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12 months old – ONE YEAR!!

12 months old – ONE YEAR!!

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The girls turned one today!  I remember the day they were born as if it were yesterday, yet it does feel like it was a long time ago.  I can’t even imagine what life was like without them.  They have completed our family and we are so in love. This past month more than ever their little personalities have really started to shine.  It’s been a lot of fun seeing how similar they are to their brothers!

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Similarities

  • They are not sleeping through the night.  They were for a little and then they reverted right around the time that we took them to Austin.  I think it also has to do with the fact that they are teething.  The last few nights they’ve been getting up around midnight and then again around 5 or 6 am.  They go down pretty easily for bed around 7 pm.  Slowly getting there…
  • They are still taking two naps a day.  One in the morning around 10 am for an hour to an hour and a half and then another in the afternoon starting sometime between 2 and 3 for about an hour.
  • They are wearing size 4 diapers.
  • Neither of them is walking yet but they both can go from a sitting position to standing without holding onto something to get up.  They also shimmy around the room quickly by holding onto the furniture.
  • They love to eat.  I think they eat more than the boys for each meal.  There isn’t anything they don’t eat, although for some reason Olivia isn’t a big fan of raspberries.
  • This past month they tried climbing the stairs for the first time.  They show no fear and are a little too curious about them.  My parents were letting the girls have some freedom and before I knew it I heard my dad say that Emiliy was 2/3rds of the way to the top of the stairs…eek.
  • They have both started crawling into our laps to sit.  Typically it’s the lap that the other one is already sitting in.  Lots of fighting over us…
  • I made it a year breastfeeding!!!  I knew I could do it since I did it with the boys.  Now to figure out when to stop.  I’m wasting away. My BMI is 17.5 which is considered underweight. It can be hard after a feeding to move as I feel like my energy has been drained.  But I eat everything I see.
  • Both girls love music and dancing. They are naturals.
  • While there is some bruises with the girls I feel like there is already much less of that going on than when the boys were their age.
  • The girls love to be near each other lately.  They also are starting to get annoyed with one another.  I think it’s time to start separating them a bit so they miss each other.

Emily

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  • Teeth: 7 (4 on top, 3 on the bottom with another on the way)
  • Favorite toy: The car or cart, she loves to practice walking by pushing things around the room.
  • Emily has been screaming a lot lately.  I think she learned that one from her brothers.  She definitely knows how to get our attention.  And once you look her way she gives you a big toothy grin.
  • Emily loves to stand at the gate and watch as the boys go to school and Steve leaves for work. She’ll also come over to the gates when I’m in the kitchen or near the front door. She’s very curious.
  • I absolutely live for Emily’s “evil giggle”.

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Olivia

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  • Teeth: 2 (2 on the bottom.  I think we’re starting to see one of her big top ones poking through)
  • Favorite toy: ALL of them.  She’s not very good at sharing.  If Emily has something she goes to take it away.  If Emily tries to take something from her she screams and looks at us with a “give it back to me” look.
  • Olivia has been talking a lot lately.  I love her little gurgle noises.
  • Olivia loves to take toys and move them around the room, especially ones with wheels.
  • If you ask Olivia how old she is she’ll hold up one finger.  She can also clap!
  • She loves to climb and can get on the couches and the love sac. She’s also getting good about getting off.  She’ll turn her little body around and come back backwards most of the time.

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Us

I need to get a picture of all of us.  I got some cute ones from Steve’s cousin’s wedding that I’ll be posting soon.  Things have been crazy at work for Steve and I.  We’ve definitely fallen back into a routine and the girls are just another part of our hectic days.  The boys love their sisters but at the same time tend to ignore them.  I got the opportunity to do a voiceover for an IBM commercial that aired during the US Open.  Awesome experience!  I’ve got a few other conferences and trips planned for the remainder of the year but I’m trying to be more selective of the events I say yes to.

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Gracie has gotten a few more gray hairs in the past year but she loves her sisters and the extra food they throw her way.

 

11 months old

11 months old

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The girls are on the go!  It was incredibly hard this month to get a picture of the two of them together.  I can see why I stopped the monthly photos for the boys after they reached 1 year old.  I did get some cute ones of them individually though.  I love this age.  They are so much fun.  Why do the days go by so fast?!?  That being said, I can’t wait for them to turn one.  We are having a little get together at the house and I’m having photos taken of them from the same place that did their newborn photos.  I bought them some super cute outfits.  Here’s the boys blog post when they were 11 months old.

