Saturday, October 7, 2017

{Asher & Jax} Three Months

Stats: The boys next appointment (well child check-up) isn't until mid November so best guess is that they are each up at least a pound. So Asher maybe weighs in the mid to upper 13lb range. And Jax is pry in the mid 12lb range.
Sizes: The boys just recently switched to 3-6 and 6 month clothing. Jax could have lasted much longer in the 3 month size but I want the boys (for now anyways) to wear the same size (due to all my matching and coordinating outfits). They are now in size 2 Kirkland diapers.
Food: The 9:30/10pm pumped bottle lasted all of 2 nights. Daddy kept falling asleep before the bottles so then it was just easier for me to simply breastfeed. Around 2 and a half months I started supplementing with a lot more formula (currently enfamil newborn). I didn't think they were getting enough off the boob. They seem way more content since I started supplementing. On September 22 I gave them 2oz of formula after their last (breast)feeding of the night (because they didn't seem to be content off just the boob) AND Asher slept all night long and Jax until 5:45. So you better believe they have been getting that 2oz every night since. I still breast feed the majority of their feeds (every 3-4 hours during the day which equals about 4-5 times throughout the day) and then one feed is typically 5oz of formula and of course always the 2oz of formula at night. I pump pretty much only while at work, in the morning if I'm too full from the night, or if I'm going to be gone from them and they'll need a bottle while I'm gone. While at work they get 5oz bottles of either breastmilk, formula, or a mix of the two.
Routine: They typically wake between 7 and 7:30 but occasionally as early as 6:30. Eat every 3-4 hours during the day. Starting to be a bit more consistent with naps (a morning, an afternoon, and an evening). Most of the time I get them down together but not always. They typically are ready to go down between 8 and 9pm. (LOVE how they have set these patterns themselves). They breast feed one last time between 8 and 8:30pm, get a 2oz formula bottle to follow, and then sleep ALL NIGHT LONG. (Well maybe once or twice a week one of them will wake for a paci pop in). Thank you boys for this little slice of Heaven!!
Developmental Milestones: Pretty decent head control. Smile a LOT (especially Jax). Also have the most precious lil giggles and love to "talk."
Loves: The boys love their momma!!! Love to eat!!! Love to suck on their fists. Love to be talked to!!! Love spending time on their play mat. Love watching Baby Genius movies. And they love being held.
Dislikes: No dislikes that I can really think of for either. You wouldn't even know that Jax was sitting in poop if you didn't smell it cause he's as content as can be sitting in pee and poo. 
(Although this is a picture of Asher-all tuckered out from play time).

Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • On September 22 you boys started sleeping through the night pretty consistently!! For the first week one of you would still occasionally wake in the 5 'o clock hour but now you generally both make it til 7/7:30am. Mommy is LOVING this!!
  • So thankful God gave me such easy babies. Not sure how else I would be able to handle 5 kids 5 years old and younger.
  • Asher is still the fussier of the two (but has chilled lots over this last month) but really truly you are both easy babies.
  • Asher's cradle cap is NO more!! 
  • Started PT this month for Asher's torticollis. Fingers crossed it prevents us from needing to do the helmet. Asher is not a huge fan of PT but at least his physical therapist Micah is super nice. 
  • Asher still has his three birthmarks on his face and one on his lower back.
  • You both LOVE sleeping in your car seats. So thankful all 5 of my kids have had a love relationship with their car seats.
  • Jax you are quite the stretcher. Always trying to get to your side.
  • You guys went on your first all day shopping trip with Mommy and Grandma to Michigan City just after turning 2 months.
  • You guys went to your first baby shower for one of Mom's cousins.
  • You guys met a bunch of (great) Uncles and Aunts this month...mostly from Dad's side.
  • You enjoyed your first trip to Post Family Farms. An yearly tradition with the neighbors.
  • You "watched" your first Michigan vs Michigan State game. Unfortunately Michigan lost. Maybe basketball will go better. Fingers crossed.
  • You participated in your second photo shoot (first being your newborn shoot) with all your cousins and Grandpa & Grandma.
  • Mommy went back to work on October 4. So thankful to go back to a job I love and know that you guys are in the best hands possible (if not in mine) with your grandmas (or daddy on the weekends). And that I am not gone 13.5 hours. Only a mere 10 hours.
  • You can tell you are babies 4 and 5. Got this post up a week late. {Sigh}. But I dated it back to the 7th. Shhh don't tell.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

{Asher & Jax} Two Months

Stats: The boys next appointment (well child check-up) is next week Wednesday (September 13th) so best guess is Asher weighs in the mid to upper 12lb range.  And Jax is pry in the lower 11lb range. I'll update here after the appointment with weights/heights/stats.

