I meant to post this yesterday, so as you are reading it pretend it is Thursday. 🙂 I didn’t realize I forgot to hit publish until I was in bed!!
Okay, I know I say this every week, but I seriously can’t believe it has been 8 weeks since our girls came into our lives.
Even though it has been 8 weeks I still look at both our girls and think to myself I can’t believe we have two babies. Oh my!!
And speaking of looking at both girls, they are starting to look more and more identical.
These past 8 weeks have been wonderfully exhausting. We have laughed and cried together. We have snuggled and played. I feel like I have been on an emotional rollercoaster.
I can’t even begin to tell you how in love I am with all of my girls and I couldn’t imagine my life any other way; I wouldn’t want it any other way. Yes, it is not easy and yes some days I simply want to scream, but I know I am blessed.
When I feel like there is no way out and everyone is screaming I try to take a step back and take a deep breathe. I don’t always remember to do this, but I really try; it seems to make everything better.
Both McKayla and McKenzie have began to slightly smile. McKenzie (I think it was McKemzie) smiled at me yesterday while I was kissing her sweet little face. I will try to catch some smiles on camera.
8 Week Check-in
We weighed them last night using our Aqua Scale; my favorite.
McKayla Grace – 6 pounds 12 ounces
McKenzie Madison – 9 pounds 5 ounces
These days they are both wearing newborn size clothing. YAY! McKayla is finally out of preemie clothes. I am so excited!! They are healthy and happy (most of the time).
Sleep: Well I thought the girls were starting to get their nighttime sleep figured out, but we have had a couple rough nights. Actually, once they go to sleep they have a couple great stretches, but it has been quite a struggle to get the to sleep these days. I am not sure what is going on. I know they are still little and they don’t really know what is going on either, but it is still difficult. Lack of sleep is so hard, but somehow, us new mothers keep in going.
McKayla is slowly starting to like the MAM pacifier. Thank you everyone for steering in the right direction. McKenzie is still not too fond of any pacifier.
Preemie Babies: I have been doing quite a bit of research on this topic. Since, McKayla and McKenzie were 6 weeks early I want to make sure they are developing properly. The biggest thing I have to remember is that they may not reach certain milestones on time. Technically, I am supposed to subtract 6 weeks from the week they are on to really see what they should be doing. Example, my girls are 8 weeks old but technically I should only expect them to act like 2 week old babies. When I stop and think about it that way I realize how amazing they are doing. Such as, I shouldn’t expect much in the sleep department for a few months.
Even if you had full term babies I think we all need to realize every baby and child develops at their own pace. We should not compare our children to any other child. As mothers I think that is difficult to do. We need to know every child is unique and special.
A Moment of Honesty
I have to be honest with all of you. I have been feeling great, but I am totally missing working out. I have been feeling so blah lately. I just don’t feel my best; body wise and mentally. I know it is completely normal and yes I know I had twins 8 weeks ago, but I love the way I feel after a great workout. So, I have decided I need to take time to exercise for myself and my girls. I think it would make me a better mom. One of the hardest things for me is choosing to exercise when I should be cleaning the house. Oh my, oh my!!
Steve has the day off tomorrow, so I am going to the gym, with Sophia and Isabella, to take one of my favorite classes. The class is called Fitness Mania; it is a boot camp type class. It is hard core, maybe a little too extreme for my first class back, I will let you know how it goes. It is so hard for me to tell Steve I need to go to the gym; I feel selfish, but I need to do this for me!!
Sophia’s Preschool Orientation
Tonight, we are going to Sophia’s preschool to meet her teachers and see her classroom. I am not going to lie I am extremely sad to be sending her off to school. I know this is the best thing for her, but I am going to miss her. She is going to be going to school Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am-4pm. Oh my, such a long day, but in Michigan kindergarten is Monday through Friday all day. Most public schools in our state have completely switched from half day to full day and I want to prepare Sophia for that, so we decided two full days of preschool is best. She has never been away from me for that long unless with her grandparents or aunts and uncles. As I am writing this I am just lost and it’s only orientation. Just wait until Wednesday; her first day. Oh my!!
I will tell you all about it tomorrow!!
In the Comments Below:
What was your first workout like after pregnancy?
- What is it like when your kids go back to school?
- Any advice…