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Similarities

  • They are still wearing size 4 diapers.  I got the “cruiser” kind of Pampers.  Not sure if it makes a difference but since they’re always crawling they can’t hurt.
  • They’re starting to sleep better at night *knock on wood*.  The last 4 nights in a row they made it almost 12 hours.  Going from 7 pm until between 5 and 7 in the morning.  Really they get up in the morning when they hear their brothers.
  • Both girls love to pull up and stand as well as shimmy across things.  They aren’t walking yet though.
  • They love to dance.  Emily moves from side to side and Olivia from front to back.  I love when they dance at the same time in opposite directions.
  • They are eating almost everything.  At night Paty usually gives them dinner around 5’ish and then when Steve gets home and makes dinner for the rest of the family we’ll cut up some smaller pieces of whatever it is for them to eat.  I swear they eat more than the boys.
  • Their favorite food I’d say is Bananas.  They get so excited when they see a banana.
  • They have a bunch of unrecognizable sounds they say but their first coherent word is definitely “mama”.  +1 for me!
  • Their favorite toy is probably the curtains in the living room.  They love to look out the window and hold the curtains still.
  • They are taking two naps a day.  Typically from 9:30 or 10 for a couple hours then again in the afternoon for a shorter hour or so long nap.
  • They’re eating on me every 3 hours still.  But they’re fast, 5 minutes and they’re disconnecting and running away from me.  My goal is to make it a year, but I might breastfeed them for the rest of my life *only joking*.  I do love how I can eat everything in sight and am super skinny.
  • They are starting to interact and play with each other a lot more.  It’s rare for them to be on opposite sides of a room, they want to be near each other.  Sometimes that involves crying over sharing a thing or a person.

Here’s a video (sped up) showing how I feed the girls.  For some reason Olivia was particularly distracted so half of it is me wrestling her while Ems patiently eats. A glimpse into our lives…

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Emily

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  • This girl is so sweet.  She’s always smiling and has a sly grin that makes me laugh.
  • She might be the family jokester.  She loves to make her brothers crack up.  Both her and Olivia make these faces where they crinkle up their noses and breath in and out heavily.  Emily’s face with her two buck teeth is hilarious.
  • Emily has 6 teeth!  4 on the top, 2 on the bottom.
  • Whenever Emily is tired she grabs the nearest thing, she prefers something soft but with use anything, and pulls it up to her cheek and rests her head against it.
  • Speaking of, she loves blankets… just like Nathan!
  • Emily took two steps… but it was one time and I’m the only witness.  My guess is they don’t full on walk for a bit still.
  • Emily is bigger than Olivia but they don’t go to the doctor again until a year old so I’m not sure what the difference is.
  • When Emily gets something she knows she’s not usually allowed to have she squeezes it really hard, grins a huge open mouthed grin, and evil laughs *ha hehehehe*, before looking up at you with glowing eyes.
  • Emily loves to crawl over to something soft like the love sac foot stool and lean back against it.  She enjoys her relaxing baby life.
  • I can see more of the DeLuca side in the way Emily looks.  She looks so much like Steve’s mom to me!

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Olivia

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  • Olivia finally got some teeth.  She has her two lower ones. You can see them peaking through in the photo above.
  • Olivia is stubborn.  She gets so upset when Emily takes a toy she is playing with.  In fact, she’ll look back at us and give us a look like “make her give it back” with crocodile tears running down her face.
  • It’s probably no surprise that she loves having independence.  Steve will put her on the ground when we’re getting her ready for bed and she’ll sashay into the boys room like she owns the place.  Then get angry at Steve and I when we try to put her in bed.
  • O is the worst to change diapers.  She immediately turns around and tries to escape.  You have to be quick at offering her something fun to hold while you attempt to change her diaper in record speed.
  • Olivia is more into stuffed animals… just like Anthony!
  • She has started taking toys and sliding them across the carpet while she walks.  Similar to how the boys used to pretend to drive cars.  She does it with magnablocks and plastic plates.
  • Olivia is a spider monkey.  She can already climb onto the couch and pretty much anything else.  I’m worried a little she’s going to step on the bumpers and climb out of her crib.
  • Olivia will wave if you say hi or wave at her.
  • Olivia looks more like my side of the family, at least I think she does.

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Us

  • Now that we’re finally getting some sleep at night Steve and I are in better moods.  We can do this!  Two sets of twins… It’s nothing.  We got this. 🙂
  • I don’t know what we’d do without Paty.  Steve and I live for our Friday Date Nights as an escape from the demands of parenting for a couple hours.
  • Speaking of Paty, we begged and pleaded and she has agreed to stay on for another year as our au pair!!
  • The boys are starting the notice the girls more, mostly because the girls are starting to get in their business.  Anthony and Nathan aren’t huge fans of having two more people in competition for their things.

10 months old

10 months old

The girls have changed so much over the past month.  They are really starting to let their personalities show.  It’s so fun to watch them grow. I went back and read the blog from the boys at their age and it’s crazy to see that their personalities today aren’t much different than they were at 10 months old. It makes me excited for the girls as they are the sweetest right now.

