Sunday, November 30, 2014

Foreseasons Twins - 6 Months

Six months, crazy!!  It was difficult to get the shots as they either kept falling over, wouldn't look at the camera, were whining, crying, or eating each other's feet and hands.  Chris and I were both sweating trying to take the pictures and then cracking up looking at the transgression of the pictures.   


The next morning on their 6 month birthday they were laughing and talking a lot when I was in the kitchen, so I walked in the living room to check on them and found them in this playful position.  It was a good way to start the day.  Later on that day they had their 6 month doctor appointment and shots.  


About Jake:  Jake is Mr. Smiles.  Just looking at him will get him to break into his grin and kick his legs and bop up and down in excitement.  He loves any kind of silliness and will giggle a ton, especially when Daddy will get up real close to him and tickles him.  

We've got his number and he's become pretty predictable.  When he's upset, he's either poopy (the guy is also a pretty regular pooper..), tired and just wants to lay his head on your shoulder and cuddle or just wants any kind of silly attention.  

Big milestones for Jake this month.  He's started getting up on all fours, scooting and crawling.  His favorite thing to crawl after - the cell phone.  Move it a bit further away each time and he will keep inching forward for it.  Another milestone is cutting his first tooth.  I felt a bottom tooth on his 6th month birthday.  He's actually been handling teething like a champ and not much fussing as it was Max I thought who would cut the first tooth since he exhibits more teething symptoms.  

When he's ready for a nap he will let you know and will actually go down pretty easy.  Some day it's a nice long nap but usually about an hour.  I wish I could get my guys on a consistent nap schedule.  

Jake weighs just above 18 lbs which is in the 50th percentile.  His height is 27.5", also in the 50th percentile.  He grew 2 inches since his 3 month appt.

Likes:  Smiling, "flying" on the floor trying to move, jumping in and driving his car, kissey faces from Mommy, cuddling, silly time with Daddy.

Dislikes:  Being alone in a room.




About Max:  Oh, Max.  Our guy is a babbling fool, especially in the mornings.  Still waking up talking in his crib and then when he gets really excited, he will yelp and scream.  Still rolling his "r's" too.  That must have made him discover his tongue because now he will stick his tongue out and try to lick his lips.  

He isn't quite crawling, but definitely army rolling to get to places he wants.  He will spin himself around in every direction when on his belly, but not quite up on all fours yet.  Max wants to touch everything in his reach, or bat at it like a cat or try to put it in his mouth.  His favorite thing in his mouth are his feet so far.  

Max will sit pretty still for story time in your lap and especially to watch TV.  He really likes the bright colors on the TV, especially Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  He still loves any silliness, singing, funny noises with your mouth and wild rides in the air or on your lap.  It will get you an instant smile, complete with those killer dimples.  

He spends a lot of time in his high chair and sitting at the table with Mom and Dad.  He does great at being spoon-fed solids too.  Really good, actually.  

He is still not the best napper.  Fights it like the dickens.  And it's so annoying, especially when you want him to be sleeping so you can get stuff done (like this blog post), but instead he's sitting in your lap fidgeting all over, dropping his nookie and batting at the keyboard....  :)

He's definitely teething and will have a hard, painful cry when teeth are bothering him.  So far the best relief for him has been damp washcloths, rolled up and frozen for him to suck on.  No teeth yet though.        

He weighs 16 lb, 13 oz and is in the 40% percentile.  His height is 26 "and in the 20th percentile.  

Likes:  Funny noises, kissey faces from Mom, screaming with excitement, eating feet, flying in the air with Daddy, his high chair and eating rice cereal.

Dislikes:  Naps. Giving in to sleep in general.  



Eat:  They are still having bottles 5X a day, about 7 oz. and eating solids once a day.  I admit the solids aren't consistent and really just if we have time after work and if they are in a good mood for it.  My goal this next month is to start cereal in the morning and then spread out that morning and afternoon bottle so that maybe we can end up dropping a bottle feeding.  Then replace it with more solids at dinnertime, followed by the last bedtime bottle.  They still eat in the snoogle together, but they are moving around a lot so I may have to come up with a better way to feed them both at the same time.  Time to check-in with my twin guru friends again.....

