8 month update

Abigail Lynn
Weight: 18.15

Harper Grace
Weight: 18.12

Since Harper is a crazy crawling machine I think she’s burning lots of calories so miss Abs is still holding on to her 3 ounce weight advantage.

What the twins are wearing
The girls are still fitting in most 9 month outfits and now also 12 month outfits. Their growth has really slowed down this month.

Eating
Their eating schedule is the same. Only change is they are getting a much larger variety of foods now and they are getting pieces of cooked sweet potatoes, peas, grapes, watermelon etc. A new favorite is beet and blueberry purée. We tried giving them chicken but they both hated it. I can’t really blame them plain, unseasoned, purée chicken isn’t my cup of tea either. Their favorites include, pear, carrots, sweet potato, and banana. They also now love feeding them selves. They also love Happy Puffs.

Sleeping
The babies are still doing the same with sleeping. Going to bed around 6:30. Abbey sleeps through the night but Harper still wakes up once a night usually around 3am. I’m hoping to kick that habit this month. And they have now been waking up earlier anywhere between 6am and 7am.

Favorites
They love playing peekaboo with daddy. They love chasing each other. If one starts crawling in the direction of the other they both just start giggling, it is ridiculously adorable. Harper loves pulling her self up onto everything, especially the side of her crib when she’s supposed to be sleeping. They love swimming. And they love chewing on remotes. But their most favorite is when daddy get home from work in the morning. The other day I put them on the kitchen floor and he opened the door and they got so excited and crawled to him it was insanely cute, Taylor said that’s the day he’s been waiting for since they were born.

Accomplishments
Both girls have two bottom teeth. Abs has two top teeth and Harps has three top teeth. They are starting to do a really good job at picking up little pieces of food and feeding them self. They also love when I give them bigger pieces of watermelon and they just hold it and nibble at it. Harper can drink water through a straw now, Abs is still working on it. Taylor and I were talking and saying that we think Harper is quicker to learn large motor skills for example she’s a crazy fast crawler. And Abs has the fine motor skills she can find the tiniest piece of food and use her finger and thumb and pinch it and grab it. It’s pretty funny. Abbey is now crawling as well. She is still doing the army crawl but if she and Harper want the same toy she can be pretty fast.

Challenges
This month the challenge was all three of us ladies got sick. It started with some kind of eye goop thing with Harper and then Abbey got it and then I caught something which gave me a fever and a bad cold and then Harper got Roseola. This was the first time Harper had a real fever. Her fever reached 103 but she was never really too fussy or overly sleepy or uncomfortable so I just let the fever run it’s course and gave her ice in her mesh feeder and when she woke up the next morning her fever was gone but she had the whole body rash so I knew it was roseola. Thank goodness Abs didn’t catch it. The biggest challenge came when I was sick. I had a fever at night and didn’t really eat much and then the next day my husband was on a 24hr shift and I was bringing Harper down stairs for breakfast and my legs gave out and I fell and slide down a few stairs and was able to keep ahold of Harper but hit her head against the wall. Taylor was able to come home for a minute and make sure she was fine (the perks of being married to a paramedic) but just that terrible feeling that I did something that hurt my child is a feeling I never ever want to feel again. That two week span of all of us being sick really sucked haha but were all better now.

My Favorite
My favorite this month is watching the girls play together. It has caused a few cries because Harper likes to try and pull herself up and Abbey which usually results in Abbeys face being smashed into the ground. But honestly it is so fun to watch them together and chase each other.

Weekly Pictures
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Favorites

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2 months old

2 months old… Oh my goodness time flies.

Abigail Lynn
Weight: 10 lb 14 oz

Harper Grace
Weight 11 lb 5 oz

What the twins are wearing
Both babies still fit in most newborn clothes but are also starting to wear 0-3 month. They are getting so big!

Eating
Both babies are rock star eaters. They have each almost doubled in weight in two months. I am exclusively breast feeding. They eat about every 2-3 hours during the day. And every night is different. Typically they will eat around 9 and sleep til about 1-2am and then eat again around 4:30am and then 7am and then again around 9:30am. But for the last 48 hours the have eaten every 2 hours, I’m hoping they’re having a growth spurt and that theywill go back to their normal eating and sleeping habits soon.

Sleeping
I have been noticing they are spending a lot more time awake lately. Most days, after the 9:30am feeding they are wide awake and love looking at the fan, chatting with momma and daddy, laying on they activity mat, etc. and they will normally stay awake til the next feeding around 11:30am. After that feeding they will usually be awake for a little while and then fall asleep til their next feeding around 2pm. After their 2pm feeding they normally are awake for a little while and then fall asleep again. Until about 5, after that feeding they usually are awake and want to chat again or look at pictures on the wall, or listen to daddy play guitar. Once I feed them around 7pm they usually sleep and that begins our night. The babies are still getting in a rhythm for night. Each night after the 9pm feeding we rock them to sleep and put them in their Rock and Plays next to our bed. They will sleep in those til the next feeding. After each night feeding, I try to put them right back into their rock and plays, but sometimes one baby wants to be rocked and then put in the rock and play, sometimes both babies want to be rocked and then put in the rock and plays, sometimes one baby will only fall asleep in bed with us and sometimes both babies will only fall asleep in bed with us. At this point my husband and I feel this is what works for us. The plan is to move them to their cribs when they are 3-4 months or if they start sleeping 6 hours straight at night, whichever comes first.

Favorites
The babies love when daddy talks to them. They always smile and giggle at him. It totally makes my heart melt. They love staring at pictures on the wall, the fan, the blinds, pretty much anything. They love cuddling with momma and daddy. And they love rolling from tummy to back.

Accomplishments
You may not believe it because they are so young but both babies have started rolling from tummy to back. Harper was first, and I guess the twin competitiveness has already begun because within a few days Abbey started rolling over too! Ever since they were born the Dr has been impressed with how strong they are, at their 2 week apt the Dr kept saying ‘oh wow look how strong they are they can hold their head up.’ So I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that they started rolling over so early. Abbey really impressed me the other day when we were at my parents I laid her down for tummy time on a blanket next to the table while we ate dinner, after a few minutes I looked down and she was asleep. It was great because normally the babies need to be held or rocked to sleep, I was so very proud.

Behavior
Most of the time when the babies are awake they are very smiley, which is incredibly adorable and so fun to be able to interact with them. They definitely know their momma and daddy’s voices and will turn their heads to see us when we talk to them. There are also times when the babies are awake and seem rather pensive, they just look around and I can tell they are observing what’s going on around them. Harper is always very interested in what’s going on around her when there’s people around. She loves watching people. And it’s so fun to see her soaking up all the love around her.

Since this is the first monthly update I’ll post all the weekly and monthly pictures since they were born.

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