The boys are growing!! Ethan now weights 12lbs 5oz and Lucas weighs 12lbs 10oz. Wait a minute, is that right? Oh yes, Lucas is now bigger than his big brother. He has not only caught up in weight but has surpassed Ethan. WOW. Very proud!! They do all the things off the checklist that they should be doing by 4 months, except rolling over. The dr said it isn't a big deal though. We're just going to continue to work on it each day. We discussed rice cereal and decided to hold off on that too until their able to hold their necks up a little better. Again, she said she was very pleased with how they're doing and it's not a big deal at this point. She said lots of babies aren't ready right at 4 months for cereal and those who are physically don't always take to it so it's nothing to worry about. We'll just work on that too. That's why I'm home with them!! They got their shots too. They cried but thankfully their cries weren't as painful as their 2 month shots!!! They are back to their happy demeanor now :) Smiles all over the place. Oh how I love those smiles!
I am in awe of how much our baby boys have grown in the last 4 months. It definitely doesn't seem like they've been here 4 months already. It has been the most amazing 4 months! They have brought us so much joy. It is truly a blessing to watch them grow and develop and watch their personalities shine. Despite being twins, they are definitely individuals. Each day brings something new and I wake up excited to see what they will accomplish. They are learning so much and even though they might be small things, they are huge to us. Watching them smile, hearing them laugh, watching them grip something, watching them bring their hands or toys to their mouths....we're so proud of them. God has blessed us immensely and we couldn't be more thankful.
Their 4 month check-up is Thursday. I am so anxious to see how much they weigh. Lucas is such a rolly polly and Ethan isn't so I want to know if Lucas has surpassed Ethan in weight.
Ethan has his first tooth starting to pop up. Oh yes it's true! It hasn't broken the skin yet, but you can definitely see & feel it. Thank the good Lord above, he hasn't been too fussy yet. We noticed it about 2 weeks ago. We go in for their 4 month check up on Thursday so along with this new development, I'm anxious to see what else is going on. I am super curious about their weights. They are getting so big...it's amazing to watch them grow! Their sleeping patterns are changing. I'm getting used to it, but it was so frustrating at first because they wouldn't nap at all which means I was home alone with two very fussy babies. We're starting to learn a new routine so the last days of the week went much better than the first few.
They still haven't rolled over yet but man do they seem close. They get up on their side but they haven't been able to make it all the way over. It's so cute to watch. Ethan loves playing with his feet. He's constantly bringing his feet up near his face so he can play with them. Lucas loves sucking on his fingers. The smacking sounds he makes are so funny. He's also learning to bring toys/rattles to his mouth. They love laying on their floor gym playing with the dangling objects. Lucas seems more interested in the mirror where as Ethan is more interested in swatting at the toys that are hanging in front of him. I love watching their personalities come out!
Monthly Goals: I have organized my closet, but I haven't done anything else off the list. The end of October is getting close. I need to get in gear. I've been dealing with some gallbladder issues so I've not been 100% lately. No excuses though, I need to finish my list.
I'm laying in bed blog hopping since I have some time to do so (James & the boys are sleeping). I came across a new blog (new to me) and she had posted goals she wanted to complete for the month of October. I think this is a great idea. I'm constantly telling James all the things I want to get done and by the time I have some time to work on things, I've forgotten half of what I wanted to do. I think blogging about it would help me A) remember all I want to do when my brain isn't keeping up and B) helping me to stay accountable. In between caring for the babies and doing the little things that are an immediate need, some of the things I want to do and some of the things I still need to do get overlooked and I can't continue to do so.
October...... 1. I will pack up and return all borrowed maternity clothing. 2. I will organize our closet and the clothing in my dresser!!!!!!!!!!!! 3. I will have a 4 month photo shoot of the boys and mail out pictures to family & friends. 4. Start doing Wordless Wednesday posts. 5. Be more productive during the mornings. 6. Find 2 new recipes and try them out.
I think that's a sufficient list for one month. I realize item 5 is vague, but since our routine is back on track from our little trip, I get a couple of hours in the morning where I could either attempt to sleep or I could actually do some things around the house. I've decided that since James gets ready and goes to work after the first morning feeding (usually between 7-7:30) that I might as well stay up too. It takes a good 30 minutes to get them both settled down and back to sleep after their bottle so why not stay up. I could get myself ready and work on a few things that I might not get a chance to do later in the day. When the boys aren't sleeping or eating they are definitely wanting attention and with two, I am definitely occupied during waking hours.
GREAT NEWS.....Shannon (MrsDutchie) is in KY!! Even better news....I'm so incredibly happy for her that she's pregnant!! Shannon & I started on our TTC journey about the same time and we've been able to share most of it with each other. I couldn't be any happier that she's going to get to experience pregnancy and mommyhood. She so deserves it and I'm so thankful the prayers have been answered!! I'm super excited to meet her Tuesday. I'm glad I'll get to give real ((HUGS)) to her.
We arrived home from our Gatlinburg trip Monday night. The ride home was a bit rough. Between being gone for 3 and being stuck in a car for over 4 hours, you could imagine that the routine that we had successfully established was shot to crap. I knew things would be off but I didn't realize how off they really would be. Tuesday was awful. They were so used to being held and rocked to sleep that they still wanted to be held and cried horribly when they weren't. Wednesday was just as bad. Whenever I'd try to put them down for a nap they would wake up. Wednesday night after bathtime they went right to sleep and THANKFULLY, we seem to be back into our routine.As of Tuesday we have officially moved Ethan into his own crib. They were just so fussy and crying so much that I thought they'd have a better chance of them falling asleep if they were separate. So far it seems to be going just fine. Since they don't really seem to pay attention to each other I didn't think it would be a problem. It's almost kind of sad because they are getting so big that they wouldn't have fit together much longer anyway.
Last night I packed away the last of their 0-3 month clothes last night. I just can't believe how big they are geting. They're growing into their personality so much. They're just adorable! Smiling all the time. They're so close to rolling over too. I'm on the edge of my seat each time we have tummy time because they almost make it over. It should be any day now. Last Wednesday I stepped on the scale with each of them and was shocked to see that according to our scale they were both weighing in at 12 lbs. That means Lucas managed to gain 13oz more than Ethan because at the last check up Lucas was behind that much. He is definitely a butterball compared to Ethan but he's so cute that way.
On a side note....in high school my nickname was Jean Bean. One of my friends from hs is coming home for Christmas and said she and her sister want to meet the Beanie Babies. I laughed so hard. How cute!
Here are a few pics from the Gatlinburg trip. I have more of Lucas because Ethan was sleeping more often.
Lucas getting ready to play pool.
The boys in the stroller at the top of Clingman's Dome in the Smokey Mountain National Park. New family photo.