Tuesday, November 3, 2009

No nablopomo for us

There is no way we would be able to do NaBloPoMo but we are trying to blog more often. Last Friday the girls had their 3.5 month well visit. They did great! They gained the same amount of weight and now A weighs 13.3lbs and is 26 inches long while R weighs 12.14lbs and is 25 inches long. They both got 3 shots and did wonderfully! Can’t say the same for M who cried at the sight of her daughters’ discomfort. Luckily the cries from the girls only lasted for a few moments, for as soon as they were picked up the crying stopped. PHEW!

They are eating 5oz of food at eat feeding (about every 3 hours when awake) and our pediatrician said no need to add rice cereal to their diet yet so we’ll continue the 50/50 mix of breastmilk and formula. Since the girls had all the gas issues the first few months they were put on the cadill.ac of formulas - Sim.ilac Alli.mentum - lucky for us and our wallets. We will basically have to take out a second mortgage to pay for a year supply but at least it’s working! ;)

A and R are so easy to entertain these days! They will spend ample time on their activity mat then can be moved to the rain.forest jumper, last week were introduced to the Bum.bo chair or of course, a little tummy time on the floor. The game they both love the most is when we lay them next to each other on the floor and “do the Hokey Pokey”. They laugh the entire time as we “put their right leg in or their left arm out.” It is a surefire way to get them to smile. Yesterday, J had the girls in the Bum.bo chairs with the tray on it and some rattles and rings on top. R, with much concentration, intentionally grabbed the rings on the tray! It was so cute! A did as well but R was really into it! They are learning and growing so much these days! Last week, (Oct 30th) R grabbed her foot for the first time – we guess soon their little piggies will be in their mouth non stop ;) R also has a crazy trick – since she was about a month old, if you hold her in the walking position she will move one foot in front of the other like she is walking! It is soooo funny to watch because she will literally walk across an entire room! And of course, she is proud as punch when she does it. R seriously never stops moving. A is more the type to sit and listen to a story, or sit and smile on your lap, or apparently help write a blog as she just finished playing on her activity mat and is now sitting on my lap as I am typing this, just watching the letters appear on the screen.
Needless to say, it is about naptime for her and so she is pretty delirious. Speaking of naptime, the girls are getting into somewhat of a routine. It starts with one waking up first, she is breastfed laying in bed with J then given formula and then off to the activity mat while the other wakes up, is breastfed, given formula and then playtime. Minutes after the 2nd baby finished eating, the one who woke up first is ready for a nap. So right now, R is napping and A is about to be. They sleep anywhere from 30 mins to an upward of 3 hours for their naps. A, who wouldn’t nap the first 3 months of life, has become a great napper.

We spoke to our pediatrician on Friday about swaddling. We still swaddle the girls, (their arms but not their legs as they are too long for the swaddle) and he said as long as they aren’t busting out of the swaddles – as in the swaddle won’t end up around their necks or over their faces – we are fine to swaddle. They don’t sleep but 20 mins or so when they aren’t swaddled. Their flailing arms wake them up. We’d love to break the swaddling habit but don’t really know how to. We’ve read that you can swaddle with one arm out and slowly break the habit that way. Does anyone know any other ways? If you swaddle or know a child who was swaddled, how old did they swaddle until? We wanted to stop at 3 months, but we are also loving our full nights of sleep ;)


Strawberry said...

Your girls sound like they're doing so well! We swaddled Miles until he started busting out...around 3.5 months. This was around the same time he became a thumbsucker, and thus got very upset when he couldn't get a thumb into his mouth. We kept one arm out a couple nights, but he was still able to get the other out so we quit cold turkey after that and he slept just fine. Good luck!

zeebah said...

Our girls are 1 mo., 1 wk. & we've started swaddling them 1 arm out already because they get so mad when they're confined! I like reading your blog so I can see what's up ahead for us! :)

Two Moms, Two Monkeys said...

We had to stop swadling the boys while they were in the NICU at one month old because they would get so mad. Now, they sleep on our bed with just their onesie, socks and jammies (no blankets, no swaddle) and we make sure they are warm enough. At night the lil guy doesn't startle himself with his flailing arms but he does sometimes during the day when he naps, which sometimes cuts his nap short. The big guy doesn't startle (don't really remember if he ever did) so we just hope his brother grows out of it.

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Mommy and Mamita said...

I'm getting caught up on your latest posts. I love reading about the girls -- it is like a preview of what I should expect momentarily. In terms of swaddling, we have started to put our little guy in the Kiddopotumus SwaddleMe some of the time. It comes in larger sizes, but does not work as well as the Miracle Blanket, which I guess is okay when trying to break the swaddle habit. No Miracle Blanket = less sleep.

Elizabeth said...

Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog. Congrats on your babies! I've enjoyed reading your posts. My wife and I have a 17 month old toddler boy and 8 month old identical twin boys. We stopped swaddling by letting them sleep on their tummies (after determining their SIDS risk was low). They all slept much better that way.