17 Months Old!

Food:  Charlee is a food monster – that girl can put down some serious food.  Both girls LOVE tomatoes, but we’ve had to restrict how many they can have since it is messing up digestion.  Charlee’s favorite foods are probably ice cream and popsicles.  On a regular basis, they are eating a lot of eggs, ham, cheese, beans, yogurt, apple sauce, and lately, cereal.  Andie is more picky, but can kill a huge bowl of macaroni and cheese and loves to chew mindlessly (and walk around endlessly) on bagels.  Both girls know where food is kept so they will point to the counter, cupboard, or freezer where the food they want is kept.  For example, Andie will point to the bananas or raisin bread whereas Charlee will be hanging off the freezer handle or carrying the cereal boxes around the house.  I bought them cereal to serve as a snack or dessert since it really isn’t any nutritionally different than the cookies and crackers we get for them.  Charlee will have a meltdown if you don’t give her the food she sees and wants.  Andie has become more of a snacker.  She won’t eat much at mealtime and then she will want whatever I’m trying to eat later.  The girls drive me crazy when they violently swipe the food off of their high chair trays onto the floor.  I’m like, I get that you don’t want to eat that, but there is no need to shoot it 15 feet across the kitchen!  I am so sick of cleaning up the highchairs and surrounding areas.

Movement:  The girls are officially running!  Andie is almost able to climb up the ladder to the playset.  Both girls carelessly slide down the stairs on their tummies.  Andie is climbing anything and everything and extremely dangerous.  Both girls go “upside down” where they basically do yoga downward dog with their heads on the floor and then you get big smiles if you roll them forward into a somersault. The girls will headlock and wrestle one another which is often cute, but then turns into someone screaming.  If you lay on the floor, both girls will run and attack you.  Charlee is also hug attacking us which involves a headlock and a cheek press into your face so hard that it hurts.  She will also kiss you… often open mouth.

Activities:  The girls have been watching more Mary Poppins and Sound of Music, but still enjoy Frozen.  I have been trying to get the girls into some other shows and movies but Charlee is VERY particular about what she watches.  I feel badly when Andie is into a show and Charlee demands that I change it and then Andie gets all upset and starts doing the sign language for “please” since she wants the show back on.  The girls still enjoy books the most.  You can ask them to point to almost anything in the books and they know what to point to… it is crazy astonishing.  The girls also enjoy their large legos and have been building small things.  We have been playing with Daddy’s old dinosaurs and if you ask the girls what sound a dinosaur makes, the say “roooaaarrrr.’  Adorable!  Andie even picked out a PJ at sams club with a dinosaur on the front.  The girls spend a lot of time in the basement playing with their roller coaster and their house.  They LOVE opening and closing the shutters to do hide n seek.  We also spend a lot of time in the yard.  Charlee will play with a ball or run around with the pinwheel, but Andie will stick her hands in the mulch, eat rocks, or sit in puddles.  Of course we try to have two adults outside at the same time since the girls run in opposite directions and obviously beeline for the street.  We borrowed a small foot powered car from a neighbor and let the girls play with it in the kitchen.  The car was a hit, but the girls frequently hi-jacked one another by forcing the door open, grabbing sissy by the shoulders and pulling her out of the car onto the kitchen floor.  We ended up putting the roller coaster car in the kitchen so that we had two cars at once, but in the end, I think we will need two cars.

 

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15 Months Old!

Frozen, Head Bumps, Caesar Salads, Popsicles, Walking, and Making Messes

The girls continue to be obsessed with the movie frozen.  Andy and I almost have the entire thing memorized.  Occasionally, we put on The Sound of Music, but typically Charlee throws the remote at us and is fussing until we say, “Do you want to watch Frozen?” and she breaks into the biggest smile ever.  Andie doesn’t seem to care as much about putting Frozen on, but she watches it just as much.

A typical night is Momma coming home between 430 and 500.  The girls eat dinner at 5pm every night, if not earlier.  They are still eating a lot of chicken, avocado, beans, chicken noodle soup, sweet potatoes and fruit.  If the girls eat quickly, we try to feed them cookies so they sit in their chairs longer so that we can eat dinner.  After dinner we usually go straight to Frozen or bath time.  The girls still LOVE bath time.  We try to keep them occupied until 7pm when we serve bottles, and then it’s teeth brushing and in bed at 730pm.  Usually once a week, we take the girls to Whole Foods or run another errand.  Andy taught the girls to tap watermelons so now we have to tap every watermelon that we see.  We have given a lot of laughs to other shoppers.  The girls are usually excellent at the store.

Even though the girls eat a big dinner and put up their arms to signal “all done” at the end, and still eat cookies or whatever else Momma tries to occupy them with, they still come after whatever Momma tries to eat.  This month, Momma frequently tried to eat her grilled caesar salad on the couch (while watching Frozen of course) and both girls needed to eat it too.  I don’t know why I bother making them toddler food when they LOVE caesar dressing and parmesan cheese.  They also want whatever Momma is drinking so she just started giving them their own tervis tumblers.  Many months ago, Andie wanted the red wine so Momma gave her a sip since she didn’t think Andie would like it, but she did.  Andie loves red wine and Charlee loves black tea.  These girls are strange.

The girls are walking very fast, if not running.  The only problem is that the faster they go, the more unsteady they become and next thing you know they launch themselves into the cabinets or pavement or whatever.  We have had more injuries this month than ever.  Daddy treats injuries with popsicles.  We have gone through a ton of popsicles.  Charlee is good at taking big bites, but Andie seems to have sensitive teeth and gets upset if she gets too big of a bite.

The girls are also obsessed with brushing their teeth.  They also love these banana teether-brushes which are silly to watch.

The girls have made a ton of messes this month.  I have not seen them play with their toys at all.  They would rather pull every tissue out of the tissue box, unroll the toilet paper, pull out and open all of the dvds, dump the box of straws, pull out any contents of cabinets and drawers, sit in empty amazon boxes, etc.

14 Months Old!

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We are officially walking everywhere we go!  (Unless we are pathetically tired and then we just sit on the floor and cry and point at stuff.)  We still lose our balance sometimes and usually walk with our hands up in the air, but we make for good entertainment as we simulataneously wander the kitchen in loops and circles like zombies… ZOMBABIES!

Charlee’s piggie snortsies have graduated into piggie kisses and Andie does them too!  What is a piggie kiss?  It’s a snortsie with contact.  Occasionally, I get get Charlee to kiss me on the cheek or tell her to kiss her sister and she’ll at least make an effort to bob her face on Andie, but I can’t get Andie to kiss anything on demand.  She is only a spontaneously piggie kisser, usually into her blanket.  I’ve been trying to teach the girls about hugging.  Both girls can blow kisses and they will do it if you ask.  If you are leaving our house, we try to get them to wave bye and blow kisses.

