It’s getting better…. I think?ย 

Okay, so sleep MAY be improving. I’ll put the emphasis on “may”. It’s been four days  of the boys being asleep at 7:15pm and having only one or two feeds in the night and less fussing from Dylan. I’ll take it. 

Our night routine now is something like this:

6:40 – Upstairs to the nursery with the twins, singing while I change them into their PJs. I used to do this all downstairs but I think doing it all upstairs in their room where it’s nice and quiet really sets them up for bedtime. 

6:50 – If they aren’t too tired then I also will read a couple books while they sit in their rock n plays (the rock n plays are off)

6:55 – We have started to do bottles at night of 8 ounces of formula or breast milk (if I’ve pumped) mixed with a little rice cereal to see if this will help sustain them longer through the night more than nursing. Although the last two nights Dylan didn’t want the bottle so I nursed him and gave Leo a bottle. 

7:00 – Burp them both and lay them each in their own crib and turn on their Fischer Price Aquarium. I love these aquariums. They will just stare at the fish and lights until they fall asleep. Very little fussing. Sometimes I have to give Dylan his pacifier if it drops out but that’s it. 

(Here’s a link to the aquarium if you’re interested: http://www.fisher-price.com/en_CA/products/ocean-wondersaquarium-with-remote-control )

Dylan usually wakes up and fusses around 9. I first try giving him a pacifier and sometimes that works and he goes back to sleep but if he continues to fuss I burp him and he normally he lets out a big one. I then and lay him back in the crib. If he continues to fuss in the next hour I transfer him to the rock n’ play (with out it rocking) so he can get more of an incline while sleeping. I’m hoping as he gets older this gassiness will go away and we don’t have to do this. Amy one have other ideas on how to help with Dylan’s gassiness? It seems to turn on only when he’s laying down and happens every night. It also happens during his long nap in the afternoon. 

For the night feeds I end up feeding them both around 1:30am and then 5:30am. They wake up for the day around 7:15am and eat at 8:30ish. 

This is our current schedule, and it seems to be working so far.  The best part is we have our evenings to ourselves after all the babies are in bed and Ian is in bed. (Ryan puts Ian to bed at 7:30). 

The next step is to eliminate one of the night feeds. We shall see how we go. Last night we did push Leo to only eat once even though he woke up crying at 2am. I asked Ryan to rock him back to sleep. Normally we just give in and feed them. But it worked! And yes, eventually we want to not have to even do that but right now it’s baby steps! We don’t let our babies “cry it out” it’s just not in our hearts to do it. It was the same with Ian. So yes, we’re doing this the long and hard way but really this is just a short time in our lives and eventually they will be sleeping through the night! Until then… we persevere! Onward. One day at a time. 

Again, any tips and tricks for Dylan’s gassiness is appreciated! 

5 Month Old Twins

5 months is here already! Wow. I can’t believe they will start eating solids soon. Speaking of eating, the twins are doing the cutest thing ever. When I nurse them at the same time they reach over and hold hands. It is the sweetest thing to behold. Just nursing away holding hands. I wish I could post a pic but that would be weird. Right? Yes, I’ll just answer that myself. It would be weird.

Dylan has now started rolling from his tummy to back and vice versa. He is very strong and seems like he can almost push up to his hands and knees.

Leo, on the other hand, is Mr. Chill. He doesn’t feel the need to go anywhere so has not been rolling. Only just today did he roll on his side. It’s just so funny how personality has to do with why Dylan is moving all over the place and Leo just wants to relax right where he is. I’m 100% positive that Dylan will be crawling and walking before Leo. And Leo will be perfectly okay with it (and so will I). ๐Ÿ˜œ

Leo gets his helmet this week to round out his flat head. His doctor told me he can tell Leo is a good sleeper by how perfectly flat the back of his head is. I was like, you’re right, he doesn’t move a muscle where as Dylan is rolling all over his crib. The doctor said that 12 hours of deep sleep every night is what created Leo’s flat spot and that made me feel a little better. I was thinking I hadn’t done enough tummy time even though I had done a ton. Anyways, if you’re a mom you just get this guilt and that helped relieve it a little.

