Addy & Izzy: Two Month Update

If I thought that the first month of the girls’ lives flew by, it was nothing compared to how fast the second month flew by. I definitely attribute that to all of the Christmas festivities that we had going on, which were a little bit more stressful, but also a lot more fun! While we’re definitely still slaves to the eating schedule for the girls, this month it got a lot easier, and I felt like we got to know them a little bit more and were more in tune with their needs, which all in all made the second month that much better than the first. So anyways, it’s time for the second month update for Addison and Isabelle!

The Wandering Weekenders- Addy & Izzy Month 2 Update

Milestones

As far as development goes, there were two major milestones that the girls hit this month. I don’t know which is my favorite because they’re both pretty amazing, but the first is that the girls have started smiling and interacting with us a lot more. They both will actually look at us and give us these big goofy, gummy smiles, which are the absolute cutest! It definitely makes things a lot easier when you’re changing a poopy diaper and you see this little person smiling at you.

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The second is that they have started to “sleep through the night”. Well at least mostly sleep through the night. We usually put them down to sleep at 10:00 and they were waking up at 3AM for a feed, but just after New Years they’ve started to sleep until 5AM. That 5 or 6 hour stretch seriously feels like heaven!

Some other non developmental milestones that the girls had this month were their first road trips to College Station for Christmas and Dallas for New Years. It felt like such a huge accomplishment to know that we could make those drives with the girls and have it go smoothly! They obviously also celebrated their first Christmas, and also had their first trip to a brewery!

Eating

The girls are 100% bottle-feeding still and they’re down to 7 feeds a day at 3 ounces each. We decided to increase the number of formula feeds from 1 to 2 so that I could start freezing some breastmilk for when I go back to work and the girls start up at daycare. I’m very proud to say that I already have 150 ounces frozen, and then I realize how quickly the girls will drink through that. Oh well, it’s nice to have some stored up!

Sleeping

Like I stated earlier, the girls have really started stretching their feeds out during the night, which Chris and I definitely love. The first month they were going to sleep at 10PM and then up at 2AM and 6AM for feedings, but now they’ve stretched that to 3AM and 6AM and finally at the very end of the month sleeping until 5AM and 8AM. It’s seriously the best, and Chris and I both starting to feel like humans again!

Growth

I can’t believe how big the girls have gotten since they were born at about 5 pounds each! Addison is now weighing in at 8 pounds 7 ounces and is 21 inches long. Isabelle is now weighing in at 8 pounds 5 ounces and is 21 inches long as well. Addy just always seems to have those extra 2 ounces on Izzy. I honestly thought that they’d be only at 8 pounds, but I’ll definitely take my not so little 8.5 pound chunky babies! Plus the means that they’re both officially on the charts for a full-term singleton baby in terms of height and weight! They were both at less than 1%, but now they’re coming in at a whopping 5%, which makes me super excited!

The Wandering Weekenders- Addy & Izzy Month 2 Update

They’re still in newborn clothes, but they’re finally starting to fill them out with some little bellies and some thigh and arm rolls as well! I think that we’ll be in 3 month or 0-3 month sometime later this month.

Fun Facts

So far the girls still have blue eyes, so my fingers are still crossed that they could have light eyes like me! From what all of our in laws have said and my parents, all the kids with brown eyes seemed to change colors almost immediately, so I’m still holding out!

Again, I really don’t know where the red hair could possibly come from, but both girls still have red hair (well, hair that looks red in certain light). Izzy’s is definitely a more of a strawberry blonde, but it’s still red!

We had also stopped swaddling the girls because they seemed to do better for a while without being swaddled, but at Christmas we realized that they calmed down a lot more when they were swaddled. So we’re back to having babies swaddled to sleep!

We’ve started nicknaming the girls “The Snipers” because they always manage to pee right when I’m changing their diapers. It’s not as if I’m waiting for forever to change their diapers or anything, they just seriously have the most perfect timing ever!

Addison

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Addison is still our little drama queen, although we think that she had a little bit of colic that would always hit us right during the witching hours between 7PM and 10PM.