Sleep:  Bedtime routine starts around 7:00 each night.  Jake is usually out by 7:30.  Max on the other hand....he takes a bit longer.  Some nights he too is out by 7:30, but then he'll wake up when we put him in his crib and will fuss until we pick him up again (and we do as we don't want to wake Jake).  And then he'll sometimes sit with us on the couch and fidget around for another 30 minutes or so.  His bedtime routine can sometimes take 2 hours.  I do not know what he thinks he's missing if he lets himself fall asleep.  

So, if they are sleeping by 7:30, we both get a nice amount of time to get things done or relax.  I still get to shower and be in bed by 9:00-9:30, just like the old days which is the best way for me to recharge and feel like I can conquer another day.  Rarely do they wake up when we are trying to get to bed, so I can usually rest easy knowing they are asleep unlike those early newborn days when it was like waiting for a grenade to go off listening for one to cry.  However......they are waking up like clockwork between 3:30-4:30 every day this past month.  Usually Jake, but Max too.  They are both getting over the sniffles so we have been giving them the benefit of the doubt and giving them extra cuddle time on these mornings to get them back to sleep, but that has got to stop.  We've got to start letting them cry it out.  Problem is they are persistent little goobers.  On Thanksgiving night, Jake cried from 12:30 to 1:30 which was an early wake-up even for him.  Then Max cried from 4:30 to 5:30.  Ugh.  But I suppose I really can't complain because with the a 7:30 bedtime and a 4:30 wake-up, that is still 8 to 9 hours of straight sleep for them and that is about 6 straight hours of sleep for us which used to be all that I would wish for combined during my maternity leave.  Once we get them back to sleep after their wake-ups, they will typically sleep to about 6:00-6:30 each day.  


People with twins have told me it's a great investment once they get old enough because they will always entertain each other and have each other as a playmate.  They've definitely started "playing" together somewhat whether it's trying to eat each other's body parts or each other's toys.  Besides bath time right now, these boys do a lot of stuff together!  

Littlest cousin Vance Stanley arrived on November 6th.  A healthy baby with a ton of dark hair and the longest fingers!  His Mommy and Daddy are adjusting well so far, gosh those first weeks are tough!  Mommy and Vance came for a visit last weekend and he got his picture taken with his cousins.  Vance was very excited to have his cousins looking out for him as you can see!


We celebrated their first Halloween this past month.  Jake was a chef and Max was a lobster.  Max was such a good sport about the lobster costume and Jake looked so adorable as the chef.  We did trick or treating in Tara and Erik's neighborhood as they have a huge block party.  The boys slept the entire time.  I loved Halloween in my 20's.  I have a feeling I'll start loving it again now just as much.  Dressing them up is going to be fun.


This time last year I was pregnant for all the holidays and just starting to tell people.  The Friday before Thanksgiving we had opened the envelope that revealed we were having boys.  I can't believe it's a year later already.  It feels like just yesterday, really.  I'm nostalgic thinking of how exciting the holidays were to be expecting twins.  It's crazy that now they are here and we get to celebrate as parents and create the best memories for them during the holidays that we can while they grow up.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Foreseasons Twins - 5 Months

Our little monkeys were five months almost a week ago.  It was a Friday night, they had a good report card from Ammy during the day, ate some butternut squash for dinner and got their pictures taken during playtime with Mommy and Daddy.  I think even the boys seem happier on Friday nights, probably because they pick up on Chris and I's relaxed, good moods.  





About Jake:  This guy is our little angel baby.  Still loves to cuddle, especially with his Mama.  And he is Dad's buddy for the Packer games.  Jake is rocking the tummy time and flips from back to front immediately and can keep himself occupied for a long time.  He is taking great naps during the day and ready for bed at night and I think that is because he is really "working it" during the day.  Always on his tummy looking around, head up high, and swimming like he's trying to move.  He puts his arms straight out like he's flying when he's trying to move and is starting to put his butt up and scoot himself.  He turns all around on his belly which explains why he is all over the place in his crib.  He has got the strongest back and abs from all his hard work.  He'll even pass out on the floor when he becomes too tired from it all.  We are starting to do propped sitting with him on his own which he can do for a couple of seconds.  