Both boys’ eating habits and naps are more on a schedule which is really nice. They eat four times a day and usually just once at night. Their long nap actually lines up with my 3 year old’s most days so that is when I get my coffee break with some reading or whatever else I want to do. I try not to do chores even though I feel like I should because I feel like my sanity it more important. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Looking forward to what month 6 brings!

4 Month Old Twins

These boys are just so cute! They are laughing now which is one of the sweetest sounds you can hear. Dylan (on the left) seems almost mischievous with his cute smiles while Leo is so sweet. When you hold Leo he completely relaxes into you, he’s such a cuddle bug. When you hold Dylan he squirms around trying to look everywhere and stiffens his legs and arms and pushes off of you with his strong legs. It’s just so funny how even when you hold them they are completely different.

They have a lot more head control now and I am starting to sit them up in different toys which they really like. I think they enjoy their new view. ๐Ÿ˜œ

Some disappointing news: Leo’s head in the back has gotten really flat so we will likely be getting him a helmet. Just like Ian. I’m a little bummed because I did a ton of tummy time to prevent this yet it still happened.

On another note, things are starting to get intense at the Gladney household. They are awake more during the day which means needing a lot more attention. Their naps seem short and infrequent plus they seem to do it at OPPOSITE times which means it’s rare for me to catch a break. I’m really hoping to get them on a actual nap schedule in this next month.

Sleepwise at night is still pretty much the same (6 hours between the first feeding at night) although last night they both slept till 4:30 without needing to be fed which was 8 and a half hours! Now if only I can get this to happen consistently! I just bought the miracle baby sleep sack so I’ll give it a shot and see if it helps any.

Okay on to month 5! Wish us luck!

3 Month Old Twins

The boys’ personalities areย really starting to shine through now. Dylan is very passionate which is what we were suspecting from the beginning. When he is happy his whole face shines, and boy when he is mad, he is MAD. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Leo continues to be Mr. Chill and likes to lounge back and take it all in. He is smiling more now and it’s the cutest!

Both boys love getting into a cooing conversation. If I coo at them they coo back with big smiles on their face.

They are getting really strong and seem to enjoy tummy time. When Dylan is on his back, he kicks up so high that he rolls to his side. I feel like that is early for 3 months!

They are growing so fast and will soon be moving into 6-month onsies. I love their cute rolls! So different from their big brother Ian when he was a baby!

Sleep-wise they have one 6-hour stretch between feedings so generally they eat at 2am and at 6am. I’m hoping this next month eliminates one feeding and then the month after to be down to zero feedings at night. We’ll see how that goes! One can hope! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™

Oh, and side-note Leo still has dirty blond hair and blue eyes. I am so surprised. I thought that both would have darkened by now. The Irish genes seem to be winning out with him!

Month 4 here we come!

2 Month Old Twins

The twins are 2-months now! Whoa. How did that come so quickly?! Every day when I look at these two sweet boys I get such a feeling of amazement and love. I still can’t believe Ryan and I were so lucky to be blessed with twins. It’s two months now and still, I am surprised.

Both boys are continuing to grow so big and are getting adorable rolls all over. Especially Leo. That boy loves to chug his milk, which then causes the inevitable spit up of milk afterwards. Ha ha. Leo is now 9.14 lbs. He was born 5.4 lbs. Dylan is 9.3 lbs. He was born 5.12 lbs.

Dylan continues to break out with big smiles. Leo is a little more conservative with his smiles but man, is he a chill dude. He will just sit back and relax while Dylan darts his eyes around and tries to make sure doesn’t miss anything. It’s the cutest thing watching these two and seeing how they respond.

Let’s see what month 3 brings!

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