Addy & Izzy: One Month Update

It’s already so hard to believe that the girls have been in the world for a month and a half now! Our little angels made their appearance three weeks early on November 3rd, and we’ve enjoyed having them with us, especially since it meat that we got to celebrate their first Thanksgiving! Per usual, I’m a little late getting a blog post together, but at least I’m getting one together, so I can hopefully use it in their baby books later on!

The Wandering Weekenders- Addy & Izzy One Month UpdateMilestones

As far as milestones go, there’s really not too many milestones for newborns, except trying to raise their heads up. We spent lots of time doing skin to skin and letting them rest on our chests and they slowly started building up their neck muscles. We call them our little headbangers or bobbleheads because when they’ll raise their heads up and then bob it around before letting it fall back down. It’s so cute!

Eating

We got really lucky in the fact that the girls were born pretty much on the same exact schedule. And if only one girl would wake up, then we’d normally change the other one’s diaper and they’d be ready to eat too. Originally we were breastfeeding, but I was having issues getting them to eat at the same time and then set them down to pump by myself once Chris went back to work, so we changed to just bottle-feeding expressed breastmilk with one formula feeding a day. During the first month, it got to the point that both girls were eating a pretty solid 2 ounces at every feeding 8 times a day.

Sleeping

We honestly thought that we’d hit the jackpot with our girls when they were sleeping 5 or 6 hours straight at night, and then we went to their 2 week checkup and they hadn’t gained enough weight. Our pediatrician told us that we needed to wake them up every 4 hours at night, so Chris and I started setting our alarm clocks for 2AM and 6AM and started 2 weeks of late night feedings. Luckily for us though, the girls only had a couple of nights when they didn’t want to fall asleep after their 10PM feeding, and for the most part they’re pretty solid sleepers!

The Wandering Weekenders- Addy & Izzy One Month UpdateGrowth

Addison- Our first born baby girl and Twin A was born at 5 pounds 1 ounce and 18.5 inches long and she was in the 4 pound range when we went in for our first checkup with our pediatrician after leaving the hospital. By the time we went in for our one month checkup just 4 days after their 1 month birthday, our little twinny was a whopping 6 pounds and 20 inches long! She’s still not on the charts for weight, but she’s getting there for height and head circumference

The Wandering Weekenders- Addy & Izzy One Month UpdateIsabelle- Our second born baby girl by one minute was born at 4 pounds 15 ounces and 18.5 inches long and she was still in that 4 pound range at our first pediatrician appointment as well. Chris and I are both convinced that if we’d fed her right before the one month appointment that she’d be in the 6 pound range with her sister, but she’s officially 5 pounds 15.5 ounces and 20 inches long as well! Our goal is to fatten both of our girls up some more and get some nice leg rolls going over the next couple of months!

The Wandering Weekenders- Addy & Izzy One Month UpdateFun Facts

Both of our girls still have blue eyes! I personally have blue eyes and Chris has brown eyes, but out of our 5 nieces and 1 nephew we only have one niece with blue eyes, so the odds are not in my favor. But so far, so good!

Addison- Our baby girl came out with a full head of hair, and to this day she still has all of that hair! After bath time her hair is uncontrollable and Daddy likes to make it into a mohawk.
We discovered a little birth mark on her shin right before her month checkup, and our pediatrician told us that it won’t grow, so it’ll end up being really small as she gets older.
This little girl hates to be wet! She literally starts screaming uncontrollably if she’s awake and realizes that she has a wet diaper. Fingers crossed that bodes well for potty training, but right now we just call her our drama queen!

The Wandering Weekenders- Addy & Izzy One Month UpdateIsabelle- She’s definitely our easy going baby! Izzy is just content to be hanging out with you, or hanging out in her crib.
There is no denying that this little lady is a Lillis! Not only does she have the trademark Lillis nose, but she’s also a spitting image of several of her nieces!
Izzy is also the queen of the duck face. When she’s waking up she stretches out and purses her lips into the perfect little duck face! It’s hilarious!

The Wandering Weekenders- Addy & Izzy One Month UpdateLikes

Both girls love their binks, but Addy loves her wubbanub while Izzy prefers it without the stuffed animal on the end.

While they might initially scream their heads off when they get strapped into their car seats, they love going for car rides and walks as well! Mom and Dad love it too because it means that they’ll sleep for a while!

