Sleep: He goes to bed at 9:30 after having a diaper change and bottle and listening to lullabies. He usually wakes around 2 or 3 to eat and then goes back to bed easily for another 4-5 hours and again eats and will sleep until 9 or so. He sleeps by himself in his crib. He is a noisy sleeper and grunts a lot in his sleep but other times he is very relaxed with his arms above his head (if he was able to get them out of his sleep sack) and a smile on his face. He takes 3 naps a day, one in mommies arms, one in the pack n play or crib, and then one in the evening. He LOVES to be snuggled and would sleep exclusively in mom or dads arms if given the chance.

Health: Still having Reflux and on Prevacid. Had a stuffy nose at 7 weeks. Has colic, not to severe on the new formula, but fussy in afternoons. Luckily for mom, you can console him bug snuggling him and giving him his pacifier. Otherwise healthy as can be.

Behavior: Such a smiley boy when he's happy.He makes all kinds of faces that crack you up. He will let you know he is unhappy (IE. you did not get the bottle to him fast enough)!!! He has a super loud cry when he's mad. When he is awake he is very interested in his surroundings and takes everything in. LOVES to look at the lights. Looks you in the eye when you are feeding.

Play : He LOVES to look at lights when he is awake and will stare at them until he falls asleep.  He is very content to lay on his playmat although he has no idea what to do on it, he is happy though just staring at the mobile and listening to music. He loves music in general, we play it during day feeds now and he is very content. We think he loves the 80s like mom and dad! He likes his vibrating chair, mainly because he is elevated enough to look everywhere. He likes his rings and is starting to grab at them. Also is finding moms hair, yay for that one! Loves his pacifier.

2 month photo:



Kylie:
Weight:  8#11 oz (2.8%ile)

Height: 20.5 inches (0.83%ile)

Diaper size: Newborn

Clothing size: Newborn, grew out of preemie around 7 weeks old

Feeds: Breast milk from a bottle during the day and  Gentlease formula at night. Taking 4 ounces every 4 hours during the day (9,1,5) and every 5 to 6 hours at night! . She is a VERY clean eater and doesn't dribble much. She does tend to spit up some if you don't get a good burp. When you feed her Kylie likes to hold your finger or have both arms relaxed at her side. She finally started trying to put her hands on the bottle around 6 weeks.

Sleep: She goes to bed at 9:30 after having a diaper change and bottle and listening to lullabies. She gets woken up at night to eat after her brother eats. So she goes a solid 5 to 6 hours! She is a good sleeper and will sleep by herself in the crib. She sleeps better if she is in her sleep sack. She LOVES to snuggle (prefers chest to chest). She fights daytime naps. She will take it if you hold her but otherwise she whines. Occasionally she'll go down for one in the crib or pack n play.

Health: Still has Reflux and is on Prevacid. Had colic, but luckily for mom you can console her just by holding her. Is generally fussy starting at 2pm and it lasts until 5 or 6. Has a clogged tear duct in her left eye. Otherwise very healthy!

Behavior: Such a mellow little girl and usually waits patiently for her turn to eat.  Looks you in the eyes when feeding (if she is really awake for it). Does not smile to often, but has a good grasp on how to give a frown! (Or as mom and dad call it, the "Kylie is not impressed" look). I think we have a diva in training!! She is starting to give more smiles each day, and when she does wow is it cute!

Play : She loves her yellow giraffe rattle and will track it. She occasionally grasps on to her taggies or rings. She does enjoy her vibrating chair and will happily sit in that. She loves sucking her pacifier, actually she is probably beyond in love with her pacifier. We joke that she is a member of P.A. Its like alcoholics anonymous but for pacifier addicts!

2 month photo:



Together:



Some of our highlights of the past month:
Watched the Big 10 Tournament and cheered on Purdue. Purdue blew it in the first round but the Twins still looked cute!!


Daddy took a long weekend so we could watch the NCAA tournament when it kicked off.

Maverick is getting more and more accepting of the twins.



Can't wait to see what the next month brings us with these two sweethearts!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

First walks

It finally happened! It got above freezing in Minnesota! The last weekend if march was nice, 40s Saturday and 50s Sunday! Of course that meant everyone was outside (and true to Minnesota form there were the token dumb people without coats in shorts!). Since the side walks were finally clear of snow we decided to take our first family walk on Saturday. We went about a mile. The babies slept the whole time and Mav was just thrilled to be out of the house. It was still cool so the twins were bundled up! 

In their winter coats (3 month sizes so they were WAY to long and poor Kylie filled about half of hers width wise)

Loaded into their car seats:
And in their stroller:

Kylie:

Alex:

Since the first walk went so well we did it again Sunday! It was much warmer so the twins didn't need their thick winter coats, instead they got by with a zip up sweatshirt and blanket! It was a gorgeous two mile walk. 





I'm sure we are quite the show walking down the street! Looking forward to starting daily family walks again with our two new additions!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fancy Friday


Today daddy worked from home so I decided to dress the kids up to work with him! Course now they all look cute and I'm still sitting here at 3 pm in my pajamas....but there's still hope I might get a shower! Enjoy the pics: 

Kylie:

All three babies in their ties and bow ties

Alex:
The twins: 


These are the last pics as one month olds.....tomorrow we are two months!!! Where did the time go?? 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

1 Month :)

can't believe the twins are already a month old! It has been the best month I could ever imagine. Looking back it is crazy to me how far they both have come....its even crazier that really they should be 5 days old today as they were actually due 5 days ago! We'll see if I can keep this up each month but here are some highlights of the past month:

Alexander:
Weight: 7 pounds 9 oz (as of 4 days ago). 4% for his age!

