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!
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!
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.
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!
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
Isabelle- 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!
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!
Isabelle- 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!
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.
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!