Sleep! It was SO GOOD this week! We're not sure why, but this was definitely our best week of sleep yet. A few things have been different. Daytime sleep has been in longer chunks, lasting 1.5 -2.5 hours, compared to their usual 45 minutes naps. And they've been taking only two naps, instead of three or four. I'm not sure how this changed, it just sort of happened. Also, and this may be the biggest thing, the girls are learning how to put themselves back to sleep when they wake up. We've added a little more structure to the day recently, and have had a fairly constant bedtime of 6:30. On Thursday, in an attempt to find a diaper that would last the whole night, I got two Baby BeeHinds. That night they were in them for 12 hours. They fussed a whole bunch of times throughout the night, but mostly put themselves back to sleep on their own. This was our first time not changing them overnight. The diapers were very wet in the morning, but no leaks.
Friday they slept a lot better, and Sunday night they slept for 9.5 hours, from 6:30-4:00 without needing our help at all! I had to get up at 3:30 A.M. to pump a little milk because I was so uncomfortable. After I pumped, they were stirring and may have been able to go back to sleep on their own, but since I was up, I fed them and then we all went back to sleep until 6:30!
That was our best night. The following few went better than they had been before, but not great. I'm still feeding the girls at least once at night, sometimes two times, if they wake up in the very early morning before it's really time to get up for the day.
They are such pretty diapers - and so soft! We've been using the Flip covers (that Amber gave us) over them.
Ella fell asleep while Brett and I were watching a TV show. She was so cuddly that I didn't want to put her down.
Maya likes to "chew" on her thumb after nursing and sometimes when she's tired. She doesn't really suck on it, but I think it gives her some comfort anyway.Ella has been saying "ma ma ma" all week long! I'm not sure she is saying it in reference to me, but rather just practicing the sound. It's still very sweet to hear. The big thing for Maya has been working on her moving skills! She can push up almost onto her hands and knees now, and she's figuring out how to scootch and pull/push her way around. She ends up moving backwards most of the time. I don't think that's what she intends to do, but that's what happens and she seems a little annoyed and frustrated by this. If she could talk she'd probably say something like, "Gah! I meant to go forward, darn it!"
blog, and made up a few yummy soups on my own, using what we had around.
Maya and Ella have also been enjoying lots of food. We are keeping a list of the things they've tried on the refrigerator. So far, we are up to apple, banana, avocado, broccoli and peach. They love everything so far. Ella, especially, is quite taken with eating solids and practically inhales the food, while Maya contemplates each bite. Because of this difference, Ella has been eating twice as much. We bought two mesh feeders, which have been awesome! You can put anything in there with no worries about the babies choking, plus they get to feed themselves.
A bunch of shots of the girls with their mesh feeders:
Extra pictures from the week!