We’ve also guessed that Addy will probably be the one that is up and moving first. Sometimes she’s seriously not happy unless she’s being walked around so that she can look at everything!

Isabelle

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Izzy is our little laid back baby. She just wants to pretty much just cuddle and hang out with whomever has her.

While both girls had a little bit of baby acne, Izzy’s has definitely stuck around a lot longer than Addy’s. The doctor said that it should clear up on it’s own though.

Likes

I feel like they totally did a switch on us and now love to be swaddled. If they’re having a freak out moment, as soon as we swaddle them up they get happy again.

I feel like we’re setting up ourselves for a little bit of a backlash when we move the girls into their nursery because the girls absolutely love the rocking motion and sound machine from their Rock & Plays. We start them up, and they immediately pass out.

Lights, but more specifically Christmas lights. They could have stared at the Christmas tree for hours upon hours this Christmas season!

Meeting and getting held by all of their family! The girls got to meet the entire Lillis side of the family at New Years, and it was so cute to see them be loved on by their aunts and uncles and cousins. They really loved staring at all of their cousins, and I think that’s because they’re so much closer in size to them.

Dislikes

They still hate getting bathed. I think that part of that is because they don’t like getting naked because it’s cold because it’s the winter. Hopefully that will change.

Getting strapped into their carseat. They pretty much start crying immediately, but as soon as we start going in the car they fall asleep or are fine. Hopefully that changes soon!

Things I Don’t Want to Forget

Those big old gummy smiles! They started smiling some about half way through the month, but it wasn’t until towards the end of the month that they started smiling back at us when we would smile at them.

How they actually make eye contact with us now that they’re a little bit older. I’m not sure if they really can see us that much, but I love that it seems like they’re focusing on us more.

How Addy and Izzy’s hair both get so crazy after their baths! It literally sticks straight up and all around.

How good and quiet they were on their first major road trip to Dallas. I know that it’s not too much farther in the future that we’ll be dealing with all the “are we there yet”s from the girls.

Their little kamikaze moves that they manage to do when they’re lying on our chests. All of a sudden they’ll just throw their head around and you almost lose a baby.

They’re slowly gaining a lot more control of their heads, and it’s so funny to see the head banging action that they have when they’re on our chests and raising their heads up. Maybe they’ll be some little rock babies.

How much they were loved on by family members during the holidays. From grandparents to aunts and uncles to cousins, the girls are loved by so many people and it just melts my heart so much!

Things We Couldn’t Survive Without

We pretty much couldn’t survive without everything that I talked about last month, but here are some additional things that we wouldn’t be surviving without:

A breast pump! I know that not everybody breastfeeds, but this has been a lifesaver for us and just doing expressed breastmilk and formula. And for all of you pregnant ladies out there, make sure that you get your prescription for your pump from your doctor in advance. It took about 2-3 weeks for the whole process for me to order and actually receive my pump from Target, and with the girls arriving early, my pump didn’t arrive until a couple of days after we arrived home from the hospital. So needless to stay, order way in advance because they have to run everything through your insurance! Also make sure to buy some extra parts from Amazon and some bags for freezing milk as well. The worst thing would be to lose a part and not be able to pump!

The Baby Brezza Formula Dispenser. There’s nothing worse than being awake early in the morning for a feeding and trying to measure out formula, so thankfully this machine basically takes all the guess work out of it. I’m pretty sure that I first learned about this from Jen from Marathons and Dog Tags where she’d described it as the baby Keurig. I totally agree with her, and can see why she loved it so much, but you just need to make sure to put a bottle under the dispenser before you push the button like my mom might have done one time…

Aden & Anais muslin swaddles. I had read a couple of mom blogs that recommended these, and I totally understand why! Not only are they the perfect swaddles, but they’re great for burp clothes and blankets too. We got several packs and we’re constantly using them and washing them all the time.

And while I could survive without them, I couldn’t live without the cuteness of the moccasins we got from Jaxhoo! We originally got them as props for our maternity pictures, but I got so excited when I found out that the girls actually fit into them! I’m hoping that she opens up the shop again soon because I totally want to get some more for the girls!

