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6.19.17 – 6 Months Old!

19 Jun

It’s really hard to believe we are halfway through the first year of twins. The day these two sweet boys joined our family seems like forever ago and like yesterday all at the same time. We are finally settling into a routine. We are so close to having both boys sleeping through the night and it’s actually happened a couple of times recently. Plus, their daytime schedule has been much more consistent. As an organized, schedule-oriented mama, I am feeling like I’m getting a little bit of sanity (and sleep) back. 🙂 Of course read all of this in an inaudible whisper, because as soon as I even THINK things are falling into place we have one helluva day or night. 🙂 To be really honest, I kinda feel like we have put in all of the really hard work and now we are just starting to reap some fun in return.

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Dear Greyson,

You have earned the nicknames Grumpy Greyson and Grumpleton this month (said in the most loving way possible). You are basically either happy or fussy/angry with not much in between. I think it has to do with your tummy troubles and your two top teeth taking their sweet time coming in – plus a little bit of personality. 😉 You still spit up quite often. While you love to eat almost any baby food we offer you, we are trying to figure out if some of them are causing your reflux to be worse. We are staying away from carrots right now as they seem to really upset your tummy – even though you love them! Your favorites are bananas and sweet potatoes, and we typically can’t shovel them in fast enough. After a couple of “tough love” nights, you’ve been sleeping really well and always sleep on your tummy now. The biggest change this month has been your mobility! You are always rolling onto your tummy (usually causing more spit up).  You move those legs as fast as they will go, but you don’t get too far yet. But you manage to wiggle yourself around enough that we don’t often find you in the same place we left you. You also are really close to sitting up – just need to work on your balance. My favorite development this month is your snort laugh – cracks us up! I also love the way you shove one or both hands in your mouth to chew on. You love to grab and twist my fingers when you are drinking your bottle. You don’t really love being outside. You usually let us know you’re getting unhappy with your growls, which also make us laugh. I love your many expressions from your big ole’ grin to your serious faces. You are still so curious, and I see so much of your daddy in you. You keep us on our toes, but you sure make life more fun. We love you squishy, sweet boy!!

XOXO,

Mama

Dear Oliver,

You are the happiest, most easy-going little guy. You are so smiley or chill almost all of the time – unless you are eating baby food. Then you are making faces of disgust and concern about what we just sneaked into your mouth. You love oatmeal, but you pretty much hate everything else so far. You will humor us for several bites and then you refuse to open. You have two top teeth that are about to come through, and you try and chew on any part of us you can get your hands on. You have changed so much in the last month! You roll onto your belly and sleep on your stomach now. You found your toes and spend a lot of time playing with them or slamming your feet down at the same time. You arch your back and scoot yourself around head first. We rarely find you in the same spot we left you – even if we were gone just a minute. When we walk up to you, you squeal in delight and do a little happy, squirmy dance. You still rock your signature concerned face when you are concentrating or a stranger is talking to you. My favorite development this month is the funny faces you practice. Each week seems to bring a new mouth movement you are trying out – sucking your upper lip, the duck face, and pulling both lips in to name a few. They make us laugh! After a couple of “tough love” nights, you’ve been sleeping really well as long as you don’t do your occasional vomit right before bed. Not sure what causes it, but they are epic. You are still our social guy – you love to interact with us. You are so patient with me when you are waiting your turn, which I so appreciate (and feel bad about) more than you know. You are full of joy and snuggles every day, and we love you so much!

XOXO,

Mama

6.18.17 – Father’s Day

18 Jun

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads and father-like figures out there! We sure are thankful for you and hope you have a day as special as you are!

First, our annual Pinterest-y D-A-D photos. 🙂

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Our favorite dad isn’t big on social media PDA, but we have to give him a little shout out anyway. He is the kind of dad who chooses to take several weeks off of work when our babies are born; helps in the middle of the night without complaint; jumps on the trampoline or plays “chase” as soon as he gets home from work; and gives our babies a million fun nicknames. He never forgets a hug and kiss goodbye or to tell us how much we are loved. And most importantly he leads us by example. An example of how to continually strive to be better. To push oneself to be better physically, mentally, and spiritually. And to be a better friend, a harder worker, and a more loving, helpful member of our family. We couldn’t be more proud to call him ours! We love you!

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Photo by: Kennedy Crissinger Photography

And of course we have some amazing dads in our lives – both near and far, and we wish we could spend this day with all of you! Know that you are thought of and loved today and every day! Happy Father’s Day!

5.22.17 – Sweet babies

22 May

Time is going so fast, and I often find myself in a mental tug-of-war between “I have to capture this moment!” and “Just enjoy the moment!” I’m afraid I’ll forget. But the days are so busy, and I try to enjoy the moments when I can. Oliver found his toes last week, and watching him play with them is just the cutest. Greyson is getting more teeth and dancing his feet so much he wiggles himself across the floor. Laney just loves her baby brothers, and they just adore her right back. I just love listening to her talk to them – often repeating the things we say to them. And their mutual giggles are a dream come true. I decided to spend a few minutes capturing this current phase one afternoon in our empty former dining room that will soon be their play room, and I’m so glad I did.

Love them so!!

