Well the last three months since my last 101 in 1001 Check In have flown by thanks to the addition of our two little girls. Needless to say my focus has definitely shifted and my world pretty much revolves around poopy diapers and bottles and not checking things off of a list. That being said, I still managed to check a couple of things off of my list since the last check in!
34. Visit 3 of the local breweries. (2/3) Literally the only brewery that we’ve visited in Houston has been Saint Arnold because it’s the first that we visited, plus my brother in law works there so of course it’s going to be our favorite. But our friends love another brewery that’s not quite as far into town as Saint Arnold and we actually met up with them for lunch. Of course I took no pictures, partly because we were having fun partly because I felt like I was cheating on Saint Arnold with another brewery. Either way we had a great time and I’d definitely go back!
61. Read 100 books. (99/100) I’M SO CLOSE! I’m literally reading my last book right now, but it’s a little bit of a slow going with the girls now. Anyways, this will be checked off the list by the time the next check in rolls around!
So like I said, not a whole lot of progress, in fact nothing really changed numbers wise, but hopefully I’ll have some more checked off before the final check in date!
I seriously don’t know where this last month went! I thought that maybe January would feel a little slower since the holidays were done and over with and it was my last couple of weeks of maternity leave, but unfortunately it went by even faster it seemed! Addison and Isabelle are growing so much and they’re already a quarter of the way done with their first year! So crazy!
As far as development goes, the girls haven’t really reached any huge milestones. They’re really just growing up so incredibly much and definitely getting a lot more personality. They’re smiling all the time, and they both just love to hang out and look at us.
Other than that, they had some other big milestones this month that weren’t necessarily developmental. The first big one is that the girls officially moved into their cribs the week before I went back to work. They were sleeping in their Rock and Plays at first, but we knew that we needed to transition them, and the week of daycare just made the most sense since everything was already going to be crazy anyways. The first week was rough and the girls woke up in the middle of the night for about a week or so, but then after that they adjusted really well! Now they’re sleeping “through the night” in their cribs!
The next big milestone was that the girls officially started daycare. Chris and I talked a lot about when to start the girls in daycare, and we ended up deciding to start them the week before I went back to work. We heard from several friends and family members that being able to start them a little early would help us to get on a routine but also if they get sick you wouldn’t be starting back at work and then have to immediately take off again. As much as it sucked not having the girls around that last week, it actually was probably the best thing that we did. I don’t think that we realized how much work it was going to be in order to get them ready for daycare everyday, but it also gave me time to get things organized around the house before heading back to work because our house was an absolute disaster. So far the girls are adjusting really well and love going to daycare every day!
And finally, the girls officially graduated from newborn clothes to 0-3 months and 3 months clothes! Everybody is always really hesitant to buy newborn clothes, but we definitely got a lot of use out of our newborn clothes! I packed up all of the girls outfits during my last week of maternity leave, but I do have a box going of some of my favorite outfits that I’m hoping that I’ll get to make into something special for the girls!
When the girls started sleeping a little bit more through the night, the thing that I struggled the most with was how to adjust their feeding schedule. Plus on top of the fact that I knew that I needed to up how much they were actually eating as well. The schedule that we finally settled on was 5 feeds of 4 ounces a day with 2 other small 2 ounce feedings. Basically when the girls would wake up around 5 or 6 in the morning we’d give them a 2 ounce formula bottle, and then they’d get 4 ounces of breastmilk at 8, 11, 2 and 5, and then they’d get their last 4 ounce feed of formula at 8 before going to sleep. Then we would do a “dream feed” with 2 ounces of formula at around 10 or 11, which basically meant that we wouldn’t wake them up and just stick a bottle in their mind. That dream feed really helped us to stretch their wake up time in the morning I think.
Like I stated earlier, the girls are officially sleeping in their cribs in their own room now! It took them about a week to get used to them, but now they go down pretty easily, and it’s amazing! Also this month they started stretching their wake time from around 4:30-5:00 until almost 6:00 in the morning! I honestly think that them going to daycare was wearing them out so much that it gets them to sleep a little better at night. Plus we stopped giving them their pacifiers at night so they don’t wake up when they lose it.
The only thing that we really need to work on is naps! They both are big catnappers which means that they will sleep in 30 minutes stretches. I’m really hoping that daycare will start helping them to stretch their naps out in length and hopefully get them on a nap schedule too.