*Update...Asher weighed in at 12lb 9oz (75th%) and measured 22 and 3/4 inches long (50th%). His head circumference was 15 and 1/4 inches (25-50th%). Jax weighed in at 11lb 7oz (50th) and measured 22 and 1/4 inches long (25-50th%). His head circ was 15 and 1/2 inches (25-50th%).
Sizes: The boys are still wearing 0-3 or 3 month clothing. Asher will definitely be ready to move up a size before Jax but thinking I'll just keep them in the same size at least as long as I can. (Better to be a touch big on Jax than too small for Asher. And I prefer they stay in the same size for matching/coordinating purposes. They are still in size 1 Kirkland diapers but once the size 1's run out its on to size 2.
Food: The boys have each received a few more bottles. I first started giving 4-4.5oz bottles but now its 4.5-5oz bottles. They still eat on demand. Typically every 2-4 hours during the day. And every 3-4 hours at night. I rarely pumped this last month (just don't have enough time in the day to do it). But two nights ago I started pumping to give them a 9:30/10pm bottle. Would have even larger spans of sleep at night if I only had Jax. Rarely does Jax wake at night before Asher. And same as last month when one twin wakes/is ready to eat I wake/make the other one eat too.
Routine: No set routine. No typical wake up time. Eat every 2-4 hours. Still napping randomly, Sometimes together and sometimes not. I try to get them to bed between 9:30 and 11pm (although I will be bumping up this time during this next month). Two nights ago I started giving a 4.5-5oz bottle around 9:30/10pm. I pump right before and will supplement with formula to make sure they each get 4.5-5oz. The first night I had a 4.5oz bottle already ready to go and I pumped another 4.5oz so no formula was needed. Last night I pumped 10oz so once again I was all set. I have a mix of free formula samples in the cupboard so they'll get whatever I pulled out. During the night their sleep has been very different each pattern what so ever. And like I already said no set wake up time.
Developmental Milestones: Asher has phenomenal head control and Jax isn't too far behind. Both boys started smiling more this month.
Loves: The boys love their momma!!! Love to eat!!! (Jax) loves his bop more so than Asher!!! And they love being held.
Dislikes: Sitting in a poopy diaper.
Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • The boys have slept a {very} few 5-6 hour stretches at night. The longest stretch I've been getting lately is a 4 hour stretch.
  • Asher is definitely the more fussy babe. For a few weeks it felt like if he wan't sleeping he was fussing. Where as Jax is content just chilling awake. But in the last couple of days he (Asher) has been more chill.
  • Jax is an ANGEL baby. By far my BEST baby. So incredibly relaxed and chilled. I think he just makes Asher look bad (or Asher makes him look good). I really feel like Asher's temperament is similar to the three Bigs at the same age but obviously with two of them I compare then to each other...and hence Jax gets good baby status and Asher gets fussy baby status.
  • Both boys hand out smiles but Jax hands them out MUCH quicker.
  • Asher is a gassy baby (cause of his fussiness)? Swaddle him up and he tends to calm quicker.
  • First night in their crib was Sept 5. They slept the same as the previous night in their rock n plays. Second night Jax woke (after a freakin 5oz bottle) after a mere 3 hours. Popped in his paci and he fell back to sleep. Fifteen minutes later heard more fussy...this time it was Asher. Popped his paci in. We played this rotating game for an hour and 15 minutes until I finally gave in and fed them at 2:20am. But then they slept until 7:05 (Jax) and 7:30am (Asher). I'll be super honest I am not afraid to let them fuss at night if they are not (in my opinion) due to eat or fuss in the early morning when they were just fed and its not awake time yet. I feel like they should be able to make a 4.5-5 hour stretch at this point.
  • Its funny when looking back at the other kids 2 month posts I read that I cut Mason's nails for the first time at 8.5 weeks. The twins have had their nails cut 4-5 times already.
  • Asher has bad {really bad} cradle cap so I jumped right to the dandruff shampoo (Selsun Blue). I wash his hair a couple times a week with the shampoo, apply some baby oil to it afterwards, and comb the dry skin out. Might try to reverse the order (oil then shampoo) to see if that works better.
Jax above and Asher below
  • Pretty sure Asher is going to need a helmet like Mase did to fix the shape of his head. Stay tuned for confirmation (which we won't get until after his 4 month appointment and most likely a MFB appointment).
  • Asher still has his three birthmarks on his face and one on his lower back.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

