Saturday, October 22, 2011

Baybay & Baybee: Week 10

10 weeks old!

Maya and Ella had their first experience with a bottle this week. Kathy came down on Thursday to watch the girls while Brett and I went to the Springfield house to get some work done. I knew we would be gone for a few hours, so I left a couple ounces of milk in a bottle, just in case. When we got home, all was well and both girls had gotten about an ounce of milk. The way Kathy described the looks on their faces when she fed them the bottle made me laugh. Apparently they scrunched up their faces at first, then their eyes got very wide, followed by a look of total surprise as they sucked, not expecting to get milk from the plastic sucky thing that seemed at first to be so much like a pacifier and so much unlike a nipple.

They both did great and it's good to know that they can take a bottle if needed. I am proud of them for being so adaptable. There is also a very small part of me that feels sad. Even though it was still my breast milk, up until then I had been the only one to feed both of these amazing little girls. There is yet another part of me that feels delighted that Kathy got to have the joy of feeding her grandchildren. I've also been toying with the idea of having Brett feed them both (now that we know they will take a bottle) at night sometime so that I could get more sleep. Oh! the emotions and decisions of being a mom!

Maya being cute.

Ella being cute.

Naked time! When I want to get something done and I'm alone with the babies, naked time is one of the best ways to accomplish this. They are usually happy to just hang out and practice holding their heads up while I fold the laundry, wash the dishes...

... or as is the case in this picture, make chocolate chip cookies!

We usually pick up our farm share on Wednesdays, but this week we went on Friday because on Wednesday we completely forgot to go get it. There are only a couple more weeks left of our weekly share. I am looking forward to weekly trips to the winter farmer's market after that!

Even though there was a lot of rain this week, there were also a few beautiful days. We made sure to spend some time outside during those days, enjoying a few long walks, a few short strolls, and one adventurous climb up to Sachems Head in Greenfield with Spartan and Hannah.

Brett carried Ella and she slept most of the way up to Sachems Head. The view from the top was so pretty with all the colorful trees. It was also very windy!

Hannah got to carry Maya up the mountain. This is such a sweet picture of them snuggling together at the top.

A stop for a quick swing during a shorter walk on another day.

A pretty picture from that same walk. I really love the Fall.

Selena and I took a walk around town with the babies, got lunch, and ate it on the grass in Pulaski Park. Ella took a nap in Selena's lap.

After our visit, hike, and lunch with Hannah and Spartan, we drove to Leyden to visit with Brett's parents. It wasn't a long visit, but they are always so inviting and nice to talk with. It was long enough for me to get almost an hour of napping in while Kathy and Brett watched Maya and Ella.

Sleep has become less than ideal again. The girls didn't sleep so well this week, at least not consistently. At night, sometimes they only sleep for a couple hours at a time, but Sunday night they slept from 8-12, 12:30-3:30 and 4:30-6:30. Not bad, but not the 5.5-hour, 3-hour, 2-hour we were getting consistently before.


On the other hand, Maya did a little bit of rolling (see picture above)! Daytimes can be tough if they don't take naps at the same time, but at least they are more interesting than they used to be. We wonder when they will start to reach for things, but they do seem to hold on to their pink and purple doggies when they nap (see pictures below).



Here is Ella being more "interesting" by scooching almost out of the rocker!

Pants! (And a tasty sleeve)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Baybay & Baybee: Week 9

9 weeks old!

It's 4:00 in the morning. Maya is awake. I'm awake. Brett and Ella are asleep - for the moment. The days have all been blending together... I think I need more sleep. Last week was one of our best weeks for sleep. The past few days, not so much. I'm not sure what happened. We were consistently getting a 5 hour stretch from about 8:00-1:00 a.m., followed by an hour awake, then another 3 hours of sleep! It was pretty sweet. Sometimes we would get up and start our day at 5:00 in the morning, but mostly we tried to get the girls to go back to sleep for another hour, which only worked some of the time. Hopefully we are just having an off couple of days and will get back to the good sleep soon.

We have been using pacifiers quite a bit recently. The girls really seem to enjoy them and it gives us a break.