The girls didn’t have a doctor’s appointment this month, so we didn’t have an official weigh in, but based on our scales at home, the girls are weighing in at about 10 to 10.5 pounds which means that they’ve doubled their birth weight! I can’t wait until their 4 month appointment to see how much they “officially” weigh and how tall they are, but I’m not looking forward to the shots that they’ll be getting…
The girls still have blue eyes! My fingers are still so crossed in hoping that they’ll stay blue! From what family members have said, anybody that had brown eyes had their eyes change almost instantaneously, so I think that there’s still hope!
I had my first solo day with the girls by myself, and while for the most part it went ok, we definitely had a few breakdowns as well. There was a point where all 3 of us were crying, but thankfully they ended up calming down.
I made my first solo trip to my parents’ house with the girls! Chris had to go to Boston for training, and I was able to drive to my parents’ house with the girls by myself! I felt so accomplished, although it’s easy to accomplish when the girls pretty much sleep the moment they get in the car!
The girls officially had their first set of blowouts and man was it disgusting! It’s not something that happens to often, but it’s always gross when it does happen!
Both of the girls are obsessed with the TV. If they catch that it’s on, they’ll both just start staring at it. I know that it’s only the lights and colors, but it’s still crazy to see your baby staring it down.
The girls absolutely love having their feet and legs played with. Chris started moving their legs around and singing little legs to them just like the baby shark song, and they go nuts for it!
The girls love playtime, especially on their piano mats! They go absolutely nuts for it, and I think that it really has a lot to do with the music that it makes.
I’m so incredibly thankful that the girls love daycare! I swear that our teachers are so incredibly sweet and every time I go to pick them up, they’re always being loved on by one of their teachers. It makes me less emotional knowing that they’re having fun and that the teachers really do love them.
The girls have also discovered the hands this month and both of them love to suck on them all day long. The only thing is that it can get annoying when you’re trying to feed them is that they try to stick their hands in the mouth right when you want to stick the bottle in their mouths.
The girls still don’t love bath time, although they’re definitely getting better about it now that we’re bathing them a little more consistently.
The girls have had a little bit of congestion since it’s been so cold along with starting back up at daycare, and even though it makes them better, they hate getting their nose sucked! Thankfully I’ve steered clear of that duty!
Things I Don’t Want To Forget
Those big gummy grins that they give when you just sit there and smile and talk to them when they’re sitting on their pillow.
The way that they cuddle with me when I’m rocking them after their last bottle at night. It makes me not to put them down to go to sleep at all.
The way that both girls will just sit there and start talking up a storm. Addy is a little bit more of a babbler than Izzy is and she can just talk up a storm.
Things We Couldn’t Survive Without
These piano playmate from Fisher Price! Our friends got the girls one for Christmas and I swear they love it so incredibly much now! I think that they love the music that they get to create, especially since they’re getting to use their legs to do it.
The Baby Brezza Bottle Sterilizer! Now that the girls are in daycare, we need to make sure that we wash or sterilize their bottles every night, and this Baby Brezza has been the best ever since we normally don’t have a full load for the dishwasher every night.
These velcro swaddles from Swaddle Me. Swaddling the girls helps them to go to sleep at night, but I totally can’t swaddle them in a regular blanket by myself at all. Chris really is the king of that! So before I went to my parents’ house when he went to training he bought these for me, and oh my goodness are they awesome! No work to get them swaddled at all!
A sound machine! We were using the sound feature on their Rock and Plays before they transitioned to their cribs, so we knew that we needed to buy a sound machine before the transition. I don’t know if it works that well, but the girls are getting better about sleeping longer in their cribs now.
One of the other things that we needed before the transition to their cribs was a monitor. I let Chris do all of the research on those, and we ended up with the Arlo baby monitor. It’s really awesome because you can talk to them (when they get older), but it also has an app for your phone. That way you can always look in on the girls, no matter where you are.
And there you have it, a little three month update for the girls! I can’t believe that they’re already a quarter of a year old! It really is true what they say that time flies once you have kids! I seriously don’t know where the time is going or what we did before we had the girls! And I have to include this last picture because it’s too perfect to not share! The girls weren’t having it when we were doing their three month pictures and it just captures the moment so perfectly. Izzy is just tired and Addy is totally mean mugging the camera!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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!