He goes to bed early, around 8:00 on average and sleeps pretty good, but still gives us our wake up call by crying out around 4:00-5:00 a few times a week.  We can usually get him back to sleep until about 6:30, even if it means snuggle time with Mommy in bed.  He has done that wake-up squawking since he was born for some reason, but I hope he grows out of it.  And while it is a bit annoying on most days, once I'm up, I love the extra time and cuddles with him.    

Not sure if it is teething or what, but Jake is the king of drool, it is like a faucet some days.  And he also got his first cold, we are still trying to get rid of the sniffles.  He HATES when I try to clear his nose too.  Poor guy, Mommy is always picking at him.

Jake loves the silliness and is always smiling and laughing if you make the smallest funny face or noise.  He will just laugh and laugh at you.  He's just so darn cute, I picture his big grin every time I miss him during the day.  



About Max:  Max has the best facial expressions and those arms of his are always flailing.  He will start to flail the moment he sees you are going to pick him up and will usually let out a little squeal.  He bats at everything while playing on his back, just like a cat.  Lol.  He is a squirmy Pete, always looking around, fidgeting and moving.  Which is somewhat of a bummer because that makes him not much for cuddling.  So when he sleeps, I try to take advantage of the extra time with him being still in my arms.  

Max sleeps all night in his crib from usually 8:00 until 6:30 with very little wake-ups.  If he does wake, a paci will make him happy and put him back to sleep.  During the day though, he doesn't like to nap in his crib so naptime has gotten tough.  The swing is where he has been taking some of his naps which cracks me up to come home to him passed out swinging.

Max will flip from his back to his belly often, but will get bored quickly and cry out for help.  He is getting better at propped sitting which is what he prefers.  Plus it gives him a good view of the TV, he gets pretty mesmerized by the colors on the TV...our little couch potato, maybe?

Max gets pretty fussy when he is tired and sometimes might have to go through a meltdown before he will actually succumb to sleep.  Although during his fussy/bored periods any attention paid towards him or silliness will get him to stop and bust into a smile.  Singing to him also calms him down, he likes "Itsy Bitsy Spider" with the hand movements on his back.  

Max tries everything, as in everything goes in his mouth.  He is still our little "curly fry" and always curls up his legs when you put him down to change his diaper, wrap him in a blanket, etc.  He is now curling up and eating his feet too.  

Max is a big talker, almost like he is speaking Spanish because he is constantly rolling his "r's".  Jake might crawl first, but Max will likely talk first.  When he wakes up in the morning, he won't cry out, but rather just start talking in his crib.  

Our Mr. Beautiful is a mover and a shaker.  I may be able to count on Jake to behave better in public (less breakdowns), but Max will definitely last longer and stay for the party. Mama's little mini-me....     



They are still getting bottles five times a day, about 6 oz on average and then we incorporate food usually at night around our own dinnertime.  So far they have had rice cereal, sweet potato, banana, butternut squash and apple.  They do real good with the feedings too, as long as they aren't tired.  We try to feed them while one of us is making dinner that way they are in their high chairs still while we eat and are satisfied and playing.  That is best case scenario if the timing works out that day.  Some days we are still shoving our food in while someone is upset and requiring our attention in the living room or on our laps.  I steam or roast all their food, puree it and then just add formula to thin it before feeding them.  The funniest thing to feed them so far has been apples.  They were pretty tart since I can't add anything to them yet, so each time they would swallow they would make a pretty sour face.  It's great to be able to plop them in their high chairs for things and spin them around on the chairs in our kitchen.  They've supervised many food creations so far.  I am also hoping that eating with us at dinner time becomes repetitive for them and they'll learn that when we are all at the table and they are in their high chairs, it is time to eat.  

We went to the Milwaukee Zoo for a walk for Hemophilia, for their second cousin, Kegan.  It was a great day with family to raise money in honor of Kegan, enjoy the great weather and see the zoo too.  During all my childless years, I always wanted to go on that train at the zoo and get the traditional picture everyone gets with their kids.  I love that not only did I get that, but I also got to share it with my Godson and friend, Liam.  With life being so busy, I sure do miss my one on one with my little friend!  Remember how I used to blog about him a lot?  Well, he has started school for a few hours each day and is thriving.  Making friends (all the girls want him to sit by them) and getting good reports from the teacher.  The teacher reads them books and says the title and author before each one, so with his "steel-trap memory" Liam will pick up the book and name the title and author.  Always amazing me that one.
We got to Chicago and the boys met their Great-Grandmother.  
Four generations below:


Some cuddle pictures with the kids:  The one below is a sleeping Max.