This month, Momma had ankle surgery and spent a lot of time in bed.  The girls would make visits and play peek-a-boo around the corner.  They thought this was hilarious.  Charlee even got the point of trying to do peek-a-boo without hiding behind anything, she would just sort of quickly lean to one side and let out a smile as if there was a wall there.

The girls are OBSESSED with technology.  They love to play with cell phones.  They frequently call Momma on her way home.  They don’t say much and Charlee still waves for hello and bye bye since she doesn’t understand that I can’t see her through the phone.  Andie likes repeatedly pressing the main menu button on my phone since it will start beeping and open voice commands.  When she gets the phone of Andy, my mom or sister, she attempts to hit the same button, but the phones are different and she gets frustrated that she doens’t get the same result.  We have also been occupying the girls on the phones and computers by googling pictures of kittens, dogs, laughing babies, etc.  Andie likes gray stripey cats the best and Charlee likes light colored dogs.  If they see us on the lap top or with our phone, they will sit themselves in our laps and demand for us to do something.  “Charlee, what do you want to look at?”  She replies “Dogggssss”

The girls are OBSESSED with the movies Frozen and The Sound of Music; however over the course of the month, they have dictated that they prefer the songs and no plot.  They frequently bring the remote (okay throw the remote) to us so that we hit the skip button in order to get it to the next song.  Sometimes they dance or bop along and recently we’ve heard what sounds like singing.20140727_145234 20140724_180816 20140719_130638 20140719_113727 20140708_164252 20140703_182737

We don’t have many new words this month, but that is okay since energy for learning has gone to walking.  Andie now says “bath.”  “Andie, do you want a bath?”  She lights up and says, “BATH, BATH, BATH!”  The TH sound isn’t perfect yet, more of a T then an H, but she is close.  Charlee still forms her mouth into saying “bath” but doens’t actually say the word, more of a “Ba, ba, ba”  She has been doing this “practice” for a while.

Andie is still wearing 12m to 18m clothing, while Charlee is 18m to 24m/2T.  Andie is still in Size 3 diapers and Charlee is in Size 4, but I think both girls will be upsized soon.  Andie’s hair is getting long and it is usually messy, but it isn’t long enough for a ponytail yet.  Charlee’s hair has gotten REALLY curly so she doens’t have the messy look that Andie has.  Andie seems to tan really easily like her father and Charlee seems to have Momma’s skin.  Charlee has 5 or 6 freckles and Andie only has 1.  The girls are so different in everything that they do.  Andie is a mini Momma and Charlee is a mini Dad.  Andie is mostly likely to sleep on her stomach and tightly pulled together, while Charlee sleeps on her side or back all sprawled out.  We’ve started brushing our teeth regularly and the girls LOVE it… I guess that is a good thing.20140728_185336 20140707_17293820140723_210135 20140723_210149

13 Months Old!

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We got other new toys for our birthday. Auntie Hayley got us a tunnel.  Andie went right on in and started hiding toys in there from Charlee… some blocks, a mini computer.  Sometimes we keep the tunnel in a bend and Andie pretends its a cave.  When it’s folded up, she nests inside of it.  Andie likes to nest in anything that she can.  Charlee eventually started crawling into the tunnel and now they crawl around  following each other through the tunnel.  It is very cute.

Neighbor Kate got us a roller coaster.  Andie tried it out without any problems, but Charlee had to be coaxed into it a few times before she loved it too.  Charlee likes to let go, put her hands in the air and ride it like a real roller coaster; however that is dangerous.  Andie is usually our more dangerous child, but Charlee does things dangerous too.  Her activity is usually just done more slowly that Andie so we are able to figure out what she is doing.

Even though we have a lot of new toys from our birthday, Charlee still likes to play with the doll house.

Andie has started with saying “that?” all the time and we have to tell her what she is pointing at.  Sometimes it sounds like she is saying “what’s that?”  To the untrained ear, people still think that she is saying “Dad.”  Both girls are pointing more than talking lately.  They point at what they want, they point at where they want to go.  The also occasionally crawl into our arms and buck around to indicate to us that they want to be taken to another room or place.

Mimi got us the movie, The Sound of Music, so we have been watching that a lot.  We find it VERY captivating.

Father’s Day marked our first time in a big pool!  We were hesitant for a few minutes, but then enjoyed it a lot!  Grandma got out some toys to include some rubber duckies.  While both girls went after the ducks, Andie was very insistent with her yelling DUCK DUCK DUCKKK!10390149_10152924438318858_7614387456759704720_n 10455366_10152924436908858_1418464376062264080_n

We have gotten into Mimi’s pool a few times too.  Andie keeps splashing her face straight into the water.  She is completely fearless.  She also thinks that she can swim.  When you try to hold her, she keeps thrashing around.  It is quite exhausting.  We have also been spending a lot of time in our baby pool that is right outside the kitchen on the deck.  We get in almost every day and splash around.

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Charlee’s teeth are coming in at a faster pace than Andie.  Charlee has a fifth tooth starting to come in and Andie finally got 3 and 4.  The girls really like eating yogurt, cheese, popsicles, avocado, and berries.

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The girls continue to love phones.  All this month they would have Daddy call Momma at 4:35 as she drove home from work.  Sometimes when Momma is home, they still try to call people so sometimes we call Mimi.

Lastly, both girls are almost fully walking.  They can take about 4-5 steps before losing balance.  If you are lightly holding their hands, they can walk forever.

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ONE YEAR OLD!

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“Charlee, what is your name?”  “eee-eee”

“Charlee, who is my little piggy?  “(snorts!)”

