Friday, June 23, 2017

Father's Day summer fun in Des Moines.

We went to Des Moines for the weekend to celebrate my dad's birthday and Father's Day. It was a fun time! My sister from Minneapolis was there too, so we got to see the whole family (except for Zack, her husband). Thankfully, Lucy and Ellory like their car seats and slept almost the whole way, and they slept well at night there too. Way to go, girls!

The past few visits, Norah has loved this car, but the battery wasn't working, so she would just sit on it in the garage and pretend drive. My parents got a new battery for it this time, but Norah was a little fearful of it actually moving. I'm sure she'll warm up to it!

Daddy trying to teach her how to drive it- she would sit in it while moving, but only if someone else pushed the pedal and steered her. 

We hit up the pool for some swimming and Norah had a blast. 

Norah is getting braver this summer! She is getting better about putting her face in/head under, and even went down the slide in the deep end where her head went under several times!

Kley, happy Father's Day! You are an amazing dad (along with my dad and father-in-law also!). Watching you with our girls is so great. I told him that I was so thankful he is so reliable, and he is so valuable, both to me and the girls. Having a Godly, stable man in their lives is such a blessing. I know there are many kids out there who don't have that, and I am so thankful for you, Kley! I hope that by you loving us so well, that they will be able to trust even more deeply how reliable their Heavenly Father is and how much He loves them.

Lucy and Ellory- Four months.

Lucy and Ellory are four months! This was a good month. They are such sweet babies! I remember the first two months being the hardest with Norah, and I would say the same this time around too. I feel better as they are sleeping better, and we are all figuring each other out more and getting into a new normal. Not that it's easy, but more manageable. I told Kley that we need to treasure this time before they start becoming mobile. That won't be bad, but will definitely keep us on our toes more! They are cooing and occasionally giggling and it's the best ever! We took our first trip to Des Moines this month and they did great- way better than I thought they would!

Stats/doctor visits: I took them to the doctor to be weighed on 6/12, at 15 weeks, specifically because I wanted to see what Lucy weighed to make sure she was gaining. Ellory was 12 lbs 15 oz, and Lucy was 11 lbs 1 oz. Since their last appointment at two months, Ellory had gained 3 lbs 1 oz, and Lucy had gained two pounds, so Ellory is only one ounce shy of being a full two pounds bigger. Thankfully, Lucy is doing okay and she is just a peanut. She had remained in her same percentile for weight, so she didn't go down at least.

At their four month appointment, Ellory was 24” (30%), 13 lbs 8 oz (35%), and head circumference 16” (52%). Those percentages are for the “normal” babies, but her adjusted percentages (because she was a preemie), are about 60% for weight, slightly below 50% for length, and about 80% for HC. Since her two month appointment, she had gained 3 lbs 10 oz. Lucy was 24.25” (41%), 11 lbs 6 oz (4%), and head circumference 15.75” (32%). Her adjusted percentages are slightly below 50% for weight, slightly less than 90% for length, and about 75% for HC. Since her two month appointment, she had gained 2 lbs 5 oz. Adjusted age is based off their due date, so since they were born 4.5 weeks early, those percentages are compared with that age instead of their chronological age (so basically comparing them to other three month babies instead of four month babies).

Feeding: Their feedings vary a tad depending on how they sleep at night, but overall still the same with eating about every three hours during the day and sometimes once at night. So, they have an early morning, midmorning, early afternoon, late afternoon, evening, and bedtime feeding. They have an evening bottle, and an afternoon bottle if I have help (because trying to get Norah to nap, bottle feed, and pump by myself is a lot!), with fortified milk (my breast milk mixed with special preemie formula to make it higher calorie) to help them gain weight. They bumped up a little, and Ellory drinks 4 oz and Lucy drinks 3.5. Ellory drinks/nurses like a champion and never leaves any behind. Lucy nurses pretty well, but sometimes has trouble with the bottle. She will either drink it fine without issue, or have big problems and gag/spit the nipple out. We can't figure out why!

Diapers/clothes: Both are still in size 1 diapers and 3 month clothes. Ellory is about maxing them out, but Lucy still fits well in them. I put away all the 0-3 month clothes at 14 weeks, so they just have 3 month and a few 3-6 month things (at 15 weeks). The 3-6 month are still a tad big, but I put one on Ellory and it wasn't as big as I thought it would be. They are growing quickly! Hard to believe they were only five pounds when they were born!

Sleeping: They are sleeping much better and we are so thankful! Getting more sleep at night feels so amazing. It already feels shocking that we were up with them so often in the night not that long ago. The first time they slept through the night was 5/30 at 13 weeks. After a trip to Des Moines where they slept in their own pack and plays, we kept it going and put them in their own cribs at 13 weeks. They are usually asleep by 11 and sometimes sleep through the night (hallelujah!) until 7:30-8, with sometimes just waking once around 5. Most mornings they go back to sleep until between 9:30-10:30. We are not taking for granted what a gift good sleep is! Lucy is easier to get to sleep than Ellory, and seems to nap a bit more than Ellory during the day.. Ellory sometimes cries when we lay her down and needs more rocking/coaxing to sleep.

