S i x months… of you smiling with the brightest gummy grin while your body does the happiest wiggle. You’re back scoochin’ around, starting to roll, and always pulling those tiny slobbery fists towards your mouth. We’re are all absolutely obsessed with you, baby girl!
Lately, my heart slows down and aches when I realize how much she’s grown! Weren’t we just taking your 4 month + 5 month photos?! She’s my sidekick and it’s easy for it to all go unnoticed. Except when I’m putting away the 3-6 month clothes and when her 6 month footed jammies are getting too snug around the toesies. She’s my forever baby and there’s so much joy in knowing our family is complete but there’s also an ache for what I’ll never get to experience again. Because falling in love with the baby you’ve carried for 9 months is the most spectacular feeling I’ve ever had the pleasure to experience.
Not only has her shoe size changed but also her schedule! She’s sleeping soundly from 9pm-7am. I’ve tried putting her to bed earlier but she seems to always be restless and fuss. 9pm is her sweet spot. And since the older 3 kids are wide awake by 6:50am (Savannah is getting ready for Kindergarten), Avery always seem to get woken up. After Savannah leaves for school by 7:10am I’ll breastfeed her while the twins are eating breakfast (aka playing in the kitchen, wrestling and throwing food everywhere 😉 ). From then on, I’ll feed Avery every 3 hours until 9pm. I wrote this post sharing my experience with breastfeeding all of my kids! I juuuuust started adding in foods. She’s snacked on a few soft green beans and some purees. There’s no right or wrong way and I’ll feed her whenever there’s a convenient time. That’s about 1x every couple of days. I’ll try to expose her to the most textures and tastes as I can. I’ve found it’s great to help prevent picky eaters and some food allergies. I’m not too stressed about food though since she’s getting milk every few hours.
I stopped swaddling Avery for sleep about 1-2 months ago. I also stopped laying her in the docatot. I don’t think there’s any right or wrong way to go about dropping it. I wanted to drop those 2 sleep props because I didn’t want her to be super dependent on them in case we were out running errands or at a friend’s house and didn’t have the sleep props to rely on. So, I decided 1 morning to put her down for her 1st nap in her crib. And she fell asleep without a problem! Since she did so well that 1st nap, I knew that she was ready for it. I still have times where I think she’d nap better with it but it’s hard to tell what causes her to feel extra fussy during a nap time.
Since she’s feeding every 3 hours she’ll stay awake for 1.5 hours and then she’ll nap for 1.5 hours. If she stays awake for too long she’ll have a difficult time falling asleep due to overstimulation. For example, today I kept her up for 2 hours and she would. not. fall asleep. About 30 minutes later I chose to nurse her and she began falling asleep but after I burped her and laid her down she freaked out again. I rocked her for a few minutes to calm her down and then laid her back down in her bed. She screamed for 2 minutes and then passed out. If she would’ve kept crying I would have put her in the swing. That baby swing has saved my bacon way too many times! I care more about her napping when she should vs. where she naps. Just now I probably should have put her in the swing instead of nursing her so that she’d have a hungry belly by the time she woke from the nap. Oh well! I’ll wake her up soon so she doesn’t get too off her schedule.
It’s been super tricky getting back to the gym while still keeping her on a schedule. Here’s a post about my FAVORITE tricks to stay committed to exercising! I’ve let her morning naps slide as long as I still feed her about every 3 hours, otherwise she’ll fuss in the kid’s club at the gym. It also helps that I LOVE the staff that take care of my kids while I exercise! They even argue about who gets to hold Avery first. Haha! That warms any mama’s heart to see other people love your kid’s almost as much as you do.
I adore our baby girl! She is strongly opinionated and very quiet, she reminds me a lot of Charlotte (and even myself!). Which is great since they are the closest in age! Can you truly reference a twin being the younger one when it’s 9 minutes we’re talking about? 😉 I can bet we’ll be having lots of that going on as the twins grow up! haha, send me counsel all you twin mamas out there!
By the time my talented friend Emily arranged the flowers Avery had fallen asleep! We snapped a single test shot..