38 Weeks: The Outside Version

The twins have now been on the outside for longer than they were inside.

It’s incredible to think about how quickly they have grown and become two amazing blessings. Time’s flown so much that I’m not sure I’ve shared with you that…

Ava…

  • Has started to crawl. She still prefers belly rolls and army crawls to anything else.
  • Said her first word, Isla, a few weeks back.
  • Weighs more than Isla (what?).
  • Is still attached to her (self-named) “Neeny” (aka “LaLa”). So much so that it stinks and when we wash it and try to trick her with Isla’s giraffe, she gets upset. It’s starting to come apart, so a new one is in order. Wish us luck.
  • Is wearing 9 month clothes.
  • Is still the quiet one (are we surprised).

Isla…

  • Needs baby gates. She is crawling all over and has been known to do down dogs. The day of pulling herself up is fast approaching.
  • Says lots of words, but still prefers Dada to any other word. Especially when Mama is mean and is paying attention to that other baby.
  • Tries to get into Ava’s crib. Or at the least, pull her blankets and toys off of her.
  • Is wearing 9 month clothes.
  • Squawks. We’re not sure if she is part dinosaur, seagull, or parrot, but she’s s squawker.

Thirty-eight weeks. I can’t even comprehend it. It’s about time to start planning their first birthday party, huh? Sigh. They warned me this would happen, but even as a third-time mom, I didn’t believe them.

Happy 38 weeks (plus a few days), girls. xoxo

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Sigh of Relief

Last Thursday, Ava had her tests at Children’s.

We heard back some basic results on Friday. Her iron is low (she’s anemic like her Pappy and Mama). She has no physical distortion in her esophagus. She has reflux.

And that was that.

That’s it. That’s all. She will take iron drops for the anemia and have a followup lab test. We sit her up after feeds and put cereal in her bottles. She’s going to grow out of it.

As for Failure to Thrive? Our baby has her daddy’s genes. Tall and skinny. Watching her little figure. And like her big brother, she hit a mid-6 month growth spurt and gained 10 ounces from last Monday to this Monday.

We’re breathing a sigh of relief and lifting up praises to God for His work with our girlie.

Happy 30 Weeks, Twins!

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28 Weeks, Already?

This week simply flew by. Probably doubly as fast as the last 28 Weeks have because…

Vacation.

Teething. Ouch.

First cold.

Another first cold. Passing germs is fun.

Clearly having outgrown all their newborn and 0 to 3 clothes.

First time not being able to keep up with the cloth diapers (see teething).

And it is already almost the 29 week mark. Where is time going?

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The Twins: On the Move

We can technically call this an un-official 6 month post. The twins are on the move!

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Our little ladies have developed so much in the past month. The picture above was yesterday, moments before AVA started to wrestle Isla (after Isla stole LaLa) and then Isla army crawled away and got stuck under a chair. I call out that it was Ava because she has been so gentle and loving, like a dog to its child-master, allowing Isla to climb on her, kick her, and steal her paci. Yesterday? She had enough.

If you remember, Ava rolled over early, 2.5 months. Isla wasn’t long after. That’s been Ava’s usual move to get where she wants; however, Isla is belly scooting / army crawling all over the place. She’s even testing the up on all fours stance. Mama isn’t ready for all this!

Something you can’t see but can hear is that Ava is becoming more vocal and that Isla is talking! Isla’s first word was Mom and she said it last Saturday (6 months and 1 day) with meaning because I wasn’t paying attention to her scooting. Greg and Dana can vouch. On Sunday she then told Grammie who I was and it’s been “Mom! MOM! MOMMMMMM!”. She’s also said hi and a few sounds like Isla and bye Ava. While every mom wishes their baby would say mom first, dad is often first….sorry, Greg. You’ve got 50% so far, let’s bet on Ava?!? My guess is Ava will talk soon as well…she’s trying non-verbal (like shaking her head at Greg when my milk ran out after she fed late last night) and getting antzy.

Both babies are teething. Ava has a top tooth coming in (new as of this morning) and Isla has a top and very sharp bottom. Ouch.

Other stats will be checked at the end of the month, but they clearly are still on their own chart.

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Happy 6 months, girls!

Smart Connect™ Cradle ’n Swing

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Is it possible for a 4-month-old to fall in love with something? Because if so, that’s exactly what Miss Isla Joy did with the 4-in-1 Smart Connect™ Cradle ’n Swing from Fisher-Price. It was love at first sight when we met the team at Blogger Bash NYC, and we clearly had to get our hands on one. It was absolute zen from our girl who has a 10-minute limit for holding still.

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She loved it so much that she interrupted an interview with Anne Geddes just because she could see the mobile from the corner of her eye. One can’t make this up.

And ever since the swing arrived? Well, she’s got a careful eye on it and has been known to have some jealousy issues when Ava is in it. But really? Who could blame her? It feels super soft and is roomy (our girls are under/over 10 pounds, but it’s made for babies up to 25 pounds).

 

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And adorable print / color. Don’t you just love the Techno Gray™?

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As for safety, the clips to hold baby in are probably just as safe as the seat belt in their car seat. Because of that extra slip-through feature, I am not worried about pinching my fingers when closing it, either.

