May 11, 2018

3 Months of Wrennox

3/29/18



Dear Babies,

Congratulations, you made it through your "4th trimester." You're officially just babies, not newborns anymore. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I'm going to go ahead and say that the last three months have gone by way too quickly. I think it's in part due to having so many wonderful visits from family, the sleep deprivation that has taken a severe toll on my memory (I recently quoted to your sister, "Romeo, Romeo let down your long hair!" - Oops!), and still just the fact that there are two of you to attend to.

You're both growing out of the newborn sized clothes now and in 0-3 month pieces. You are both tall, so a lot of the pants that fit your waists are just too short for your legs. We're coming into the warmer months now, so luckily capris are totally acceptable.

The nursing sessions haven't let up any. The doctor was pleased with both of your weight gains so we are continuing mostly as normal, although if I can get an extra feeding in for you (8 a day each) then I try to do that.

Your sleep is erratic. Sometimes you have a pretty long stretch of it at the beginning of the night and other times you are up every couple hours. One night Wren slept a whole 8 hours! But it's risky to try to let one of you sleep when the other wakes up, because you're not consistently sleeping that long of a stretch so I run the risk of waking up an hour later to feed the other. It's happened, and it's not pleasant. Mornings make up for it though, when I stick my head over your bassinet and two little faces break into big smiles, happy to see me. Yes, you're still in there together, but I don't think you're going to fit much longer.

You are even more alert this month and you've started discovering your hands! You both like to stick them in your mouths and are batting and grasping some of your toys. You love your hanging toys, by the way. The play mat is a lot more fun for you now, and you'll spend plenty of time staring at your octopus (the favorite toy so far).

You are both getting stronger and can hold your heads up good enough that I can carry you on my hip for short amounts of time like big babies.

Your mental and physical development aren't the only big changes this month. I have been back at work for two weeks now, and your Aunt Erin has moved in to take care of you while we are working. I'm excited for all the time you'll get to spend with your aunt and she with you. I am working from home, so I am still nursing you throughout the day. It's nice to be close to you, but also hard to be near enough to hear you cry but not be the person who is caring for you at the moment.

Your dad is building his relationship with you bit by bit. He has been so busy with work and doing bedtime with Hazel that he just doesn't get a lot of time with you on weeknights, but I see him making more of an effort to get to know you and earn as many smiles as he can. It's so different having 3 kids vs. 1 baby.

Hazel is an expert when it comes to babies, thanks to you two. She'll happily tell people that babies "just cry sometimes. Babies cry." When we're talking to you a lot of times we'll say something like, "Say, I'm hungry Momma!" and if Hazel is nearby she'll remind us that you can't talk yet. It's a good thing we have her around to keep us on track. You're going to learn so much from her.

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Dear Wren,

You are 11.4 lbs and growing fast. Your arms and legs are quite rolly-polly and just scrumptiously cute! I asked the doctor what color she thought your eyes would be, and she predicted that they'll stay as they are now; a dark blue-grey with some tan in the middle. Very different and very pretty. You have such a pure and sad cry, and the most heartbreaking bottom lip quiver when you are upset.

My lullaby that I've been singing to you most often is the song Blackbird, but I've changed the lyrics to "Wrenbird singing in the dead of night..."

You love to sit up and you'll do crunches, pulling up both your head and feet, to try to sit up on your own if we've left you laying down. You are so strong and your head control is getting very steady. You are such an even keeled baby. You seem pretty happy most of the time even when you are not super smiley.

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Dear Lennox,

You made it to 10 pounds! Despite that fact that you are still spitting up quite a bit, you are a growing girl. Though you're still a tall, skinny string bean.

Your head is still a little wobbly, but you are my vocal little babe. You talk quite a bit when you're content and I love to talk and coo right back to you. You can be flashing the sweetest, wide, gummy smile one moment and having a total sad cry a moment later. You do seem to find singing to be a comfort, and my go-to songs have been Wrenbird and Dream a Little Dream Of Me.

You seem to be happiest bouncing in someone's arms with your back arched, looking up at a ceiling fan.

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And so the adventure continues... You are starting to change more quickly and in more exciting ways. I love this adventure that we're on even though it can be messy and hard, I know I'm loving you just as hard as I can through it all.