The Wandering Weekenders- Addy & Izzy Month 2 Update

I seriously can’t even believe that the girls are already two months old! The days almost seem long, but they’re also flying by so incredibly fast. I look back at some of the pictures that we took of the girls after they were first born, and it’s so crazy to see how fast they’re growing up and how much bigger they are! It’ll be so crazy to see what they look like next month and at their first birthday!

Show Us Your Books- What I Read In December

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Well I feel like I almost have my reading mojo back after going a whole month without reading! Obviously the girls take up a lot of my time, but I do have a little bit of time to myself during their night feedings, and that’s given me plenty of time to actually read a book! With the start of January and Erin’s Reading Challenge, I’m hoping that I’ll get even more reading done this month. But for now, I’m linking up with Steph and Jana to talk about what books I read in December!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In December

Final Girls by Riley Sager ★★★ 3 stars

I received an ARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Quincey is a survivor and survived a horrific attack that left her alive and all of her friends dead. But she’s not the only one. Two other girls survived similar horrific ordeals and the media termed them “Final Girls”. Quincy thought that she was getting her life back in order until one of her fellow final girls ends up dead and the other shows up on her doorstep.

While this book definitely kept the pages turning, it wasn’t my favorite thriller that I’ve read this year. I liked that the author would give you little snippets into the ordeal that Quincy survived which kept me guessing until the very end. It also read very much like a slasher type of book instead of a hold your breath edge of your seat thriller, which is why it probably wasn’t my favorite. I typically don’t like horror movies/books in general. Plus I don’t think that it helped that I thought that the Quincey was pretty annoying as a main character too.

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng ★ 4 stars

If there was a book that helped me to get my reading mojo back, this book was definitely it! I was on the wait list for forever at the library for this book (I missed out on linking up for it for the Beyond Words linkup), so as soon as I got it, I basically tore into it.

Shaker Heights is the perfect community- perfect little houses all in a row with the perfect little families that live in them that consider themselves the perfect little members of society. But behind all of that, everything is not what it seems. The Richardsons are one of those perfect little families, and when some new tenants move in, their world is completely rocked and a whole community is pitted against each other.

This was my first Celeste Ng book, but I can totally understand why everybody loves her so much. The way she writes kept me wanting to keep on flipping the pages so I could figure out what happens next. Also, the question of whether the adopted child should stay with her adopted parents or her birth mother really made me think too about what was best for the baby. It made my list of my favorite books of the year, and you definitely should pick it up! It was also really interesting and funny when I was reading this because one of the characters had the exact same first and middle name as one of the girls- Isabelle Marie. It made me do a double take when I saw that pretty much on the first page!

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Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence ★ 3 stars

This is the January pick for the Beyond Words book club, and I can definitely see why everybody keeps on talking about. It’s without a doubt a book for book lovers because it’s a librarians letters that she’s written to all the books she’s loved and hasn’t loved, and even some random books that she’s found at the library.

While I enjoyed reading her letters to books that I’ve read before like 50 Shades and The Time Traveler’s Wife, there were quite a few letters to books that I just didn’t understand because I hadn’t read the books, and I’m not talking about the books that nobody knows about. She just went into details about books that you wouldn’t understand unless you’ve read the books, although maybe that means that I need to read more. Oh well, I think that you should still give it a try if you’re a book lover!

Overall, I didn’t read quite as many books as I wanted to in 2017, but I did end on a high note, with actually reading books after the girls got here. So far 2018 is off to a good start too, and I’m hoping to kick butt on Erin’s challenge!

Have you read any good books lately? Have you read any of these books?

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Show Us Your Books- What I Read In December- Reviews of Final Girls, Little Fires Everywhere, and Dear Fahrenheit 451.

