Our Twins at Two Months!

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Why hello! We are two months old!

Our twins are two months old! So much has happened in the last month, and I can’t believe time has flown so quickly!

The last month has been filled with many changes. Bryan is officially back at work and my mom is helping out every week day. I realize that she hasn’t so much retired as had a career change – and I couldn’t be more grateful. I know some people care for newborn twins single-handedly day in and day out, and I give them so much credit. I would not be sane person if I didn’t have help, and I say that with all seriousness. I have never been so grateful for the kindness and support of others as I have been these last few months. It’s humbling, to say the least.

 

A Semblance of a Routine…
For the most part, we’ve settled into a bit of a routine these past few weeks. With the twins at two months old, it’s nice to be able to have some routine!

Bryan wakes with the girls in the mornings and does the twins’ first feeding of the day and then wakes me up a bit before he leaves. My mom comes over around 8:30 – sometimes bringing coffee or breakfast for me, many times bringing presents for the girls. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our dog walker comes by to take Chloe for a walk (poor thing – she’s been booted down the priority ladder, so it’s nice to be able to do this little thing for her so regularly!). I pump while my mom snuggles with the babies, and then we’ll figure out something to do that day – whether it’s hanging out at home, taking a walk, going to the library for baby story time, or running errands. And then, before we know it – countless feedings, diaper changes, and pumping sessions later – it’s quittin’ time for my mom as she heads home around 4:30 or 5. I’m then alone with the girls for a few hours before Bryan gets home. We then have dinner together, feed and snuggle with the girls before taking a walk around our neighborhood or doing bath time, story time and bed time. Right now, the twins are still sleeping in their bassinets in our room, though that may change soon. I then do any feedings between midnight and 4:30 am so Bryan can get a solid block of uninterrupted sleep… and then the day repeats. It’s astonishing to me just how fast the days go – many times, I’m in shock when I see the clock, day or night.

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With friends at library story time!

 

… with a Few Adventures
We’ve interrupted this routine a few times – when the twins were 6 weeks old, we took them camping. Yes, camping. Granted – our camping is car camping at San Elijo State Beach, with many amenities and family members abound to help care for the girls – but, I was still darn proud of us for braving it – and for the girls for being such troopers! We took our pop-up trailer and bassinets for the girls – and it was the best night of sleep we’d had to-date. In fact, Ava and Maddy were so good that we ended up staying a second night. Good on them! We think the steady crashing of the ocean waves helped lull them – and keep them – asleep. Guess we need to move to the coast! Until then, we’ll keep using our Sleep Sheep.

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Sleeping peacefully in our pop-up trailer – using a portable bassinet and a not-so-portable bassinet!

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Despite Maddy’s face in this picture, the girls did a great job during their first camping trip!

As for other adventures, we became members of the San Diego Zoo – such a good deal, as going twice more than pays for the cost of the membership. We’ve only gone once so far, but it’s such a good place for walks that I think we’ll be going more, especially as the girls grow and become even more aware of their surroundings.

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At the World Famous San Diego Zoo… and Bryan modeling our very own diaper backpack!

 

Changes this Month
I think that’s  been the biggest change in the last month – both Ava and Madelyn are so much more alert. Both are smiling and engaging much more frequently. While they were pretty good with their neck control since day one, they’re demonstrating it much, much more. While they’re not sleeping through the night, they have settled into a bit of a sleep routine – feeding around 10 pm, then 2:30, then 4:30, and then up for good around 6 am.

At the end of month two, both girls have outgrown their newborn diapers and are officially in size 0-3 month clothing. It’s beyond incredible to me that I’m already needing to pack away their newborn outfits -which just the other day were too big for them. It’s an exciting thing to watch these babies grow, but surreal, also.

 

Ava

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Ava at two months

At their two month check-up, Ava weighed 12 lbs, 10 ounces and was 23 inches long.

She adores bath time. Bathing her is one of my favorite parts of the day – she stares at me with her big blue eyes, filled with wonder. She loves hanging out on her rainforest activity mat – she is absolutely delighted by the sights and sounds it makes.

She fights falling asleep – I think she’s afraid she’s going to miss out on the most exciting thing.

 

Madelyn

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Madelyn at two months

Madelyn weighed 11 lbs, 5 ounces and was 21.75 inches long.

She coos so much, I actually think she thinks she’s talking. She’s definitely more pensive, and often purses her lips together when she disapproves of something. She also knows how to make my heart melt with her pouty lower lip – that little lip comes out and sometimes wobbles when she’s upset by something and it makes me want to do everything I can to fix it immediately. Of all places, Maddy seems most content when she’s on her changing pad – I think she likes the softness of it and loves the contrast of the white horizontal blinds of the window.

Madelyn likes to wiggle down on you when you’re holding her; at first, you’ll be holding her straight up and down, and she’ll start making these little adjustments until she’s wiggled all the way down into your lap and is laying transverse across your belly. It’s the funniest thing!

 

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Twin time!

 

Health Things
While they were champs for their immunizations at their appointment and they passed their ultrasounds to check for hip dysplasia, both girls were referred to physical therapy as they have some head flattening – aka plagiocephaly. It’s pretty common these days with the “back to sleep” anti-SIDS campaign and even more common with multiples – but I couldn’t help but feel less than a good mom when the doctor made the referral. Still, I’m trying to view the physical therapy as a good thing – acting now will give me the knowledge and resources I need to help make tummy time easier for them and more of a habit for me – and I am hopeful it will correct the damage that’s been done and {hopefully} avoid the dreaded baby helmet. So… fingers crossed.

On my end, I’m doing the best I can with breastfeeding, but have resigned myself that rather than supplementing with formula as I originally thought I would, I’m really supplementing with breastmilk – I’m just not producing enough to keep these growing girls satiated. When I nurse, they will often fall asleep or they will take forever to eat – and then be screaming for a bottle 20 minutes later. So for the most part, I’m pumping a few times a day so they get some breastmilk, even if it’s not directly from the source. And I know that the more I nurse/pump, the more milk I’ll produce, but I can only do so much. My biggest goal is that my girls are healthy and gaining weight, and as evidenced by their weigh-in numbers above, I’m accomplishing that.

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