With a super full heart,
Momma





































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April 8, 2018

2 Months of Wrennox

3/29/18





Hi girls, 

You're 2 months old and time has been flying by. Life with you is a little busy. You are both growing and filling out.  When you were born, your dad kept saying "They don't have butts!" And he was right; you really didn't have any butt cheeks to speak of, but now your butts are filling out and you're both into size 1 diapers.

You are both still exclusively breastfeeding and are doing well. Lennox sometimes get frustrated before latching and I have to calm you before you can successfully start to eat. We have your 2 month appointment soon and hopefully the doctor will be happy with your weight gain.

You have gone through your first mental leap and you're starting to take in more about the world around you, but most exciting you're giving us smiles now. As I write this, you're both wide awake and looking around.  You don't try to talk too much but you both occasionally let out contented coos and they're such sweet sounds.

You two don't sleep enough. You have started sleeping for a longer period at the beginning of the night, but I think the longest I've been able to sleep since you were born has been about four and a half hours. Once! Then after that long chunk of sleep, you wake up anywhere between one and a half to three hours after your last feeding. The lack of sleep is definitely taking it's toll on my memory. I have been very forgetful. I don't wake your dad up every time you feed, but he's still not getting enough sleep either. 

You're both a little more fussy than you were as newborns, so sometimes the daily juggle of keeping you babies happy is a little more difficult. Sometimes I feel like I'm playing binky whack-a-mole as I try to put them back in your mouths as fast as you spit them out. You're still lousy binky suckers. I can now tell you apart just by your cries and fusses though. You've also been super gassy and just toot seemingly all the time. I still find it funny, and at least giggle a little to myself even when it's the middle of the night and you are just letting them rip. Your poop schedule has changed to once every 6-10 days on average (and yes we ask the doctor about it every time we go in, but she says it's normal). 

I love my one-on-one time with each of you kissing your cheeks, rubbing noses, and coaxing smiles out of you. I am glad I have been able to nurse both of you because I think it gives us mandatory one-on-one time and I am so thankful for it! We've had a lot of visitors this month coming to stay and help and meet you girls. I am still having fun and feeling confident taking care of you both even when there's nobody else around to help out. I even took you both and your sister, Hazel, to the park one morning  on our first girls' outing just the 4 of us. 

Your sister doesn't like to hold you very much, but she does like to snuggle you, touch you, and give you "mooches." She gets so excited when she's looking at you and you blink... She'll say, "She's winking at me!!!" She still can't tell you apart, but your dad rarely calls you by the wrong name anymore. Your dad is also becoming more fond of you too. Of course he has loved you from the beginning, but I think it's been harder for him to bond than it has been for me. The lack of sleep is getting to him, but the smiles make up for it at least a little bit. 

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Lennox,

You weigh 8.4lbs and can still fit in some newborn onesies and starting to fit into 0-3 month clothes.

You are still full of expressions but now you add your smile in frequently. I love your little sweet grin. You just look a little goofy and mischievous when it's on your face. Your forehead wrinkles are diminishing as your face fills out, and it breaks my heart to see them disappearing, but you'll probably be glad that you won't have adolescent wrinkle lines.

You love to stretch and kick your feet. You're still spitting up a lot, but your blowouts have calmed down quite a bit. You love to turn your head upward to see my face when I snuggle you. I could gaze at your bright blue eyes all day. You don't like tummy time very much, and when you get mad your little face turns red like a tomato. 

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Wren,

You are 10lbs. and growing out of some of the newborn clothes, fitting 0-3 month clothes well.

Every time I unwrap you, you stretch out, and I think you grow a little bit more each time. Your eyes are still a dark bluish-gray, and I'm still not sure what color they're going to end up. You are losing your hair, but you have a thick strip down the middle of your head kind of like a mohawk and it's still thick in the back except for a bald circle. You're getting great little leg and arm rolls, a double chin, and cheeks like your big sister... They make me so proud! I really think you are aptly named because when you are looking around with your head bobbing and your little mouth agape you remind me so much of an adorable baby bird. 

You like to blow spit bubbles when you're content in your bouncer. You seem to like tummy time although it's not always very productive for you because instead of using your muscles to lift your head, a lot of times you just lay down and take a nap. You are a snuggler and I love to lay with you snuggled into my chest napping. 

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We're settling into this life of a family of 5. More sleep and fewer outside responsibilities would make it a little better, but I think this spring and summer are going to be a lot of fun. We have a lot planned, so I know time is going to pass way too quickly. I'm going to try not to blink!

Love you,
Momma































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