4.19.17 – 4 Months Old

19 Apr

The boys are another month older. It feels like it flew by and we barely survived all at the same time. We definitely have periods (like last week) of “we got this.” The sleep improves, we start to get into the groove of a schedule, and we have a morale boost. Then there are still tougher periods (like the last couple days). As I have told several people, the hardest part (for me) about twins is seeing and recognizing the progress. It’s slow. Their bad days don’t always coincide – making them seem more abundant. But if we stop and think, things are getting easier.

Of course, in the middle of all of the exhaustion, frustration, and tears there is so much joy. These boys are as sweet as can be. They are very curious now and don’t sleep much on-the-go anymore. They have started paying attention to each other a bit more – even smiling at each other. They are changing and growing so quickly. I know things are only going to get more fun and exciting, and that is what gets me through the tougher moments. I love them so and am so, so thankful to be their mama.

Greyson
Weight: 16 lb 7 oz (70%)
Height: 23 3/4 in (4%)
Head: 17 1/2 in (98%)

Dear Greyson,

I can hardly believe how fast you are growing and changing. You are quickly growing out of 3-6 month clothes and size 2 diapers already. You seem to be the mover and shaker of the family. I have a feeling you’ll be keeping me on my toes in no time. You are really working on twisting and have rolled from belly to back a couple of times. You are also getting really good with your hands – grasping your toys and pulling them to your mouth. Sometimes you can even stand when we are holding you. You love to be naked and just giggle and pump your legs as soon as we start to change your clothes. Blowing bubbles and smacking your lips are also new developments in the last couple of days. You still love chewing on your thumb and are usually a fan of your paci to help calm yourself to sleep. You are still loud with a smile and laugh that takes up your whole face. We seem to be getting your reflux thing figured out, which means you are way happier after eating. Playing with toys and on your play mat is still your favorite, but you have become more social and are “talking” a lot more now. You always giggle when we blow bubbles on or “eat” your cheeks. I love the way you dance your legs when you are excited, and I love seeing your little personality develop. I couldn’t be luckier to call you mine.

XOXO,

Mama

Oliver
Weight: 14 lb 8 oz (19%)
Height: 24 in (7%)
Head: 17 in (89%)

Dear Oliver,

You melt our hearts with your sweet, shy smile. I have an inkling you are a sensitive little soul. You are sensitive to noise and light and getting off your sleep schedule. You seem to know exactly what you are saying when you are “talking” to us. You love to stare into our faces and are a little fearful of new people. You still love to give your signature concerned face – the eyebrows really make it. You have a sweet little giggle and are quite ticklish. You love to be snuggled. We are going to have to break you of your bad habit of waiting to eat until it’s time to sleep, and you do wait us out. Mostly because you struggle with being woken with gas, and eating right before sleeping sure doesn’t help that issue. You also are getting pretty good with your hands. You love to pull our fingers to your mouth and have a knack for grabbing onto your sister’s hair. You really love to babble and have the sweetest sigh sounds. We instantly know when you are ready for a nap because you still close your eyes and softly whine, but you still don’t love to fall asleep on your own (another habit we have to work on). You are perfectly content being held and taking it all in rather than “playing.” But in a surprise event you rolled from your back to your belly in your crib last night. We didn’t think you’d roll first! You weren’t a fan, so Daddy had to roll you back. I love the way you hold my fingers when you eat and the way you pick up both feet and slam them down when you’re excited. I’m so lucky to be your mama.

XOXO,

Mama

Mama notes:

Most (good) nights the boys go down between 6:30-7:30, wake somewhere between 10-12 and 2-4, and get up for the day around 6:45. Still taking 4 naps a day (try to make them at least an hour each) and staying awake 60-90 minutes at a time. Their schedule makes it a challenge to do much else, which is hard on me and Laney. Tried to sleep train them a bit but decided to work on the eat/wake/sleep cycle first and will try again in a couple weeks. Taking Greyson to the chiropractor weekly has seemed help his reflux issue but he has his first cold now. Oliver still wakes with gas, but it’s getting better. Trying to keep them rested while taking Laney to her activities is a challenge at this point, so I am looking forward to summer.

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