 

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The gentle motions of the swing in addition to soft lights and soothing music make for a perfect formula of sensory stimulation.

 

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It also can be a rocker as the base comes off and can be ported around your home when needed. Like when you’re cooking dinner.

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All you have to do is lift it off the base. I fretted about how to do this then realized I just had to put one hand on the top and the other on the bottom and lift. It’s super light. And super portable. In fact, I saw a grandmother on a sidewalk in NYC with her ‘lil baby in the rocker when I was walking back to my hotel after BBNYC. She agreed when I said “BEST SWING EVER!”.

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Oh. And how have I not told you the best part yet? (You wondered how it could be better?) Well…you can control the swing from an app on your phone or tablet (Android and Apple). This lets you adjust speed, lights, music, and even time that the swing runs. (You can’t do this from your office and freak out your SAH-husband, though. You have to be about 6 feet away to pair it, but can actually operate it from another room in the house if it is powered on. This does mean you can freak out the big kids when it starts moving all on its own…)

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Greg adds that he loves how easy it was to put together and unlike some other products we’ve gotten for baby (also in the Fisher-Price family), we didn’t need batteries…because it plugs in.

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For the official information on the 4-in-1 Smart Connect™ Cradle ’n Swing, I’ll defer to the Fisher-Price experts (from the product description):

It’s a swing! And it’s a rocker you can control from your smart device!

 

Experience innovation at its finest. Two swinging motions, side-to-side or traditional head-to-toe. Two soothing, rocking motions. Two-position recline. 16 songs and a variety of nature sounds. Overhead mobile with lights. All controlled from your smart device. Baby, that’s genius.

 

Just open the app and control the swing right from the palm of your hand. It’s the newest and best way to let sleeping babies do what they were born to do (at least in the early weeks!).

 

SmartSwing Technology offers 6 distinct swinging speeds from low to high so you can find the perfect rhythm to help soothe baby, whether swinging side-to-side (like a cradle) or head-to-toe. When baby’s ready to rock, just remove the rocker seat, set it on the floor and baby can enjoy either of two rocking motions.

 

16 songs, 3 nature sounds, and deluxe overhead mobile with light-up birdies (one with a mirrored belly) help keep baby entertained for hours.

Can you tell that we are all in love? The only thing we don’t like about it? Only having one. 🙂

 

A very happy #lilburghers Daddy watching over his happy baby girl. Thank you @fisherprice for making our #twins happy! We love our 4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle 'n Swing! #sponsored
 

Making a baby-shower registry? Need a good group gift? This is it. I promise. And it’s available right now over on Amazon – so get your’s in that cart!

You can find out more about the Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Smart Connect™ Cradle ’n Swing at Fisher-Price.com. This particular one retails for $200, but there are other versions as well.

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Of Course It Worked

Last week I shared with you my struggle to provide enough nutrition via breastmilk for the twins.

In my post, 20 weeks of liquid gold, I confessed my sadness with having to supplement with formula. I wrote words several of you wish you had to speak or think because you’ve been there on your journey to raise happy and healthy families.

And in 7 days, the twins gained four ounces each putting them right on track for over a pound a month before their next visit. Of course it worked.

It won’t be easy to get over this, but I will. In time.

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21 Weeks

Growing Pains

The twins are growing. Which means they are eating lots.

But only when Mama is home. They give Daddy a hard time.

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Being a baby is tough work, duh.

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Growing pains also happen for the big kids. Arianna is doing some really cool big kid stuff that we will share with you soon. This makes Evan feel small and left out, but he’s been growing too. Not just physically (although both are taller than they were at the start of summer and their not so little feet are jammed in their shoes), but emotionally as well.

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And us adults have growing pains. We are adjusting to life as two working parents, realizing we have to find balance more so now than ever.

Growing is tough. But worth it, right?

They Have the Best

When we found out the babies were twins, I immediately bought a pair or onesies that I thought they could come home in. The girls’ “I have the best” onesies finally came out for use.

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It may have taken 18 weeks, but that’s okay.

Cause you see, they have the best…everything…when it comes to family. The only thing it’s missing is cousins!

Happy 18 weeks!

The Twins’ First Foods

Now that the twins are four months old, it was time to give them food. For the twins’ first foods, we went with samples received at Blogger Bash NYC from Ella’s Kitchen. They came I’m fun squeeze pouches and are straight up purees of fruits, nothing else.

While I really want to venture in making our own baby food, I’m just not ready to dive in yet. The day will come. For now, we will use pouches to supplement the mama milk!

For Ava, the food of choice was Mangoes, Mangoes, Mangoes. Admittedly, she did the best at eating the pouch. Ava seemed to enjoy the whole process, too.

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I can’t blame her. Like any good mom, I tried a bite. Delicious!

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Total food coma followed.

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Isn’t her belly sweet?

But for Isla, the process made her angry. Just like her first nursing sessions, she didn’t really want to put in the work. Not sure why, Bananas, Bananas, Bananas is also delicious.

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She does, however, love her Bumbo. We have to get a second new model!

But when Bubby helped? The world was a hundred times better.

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Here’s to enjoying more and more firsts!

I received samples at a blogging event and was not obligated to share. All opinions are 100% my own.

You can find out more about these baby foods at EllasKitchen.com.