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!