Saturday, April 30, 2016

Lola & Brooks - 6 Months Old!

Our sweet babies are already 6 months old!

Seriously, how has it already been 6 months?! Time certainly stood still when they were in the NICU, but since they've been home, life has been crazy fast!

So here's a little about them right now: (Keep in mind they're 4 months corrected)

Lola is 12 lbs- 4oz and Brooks is 12 lbs- 2 oz. He's finally caught up to her! For comparison she was 9 lbs- 6 oz and he was 7lbs-12 oz at their 4 month checkup. I think he will pass her by in a few weeks (if he hasn't already!).

Lola was 23.75" long and Brooks was 23.5". So close! 
(I never thought they'd actually ever be the same size!)

Brooks was the 'winner' in this one with a 41 cm head compared to Lola at 40 cms.

Both babies are around the 2nd to 5th %-tile for their actual age. (Meaning, out of a hundred babies, they'd be the second to fifth smallest.) But remember, they're due date was mid-December, so they're just like 4 month old babies. For their corrected age, they range from 25th to 50th %-tiles. That was great news for us!

The babies are currently in 0-3 month clothes but are SO CLOSE to getting into 3-6 month clothes. They are in size 1 diapers, but I think this may be our last box before moving up to a size 2. Both wear a size 0 shoe (even though they rarely wear shoes).  

When the babies were smaller, we added oatmeal cereal to their bottle to help with their severe reflux (NICU orders). Well, time went on and when we realized they probably could do without the cereal, they had already developed a preference for it. I made them (just) milk bottles and they basically threw them back at me! Ha! They take anywhere from 4 to 6 ounces every 3-4 hours. They are both holding their own bottle now -- best milestone ever! We've started introducing solids at dinnertime -- So far we've tried pears and applesauce. They're about as excited as we are. (Check out my latest Instagram video -- Brooks just loves to spit all of his food out!)  Just thinking about feeding two babies, cleaning up after two babies, and then bathing two babies just makes me tired!   

Hallelujahhhhh -- Both babies are sleeping through the night! They both sleep 10-12 hour stretches. Bedtime is around 7:30 pm and they both sleep until 6:00-7:30am. They still occasionally wake up a time or two (maybe once or twice a week?) but they easily go back to sleep. They LOVE their sound machines! Brooks likes to be lightly swaddled in his muslin blanket and Lola doesn't like to be covered at all.

Since the babies now sleep longer at night, they nap less during the day. (Oh those first few "newborn" weeks -- They napped ALL day!) They love to lounge on their Twin-Z Pillow, jump in their jumperoo, or above all, just be held. They rarely cry unless they're hungry --We're pretty lucky! They're pretty easy-going when we try to go out for the day. They love car rides and they're usually pretty content. Strangers always comment how "good" they are. They both love to be worn in my Solly wrap. If they're full and being held, they're the happiest little babies on the planet! 

They both have the sweetest little personalities. They both LOVE to smile. Lola was always nicknamed the "diva" while in the NICU but she's turned into the sweetest little baby. She just loves to be cuddled and held. She's a Daddy's girl -- he can always get her to smile! ...And of course Brooks is a Mama's boy. He loves his mama and I just eat it up. We call him the little "flirt" because he always flashes that little sideways grin at all the ladies. ;) I can't really say one one is better or fussier than the other. It changes daily, but overall, we have two really good babies and we couldn't be more thankful! It makes having two babies just a little easier!

They both hate tummy time and their weekly occupational therapy. 

Both babies are starting to explore and grab for toys, especially in their jumperoo.

Brooks is much closer to sitting than Lola. He can sit by himself if you prop him with his arms/hands and he's not already tired.

Both babies can roll from stomach to back. Tummy time is a definite challenge!

Both LOVE to jabber and talk. I swore Brooks said "Mama" one day -- even LK heard it! :P

Both babies ADORE Lily Kate! She loves them and is SO proud when strangers talk to us... "We have twins!"
I honestly have to say that the whole "twin" thing isn't nearly as bad as we thought. It's actually kind of fun! We're so thankful for them both and we couldn't imagine life without either now. 

I still have posts of their birth story, my fertility journey, and their NICU stay all under progress. I hope to get those up really soon!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Cuddle+Kind: Help End Childhood Hunger

I am so happy to share with you this awesome company, Cuddle+Kind. As as designer, I have a trained eye to  immediately notice little details -- and these little cuties do not disappoint! Their adorable (I mean adorable) 100% premium natural cotton dolls are hand-knit in Peru by skilled artisan women, which in turn provides them with a sustainable, fair-trade income. The dolls are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and have a high stitch count for durability and safety. That's enough to make you go run and buy one, right?? 

But here's the best part: 
For every doll purchased, 10 meals are provided to children around the world! Cuddle+Kind has set a goal to provide 1,000,000 meals each year to hungry children. Can you imagine what kind of impact that is making?

Monday, April 4, 2016

Building Our "Forever Home" - Part 1

I'm not sure if we're just stupid or crazy, but yes, we are building a home during ALL the chaos in the first year with the twins. We bought our land 3-4 years ago and we've been saving, waiting for the right time to build our "forever home". It just so happens that 'right time' was this year. We started working on our plans in late 2014, almost finished by spring 2015... and BAM (in my best Emeril impression) - we found out we were pregnant with twins the week before Easter! We scrapped the whole plan. It took us about 9 months with myself being on bed rest and the twins in the NICU to get the plans finished and like we wanted. Trust me, there was a whole lot of, "Ashley, can we please work on the plans today" and "I don't feel like it" going on. Ha!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Free Printable: "He has Risen"

I can't believe Easter is one week away! I've been in a creative slump and finally got on my computer today during the babies' nap time.. first time in months! I created a new Easter print for my shop, but decided to also share it with you guys! 

View and download the 8x10 version HERE and the 5x7 version HERE.
 If you download it, please leave a comment letting me know -- and I'll know to offer more printables on my blog! Enjoy! xo

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Preschool Girl's Easter Basket

 Lily Kate is now four years old. She's getting a little harder to buy for since it seems like she has everything a little girl would want. Since her birthday is 4 days away from Christmas I always like to try and make Easter feel special for her. I also like getting "something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read". These are some of our picks for LK's Easter basket!

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Baby's First Easter Basket (Twin Edition)

We're almost two weeks away from Easter! I'm really loving all of these "first" holidays with the twins. This is their last "first" big holiday (cue the tears), so I'm really having fun with it. I'm also obsessed with coordinating their baskets -- like a twin mother would! I'm sharing some of our picks for the twins' first Easter basket... (But since we have boy/girl twins, it's relevant to anyone with a little babe!)

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Newborn Essentials (Twin Edition)

We're over two months deep into taking care of the twins at home. We've finally nailed a system down where life is pretty manageable again. We're starting to go out more and we're getting a solid 6+ hours of sleep a night. (Most of the time 8-10 hours!) Below are a few products that have made our life so much easier... I consider all of these "must-haves" for all newborns -- but especially twins and preemies!

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1. Baby Brezza Formula Pro One Step Food Maker
Our Baby Brezza has been a lifesaver! It's basically a Keurig for baby formula. With two hungry, crying twins that are ready to eat now, a push of a button has a perfectly prepared and warmed bottle in about 10 seconds! (I have been pumping since the twins were born but we still have to supplement with formula. We like to use it for the nighttime feeds!)