7 month update

Abigail Lynn
Weight: 18.6

Harper Grace
Weight: 18.2

It happened!! For the first time ever Abbey weighs more than Harper!

What the twins are wearing
The girls can squeeze into 6 month onsies but pretty much only wear 9 month clothes now. And their chubby chubby legs barely fit into 9 month rompers, which I am realizing I almost always dress them in rompers I just think they are the most adorable things ever.

Eating
A day in the life of my twins eating schedule looks like this.
7am wake up and nurse
9:30 nurse before take nap
11 usually mashed banana for lunch
1:30 nurse before nap
3:30 nurse
5:30 purée for dinner (favs are carrot, peas, sweet potato, apple)
6:15 nurse before bed
Anywhere between 2am-4am they each will wake up once to eat.

Sleeping
The babies are still doing the same with sleeping, going down around 6 waking up usually once and then sleeping til about 7am. About 50% of the time Abs will sleep straight from 6pm til 7am and the other 50% of the time she will wake once during the night to eat. Their bedtime routine looks like this.
5:30ish eat purée for dinner
5:45ish baths in the sink
6:00ish get lotioned and jammies and daddy reads them a bible story
6:15ish nurse
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Favorites
Now they are getting older they have different favorites. Well some things they both love and in some ways they are starting to differ. I have always predicted Abbey would talk first and Harps would walk first which I’m realizing is probably going to be true. Abbey loves to talk. She will say dada, mama, nana (we call my mom Nana) I don’t know if she connects what she is saying to the person she is saying but I think she might. When I went in their room to get them from the crib yesterday I opened the door and Abbey looked at me and said “Mamamama” oh my goodness my heart was in a puddle on the floor. Harpers favorite this is crawling, she does this hilarious half army crawl half real crawl, where she’ll crawl once normal and then belly flop and crawl once army crawl and keep going back and forth. She also loves attention, I mean both of them love when people stop and talk to them but Harper is a major ham, instant huge smile and everything. Abbey will first stare and try to figure you out and think about it for a minute and then decide to smile. Another favorite they share is excersuacers. Having twins is crazy expensive so I wasn’t going to go and spend $100 bucks each on excersuacer but we have been truly blessed by amazing friends who have let us borrow theirs.

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We took them swimming for the first time this month and they absolutely loved it! They are major water babies. Here’s a few pictures of us swimming.

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Accomplishments
Well the talking and crawling I mentioned above are probably the biggest accomplishments this month. They both still only have the two teeth but I feel like they have atleast two more that have been trying to break through for ever!! Oh and they pretty much can totally sit up on their own. They are at the age where I can lay them on the ground with a few toys and they will play for about 15 minutes so I can fold laundry or clean kitchen, which is so awesome!

Challenges
I have been incredibly blessed to have my mom come and help me, but I guess the challenge would be that for the last couple months now she is coming for just a few hours once a week or so. Which is still an amazing blessing and is actually really great because I am feeling more confident in taking care of the babies by myself for the 24hour shifts that my husband works. Some days are great and I feel like I rule the world because I can take them to the store and get some cleaning done all by myself but then some days both babies want all my attention and it’s not possible to satisfy both of them and it’s really hard. But I like trying to handle everything on my own and I think it’s getting easier the more I do it.

My Favorite
I think the challenge and my favorite thing this month are the same. There is something very empowering and encouraging knowing that God has given me exactly what I need in order to be enough for my children. Joyce Meyer says, “you’ve been divinely equipped to overcome any kind of trouble. It means you can face life with boldness and say, “Nothing in life can defeat me because the Greater One lives in me. He’s provided me with everything I need to handle what He has called me to do.” My other favorite from this month is that we went on our first family trip. Which I put a post about a few weeks ago.

Weekly Pictures

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Favorite Pictures

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4 months old

Abigail Lynn
Weight: 14 lb 1 oz

Harper Grace
Weight 14 lb 8 oz

What the twins are wearing
Even though the babies have only gained a pound and a half since last month I swear they are so much chubbier. They are wearing 3 months and 3-6 month clothes.

Eating
The babies still eat about every two hours during the day. If I’m feeding them to put them down for a nap or at bedtime I feed them both at the same time other wise I just feed them one at a time whenever they are hungry. At night they eat about 3 times each.

Sleeping
A week ago we started putting the babies on a schedule. Not a strict schedule but basically what we do is a two hour schedule. Once they wake up they nurse and then we snuggle and they watch me make breakfast, we sing songs, and play and after they have been awake two hours I feed them again and put them down for a nap and Harper generally will sleep about 45mins- 1 hour and Abs will sleep anywhere between 1-2 hours. If Harper wakes up and Abbey is still asleep sometimes I will nurse Harper so she will fall back asleep so they stay on the same schedule. So we do that schedule throughout the day and then around 6:30 or 7 the babies start getting tired so we do the bedtime routine of dim lighted room, fresh diapers, clean pjs, sing a song, sound machine, nurse, then put in their rock and plays. For about 3 weeks the babies would wake up and cry when we put them down in their rock and plays so I would pick one up and feed and rock them back to sleep and then the other one would wake up so I would feed and rock her back to sleep and this would go on back and forth for about 2-3 hours. So starting a week ago we decided after they nursed and we put them down we would let them cry it out. I know many people are against this and honestly I feel you have to do what works best for you and your babies and for us that has been working wonderfully. The first night they cried for an hour and half the second night the cried for an hour the third night they cried for half an hour the fourth, fifth night they cried for 15 minutes the sixth night they cried for 5 minutes and last night they didn’t even cry at all. It has been truly what is best for all of us. Harper normally wakes up around midnight to eat and then again around 3am and 5am and 7am. Abbey usually wakes up around 2am and then 4am and 6:30am. 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.

Favorites
The babies still love their activity mat. They still love looking at each other. They love holding hands. They love sitting in their bumbos. They love when we sing songs. They love their Sophie the giraffe. And they love when daddy comes home from work.

Accomplishments
The babies have learned how to grab things and put them in their mouth, especially their Sophie the giraffe, or my fingers. Harper has found her feet and loves holding and playing with them. Harper also has a tiny tooth poking through her gums. They are also doing really well practicing sitting up I have a feeling they will be sitting up on their own soon.

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Challenges
The challenge this month was letting the babies cry it out. It’s so hard to let your baby cry but I honestly feel it’s what’s best for them, to learn how to fall asleep and self soothe. Another challenge is that the babies still hate the car, and scream almost every time we drive somewhere. Harper also decided that she hate the stroller too. I think she doesn’t like being contained haha.

Behavior
My sweet Abbey you are so happy especially when I sing to you. You have the most adorable giggle I have ever heard in my life.

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My lovely Harper Grace you are so much fun and you love playing with your feet, even though your cutting a tooth you still have been so content and so joyful.

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You have taken a major interest in food and are always wanting what I’m eating.

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My Favorite
I’ve decided to add another topic and it’s where I will write my favorite thing of the past month, it could be something we did, something one of the babies did, somewhere we went, etc. So this month my favorite thing was watching the twins hold hands. They do it almost every time I put them next to each other. It makes my heart so full.

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Weekly Pictures

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Fav Photos

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