The boys are as sweet as ever. They smile constantly and are really starting to have more personality which is really fun to watch develop. Their love for each other melts my heart on a daily basis with all the hand holding, kisses, snuggles and hair twirling I am forever snapping a picture of their brotherly affection.
The droll is never ending but there are no teeth to be seen just yet. We're back on the solid food bandwagon and most days we are really good about remembering to actually get some solid food into the boys. Can I just say it is SO difficult to add/subtract things from a routine you've been living as a cycle for the last six months? Holy cow! So far the boys have tried rice cereal (like, not love- made better with something sweet-ish mixed in) prunes (like, but looks SO gross when spit up later) peas (not a favorite, but again mixed with something sweet they are tolerable) and both banana and squash are LOVED by these boys. In terms of amount, they each eat a table spoon of cereal mixed with one ounce of formula and 1/4-1/2 of a container of fruit and the same of a vegetable. Currently we are only feeding them solids once per day most days, generally in the evenings unless it is a new food, then we feed in the morning in case there is a reaction. In addition to solids the boys get five bottles per day of 5-6oz of formula and breastfeed twice, once first thing in the morning and again right before bed at night.
They are growing- both of them- finally! I think its finally safe to put away ALL of the newborn and 0-3 month clothes. A had been wearing some, but I think its time to call it quits. H is pretty well out of 3month clothes, but 3-6 stuff still fits depending on the length. Each of them just graduated up a size in diapers A is in a two and H is in a three. A weighed in at 14lbs 4oz and was 25.5" long placing him in the 4th percentile for weight and 19th for height. H weighed 16lbs 4oz and was 27.25" long. These stats put him in the 28th percentile for weight and 78th for height. They are both growing and thriving healthy boys!
They had shots again this month and took them like champs! Generally they run a low grade fever and are pretty sleepy the afternoon/evening of immunization day and this time was no exception. H was grumpy for a couple of days, but he seems to be back to his normal self now!
A & H are still sleeping in our room at night in a shared crib. It seems like they still loving being close to mama and even more so, to each other. Whoever gets into bed first lays and stares at his brother's place in the crib.... makes my heart nearly burst every night! They are still sleeping through the night averaging 7 hours then a quick nursing/diaper change and another 2-3 hours depending on the baby and the day. It is WONDERFUL, but it makes the vary occasional wakeful night REALLY difficult. Mama has gotten very used to getting a good stretch of sleep again :) We are currently working on naps. The boys have always napped in various places, the swing, bouncy seat, boppy, my arms... you get the picture, everywhere BUT their crib(s)! I decided to work on H first, knowing he'd be easier. So far I've gotten a couple good naps out of him in the nursery (gasp!) using a sleep sack instead of a swaddle (double gasp!). Once I have him consistent, I'll throw A into the mix. I'm hoping this will just transition over to night time and will help me move them from our room into the nursery... we'll see about that!
Developmentally, the boys have hit just about every milestone for their age. We spend a lot of our days rolling around on the floor, playing with our hands/feet and playing with anything that plays music and lights up! We're still working on sitting up, but it seems like its getting super close and it will likely be one of those things that just happens one of these days. A is scooting backwards and has a lot of control over his little body-- I'm sure he'll be mobile before too long. AHHHH!
The sweetest thing these boys do is lay together and H twirls A's hair while they snuggle up together. In fact, just this week we had gone to our bedroom for bedtime and I had nursed H and he was waiting for daddy to give him in bedtime bottle right next to me as I nursed A. As soon as A got into position, H reached over and put his hand in A's hair and began twirling-- these are the moment that I sit and look at my boys and hope their love for each other is as pure and simple for all of their lives as it is in this season.