Jake and Dad watching the Packer game 

One minute they were playing...

And the next they were screaming for food like I had never fed them that day.  
So I did what any good Mom would do, I took a picture first....right?

Just a couple of goobers hanging out.  

"Sharing" their toy.  They are definitely smiling and playing with each other more, even if that means one is trying to eat the other's foot.  It is so funny to watch them notice each other.


So at 5 months, we are busy, but doing good.  Just trying to juggle being away at work for 10 hours a day with the commute, trying to exercise and do things for ourselves once in awhile, keep our household together and happy, while wanting to spend every free minute with the boys.  It would be nice if I was able to squeak out another blog post about anything in the next month, but I imagine I'll be back for their 6 month post instead!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Foreseasons Twins: Four Months

Four months this week, yay!!  They had their physicals and received their vaccinations on their four month birthday.  Max is exactly 15 lbs and has grown almost 2 inches.  He is in the 40th percentile. Jake is 15 lbs, 11 oz. and has grown 3 inches.  He is in the 50th percentile.  They were giggling and smiling their whole appointment which made the nurse feel bad about having to give them those shots.  When the Dr. was examining Jake she pushed on his stomach and he let out a big belly laugh that she said made her morning.  I snapped their picture below in their outfits from Anna and baseball house shoes from my friend Stacy.  However, they weren't as smiley the rest of the day and took their turns being pretty upset and needing cuddles from mama.  

This month we celebrated our 7 year anniversary.  It was a work day, so we went to lunch at Honey Pie in Bayview and had our usual night with the boys at home.  That weekend, Tara and Erik babysat so we could go out to dinner.  We picked one of our favorites, Odd Duck, also in Bayview.  This was the first dinner out for me since they were born besides my birthday.  Chris' parents were staying with us for a few days to help while our caregiver is on vacation, so we were able to get our "7" picture.  It was special to celebrate 7 years of marriage and having our two boys added to our life.  



Of course, I have to post lots of fun pics of the boys together.  We think they are starting to somewhat recognize each other or at least notice that "this other guy sure is around a lot".  My favorite pic is their straight thuggin' pose in their hats with Jake's fistbump and Max's "you talkin to me" attitude. Cracks me up every time I look at it.



Chris got them signed up for Packers season tickets.  They are like number 111,000 or something. We figure we will take their picture each season with their updated ticketholder status.  We also attended church for the first time since their baptism.  Jake was really excited as you can see and already praying with his hands.  My friend Molly who I met through this blog gave them the customized bibs.  We were told we can start feeding them rice cereal and fruits and vegetables.  This makes us so excited!  We want to have little foodie babies.

One day I heard Max crying and noticed it was because Jake had a rough hold of his foot while they were playing.  Another time one of them had the other one's hand in their mouth.  And last week Tara and I caught them holding hands one night while feeding.  On purpose or accidental, who knows, but adorable nonetheless.  



Speaking of feedings, we've officially dropped the overnight feeding and the boys are sleeping through the night (I'll touch on more below).  They eat 5 times a day between 5-6 ounces, every 3.5 hours on average.  We've also moved up to the faster nipple which is much better now that feedings don't take up to an hour, but instead just 20-30 minutes on average.  It's great to finally have them on a more predictable schedule.  I still try to feed them in the morning before work if there's time which is a perfect start to my day.  

Sleep is another thing I'm always asked about.  More sleep has been amazing, I'd say Chris and I are getting at least 7 to 8 hours a night.  Although I find myself often waking during the night anyways. It's true, Mothers are always listening.......that and I'm also experiencing major pain in my back, neck and shoulders these days.  I can attribute that to that large belly I was carrying, a C-section and just the overall caring for them that is catching up with me.    

I'm back to work and that is going fine.  I'm enjoying getting out of the house, dressing in my big girl clothes and just doing something that doesn't revolve around the boys or listening to someone fussing.  The boys seem to be adjusting okay as well, I'm glad we had our caregiver, Ammy during my maternity leave which has helped with the all-day transition.  One day at a time.  

