Thursday, February 11, 2016

Twins -- One Month


The twins are one month old... or they were about two weeks ago.  So I have to do this post quickly before they're suddenly two months and these facts are obsolete.





Weight: 
Unofficially, my estimation is that
Howard is about 7 and a half pounds, and
Caroline is almost 7 pounds



Length:  
Howard was 20.25 inches at birth... and he's on the verge of growing out of newborn sleepers... so he's probably longer now
Caroline was 18.5 inches at birth, and she is definitely longer now too, although she still has a little room to grow in her newborn sleepers, so she's not quite as tall as Howard.



Clothing size: 
Howard and Caroline are in newborn sleepers, but depending on the sleeper, Howard has grown out of a few.  Caroline is still in newborn sleepers, but she is filling them out more every day, which is wonderful to see.
 



Eating:  
Both babies have eaten nothing but my breastmilk... but they eat both at the breast and through bottles -- which, I've got to say, is a little complicated, but the most important thing is that both twins are eating only breastmilk... it is less important how they get it so long as that is all they're eating.  Sometimes they eat every three hours... sometimes more often.
For the first month, the pattern of feeding from my perspective was as follows:
One baby nurses for 20 minutes
The second baby nurses for 20 minutes
Mama pumps breastmilk for 20 minutes
The pattern of feeding from the perspective of a baby was:
20 minutes of nursing with Mama
Being burped by Grammie, Papa or Daddy
Eating another 10-30 ccs (mls) via bottle given by Grammie, Papa or Daddy
Another round of being burped by Grammie, Papa, or Daddy
Diaper change
... by the time the first baby was done with his/her bottle, the second baby was done nursing and ready to be burped and bottled.
Feedings generally take about 75-90 minutes at minimum.






Sleeping:  
 Howard and Caroline sleep in a double bassinet in our bedroom and are usually swaddled, and wearing a hats.  Following a feeding, they usually sleep about two hours.
 



New things/discoveries: 
  • Howard and Caroline are doing more every day -- trying to keep their pacifiers in their mouths
  • Tracking better with their eyes
  • Cuddling up next to one another when we lay them near each other
  • Nuzzling up to my cheek when they're letting me know that they are hungry
  • Howard was circumcised this month
  • They have had quite a few baths... more then their messy diapers do not stay in their messy diapers (we have had this much more often with both Howard and Caroline than we ever did with Tracey Ann)
  • Going with Mama and Grammie to drop Tracey Ann off at preschool
  • Both were dedicated at church when they were 9 days old because both sets of grandparents were in town that weekend




  New Accomplishments: 
  • Wrapping Mama, Daddy, and their grandparents around their baby fingers
  • It was a big accomplishment for them both to be gaining weight and for me to establish and maintain a milk supply enough to nourish both twins
  • Howard had a high bilirubin level before we left the hospital, which necessitated our staying in the hospital two additional days... it was a huge accomplishment to have those levels back in a safe zone and stay down thereafter



 
Likes: 
  • Being held
  • Being burped
  • Pacifiers
  • Nursing
  • Bottles
  • Being held cheek-to-cheek while I say "Shhhhh" right in their ear

 
 
Dislikes:
  • Being hungry
  • Spitting up
  • Cold diaper wipes
  • Howard did not like the 24 hours following his circumcision -- he was very sore
 
  Places They Went:
  •  Carbondale
  • Grand Junction
  • Church
  • Doctors' offices



Special Memories:
  • Honestly... they're being born is a really special memory that I will be trying to recount from my perspective soon... born New Year's Day, before the Michigan game, unmedicted labor and delivery... and two healthy babies
  • 3am feedings with Grammie and Papa
  • Daddy and grandparents being able to give bottles and participate in feedings
  • Tracey Ann adjusting to life as a big sister and responding whenever one is crying.  She will say, "He's Crying" and run over to the crib where the baby is
  • Learning how to treat a circumcision in the immediate aftermath
  • Seeing Caroline in Tracey Ann's hand-me-down sleepers
  • Getting to buy little boy clothes for Howard
  • Watching the two of them nestle together while they're sleeping
  • Getting newborn and family pictures taken when they were one week old


Nicknames:

  • Howard
  • Baby Howard
  • Mister
  • Buddy
  • Doc
  • Caroline
  • Sweet Caroline
  • Sweetheart


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

See Her?

Can you see her...?




The Lexie-Girl strategically hiding in this picture?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Love...

Questions about my Love:
 
1. Where did you meet your other half?  
At a professional development workshop at Battle Mountain High School is where we both remember meeting each other -- although, I remember meeting Hubby a few months earlier at a meeting at the school district office.
 
2. How long have you been with your significant other?  
We've been together over six years and married 4.5 years.
 
3. If you're married, when did you say "I do"?  
June 25, 2011

4. What song did you walk down the aisle to?  
Here Comes the Bride -- the Wedding March
 
5. Do you have any children yet? 
Yes 3 children -- two girls and a boy (a two-year-old daughter, and twin newborns son and daughter)

6. What's your favorite thing about your other half? 
 I love so many things... but especially his easy going nature and good he is for me and my serious nature.  I also love how committed he is to me and our marriage, and how much he loves our children.

7. Were you and your other half high school sweethearts?
No 

8. Where was your first date?
A community theater play Barefoot In the Park in Eagle CO 

9. How long were you dating before you said "I love you"?
Good question -- several months 

10. How long were you dating your other half before he/she proposed? 
Exactly one year after our first date

11. Where is your favorite place you have traveled with your other half? 
Our honeymoon -- a Mediterranean Cruise

12. How do you and your other half usually spend Valentine's Day? 
We usually stay home, but we do something sweet and special at home.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Well Done, Broncos

Well done, Broncos.



What a great win in Superbowl 50!

We had the cutest Superbowl Party...




Two years ago we had a baby in January, and the Broncos made it to the Superbowl...
 

This year, we had babies in January and the Broncos made it to the Superbowl... and WON!

Clearly, we need to keep having babies for the Broncos to keep doing well.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Real.

My parents have been in Colorado for two and a half months.  My parents have been living in our home for two months.  They have been here every day -- my mom has been doing laundry and cooking meals and washing dishes and running the vacuum cleaner.  My dad has been been shoveling the sidewalk, driveway, and back porch.

For November and December, they spent every day with their only granddaughter, Tracey Ann, loving her and getting to know her better than ever before.
Then, in January, they got two new grandchildren -- a boy and a girl and they spent this past month getting to know each of them firsthand and intimately caring for our newborns in a way only those living with babies can do.

Now, they have headed home... and life with our three children is about a to get very real.  Hubby and I will be operating without a safety net.  We will miss the help... but, really, we will miss their daily investment in the lives of their grandchildren.

Come back soon, Grammie and Papa.


   

Friday, February 5, 2016