Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
I think Tank enjoys the walks the most!
Posted by Jennifer at 12:19 PM
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
- Heating bottles in the microwave. Every book I read while I was pregnant said not to do this because microwaves can cause heat pockets in the formula, so we bought four...yes four, bottles warmers. Why did I do this?! I figured that I'd need two for the kitchen and two for upstairs for night time feedings. After a month of listening to two screaming babies while it took five minutes to heat up their bottles, I decided to test out the microwave. Two bottle in for 45 seconds does the trick for us. I am always sure to shake the bottle up to get rid of any heat pockets before feeding the boys. They've survived so far!
- I let our dog kiss the boys. It's not like he's licking them in the mouth. He tries to lick their faces (I think he likes the formula) and I try to head him off, but sometimes I'm not quick enough and he get them! A little doggie slobber can't be all that bad, can it?
- Napping on the Boppy. It clearly says NO SLEEPING on the tag, but if that's where they fall asleep for a short snooze, that's where they remain.
- I still rock them to sleep at night. I just can't put one down in the crib 'awake, yet drowsy' like the books suggest. What if he starts screaming and wakes bis brother? This is why I ensure they're both fast asleep when I lay them down.
- I let them hang out on 'soft surfaces' like my bed and fluffy comforter while I get dressed or straighten up my room. For that matter, I've also put them in the laundry basket with clean laundry in it.
- I've put them in the pack n play and left the room. Gasp! It's not like I'm gone forever. Sometimes mommy's got to run to the bathroom!
- I dont' strap them onto their changing table. When they were much smaller, I didnt' strap them into their bouncy chairs either. It's not like they were going anywhere. Now I have to strap them into the bouncies because they move around so much and I'm afraid they'll fall out!
- I let them play with knives. Kidding!!
Would you like to confess to any 'Mommy Rules' that you break?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Happy 3 MonthDay, Boys!!
Last night I walked into my living room where Justin was sitting on the couch with the boys. I gazed at Nolan and was amazed at how big he looked! I look at this baby for 18 hours a day, how had I not realized how big he was? He took up an entire couch cushion!
The time is passing so quickly and my babies are getting bigger and stronger by the day. If you dare to hold one of them in your lap, beware because you may get some strong kicks to your belly or ribs. Luke has come close to giving me a fat lip because of the way he whips his head around.
Their precious little outfits that I loved so much no longer fit them. I had to pack up about 25 pairs of socks because they were too small for the boys' feet. I have an excess of diapers that their little tushies don't fit into. My nephew who is scheduled to arrive in January will be receiving lots of Luke & Nolan's barely-worn clothes. Sigh.
They are in size 1-2 diapers. They eat at least 5oz at every feeding. Their morning bottle has consisted of 7oz for the past week because they've been sleeping for longer stretches at night and they're quite hungry upon waking. They sleep anywhere between from 6 to 9 hours. Last night it was 8 1/2. They are both very happy morning babies, but get cranky in the evenings (like their mommy). It's nice to be greeted with a smile and some cooing.
As they're getting bigger, I feel like things are getting a bit more manageable. They don't scream in the middle of the night when they want to be fed which is a blessing when you can barely open your eyes. They just whimper when they wake and mommy comes running! Feeding both babies at once, which was a production for the first 2 months, has become much easier. I think it's due to the fact that they have better head control now. L & N can be fed and burped in under 15 minutes. If you would have asked me in June or July, I never would have thought that it could happen! Bath time is also less scary for me because they're actually big enough for their baby tub. It was scary in the beginning because they were so tiny!
Overall, things have been good. Luke rolled over twice again on Saturday, but he wanted no parts of it on Monday! They spent Saturday night and most of Sunday with Mom Mom & Poppy because Justin and I were at the Eagles game. It's nice to be able to get out of the house with my husband and feel comforted by the fact that they are being very well loved and cared for. We have two parties again next Saturday night and the boys will spend the night with them again!
I'm looking forward to what the next month brings. I can't wait to hear more babbling from L & N and get some big smiles and laughs!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Nolan has morphed into a thumb sucker. It's the cutest thing!!
On a side note, the boys slept from 9:30 last night until 7:15 this morning! That is, by far, their longest stretch yet. I didn't think they'd sleep that well last night because they both took long-ish naps during the day yesterday. Here's hoping the trend continues...
Friday, September 18, 2009
Here are two videos of the boys waking up this morning. Unfortunately, the first video is a little dark, but you can still see my cutie pie Nolan just fine!