We can also, at request, point to our belly buttons, our toes, our noses, and point to elmo and dogs in books.  We can crawl upstairs and we can take a few steps before falling down.  We have gotten bored with our play area and prefer to wander around the house, but we seem to get into a lot of trouble.  We like to rough-house and Charlee has gotten into the habit of crouching on the floor in anticipation of being love attacked.  It seems like when she is not getting enough attention she lays on the floor with this huge grin on her face so you have to go tickle and squish her.  What is funny is when Andie attacks her!  They sort of roll around like puppies sometimes.  Charlee has also gotten good at hugging and kissing, although a hug is squishing something between her ear and shoulder and a kiss is just her putting her mouth on something.  Yesterday she went through the toy basket and hugged about 15 things that she pulled out.  She will also hug the couch and blankets.  Both girls will attack you if you lay on the floor.  While Charlee is more of a fall and squish, Andie is more of an attack without consequences so you have to make sure she doesn’t roll too far and hurt herself.  Andie acts without consequence…

Andie gave us our biggest scare yet-  On the evening of Tuesday May 20th, Dada was out of town and Momma had a friend over to help.  Charlee was being very funny breaking out some new dance moves so Andie decided to throw herself off the couch…. head first… hit the floor with the top of her head and then her neck cranked over with the rest of her body.  Momma called Mimi to see if she should go to the hospital but Andie hadn’t thrown up and didn’t have a bump so they just monitored her for a couple of hours… and then Momma slept on the nursery floor with her.  It was a rough night.IMG_4132

New foods that we are eating:  cheeseburger, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries.  New words we are saying:  Ut-oh.  hat.  sock.  We can also give high-five.

Our Birthday:  Mom took off work to spend the day with us because the nanny and Mimi were both out of town.  The plan was to go to the zoo, but weather was cooler and rainy.  For the first time ever… EVER… we slept in.  We haven’t slept past 630am ever and we usually wake up closer to 530am.  On our birthday morning we slept until 730am!  Momma and Dada were very happy to have the extra rest for our big day.  By 9am we were at THB for our blueberry bagels and cheese omelet.  We then went to the mall because Dada had to return stuff.  We walked around for almost two hours while every stranger and their brother talked to us (sometimes scared us) because we are twins.  We were running ragged by the end of our trip and Andie fell asleep in the car for a few minutes.  Upon getting home and going directly to our cribs, we refused to nap so Momma brought up bottles and we liked those but then we refused to nap again so Momma came up again and brought us down for lunch.  After lunch and some playtime we finally took our first nap of the day at around 1pm.  We made it to Flavor Cupcakery around 330pm and we got a Blackbottom cupcake and  carrot cupcake for free and we ate them outside in our booster seats.  We ate dinner when we got home and then Miss Kate came over with balloons for us to play with.  Charlee got something stuck in her eye and after some tears, Dada made us feel better with a popsicle!

 

Andie is better with letting us dress her.  While she can be a wiggle worm bucking bronco during diaper changes, she often enjoys being dressed, especially if it is something that we let her pick out.  She also likes to accessorize with any hats or necklaces that she finds.  She frequently wears hats inside, but refuses to keep a hat on her head outside in the sun!  Andie also likes when dad gives her a manicure.  She sits patiently and observes him each nail and then laughs hysterically when he pretends to file her nails.20140601_145218
Andie also enjoys what we call “nesting,” which makes sense she is a bird.  She likes to wrap herself in blankets or gets really excited if we make a nest for her out of a big comforter.  In her play area, she frequently crawls into the stuffed animal basket and sits there for a long time playing with the animals, or another toy or book that she brought in.

Andie can stand for “long” periods of time, 30 seconds to a minute at times.  It is sort of creepie when she does it.
In general, Andie continues to be very silly… putting random things on her head, putting a blanket over her head and ripping it off repeatedly, lots of yelling and hitting of things.
The bad:  Andie is super fast and dangerous.  She acts with no fear.  We had to take the plush baby chair out of the play pen area since she was climbing into in and jumping/rolling off without a worry… well until she hit the floor awkwardly and cries… and then she just does it again and again.  She often lets go of whatever she is holding onto and attempts to walk but falls badly.  On the other hand, Charlee will opt to sit anytime she doesn’t think she can do something.  We find ourselves encouraging Charlee to keep standing or walking, but she just sits down.20140606_175155-MOTION 20140530_175650 20140528_183340 20140524_122444 20140524_122434 20140524_071425 20140523_171942 20140522_164246 20140522_164100-MIX 20140522_083516 Straight-up Gangsta 20140520_171034 20140516_173821 20140515_182437 20140515_181923 20140609_181011 20140608_062842

Charlee makes you feel so loved.  It takes her a while to warm up, but when you get sweet Charlee, you could just eat her up with a spoon!  The bad:  Charlee is a major whiner… until you hit that sweet spot of time where she is laughs and snorts, she just whines, whines, whines.  She still fusses a lot with strangers and by strangers I mean everyone outside her approved circle of about 5 people.  Charlee has really enjoyed playing with her new dollhouse.  She likes to put the baby in the nursery and she likes to hold and hug the daddy figurine and say “da-da” over and over again.  There is another blond girl figurine that I ask Charlee if it is Charlee or Mimi and she just takes it, kisses it, hugs it.

 

Mother’s Day was one of the best weekends that we had.  Momma told Dadda to hang out with us all day on Saturday (instead of doing PhD work) so we went to THB and the park and Smyth.  Momma got two very pretty bracelets for Mother’s Day, a light blue one for Charlee and a dark blue one of Andie.  On Sunday, Momma took us to Granddads and Bootsie’s where we played with dogs and got into our new swings that Granddad surprised us with!20140511_140952 20140511_140655 20140510_084356 20140510_084350 20140510_084321

 

11 Months Old!

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Andie has a favorite hat… she likes to put it on with her pajamas after bath time.  She also likes the headband-bow and attempts to jam it on her head until we help her with it.  Both girls love putting anything on their head and laughing at each other.  Charlee frequently attempts to remove whatever is on Andie’s head but Andie only laughs at Charlee.20140407_18325720140424_183328 (1)

Both girls are crawling well.  Charlee keeps trying to stand on her own by straightening her legs and then pushing from her hands.  It sort of looks like yoga pose downward dog.  She has been attempting to stand using any object possible, which is pretty funny when it is her sister or one of us.  The girls frequently pull themselves to standing at the window.  It took until later in the month for Charlee to become quick at pulling herself up like her sister.  Charlee loves waving at anything that moves from her window spot.  Andie usually smacks on the window with her hands or a toy.  She likes noise.

Andie is usually the first one to do a movement, but Charlee is usually the first to perfect it.  Charlee is very measured and accurate in her movements, while Andie is a bit scrappy and fast.  Andie is so fast!  Charlee seems to have better balance and gives the impression that she will walk first, but she is more timid than Andie.  Andie has less balance, but is just throwing herself out there, usually face planting to the floor.  Charlee will hold onto the gate with a pinkie and whine for what seems like forever before she decides to move a foot or sit back down.

