Our newest addition: Baby #3!

Welcome to the world, Jacqueline Brielle!

Born: Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm

Exactly 38 weeks gestation (EDD was July 29th!)

Weight: 7 lbs 1.2 oz

Length: 20 inches

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We LITERALLY are so in love with our baby girl. We can’t stop staring at her and the days feel like they’re flying by. 

With the boys, I think the combination of being first-time parents, the fact that there were TWO of them, and their preemie status all contributed to our extra worries, overwhelm, and exhaustion, leaving us little energy to enjoy that beginning stage as much as we are enjoying it now.

Here we are with baby girl and I am trying my hardest to soak in every moment with her. We know all too well that these days are fleeting and she will never be as young as she is today! We look at how grown the boys are and can’t believe how fast time flew. So no matter how exhausted we are (oh boy are we drained) or how challenging it is to juggle three kids, we always take the time to just breathe in the moment and embrace everything about it.

Smooth and healthy pregnancy + delivery

I can’t believe I’m saying this. But everything from pregnancy & delivery, and now at postpartum went/is going SO WELL. I wish I had time to write about each.

What I will say is that we are incredibly grateful for this smooth and healthy experience, and now baby girl is just growing so beautifully. I mean hubby and I are literally looking at each other in shock at how fast time is whizzing by and that we are actually LOVING this newborn stage!

How are the boys adjusting?

They definitely love their new baby sister. Initially, they here HYSTERICAL when she cried, even imitating her with each cry she let out! They are so sweet to look for her each morning and right when they get home from preschool.

Jer loves to hold her. He asks, “Can I hab (have) it?” Then he hold her like a sweet big brother, but is quick to remove his hands from under her and say, “I’m done!”

Adrian loves to stare and observe her, but he has yet to hold her! He giggles when she makes noises, but just likes watching her from afar.

Baby’s First Two Weeks

I can’t even comprehend how amazing she is. Here’s just a brain dump of all the things we love about her:

  • She makes the most adorable faces!!! (They could also be gas, but oh well!)
  • She also makes the cutest noises! Purrs, barks, and tiny sighs.
  • She is such a sweet baby – only crying to be fed or changed. (I do believe this is a function of the first two weeks. Things could easily take a 360 on us next week!)
  • She is so cuddly! Although she is super tiny and fragile. Resting her on my chest while reclined on our sofa is my favorite.
  • She has SO MUCH HAIR! Oh my goodness it’s so dark and there’s the tiniest wave in it. I’m hoping it’s thick, luscious, and wavy!!!
  • She pooped SO MUCH in that first week. I think we went through an entire pack of diapers. =P

That’s all for now, folks! I’m hoping to pop back in right away because the boys turn FOUR next week! Holy cow!

 

Burp cloths and teethers and bibs, OH MY!

You know when someone wins a raffle and says, “Oh my gosh! I never win anything!?”

Well… I officially have become that person and can no longer say I never win anything!

Thanks to Egg to Eggi‘s super awesome giveaway, I (or rather, the boys) am the proud owner of some amazing, handmade, great quality baby gear!

We’re talking stylish, unique, and functional teethers, bibs, burp cloths, and crib sheets!

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5 things I wish my preemie babies would know

It’s Prematurity Awareness Day and I want to cry and celebrate at the same time.

My tears are for every baby who has ever been born too early, for every parent who has unexpectedly welcomed a baby too soon, and for every NICU nurse fighting for these tiny soldiers.

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My joy is from how proud I am of my own two premies for being brave and strong, and being a source of pure happiness and inspiration.

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Caring for sick twin babies: Five tips

The boys were sick the past few days and we had to stay home from work to care for them. For part of that time, we tag-teamed it up and one of us stayed at home while the other went to work, then we switched. While I was alone, I realized there was a lot to learn about caring for twin babies who are sick. Here are five of them that really stood out to me:

#1) Put Frozen (or other favorite movie) on repeat

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In the past three days alone, we’ve watched Frozen at least 3,849,102 times. I lost track. What I really need is to figure out how to get just the SONGS on repeat. The boys will go from freaking out, screaming banshees to frozen (no pun intended), quiet little boys with their mouths wide open as they stare at the screen.

#2) Break all food rules

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What does that mean? Eat food in non-food zones? Play with a container of crackers even though it may (and will) break open and crumbs will scatter everywhere? Eat 512 puffs in one sitting? Whatever it takes, DO IT. Yes, you’ll pay for it later, whether in the clean up or in the reverting back to good habits. But when I see how excited those little addicting rice crackers are, I can’t help but continue passing them along to the boys. Plus, they really lost their appetites when their sicknesses hit them, so I just go with any way to get food in em.

#3) Break all sleeping rules

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Ok, this is a hard one for me. We are extremely adamant about enforcing the boys’ sleeping and nighttime schedules. They have pretty set areas for nap time, for example. They sleep on small pillows in our family room for their early morning naps and in their cribs for their long afternoon naps. But when the babies are sick, recovery trumps routine! Monkey #1 spent almost the entire Sunday sleeping in our bed. It was heartbreaking to see him so miserable and tired, so he could hog the entire king bed all he wanted.

#4) Reunite the babies

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Once the “contagious period” has cleared (or at least you think it has), put the twins back together! The boys don’t show it all the time, but they definitely have grown very much used to each other and I really believe they feel better once they are near each other again. It’s a twin thing. They belong together. Separation is no bueno.

#5) Get help

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Being outnumbered SUCKS! It’s hard enough caring for twin babies alone. Is it possible? Yes. But it’s triply and quadruply (are those words?) hard to care for them when they’re sick!!! They are clingy, and fussy, and needy, and whiney… the CRYING! OH, THE CRYING! It’s amazing how much they scream when you simply put them down or walk away. And it not only breaks my heart to hear the crying, but I know they are sick so there is almost no exception for tending to their needs. Having an extra pair of hands to help hold, soothe, and care for the babies with you is essential to maintaing sanity. And look! They bring food (and sometimes boba) with them!!! Shoutout to Auntie Ninang for coming to the rescue!

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Do you have other tips and tricks for caring for sick babies/toddlers? Tell me!!! I need to know!!!

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***Disclaimer: These pieces of advice are for FUN ONLY and are not actual medical advice! Seek your pediatrician or a nurse for advice immediately if your baby is sick!!!***