Please ignore my obnoxious "mommy" voice.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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Sunday, September 13, 2009
We ran some errands this morning and mommy, daddy and the boys all had their Eagles gear on. We got lots of high fives and people peeking into their stroller for a look at the handsome men in their Birds outfits! It's crazy how grown men will never really talk to us about the babies except to say "man, you have your hands full." But...once you put two little boys into football gear, the men surround them and comment on how great it is to have sons and that you get to watch the games with!
Posted by Jennifer at 12:58 PM
Friday, September 11, 2009
Nolan's Stats: 13 lbs 1 oz -- 23 1/2"
Luke's Stats: 11 lbs 14 oz -- 22 1/4"
Every mother says it, but it's crazy how quickly they've grown since they were born! I was watching the video of Luke and Nolan in the delivery room and they both looked so scrawny, which is crazy because they had great birth weights. Now they have pudgy little legs and cheeks -- I love it!!
Nolan is very responsive to people's voices. Even if he isn't looking at you, but he hears your voice, you'll see a big smile on his face. He quite possibly has the softest cheeks I've ever felt in my life. I could nuzzle them all day. Just this past week, he has been talking and cooing more. I love hearing his voice.
Luke loves to look at faces. If you get real close to him and sing him a song or talk to him softly, he'll smile and sometimes talk back. His loves to kick his legs and squirm around. He laughs in his sleep which cracks me up! He likes to stand up with the help of mommy. He's getting stronger and bigger every day!
I love you boys and am amazed by you every day!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Answer: I have no clue.
It just happened one blessed night and it's been happening ever since. Now if there's one thing I've learned, it's that if you talk about your babies sleeping relatively well, you know that reality will slap you in the face and they'll start sleeping in two hour increments. Here's hoping this doesn't happen!
Here's what goes on during the daytime with the little guys:
By no means are they on a schedule or anything. Every day is different. Depending on when they fall asleep, they usually wake from anywhere between 6 and 9 a.m. We'll feed them, change them, then we "play" on the activity mat or on the bed with mommy & daddy if it's the weekend. Sometimes they take a half hour nap or so in the mornings, sometimes they don't. I like to try and feed them every 4 hours, but sometimes they get hungry earlier and they'll let me know. After their lunch bottle, Nolan will usually take a nap and Luke will stay awake. I haven't gotten into putting the kids in their cribs for naps because I have no clue when they'll fall asleep, so they take their naps wherever it happens to be that they fell asleep. Luke will eventually take a nap, but he definitely likes to stay awake longer than Nolan does. They'll take a late afternoon bottle and this is when they like to be awake. They aren't always super happy in the evenings though. They tend to be cranky from between 6 and 9 p.m. This is when Justin and I are trying to make dinner and relax after a long day, so it's sometimes kind of sad when your little one is looking at you with a pouty face when you just want to cuddle with him. They take their final bottle before bed time from anywhere between 8 to 10:30 usually.
I'm still flying by the seat of my pants here when it comes to the parenting game. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason as to how I do things and who knows if I’m doing it "correct," but it's the right fit for our life. I'm honestly just going with the flow when it comes to the boys. I haven't read any books on sleep training and I don't plan to. This may change in the future, but my mom and momma V managed to get Justin and I to sleep as babies without the help of a book, so I figured I'd try the same.
The only thing that we are compulsive about is feeding the boys at the same time. Nolan has been a little bugger lately and will take 2 to 3 ounces before he grows bored and starts sticking his tongue out when I try to put the bottle in his mouth. This means that I have to try and feed him the rest of the bottle in a half hour. If he doesn't take it, I can't force him to, so he just chills until he's hungry…then we give him a "snack" of an ounce or two in between his next bottle if he wants it. Luke has been consistently eating his entire bottle. I can't wait to find out how much the little guys weigh at their 2 month appointment on Friday!
Posted by Jennifer at 12:49 PM
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Last night, we fed the boys at 9:00 and they were in bed by 9:30. They woke at 4:10 to be fed and were back in their cribs by 4:45. I was up at 5:30 so that I could shower and make myself presentable and in the office by 7.
My mom will be watching the boys while Justin and I are at work. She came this morning after I had already left (Justin was still home) and she got them ready for the day, gave them their bottles and then she takes them to her house, which is where I pick them up later on in the day.
I didn't cry at all, which surprises me. I missed working and my friends from work, but I thought I would be much worse when leaving the house in the morning.
It worked out beautifully this morning and I hope it continues. I realize this is a very boring post, but, like I said, I'm tired. I've been up since 4:10. Hopefully the boys go right to sleep after their 9:30 bottles tonight!
Posted by Jennifer at 8:05 PM
Sunday, September 6, 2009
First day on the beach. This was our only sunny day on the beach :(
Aunt Danielle, Grandpop and Grandmom playing around in the ocean! So much fun!!!!
We had a great time!