They also love tummy time! Some days all they want to do is just chill with Mom and Dad on their chest. I know that I’ll miss those days eventually, but sometimes all I want to do is get stuff done around the house.

Dislikes

Initially being put in their car seats! They both scream bloody murder!

Bath time! They hate getting naked and then getting splashed with water and soap!

Things I Don’t Want To Forget

Those adorable milk drunk smiles! I tried so hard to capture them, but of course they disappear way too quickly!

The feeling of having both of my girls laying on my chest! They’re already getting so big that they can’t both fit comfortably!

The sight of them holding hands in the hospital!

When they’d get the hiccups and alternate hiccuping together!

Those little newborn cries! It can be pretty funny when they’re crying in unison.

The day of their newborn pictures was quite an adventure for us. We were getting ready to take some naked baby pictures so we got the girls stripped down but before we could get them into towels they both proceeded to pee all over Chris and I. We were both very thankful for the towels later on when they both peed and pooped again!

Both of the girls have very strong startle reflexes. It’s pretty hilarious to see them both startle at the same time.

They both love to have their hands by their faces or both arms up above their heads or one arm above their heads. It’s so sweet to see them both in the exact same position at the same time!

We call them our little froggies because they’re legs always seem to be in that frog like position. It can make changing diapers pretty difficult except that it’s so adorable!

Things We Couldn’t Survive Without

They’re binks! They’re seriously such a lifesaver!

These Gerber Cloth Diapers. We’re not doing cloth diapers, but they’re the perfect burp cloths ever! My friend Stacy got these for us and they’re perfect!

The Fisher Price Rock & Plays. We’re using them for their beds while they’re in our rooms, and they’re awesome!

Our Bottle Warmer and Bottle Sanitizer. With twins you go through bottles like no other, especially since we’re doing exclusively bottle feeding.

My Twin Z Pillow! It was great when I was breastfeeding, but it makes tandem bottle feeding the girls so much easier! Even Chris uses it! It’s also great for propping them up as well.

Each other, our families, and some much needed caffeine! Chris is seriously my rock through all of this, and I know that we wouldn’t be surviving these adorable girls without each other’s love and support. Thankfully when one of us gets frustrated (basically me getting overly emotional), the other is in a steady place and can talk them down. Both of our moms came into town and helped us out as well, which was so incredible! And let’s face it, every new parent needs an IV of caffeine with a newborn!

And there you have it, the girls’ first month of life in a nutshell. We’ve been pretty sleep deprived and had some rough times as well, but it’s been so incredibly wonderful to see our little nuggets grow! They’re already starting to get some rolls on their legs and double chins, and I’m already starting to wonder where our little girls went! Here’s to hoping that the second month is even better!

Pre-Christmas Weekending With Twins

After 5 weeks with the girls and barely making it out of the house, I’m very excited to actually have some weekending activities to actually talk about! While it definitely wasn’t as busy as some other weekends in the past, it was a very busy weekend with two little ones that are on a feeding schedule! So of course, I’m linking up with the always amazing Biana for some weekending!

The Wandering Weekenders- Pre-Christmas Weekending With TwinsFriday

It was a very exciting Friday for the entire city of Houston because after going to bed on Thursday with actual snow flurries, we woke up to a winter wonderland! Chris and I were up bright and early Friday morning for a 4AM feed and we were so excited to see our front and back yards blanketed in snow! It was so beautiful!

The Wandering Weekenders- Pre-Christmas Weekending With TwinsWhen we woke up after the 7AM feed we were so happy that the snow was still on the ground, so I took some pictures outside. The girls don’t have a ton of clothes for cold weather so we didn’t take them outside to experience their first snow, but we did take a picture in front of the window. Needless to say their December has been pretty exciting, but they don’t even know it yet!

The Wandering Weekenders- Pre-Christmas Weekending With TwinsThe Wandering Weekenders- Pre-Christmas Weekending With TwinsThe rest of Friday was spent doing all of the baby things, changing diapers and feeding them and getting all of the baby cuddles. Chris had a lot more exciting of a Friday afternoon and evening than me. He not only installed an EcoBee in our house with the help of a neighbor, but he also finished breaking down the deer he shot last weekend and grilled sausage for our party on Saturday night.

Saturday

We were up bright and early Saturday morning right after the girls’ 7AM feed because we had a lot that we needed to get ready for the day! I actually had time to shower and put on makeup while Chris watched the girls and then we packed ourselves up for our first night away from home with the girls!