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  • They’re both speed crawling everywhere and standing up on everything. They’re also starting to shimmy along the surfaces to get across the room. They never sit still.  Taking photos this month was near impossible.  I can see why I only did the month to month with the boys until they were a year old.
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  • They’re wearing size 4 diapers.
  • Whenever someone comes around they crawl over to say hello. Makes it hard when I walk downstairs to get a glass of water and I feel bad running by them.  I try to go over to the gate since they’re baby gated into the living room and say hi through the “cage”.  If you ask them to come over they listen!
  • Favorite food: anything they can grab with their hands… scrambled eggs and puffs are their current favorites.
  • Favorite toy: besides Paty?… they like the magniblocks and anything they can put in their mouths.
  • They’re still eating every 3 hours off of me but are getting 3 meals a day of other solids.  I try to feed them on me first otherwise they will refuse to drink.
  • The girls hair is finally long enough to put some bows in.  Although I did and they immediately ripped them out of each other’s hair.  It looked painful so I’ll save the bows for photos only.
  • They love Paty.
  • The girls are both an intersting combination of Anthony and Nathan. Emily has Anthony’s body shape but Nathan’s eyes.  Olivia has Nathan’s body shape and Anthony’s eyes.  Both of them have more relaxed personalities.
  • They both love electronics.  If my phone is nearby or my computer… they’re getting hacked.
  • They’re down to two naps a day, typically the morning nap is longer than the one in the afternoon.
  • At night they’re getting closer and closer to sleeping through the night.  The past few days they’ve gone from 10 pm’ish to 6 am’ish… we’ll take it!

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Emily

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  • Emily is obsessed with the living room curtain.  She crawls over to it and just holds it.  She doesn’t put it in her mouth or anything, she just holds onto it with a giant grin.  Paty got a bunch of pictures from various days of her doing it and created an instagram post.  It’s hilarious.
  • Emily has 4 teeth and two more coming in. 2 bottom, 2 top, and two more on either side of the front two.
  • Ems is so funny.  She will also crawl through the little tunnel we had for the boys and when she gets to the other end she’ll turn around and crawl back the other way.
  • Emily has the sweetest personality.  She’s so gentle and calm, always smiling and rarely getting upset or impatient. Although when it comes to food she gets a little demanding.
  • She’ll stand for a bit on her own without holding onto anything.
  • Emily always keeps to herself when I’m tandem feeding them but Olivia is constantly trying to play with something.  Poking at Emily and pulling her hair.  I have to restrain Olivia so Emily can eat.

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Olivia

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  • Olivia loves to say “dada”.  She’ll stand up in her crib and watch for him and then squeal “Dada” in the morning until Steve laughs and goes and gets her.  She also likes making noises with her mouth and tongue that sound like she’s spitting.
  • She loves to wave.  If you say hi she starts waving both hands.
  • Olivia played peek-a-boo with me by hiding behind the living room curtain, hiding, and then pulling it back and smiling.
  • Olivia doesn’t have any teeth.
  • She loves to dance. When we play any sort of music she’ll start swaying back and forth.
  • O is more sensitive than Emily when it comes to getting her way.  If Emily takes one of her toys she’ll cry and look to us to help her.  Whereas Emily shrugs it off and moves onto something new.
  • Olivia has the cutest natural curls.  There is this one piece of hair on the top of her head that makes a big curl.  I’m curious to see if she’ll have some waves once she gets older.

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  • We started the boys at a new school.  They’re now at A Child’s Place at Notre Dame which is only about 5 minutes from our house.  It’s so much nicer because we can drop them off as early as 7:30 and pick them up as late as 5:30.  Much nicer than having to worry about what they were going to do from 3 pm until I was done working at 6.  I think they really like the school too  They’re always so excited when we pick them up from school to tell us about their day.
  • The boys love their sisters.  They call them their “baby sisters” and are always helping them by giving them pacifiers or asking Steve and I to do something for them.
  • Steve and I are feeling a little better now that the girls are sleeping through the night better.  I’ve finally felt like I’ve been able to cross off some of my “life” todo list items in the evenings.

9 months old

9 months old

And just like that… the girls are 9 months old.  This month we spent 2 weeks in Florida with my family.  I love these girls so much.  They are the sweetest babies.  Both of them only cry when something is seriously wrong with them. It was tougher than usual to get photos this month because the girls are always wanting to be on the go.

