|With our Christmas tree before W cut it down|
It's not a good sign that at only 4 months I'm already behind on monthly posts. I need to get this post done before the girls get any older. They turned 4 months old on the third, almost 2 weeks ago.
This month was another great one. We started to work more on a schedule, both daytime and nighttime. The girls started napping in their cribs but not sleeping there at night. We started an eat, play, sleep routine and they've done pretty well with it. They continue to sleep in our bedroom at night either in the pack and play at the foot of the bed or our bed. W is a sucker for having the girls in our bed. We really need to get them out of our bed because I know the longer we continue to have them there, the harder it will be to break the habit. They are so cuddly in bed though I can't help but snuggle them right up next to me.
We had some firsts as well. The girls celebrated their first Christmas and New Year's. We did our first overnight trip away from home to visit my sister.
I can't believe how big my little preemies are getting. Gone are the days when I could pick them up one-handed. Both girls are on Prevacid medication for reflux and Lucy's lack of weight gain continues to be something we're working on. We've started to give her a bottle a day of breast milk mixed with Neosure formula. We recently received a sample of human milk fortifier but haven't tried it yet. I'm still avoiding dairy since it seems to upset the girls. I'd like to try to reintroduce some foods since their reflux is now under control.
With all of the holidays and traveling we haven't been getting out as much lately. I think I got burned out on how much work it is to get 2 babies out of the house. I did go to mama baby yoga all by myself and both girls were so great. They were mesmerized watching me do yoga. It was super cute.
My mom still comes most days but I'm not as desperate as I used to be by the time she gets here. I don't feel like I'm going to lose it if she's a half hour late. I'm so much better at managing 2 babies at once. That's not to say that I don't have my moments...
Lucy- Oh Lucy, you are so intense and dramatic. I think your reflux got the best of you this past month and you really struggled. We had some issues with getting the right medicine, but things are so much better now. We also got you your first necklace made from hazelwood. When in contact with your skin it is supposed to neutralize acid. I'll try anything to help with your reflux. Your body is always in constant motion unless you are sleeping or pooping. You always have your legs kicking, arms flailing, and lips blowing bubbles. You still love tummy time and can raise your arms and legs up while on your tummy. I know you will be rolling over before we know it. You love your hands and put them in your mouth all the time. We look over and your face and hands are soaked in drool. You are still a little peanut. At your 4 month appointment you weighed 8 pounds 6.5 ounces and were 21.75 inches long. You fit mostly in newborn or 0-3 month clothes but recently have worn some 3 month clothes without losing your legs. You are very visual and love the mobiles, your projector in the crib, or looking at people's faces. You smile the cutest little mouth gaping smile, but it's always so short lived. I finally got a picture of your beautiful smile recently. You love to get your diaper changed and smile and coo like crazy when we change you. You still love your pacifier so much. People who hardly know you comment on how much you like it. This month you had to get your blood drawn but you did so well. Your still startle easily and get upset over little things. You arch your back and get so tense when you are upset. When you get that way only me or your daddy are able to really calm you down. This month you started to notice your pets and will watch them walk around you. You are definitely my stubborn little girl. You must get this trait from your mommy. You are such a little cutie and we love you so much.
|Finally a picture of your super cute smile!|
|Next to the height chart in your room. How tall are you?|
Clara- You are such a happy girl lately. I look over at your and your entire face breaks into a giant smile, cheeks and eyes included. You love your cheeks to be stroked and touched and almost always smile when we do this. One morning I placed your sister next to you in bed and you looked right at her and smiled. It was so sweet! You are very talkative and social. You love your bath and cry every time daddy takes you out. You love to hang out with your arms on mommy's thighs like you are in a hot tub. When you get mad we still joke about the tea kettle since that's what you sound like. You love music and singing and hate tummy time. Your eyes are so bright and your eyelashes are so long and dark. It looks like you are wearing mascara. This past month you decided you no longer want to drink from a bottle. I really hope you get over this soon. At your 4 month appointment you weighed 11 pounds and were 22 1/2 inches long. You are wearing mostly 0-3 or 3 month clothing and recently moved into one sized cloth diapers diapers from the newborn ones. You can still squeeze into the newborn ones but they are getting super small. Your thighs are so chubby and your cheeks are so kissable. I'm so lucky to be your mommy.