We made lists of everything that we needed for our first night away, and after Chris got the car fully loaded up, we quickly realized that our lives are never going to be the same with two little ones involved. I got a brand new Honda Pilot earlier in the week, and even with the third row folded down, we had stuff piled up high in the back. Needless to say, it’s going to be an event to go anywhere over night again!

We fed the girls really quick and then headed over to my sister’s house to drop our stuff off before heading out to our first activity of the day! Our friends were having a Sip & See for their son who spent a couple of months in the NICU, and that’s where we headed with the girls in tow! It was so nice to get out and spend some time with old friends, and the icing on the cake was the fact that the girls were really good the entire time that we were out! They were good just being held by us and only got fussy when it was time for a feeding and needed a diaper change. It was awesome!

After a great visit, we packed the girls up and headed back to my sister’s house for the rest of the night! We were having our annual Christmas party with my sister and brother in law and our good friends, and this year was my sister’s year to host! We ran a quick errand to pick up some cheese, and before we knew it our friends had arrived with their daughter and the party had officially started!

The reason that we get together every year at Christmas is because our parents all lived next door to each other when we were growing up for a few years and they always hosted an annual Christmas party. 32 years later and they still host the Christmas party every year and funnily enough their party was only a mile down the road from my sister’s house. So all the adults came over for a little bit to see us, but primarily to see the babies! It was a lot of fun, and great to see everybody!

Before we knew it, it was time for our friends to get their little one to bed and they headed out for the night. We were spending the night at my sister’s house, so we were going to try and stay up until the girls’ last feeding. We started watching Elf, but I barely made it to Buddy arriving in NYC before I passed out. Needless to say those late night feedings are getting to me!

Sunday

Luckily enough for us though, the girls only woke up at 4AM (which is quickly becoming our new normal) and then 7AM, so we were able to get some sleep that night. We hung out at my sister’s house for a few hours before packing up all the stuff for the girls and heading back home. We got home right in time for the girls’ feeding, and after they were done eating, we decided to take them on a walk to get the mail and then made a quick trip to the grocery store. I’m so incredibly thankful that once they get in their car seats and start moving they’re perfectly happy babies!

The rest of the night was spent relaxing on the couch with the girls watching our normal Sunday night TV and our first viewing of Home Alone for the season! It was the perfect end to a very full and fun weekend!

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The winter wonderland in Houston made for a perfect pre-Christmas weekend with our twin girls. We finally got out of the house and it was awesome!

Book Challenge By Erin 8.0

It’s been a month since Erin’s last Book Challenge ended, which means that it was time for Erin to release the categories for the next challenge! To be honest I didn’t read a single book in November because of the arrival of the girls, so I was excited for the release of the new categories because there’s nothing like a good reading challenge to catapult me back into my reading groove!

The Wandering Weekenders- Book Challenge by Erin 8.0

If you’ve never participated in a reading challenge before, Erin’s challenge is perfect for you! She has a Facebook group that you can join so you can read other participants’ reviews of the books that they chose and so you can keep track of your status in the challenge! The challenge runs from January 1, 2018 through April 30, 2018, and I promise it’s super laid back. Erin’s motto is a book read is a book read, and if everybody at least reads one book she’s happy! So make sure that you join us!

RULES

  • First and foremost, have fun. Don’t stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it’s an accomplishment for you, then that’s awesome.
  • The challenge will run from JANUARY 1, 2018 to APRIL 30, 2018. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on January 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on April 30 will count. (We live in different time zones – follow this according to your own time zone.)
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audio books are fine too.
  • A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book, or change the book you originally chose, no worries.
  • You can read your books in any order you choose.
  • Rereads can be used only once. If a book you love fits into a category, go ahead and visit it again. Read it in its entirety. But, only do this once for the challenge.
  • There will be a photo album for each category with links to books chosen. Please comment on the photo for each of your books when you finish reading them. A comment can include a review, a rating, a recommendation…other readers want to hear what you thought of your choice. (If you need help with this, let me know…or there is a file attached to our group explaining what to do.)
  • There will be 10 book categories with a possibility of earning 200 points. That’s 10 books in four months. For some of you, this will be a BIG challenge; for others it will be easy peasy. It’s all for fun, remember!
  • Book categories will be posted December 1st to give you time to gather books in preparation.
  • After the categories are posted, please post a preliminary list with books of your choice according to their categories on the facebook group page by December 15th (if possible). If you need help with a particular category or want a book suggestion, we as a community of reading enthusiasts can help each other. (Late entries will still be accepted.)
  • The first three people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge. The following will get a small prize from me (1st to complete 1st round; 1st to complete both rounds; and WILD CARD random draw – all who finish the 10 book challenge will qualify as an entry!) Plus, everyone who completes the challenge will gets all sorts of recognition and support!
  • Lastly, have fun. Don’t stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it’s an accomplishment for you, then that’s awesome. Wait, I’ve read that somewhere before…Good luck!