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Similarities

  • Diapers: still in size 4 diapers
  • Changing diapers has become a game.  I always have to give them a toy to “hold” before I start otherwise they’re twisting and turning and it becomes impossible.
  • Night: still waking up every 3 hours.  Every now and then I get a good night for one of them but then the other one wakes up in between.  We have yet to have both of them make it over 5 hours together.  We’ve started just pacifying them during the first cry rather than me feeding them immediately.  Before they’ve been so sick with various things that I felt like drinking more was a good thing.
  • Both of their first words I’d say were “mama”.  We wake up to them saying mama followed soon after by what sounds like “papa”.
  • Favorite toy: Anything the boys are playing with.  They’ve really enjoyed chewing on the magne-blocks.

Emily

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  • Height: 28
  • Weight: 19 lbs
  • Head Circumference: 17 1/4
  • Emily has a tooth!  One of her bottom teeth have poked through
  • Emily not only is crawling but she’s starting to pull herself up on things too.
  • Emily is more serious than Olivia.  She gets scared in elevators and dark corners.  On the beach when the waves were coming in as we sat in the sand she’d cry whereas Olivia would laugh.
  • Ems doesn’t get as upset when Olivia takes a toy that she is playing with.
  • One thing Emily does get angry about is someone standing in the way of something she wants.  I can no longer breastfeed her with my computer on the bed or even my cellphone nearby, she’ll refuse to eat and run after it.  I think she’s going to be an engineer.
  • Emily’s favorite person is Anthony.  The two of them are thick as thieves.  Just looking at him makes her laugh.
  • Emily doesn’t like to eat as much during the day.  Her feedings are typically pretty quick, only 3 – 5 minutes and she then is ready to be off doing something.  She is a curious busy girl.
  • Emily is more of a talker than O.

Olivia

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  • Height: 27 3/4″ (50th percentile)
  • Weight: 1 lbs (25th percentile)
  • Head circumference: 17″ (28th percentile)
  • Olivia doesn’t have any teeth yet
  • She’s not quite crawling yet.  She can get anywhere fast but she doesn’t use her legs.  She army crawls with just her arms.  It’s really cute.
  • Olivia is starting to get stranger danger more so than Emily.  But they still are pretty good around other people.
  • Olivia gets so angry when Emily or anyone else takes something she wants.
  • Olivia still eats during the day but is also speedy, only 5 minutes or so and she’s done.
  • Olivia doesn’t make talking noises as much as she gurgles, clicks her tongue, and blows bubbles.
  • Olivia is really skinny.  It’s cute to see the girls together with how different their body types are.  Emily has a big round bum like Steve and Olivia takes after my skinny side of the family.

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  • We are still loving Paty.  The girls and the boys.  The boys refuse to go to bed without Paty kissing them good night and look forward to playing in their “fire boats” with her. 
  • We aren’t doing that good.  Having an infant is hard, having two is even harder.  

8 months old

8 months old

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It’s Mother’s Day and the girls are 8 months old.  It’s been a busy month for Emily and Olivia.  They are both starting to inch but haven’t full on crawled all over the place yet.  We can probably claim they are crawling because they can get anywhere they want to go one hand in front of the other, but it’s still in slow motion.

Similarities

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  • They still aren’t sleeping through the night.  I was really hoping they’d be better by 8 months.  They’re still up every 3 – 4 hours at night.  I think it’s time to start letting them cry it out.  With the boys Steve and I started sleeping in the basement but that isn’t an option with the girls.
  • They are eating solids 2 to 3 times a day now.
  • They are the happiest babies.  They are always smiling and rarely cry.
  • Everything goes into their mouths these days.  In fact it was hard to take pictures this month without toes in faces.  I got some cute ones of O sucking on her toes.  Oh to be flexible…
  • They both can sit for a long time unsupported before toppling over.
  • Their hair and eyes are about the same color.  Although Olivia’s hair has a natural curl to it whereas Emily’s is pretty straight. They both have a strawberry blonde color currently.
  • They are starting to notice each other a lot lately.  To the point where they try to be near each other when they’re both on the floor or they’ll go after the same toys.  Sometimes it results in some tears. Here’s a video from today’s photo shoot:
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Emily

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  • Emily is chunking up beautifully.  🙂  I love her little rolls.
  • She can go from being on all fours to a sitting position.  She is also a little more graceful at how she gets out of the sitting position but every now and then she scares us with a loud bonk when she loses her balance.
  • Emily is talking a lot.  I’d say her first word was “mama”, she also says Bah sounds.
  • Emily is more serious than Olivia.  It takes a bit to get her to break a smile but once she does she has one of those laughs that causes everyone else in the room to laugh along with her.
  • Her favorite person is Anthony.  He knows exactly how to make her laugh.

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Olivia

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  • Olivia was a couple days behind Emily when it came to inching but she is a fast incher.  Out of no where she’ll army crawl herself across the room.
  • Olivia LOVES jumping.  And she’s really really good at it.  She does acrobatic moves in her jumper spinning around in mid air.  It’s impressive.
  • This little girl is so skinny.  She’s really long too. Steve predicts she’s going to be tall like me.

