Sleep training success!

The boys went to sleep for the night at 6:45 pm.

Six.Forty.Five.

The sun was still up! I didn’t know what to do first: eat, drink, cook, bake, prepare work lunches, shower, watch TV, watch an entire movie…

We started sleep training two weeks ago and it has been amazing. If you’re interested in how we did it, check out my post on sleep training here!

I was hesitant to sleep train at first for two reasons: 1) I believed sleep training meant CIO (cry it out) until the babies pass out from exhaustion and I couldn’t bear the thought of doing that, and 2) I learned that even after successfully sleep training babies, they go through dreaded “sleep regressions” due to growth spurts and being more alert and stimulated.

After doing some research and finding a sleep training method I agreed with, we did it! The past week has been wonderful. The boys are in bed early, giving us time to eat, clean up, and catch up on TV shows and watch movies!!! We’ll ride this wave as looooong as we can.

What we’ve been up to lately…

Adrian finding new ways of playing with the standing mobile:

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Our family room turned activity-slash-exersaucer-slash-bouncer-center:

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We’re going out for more walks!

The weather was beautiful over the weekend. We hit the 80s!

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Gonna have the boys enjoy sitting in this figuration before their feet are too long…

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If you were to ask me what is “music to my ears,” it would be a hard decision between the boys’ laughter/giggles and…

SILENCE!!!

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There are few things that beat the image of a sleeping baby. So precious, helpless, and perfect:

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Check out the cribs…

The boys’ nursery has a new crib arrangement!

We initially had their cribs on opposite sides of the room like this. Then the boys’ Lolo (hubs’ dad) suggested this option. I love the idea of the boys being next to each other and eventually being able to see each other through their cribs. Shot out to our good friends Ryan & Jo for our beautiful maternity photos. We had them put onto canvases and they are now up in the nursery! You can see the rest of our maternity shoot here!

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Well, I’m off to go and do something else because… it’s only 8:30! Watch out, I may sneak out and paint the town pink…

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The twins at 7 months | Sleep training, eating solids, and helmets!

AJ & JT @ 7 months

AJ & JT @ 7 months

The twins @ 7 months

Another month gone by! It’s amazing how we got here. We’re so happy and blessed, but can’t say we’re not exhausted and stressed! We’re grateful that the boys continue to grow healthy and happy. They’re so big! And they’re really showing major differences in personality. Adrian is really the mellow one who can self-soothe and remain calm until he absolutely needs something. Jer, on the other hand, has been extremely clingy and fussy, always whining! He is definitely still very playful, but he seems to always need someone there. We feel guilty when we are trying to get stuff done around the house and cannot just sit there and play all day, but then we have to really drop everything just to give them all our attention because the boys are our priority!

Sometimes when I get really stressed because I’m trying to do something, I ask myself if what I’m doing will really matter in 5-10 years from now. No, it will not matter  that the sink was always empty or that the floors were always swept or that I returned every e-mail. But what will matter is the time we spent showing our boys how much they are loved and giving them our all in raising them to be good people. It will matter how we spent the few precious hours we now have each day with them because one day, they will barely be around as teenagers and adults and we’ll miss how much they needed us during this time of their lives. 

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Adrian @ 7 months

Adrian @ 7 months

Adrian Joseph

Stats: not sure, but at LEAST more than 17 lbs!

  • The mellow one! He can self-soothe, which helps a whole lot (thumb-sucker)
  • He has this cute thing where he laughs if you nudge him or touch a part of him, even if he’s not making eye contact with you. It’s as if he knows you’re there and he grins because he knows you’re trying to get a laugh out of him. Then I’ll call his name and he’ll look right at me with a big smile! Oh, the smiles and laughs are the best.
  • He got a boo boo on his head from his new helmet (which I’ll talk about in another post). We hope it doesn’t scar!
  • He is eating so well! He opens his mouth when a spoonful of baby food gets near. Love it! But with food comes great poops. Yikes.

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JT @ 7 months

JT @ 7 months

Jeremiah Tyler

Stats: not sure yet, but at least 17 lbs!