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Andie continues to be what I call, “engineer brained” in that she examines everything… the steps of everything.  She will examine a piece of jewelry or clothing for a very long time.  She spent at least two minutes looking at my pearl earring tonight.  She also likes looking at your teeth.  My mom said that she must think it’s okay since we are always looking at her teeth that she can look at ours.  I say that she is playing dentist.  Andie curerntly has two bottom teeth while Charlee has two bottom teeth and the second top tooth just came through today.  Charlee’s top teeth are huge!  Andie is surprisingly good at the xylophone, but we have to hide it since Charlee keeps gagging herself with the mallet.  The girls have always liked eating their hairbrush, but my mom finally caught Andie actually brushing her hair with it.  She plays the xylophone and brushes her hair left handed.

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Overall, Charlee is better with her hands and fingers for picking up food and turning pages.  She will sit with a book and turn its pages for a very long time.  The past week when we have read to them, they will attempt to pull themselves to standing using us for leverage and then they will just stand hands free near us.  It is sort of amazing to watch them balance for increasing amounts of time.  Charlee continues to be the love bug.  She has been having a blast “love attacking” us which entails getting ahold of us, usually by hair, fist of clothing, or ear and pulling her head into our bodies.  Sometimes she actually kisses us, but usually she is just pulling us into her with a crazy tight grip and squealing with delight.

It was practically overnight that the girls refused to be fed by spoon and insist on feeding finger foods and pouches to themselves.  The like to eat cheerios, clementines, chocolate milk, baby waffles, ground turkey, provolone, mozzarella, peas, black beans, and chick peas.  We LOVE yogurt pouches.  Ignore sissy choking in the picture below.

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We also LOVE putting food in our hair.  This is a complete curl job done with banana.  We have had a lot of unplanned baths lately.  Andie is the more frequent offender and one night Andy and I just held her under the kitchen faucet to just rinse her head.  The way she got excited about it made us realize that the nanny or a grandmom must do that to her on a regular basis.20140329_124305

We had chocolate cake for the first time for Granddude’s birthday.  Andie liked it, but stayed calm.  Charlee was charging us like a rhino to get more.  We kept sitting her down and feeding it to her, but she’d get up and push me over trying to get more.

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Charlee still isn’t too friendly with strangers, but decided that she likes Uncle Ryan and was calling him Momma so now we call him uncle Momma.

On April 12th, I took them out in public by myself for the first time.  It well pretty well aside from some minor craziness at the shoe store.  Charlee was licking the toys and shoes while Andie was eating the shoe stuffing paper.  Charlee was sized at a 5.0 wide and Andie was 4.5wide.  Charlee does have wide feet, but Andie has a  high instep.  Both girls love their new shoes.  Andie was already fascinated with adult shoes, so she loves that she now has her own sparkly shoes.20140413_192735

Charlee is still in size 4 diapers, while Andie is in size 3.  Their growth has slowed down some… we’ve stayed in the same size of clothing for more than a month!  We also still fit in a this laundry basket, but not for long!

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They are clapping and move their hands with you when you try to do Patty Cake and moving their fingers if you sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider.  Andie likes these hand songs more than Charlee, but Charlee was attempting to sing along to the ABCs the other day.  Andie and Charlee are finally saying Da-Da.  One night, Andie was giving us a really hard time going to bed, so Andy finally took over the job while I listened to the monitor while washing bottles.  Andie keeps saying “Da-Da” all cute and happy and playful while sitting on his lap in the nursery.  He eventually puts her in her crib where she proceeds to cry out,  “DAAA-DAAAA!”  She then gets quiet for 20 seconds and starts with “MOMMAAAAA!”  She is already playing us.  Andie can say Momma, Dada, Bobba, and an occasional Hi.  Charlee says Momma, Dada, Bobba, an occasional bye bye, and Nom Noms, which is what she calls food.  Both have been talking a lot so we are hoping for some more actual words soon.

In our Easter Baskets we got books, crackers, binkies, crocs, and bath toys.  Everything was a hit!  I let Andie pick out their Easter clothes.  Since November, I have let the girls pick out their pajamas by offering each one to them and at first it was watching their faces to see if one color was more exciting, but for the past few months, they will reach out and select one.  It is funny to see how they have favorite pajamas or favorite colors.  When I took Andie upstairs to her closet on Easter morning, I showed her some outfits, but she got really REALLY excited when she found the blue and green outfit.  Sissy got a coordinating pink and red outfit.

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When I bring clothes down for the girls, Andie is always really excited to see what I picked out and prefers blues, greens, teals and purples.  She has been sitting rather patiently when we dress her and seems to like being in pretty clothes.  If there is a stack of clothes, for example, laundry, or hand me downs, or even new clothes, she crawls over and buries herself in the pile and then frantically kicks her feet and throws the clothes around in joy.  She loves clothes.  Charlee has also stolen some of my clothes, but she only digs into them if they have a scent.  Below is a picture of her going around the kitchen with my sweater that smelled of a hair product I was wearing.  20140412_105300

 

We finally got some professional pictures taken and they turned out great.  The event in total was exhausting, but pretty much everything is lately.  Pictures here!

The girls still love selfies and seeing pictures and videos of themselves.  It is hilarious to hear the varying sounds of laughter watching them watch themselves.20140406_18525720140412_072016

10 Months Old!


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Charlee has a too-fus - two teeth coming in at once.  Andie’s first tooth is coming in well and a second one has started.

Charlee really likes tea.

We are now eating cheese bits, cheerios, yogurt, and black beans.

The girls have mastered crawling… well, Andie still does more of an army crawl and Charlee gets lazy quickly, but it is SO ADORABLE to watch them in a crawling parade.  The girls prefer to stand or attempt to walk instead of crawling.  They can stand at the window and sofa table for really long periods of time and have started to cruise to other areas by holding the couch or other things.

The baby jail is working out great.  If the girls are not in their pen, they rapidly crawl 10-30 feet from where you left them, pull themselves up on furniture or moving objects like their walkers, and proceed to be very dangerous.

One night Charlee was going around the kitchen in her walker and Andie pulled herself to standing on Charlee’s walker and then Charlee took off.  Andie was clinging to the edge and continued to stand as she was dragged through the kitchen.  It looked like she was water skiing.

The girls still absolutely LOVE seeing videos and pictures of themselves.  They frequently fight over my cell phone and take numerous selfies.  My cell phone picture gallery is hundreds of blurry baby face pictures.  Charlee was messing with my phone one night and managed to send a selfie (okay maybe it was just her nose) with message to her Mimi.

