Monday, March 21, 2016

Twins -- Two Months

The twins were two months old... three weeks ago.  I am going to get better about these posts, I promise.

For comparison:

Howard at one month

Howard at two months

And Caroline for comparison at one month

And Caroline at two months

At their two month appointments:
Howard was 11 pounds 6 ounces, and
Caroline as 10 pounds even... this girl seems to have a love for even numbers

Howard was 22.5 inches at their two month appointment (I think)
Caroline was 22 inches... she has really tried to catch up in height

Clothing size: 
Howard has outgrown his newborn sleepers, really fills out his 0-3 month sleepers and is in size 1 diaper.
Caroline still wears newborn sleepers, swims in 0-3 month clothes and wears newborn diapers.
This month we turned the corner and at the beginning of the month we were still nursing the babies separately and providing bottles as supplements (and pumping with every bottle)... and by the end of the month, I was tandem nursing exclusively with NO bottles.  This was a HUGE accomplishment and has enabled everyone to get more sleep!
 Howard and Caroline sleep in a double bassinet in our bedroom and sleep between two and five hours at a time.  They rarely sleep five hours, but did happen for the first time at 8 weeks -- it, of course, did not happen at night when I was sleeping.

New things/discoveries: 
  • Attending dance class with Tracey Ann
  • Attending a twin group with a total of three moms, three toddlers, and six baby twins (a total of nine children three and under)
  • Visited Daddy at school
  • Went for a walk with Mama
  • Learned about life without Grammie and Papa (and Mama and Daddy survived)
  • Mama getting mastitis
  • Tandem feeding and no more bottles
  • Aunt Elizabeth and Uncle Tommy visited
  • Aunt Mandy and Uncle Nick visited
  • Had their first baby-sitters outside the family (two middle school students who watch the twins upstairs while Mama teaches a childbirth class downstairs)
  • Caroline smiled for the first time
  • Showers with Daddy and baths with Tracey Ann 

New Accomplishments: 
  • Mama and Daddy surviving (and keeping us alive) without Grammie and Papa
  • Caroline smiling
  • Both babies are working on supporting their head, but Howard is incredibly determined to do it as soon as possible
  • Going for a walk with Mama all by herself
  • Tandem nursing

  • Being held
  • Pacifiers
  • Nursing
  • Eye-contact and funny voices
  • Car rides
  • Being held cheek-to-cheek while I say "Shhhhh" right in their ear
  • Baths and showers

  • Being hungry
  • Spitting up
  • Getting their finger nails cut

Special Memories:
  • Surviving at home without Grammie and Papa and Hubby and I learning what sort of teamwork we need to take care of everyone
  • Mama's first walk with all three kids -- and our dog
  • The twin play group -- what fun to connect with other mom's of twins during this crazy time
  • Hubby coming in when I was so sick with mastitis and just taking charge -- he arranged a cleaning gal to come over and for a baby-sitter to take Tracey Ann because I was so sick
  • It is so special when family comes to visit us because we know we are not on the beaten path and they really have to go out of their way to come see us -- my cousin and her husband, Elizabeth and Tommy, and Hubby's brother and his wife, Nick and Mandy, all came to see us this month, which was so wonderful and meant a lot to us

Places They Went:
  •  Rifle Middle School
  • Twin play group
  • Tracey's little dance class
  • First walk with Mama
  • First trip to the shooting range  

  • Howard
  • Buddy
  • Doc
  • Caroline
  • Sweet Caroline
  • Sweetheart

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