Developments: The smiles, giggles, and coos are the best! Lucy is more talkative and Ellory is more smiley. We heard Ellory's first giggle at 14 weeks and Lucy's at 16 weeks. They are starting to grab things more, especially Lucy. Lucy loves to blow spit bubbles. We've said that Lucy has more leg strength and likes to be more straight out, and Ellory likes to be more balled up and has more core/head strength. Ellory is still the more content baby, but Lucy isn't bad- she just likes to be held more! They are moving more too, and aren't in the same spot you left them. You cannot leave Lucy alone on the Boppy loungers anymore, as she digs her heals in and throws her head off the back, and has even flung herself off onto the couch a couple times.

Favorites: Ellory still likes her paci sometimes, but not as much as she used to. She started sucking her right thumb, especially in her crib, just like Norah. Lucy doesn't like her paci or her thumb. They both really like taking baths and being in the water. They, thankfully, like their car seats and almost always sleep in the car. Ellory especially likes to face outward now when being held. Lucy likes to listen to quiet music, and it seems to calm her when upset. They like to look at the animals on their activity mat, and love to watch the fan spin. They don't really have a favorite seat or spot to be, and seem to like them all. We love you both so much!

Lucy kept trying to rip the sticker off!

We call this her bug eye look, she makes it quite often- whenever something remotely startling or different happens, like the camera flash!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

House tour- Lucy and Ellory's nursery.

Here are some photos of Lucy and Ellory's nursery! I love how it turned out. We did not know the genders beforehand, so we had to wait to do a lot of it until after they were born. Here is what it looked like when it was Norah's nursery. A lot of it is the same, like the wall color and furniture, with just ordering another crib. I'm glad it's a decent sized room, so it wasn't too hard to fit two cribs in. 

To fit the crib on the other wall, we had to move the dresser over, which meant putting the rocker in the other corner and the toy shelf that was there into the closet. All in all, I think it fits well! I don't love the chair in the corner and how close it is to the nightstand, but it's the best we could do to fit two babies in there!

The curtains, rug, and bedding are from Pottery Barn Kids. I think it turned out really pretty! It's soft and elegant and will last them for a long time, as they will be in this room for longer than Norah was. 

I love their canvases, and these sweet wooden name signs I ordered on etsy. Probably my favorite pieces of the room!

I really like how this dresser turned out. I really love the mirror and lamp with the lace pink shade (both from Pottery Barn Kids also). And their newborn/family photos turned out so nice!

The giraffe picture I got a long time ago, before we even found out it was twins, from Hobby Lobby. The white flowers on the other wall are from Target, and the framed floral picture is from Megan Carty Art, which is really neat because she also made the "You are my sunshine" picture that was in Norah's nursery and is now in her big girl room.

The cards on the far top left are from their great grandma. She loves to make cards, and the cards she gave them when they were born were so pretty and matched the room so well that we framed them. The wooden rocking horse was from my nursery when I was a baby, and the animal giraffe was made by my great grandmother, who passed away the week before Norah was born.  The lamb is what my mom gave me when we found out we were pregnant with Norah, and we've used it to take all three of the girls monthly pictures with. 

I'm also so thankful for their huge closet!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summer pool inauguration.

Summer is officially here- we broke out Norah's pool! 

Norah had a great time and it was fun to watch her play!

And here's our little cuties in the bathtub!

Monday, June 12, 2017

"And we'll have fun, fun, fun..."

For some reason, when I was thinking about what to call this post, I thought of "Fun, Fun, Fun" by the Beach Boys. While maybe the rest of the family was having fun, Lucy probably didn't think so by the following pictures, and Ellory was just sleeping through it all. Ha.

This is the first time in their sit up seats! (The Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat is one of my favorite baby items! Norah used hers all the time, and I made sure to buy another one when we found out we were having twins.) They have only sat in them a couple times, and Lucy pulls the following face each time.

Ellory had just woken up and was too tired to care, and just leaned over and went back to sleep.

Hopefully Lucy will grow to like it! It's funny to see how different twins are already- they aren't often doing the same thing!

We went to a "summer celebration" in a neighboring town on Saturday, and had lots of fun! Norah had the most fun with inflatables and train rides. Lucy and Ellory basically slept through the entire outing, except Lucy woke up for a few minutes to give me these beautiful pictures. 

Ellory was, once again, sleeping. (I try to wrap burp rags around the head piece to catch spit up, because washing the car seat pads is a bugger, in case you were wondering.)

In the few minutes that Lucy was awake, I had to take her out and put on her new summer sun hat. Super cute, right? She obviously loved it.

Norah and Daddy waiting for the train ride!

Norah seems so much bigger this summer. (I'm sure a lot of that has to do with having two tiny babies!) It's been so fun to watch her be brave and do independent things. Seeing her jump on the train by herself and dive into an inflatable full of kids she doesn't know makes me so happy that she is growing up and doing things on her own. Watching her have fun is better than having fun myself!

You rock those shades, Norah. :)

"Well she got her daddy's car and she cruised through the hamburger stand now..."

Love her face in this picture! Having so much fun!

Norah loves to point out every type of vehicle on the road- trucks, motorcycles, excavators, cement trucks, etc. This loader inflatable was a hit!

Having three girls is pretty awesome!