9 Months Old!

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Very early in the month, Andie awoke screaming around midnight which also woke up Charlee.  Andy and I go in there and we each have a girl.  As Andie remains inconsolable (possible nightmare), Charlee starts throwing herself out of my arms in order to touch Andie.  We have seen this type of behavior frequently this past month – if one girl gets really upset, the other girls acts very curious and attempts to touch her; however they also frequently cause each other to get upset.  Even though the girls have a hundred toys to play with, they continue to tug-o-war with the same item.  The girls often fight over the bucket of blocks.  I think it is Charlee’s favorite, but Andie frequently pulls it away from her.  There are also a lot of binkie and blankie thefts, which are even funnier when the girls act like they aren’t doing anything or try to hide the fact that they took it.  The past couple of weeks, the girls crawl into my lap and each one is happy in my lap… until the other one wants to crawl into my lap and then we immediately have two crying babies in my lap.  The girls also try to crawl into my arms at inopportune times.  Just tonight, I had Andie laying down in front of me so that I could dress her in her jammies.  Charlee decided that this was a good time to crawl into my lap so I am trying to reach around Charlee to get Andie dressed.  The girls can play together well sometimes… like passing a ball back and forth between them, or pulling blankets off each others heads… Sometimes it is a bit messier as they take turns spitting their food out and laughing.

Last weekend my dad came over and helped install the baby jail since Andie is crawling and Charlee is scooting.  Since we frequently have to leave one girl unattended to do something with the other girl, we needed a safe space.  Prior to the jail, Andie was already pulling the baskets out of the table, trying to pull herself up on the table, and pulling on the DVD player.  Only two days passed before Andie was putting her legs through the bars at the gate and running her binkie along the rails for sound.

The girls really LOVE books and have managed to destroy many of their cardboard books with their chewing.  Their favorite book is Pajama Time.  Charlee is very impressive with her ability to turn each page one by one.  Andie will also stare at a book for a long time, but she isn’t so deliberate with the pages.

Andie chuckles all day every day… she thinks anything and everything is funny.  We can get Charlee to laugh and smile, but it still takes an effort sometimes.  When Charlee smiles really large or laughs, she squinches her eyes or silent laughs.  Charlee has been making an adorable gurgling sound, more often when she is upside down.  Andie likes to yell and scream when she wants to hear herself.  Andie continues to be much louder and faster in general.  She is trouble.  She likes to roll over or sit up during diaper changes.  If you don’t hold her, she would throw herself onto the floor.  Many of her changes have become a two person job.

Charlee has moved into size 4 diapers and is regularly wearing 18 months clothing.  Andie is almost the same height but is very wiry.  Charlee is pushing 25 pounds while Andie is still closer to 18 pounds.

Current schedule:  WAKE UP AT 530AM EVERY DAY!  6oz bottles, breakast at 730am, nap ~830 to 1000a, 4oz bottles, lunch at noon, nap ~130-300, 4oz bottles, dinner at 5pm, 6oz bottles at 6pm, asleep by 630pm.  The girls are still putting down a serious amount of food.  Favorite items include bananas, applesauce and other sweet fruits, and sweet potatoes and squash.  The peas and green beans do not get eaten as quickly, but the girls have still eaten everything that we put in front of them.  We have given them ice cream and brownie and they aren’t dummies… they know when we are eating something good and they cry when we stop giving it to them.  You cannot eat anything in front of these two.  It doesn’t matter if they just ate, they want your food.  When we *try* to eat dinner, they take their walkers to your side and pull on your pants or jacket begging for scraps like little puppies.  At least a couple times a week, I have to start giving them baby puffs or banana bits between my forkfulls so that they stop yelling at me.  Charlee really likes tea and also enjoyed V8, eggs, cream cheese, peanut butter, and brownie.

Charlee can regularly make it from 630pm to 530am without waking.  Sometimes Andie wakes her, sometimes she wakes up on her own, other times we don’t touch her.  Andie STILL wakes up EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.  I think we’ve only had 7 or 8 nights where we didn’t go into the nursery at all.  We have made progress though.  We are no longer feeding her, she just wants a diaper change, blankie and binkie and usually goes back down fairly quickly.  We still have at least a couple nights a week when the entire night is chaos, but that is because we are teething.  Last weekend, Andie DID NOT SLEEP… only single 1-hour naps during the day and then she cried for numerous hours at night.  I was so exhausted and ready to run away.  She wasn’t giving any indication that her tummy or teeth were bothering her, but then her first tooth popped through that Monday.

PERSONALITY AND OTHER FUNNY THINGS:

Charlee frequently crosses her ankles when she is sitting or laying (see first picture above).  She always crosses right over left.  Andie never crosses her ankles, but rather spends a lot of time kicking out her feet or rubbing the bottoms of her feet together while she sits.  It seems like anytime you put her on a new surface, she quickly rubs her feet to see what sound it will make.  Andie also uses her feet as a second set of hands… picking up toys or maneuvering toys like rotating a block.  Charlee hasn’t quite figured out how to crawl more than a step.  She leans to her hands and will briefly stay on hands and knees, but then will push back onto one hip and attempt to get back to sitting.  The funniest thing is when she attempts to back down onto her butt, but wedged herself up against a wall or her sister.  Watching her lower her butt into Andie’s lap is quite amusing.  Charlee’s attempt at crawling is very slow and you can tell that she is really struggling with her weight.  Andie can crawl, but hasn’t figured out that she needs to keep her tummy elevated to go a further distance.  She frequently lays on her tummy, arches her chest and feet up and screams to indicate that she needs help moving.  This is a complete act, she is never actually stuck.  Charlee has taken our “blanket head” game to the next level.  We have found her quietly playing while wearing a blanket hat for periods of time.  She also plays peek-a-boo with herself by putting the blanket over her face over and over again and she has also worn a blanket over her face while jumping in her jumper.  After the girls bath, I show them their selection of one-piece pajamas hanging nearby.  I ask each girl which one they want to wear… the blue one, the pink one, the white one, the red one, or the polka dot one?  Andie most often chooses the polka dot one, followed by the blue one, and then the pink.  Charlee most often picks the white or pink one followed by the blue one.  When I’m dressing the girls, I usually bring down two outfits and set them aside.  Andie usually tries to steal the outfit that I picked out for Charlee, especially if it is blue or teal.  Andie attempts to put her own clothes on… usually holding the item with both hands and attempting to jam it on her head and face while furiously and happily kicking her legs.  Andie is very attuned to highly detailed objects.  She will quickly go after your hair, jewelry and any details on clothing.  When she grabs your piece of jewelry, she will eye it up for a very long time and rotate it to catch a glimpse of every angle.  She will grab after a button or zipper over and over and she will repeatedly run her hand over any patterns in fabrics.  While both girls like cellphones and cameras, Charlee is much more determined to go after a phone or camera.  In many pictures, she is coming after me since she is trying to grab the camera.  When I put it down, she goes after it and pulls it into her lap and examines the writing and buttons.  Charlee is always going after my cellphone and insists on taking selfies.  Andie likes to do this too, but Charlee is much more forceful in her acquiring of the phone and amount of fussing until you start taking pictures of her.  Andie is much more interested in watching videos of herself.  She grins the entire time and frequently bursts into laughter.  Charlee has figured out what a camera is and does and starts smiling when you get it out to start taking pictures.  But then you have to show her the pictures that you took of her .

