Fresh 48: Cal and Evie

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I will never forget my labor and delivery experience with the twins (You can read about it HERE). My friend Carrie took photos 48 hours after the twins were born since she was not allowed in the OR where they were delivered. I will cherish these forever! 

Baby Wise (ish) at Two months

Monday, October 17, 2016

I hope you had a great weekend! We went on our first date since the babies have been born... FREEDOM! For a while we contemplated running away to Mexico but decided against it. ;) Instead we went to our favorite sushi spot (since I can eat it now) and took my engagement ring to the jeweler to be resized. Exciting stuff right there. ;)

When we got back my brother's girlfriend said, "Man three kids is a lot of work, Now I know why you say this is so hard." Finally! Someone who understands! :)

Moving on.

Before I jump into the next topic I have to throw in a disclaimer. I know that sleep training, vaccines, discipline, etc. are all topics that people get opinionated over. Can we all just agree that as mamas we are all doing what we feel is best for our kids? I'm not down with mom-shaming so if you don't have anything nice to say then please keep it to yourself. I'm doing what I have decided is best for my twins and I would appreciate only encouragement! Being a mom (especially a mom to twins) is hard enough without criticism!

With that said, we started sleep training this weekend. We did this with Blair and were successful with it and it has really benefited our whole family.

Matt and I thought long and hard about keeping the twins in the same room or not. We have the space to separate them and knew we were planning on doing that eventually anyway. So, we decided to bite the bullet and do it.


Now at bed time I don't fret (as much) over one waking the other. Everly always has to fuss before she falls asleep whereas Cal doesn't. She was constantly waking him up which would frustrate the daylights out of M and me. One crying baby is hard enough, we don't need two!

Also, now that they are separated, when one wakes too early for the day we let them fuss/self soothe themselves back down. For example, yesterday morning Everly woke at 6:10 am (no thanks) so we let her fuss and she was back asleep 5 minutes later till 7:30! If they were in the same room then Cal would have woken up too, and he's not quite as good at putting himself back down like she is.

Nights at our house aren't too terrible, (usually) knock on wood. The twins either wake once or twice. When one wakes to nurse I always get the other one up for my sanity so I'm not nursing all night long. Unless one wakes too early...then they need to go back to sleep.

We start our bedtime routine at 7 or 7:30 and they are typically in their beds by 8:30. I give them a 2 ounce bottle of my best friend's breast milk (she has a TON) and then nurse them afterwards. They drain me every time. We do this so that the twins continue to practice taking a bottle and don't eventually refuse it. Plus, a little extra milk at night never hurt anyone. ;)

Someone usually wakes around 2 am so we change and feed them both. Then I let them get up for the day around 7 or 7:30. Of course this is best case scenario and doesn't happen every night. Sometimes they are up every four hours. But, again, now that they are in their own rooms and can cry without waking the other one this might change. Before we were running in to pick up the crying baby before they woke the other one and wearing them in a front pack till it was time to eat. No fun.

Daytime naps are a struggle. They were with Blair too. I know that nighttime sleep usually comes before daytime sleep so I am trying to be patient. Everly has seemed to figure it out quicker than Cal but I say that loosely. We wait till they show us tired cues and then take them upstairs and lay them down drowsy but awake in their own beds.

Everly usually fusses a bit and then will sleep. If she does wake up then she is more capable of finding her hands and soothing herself back down.

Cal will be content in his crib for a while and then will start fussing. We go in and soothe him after a few minutes and then eventually he puts himself down. He throws quite a fit though before he gives in.

For now they are getting better at self soothing and crying less and less every nap. I've only been doing this one day and I already see progress (thank goodness!). My doctor told me it could take as long as a week and that sleep training is always harder on the parents.

My pediatrician told us that she used Baby Wise and thinks that it is the best thing. She was very encouraging and reassuring. I trust her and I trust our past experience so we are continuing to persevere. It is difficult now but I know that we will benefit in the long run. I'm trying to think big picture here!

And as I currently type this I have my eyes glued to their monitors and am jotting down every time they fuss and/or self soothe back down. Sigh. M says I must enjoy torturing myself. This is all temporary though, right?!

