Three months

14 Nov

Written Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

3 mONTHS

(Anna top, Elise bottom – and it is going to get tougher to shape these girls into numerals)

Wow! Three months! Some days, I can’t believe it’s been 3 months already. Other days, I can’t believe it’s only been 3 months so far.

Anna and Elise really are good babies; 90 percent of the time they eat well, fuss very little and go down for naps and sleep easily. But both girls have their moments that make everyday life a little trying, especially lately – likely because of growing pains.

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Likes: Being held and rocked; kisses from Dexter; grabbing or holding onto things; swatting at their soft, noise-making toys; being flown around the room by Daddy. Anna loves her Nuk. Elise loves her hands.

Girls toys

Dislikes: Being hungry; tummy time; seeing Mommy or Daddy leave the room.

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Weights: Both girls are about 8 lbs, 9 oz, up another pound and a half since last month. (Side note: As soon as the girls reached about 8 lbs, they started sleeping longer at night—going 8 even 9 hours between their last feeding before bed and their first feeding in the middle of the night. Woo hoo!)

Lengths: No clue. But definitely a bit longer than last month.

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Milestones: Both girls had their first illness (diarrhea and near dehydration) and their first trip to the emergency room the day after their 2-month immunizations. They also slept for longer stretches and woke up for feedings fewer times in the night on several occasions. Anna and Elise now recognize Mommy and Daddy by their voice and occasionally by their face. They also are cooing all the time now.

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The girls transitioned from the Pack N Play in our room to the crib in their room this month—and they slept for almost 8 hours straight the first night!

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They discovered their hands and fingers about a week ago and can’t stop wringing them or putting them in their mouths. They also grab and hold onto toys (or bat at them if they are hanging above) and put those in their mouths too.

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(Watching “Sesame Street” on YouTube)

Eating: A combination of breast milk and formula—about 75-80 percent breast milk and 20-25 percent formula.

Wearing: Some newborn-sized clothing, some 0-3 and 3-month clothing; folded cloth diapers during the day with diaper covers and size 0 all-in-one snap-up fleece diapers at night (now on a bigger snap).

Anna snowsuits

Nicknames: Anna Banana, Elisey Bean, Peanut. New this month, Pea, Li’l Pea, Li’l Sweetie, Goober, Goober Face and Goober Monster.

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I am so privileged to be mama to these two amazing little girls. There is so much I want to show them, do with them and teach them. Here’s a smattering, inspired by my friend Carin over at The Baby Doctor’s Wife:

  • Mommy and Daddy love you with all of their hearts. You are so special to us. You are the manifestation of our deep love and adoration for one another.
  • Dexy loves you, too. He might only kiss you when you have food on your face, but he really loves you. He comes running to find Mommy whenever you are crying and she’s not in the room.
  • Be thankful. Big or small, there’s always something to be grateful for.
  • Listen. And think before you speak.
  • Never stop being silly. And don’t take yourself or life too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself.
  • Challenge yourself. You almost always will reap rewards from taking the lesser-traveled path up the mountain than the well-traveled one.
  • Never be afraid to share your feelings.
  • Get involved. Whether you choose to take dance lessons, play sports or play music, do something in your spare time; it will probably lead to lifelong hobbies. (Mommy hopes you enjoy singing and running, like she does. Daddy hopes you’ll be soccer or tennis players.)
  • Play outside. There’s nothing better than fresh air.
  • Learn to cook. Don’t worry, Mommy will teach you!
  • We are your parents. You might not like what we have to say, but you should know we have your best interests at heart.
  • You can always come home. Even when you’re all grown up, our door is always open.
  • Time spent together is better than no time spent together. So, even when you’re older and have friends or even families of your own, we’ll be glad to see you even if only for a half-hour.
  • Learn to love animals—dogs especially. They will return your love and affection ten-fold.
  • Ask for help. You might feel silly, but you’re not perfect and you’re always learning.
  • Smile. You’re never fully dressed without it.
  • Give to others. Whether you give of your time, your money or your talent, take time to give of yourself to those (or a cause) in need.
  • Stop and smell the roses. The world is a beautiful, incredible place. Take a minute to absorb it and live in the moment once in a while.

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Happy quarter-birthday, li’l peanuts! We love you!

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13 Responses to “Three months”

  1. laws2293 November 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    They are so adorable! I can’t believe how big they’ve gotten. Doesn’t seem like they should be three months old yet.

    • kaylabee18 November 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

      Thank you. I know, right? Seriously, where does the time go?

      • laws2293 November 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

        You’re welcome. I know. Mine will be four months on the 22nd. I still feel like she should be a few weeks old. Time goes way too fast.

  2. mindy @ just a one girl revolution. November 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    God, they’re too freaking precious. ❤

  3. thebabydoctorswife November 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    I am so obsessed with them! I can’t remember, are they identical?

    I love your hopes for then! So beautiful. Xo

    • kaylabee18 November 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

      Hee hee! No, they aren’t, but you’d think they were, wouldn’t you? Now that Elise has caught up to Anna in size, even Chris and I get them confused from time to time. 🙂

      • thebabydoctorswife November 15, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

        They look SO much the same! They are both just so beautiful and I adore the photo of you sitting on the floor holding them both. Do they sleep in the same crib together? I am so fascinated by twins!

      • kaylabee18 November 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

        For now, they do, yes, and they will until they are too big or start to roll a lot, I think.

  4. Lisa @ Lisa Living Well November 15, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    They’re so beautiful and look like such happy babies! Every day must feel like such a blessing. 🙂

    • kaylabee18 November 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      It really is, Lisa. They bring me so much joy. 🙂

  5. beckykearney November 15, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    My goodness… your girls are so adorable! Great pictures in this post, I just love their facial expressions. They are growing really well it seems. Good job, momma! 🙂

    • kaylabee18 November 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Thanks honey! Their faces seriously slay me. I love it.

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