  • This boy has been super fussy and clingy lately! It’s as if nothing will make him happy sometimes! He’ll even continue to fuss and whine when he is being held! Some answers have been that he is just super hungry (at 10 oz within an hour!) or he is tired.
  • He likes to stand and keep his knees locked so it looks like he’s “standing” well as he is being held. Both boys actually like to stand and bounce and especially play with the floor mobile because it is at their height.
  • Jer is not eating as well as Adrian, but he is getting better
  • He is a pterodactyl/zombie. All in one breath, he can screech at a super high pitch and then have a raspy zombie voice. It’s the cutest creepy thing.
  • Sleeping BETTER, but for some odd reason, he’s been waking up at exactly 2:30-2:45 am the past few days! He’ll just start babbling or even begin to cry, but will stop within a few minutes.
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Sleep training & the morning rush
We followed the Ferber method for sleep training and began last week (I cheated and read THIS blog post to familiarize myself with the concept). It has been going pretty well! We put the boys down for bed between 7:45 and 8 pm and they wake up at 5 am, but luckily we don’t need to go into their room until almost 6 am. They’ll just talk and babble for the hour they first wake up, which is nice because it gives me time to pump and get ready for work and prepare things needed for day care. Even though we do a lot of prep at night, there are still things to gather in the morning. It’s such a rush! I feel like I’m in a marathon, constantly moving and trying to make use of every minute I have. I never understood why my co-workers who are parents felt like work is their “break,” but now I get it. It’s a place away from the chaos and madness from home, even though you love your children so much, it gets overwhelming and you do need time away!
Eating solids
The boys are eating a variety of foods, although they’re not on any set schedule. They’ve tried peas, green beans, squash, sweet potato, prunes, pears, apples, and bananas! It’s all Gerber so far. I tried once to make sweet potato from scratch, but never completed the recipe even though it’s way too easy. I also tried feeding them banana straight from the source, but they weren’t too fond of it. I read that it can take up to 10 tries of a certain food for them to like it, so I just need to continue offering the foods and hopefully with their changing taste buds and getting used to things, they’ll soon enjoy it! It’s also helpful that daycare is helping us feed the boys, so they have more practice there.
Baby riders in training!
We got the boys helmets to practice wearing snowboarding gear so that they will be pros by the time we bring them to Tahoe next season…
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Ok, ok, I’ll talk about the helmets in another post and explain =)
I really wish I had all the time in the world to blog… I have so much I want to write about! Not gonna lie, 90% of it is all baby. But what can you expect when my life is all baby right now! But at least I get to update when I can and I’m happy that this blog will serve as an online keepsake of my life during this time and (hopefully) the boys will be able to see what their lives were like as babies:)
See more twin monthly updates HERE!

A champ and the daycare search begins

Ah, my new morning routine. Good ol’ Trader Joe’s has me hooked on their Mocha Cappuccino. It’s so delicious and I limit myself to one cup a day (ok, sometimes two) and I drink right as I pump so I feel better knowing the caffeine isn’t going too much into the boys’ milk. By the way, isn’t this one cool cup? Got it from my sister🙂

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I just want to say, “WHAT A CHAMP!” to our Adrian boy. He had a doctor’s appointment last week that was really hard on him. I can talk about it now because he is in the clear – as a newborn, he didn’t pass his hearing test on his left ear, although he did on his right. He had a follow up test, which he failed again. He had yet another follow up test, but the test was incomplete because he woke up halfway through (he needed to sleep through it). He finally and one last attempt at a follow up test and I fasted him for 5 hours (I felt so bad!) and he did so well! So well, in fact, that he passed! Turns out that he was just backed up with wax/gunk (whoops, hope the womb wasn’t all to blame) and so his left ear, we are happy to announce, has normal hearing! He will still be followed up on his 1st birthday, just as a super safe precaution, but I’m so happy this is behind us. Baby boy has had so much to go through already and the battles still continue. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at him because he is such a happy, healthy, growing boy! Here he was before the appointment:

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Here he is as we were walking up to the hospital:

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And of course, I have to throw in a pic of Jeremiah because I missed him so much! Thanks to Granma who watched him as I brought brother to his appointment: 20131202_133334

Did you see those rolls, by the way?

We started crib training a week or so ago, and I’m so happy to report that the past two nights have been going really well! Ok, at least for one twin. But I’ll take it! Adrian has slept through the night for about 6 hours before needing a feeding. He is a champ two times! I know that there are things called sleep regressions, so this may not last forever. But in the meantime, I am not complaining. Adrian amazingly slept through Jeremiah’s cries of waking up during the middle of the night, multiple times! I really hope Jer can soon go through the night without needing to be soothed or nursed. It’s such a painful sight seeing 2 am, 3 am, 4 am, 5 am on the alarm clock! I steal Z’s any chance I get, but I’m afraid that I’m slowly starting to have trouble falling right back asleep. I’m delirious to the point that sometimes I wake myself up thinking I heard a baby cry, but yet there was nothing! I would also stare into the monitor, especially at Adrian, wondering if he is breathing or why isn’t he waking up. I need to seriously let that go. I also have a mind that just races ALL.THE.TIME. and it bugs the heck out of me. I write notes everywhere, wonder if I’m forgetting something, think of new things that I want to address or talk to someone about… I wish there was a switch to just turn my brain off. Anyway, here is my new TV soap during the night, Adrian on top and Jer on the bottom:

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I can’t believe four months have gone by already. At the beginning, it was 100% all about survival. It didn’t matter what the books said anymore or what my hopes and dreams where. The goal was just to keep these babies alive and happy and stay sane! Amazingly it is true that as time goes on, we would get better at this and learn our boys and their needs. We would gain confidence and make mistakes and learn from them. It’s a never-ending journey and so far, we don’t think we’re doing too bad!

On another note, I’m crossing my fingers and toes that we find a daycare provider soon. We had our first interview last night with an in-home daycare provider. Happy to say she seems great and I would trust her with our boys. But I’m equally glad we have 3-4 other providers to interview so at least we have options and can feel 100% sure with our final decision. Daycare is a whole other story… I’m feeling so anxious, worried, concerned, and all other kinds of mommy-guilt-anticing feelings that I drive my own self crazy. It’s not only hard to find an affordable place that is close to home and on the way to work with someone we trust and agree with in terms of child rearing and care, but to find availability for TWO infants is the ultimate challenge! Please wish us luck! While there is no one who would better take care of them except mama and papa, we will eventually have to leave them with someone so I hope she is the second best!