Wednesday, November 23, 2011

3 Months

Yup, they are 3 months old. Actually they are 3 months and 1 1/2 weeks to be more precise. I started posting pictures last week and haven't gotten around to finishing up until now. Jane and Kate are getting to be so much fun though.

Jules and Libby were both taking a nap the other day so I just had the twins. We just sat there and played together and my heart was full of so much love for them. I wondered why I was so scared or sad that I was ever having twins. It is seriously so much fun having two and I hope it just gets more fun as they become older and better friends. They smile so easily now and talk to us too. About 2 weeks ago I had them lying on the floor next to each other and they were talking to each other. It was the cutest thing. Jane talks the most and smiles at us all of the time. Jane loves Jules. Jules takes a special liking to Jane because her names starts with a J just like hers. Kate smiles with her whole face. Her eyes light up and it shows throughout her whole face.

This is an older picture from when Kate was still on oxygen. I just love their tiny bums. I had my other kids sleeping on their stomachs by now but not with them. They don't seem to like it as much which I guess is good since it's not recommended by the docs.

We didn't do much for Halloween. It was a huge pain leaving the house with Kate and her oxygen. We did go to a few parties. This was a small party some friends from our old ward put on. We also went to Brett's work party at Adobe but those pictures are on my phone. (Brett has also switched back to his old job since then. Adobe didn't have any prospect of hiring him on as a full time employee. We did it for a year and he did love the job but we really need health insurance so he went back.) I was a witch just because that's the only costume I really have. I'm not a huge Halloween lover. Libby was Tinkerbell and Jules just put one of her dress-ups on. She calls it her Steeshee dress. I don't know who Steeshee is but it is what it is.

Brett holding both of the babies. They have their fussy time at night when he is home so we do a lot of this sometimes when the other is busy. We don't get much done at night since they need the extra attention then. Luckily, it is when he is home so I don't have to do it all on my own. Having both babies cry at the same time is the hardest part with having twins. Lately they have been sleeping through the night. They did it two nights in a row a few days ago then woke up again in the night for a few nights. Last night they slept through the night again so things are definitely looking good.

Kate and her tongue
I love how they both have the same shocked/surprised look. Kate is in the pink and Jane is in the yellow.
11 week old pictures.

Kate on the left and Jane on the right. We got these outfits from 2 totally different people, how funny is that? I love them, they are so cute.

This is how they sleep at night. Both on their backs with their hands stretched out to the side.

I've been pretty good about making a decent meal even with the babies. I'm home a lot more so that gives me a little more time to actually cook. We've kind of strayed away from my no cooking on Friday nights rule though. I will ask the kids what they want for dinner and Jules always says she wants chicken, pasta, and fruit. Well, we've done that a lot and I've come up with different pasta renditions but it just doesn't work to have that every night obviously. For lunch they always say they want peanut butter and jelly, mac cheese, and peaches. I never do it for lunch and tell them to choose one of them, not both. Well, one night I didn't care and I didn't want to fight the kids on finishing their food so that's exactly what I made. It was easy and I didn't have to think of a meal idea. Here is the proof.

We ended up doing canned pears instead of peaches to change it up a little and the pears were old and going bad. When Jules told Brett what we were having, Brett said we should have fruit loops too(as a joke). Well, I added some of them to our meal as well. I did make BLTs for Brett and me so it wasn't all that bad.

I was doing laundry during their fussy time so I had a baby lying on my legs and that's where she fell asleep.
13 weeks old which was 1 day before their 3 month old pictures.

Kate is obviously winning the fight.
They wore these outfits while they were in the hospital and they were huge. Now they fit perfectly but it's too cold to actually wear them. I saw a cute idea on pinterest that has the babies wearing the same outfit month after month to compare their size. That's what I'm planning on doing with these outfits. It's cute because by 12 months they are totally huge and bursting out of them.
Jules wanted to take a picture of me and then she wanted some pictures of her too. She's one crazy kid.

We didn't put Jules in preschool this year again 1)we are too cheap to pay for it, 2) I didn't want to have to worry about hauling the babies around during the cold winter months, and 3)We knew we were moving but didn't know where or when so we didn't find one in this new area. So I have taken on the roll of teaching Jules myself. I bought a book called "How to teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons". It is such a good book and teaches them to read with 15 minutes of practice each day. We have missed a few days but stick to it for the most part. She gets frustrated at times but she is learning to read and learns to write her letters along with the lessons. I love seeing how excited she gets when she reads new words. It's pretty fun but I definitely would never have enough patients to home school full time.

Kate looks like the bigger kid here but they are actually weighing pretty close to the same.
Their 2 month check up put them both in the 3 percentile. Jane weighed in at 8lbs. 11oz, 21 inches long and 14.5 inch head circumference. Kate was 8 lbs. 10 oz. 21 inches long, and head was 15 inches in circumference which made her head jump up to the 22 percentile in her head. Jane's face is longer like Jules' was and Kate's face is more round like Libby's was. It's pretty funny how their personalities are more alike also. Jane and Jules are alike and so are Kate and Libby. Jane spits up a lot and Jules spit up a ton. Jane is all around a bit more happy like Jules was. Kate and Libby are both a bit more feisty.

I have been strictly bottle feeding them with my milk. I pump 3 times a day and that gives me enough milk to last the day. They are both drinking about 4 ounces each feeding which is great. They will still nurse if I want them to or need them to which is nice. I keep them on the same feeding schedule and they will drink a bottle while they are sleeping so that's a big part of why I do bottles. They will not nurse if they are sleeping. A lot of the time one of them is crying for food while the other is still sleeping so it works best to have bottles.

We are trying this new thing with Jules and Libby so we spend some special one on one time with them. Each month on their birth date one of us will take them out by themselves. Some times we will do something special like bowling or something fun. Other times it will be that they just get to run errands with mommy by themselves and get ice cream. That's what it was for both of them this time (which was the 1st time we've done it). It's nothing special but it's something where they feel a little important. It's really sad when Jules is gone though because Libby just wanders the house bored. She will even ask to go to bed. She just doesn't know what to do without Jules. They fight like siblings but love each other like best friends too.