Sunday, January 12, 2014

Happy Six Months, Twin-Littles!

YES, I KNOW!  Just a taaaaad bit late with this post.  

Tidings of the Twin-Littles:
  • I'm happy to report that both boys enjoy bath time (thank goodness!)
    • Jack is the active one who likes to kick, kick, kick.  He enjoys making the biggest splashes (aka. water messes) that he possibly can.
    • Hunter on the other hand is the chill bather.  He's typically relaxed and subdued during bath time.
  • The changing table - the boys have done a 180 on this one.
    • Jack used to be the one who would cry (sometimes scream) and fuss during diaper/clothes changes, but now he's typically chilled out and happy to be up there being attended to.
    • Hunter on the other hand often fusses and tenses up his legs thus making it more difficult to diaper and dress.  He is definitely impatient when it comes to the changing table!
  • Food…and lots of it!  The boys are already starting to eat us out of house and home.  Around 5.5 months, we began serving them solid (aka. pureed) fruits and veggies.  Thus far they've had peas, butternut squash, quinoa, avocado, cantaloupe, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, apples, bananas and pears. Next on the chopping block - lima beans and green beans.
    • Turns out Jack is the pickier eater of the two.  He won't have much to do with veggies by themselves, so we've resorted to trickery. We mix various fruits with his veggies, and he eats them right up.
    • Hunter, well he's turned into our BIG eater.  We think he knows he weighs less than Jack, so he's playing catch up.  He gulps down his entire 8.5 oz bottle at each meal and then fusses until he gets his solids.  As far as the solids are concerned, he probably eats about twice as much as Jack at each serving.  On the bottle front, Hunter gulps down his bottle much faster than Jack does…just the same as when they nursed.  Hunter was always finished nursing before Jack. It'll be interesting to see how much different in size they are at their next pediatric well visit (at 9 mos in late February).
  • Speaking of size - at their 6 month well visit, Jack weighed in at 18.8 lbs and Hunter weighed 17 lbs.
  • Sleep…oh wondrous, glorious SLEEP! We've {temporarily} separated the babes since we've been fairly confident for several months now that, if given the opportunity, Hunter would sleep through the night.  Hunter is currently in a play pen in our guest bedroom upstairs, and Jack is in his crib in their bedroom.
    • Jack - he definitely doesn't sleep through the night (and never has), but he's improved ten-fold!  As of late, he will wake somewhere between 2-3am for a bottle (which he gulps down in its entirety…all 8.5 oz - this may be one reason why he eats less solids during the day than Hunter because he gets an extra bottle every 24 hours).  We change his diaper, feed him the 3am bottle and then lay him back down.  He will then sleep until 7 or 8am.  Hooray for Jack!  He wins the "most improved sleep" award.
    • Hunter…so grateful for sweet little Hunter.  He enjoys his sleep!  Ever since we separated them, he's been sleeping through the night.  He goes down after bath and bottle around 7:30pm, and he typically sleeps until 7:30 or 8:00am.  Hooray for Hunter!
    • Naps - they BOTH typically nap like rock stars.  They sleep for 1.5 - 2 hours during their mid-morning nap, 1-2 hours during their afternoon nap and they are still in need of a cat nap around 5 or 5:30pm.  There are times when Hunter will sleep from 5:30pm until we wake him at 7pm for his bath and bottle, and then he will go back down for the night at 7:30pm as usual and sleep until 7:30 the next morning.  Like I said, the boy LOVES sleep!
  • Jumperoo - one of their favorite activities is the Jumperoo.  Hunter has always loved it.  Jack was a little slower to come around, but now that he has, he loves it!  So much so that we now have two (got a 2nd one from a dear friend), and they are so cute jumping together like madmen.  I need to work on getting this on video.
  • Illness - unfortunately we've had a few bouts of illness with both boys (but thankfully nothing too serious).  One thing became clear -
    • Jack - he's the "good" sick kid…meaning he seemed to take his illness in stride and being under the weather didn't appear to get him down much.
    • Hunter - not so good sick kid.  Ha!  Hunter was a bit fussy through his illness but nothing that was too difficult to deal with.  Fortunately as of this post, they are both healthy and happy little munchkins.
  • Demeanor - fortunately both boys are happy most of the time.  Hunter is most unhappy when he's having to wait any amount of time to be fed.  Jack doesn't fuss about much (as of late), and he is truly the smiling-est baby I have EVER seen.  He is constantly smiling!  As one photographer put it, "that boy's a photographer's dream come true!"  Don't worry Hunter - you're a sleepy mama's dream come true!
  • Thievery - our boys have already learned how to take toys (or pacis) from one another.  I can already hear them in the not-too-distant future, "Mine!" "No mine!" "MINE!" "NO MINE!"
  • Scooting and sitting up
    • Jack is the better scooter.  Put him on the floor and he's off!  Rolling and scooting all over the place.  He's also just recently started getting up on all fours (hands and knees)!
    • Hunter…not so much.  Put him on the floor and he's perfectly content to just lay there.
    • They are both sitting up quite well now with the help of a Boppy.  Hunter has actually been the better sitter-upper but Jack has just recently turned a corner and he's doing better with it himself.
  • Teeth - we have an enamel eruption on both boys!  Still really difficult to get a photo because they are so small, but they are definitely there on the bottom.  Hunter's are a little more visible than Jack's so far.
6 Month Well Visit Stats (from 12/03/13):


Weight - 18.8 lbs (66th percentile)
Height - 27 in (61st percentile)
Head Circumference - 45.1cm (90th percentile)


Weight - 17 lbs (37th percentile)
Height - 26 in (19th percentile)
Head Circumference - 45.1cm (90th percentile)

Wish I knew what they were both thinking here!
On the move….

~ jack ~
~ hunter ~

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