Ammy was on vacation and I got to spend two mornings home in our old routine.  Mornings are my favorite time because they are in the best moods and is the biggest thing I miss while I'm at work. We must have read 10 stories this particular morning.  Reading to them is probably one of my greatest joys. My first weeks at home, I would try to read to them and with all the hormones in the beginning I could never even get through a book without crying!  I think they were happy to have their Mommy home this day!



About Jake:  Jake has started giggling this month.  Any goofy sounds, like kissing noises or movement close to his face can usually get him to bust into his one-eyed Popeye smile.  With enough silliness, he'll start giggling too.  Best sound ever.  Both babes really do like to smile which is wonderful.  Jake is honestly still an angel baby.  He's not much for napping during the day, but he is ready to wind-down at night so that he can be sleeping around his usual 9:00 bedtime.  He really sets the bedtime pace at our house.  He still likes a quiet and relaxed environment too, he will probably be our more sensitive child.  He is completely transitioned to his crib!  He starts out swaddled and on his back and typically during the night he will wake up and scoot himself to the corner of the crib where he becomes frustrated (and likely scared in the dark about what is happening) and will cry out.  All it takes is for us to come in and flip him on his belly and he is back out.  He'll maybe do some early morning squawking anytime between 4:30-6:00 a.m., but a paci or letting him squawk it out will usually get him back to sleep until 6:30ish, so he's sleeping around 9.5 hours on average.  He does great at tummy time, loves his swing and kicking & "running" on his activity mat.  He has also become the king of drool.  He is close to rolling over, almost made it one day, but then flipped back.  Ammy said he did roll from back to front, but I don't count it unless Chris or I see it.  haha.  Our Jake is just so darn lovable.  


About Max:  Mr. Beautiful still likes to smile and have a good time.  Enough silliness can bring out some giggles, but otherwise he does a lot of silent smiling.  He has also become Mr. Particular and can go from hot to cold very quickly.  One minute all smiles and the next he's fussing and mad.  He usually likes to be held and walked around and will voice his displeasure at anything you're not doing right.  I often have to tell him that he is not the boss around here.  Lol.  We think he'll be much happier when he is mobile and moving as seems to be bored easily.  He is doing lots of talking and cooing at all times of the day.  He's a pretty good napper and once we get him to sleep (he's our night owl), he usually will sleep all night.  We're getting some early morning squawking from him too once in awhile, but a paci can usually get him back to sleep.  He wakes around the same time, 6:30ish each day.  Max is still in his rock-n-play at night and we are starting naps in his crib in hopes of transitioning him completely very soon.  He is going to be a bit tougher to transition, he sure likes his little nook in his rock-n-play.  Maybe being one minute younger, let's us baby him a little more?  Max loves just laying on the floor and kicking & "running" in place.  And he successfully rolled over from front to back this month!  Go Max!  Max is a man of many expressions, all of them irresistibly adorable.   


Other Notables:  The boys wore their Packer onesies in honor of the big opening game on Thursday night.  Jake was the lucky one who was picked to watch the game with Daddy and Max got to watch So You Think You Can Dance with me.  With Max's frequent outbursts, he's not ready for the excitement and tension of the football games yet we've decided.

They also enjoyed overnight visits from both Grandparents while Daddy was out of town so that Mommy could have some company.  Surfing the web with their Grandpa's was their favorite part. They celebrated Grandma Sue's birthday with both her and my family at the Farmer's Market and Tosa Fest for the day.  It was Grandma's best birthday yet, she said.

They also helped Mommy prepare for Auntie Tara's baby shower to welcome their new cousin into the world in just 6-7 weeks.  We all agree, you can't find a prettier, more fashionable pregnant woman than Auntie Tara!



The boys actually went in the pool for the first time over Labor Day weekend.  They were very quiet about the whole experience.  I can't wait to see them in the water next summer.  

So, four months with our favorite little goobers.  Challenging:  Yes.  Blissful:  Yes.  A year ago we were in the throes of all the fertility treatments.  Hardest part of our lives and the most rewarding.  There are some days that I still can't believe these little guys are ours.  

Monday, August 25, 2014

Twins: Three Months

Our little guys are officially three months old.  Wow.  They celebrated by sleeping until 6 a.m. for the first time (that's 8.5 hours of straight sleep for them) and being good boys all day yesterday.  Mommy & Daddy celebrated by taking a long family walk at Grant Park and getting ice cream after dinner.  We all woke up in good moods from our uninterrupted sleep and had a morning full of smiles, coos and pictures in their jammies.  My heart just bursts looking at these photos.  Parenthood is still so surreal and it feels so amazing.