{Crew} Two Years

Stats: Crew's TWO year old well-child check up isn't until August 15. But according to my scale he weighs a whopping 26.8 pounds. I'll update with what the doctor's scale says on the 15th...along with his height and percentiles. *At today's appointment Crew weighed 25lb 4oz (25th%) and measured 34 inches (50th%). His head circumference was 19.5 inches (50-75th%).*
Sizes: Crew started summer wearing 18 month, 24 month, and 2T clothing but as of late is mostly wearing 2T (tops and bottoms) along with some 18/18-24 month bottoms. He is just finishing wearing a size 6 and is moving on to 6/7 or 7s in the shoe department and a size 4 in the diaper (Kirkland brand) department.
Food: Crew is a wonderful eater. Willing (most often) to try anything out. If he doesn't like it he just spits it out. He likes most dairy (drinkable yogurt smoothies, cheese, ice cream, and milk to name a few). As for fruit he'll eat grapes, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, and apples. He dislikes all vegetables. As for meat he loves sausage, chicken nuggets and hot dogs. He loves eating breakfast. Breakfast faves include cereal, french toast sticks, or {Eggo} waffles.  He loves his white {and chocolate} milk, apple juice, Capri Suns, lemonade, and Gatorade but mostly drinks water or white milk. Also loves all things chocolate, candy, wheat thins, and mac & cheese.
Routine: Back the first weekend in July we moved Crew from his crib to his big boy bed. I didn't really think we needed to yet but Brian wanted to just get both cribs in the nursery. He transitioned like a champ!!! But for the last two weeks when put to bed at night he walks himself right back out (like a million times) and only wants Daddy to put him back down. Talking about putting the gate up like we did for Molly. (He can get the childproof lock off the inside door knob of his door in like 2 seconds. Third child problem). For most of the last year Crew woke typically between 7:30 and 8am but as of the last month it's been more like 6-7am. Thankfully if earlier he just climbs into our bed and falls back to sleep. Crew goes down for a nap asomewhere between 1:45-2:30 if we're home but if we're out and about as late as 3:30. He typically sleeps for 2 hours (occasionally 2.5 hours). Crew from (last) August thru end of April went to bed at 8pm. From early May til present 9pm. But with all his walk back outs he pry doesn't actually fall asleep until 9:30/10. His bedtime routine includes...brushing his teeth, then laying in bed reading Little Blue Truck (his fave book) with Daddy, and finally saying his prayers. Then he gets tucked in with his 50 bops (pacis). Well actually in his mouth and one for each hand.
Loves: Crew loves his toy mower. Crew loves going for mower rides with dad. (I'm a nurse so let me add here with blades UP...never down).  Crew loves his bops (pacis). Crew loves watching Animals on iPhones. Crew loves his cousin Cole Rich. Wants him to watch everything he does. Crew loves swimming and tubbies. Crew loves trucks and dozers and balls of any kind. Crew loves loves loves being outside. And Crew loves wrestling (and saying to his brother "neener neener neener you can't get me").
Watching Daddy mow.
If you can't find Crew...look in the shed!!!
Mowing with Daddy. (Blades ALWAYS up. He just goes for mower rides).
Dislikes: Crew does NOT like sitting in a poopy diaper. Isn't always a fan of getting his face wiped. And going (and STAYING IN) bed like a good boy. He also isn't always a fan of getting his picture taken. Oh and he doesn't like veggies. (This dislike list was basically Mols except the sitting in a poopy diaper).
Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • First and foremost you became a BIG brother to TWINS at (just shy of) 23 months!!!
  • You didn't care for your baby brothers initially but you sure love them now and always want to hang on to them. Oh and give them kisses.
With Asher (above) and with Jax (below).
  • You're favorite phrases include...stop it and best {mommy/daddy} ever. Oh and if mommy yells at cry for daddy (or Mason or Molly if Daddy's not around) and say Mommy mean. 
  • You occasionally bite (this started within the last two month). Every bite equals a time out. Thankfully you don't bite often.
  • Your vocabulary exploded in the past 6 months.
  • Mommy put you to bed every single night until maybe May then you switched to Daddy and ONLY Daddy. A mommy's boy no more {tear}. You love your Daddy and always want to be with him.
  • You enjoy reading books.
  • You try your absolute best to keep up with the big kids.
  • You LOVE (are OBSESSED with) watching the movie Zootopia. You also like the movies Sing or Pets (The Secret Life of Pets). Zootopia though we watch multiple times a day.
  • You are the only one in our house with your own bedroom. Mase's bed was in your room until end of November (he typically slept in a sleeping bag on the floor of mom and dad's room) but as of the end of November when Mase and Mols moved downstairs you slept all by yourself.
  • You climbed out of your crib just one mere time (at a fresh 22 months).
  • Your car seat was turned around just shy of 23 months because of the new van.
  • We call you Boozer, Crewsers, and Crew Bry. Mommy calls you Angel boy and Best boy.
  • You are the sweetest boy ever. I tell you all the time that I just want to eat you alive. You of course say Nooooo.
  • You will often put your little hand on my cheek and I melt. And you let me kiss you to deathers yet.
  • You have the BEST hair and you get comments on it ALL THE TIME.
  • You listen so so SO well. We tell you to do say NO...but then almost immediately do what we say. You are BY FAR our easiest child (thus far anyways...Jax might give you a run for your money).
  • My apologies that I did not write an 18 month post or get 18 month photos taken. I was completed exhausted and had no desire to do anything.

