The twins at 8 months

AJ & JT @ 8 months

AJ & JT @ 8 months

The twins @ 8 months

 The boys are eight months old! They are two-thirds of the way to their first birthday. Incredible. These monkeys are getting louder, more mobile, funnier, more social, bigger, cuter, and sillier! We’re getting more and more confident bringing the boys out. We even went to an NBA game over the weekend (see recap below)! We are very brave… or just crazy:)

Things they’re doing: These days, you can find them sitting on their own for a couple of seconds (before a wobble or, more tragically and hilariously, a face plant). They light up when someone gives them attention. They laugh, giggle, and “talk” when you do the same. They’re “talking” is really a lot of baby babbling, but they’re actually making different sounds than before. We hear a lot of sounds beginning with a “d” or a “b” and the noises are sometimes accompanied by a lot of spit since they seem to be blowing raspberries at the same time. When they’re not getting what they want, you’ll hear them probably from the neighbor’s house as their lungs are truly capable of screaming beyond belief and their voices can reach pitches unheard of. They seem to have fun when being held in a position to extend their legs and “stand.” They also react and light up to their reflection in the mirror.

Stats update: At a previous visit to the doctor, they weighed in at about 18 lbs, but we won’t know until their nine-month check-up how long they measure.

Sleeping update: Even though both boys are sleeping pretty much the entire night, they will wake up (usually between 3 am and 4:30 am) and either start babbling or fussing/whining. Sometimes it turns into a full blown cry, but it also subsides soon enough for me to not intervene and let them wait until the usual 5:45/6 am when we first get them and give them their first bottle of the day. We may need sleep training in reverse: How to keep babies from being early risers! I mean, I love waking up early in the morning to get my day started, but I’m cool with 6/7 am, not 3/4 am!!!

Eating update: The boys are still mostly on breastmilk/formula, although I recently decided to stop pumping (will discuss this decision later. I actually have been wanting to write a post on breastfeeding/pumping overall. Hope it happens!) They boys eat baby food twice at daycare, but that’s about it. We haven’t been too successful with feeding baby food at home and need to really crank that up. I did make food myself for the first time thought! I microwaved sweet potatoes, pureed them and added some breastmilk, and the boys seemed to like them enough. Looking forward to making more food at home. The pre-packaged baby food is sure adding up and I would MUCH rather make food from scratch. My reasons for not doing so are being lazy and not having enough time, but I need to really stop with the excuses if I want to start our babies off right!

See more monthly updates HERE!

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AJ @ 8 months

AJ @ 8 months

Adrian Joseph

This boy has conversations with us! Just a few days ago, I started responding to some of the noises he makes (not really noises, but actual, intentional sounds, just not actual words). What I found out was he was either imitating me back or responding. We would each make a one syllable sounds/noise (mine was “Hey”) and it went back and forth for quite a while! I thought it may have been a coincidence, but the hubs witnessed it not once or twice, but a few times, and he’s even done it himself! We’ve also done it in the car while AJ was in his carseat facing the rear and we are in the front. Super cute and amazing. Need to capture on video ASAP!

Other than that cool new thing, AJ has been overall pretty mellow, but don’t let that fool you! He can definitely scream his lungs out when he’s frustrated or not getting what he wants right away.

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JT @ 8 months

JT @ 8 months

Jeremiah Tyler

This boy is full of DRAMA! He is definitely more fussy, intense, and crazy than his brother. They both cry and fuss, but for some reason, JT almost always needs to be held and throws a fit when you walk out of the room. He love to reach and grab things he sees, which is very adorable and also very dangerous! We really have to watch out what the boys can touch. Very soon, we’re going to have to baby proof the house finally. Before we know it, they’ll be mobile and exploring and getting into things we never thought they’d get into! Funny fact: JT loves the NuWave oven sitting on our island in the kitchen! Every time I walk by, he reaches out and wants to just bang his hands on top. I try use these little quirks to my advantage. For example, while I prepare a bottle, I’ll sit JT on the island in front of the NuWave while supporting his back and then use my free hand to get a bottle ready (yes, I have skills, I know). Other times, I’ll prop up one of the babies sitting by my leg while I change the other’s diaper. This is to really promote them sitting on their own.

I feel bad that we are not around more to help the babies with these milestones. I know they practice at daycare, but there are a lot of other kids there who need attention, too. I wish I could spend all day helping the boys sit better and even work on crawling. But those milestones will all get here when they need to and soon we’ll wish they would stay in one place just like they still do (unless they are scooting away or rolling back and forth enough to move across the room!).

JT was sick last week, but thankfully he is fully recovered!

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Something fun I saw online a while ago and wanted to make my own version! It’s crazy that these boys were once in my belly. I never thought I’d say this, but there are times that I miss bed rest! No, I do not miss the limitations/restrictions I had, I don’t miss the back pain, I don’t miss the medication and endless visits to the doctor/hospital, I don’t miss all the pregnancy complications and scares… But I miss how easy it was to take care of the monkeys in my belly – I didn’t need to do anything! They ate, slept, pooped and peed (gross, I know) in my belly. They stayed in one place and I always knew they were there. I could take a nap anytime of the day, have my family cater to my every need, and I caught up on a ton of TV!

Look at them now. It’s seriously a blessing and miracle that they are here. And what’s even more beautiful is how healthy and happy they are! We are so grateful for these two.

