Thank you to my wonderful husband for pushing me to take a staycation. I spent the night at a hotel downtown and had about 10 hours of glorious sleep. Slept in and had breakfast in bed and relaxed with coffee and a book. And to top it off I came home to a clean house and happy twins and toddler. You’re amazing Ryan!
Our sleep deprivation continues with Ryan and I waking up almost every hour last night. Luckily Ryan was home! On a happy note it was warm a couple days ago and I took the twins and Ian to the park to meet up with Ian’s buddy’s (and their mom’s who are my buddy’s 😜).
My friend Anna mentioned that the twins could go in the baby swing together and I was like, “oh my gosh, they can?! They’re already big enough?” Brilliant! They loved it in the swing and Ian had so much fun pushing them.
Also, another first: I nursed both twins at the park while Ian played. My friend Megan held Leo while I nursed Dylan and then vice versa. It went great and I felt like Super Mom.
So overall even though I have been struggling at night with the constant wake ups, day-to-day life is great. I have a great rhythm and routine going with Ian and the kiddos and overall we have so much fun together during the day. This lack of sleep time is such a short moment in our lives and I constantly have to remind myself of this and that I am so blessed with what I have and the help and support. Having twins and a toddler is hard work but so rewarding and I love it!!!
Wow this has been my toughest month yet. The twins have gone through a sleep regression and I feel like I am going through the day in a fog. I’ve been mixing up appointments left and right due to this. The other day I drove 35 minutes out to Maple Grove with the twins for Leo’s helmet appointment and it was the wrong day. Yep, that happened.
The twins wake up frequently in the night and I know it will go back to one feeding a night but WHEN? It’s been weeks now. I will say the last two nights were better. So maybe it’s already changing. Fingers crossed. Just two feedings each last night. One at 2am (Leo woke up first so I fed him, then I woke up Dylan to feed him once Leo was done). Then both of them again at 6:00am. I almost consider that last one to just be a morning feed. And no wake ups from Dylan in between feedings during the last two nights and that is huge! He normally fusses from 9pm to 12pm and requires a lot of pacifier-ing (I just made that word in to a verb). So maybe we’ve turned a corner!
Along with all the sleep stuff, Ryan’s traveling has really picked up and he is gone for two to three days every week. The evenings are hard without him not only for help but also for companionship. I’ve been roping in a friend at least on Friday evenings to come provide me with some social conversation and be an extra set of hands. Shout outs to Flea, Sarah, Anne and Ashley and my sister-in-law Jackie. Any of you in Minneapolis want to get in on the action let me know. It’s fun to catch up and have you hang with my babies and Ian.
But anyways, this post is supposed to be about the twins, not about me! 😂
Dylan has been rolling back to front for a while now and Leo joined the rolling parade. Now when I have them on a blanket playing they roll all over it and sometimes onto each other. Ha ha.
They also both love the bouncers. Leo recently started using them but Dylan’s been using them for awhile. It’s safe to say that Dylan’s favorite position is being upright! He just wants to go go go! Dylan has also started to scoot backwards and if I don’t keep an eye out he may scoot under the couch!
Another first, I have just started to introduce food two days ago. I started with Greek yogurt. Dylan was loving it and leaning forward for more; Leo was very unsure about it. His face was priceless. We’ve also tried banana and that wasn’t a hit. We’ll keep introducing foods and let them choose what they want.
The boys continue to grow and are almost ready to move into 9 month clothes even though they just turned 6 months. I don’t tandem nurse as much because they’re getting too big. It’s nice for the one on one time though and they’re such fast eaters (6 minutes each is their average) that it’s not a big deal.
Also Leo got his helmet a few weeks ago and his head is starting to look more round already. Yay for round heads!
I think that about covers it.
Month 7 please be easy on me!
I gotta say, walking around with the Bob Revolution Stroller with my twin boys and toddler Ian perched on the front (who needs a glider,right?!) I get so many looks and comments I feel like a parade marching through town. It’s hilarious. And I kind of like it. I guess I’m a bit narcissistic and enjoy the, “wow, you’re super mom,” or “boy, you have your hands full! Great job!” These are thrown at me all throughout the day. It’s like I’m constantly being acknowledged for all that I do. It’s lovely. I know I wouldnt get this much recognition if I had just one baby and Ian. I almost feel bad for the mom’s with just two let alone one. Where’s their applause? They have a hard job too, being a mom for the first time is so scary and new. And then adding in one more! Whewee. I think we all deserve the claps and recognition for being amazing moms whatever our situations are, of course my family being the parade that we are, just get a lot more feedback. But congrats and well done to all those moms out there!
I’ll end with posting a link to the song called “All the Wine” from one of my favorite bands, The National. There is a lyric in that song that always runs through my head as I walk around town with my big ass stroller, with the twins and Ian perched up front:
“… Iam a festival, I am a parade…”