5.19.17 – 5 Months Old

19 May

Dear Greyson,

I can’t believe how big you are now. You are in size 3 diapers and can wear some 6-12 or 9 month clothes already. You LOVE to stand and are so close to being able to sit up on your own. You can roll from belly to back no problem now – you just use that big noggin to swing yourself right over. You are pretty much able to roll the other way too, but I think you just prefer not to be on your belly. You are working on your third tooth and have decided you hate your paci. You literally spit it out at us if we try and give it to you. You still love to blow bubbles and usually have a wet shirt from drool and spit up. We started giving you some solid foods last week. You weren’t really a fan of the oatmeal but have loved sweet potatoes. Laney likes to call you “silly mouth” because you get your food everywhere. I love the way you stretch your legs and point your toes when you’re on your back. The way you twist your whole body around to see what’s going on around you makes me smile. You love to use your voice to babble and make different noises these days. You gave us a couple of full nights of sleep this month, but sickness and teeth have caused more wake-ups again. You love to have a dirty diaper at the most inopportune times (during the church sermon, sitting up to shoot it up your back, or 2 AM to name a few), but you make up for it with your dancing and giggles when we change you. Can’t wait to see what the next month brings. Love you so!

XOXO,

Mama

Dear Oliver,

You always seem like a little peanut compared to your brother but you have grown so much this month. You are so curious – watching everyone around you. You especially watch your brother when he is babbling away. You even laughed at him a couple times when he was blowing bubbles – your first official interaction! You love to flash your sweet smile to anyone who talks to you. You are so happy and content almost all of the time. I love your little dance and the way you arch your back when we lay you down to talk to you. You are still so ticklish and your sweet giggles melt my heart. You are getting strong. You aren’t rolling too much yet but are getting close to sitting.  You love to do superman pose on your belly – arching your back with your legs in the air. You found your toes this week, so you are always playing with them now when you’re on your back. You’ve been as finicky about solid foods as you are about eating your bottles. You seemed to like oatmeal for the most part but have hated sweet potatoes so far. You are quite dramatic with your faces and gagging. You still get up at least once a night, but were giving us longer stretches before sickness and teeth. You love to try and suck on things – including our arms and your upper lip. That tongue of yours is always going – especially when you’re smiling. You still love your snuggles, and we can’t get enough of them! Love you Ollie Bear!

XOXO,

Mama

 

Another month has flown by! We had a lot of firsts this month – including some milestones that you are never really excited about…first colds, first teeth, first blowout dirty diapers. But we also had some fun ones – their baptism, road trips, solid foods, and roll overs. We are finally settling into a three nap daytime schedule that is fairly consistent (considering where we were). Their nighttime has been all over the place and seems to go in cycles. We get several really awesome nights and then some really awful ones, and there are too many variables to know what causes the bad ones. Teeth? Colds? Growth spurts? The dreaded four month sleep regression? (although we didn’t have much to regress from) But we keep reminding ourselves that this week is easier than the last overall, and we can’t wait for all of the fun the next stages will bring!

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But we have lots of fun watching them learn and grow each day…

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And I really can’t believe they are old enough for food. Another adventure in getting kids to eat!

Can’t wait for a fun summer ahead!

4.30.17 – Boys’ Baptism

30 Apr

Apparently, we cannot have a baptism without some major weather event. There was a snow storm for Laney’s baptism four years ago at the end of March, so we decided to schedule the boys’ baptism for the end of April in hopes of avoiding any icy conditions. Instead we had flooding. But luckily, we didn’t need to build an ark. Despite the dreary weather outside, we had a really beautiful day celebrating the baptism of our boys with family and friends. God is good, and we are so thankful for His abundant blessings.

Here are some snapshots from the day. The boys did so well during the ceremony and slept for the rest of the service. I didn’t ensure my external flash batteries were charged before the event, and Oliver woke up quite hungry. Therefore, the church photos weren’t what I envisioned, but such is life. The pictures don’t have to be perfect when the memories were.

Thank you to our family and friends who travel to support us and share in our joys! 🙂

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.

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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.

4.3.17 – Peace out, March!

3 Apr

March was a tough month for us – especially mentally. Take a bunch of sleepless nights add in a million rainy days and throw in some baby gas/reflux issues and you have a pair of parents who are feeling as gloomy as the weather. We were thankful when Mimi, Grandpa, and Annie decided to spend their spring break with us. The extra hands and fun new memories led to some happier hearts.

But March wasn’t all bad.  We wore our Sunday best (even if we weren’t excited about it).

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Got in some exercise.

Had lots of snuggle time.

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Had a fun St. Patty’s Day party with friends.

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And we even had a few laughs. (be still my heart – the laughs were probably the best part of the month)

The first few days of April has brought us a moral boost and a sign of promise.

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Something I read this month really spoke to me: “…how often we too are childish rather than childlike. How grateful we can be that God has set our little child in our midst, to demonstrate the simple virtues of innocence, meekness, trust, forgiveness, and love.”*

I am beyond grateful for these babies – they are a daily lesson in the virtues I hope to possess. I am especially thankful for my girl who shows me unending grace when my exhaustion brings out the worst version of me. They are of course worth a trillion sleepless nights and hardest days. I couldn’t love them more.

As we move into April, we are cautiously optimistic for more sleep and sunnier days. We feel like we are least headed in the right direction anyway. Here’s to twinning AND winning in April!

A few other snapshots:

*Meditations for the New Mother By: Helen Good Brenneman