My First Mum's Day

Thursday, May 12, 2016

First of all, H a p p y   B e l a t e d   M o t h e r' s   D a y to anyone out there that is a mom, grandma, great grandma, etc... I now have a renewed respect [on a whole new level] for moms than I ever did before after becoming one.  My first Mother's Day was amazing.  I couldn't have felt more loved.  We didn't do anything extravagant but we didn't need to.  We started the day with a mini breakfast and gifts given!  I got the sweetest homemade gift from my family.  A beautiful canvas, painted by my husband with a handwritten poem and room for little hand prints from the twins.  Pictures below.   I loved how he let me be involved in the handprints portion.  So fun and special, something I will treasure forever.  We then went to Church and spent the rest of the day with our family at our house.  Couldn't have gone better if I had planned it.  I felt so loved and special that day.  If you texted me, thank you.  Your love means the world to me.

Little Bennett, leaving his mark on my mother's day gift. 
He was so focused and serious, it was adorable.
Little girl Emmy, showing her Momma some love on Mum's Day 
My little bears.  I think this is the first photo of all of us in awhile!  Such love. 
THAT FACE!  Ahh makes my heart flutter.

U p d a t e...
Our 4 month "well visit" went swimmingly.  Bennett is weighing in at a whopping 17 lbs and is 24.5 inches long.  Emmy is a petite 14.5 lbs and 24 inches long.  It seems like yesterday we were excited that they passed the 7 lbs mark.  They got updated on all their vaccines and we filled the Dr. in on all their accomplishments since she last saw them 2 months ago.

S l e e p i n g...
So {PRAISE} the sleeping angels for praying for our family the past few nights because the babies are sleeping through the night!!!  After having a conversation regarding feedings at night with our pediatrician, we decided they are getting plennnnnnty of food during the day to hold them over through the night.  They are just used to that feeding because babies LOVE routine.  I cannot stress this enough.  I love it though... helps me get a handle on the day and I feel slightly more prepared when there is a routine and a rough expectation of how the day will go.  Anyways. Back to the night:

 We decided to let them cry-it-out.  It took 3 nights.  I will tell you that first night was ROUGH.  They woke at their normal time for a feeding (around 3 am) and cried for almost an entire hour.  I have never felt more miserable laying there awake and wanting so badly to go in and just feed them to calm them.  But we knew they were safe and okay so we stuck it out.  Gradually, they slept longer until the 3rd night when we woke up to their cooing around 6 am.  Alex and I were ecstatic!  And oh so proud of Em and Bennett.  They've been sleeping from 7:30 pm to 6 am every night since and we are all better for it.

E a t i n g....
This week was also a big week for Emmy and Bennett's digestive systems!  We started them on some "solids".  Which I think is a hilarious term, since none of what they are eating would be considered a solid in my mind, but whatever.  It consists of a whole lot of mushy fruits, veggies and bland oatmeal baby cereal mixed with formula.  De-lish right?  I'm making it sound wayyyyy less exciting than it is. 

I am loving starting them on foods other than formula.  The first food they tried was the rice cereal and after some frustration, we decided to give bananas a go.  They LOVED them!  The faces they made were enough to have Alex and I lol-ing (laughing out loud for those of you who don't know that term).  We are introducing new foods to them every 3 days.  Next were sweet potatoes, and who doesn't love sweet potatoes??? They ate those faster than the bananas!  It was tricky getting them to learn what to do with the food once they got it in their mouths, but they caught on quickly.  My husband told me this week that humans use 27 different muscles for swallowing food rather than liquids.  Crazy! Anyways- we work with them at every feeding after their bottles with solids so they can get used to it.  I know it's a work in progress, but that's why we have forever to practice eating right?

Have a great Friday everyone!  Here's some pics to start your weekend off right! :)

Lauren, E&B
Daddy and his baby girl.  This photo makes me so happy... he loves her more than anything in the world.
Bennett's thighs tell all sorts of stories.  Buddy.. We were so pumped his new converse fit him from Kimberly!
That pout... Such a babe. 
Emmy in her new dress!  So modest......
B has become quite the selfie master.  He also remains my favorite snuggle partner.
THIS DEER.  Emmy LOVES her deer her auntie Anna bought her at Anthropologie.  She will hold onto her as she falls asleep.  At 4 months old.  It blows my mind.
My tired boy, fell asleep on daddy outside in the middle of the afternoon.  Caught him right before the eyes closed.
Their first attempted "selfie"
How I find them most days... Her kicking him all over.  And he doesn't ever seem to mind.
Bennett, with the hands in the mouth, always.
HAMS.  Both of em.
Found her like this.... also not uncommon.

1 comment:

  1. Awww! What cuties. It must have been such a treat for you to experience your first Mother's Day. What an awesome thing to be able to go through. Keep us posted on the family and let us know how things are coming along for you. Take care and God bless!

    Malachi Cates @ Indian Crest Pediatrics


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