 
Prepare for a lot of pictures. We'll start at their two month doctor appointment.  They doubled in weight from their two week appointment and Jake was 12 lbs. 15 oz. and 23.5 inches long.  Max was 12 lbs. 5 oz. and 22.5 inches long.  They got their first round of vaccinations and did okay for the most part.  We watched as their faces went from content to complete shock & terror, but the nurse was super quick and it was over and they were back in our arms.  We've never seen Max so red and so upset.  They had a night full of cuddles and sleeping on our chests and the next day they were back to themselves.  Next appointment and round of shots is at 4 months old. 
 
They were fidgeting so much on the table below that the paper kept rustling while we were talking to the Dr., it still makes me giggle thinking about it.  They are such fidgeters and someone is always hitting the other in the face.  (See pics above too).  Love them little potbellies. 


 
Some more sibling pictures.  I do have such fun dressing them!!

 

 
 
About Jake:  AKA the Jakester
 
Jake is our born again Christian (Chris' words).  Our fussy baby has been replaced by a pretty content and predictable baby.  I believe all that extra time with him during his fussy days got me to know him better and really helped to build our bond.  I do think he is a bit of a Momma's Boy.  While he still loves to be held, he has learned to be on his own now too.  Our daytime has way less outbursts and sweaty breakdowns.  He loves to be in the swing or sit in the boppy and take a nap (his "recliner") and is pretty good at tummy time too just as long as he isn't tired.  He loves stroller and car rides and is instantly relaxed and sleeping.  He is like his Daddy and is a morning guy, but I think he is also smart like him and has learned that morning is the time to get his special cuddles from Daddy before work or back in bed with Mommy while his brother still sleeps.  At nighttime Jake is ready for bed, gets his swaddle and goes down without a peep.  He is not our night owl or our partier, as he had breakdowns at both Liam's birthday party and our block party signaling he just wanted to sleep and go home.  His arm stretches after any period of sleep are the funniest part about him, like he just woke up from a long winter nap each time.  Jake is our blonde, blue eyed baby like his Daddy and I absolutely love that about him. 


About Max:  AKA Mr. Beautiful
 
With his dark hair and dark complexion, Max is our little Italian stallion even though we have no Italian heritage.  His dimples and the fact that he would sleep till 8:30 a.m. got him the nickname Mr. Beautiful.  Plus that smile of his is so dashing.  Max is still Maxin' and Relaxin on some days, but he is definitely no longer our mellow baby.  We are finding that he doesn't really idle well anymore.  He's either bored or overstimulated after 5-10 mins of much of anything and is fussing and wants to be held.  Stroller rides and car rides have also frustrated him lately because he can't soothe himself back to sleep once he becomes upset.  Naps are the same way, it's hard to get him down and he'll become so upset when he is tired.  My Mom says that Max is like that Felix the Cat and those big eyes of his will follow you anywhere from side to side, up and down.  He won't take his eyes off you when your walking in the room.  He is our night owl and partier (takes after his Mom) and even at Liam's party was up with us at the bonfire and fireworks.  Some nights after the last bottle he will still be wide awake looking at us as if to say "what are we doing next guys?".  He'll smile at anything and even when I'm trying to be quiet to get him back to sleep or finish eating, he will think I'm playing with him and his face just lights up with that big smile of his.  It is truly heart melting.  
Milestones:  They definitely recognize Mommy and Daddy and will consistently smile and coo when we talk or do something silly.  Their eyes will also follow you throughout the room.  Their necks are pretty strong and they do well at tummy time as long as they are in the mood for it.  Kicking and their activity mat  is also a favorite.  They are sitting up in the bumbo now as well. 
 
Sleeping:  Nighttime has been getting pretty consistent.  For awhile they were waking at 3:00 to feed, these last few days it has been longer and I'm trying to keep it that way by seeing if they will take a paci instead when they wake during night.  So far its working and I have one week to perfect it before going back to work. 
 
