Sunday, September 6, 2009

11 weeks old!

Well, the boys are growing fast and they are hitting some major milestones. They are both getting good at their hand-eye coordination. While on their playmat or when we are holding a toy in front of them, they hit it with their hands! Kennedy was hitting one of the toys on his playmat yesterday...he also turned his head while laying down in the playpen when I turned on their sun that lights up....this seems like a little thing but it is actually huge that they are becoming more aware of their surroundings.

We have also started a bedtime routine. We are on day 3 today and they are slowly coming around. Since they have been home we have slept them in bed with us because quite frankly, I am so exhausted at the end of the day the last think I wanted to do was to get up out of bed to feed them in their room every 2 hours...especially when it took about 1 hour to feed them....if you do the math, that is not a lot of down time in between. Now that they go 3 or 4 hours in between feeds, we felt it was time to move them into their cribs. There was a few problems with this. First off, they were not used to their cribs or their rooms at all. They did not spend any time in there and they really didn't want anything to do with sleeping away from their mommy and daddy. We knew it was time to change this or we would be sleeping with 2 toddlers before long. So, we started a bed time routine which starts off with a bath, then a bottle, then cuddle time in our bedroom with both of us, then going to sleep in their own cribs. It took 6 hours, but they both slept in their cribs from 3:00am to 7:30am!!! This was the second night we did the routine. The first night, after 5 hours the babies won and I brought them back into our bed to finally sleep. Last night was the first night without their suckies as well. We found that we spent more time putting them back into their mouths when they fell out. Or, they would get mad at them and take their hands and put them under the suckies and throw them away!! Little monkeys! So, we are suckie free and so far so good!!

They are getting so very big. The don't fit into their newborn clothing anymore. They are now wearing size 3 to 6 months! This week is another big week for them....They get their first needles on Wednesday. I am hoping it goes probably won't though and that is OK...Just another thing we need to get through.

As for me and daddy d, we are both doing well. I have learned that I can indeed function on 5 hours of interrupted sleep. Sleep in highly overrated lol! I have learned that in order for the babies to be calm, I also have to remain calm. No matter how tired or frustrated I get, I put on a calm front for the boys....and it seems to be working. Dallas is doing great too! He has his share of baby time when he is home and the boys love hanging out with him. It is hard for him to be away from us when he is at work...especially when the boys do something cute that he misses. We have "parent meetings" every day to discuss what the boys did that day..what worked and what didn't. We remain a united front with the boys because we believe consistency is best for them.




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