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7 months old

7 months old

The months are flying by and the girls are getting bigger and bigger.

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Similarities

  • The girls can move themselves all over the place.  They definitely can’t be left unattended without being sure there are no dangerous things anywhere on the ground that they could possibly get into.  They can flip themselves from their fronts to their backs and back again with ease.
  • Both girls are talking a lot! They love to hear their own voices and tell us all about their day.
  • Jumping is their favorite activity.  Especially Olivia.
  • They’ve been eating a lot of solid foods lately.  At least daily, ideally multiple times a day. They’ve tried chicken, apples, bananas, peaches, mangos, fish, peas, carrots, rice cereal, prunes… I’m sure I’m missing something.
  • Solid foods means solid poops! I think I like changing a solid poop more than the runny stuff. 🙂
  • Diapers – size 3, although we’re going to move up to size 4’s here soon
  • Sleep – If the girls are healthy we can usually get a 5 or 6 hour stretch from when I last feed them (6pm or 7pm).  But if they don’t feel good we’re up every 3 hours on the dot throughout the night.
  • My favorite thing about this age is how they reach for things.  Especially people.  They want to touch everything.  I love when their little hands slow motion reach out and touch my face when I’m feeding them and the look in their eyes of wonder.
  • They are both ultra distracted lately.  This month I was tandem feeding them and Emily farted, Olivia ripped herself off me super fast and just stared at Emily butt for a good minute.

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  • Emily is starting to get up on her knees and rock back and forth.  She’s going to be crawling in no time
  • Emily does this thing when she laughs where she scrunches up her nose, so cute!  Unfortunately most of the pictures from the shoot are her being ultra serious.
  • When she gets really sad she does what I’ve dubbed the “zombie cry” where she sticks both arms out, shakes them, and whales. She has a little separation anxiety lately.

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Olivia

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  • Olivia loves to make noises with the bubbles in her mouth. She’ll mimic you if you make them at her, too. 
  • Olivia is the happiest baby ever. She is always smiling from ear to ear.
  • Olivia looks a lot like me. It’s weird looking at her and feeling like I’m looking at a miniature version of myself.

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Us

  • We are doing fine.  The first year of any baby’s life is always tough, especially with trying to get them to sleep through the night and deal with breastfeeding/feeding in general.  Steve has found it difficult to handle it when I travel for work despite me insisting he ask Paty for help.  So it’s been hard on us trying to work through that. But work is going great, I love my job.  In fact, I just got to record my voice for an IBM commercial!
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  • The girls got to spend time with their grandma and grandpa DeLuca as well as grandma Seacat this past month.  It’s amazing how much they change between visits.

6 months old

6 months old

Today marks the girls 1/2 birthday.  They are growing up way too fast.  So much faster than the boys did.  It’s probably because of the chaos of having four children under the age of four but the girls have spent a lot of time watching their older brothers… and laughing at them.

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Similarities

  • Size 3 diapers 
  • The girls went on their first flight this month.  I took them and Paty with me to Las Vegas for a conference.  I was there for the entire week and couldn’t see myself surviving pumping so it was easier to bring the girls and feed them between conference talks and sessions.  We even made the news: http://www.businessinsider.com/ibm-employee-brings-baby-to-conference-2016-3
  • Favorite thing to do: JUMP!  The jumperoo and another jumping playyard that we borrowed from the Meyers has been so much fun for the girls.  They literally jump for hours with big smiles on their faces.
  • Eating every three hours during the day and every 3 – 4 hours at night.  I’m sooo ready for them to start sleeping through the night.  That being said they are the best babies.  It takes about 7 minutes to feed them and then they fall asleep on me and Steve carries them back to their cribs.
  • They’ve tried solids – mostly rice cereal, carrots, and apples
  • The girls get sooo distracted nursing these days.  A quiet place away from lights, sounds *cough brothers cough*, and moving things is the best choice for a nursing spot. Even if Paty is in the room they (especially Olivia) will stop nursing and just grin at her.
  • They can now both roll both ways: back to front and front to back.
  • They are starting to notice each other a lot.  They’re always grabbing at each other.  Which sometimes results in a few tears when hair is being pulled.  It’s almost like they are an extension of each other.  Emily’s arm is also Olivia’s third arm.
  • At there 6 month checkup they got 2 shots: DTAP, IPV, HIB, Prevnar -13

