Friday, April 6, 2012

3 Month Update

The girls are 3 months and 4 days today, so I thought I'd document their progress at 3 months. I can't believe the twins are already 3 months. I'm taking the format from Michelle at : Love your updates, Michelle.

Weight: I'm estimating their weights based on our scale at home. The girls did not have a 3 month appointment. Seraphina is about 13 lbs and Matilda is about 13.5 lbs. Matilda is about an inch taller.

Eating: They eat about 4 oz every 3 hours. Sometimes, Matilda will eat 5 - 6 oz and she'll be able to stretch for 4 hours with that amount. Unfortunately, Seraphina usually can't eat more than 4 oz--though she wants to. She devours her bottle while Matilda takes it slow. Seraphina was spitting up quite a bit, so we started to add rice cereal to her bottles, which seems to help with her spit up. I've added cereal to Matilda's bottles too but not as frequently.

Favorite Things: They love attention! Sometimes, I think they are already fighting for attention. They love when we talk and sing to them. Seraphina likes to be tickled. It's so cute when she chuckles. Matilda loves her paci, especially when she is tired. Of course, they love to listen to their big sis who can be quite the drama queen.

Dislikes: Being hungry and gas. They also dislike the hours between 5 pm and 8 pm...can't figure out what's up with that time of day, but they are moody then.

Their Accomplishments: They smile like crazy! They are amazing with their neck control, especially since I've started putting them to sleep on their bellies. They are grabbing things and following our movements now. They found their hands and they like them very much, especially Matilda who will almost gag herself with them.

Our Accomplishments: I officially can juggle things a lot better now. I've learned to make dinners when I can because I can't always make dinner at dinnertime, especially if I have a needy baby. DH has even gone out of town for 3 to 4 days for work, and somehow I've managed to keep things running smoothly at home. I've learned to feed two babies at once. Just last week I started to really get the girls on a schedule; however, it's not perfect yet. I was the crazy mom when DH and older DD were sick with the flu--I wouldn't let them near the twins. Fortunately, the twins and me were able to stay healthy during that time. Thank goodness!

Sleep: Well, the trick to sleep was having them sleep on their bellies. Around 10 weeks, I started putting them to sleep on their bellies and I've seen a great improvement in their naps and sleep at night. That being said, I watched them like a hawk with their belly sleeping (started with naps) until I was confident that they could move their head/neck well. Just like our older DD, these girls love their bellies. I especially think this is the case for acid reflux babies. I know, I know...the "back to sleep" campaign would cringe at my actions. Before you know it they'll be saying babies should sleep on their bellies. Look at all the head conditions out there now because of back sleeping. From just 9-10 weeks, our twins already have a flat area on their heads from back sleeping. At night, we are getting 6-8 hours of sleep straight from the girls. Not bad, in my opinion. Sometimes, I wake on my own because I can't believe they are still sleeping. Last night, Matilda slept from 8:45pm until 4:30pm and Sera slept from 9:15pm until 6am (wahoo, almost 9 hours!) The girls are so cute. We lay them down in the same crib at separate sides of the crib for bedtime and within a couple hours, they are sleeping right next to each other, touching. They do sleep in separate cribs for naptimes, though.

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