2AM: Lyla wakes up for a bottle. We started using over night diapers, so no more diaper changes at night, just 5-6 oz bottle, burp, rocking and sometimes a little nursing to get her back to sleep.
7AM: Both girls wake up. Trae and I change them out of their diapers & into their day clothes. The girls wake up every morning with huge grins on their faces. It's so fun to go upstairs to their room, groggy and wishing you were still asleep and seeing their sweet gummy smiles. It will wake you up faster than any cup of coffee!
8:00: Girls play on activity mat or sit in Bumbo seat while I feed dogs/make my breakfast.
|Drinking their breakfast while Mama eats hers. A moment of calm in the morning!|
|Playing together on our play mat|
10:00 FUSSY BABIES= Need naps!! I feed the girls a bottle/ nurse one baby before giving her a bottle and I try to get the girls to nap anyway I can which is often one in their bed upstairs and one in the swing downstairs. Lyla is easy.. I give her a pacifier and a cool, dark room and she is pretty happy.. Nixon wants to be held and nursed to go to sleep for nap time. Many days I love this time with her, but there are times I need to get things done around the house!
11:00 When both girls are down, I do my "chores" (Chores= laundry, cleaning bottles, cleaning kitchen, dusting, etc) I rarely get thru with my chores before one or both girls wake up.
12:00 Trae comes home for lunch & watches girls while I shower/ put on day clothes, if I haven't already. READ: yes... I'm usually still in PJ's until Trae can get home. I hope to change this soon!
12:30 I eat lunch while girls sit in Bumbo seats playing.
|Nixon feeding herself with the Podee bottle straw- Mama's favorite baby gadget yet!|
1:00 Girls eat bottles then play
2:00 Usually this is when Claire comes (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) YAY!!! I wash bottles & get her settled before running errands
3:00-5:00 I run errands- Grocery, Hot Yoga, Pay Bills, return items, whatever. Going to the grocery alone is amazing. Who would have thought?!
5:00/5:30 I come home, straighten up, help play with girls and start dinner while Claire watches girls.
6:00 Bath time starts & Trae gets home. Claire and I (or Trae and I) bathe both girls, giving them their Prilosec while they sit in the tub since they spit 1/4 of it out and due to its grape flavor, it is sticky and gets on EVERYTHING. Bath, Sleep Diaper, Sleep Suit, Bottle.
7:30-8 Girls are asleep in their Rock n Plays in their Nursery. (we haven't switched them into their cribs full-time because they are still having issues with reflux and because they sleep so well in these. They are getting dangerously close to outgrowing them, so we will need to rip the band aid off soon!)
9:00 Lyla wakes up- needs her pacifier back in her mouth- is good after that.
As you can see, life is getting MUCH easier these days. We have several hours uninterrupted sleep and are SO thankful for it! Nixon is our rockstar sleeper at night and rarely wakes up at all at night anymore, which is so awesome.
Our Summer Nanny, Claire is a GOD send. My sanity is completely restored with a few hours to myself a week to run errands alone and take a few yoga classes. I look forward to getting my fitness routine back up and running again and Yoga has been a great way to get that started.
The girls and I have started adding neighborhood walks to our routine at least 3 times a week. We have to get out by 9 AM so that our walk isn't too hot, but it's a great time for Mama to get some exercise and baby's to nap/look at trees, etc. We even end up at a park sometimes for a quick swing!
|Swinging at the park after one of our morning walks!|
|A typical outing for me includes 10 minutes of sitting in the driveway after I get home, letting girls nap longer|
This month we celebrated July 4th with a neighborhood parade then a trip to Uncle Paul & Aunt Mandy's house where we took our first dip in a pool and LOVED it. It was mine and Trae's first experience with swim diapers & the importance of changing your child IMMEDIATELY if they poop in their swim diaper. (We were glad to have a bathtub to clean Lyla off & family around to help! ha ha!)
|Walking in our Neighborhood July 4th "Parade"|
|Enjoying our July 4th at Uncle Paul & Aunt Mandy's house|
Trae and I celebrated our 4th Anniversary with a night out to dinner & drinks at Jeffrey's and Sway while Claire babysat the girls. It was a really nice get away!
|Celebrating our 4th Anniversary at Jeffrey's then Sway|
We went with Trae to San Antonio where Trae was going to take his Certified Financial Planner exam (CFP). Since the exam spanned over 2 days the girls and I stayed with my Mom & Dad (Nana & Pop Pop Young) while Trae studied and took his exam. We went on walks in the park with Nana, played with our new jumper that Nana bought us and took LOTS of naps. After Trae's exam was over, Nana & Pop-Pop watched the girls overnight & sent Trae and I to the Hilton Hill Country to celebrate our birthdays. What a treat! We had a relaxing night with a lovely dinner, lazy morning & yummy breakfast before heading back to pick up our little girls and head home.
Lyla & Nixon's personalities are really starting to shine. They both LOVE music, especially when you sing to them. They stop whatever they are doing, look you right in the eyes and smile when you start singing almost anything. I made up a song about the girls "Whose my little Munchkin" that I sing to them 5-6 times throughout the day when I need them to calm down or I just want a smile and it works EVERY time. So fun.
|Mama and her happy Lyla|
Nixon is pretty impatient and wants to be held ALL the time. She also wants to nurse ALL the time, especially while sleeping. She loves to practice standing and smiles almost every time you put her on her feet. I swear this girl wants to just skip the sitting/crawling phase all together! Nixon can roll from back to tummy and likes to do so!! Nixon is VERY interested in food. She likes to watch people eat and seems very interested in the chewing process. I think she will be ready to start cereal/oatmeal very soon and I plan to talk to the GI Dr about it.
|Nixon proving she doesn't want to sit still anymore by doing backbends off her boppy pillow|
|Happy Nixon sitting up like a BIG girl- she is so proud of herself when she gets to sit by herself.|
Trips to grocery alone
The 3 hours of quiet time after girls go down/before bedtime with Trae
Standing up with assistance