We spent a bunch of time outside this week, going for walks and cleaning up the gardens. The girls enjoyed being carried around in the Moby Wraps. The weather has been perfect for being outside, especially if you have a warm, cuddly baby wrapped to your chest!

We tried to get outside as much as we had energy for this week.

Selena and I went for a walk together up to the center of Florence and back. We stopped at Cafe Evolution for some treats along the way.

Grocery shopping with babies works well when we each carry one. It still takes a long time to get through the store because we get stopped every 2 minutes with comments about how cute we all are and questions about the twins.

Brett turned the compost pile while the girls slept and I did some weeding in the garden.

Big smiles for Daddy!

Nose kisses.

A contented Maya.

Our babies love to be naked. We try to spend a few hours a day with them playing on the floor. We usually let them be without diapers at the same time. They love to practice pushing up on their hands and trying to roll.

One interesting outing this week was to Scrabble Club on Monday. We decided to try something different, so we drove to Club, put the girls in Moby wraps, and each got to play a few games of Scrabble while they (mostly) slept. It worked out quite well! I didn't win my games, but had fun and played well with the handicap of a baby on my chest. Brett won all 3 of his games.

Along with our outings and walks, this week saw Brett going to Springfield quite a bit, and me watching Ella and Maya at home. It's tiring, but not as overwhelming as it used to be to watch both girls on my own. I have learned to relax more about who gets my attention when they both want it at the same time. The Springfield house has been frustrating us lately, with a leaky shower and an irresponsible handyman. It will be such a relief when that problem is finally fixed!

On Thursday, after Brett had been to Springfield, Evan and Merry brought dinner down from upstairs, and we shared a delicious meal topped off with pumpkin pie that I had made and a game of Ticket to Ride: Europe! It was so amazing to be able to play a game, even though we were really tired and it was interrupted many times because the girls had a hard time getting to sleep.

Sunday was the monthly Parents of Multiples group meeting. It was a nice day to be outside and we met up with everyone at the Montessori school playground. It's so wonderful to get together with other parents of twins to share experiences. Can you find Maya and Ella in this picture?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Two months old!

Two months old today! Happy birthday, Ella and Maya!

To celebrate, the girls spent a lot of time napping, eating, looking around, and smiling. Here are some pictures from the day.






Thursday, October 6, 2011

Baybay & Baybee: Week 8

Smiles have been the highlight this week. Both girls have been so happy. It's fun to talk to them when you get smiles and happy squealing noises in response!

A big smile from Ella!

And one from Maya!



A few quick smiles.

Selena came over and watched the babies for a couple hours last Wednesday, so Brett and I could bike over to pick up our farm share and spend some time together. We had a nice ride and the babies slept almost the whole time! She also came over again yesterday and Brett and I got to go for a walk together. Both times were so helpful to us and played a big part in us staying positive this week. Thank you, Selena!

So lucky to have such a loving, kind friend to spend time with.

I got a little bit of time to myself this week and spent a few hours shopping at the thrift store and wandering around downtown. Brett stayed with the babies and they were totally fine without me. It's hard for both of us to take time to ourselves, but it feels good when we make it happen. I'm finding it difficult to balance all the different parts of life. Right now, so much of our day is focused on the babies. Sometimes we forget that it's important to make other parts of our life a priority. Feeling tired a lot of the time doesn't help.

Maya, hanging out in her cool new leggings.

We've been tying to start some nighttime routines. One of the things that the girls seem to enjoy is taking showers. Bedtime seems to work best if we aim for putting the girls down around 8:30. In the beginning of the week, they had been sleeping for almost a 5 hour stretch in the first part of the night, and that was fantastic! The past couple of days it's been back to a maximum of 3 hours at a time. Getting up a couple times in the night isn't really getting any easier for us, but we are surviving.

Relaxing in the warm water together.

After a shower, we have fun brushing Ella's hair.

"If we put our heads together, maybe that will help us flip over! Ready? We'll go on three..."

Such love.

Kisses.

Hanging out on the Boppy.

Getting stronger!

We took a couple family pictures. It was hard to get everyone to look at the camera at the same time...

...and to get everyone to smile.

Here are a couple extra pictures from the week!