Emily

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  • Height:26 1/4″ (51%)
  • Weight: 16 lbs 9 oz (60%)
  • Head Circumference: 17″ (75%)
  • Emily is every day more of her daddy’s little meatball than she was the day before. She is getting so big and round.  I love it when she grabs her feet and curls into a little ball.
  • Emily has Nathan’s eyes.  The color is gorgeous!  I’m so glad one of the girls got his magnificent eyes.
  • Emily is always chatting.
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Olivia

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  • Height: 26″ (50%)
  • Weight: 15 lbs 3 oz (27%)
  • Head Circumference: 16 3/4″ (52%)
  • So happy, Olivia is always smiling/grinning and laughing. If she is sad something is definitely wrong. She reminds me of how Nathan was as a baby.
  • Olivia has Anthony’s eyes.  I love their shape, they are beautiful.
  • Olivia has started to do this clicking sound with her tongue.  I think she is mimicking Paty because sometimes Paty will do that towards the girls.
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Us

  • I still have my linea nigra, it’s very very faint though.  Almost gone.  
  • I’m wasting away.  I weighed myself this morning and I’m 123 lbs.  That is much smaller than I was in high school.  I think it’s time to get the girls on solids so I can gain some muscles back.
  • My hair is no longer falling out!  It’s even starting to grow back in a few places.  Phew! I was worried I was thinning out too much.
  • Steve took the liberty of removing all chances of additional children.  Despite my complaints he went ahead and got a vasectomy.  So now every first moment with the girls is also my last-first which makes every moment that much bigger.
  • Everything is going great with our au pair, Paty.  We love her.  It’s hard to believe she’s only been here for 2 months, seems like she’s been part of the family forever.
  • The girls aren’t speaking Portuguese… yet.
  • The boys are still going to school until 3 pm and hanging out with Miss Alissa until 6.  We definitely have a ton of help with the kids which makes it easier to enjoy the precious moments we have with them.  Speaking of we got a membership to Port Discovery, the childrens museum in Baltimore, and they LOVE it.  It’s fun to watch them sprint to all the different activities.
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5 months old

5 months old

The girls are 5 months old!! Time is flying by.  These girls are the best babies.  They are so sweet and easy.  …now to get them to sleep through the night.  We’re still feeding them about every 3 hours through the night which is getting tiring.  Especially since I feel like they have regressed, at one point Emily was going up to 6 hours.

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Similarities

  • They are wearing size 2 diapers.  I ordered way too many diapers off of Amazon because with the boys we were changing them during every feeding at night to wake them up so we went through way more diapers.  They should probably move up to a size 3 here pretty soon.
  • Speaking of diapers, they are both in a routine where they poop once every 3 days or so.
  • They are FAST eaters.  They are typically done within 6 minutes of us starting.
  • They get distracted easily.  This makes it tough having two older brothers who don’t understand being quiet.  I typically have to bring the girls into another room upstairs away from the chaos while they eat or they won’t stay attached.
  • They don’t seem even close to crawling but they are somehow moving around… mostly in circles.  If they are interested in a toy on the floor they will typically find a way to get to it.
  • They haven’t really gotten into a schedule for naps during the day. It’s still whenever they feel sleepy.  Sometimes they sleep for an hour and sometimes it’s only 15 to 20 minutes.
  • They both love their brothers and their brothers love them.  The girls like to watch the boys and the boys go out of their way to try to make their sisters laugh.  Their giggles are adorable.
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Emily

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  • Emily is a little more serious when she is eating.  She enjoys the social aspect of snuggling near me and will stay on me as long as I allow her.  I become a human pacifier at some point.
  • Emily is a little dude.  Out of our four children she seems the most interested in watching football with Steve.  She always makes a huge burp after eating and she could give Steve a run for his money in loud toots.
  • Emily doesn’t roll over as much as Olivia on tummies but I have seen her do it.

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Olivia

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  • Olivia gets super distracted while she eats.  She tends to try to lock eyes with me and when our eyes meet she disconnects and has the biggest smile on her face.  It’s hard not to laugh and I have to force myself not to look at her.  It’s adorable.
  • She is also always the first to finish eating.  She drains the milk super fast.
  • Because Olivia gets distracted easily she also gets frustrated when she’s not in the mood for noises.  When we’re putting the girls and boys down for bed she can get herself worked up pretty quickly if her brothers are making too much noise.
  • Olivia loves to roll over.  If we put the two of them on tummy time within a few seconds she has rolled over.
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Us

  • It’s been a month with Paty!!  We love her.  She immediately became part of her family and has made life so much easier.  Just having that extra set of hands has been huge.  Don’t get Steve and I started with the ridiculous snow day policy in Baltimore, but of the 6 days that the boys had off school from snow it was nice to have her help.
  • Steve and I have been able to have some time just the two of us for date nights on Friday evenings.  Lately it has felt like Steve takes the boys and I’m with the girls which makes it hard for us to have time for each other.  Having a couple hours to go out and enjoy a nice quiet meal and catch up has been so nice.  Paty++.

