Swing-a-ling 

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. 


And of course Ian had a blast with his buddies during it all. Here’s pictures of Ian with his buddies:



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!!! 

6 Month Old Twins

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!

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). 😜

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. 😬

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. 😜

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 are 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. 😂 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! 😝🙏

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!