Monday, August 7, 2017

{Asher & Jax} One Month

Stats: The boys next doctor appointment (well child check-up) isn't until September 13 so best guess is Asher is 8lb 12oz-ish. (A week and a half ago he was 8 pounds 4 ounces at 21 days young). And Jax is pry 8lb 6oz-ish. (A week and a half ago he was 7 pounds 14 ounces). I am going to bring the boys in with me to get weighed at Crew's 2 year well child appointment on August 15 so I'll update here after those weight checks.*Update Asher weighed in at 10lb 4oz and Jax weighed in at 9lb 7oz.
Sizes: I packed away most of the boys newborn clothes (except for their PJs) a few days ago. They are now wearing 0-3 or 3 month clothing. The 3 month clothing is a bit big but I prefer bigger over too tight. They are still in size 1 Kirkland diapers.
Food: The boys got their first (well since the hospital) bottles on July 29 (at 3 weeks and 1 day). Fed by daddy and Grandma Vugteveen-they sucked them right down with no hesitation. Each took 3 ounces. In other feeding news...they still eat on demand. Typically every 2-4 hours during the day. And every 2.5-4.5 hours at night. I rarely pump but know I need to. Just don't have enough time in the day. Would have even larger spans at night if I only had Jax. That kid is SO chill but Asher is always waking to eat so I make Jax wake to eat too.
Routine: No set routine. No typical wake up time. Eat every 2-4 hours and still sleeping a lot but starting to have more alert periods. Asher tends to have more awake/alert stretches than Jax. And they go to bed between 9:30 and 10:30pm...just depends on when they last eat.
Developmental Milestones: Getting better and better neck control. 
Loves: The boys love their momma (tummy to tummy time and my voice especially)!!! Love to eat!!! Love their bops!!! And love being held.
Dislikes: Sitting in a poopy diaper.

Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • You boys have no baby acne {yet anyways}.
  • You boys don't mind your car seats or tubby time. {Yea}!!!
  • In the last week you both have become more and more alert.
{Jax-above & Asher-below}
  • Daddy went back to work after a wonderful 3 week paternity leave.
  • Appearing that you will be our fourth and fifth blue eyed babies. (No brown eyed babies like daddy).
  • Asher you tend to be more fussy but nothing out of the ordinary. Its just that Jax is way beyond chill. And I mean WAY chill.
  • Asher you are a really gassy baby (cause of your fussiness)? Swaddle you up and you tend to calm quicker.
  • You guys went to your first birthday party (for big bro Crew and cousin Easton).
  • Don't think I noted it in your two three week post but you went to church for the first time at 9 days young.
  • Mommy made her first solo trip with more than 3 kids!!! I took you boys along with Crew and Molly to Kohl's while Mase was at VBS.