3 M O N T H S

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Holy Cow!  We've made it to the 3 month mark!!!  We couldn't be happier with the growth of these two.  In the past few weeks they have been baptized, got their first true colds, had their first Easter and learned that Mommy will be permanently staying home with them during the days!

U p d a t e   O n   T h e   T w i n s...
The twins and I got the sick bug this week and are just now getting over it.  Just minor colds but it still took it out of us for a few days.  Poor Alex and his STRONG immune system had to take care of all 3 of us.  It is true what they say about being a mom and putting yourself last.  Just because you're sick doesn't mean you get a sick day.  We took them in to get checked out because I was nervous about their coughs (and being less than 3 months old, they recommend that with any cough, you get them checked out).  They were just fine and the doc confirmed colds but since they were super congested we had them deep suctioned out.  They were NOT fans of that but felt incredibly better immediately after.  While we were there, we got the updated weights!  Emmy weighed 12 lbs 11 oz and Bennett weighed 14 lbs 6 oz!

Sometimes when the spit up seems unending, we strip them down and let them lounge in their birthday suits!  They seem to love it!
Case in point...
They sometimes look like little elderly people in their chairs... cracks me up.. but they LOVE their bouncy chairs!
My boy B
Emmy's faces she makes... I just love this girl.
On that note- Em's cradle cap is starting to heal up and is only dry in a small spot on her head now... thanks for all the advice from everyone!  She is also now back to regular formula after going from Soy formula to Gentlease.  I'm not sure if her digestive system is just developed more or if she just finally decided she wanted what her big brother was getting :)  They are both eating really well!  They get offered 6 ounces every 4 hours during the day and at night when they wake naturally.  Bennett will finish his bottle almost every time and Em has been eating most (4-6) each time.

So let's talk about the miracle that is the NOSE FRIDA.  I am not trying to sell this item to get commission, let's clear that up right now.  But this little lovely tool has absolutely been incredible, especially during this first cold bout.  I know they send you home from the hospital with those bulb suction deals, and I have used it a few times, but the amount of snot you can get out of their noses with the frida cannot compare.  They don't like it at the time but after I can almost always notice a difference in their breathing.

On another random note, they are starting to "talk" more and we are LOVING every minute of it!  They babble on and on in high and low pitches and I just know they are making sense to each other.  Like a secret language Alex and I can't be a part of.  It's hilarious.  Emmy has started to see Bennett, only a little but they still haven't interacted or made eye contact with each other.  I'm waiting for that glorious day.

E a s t e r...
We had an awesome Easter here in Kansas City.  My mom and sister went up north to Minnesota to visit with family, so my Dad joined Alex's family and us for the day.  We went to 11:30 mass at Holy Trinity, which was C R O W D E D, but a beautiful mass.  Then headed to Alex's grandparents for lunch.  It was their first Sunday at Church as baptized Catholics!  I didn't realize that until mass but thought it was pretty neat.  Since I obvi don't remember when that happened to me, it's just awesome to see them experience it, even though they slept through the whole thing.
In their Easter best!  Bennett's outfit is from our great friend Olivia and Emmy's dress is from my mom when she went to Mexico!  Don't be deceived by these cute spring outfits.  It was snowing when we took this picture.
U p d a t e   O n   M o m...
I've been feeling really good lately.  Really getting back to my old self, workout habits, eating habits and general life habits.  I had my last regular day of work yesterday before I start my new call position Sunday night!  I am relieved that I am now full time care for my babes during the day.  I can't wait to plan out our days, take them to the park, teach them new things, and be present with them during their wake hours.  This new shift will be challenging but sooooo beneficial for our small family.  For those of you who are still confused about my shift, here's the just:  I am on call Sunday through Thursday nights starting at 4:30 PM to 6:30 AM.  That doesn't mean I have to go in, just if they need me to finish out the day's surgeries or for an emergent case.  Otherwise, I am home.  Home with the babies.  Ahhh, I feel blessed.

Strange sensation... I don't know if any of you other mom's who have had C-Sections have ever experienced this but I sometimes have a strange twitch in or close to my incision.  I know that the healing process continues on much longer than I probably thought, but just throwing it out there in the universe.  Take it or leave it.  Not debilitating or anything, in fact majority of the time I don't even feel it.

Disclaimer: Postpartum belly pics ahead...

Time for some motivation for new moms!  Newsflash:  Your body does NOT go back to normal after giving birth, or even after 3 months!  I did belly pictures before giving birth and wish I had started these sooner.  But here is my 3 month postpartum picture.  I'm putting it out there!  Why?  Because I searched the web for pictures of ladies who had twins, with a c-section, at their 3 month mark and couldn't find much.  I wanted motivation and advice on where people were at and couldn't find it.  So I'm doing it, as uncomfortable as it makes me feel.

I'll be honest, I have felt pretty upset with my belly at times.  It's frustrating having the loose skin and stretch marks still.  I thought once I started working out again BOOM things would fall right into place!  They didn't and still haven't.  I know I had twins but it still is hard when certain pants still don't fit right and certain shirts that weren't skin tight on my belly, now are.  But the best advice I was given by someone was "it took 9 months for your body to get that way...give it 9 months to get back."  And that I will do.  My motivation for now?  Keep going.  Keep working out when you have small moments.  Jillian Michael's tapes are my saving grace for now.  When I've fed the babies, pop one in and get my workout on.  If I only get 20 minutes, hey that's more than 0.  It's damn hard.  But I know it'll be worth it.

Thanks for reading all!  Here are some more pictures to brighten your Thursday!

My boys... If you keep up with us on snapchat (mine is lpatriciaw and Alex's is alexkeith7) you would have seen this day when Alex fell asleep with Bennett sitting upright on the couch... the video still cracks me up.
His new crew neck sweatshirt.
B is now wearing 6 month clothing!  He is such a chunk and I love it.  My little Eminem baby. 
E is still in her petite 3 month clothing.  I took this picture because it was the first time she was holding onto a "toy" and I was GIDDY.  This poor girl and her teething... I can't wait until she can hold onto bigger teething toys.
I know we are Royals fans, but my family from MN got the twins these shorts and they are perfect.  We announced our pregnancy by standing in front of the Twins stadium and so it's only fitting they have some Twins gear.
Those EYES :) 
Me and my girl.  I can't get over how much she looks like a combination of my sister Anna and I.  

Until next Thursday,
Lauren B & E


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