Charleen is a very good eater and seems to grow before our eyes. Her hair is dark brown, her eyes are a strong blue and she has a tanner complexion. She looks a lot like daddy. From day one, we’ve had a hard time getting newborn clothes to fit her because of her large head and she already moved into size 1 diapers a week ago. Charlee seems to be very sensitive and has a difficult time calming herself down; however she finds peace when near the loud dehumidifier or when carried around in the sling. While the first 2-3 weeks were mostly focused on eating and sleeping, she has become more alert this past week and just stares at us with her big blue eyes… that is if she isn’t wailing over having the hiccups or other unknown discomfort. This past week, we have noticed that she also loves to be in front of a the fan, or under the hair dryer after her bath. She just smiles as her hair blows back. We have been calling her “the biggest baby” because she is quite large and also because she acts like a baby – sensitive and needy.
Cassandra is our “little baby.” At her two-week appointment she had gained just as much weight as her sister, but she seems to only get longer instead of wider. She is very svelte. We also call Andie “little bird” since her cries and other noises sound like a bird, and she looks very bird-like when she is rooting for more food. From day one, Andie has had a good number of hours per day spent as awake-alert… she just looks around at everything and everyone and will adjust her facial expressions as stimulus changes. You really feel like she knows what you are saying to her and we spend countless hours carrying her around and talking to her. For the first two weeks, Andie’s eyes were muddy; however lately they seem to be turning blue. Only time will tell what her final eye color will be. In comparison to Charlee, Andie has fairer skin and slightly lighter hair. She looks more like Mommy. Andie really only gets fussy for a good reason, either she is hungry or needs a changing etc., but you won’t hear crying, you will hear these loud bird cries as she voices for you to help her.
What was it like to be a parent of twins during the first month? Sigh… a nightmare. Whoever said “sleep when the baby sleeps” did not have twins. Whoever said “newborns are actually quite portable” did not have twins. Throughout the month, the girls were completely unpredictable with their schedules so we were usually feeding someone every 1 to 2 hours around the clock. One day during week two, I recorded that I nursed 14 times. A few other nights, I recorded that in the period from putting them down at 10p until they woke up at 5a, there was only a block of 90min, and two blocks of 30 minutes that both babies were asleep. Some people say to wake up the second baby and feed them at the same time… yes, but who really wants to hold two bottles and then listen to screaming as you take turns with the burping? Additionally, even when I fed the babies at the same time, Charlee would take down 6oz and sleep for 3-4 hours, while Andie would only take down 3oz and only sleep for 2 hours. Sometimes a baby would fall asleep right after she ate and sometimes she would stay up for another 90 minutes. Usually if one chose to stay up and/or be fussy, by the time I got her down, the other would be awake for her regular feeding. Portability? The closest we got to that was that I took Charlee around the neighborhood twice in a front carrier. The girls only left the house for their doctors appointments and both Andrew and I went. We have yet to try venturing out as one adult with both girls for a walk or even one adult with one baby on an errand. Every time that I thought I was getting close to having a long enough break to take one baby somewhere, the other baby would wake up and need to be fed. It was so rare that both were soundly asleep, that we chose not to wake them up to stuff them in a carrier or carseat. Andrew and I are REALLY looking forward to the girls sleeping through the night and getting on the same schedule!