How is it already time to write the girls’ two month update? Time is going way too fast. Although it doesn’t always feel like that at 3 in the morning when the babies won’t go back to sleep, ha! But in all seriousness, I just can’t believe Meredith and Natalie are already two months old. They have changed so much since my last update (read their one month post HERE) and it’s amazing to me how fast babies grow and develop. Their second month of life was a good one!
Weight/Length: She weighs 9 pounds, 9 ounces and is 21.1 inches long.
Clothing Size: 0-3 months, although she is mostly in 3 month clothing. She has officially outgrown newborn clothes and it makes me sad!
Likes: Sleeping (once she falls asleep). She usually sleeps through tummy time and I think she’ll be a stomach sleeper when she can roll over. She also loves when daddy gives her kisses.
Dislikes: Diaper changes and shots. She was very upset at the pediatrician last week when she got her shots, although who can blame her?
Milestones: She is starting to smile and it is so adorable!
Weight/Length: She weighs 11 pounds and is 21.7 inches long.
Clothing Size: 3 months. She will probably outgrow them soon, the 3 month pajamas are getting a little short. Looks like both babies are going to have long legs like their parents!
Likes: Play time. Natalie loves being awake (she fights sleep a lot) and having awake/play time. Just like her sister, she also loves when daddy gives her kisses. In the last month she has become a fan of bath time too!
Dislikes: Diaper changes and shots. She was very upset getting her 2 month vaccinations, but I don’t blame her one bit. I would be upset too!
Milestones: Natalie has also started smiling! It just melts my heart when her and her sister smile at me.
Sleep: Month two was rough in terms of sleep. When the girls hit 6 weeks, a switch flipped and they were waking up every hour or two in the night. But sleeping great during the day, go figure. We think they may have been going through a growth spurt or developmental leap. Either way, sleep was a hot commodity around here. Things are slowly getting back on track and we are getting some 4-5 hour stretches of sleep at night between feedings. We are really trying to get them on a schedule and we seem to be making progress. Slowly but surely. We are celebrating small victories! Like getting the girls to fall sleep in 30 minutes instead of two hours. If and when we find a routine that works for us, I will be sure to share it here for anyone that’s interested. I know I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time searching the internet for advice on getting twins on a schedule and helping them sleep longer at night. We took the Taking Cara Babies newborn class and it gave us some good information, although I can’t say I would recommend it 100%. Several moms in my twin group recommended 12 Hours Sleep by 12 Weeks so I am considering ordering that book. I’ll be sure to update next month on how things are going.
Eating: The girls are 100% formula fed. If you read last month’s update you saw that my breastfeeding journey did not pan out as I had hoped. I had my heart set on breastfeeding and I tried really hard to make it work, but it just wasn’t in the cards for us. Since the girls were technically premature, latching and breastfeeding was a lot of work for them and we had to supplement with formula on their second day of life to avoid a NICU stay for blood sugar levels. Once they were introduced to a bottle, both babies preferred that over breastfeeding. I continued to pump until they were about 6 weeks old, but my supply never came anywhere near being enough for two babies. I was exhausted, mentally and physically, and something had to give. After lots (and lots and lots) of tears, I made the decision to stop pumping. To be honest, I still question whether that was the right choice, but I am trying not to second guess myself. My babies are fed and growing which is the most important thing!
Mom and Dad: Overall, we are doing well! Like I mentioned above, there have been a lot of sleepless nights in the last few weeks and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t stressful. But we are a team and we are navigating parenthood together. Soon we will be navigating life as working parents because Chris and I are both going back to work in the next few weeks. I expect that to be a hard transition, but I’m hopeful we will get into a groove fairly quickly. We are completely in love with the babies and SO thankful they are ours!
As far as my recovery goes, I am happy to report I feel really good post c-section and my recovery has gone really smoothly. However, I will say that I was totally unprepared for how hard the postpartum phase is. All of a sudden I had two babies who depended on me and Chris 100%, along with a new body that I don’t recognize and tons of hormones flowing through it. I’m not going to lie, it has been a hard adjustment. The baby blues are real and I definitely experienced that for a few weeks. Every time I looked in the mirror I almost didn’t recognize the person looking back at me. I know my body did an amazing thing by growing two babies and I will never take that for granted! But the reality is that twin pregnancy took a major toll on me physically. I’m excited I’ve been cleared to work out, but I need to heal my core before I resume weight training workouts. I decided to do Erica Ziel’s postpartum fitness program called Core Rehab and I will report back on how I like it and the results that I see. Along with the extra weight I’m carrying around, my acne is out of control as well. Hormone related I’m sure but nothing I try even touches how bad my skin is right now. I was SO excited to be selected to try an Influenster’s VoxBox that contains Origins Clear Improvement Pore Clearing Moisturizer. I’m hopeful it will help my skin and I can’t wait to receive my product to test out! *Note: I am receiving this product complimentary for testing purposes*
I don’t want this to come off as complaining, because that is not my intent at all. I love my babies SO much. I look at them and literally tear up because they are such miracles. But like I said, postpartum is hard and I was unprepared for it. I want to be honest in saying that although the last two months have been amazing, they have been hard too. That’s motherhood, right?
And now for more pictures of the babies!
I just can’t believe the girls are already two months old. In fact, by the time I get this posted they will be closer to three months than two months. I am so glad that I will have these blog posts to look back on and I hope you enjoy reading them! I can’t wait to share another update on the babies next month. Until then, stay tuned for your regularly scheduled blog posts!