Annnnnd I never have to sleep train a baby again so I may as well enjoy it. ;)

Oh. And in the meantime Blair has decided to put herself to bed for naps. Ha ha there's light at the end of the tunnel!

PS If you are still reading this you must either A. Have twins also or B. Have an incredibly boring job.


Calvin and Everly: Newborn Session Part 3

Friday, October 14, 2016

*Come see if you were the winner of the SwaddleDesigns zzZipMe Sack HERE!

Since I sent out the twins' birth announcements earlier this week I can now post the rest of their pictures from their newborn session with Carrie Johnson Photography. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Cal and Evie's Birth Announcements by Tiny Prints

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Getting mail is one of my favorite things. I especially love getting pictures of all my friends' squishy babies! I teamed up with Tiny Prints to put together the twins' birth announcement and I just love how they turned out!

 I chose a simple template so all the attention would be focused on them (naturally!). I love that Tiny Prints has so many options for twin announcements too. I was able to customize everything I needed to for my announcement including the font style, color, the shape of the card, and more!

One of my favorite features that Tiny Prints offers is the envelope liner. You can chose a coordinating print to line your envelope or you can personalize it even more with your own photo! Of course I took the opportunity to include one more cute picture of the twins. :)

Thanks Tiny Prints for the beautiful announcements! We will cherish these forever and I can't wait to add them to the twins' baby book!

*photos by Carrie Johnson Photography

Binxy Baby Review

Monday, October 10, 2016

When it comes to taking the twins out I'm all about convenience and products that help me while we're out and about. Last weekend M and I headed to Sprouts and brought our Binxy Baby grocery store hammocks along. I picked up some essentials... sparkling pumpkin cider, pumpkin flavored pancakes, and Nummy Bears (if you haven't tried them you must!). 

These mini baby hammocks fit in most shopping carts whether you are at Target, the grocery store, or Babies R Us. ;) If your little nugget is happy in their car seat this hammock can support up to fifty pounds of baby/car seat weight too! Binxy Baby recommends that once your babe can sit up that you transition them out of the hammock. 

The twins enjoyed checking out all the lights in the ceiling at the grocery store and all the other shoppers enjoyed checking them out in their hammocks. :) And while they did enjoy their Binxy Baby at this age (8 weeks) I can see them loving it even more as they get older and have more awake time. The Binxy Baby will be especially useful when I have Blair with me at the store too since she will be sitting in the cart. 

If you are thinking about getting your own Binxy Baby or giving one as a gift to a Mama-to-be then click HERE!

DockATot Review

Thursday, October 6, 2016

As a new (to twins) Mom it's so hard to navigate and know which baby products are worth it. And it seems like even since having Blair 4 years ago there are already new products that weren't around when she was born! One new product that I've been able to use this time around (and love!) is the DockATot

The DockATot is the perfect lounger for co-sleeping and playtime. It is 100% breathable cotton. We especially love ours for playtime. It keeps the twins off of the carpet (where there's dog hair galore) and in a safe little area where my preschooler is less likely to step on them. We often place them near the windows where they love to look outside.

The DockATot comes in two sizes, the Deluxe (0-8 months) and Grand (9-36 months). We have the Deluxe and I have a feeling we will be needing the Grand too, when the time comes! I caught Blair in Everly's DockATot the other day...too bad she's almost 5...

The DockATot would have been a great help when we transitioned Blair out of her crib to her big girl bed. The bumpers make the twins feel secure and I know it would have done the same for her too. I wouldn't have had to worry about her falling out of the bed as much either! 

I can't wait to use the DockATot as the twins grow. I can totally see us using them at Blair's soccer games, the beach, camping, and more! My friend just told me the other day that she packed hers in her suitcase for her baby while they were on vacation. Winning! 

If you are interested in purchasing your own DockATot go HERE

Thanks DockATot for these awesome loungers...we can't wait to grow with them! 

Calvin and Everly: Newborn Session Part 2

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Today's post is brought to you by "the naked sleeping baby." ;) I know naked sleeping baby pictures are everywhere but these are MY naked sleeping babies and they make my heart swoon.



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