I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by friends, family and loved ones. I’ve clearly been away from here for quite some time. Davis is now thirteen months and I missed not only his eleven month update but his one year post. So, here I am playing catch up.
Davis continues to be our happy and easy-going little guy. We celebrated his first birthday on his actual birthday-October 21st. We had lots of friends and family gather at our house for a donut themed brunch birthday celebration. Davis didn’t take a good morning nap, so by the time we gathered around for his birthday cake smash, he was not happy. He was in a new high chair and there were lots of people staring at him and singing Happy Birthday and our usually happy boy was crying and screaming. We finally put his cake down on the floor, but the crying wasn’t remedied until he was given his own donut. The photographer who has taken family photos for us since the girls were born came to our house and like always, worked her magic and captured some wonderful family photos and photos of Davis’ special day!
By his birthday Davis was taking a few steps, and now at thirteen months he is practically running! The girls didn’t walk until around fifteen months, so he is on the move much sooner.
Davis has eight teeth, his top and bottom four incisors, the lack of teeth isn’t hindering his eating one bit. This boy loves his food and pretty much eats everything we give him. He especially loves pears, cheese, raspberries and eggs. The girls were also very good eaters until they hit two years old and now prefer typical kid foods-grilled cheese, quesadillas, chicken tenders, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and mac n’ cheese.
Davis drinks about 20 ounces of whole milk a day, we add DHA and probiotics to his milk. At this point we are trying to transition him to one bottle first thing in the morning and one right before bed and to use a sippy cup when he has milk with meals. He also drinks a fair amount of water and likes drinking out of a water bottle with a built-in straw.
Davis had his one year check on November 10th and had his flu shot booster and four vaccines, he did great and his sisters comforted him when he had some tears.
Weight: 21 pounds 5 ounces (45th percentile)
Height: 30.3 inches (55th percentile)
Head Circumference: 47 cm (72nd percentile-big head like sister Jemma and Mommy)
Hubby gave Davis his first haircut last week, he sat on my lap while Hubby used the clippers to cut his hair. We thought he was going to be afraid of the clippers, but he did great and now looks like a little boy much more than a baby.
Davis still takes two naps a day, both are usually only 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. He usually sleeps around ten hours a night, he sleeps quite a bit less than his sisters, Hubby thinks he takes after me more in the fact that I require less sleep than him. The girls sleep twelve hours a night and usually take one 2-3 hour nap.
The first year of my son’s life has been the fastest year yet. I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that he is over a year old and isn’t a baby any longer. It’s bittersweet-I love the little boy that he is developing into, but feel a little sad that he will be my last baby. If I were five years younger than maybe a fourth child would have been a consideration, but we are happy and content with three. Five years ago we were in the throes of infertility and weren’t sure if even one biological child was a possibility for us, so to be blessed not only once but three times is more than we ever could have prayed and wished for.
This year I am so thankful for my beautiful, happy and healthy family. My children are my greatest blessing and on the days when I feel overwhelmed and frustrated that I have three children three years old and younger, I have to remember how much of a miracle each one of them truly are.
As 2017 draws to a close, there is much to reflect upon. Life in our household has changed a lot this year, but one thing remains constant, how blessed and fortunate we are for all that we have and the love and support of our family and friends.
As I mentioned in my last post, my Mom recently “retired” from helping us with our children. My Mom has helped us for the past three years, spending every two weeks at our house. My Dad and her live in Central Washington about three hours away…to say she has been dedicated to our family is a huge understatement. My Mom sacrificed time with my Dad, time with her friends, travel and relaxation all to help us with our children. When the twins were first born she was here for seven weeks straight and soon after, my Mother-In-Law and her starting alternating every two weeks, when Davis was born, she again spent another three to four weeks straight while I was on my maternity leave. And my Mom doesn’t only help us with the children-when she was at our home, she helped me immensely with housework, yard work, cooking, organizing, helped with our cats and just made my life so much easier. She is an angel! Truly an angel!
We feel so lucky and blessed that she was able to help us for three years-the years where we transitioned into parents and when life is so busy. The girls have a special bond with her and miss her dearly. Davis loves his Mimi as well and lights up when he sees her face on my phone.
We are happy that she is now getting the time she deserves to enjoy her retirement (my Mom was an RN for over 50 years and also helped my Dad in their restaurant business for many, many years), she is the hardest working, most dedicated person I know and she-more than anyone, deserves “me” time. We hope that her and my Dad will be able to travel, explore, relax, and get to have “fun” grandparent time.
There is not a day that goes by that we don’t miss her in our house-but we look forward to her visits.
