3 months old

The twins are 3 months old! For some reason this 3 month birthday is hitting me hard. They are getting so big. Yesterday I had to take all their newborn clothes and put them away because they don’t fit anymore. Someone please slow down time. It’s such a weird feeling, wanting babies to grow and learn and at the same time I try and squeeze them so hard that they can’t get any bigger haha.

Abigail Lynn
Weight: 12 lb 8 oz

Harper Grace
Weight 13 lb 1 oz

What the twins are wearing
Both babies are too big for newborn clothes. They are wearing 0-3 month clothes and 3 month clothes.

Eating
For the first 2.5 months I fed the babies at the same time all day and night. But I have now sometimes started feeding them one at a time. I love it. When feeding both at the same time it’s like work. When feeding one at a time it’s like a wonderful bonding experience. So right now I just feed them when their hungry, so if they are hungry at the same time then I feed them at the same time, if one is hungry then I just feed that baby. I do this during the day and at night. Some nights it bites me in the butt because they will wake up every two hours but on opposite hours so I end up feeding one baby every hour, but they are starting to go longer stretches of sleeping at night so it’s fine.

Sleeping
The babies typically wake up around 8am eat, play and are extremely happy and full of smiles for a couple hours. Then around 10:30 they eat again and take a nap. They either fall asleep nursing or we rock them after they finish nursing. During naps sometimes we put them in their rock and plays sometimes we hold them. At this nap they will sleep anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Then they wake up eat again and are awake for a couple hours then eat and then take another nap, and this pattern continues all day until around 7:30 when we do bedtime routine. We come upstairs change diapers, put on jammies, swaddle, put on sound machine, turn off the lights, nurse babies. The babies ideally fall asleep while nursing and then we put them in their rock and plays, which happens maybe once a week. Usually at least one baby will wake up and need to eat more or be rocked, which can go on for hours. But the nice thing is they are starting to sleep longer at night. Most nights Harper will wake around 3am to eat and Abbey will wake around 5am and then Harps around 6am and Abs around 8am and Harps around 8am too. Having that first long stretch of sleep is super awesome. And they babies will wake up, eat for about 10 minutes but fall right back to sleep and I put them right back in their rock and plays. It’s great!

Favorites
The babies love their activity mat. They love looking at each other. They love looking at their hands. They love smiling. They love trying to sit up. And love listening to music, either worship music, their mobile music, pretty much anything.

Accomplishments
The babies have recently taken a liking to their activity mat. I can lay them down on it and usually they will both be content for about 15-20 which is great for me because then I can use that time to shower or make a smoothie or start laundry. My favorite accomplishment of this month is that they figured out the each other exist. They stare at each other and Abbey always smiles at Harper. They even coo and seem like they are talking to each other it’s so fun!!

Challenges
I decided to add challenges because Lord knows that with growing and new accomplishments also includes new and different challenges. The last few nights both babies have been really hard to put to sleep at bedtime. It has taken over 2 hours to get them both asleep. I am thinking we might be starting to put them in their cribs and doing Cry it Out pretty soon because something is not working if it’s taking us 2 hours to get them to sleep. Another challenge is that the babies hate riding in the car. There was a couple weeks when they were fine in the car so I thought we out grew the car hatred but it is now back in full force. Abbey cried for over an hour on the way back from a friends house the other day. They get so upset and do that screaming angry cry and by the time we get home their clothes are soaked in sweat. It’s so sad and I wish I knew how to fix it so if you have any advice send it my way.

Here is their weekly pictures:

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Behavior
My sweet, content, patient Abbey Lynn with her adorable smirk smile

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My spunky, picky pants, determined, incredibly joyful Harper Grace had the most excited full face smile you will ever see

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They are both such good babies and this month being their mom has become so much easier and so much more fun. They are always smiling and cooing and happy, unless they are hungry, tired, or in the car. I love them so much and it’s so fun to see how they are already becoming best friends.

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