Naptime is nonexistent pretty much. I haven't been able to workout a schedule yet.  I can tell their sleepy signs because they will be fussy and not hungry and a swaddle, rocking, paci and butt rub combo will usually have them out instantly, but never for too long.  Maybe 20-30 minutes in their crib, rock n play or wherever.  The remainder time consists of me usually rocking each one back to sleep on an alternate basis because they rarely sleep at the same time.  I've literally picked up Max and put him back down asleep five times during writing just this section alone which makes it hard to enjoy getting anything done.  This is why its best to just plan on getting nothing done and anything else is just a bonus.  I have NEVER been able to "sleep when the baby sleeps" as people tell you to do.  My usual position is one on my lap and the fussier one in my arms as that is what will get them to actually sleep best when they are both fussy.  This means I am trapped during this time if I didn't plan ahead with my phone/remote/computer in reach.  I'll take what I can with naps though as long as that means I get to sleep at night.  They are still in their rock n plays at night and we are thinking about transitioning to each of their cribs once we have the guts to start losing sleep.  


Feeding: I'm strictly business with my feeding schedule, but it has proven to be our saving grace with sleep at night by keeping their bellies full on a consistent schedule during the day.   At three months they ate 6 times a day and averaged about 4 oz. every 3 hours.  Stretching out sleep has helped to stretch out feedings and I think we are ready to drop a feeding.  They still eat in their snoogle at the same time for every feeding at home except the last bottle when Chris is here.  At night the other one gets woken to eat and they really take turns on who wakes first, so it isn't always the same baby.  During the day they are always ready for their next feeding so I never have to wake one.  They honestly feed best in the snoogle because they eat their entire bottle.  In people's arms they tend to want to sleep and don't eat as much.  Bottle propping is also a necessity with multiples and the little neck pillow is helpful for feedings when I'm not at home and can only hold the one baby.  I'm sure it makes Moms of single babies gasp.....   
 
Challenges:  Everything is definitely not all puppies and rainbows around here either.  Meltdown city usually happens in the evenings between 5:30 and 7:30.  Usually because they are tired.  Likely because they aren't good nappers during the day. 
 
I make a lot of plans for us, which is fun, but also stressful.  Getting out of the house in one piece, timing the feedings to do so, car rides without breakdowns, etc. 
 
It's hard to eat a meal, let alone actually enjoy it.  I eat breakfast and lunch on the floor in my backjack chair during one of their feedings each day or one armed, standing and holding a baby.  I squeeze in cooking or prepping dinner when I can during the day or one of us is usually cooking while the other one tends to fussy babies at night.  Forget eating it in peace or really tasting it because it is usually shoveled in while listening to fussing or one handed with a baby in your arms.  We used to be food bloggers, I think? 
 
Overall, I just have a constant rushed feeling to everything I do, just trying to get it done before someone gets upset, whether its running an errand with or without the kids or just doing something simple like emailing someone back.  That's the gig though and I wouldn't trade it for anything. 

 
We did a lot of memorable things this month too.  A big part was that they finally got to meet their Aunt and Uncle.  Veronica and Ryan came to visit from New York for a few days.  They wore their customized onesies to welcome them.  
 

I love this picture of the brothers holding brothers.  We went to The Rock Complex in Franklin and had some drinks and watched some baseball tournaments.  The place is super cool, I suggest checking it out if you like skiing, dirt biking or baseball.  It's also just awesome for just drinks and the view too. 

The boys were baptized in early August.  Of course, I put them in bowties and they wore linen pants and shirts.  It was beautiful and I cried.  We asked my sisters and their husbands to be Godparents and had each boy send them a video asking them. 
 
 
We attended a few parties, Liam's birthday, our block party, several bbqs and a pool party with my extended family.  They wore their ninja turtles outfits to Liam's party.  I received 3 at my shower!


I've wanted to get to the zoo all summer and finally got there on one of the hottest days.  Looking forward to going back in September for a walk we are doing with family and this time Chris will be along.  I want that traditional photo everyone has of their family on the train ride!!


Summer is coming to a close and this is my last week of maternity leave, sadly.  I've learned so much in these last three months. The girl that was helping me this summer is going to stay on full time as a nanny during the day so that I don't need to take the boys to a daycare.  That will be easier to transition.  I'm sure going to miss these little guys though.  And I'm sure there will be some things I don't miss.  I know it will be hard and I'm going to take it one day a time though like everything!!