The Helmet Fiasco:

At our 4 month check-up we noted that Andie’s head was mis-shaped and the pediatrician stated that she had torticollis and plagiocephaly.  She sent us home with exercises that basically involved pressing her head in each direction and pulling her head down to her shoulders.  By our 6 month appointment, we were doing these stretches with both girls since we noticed that Charlee’s head was getting mis-shaped.  At the 6 month appointment, the pediatrician was happy with Andie’s movement, but we told her that her head had not improved… in fact it was worse and her face had become uneven.  The doctor was concerned about Charlee’s lack of movement, but did not think that her head was that uneven.  We were referred to a specialist.  The specialist could not see us for another 5 weeks, but it was over Christmas so we conceded.  Andrew got a schedule conflict a couple weeks before the appointment and when we attempted to reschedule, we were told that if we couldn’t come on January 8th, then they wouldn’t be able to see us until AUGUST.  So I rearranged my schedule for that day, only to receive a call the day earlier to move our appointment from the afternoon to the morning.  We were also originally scheduled for a two hour appointment and were crammed into one hour.  We were primarily there for Charlee, but the doctor spent more time with Andie.  He said that Andie’s movement was good, but her head and face were uneven and it was up to us to put a helmet on her since she was “borderline.”  He told us that Charlee didn’t need a helmet, but needed physical therapy and that the therapy center would follow up with us.  At the time, we were not happy with the amount of time or attention given to us.  At least two weeks passed and we never heard from the therapy center.  We eventually got in contact with them and got Charlee her first appointment on February 10th.  The therapist attempted to touch Charlee but she had a melt-down (common behavior with her and strangers) so the therapist would not touch her and instructed Andy to do the same exercises with her that we were told about months ago.  This is immediately disheartening as we were hoping for more.  We immediately start rigorously doing these exercises on both girls multiple times a day, but they are complete torture.  The girls tighten up and scream and you are basically trying to rip their head off.  The exercises make no sense as you are trying to stretch a muscle that they are tightening.  You would never do that on an adult.    The same week, Andy and the nanny take Andie to the helmet place since we finally determined that her head was really funky and we could not deal with her uneven face.  We called ahead and asked to bring Charlee too since we wanted a second opinion on her head.  Both girls get scanned up and the helmet place determines that they both need helmets.  Andy and the nanny are thrilled with Star Cranial and get to the end of the appointment and are told that they are not in our insurance network and it would be $2300 per girl.  WE ARE FURIOUS since we told them numerous times before we went down there that we had cigna and they never said that they didn’t take cigna.  We had also called cigna and cigna said that they covered cranial orthotic devices.  Star Cranial tells us that we are supposed to go Hanger if our helmets are to be covered.  They also tell us that we are on the back end of the helmets even working and we are losing precious time and that the girls will most likely need the helmets for 6 months now… rather than the 3 it would have taken if we started earlier.  We immediately book an appointment with Hanger.  They want a 4-hour long appointment since they don’t have the same technology as Star Cranial and must manually measure their heads.  Before we go to that appointment we call cigna again and they now tell us Hanger recently cancelled their contract and we need to initiate an out-of-network request.  This is problematic since the original specialist doctor is awful at paperwork, doesn’t think Charlee needs a helmet, wants to see Star’s report before doing the paperwork, etc etc.  We lose at least 10 days.  The request finally gets to cigna, another 5 days pass and we get a phone call that Cigna is denying our out-of-network request to use Star since they are now saying that Hanger IS in our network.  I call Cigna and attempt to figure out what is going on and they tell me again that Hanger recently cancelled and that they will make a note that our out-of-network request should be approved.  Of course, this is two different offices at Cigna and no one talks so they transfer me to the exception request office where I am immediately told again that Hanger is in network, but they bill under Linkia.  I do internet research where a bunch of other moms basically rave about Star and complain about Hanger since Hanger doesn’t have the same technology.  Meanwhile, during the week that we were putting together the paperwork, I see my acupuncturist who recommends a holistic physical therapist.  I get in touch with her and her first appointment is 6 weeks out, and that was skipping over a waiting list since they are babies… she then tells me that someone cancelled.  I leave work an hour later and we hull the babies to her.  She has a totally different approach and claims that the muscle tightness is throughout the entire body and not just one side of their neck.  She also massaged their heads, inside of their mouths and told us to do a lot of trunk twist exercises with the girls and force them to move in both directions.  ANDIE’S HEAD AND FACE LOOKED BETTER ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.  But what, Oh yeah, we’re paying this woman out of pocket since she is also not in Cigna’s network.  She also listed a bunch of PT people at Kennedy Krieger who she would recommend, but none of them were in our network.  I then get in touch with other moms who have been through this on a facebook page and they say that they were able to keep their babies out of helmets through some awesome therapists at Kennedy Krieger.  We then go to our 9 month check-up and tell her our entire helmet story and she immediately says, why did you attempt PT at Mt Washington, I would have sent you to Kennedy Krieger.  GUH.  The new PT lady and our pediatrician now believe that we are making such great progress that we don’t need the helmets… that if we keep the girls mobile, their heads should even out.  should.

