Tuesday, 10 March 2015

OD Twins - Week 16-17

by Bex

Weight
Kalyan = 13 lbs - exactly double his birth weight :)  Priya hit her doubled birth weight a while back as it was obviously lower.
Priya = 12 lbs 10 oz, she's definitely catching up but surprisingly still smaller despite appearances in photos.  Due to her round face and big tum, she often looks bigger than him.  She is still longer though!


Length
Kalyan = 60cm
Priya = 62cm

Sleeping
Sleeping has been a bit rubbish this week.  I've had trouble getting them to nap together meaning little to no rest for me during the day.  It's been particularly hard to cope as night time sleeps have been shorter too.  I used to be very lucky and get 3-4 hours at the start and then 2-3 hours and maybe another hour or two in the morning.  Lately it's been 1-2 hours each time.  I know it could be worse as I've still managed about 5 hours total each night but with no naps it's been pretty knackering!  I am so envious of those mums who can actually sleep when the baby sleeps as I definitely would if the other one wasn't up!!  I was hoping they'd start sleeping a bit longer by now, not shorter.  Fingers crossed it'll change again soon.  I quickly learned nothing is predictable with babies!



Kalyan is still sleeping better when in bed beside me and Priya seems to like having more space in the co-sleeper as they're getting so big now they fill it when in there together.  I love waking up and turning to Priya as I'm often rewarded with a huge smile which quickly turns all shy as she looks away grinning.  She often seems to wake happy after the early morning feed (after about 15 minutes!) and is happy there for a bit cooing away to herself before getting louder and waking me from the short snooze I sometimes manage.  I feel like her smile is her saying oh good you're up!  Kal often sleeps much longer at this time so Priya and I get some one on one time which is always nice as I'm often chasing my tail when they're both up.  She's definitely getting more smiley now and makes eye contact much more often than before.  Kal has always been more sociable that way.





Firsts
Kalyan is still rolling from front to back (which he did for the first time on the 18th Feb) and has now gone in the other direction, he usually always went right.  Priya looks like she might roll soon too but struggles to hold her head up quite as high and as long as Kal, probably because her head is bigger in comparison.  Still no rolling from back to front but he looked close the other night when trying to twist to see me.

Kal sort of laughed - not a proper, obvious giggle but a definite response to me being silly with big grins and noises.  It was lovely and I can't wait for more!  :)

First go in the Jumperoo!







I was writing this during my baby free time after the tough week, Nik took the babies out for the afternoon and when they returned after an initially difficult evening (lots of poo and puke!) they both slept for the longest time they've ever managed!  Priya slept 8 hours and Kal for 7 hours.  It did take 2 hours to get him to sleep once she was down so I got 6 hours sleep but then a couple more so when I woke I felt amazing!  Having that time to myself to chill in the bath and paint my toenails was great too and just what I needed to refresh after a difficult week of minimal sleep and fractious babies!










Classes
We started swimming on Sunday (1st March) with great success.  No crying from either baby and they seemed to enjoy it, they do love bathtime and the pool is kept very warm at the private residence the classes are held at.  They didn't kick quite as much as I thought they would when in a big space of water but they coped very well with the big splashes in their face preparing them for dunking.  We've just booked in to the underwater photo shoot at the end of May and then hope to have a go at photos ourselves with my underwater set up as the pool is available to hire for just £12 per adult.

We didn't make it to any baby groups this week as Mummy was far too tired!  We did visit Justine in Eastbourne and had a lovely time kicking away on her boy's old baby gym.  Priya managed a massive poosplosion because of course it was the one time Mummy forgot to put new outfits in the change bag!  We had to borrow one out of the attic from Justine (her boy is 2) and she could only find size 9-12m which looked very cute and funny on Priya who is still in 0-3 despite being 4 months now.



(On Monday we did make it to our local baby group and walked there as it's so lovely getting the babies out in the countryside.  I love watching them look around, mesmerised by the trees above them.  I took my comfy new trainers for a spin - they were just £10 from Sainsburys and super comfy but after our walk I realised they need a bit of a stretch as my feet are so wide.)




Other
Priya loves clasping her hands together and chewing on her fists.  Both of them love the jumperoo despite Priya crying the first time she went in it.  We're having to put big books underneath as they both only just reach the floor on tiptoes otherwise.

They both seem to be unsettled at the start of feeds and I find it easier to feed them individually when they then settle and feed well.  They're still putting on weight and following good curves so we're still sticking to breast milk only which I'm really pleased with.

Kal is still a big social butterfly and will smile at anyone who speaks to him.  It's lovely to see his cheeky wee grin and he usually follows with his tongue sticking out too.  I LOVE his dimples :)

Priya is very chatty now, particularly in the mornings - she always sounds so happy and chirpy - definitely a morning person!

They both love to sit up supported on the sofa and their balance is improving quickly.  We tried them in the bumbo seats and Kal has cried each time.  I thought they'd love them so I'm hoping he'll like it when he's a bit better at sitting up.  His head control is amazing now (he's been able to hold his head up since the early days as soon as we were home!) and he is often very happy having tummy time.

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