4 months old

4 months old

I have fallen in love.  Not that I wasn’t already in love with these beautiful little girls but this past month has been so much fun. The girls are all smiles, all the time.  They are the best babies.  They laugh and giggle and always are grinning.  Sometimes I’ll go to get them in the mornings and they’re just quietly looking around, no crying at all.  In fact, the only time they really cry is when they have a poop, are hungry, or if they’re over tired.  But even then their cries are cute, I can’t think of a better word to describe them.  Our house is finally starting to get healthy again, including the girls.  They have a little bit of congestion but this is probably the healthiest we’ve all been since they came home from the hospital.

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Similarities

  • The girls are the best eaters.  It takes them 6 – 8 minutes tops eating and they’re done.  
  • They’re going 3 hours during the day between feedings.
  • At night they usually have a long stretch when we first put them down and then it’s shorter.  Typically it’s 5 hours if we’re lucky, then 4, then 3.
  • They are in size 2 diapers.  I ordered WAY too many diapers.  I was looking back at the blog post of the boys at 4 months and I can see why I did.  The girls are going to get too big before I use all of our size 2s.
  • The tend to poop once every 3 days.  The night before a big poop they can get a little cranky but overall it’s not too bad.  When they finally do go it’s typically a blow out which requires an outfit change and a butt bath.
  • They are so strong and love tummies.
  • We are still exclusively breastfeeding them.  Although the pediatrician did say we could start them on solids if we wanted.  She recommended some time between 4 and 6 months old.
  • They both have gorgeous blue eyes that look pretty similar to each other.
  • This month they started to notice each other.  They’ll talk to each other and smile.
  • During their 4 month checkup they got a lot of shots: DTAP, DPV, HIB, Preunar-13, Rotarix

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** the girls giggling at Paty

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The hardest part about this month’s photoshoot was narrowing down which photos to use.  They are all so cute!

Emily

Emily

  • Height: 24 1/2 ” (50th percentile)
  • Weight: 14 lbs (50th percentile)
  • Head circumference: 16″ (50th percentile)
  • Nicknames: “Ems” “Emmy”
  • Emily is so calm and patient, I love her little personality already.
  • Emily is loving, if Olivia is crying she starts to cry too.
  • She is growing some great “folds”.  Changing her diaper requires a lot of careful whipping to make sure we get all the creases.
  • Emily has been talking a lot lately, most to herself.  It’s a cute squeak noise, see the video below.
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Olivia

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  • Height: 24 1/4″ (49th percentile)
  • Weight: 13lbs 6 oz (26th percentile)
  • Head circumference: 16″ (50th percentile)
  • Nicknames: “Livia” “O”
  • Olivia is also calm but not as patient.  She really hates noises and will cry if the boys are running around too much.
  • Olivia loves putting her hands in her mouth and playing with her hands in general.  She’s currently got a bunch of little cuts on her face.  I keep trying to cut her nails but somehow she still manages to hurt herself.
  • Olivia is a slobber monster.  I wonder if that means she’s going to get teeth first.
  • Olivia doesn’t talk as much as Emily but she makes gurgling noises.  She’s more the googoo gaagaa talking, whereas Emily squeals and squeaks.

During our photoshoot Paty helped to make the girls laugh and look at the camera.  She brought out this really cool bubble machine and Olivia got to see bubbles for the first time.  It was so cute watching her look at them and try to figure out what was happening.  Check out this video:  You can see her reaction as they pop on her face.

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Predictions

  • Olivia will be the first to crawl and walk
  • Emily will be the first to go from a crawl to a sitting position
  • Emily will be the first to talk, and be more talkative
  • Olivia will be a little quieter
  • They both are going to be so smart just like their brothers

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  • I started back to work this past week.  It felt good to be back and start getting a routine going.  Plus I love my job so the days just fly by.  The girls were so good the entire week.  The hard part though was the boys.  They just didn’t want to take a nap which meant I had to do a lot of screaming until Alissa got there in the afternoon.  Which resulted in me making it so the boys stay at school now until 3 instead of noon.  They’ll start their longer days next week.  It should make it easier on Paty as well not having to feed the boys lunch every day.
  • I’m wasting away… I weighed 126 lbs this morning when I weighed myself which is way less than I normally weigh and probably less than I weighed in high school.  I eat so much and am always starving.
  • The weight isn’t the only thing falling off of me, so is my hair.  It happened with the boys but I don’t remember it being this bad.  All of our drains are clogged and I’m pulling hair out in clumps.  I am scared to comb through my hair or put it in a ponytail.  I can’t wait for this post partum side effect to be over.
  • I’ve still got my linea negra but it’s fading.
  • Steve and I both have had our moments of breaking down this past month.
  • The boys are such great big brothers, they like to help by pressing the diaper pail button when we’re changing the girls diapers.  They also enjoy putting pacifiers in their mouths or rocking them.  They love their baby sisters and can even tell them a part.
  • Grandma and Grandpa Seacat got to spend a couple weeks with us, including their birthdays and Christmas.  It was so fun to have them here.  Unfortunately they had to leave us to go on vacation… whatever that is.  *tear*
  • We got our au pair!  Patricia Freitas is here!  We picked her up yesterday from the bus stop.  The boys have taken a liking to her and of course the girls love her.  It’s fun to see how quickly she fit right into our family.  I am so glad she is here and am looking forward to the coming year.  One of the things I’m most looking forward to is Steve and I are even planning to do a date night on Fridays… a much needed night of just the two of us.