7 Months Old!

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We feel like we have finally turned a corner after the 6 month mark!  We are still pretty exhausted since the girls are not regularly sleeping through the night and they still like to take turns napping during the day, but they are comfortable in their schedule and they can play on their own or watch Sesame Street to give us a small break here and there. Continue reading

6 Months Old!

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Things haven’t changed too much since last month other than the girls being happier and more interactive.
The Good:  The girls are nearly manageable by one adult in the evenings.  We have come such a long way from Charlee’s colic!  Andie loves her blue activity saucer and Charlee loves her jumper.  Andie gives you lots of smiles when you bounce her around and Charlee is most happy when you talk with her.  Charlee has been pulling out her pacifier to talk to you and then she’ll put it back in.  If you sing to her, she will sing along, and often she goes for long periods of making noises so we say that she is singing.  The girls are finally sleeping in their cribs on a regular basis which is a welcome change since Andie was arching herself out of the rocker eventhough that was the only place she slept for any amount of time.  The girls are still struggling to interact with one another as they want to touch each other, but lack the coordination to do so nicely.  They usually scratch each others’ faces, but one night, Charlee reached over and took the pacifier out Andie’s mouth and put it in hers.  Andie didn’t care… she was too pre-occupied with her feet.  They are obsessed with their own feet and each other’s feet.  They frequently pull their socks off and put them in their mouths.  Both girls rolled over in the beginning of the month, but neither are doing it on a regular basis.  Andie is much more mobile than Charlee (almost crawling), but Charlee is better at sitting up.  Charlee prefers to eat food over taking her bottle and she is a very good eater.  Andie isn’t as good at opening her mouth to take bites and frequently spits out her food and licks it off her bib.  Both girls are facinated with the tags on their toys… it is interesting to watch how their coordination continues to improve as they manuvre a toy until they are pulling on the tag.  I’m not sure if they are trying to read the tag or if they know that it ‘doesn’t belong.’  Charlee is better than Andie in the walkers, or as we call it, The Charlee Car.  Both seem to only be able to move backwards, but Charlee is making pretty good distance going backwards through the kitchen.
The Bad:  The girls are growing ridiculously fast… some of the 12 months clothing is tight on Charlee.  Andie puts absolutely everything in her mouth.  Andie is a wiggle worm and must be strapped into anything with straps.  She is also getting some distance when left on the floor so it is only a matter of time before we have to childproof.  The girls are following a pretty strict schedule of eating at 7a, 11a, 1p, 4p, 7p; however they still choose to wake up at 530 or 6am EVERY DAY.  Charlee went through two weeks of tummy trouble which made for less than exciting times for us… a sick baby is no fun.
The Ugly:  The girls are still waking multiple times during the night. !!!

5 Months Old!

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Geez, this month went fast!  It seems that it was only 2 weeks after I pulled out the 6mos sized clothing that I had to pull out the 9mos sized clothing!  These girls are growing unbelievably fast!IMG_5047

Charlee:  Sensitive, love bug, biggie baby.  One day early in the month, Andrew says, “I think Charlee is the most sensitive person I know.”  This seemed like a ridiculous statement to make about a 4 month old, but I quickly realized that he was right and it melted my heart a little bit.   Since then, I have told people “my husband and I each have an outgoing side and a sensitive side.  It looks as though Charlee got all the sensitive and Andie got all the outgoing.”  What are others saying about Charlee?  Everyone can’t help but notice her very bright blue eyes and her very exaggerated pout.  She is also very good at grabbing things and is completely enthralled by any print media and has been helping turn pages during bedtime story time.  My aunt said that Charlee is like a lap cat; she just wants to sit there and be held and talked to.  We do carry Charlee around more than Andie and she usually wraps her arm around to embrace back.  Charlee has been showing lots of signs that she wants to touch her sister so I keep trying to put her within reach of Andie.  Sometimes she just hugs around Andie and lets out a sigh.  You don’t necessary realize how much she likes loving on her sister until you take Andie away and Charlee’s expression turns to one of devastation.  Charlee has finally mastered using her pacifier and when she is tired, you can give her both a pacifier and a blankie and she can fall asleep.  If she is upset, her breathing will start to slow or she will sigh once she has acquired these items.  Charlee has been talking more, but it is still purposeful conversation.  Toward the end of the month, she figured out how to squeal, which took us by surprise, as well as how much she enjoys the Jumper.  She is very good at jumping and it is the most excited that you will see her!

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Andie:  BirdCat, crazy baby, scout.  Andie continues to be a very silly baby and a flirt.  She has a sparkle in her eye and she knows what she is doing.  Sometimes when you are feeding her, she will pull back so the bottle comes out of her mouth and she will smile ear to ear.  Then, as you are all stupid happy and smiling back she will spit out an entire mouth of formula.  What do you notice about Andie?  Her ridiculously wide grin, her very fast kicky legs, her long eyelashes, and her desire to look at things.  Andie is more active than Charlee; she is much closer to rolling over and she frequently wants to move around and stand.  When she watches Sesame Street, she gets her legs going so fast that her bouncy seat is close to flinging her out of it.  Andie has always been very vocal and that has not changed.  She does not form as many faux words as Charlee, but she yells and laughs.  It seems like every day she picks a different toy to be ‘mad at’ which is my description of her behavior of grabbing the hanging toy with her hands and feet and pulling on it as she yells very loudly at it.

The girls got their first tastes of food:  rice cereal, sweet potatoes, apple sauce and bananas.  Nothing went over well in the beginning, but the sweet potatoes and bananas have become a hit.  The first time that I gave the girls apple sauce and bananas they acted in such disgust… complete gag reflex.  I was a little disheartened as I thought that I was giving them a special treat and they were acting like I was feeding them the most disgusting thing ever.

Both girls have lost most of their hair.  Andie lost hers first and it is starting to come back in, but Charlee is nearly bald right now.  Since everything happens so gradually, I am amazed to see how much hair she used to have in old pictures.

The girls are still not sleeping through the night.  I was furloughed for a week so we tried to train them to fall back asleep without food.  It was a complete failure.  After being awake for 2-3 hours with each of them, we’d cave and give them 2oz (they usually eat 6oz).  They wouldn’t stay asleep for long with only 2oz so we were basically up the entire night for about 5 nights in a row.  Once I was called back to work we decided to just go back to feeding them since we need to sleep.  A good night is when we only get up once for each girl and we do it back to back.  This usually involves one of us feeding them back to back and takes about 60-90 minutes.  A bad night is when we get up 3 times each per girl and they don’t go back to sleep easily.  We still only feed them once, but the comforting the other two times can take a while.  Most nights involve getting up twice for Andie, once for Charlee and then up early with Charlee.  Andy and I are so sleep deprived!!!

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4 Months Old!