Diaper size: Newborn

Clothing size: Newborn

Feeds: Gentlease formula. Taking 4 ounces every 3 hours. He is our little tank! Also our messy eater, his food dribbles out constantly as he sucks so fast that he can't keep up with swallowing! He likes to look you in the eyes when he eats and often has his hands on the bottle.

Sleep: He goes to bed at 9:30 after having a diaper change and bottle and listening to lullabies. He usually wakes around 12 or 1 to eat and then goes back to bed easily for another 3 hours and again eats and will sleep another 3 hours. He sleeps by himself in his crib. He is a noisy sleeper and grunts a lot in his sleep but other times he is very relaxed with his arms above his head (if he was able to get them out of his sleep sack) and a smile on his face. He takes 3 naps a day, one in mommies arms, one in the pack n play, and one in the crib. He LOVES to be snuggled and would sleep exclusively in mom or dads arms if given the chance.

Health: At the beginning of the month when he was born, he had some de-saturation issues when he got mad. His oxygen level would dip down, fortunately the neonatologist thought it was behavioral and he just had to "Mature" and he would outgrow this. He was diagnosed with reflux around 3 weeks and has been on Prevacid. Since starting this, his spitting up and mood have been much better. Had a circumcision at mom's office at 9 days old. Lost umbilical cord at 12 days old.

Behavior: Such a smiley boy when he's happy. When he wakes up you have about 5 seconds to put a bottle in his mouth or all hell will break loose. He will let you know he is unhappy!!! He has a super loud cry when he's mad. When he is awake he is very interested in his surroundings and takes everything in. LOVES to look at the lights. Looks you in the eye when you are feeding.

Play : He LOVES to look at lights when he is awake and will stare at them until he falls asleep. We have tried an infant stimulation app on our i-phones with him and he loves that too. He is very content to lay on his playmat although he has no idea what to do on it, he is happy though just staring at the mobile and listening to music. He loves to be in his boppy and this is a life saver in the middle of the night when his sister is eating. Loves his pacifier.

1 month photo:





Kylie:
Weight: 6 pounds 4 oz (as of 4 days ago). 0.4% for her age, she is our peanut!

Diaper size: Newborn

Clothing size: Newborn but also fits in Preemie

Feeds: Breast milk from a bottle during the day and Gentlease formula at night. Taking 3 to 3.5 ounces every 3 hours. She is a VERY clean eater and doesn't dribble much. She does tend to spit up some if you don't get a good burp. When you feed her Kylie likes to hold your finger or have both arms relaxed at her side

Sleep: She goes to bed at 9:30 after having a diaper change and bottle and listening to lullabies. She would probably go at least 4 hours at night, but since her twin wakes up to eat about every 3 to 3.5 hours she gets woken up by default! She is a good sleeper and will sleep by herself in the crib. She sleeps better if she is in her sleep sack. She LOVES to snuggle (prefers chest to chest). Takes 3 naps during the day, usually one in mommies arms, one in the pack n play, and one in the crib.

Health: At the beginning of the month when she was born, she was so tiny she was monitored for growth the first week of life. Once home started to be very fussy after feeds and spit up a lot. At 3 weeks she was put on Prevacid for Reflux and is doing much better. She will take her medicine well as long as you don't hold her cheeks, if you hold her cheeks she will spit it up. Lost her umbilical cord at 2.5 weeks.

Behavior: Such a mellow little girl. Has the cutest smile. Looks you in the eyes when feeding (if she is really awake for it). Will patiently wait her turn to be fed, which works well since brother does not like to wait :) Rarely cries and when it does its a soft cry.

Play : She is not huge on playing yet, she will lay on the playmat by her brother but just ends up falling asleep. She'll sit in the boppy but then gets annoyed with it. She does enjoy her vibrating chair (although it still doesn't have batteries and thus is just a chair) and will happily sit in that. She loves sucking her pacifier.

1 month photo:


And a few of them together :)




Some of our highlights of the past month:
*Taking them home from the hospital a week after they were born


*Introducing them to Maverick and watching him adjust to them. He seems to favor Kylie slightly (probably because she is quieter). He gives them kisses each morning and they do not mind being slobbered on.


*Getting them to sleep in their cribs (the first few nights were rough!). They are still hard to get down at 9 PM and will fuss but by their midnight feed its smooth sailing the rest of the night

*Their first Valentines Day.


*Their first visit to the doctors (they actually had 4 visits this month, Alex's circ, 2 weight checks, and 2 week check)
Alex:
Kylie:


*Doing their newborn photos. One of our favorites:


* Watching them grow. Just looking back at their pictures from the hospital, I feel like they have changed so much and are developing such personalities!

Alex in the hospital:
Kylie in the hospital: 


Alex at 30 days old:
Kylie at 30 days old
The twins around 3 weeks old in matching shirts:


We feel so lucky we get to be their parents and raise them. Can't wait to see what the next month brings!