TBB Asks- January

It’s so crazy that it’s already the second week of January, and that my maternity leave is winding down and almost over! It’s still so hard to believe! Our weekend was pretty much the same as it’s been lately with a ton of baby happenings like feedings and changing diapers, but the exciting part was that my cousin came into town to spend the weekend with us. She was seriously such a help by cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner for us and just holding and hanging out with babies. It was so nice to have the help around, especially since Friday was my first day home alone with the girls and there might have been a meltdown or two. Needless to say, she couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! Anyways, I’m changing it up a little bit and I’m linking up with Andrea and The Blended Blog for some TBB Asks to kick off January!

The Wandering Weekenders- TBB Asks January

  1. Resolutions or no resolutions?
    Usually I’m a resolution type of person, but this year I didn’t even have time to think about one! That being said I usually stick to the same resolutions every year anyways: trying to eat healthier and try to work out more.
  2. Love snow or no snow?
    I totally love snow, but I think that’s because snow is still just such a novelty to us down in the South and it doesn’t happen very often. We actually got snow this year in Houston and everybody freaked out! I’m sure that if I lived up North I’d hate the snow, but I would love to have a white Christmas one of these years!
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  3. Name a new place you want to go this year?
    I honestly don’t know if we’ll be taking any trips this year where we have to fly with the girls because it honestly freaks me out with them being so young right now. But I would love to try and drive somewhere with them and do a road trip. There’s multiple places around that would be fun for us to visit that are within driving distance, so we’ll see if we can try to get something planned! I’m thinking maybe Hot Springs Arkansas or even a road trip across Texas to Marfa and Big Bend!
  4. Would you rather have a new hair cut or hair color?
    I’m not one that can change up her hair style too much, it’s pretty much either long or short, but about a year and a half ago I made the plunge and went blonde. I have to admit that I love it, and I don’t know if I’ll ever go back!
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  5. Name one special thing you want to do for yourself this year?
    I have to admit that it’ll be hard to do anything for myself this year with the girls being so young, but I’d love to maybe have a little quiet time to myself to just relax. Or maybe to go on a trip with my girlfriends or something like that. We’ll have to wait and see if I can get something planned!
  6. Least favorite thing about January?
    I still really hate that January is so cold (kind of an oxymoron considering that I do like snow), but I also hate how dark it gets because it’s still daylight savings time. I also hate how long it takes me to get used to writing down the new year when I’m dating things!
  7. Most favorite thing about January?
    The fact that it represents such a new beginning to the year and anything else that you might want. It’s a chance to start fresh and make the most of the year to come.
  8. When do you take down your Holiday decorations?
    We try to take them down as close to the beginning of January as possible. Thankfully my cousin came in town this weekend to help us out so that Chris could take everything down and get it put up. It’s always hard though because we have Christmas with Chris’s side of the family at New Years so we don’t want to take down our decorations just yet, but the beginning of the year also marks the busy time of the year for me at work so it’s a Catch 22.
  9. Do you diet in January?
    I always tend to diet in January although I try not to go too extreme one way or the other. Generally Chris and I try to be better about meal planning and eat meals that are better for us, and that usually works for us. If I tried to go extreme diet I totally wouldn’t survive!
  10. What area of your home do you want to organize the most?
    I’d say probably my closet. At least before the girls were born I went through and got rid of a bunch of clothes that don’t fit anymore, but it’s still not really organized too much. Who knows when I’ll have time for that though!
  11. Favorite Winter Comfort Food?
    Without out a doubt the thing that I love the most during the winter is soups, stews, and chilis! What’s even better about all of those is that they can usually be thrown in to a crockpot for easy cooking!
  12. Favorite Guilty Pleasure
    My favorite guilty pleasure will always be reality TV! I seriously can’t get enough of all the Real Housewives and The Bachelor and Big Brother and pretty much anything else you can think of. Yes I have a problem, but I still love it so much!

I always love The TBB Asks every month because I feel like it’s a great way to start thinking about what’s happening with the coming month. This year is a little different for me as far as New Years Resolutions go, but I’m excited to see what 2018 has in store for us!

Do you have any New Years Resolutions for the year? Do you have any guilty pleasures that you’re trying to kick?

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