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These girls have my heart.  I love our little family!!

3 months old

3 months old
3 months old

It’s hard to believe these two little sweethearts have only been in our lives for 3 months.  Time is flying by.  They really are the sweetest babies.

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They are both wearing size 2 diapers, although they are a little big on both of them.  Emily and Olivia both hate having a poopy diaper.  If there is anything in their diapers they are sure to let us know about it.  They both have beautiful smiles.  My favorite thing to do these days is get them to crack a smile.  They love being talked to, even by their big brothers.  Their eyes are gorgeous and both seem to be a similar shade of blue.  We moved the girls upstairs and my office downstairs.  My mom got the girls these cute little butterflies and we attached them to the ceiling fan.  They love to sit in their cribs and watch as the butterflies “fly” above them.  Both girls still love to be held and snuggle in little little monkeys.  Emily and Olivia are both amazing eaters… and efficient.  They’re already taking less than 10 minutes a feeding and then they’re done.

Emily

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  • Emily has been doing awesome sleeping.  She made it over a week sleeping 7+ hours each night.  We decided to let her sleep instead of waking her up with Olivia wanted to eat because Olivia has been sick and we were curious how long Emily could go.  
  • In the mornings she can be found talking to herself with sweet gurgles waiting patiently in her crib for someone to come and get her.
  • Emily is always wide eyed and looking around, afraid to miss a thing.
  • Her eyes!! She has the biggest blue eyes  just like her brother Anthony.
  • They are both getting very strong.  Emily seems to like tummy time more than Olivia and can hold her head up pretty high.
  • Emily loves to eat.  Which typically means she overeats and spits up whatever her stomach can’t hold.  Then she gives us the biggest content smile.

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Olivia

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  • Olivia is still waking up every 3 hours at night to feed.  She has been pretty sick though so half the time I’m not sure if she’s hungry or if she’s just having trouble breathing through her coughing fits.
  • Olivia likes quiet.  She’ll get really upset and stop eating on me if her brothers are making too much noise around her.  Sometimes I’ll have to take her to a quiet dark room and escape the chaos to get her to finish eating.
  • Have I mentioned how cute her half grin is that she got from me?!?
  • Her eyelashes!!
  • She has the cutest little belly button.  It looks like it’s an almost outtie.  Reminds me of an @ sign.

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Us

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  • We are getting an au pair!  We are so excited that Patricia Freitas de Lima Matos will be joining our family starting in January.  She gets to the United States on the 4th but has a training session and won’t get to our place until the 8th.  We’ve done a few Skype video calls with her so far and know she is going to fit in nicely with our family.  
  • My mom leaves on Wednesday to head back to Montana to get my dad.  Then the two of them are driving across the country back to Baltimore to spend the holidays with us.  We’re lucky we’ll get to celebrate both of their birthdays as well.  We can’t wait to see Grandpa and I’m sure Grandma is excited as well.
  • My maternity leave is going by way too fast.  I have to go back to work the 4th of January.  Our old nanny, Ann, offered to help me out that first week until our au pair starts the following week.
  • We have definitely gotten into a routine.  Steve has been waking up early with the boys and taking them to school and then coming home to swap cars so that we have the minivan.  Then around noon we swing by the school to grab the boys and feed them lunch and try to get them down for a nap around 1.  It usually takes them until around 2 to finally fall asleep (probably doesn’t help that they’re in the same room talking to each other).  Then we usually have someone come over to help between 3 and 3:30 in the afternoon when the boys wake up until 6pm.  The girls are still in the infant phase of sleeping on demand but they are getting to where they take a long nap in the morning and another one in the afternoon.
  • We had a few guests this month including Aunt Leslie, Uncle Lonnie, and Katie.  It was amazing having 6 extra arms to watch and play with all the kiddos.  We definitely miss them.  Nathan is still asking “Where is Katie and her friends in the basement?”.