CATEGORIES

  • 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
    Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (418 pages) This is the second book in the Throne of Glass series, and I’m pretty sure that I read the first book for another one of Erin’s challenges. I really loved the first book when I read it, but I just never had the time to add any of the next books in the series into my reading schedule, so the freebie category was the perfect way to read more in the series!
  • 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “L”
    Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt (325 pages, Netgalley) So I have this little addiction problem in my life, and that’s an addiction to Netgalley! I swear I can’t stop requesting books, but the problem is that I can’t ever seem to read them in a timely manner! Thankfully Erin’s challenges are a great way for me to try and get some Netgalley books read. This sounds like a good thriller, and hopefully I end up liking it!
  • 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) red cover
    Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda (342 pages, Netgalley) Another Netgalley book that’s a thriller, so shocking for me, I know! As soon as I saw this category this book popped into my head, so it was an obvious choice for me!
  • 15 points: Read a book with a character’s name in the title (i.e. Jane Eyre, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, We Need to Talk about Kevin, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Harry Potter books, etc.)
    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (391 pages, Netgalley) I read my very first TJR book for Erin’s last challenge and I loved it so incredibly much! When I was scrolling through my Netgalley list looking for books that would fit into each category and saw that another TJR fit perfectly into this category I got so excited! Everybody seems to love this book during the SUYB linkup, so I’m hoping I love it as well!
  • 20 points: Read a book from this list: Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books with Plot Twists https://bookriot.com/2017/04/11/100-books-with-plot-twists/ (who doesn’t love a good plot twist??)
    Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (398 pages) I’ve read some really great reviews of this book during the SUYB linkup as well, so when I saw that it was really cheap at Barnes & Noble one day I went on ahead and snagged it. And in the usual Ashley way, I’ve managed to not even crack it open! Obviously this is a great excuse to finally read it!
  • 20 points: Read a book with the words “house” or “home” in the title
    House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick (449 pages, Netgalley) So I obviously wanted to read this book, otherwise I wouldn’t have requested it from Netgalley, but again I just haven’t actually gotten around to reading it. This sounds like a little bit of a historical thriller/mystery, so I’m hoping that it’ll be right up my alley!
  • 25 points: Read a book by an author whose first and last name begins with the same letter (i.e. Cassandra Clare, Melina Marchetta, Ransom Riggs, Chris Cleave, etc.)
    All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda (384 pages, Netgalley) Another Netgalley thriller/mystery that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet! Again a lot of people have talked about how good it is during the SUYB linkup, so I’m hoping it’ll be the same for me!
  • 30 points: Read a book that was originally published in a different language than your own (submitted by Kirsten)
    The Angel’s Game by Carlos Luis Zafon (522 pages) This is the second book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, and I absolutely fell in love with the first book (The Shadow of the Wind) when I read it last year! It absolutely amazed me when I found out that the book was originally written in Spanish and how beautifully it translated to English! So of course, this was an obvious choice for me for this category.
  • 30 points: Read a book where most of the action takes place on a form of transportation i.e. bus, boat, car, plane, etc. (submitted by Bev)
    Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (274 pages) This was the category that I struggled the most with trying to find a book that would fit. When I looked through a lot of other lists from other participants, this book popped up a lot, so I figured that it would be a good choice. I remember trying to love Agatha Christie when I was younger, but I think that maybe it was just too much over my head at the time. When the trailer for the movie came out, it peaked my interest again, so it should be fun to read this book and see how I like it!
  • 35 points: Read a book with a character that suffers from a debilitating physical illness (submitted by Amber C.)
    Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (307 pages) Another highly talked about book from the SUYB linkup that I bought when it was on sale and never got around to reading. It fits perfectly into this category though, so I’m excited to finally get to read it!

And there you have it, my list for another awesome round of Erin’s Book Challenge! There’s still time to join us before the challenge starts, and I hope that y’all will!

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