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Charlee:  On September 4th, Charlee said “momma.”  She does not talk a lot, but when she does, it is clear and purposeful.  Charlee really likes it when Mommy sings “The ants go marching…” as she marches Charlee’s legs.  Charlee started to chime in at regular intervals (but not at the right time) with “hrooo,” which is her attempt to say “hooray.”  Charlee had to start a regimen of prune juice, which she thought was the most delicious thing ever.  She also has graduated from being swaddled to holding the swaddle blanket by her face or balling it up to her chest.  She is definitely going to be a girl with a blankie habit.  Charlee is very good at grasping her toys, but still dislikes tummy time and the stroller.  Charlee slept through the night a few times, but is usually woken up by Andie.  She insists on being carried everywhere and still really likes the front carrier.  Charlee is extremely sensitive and has taken an interest in Andie’s feelings.  At the doctor’s office for their 4-month appointment, Charlee weighed a whopping 17lbs, 4oz, placing her in the 99th percentile!  Charlee got her shots first and was whaling, but once she heard how upset Andie was, she stopped crying and looked at Andie with immense concern.  She is a sweet heart.  Unfortunately, Charlee still has many bouts of fussiness for what appears to be no reason, although her crying has taken on a new sound as she now adds “ma (gasp) ma (gasp), mommmaaaaa!!!” as she cries.

Andie:  Andie continues to be a very sillie baby.  She continues to make very funny faces and has very funny babble conversations.  Andie is very active, but still has not been able to roll over yet.  She enjoys playing on the floor, grasping and eating her toys, and putting her hands in her mouth.  When her hands are not in her mouth, they might be simply clasped together at her chest.  She also twists and clasps her feet like little hands.  She has been soaking her shirts in drool on a regular basis and is very close to sucking on her thumb.  Andie is a very agreeable baby and only gets upset when she is hungry; however when she is hungry, she turns into “crazy baby” which involves a lot of kicky feet and loud yelling.  Andie’s eye color is still changing; there is some brown coming in near the pupil, but most of the iris remains a dark gray-blue.  Andie has definitely lost some hair, especially in the ring around that hits the crib.   Andie has enjoyed Daddy reading to her at night and has quickly realized and expects the routine.  Unfortunately, Andie still wants to eat at night.  We went a couple of weeks where she only woke at ~230a, but then she went a week where she wanted to eat at 11p, 230a, and then both girls are usually wake at 630a.  At the doctor’s office, Andie weighed in at 14lbs, 6oz, so the doctor told us to stop feeding her at night and that after a few loud nights, she will be accustomed to eating during the day.

Both girls love to have their feet massaged, either with lotion or during the bath.  They also have been enjoying some TV, usually Peppa the Pig from 5-6pm so we can attempt to eat dinner.  The girls still require two adults after 5pm and we follow the same routine of feeding ~4p, a walk, a little play-time, a bath, and then another feeding ~7p.  The girls have started to choose their own night schedule as they seem to demand to eat at 7p no matter when their previous feeding was, and they get very cranky and tired as they approach 730p.  It’s like they know that 730p is their bedtime.  It used to take a good hour and a half to get them into bed, but that time is decreasing.  On some nights, they are both asleep by 815pm.  We are preparing fourteen 6oz bottles a day, so we are spending a small fortune on formula.  Charlee continues to eat more than Andie on a regular basis, although she is not far behind.  Andie moved into size 2 diapers, although I’m not sure how much longer Charlee will be able to wear size 2.  Andie can still fit in some size 3m clothing, but Charlee needs size 6m.

3 Months

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Month 3 started out with adverse reactions to the vaccinations so the girls got their first doses of tylenol.  Charlee’s colic peaked around week 10 with an inconsolable period lasting 90 minutes.  Daddy would take her into the basement and wear ear protection since she is LOUD.  We employed all of the tips of The Happiest Baby on the Block and it helped, but did not eliminate her fits.  Thankfully her routine evening upset starting diminishing toward the end of the month, and with a change to soy formula, Charlee finally starting showing a personality other than fussy.  Charlee, like Andie, is now smiling on a regular basis.  Charlee has emerged as our love bug.

 

Andie continues to “yap” a lot.  This girl does not cry, she either talks or complains.  We can get her to smile by smiling ourselves or ‘beeping at her’ which basically is a combination of poking her while saying beep beep.

 

First trip out of the house:  I took Andie on a solo trip to pick up breakfast from Towson Hot Bagel and I took both girls to a nearby park where we met up with Lauren, her mom, and son Grayson.

 

To my surprise, both girls cry when the swing’s mobile stops spinning and stop crying once we start it up again.  I thought mobiles were so dumb, but they work.  They have also been grasping at the toys hanging above their bassinet and bouncy chairs.  We are still working on tummy time since we haven’t had any rolling over yet.

 

We have fallen into a pattern of eating every 3 to 3.5 hours with a last feeding at approximately 730pm, which gets them to sleep by 9pm.  Most nights they require feedings at about 130a and 530a.  Having two feedings before 6am is killing us.  During the day, the girls do not take good morning naps, but they take longer afternoon naps; however it is still unlikely that the naps overlap.  The nanny and MiMi usually take them for a stroll around the neighborhood in the middle of the day.  Andie often looks around and Charlie often cries.  In the evenings, they get walked around in the front carriers and usually fall asleep instantly.  The carrier is a good go-to item and mommy has walked countless laps around the house with Charlee in the carrier and Andie on her hip as we sing The Ants Go Marching… 

 

Two Months Old

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Charlee- “Mom, this dress is very tiny and uncomfortable.”
Andie- “I’ll let you take 2 more pictures of me in this boring dress before I demand you change me into my space suit.”

Around week 6, Andrew and I were able to pull the girls to the same feeding schedule which made things a lot easier since they eat 7 times a day. Throughout the month, Charlee ate about 6 ounces per feeding and Andie ate between 3 and 5 ounces. Even though the girls are eating at the same time, they do not necessarily nap at the same time, so there is still little free time for us to get much done. We have tried to get longer stretches of sleep at night and there were a couple nights where we got 5 hours; however most nights the girls still want to eat every 3-4 hours.

Andie started to smile about halfway through the month and we saw a couple brief smiles from Charlee more recently. Andie remains very inquisitive and loves to stand on her legs, which we call “dancing.” When Andie gets tired and fussy, we swaddle her tightly and give her a pacifier. She can be laid down when she isn’t fully asleep yet. On the other hand, we seem to hold onto Charlee more frequently since she continues to be very sensitive. She has been put on different formula to ease digestive discomforts and she routinely goes through an inconsolable period each evening. We finally figured out that she likes a pacifier, but is unable to keep it in her mouth so she spends a lot of time with her face squished into our chests. While in this position, she spreads her arms wide and tightly hugs us, sometimes even clasping pieces of our shirts in her hands. I made the joke that in a year from now, Charlee will be begging us to carry her around constantly while Andie runs into the street. Both girls like to spend time in the swing and enjoy an evening walk in the front carriers.

One Month Old!

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.

Charleen at 1 Month

Charleen at 1 Month

 

Andie at 1 Month

Andie at 1 Month

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!