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I recently made the decision to stop pumping breastmilk. This was a very tough decision for me as breastfeeding and pumping can be very emotional and sensitive topics, especially for a new mother. On one hand, I am sad that I will no longer be providing my babies with the “good stuff” (as the hubs so sweetly calls it). I actually stopped nursing a few months ago, but I still feel like a bond between my babies and I is being taken away. Pumping milk for them is something only I could do and I was so determined to do my best for them. Despite all of my sadness, however, I am relieved! Hauling around that little pump and all the parts needed was getting to be too much. Washing the parts, having to remember to bring everything I needed, planning my schedule around pumping, remembering to throw the milk in the fridge or freezer right away… I will soon be free! I will also have more time on my hands and will be able to invest the time I would normally spend pumping and washing parts to the babies or other needed tasks or even just resting. I could go on and on about this topic, so I’ll stop here and save it for a separate post!
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We brought the boys to their first the King’s game on Sunday! Tried to get on TV, but sadly we didn’t make it. We got tons of compliments on how cute the boys were from the people around us. These cuties always attract attention when we go out!
Our sign:
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The boys and their “Kings Selfie!”
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Family selfie! The boys did really well – they barely fussed and mainly just got restless. At one point, they even fell asleep! It helped a lot to wear them in baby carriers so our hands would be free. I was super nervous about bringing them to the game, but I’m glad we made it and I’m really glad we did it!
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Recovering from bed rest and a huge commitment

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Jeremiah Tyler

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Adrian Joseph

Our baby boys are still in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) because they came out a bit early (34 weeks and 5 days) and need the extra care to grow big and strong and ready to come home with us. They are each making progress each day even if it is slow and steady. Once in a while there is a setback, but we know they are in the best hands with such amazing nurses and doctors to monitor them every second of the day and give them what they need to thrive. It’s looking like Jeremiah may come home sooner than his brother. We haven’t been given an exact date yet. But that’s OK because as much as we miss them so much and want them to come home ASAP, we want them to come home when they are ready. It is so hard leaving them at the hospital, but we know they are getting the care that we cannot provide at home.

Surprisingly, our situation has sort of given us an unexpected “gift.” The hubby and I have been able to ease into our new roles as parents since we do not have them at home yet. We are using this time that we have just the two of us to finish last minute things around the house, enjoy life as just the two of us for one more stretch of time, and just slowly transitioning into a new sleep schedule. Even though the boys aren’t home yet, I am pumping breastmilk to give to the nurses to feed them. They are too little and unprepared to breastfeed just yet, but providing milk through pumping is the next best thing! They will get nutrition and protection from my milk that they cannot really get from formula. We learned that this is essential especially as they are premies and need the extra boost to grow. But pumping is a HUGE commitment! I was always 100% sure I wanted to breastfeed or pump, but now that I am doing it, I am experiencing a whole new level of exhaustion. And the boys aren’t even here yet!!! But it’s true that you’ll do anything for your kids and that is why I have fully accepted my new career and am doing all I can to establish a good supply and routine so that the boys will be fed the best. Already I am pumping a good volume and yet I can barely keep up with what they can eat! I am logging everything in (how much I produce, how long I pump, and how often I pump) so I can watch my progress.

Something I’ve been wanting to write about for so long is my experience being on bed rest for three whole months. I can’t exactly write my entire story right now, but I can tell you that beginning on May 1, 2013, I was told I needed to go onto bed rest. I was only 21 weeks pregnant at the time and already dilated 1 cm! We had just found out the sex of our babies and had no idea anything would be an issue. All I can say at this point was that we went through a very scary time. It was so difficult and trying to get through each day and week from there. There were some major ups and downs with our pregnancy from that point on: complications with the twins and issues with me. However, with an unfailing faith, the most supportive and loving family and friends, and the best medical staff, we got through each day and week and month! Along with meds to stop contractions and pre-term labor, I carried the boys a full three months 🙂 I still sneaked in a weekly photo when I could and the hopped right back into bed or onto the couch =P

Even though they were still born a month early, they reached a very good gestational age that made us so proud and relieved. The journey continues in the NICU, but it is truly a blessing to look back and see how far we’ve come. Wow, I really wish I could share the entire story, but I’ve gotta go pump! You would think that I can find time to write more, but juggling pumping, visiting our boys, staying there for a few hours, returning home to take care of ourselves… somehow the time flies! But I’m cleaning and doing all the walking I couldn’t do from May-July and I was able to start cooking again! My first real meal I prepared at home… Not the best presentation, but it beats all the eating out we’ve been doing since the boys arrived! I can’t wait to get back into shape and start running again. I will need to wait for clearance from the doc. For now, I’m just enjoying walking again and just enjoying being on my feet!

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This was me on bed rest… I finally got a smart phone and I suppose this is what they call a “selfie???”

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And some other pictures in my hot wheels! 🙂20130723_133109 2013-07-03 Appointment for fetal echo

 

I definitely overdid it after delivery. Instead of easing my way back onto my feet, once we returned from the hospital, I was cleaning and preparing and doing all sorts of stuff on my feet. Next thing I knew… I seriously blew up like nothing I’ve ever seen before! I no longer saw my ankles, my toes were super swollen, and my feet really hurt. I was worried something was wrong, but a nurse just told me to REST, REST, REST and stay off my feet, and elevate them! It is so hard to follow directions. Luckily, the swelling’s practically gone now. It’s my fingers we still have to deflate… I miss my wedding ring! 🙂

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