Thursday, October 25, 2012

3 months (and 2 days)

Molly and Jack are 3 months and two days old, but who's counting, right?  This update is bittersweet, because I am going back to work today.  Don't get me wrong- I love my job...  I just love being a mom more.  There is nothing I'd rather do than watch these amazing babies develop and evolve.  It seems like they are growing so quickly, and each day they change a bit.  Whether it's learning a new trick or reacting to previously ignored stimuli, I cannot get enough of their sweet, squishy little faces!  And I'm terrified that I'm going to miss something.  I want to experience all of their firsts first-hand.

Then and Now:  those "coming home" outfits are busting at the seams!

The past month has brought so many fun changes.  Jackson has (mostly) outgrown his colic and is the sweetest, most loving little boy.  He loves to snuggle and is starting to laugh out loud.  There's nothing more adorable than seeing him giggle when we are playing airplane!  His smile is absolutely infectious- it's impossible not to grin when you see him doing it.

Miss Molly is a bit more fussy than her easy going brother.  It's almost like they've reversed roles.  I think that she has realized that crying gets attention though, because her moods turn on and off so quickly.  This is going to be one high-maintenance little girl.  She smiles a lot and has discovered that she can stick out her tongue- what a smart girl!  "Where's your tongue?" has quickly become our favorite game.

They have both found their hands, and love chewing them in a slobbery fury. Bath time is still one of the best parts of our day- sweet smelling, sleepy babies just can't be beat.  We've also adopted a fabulous new sleep routine.  This is such a monumental feat that it deserves a post of its own.  Overall, it's been a pretty eventful month, and I can't wait to see what the next one holds!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Who's Training Who? A Sleep Story.

There is a battle of wills going on in our house, and the babies are winning.  They dictate every moment of every day- not that this is a terrible thing, but I feel like we need some sort of order because the chaos is driving me crazy.  This is a blatant plea for advice from moms who have been through the first few months of a child's life and lived to tell about it!  We are completely lost when it comes to sleep patterns, and when we should start to implement some sort of nap/play/eat/sleep routines.  Lulu at The Wild Rumpus has recently sleep trained her adorable Alex, but I wonder in Molly and Jack are too young.  Help! 

Currently, our day has no real structure.  The babies eat every 3 hours.  This is the only thing I can count on.  They will sleep for 30 minutes, then wake up fussy- but they generally don't sleep at the same time. I try to keep them awake for more extended periods so they'll have longer, more predictable nap times but I'm failing miserably.  Once I pick them up to console them (because if they're awake, they are often crying), they fall asleep for 15 minutes.  And then they wake up crying.  Again.  This is how we spend the day.

Our night routine is slightly more regular.  They eat around 10 and will often sleep for 4-5 hours after this last night feeding.  Jackson rarely wakes up first, but when Molly wakes to eat, Jack gets woken up to keep them on the same schedule.  I really want to let him sleep, but am terrified that I will be up every hour if they get out of sync.  Everything is more difficult with twins, isn't it?!

Please tell me if I'm worrying prematurely about all of this.  I know that M & J won't go to kindergarten requiring sleep in 15 minute intervals.    Well...  I hope not.