With my Mom’s retirement, we began to explore options for childcare and decided that an au pair was the best option for us. We have the extra space at our house, have been use to having an extra person living with us and liked the idea of our children being exposed to a new culture. After several interviews, we fell in love with our au pair Karolina. Karolina is from Poland, has a sunny disposition and is so good with children. She is the eldest of four children-younger siblings are twelve, four and a little over a year. We laughed that our family wouldn’t overwhelm her too much! Karolina arrived on August 25th and fit into our family right away. The kids love her and she is comfortable and fun to be around. We matched with Karolina through Au Pair Care, but also explored candidates from Cultural Care Au Pair. We have several friends who have had au pairs from both agencies.
We are fortunate and blessed to still have my MIL helping us twice a week and she helps on the days that the girls go to preschool. We have a nice routine now that school is in session and it seems to be working well for us so far. Jemma and Zoe spend extra time with my in-laws on Wednesdays and it gives Hubby and I some special one-on-one time with Davis.
Au Pairs have certain requirements through the program. They can provide up to 45 hours per week of childcare, no more than 10 hours in a day, have a consecutive 1.5 days off per week and have one full weekend off per month. We are lucky to have Fridays off from work and with my MIL’s help we are far under the 45 hours per week and have been able to enjoy a date night every week. Karolina can help with all things pertaining to the children-meals, laundry, and light housekeeping. Shortly after Karolina arrived, we took a wonderful trip up to Whistler BC. It was a nice time to be away from work to get to know Karolina better.
Another huge change-the girls started preschool almost two weeks ago. They are going to a small preschool three days a week for three hours. They only have nine children total in their class. It’s a wonderful school relatively close to our house and they have handled the transition quite well. I think it’s nice that they have each other, Jemma was a little more apprehensive of the change, but now they go into their classroom and don’t even look back! I still can’t believe I have preschoolers!
The girls are also attending a new Sunday School class and are going to a youth church program at my in-laws church on Wednesday evenings. To say they have had a lot of changes is an understatement-but they have handled all of the changes very well!
The girls finally figured out how to crawl out of their cribs, so this past weekend, we finally converted their cribs to toddler beds. We were afraid that they would be crawling out and getting into everything, but it has gone surprisingly well! Zoe is transitioning to not needing naps, but for the most part will stay quietly laying/playing in her bed. Jemma still will nap two to three hours, she clearly requires more sleep than her sister. During our night-time routine, Davis can crawl up into their beds and he is so pleased with himself when he does, he bounces up and down and is happy to be a big kid like his sisters.
There have been many changes as of late, but life is good. We are blessed with healthy children, loving grandparents and family, and a wonderful support system, which includes our wonderful au pair. We are looking forward to spending lots of time with everyone with the upcoming holiday season approaching.
Wow…..double digits! And….I’m only about three weeks late posting his ten month update. This little guy continues to bring us all joy and smiles and he has us constantly chasing after him as he is ON THE MOVE!
Davis is crawling all over the house and does so very very quickly. He is standing, crawling up on his small chair and is starting to do a little cruising. We’ve even caught him standing unassisted a couple of times, which I think he’s done without knowing it himself. The twins didn’t start walking until about 15 months, so Davis is progressing with physical movement so much sooner than they did. I have a feeling that he’ll be walking by his first birthday.
Davis is taking two naps a day, one mid morning around 10 AM and another in the afternoon around 2 PM (about the same time the girls’ take their nap). He is sleeping around 10-11 hours per night and his routine is predictable.
He started out gagging terribly when we started solids, but this boy loves food now! Favorite foods are: avocado, pears, mangoes, and black beans. He’ll eat just about anything as long as it’s soft enough for him. He does also enjoy meat and seafood cut into small pieces.
Typical feeding for Davis:
After waking (breakfast): 6 oz bottle followed by cereal and solid foods
After AM nap (lunch): solid food followed by 6-8 oz bottle
After PM nap (dinner): solid food followed by 4-6 oz bottle
Before bed: Into sleep sack followed by 7-8 oz bottle
Davis now has 8 teeth, 4 incisors on top and 4 incisors on bottom. I’m exclusively pumping because Davis is a biter! I’m winding down my pumping this week, I have enough in our chest freezer that if I’m done pumping when Davis is 11 months, I should have enough of a supply to get him to one year. It’s been hard work, but I’m happy that I can provide him with breast milk for his first year of life, it’s been a big accomplishment since I was only able to give the girls breast milk for about 6 months and that was with supplementing them with half formula.
Davis is in 9 to 12 month clothing and size 4 diapers. He’ll have his one year check in early November and we can see how much he has grown.
We’ve had a lot of life changes. If you follow me on Instagram , you know that my Mom has retired from helping us with our children and we now have an Au Pair living with us, I’ll be posting next about all of our recent changes.
It’s been much too long since I’ve exclusively written about my sweet girls, Jemma and Zoe! I have two three year olds…..really? I have two three year olds?! It doesn’t seem long ago that our struggles with infertility had come to an end and we found out that we were finally pregnant with twins! Our sweet twin girls arrived safely at almost 37 weeks and we were finally parents on July 14, 2014!
Jemma and Zoe are no longer babies (even though they will always be my first babies) and are growing up to be amazing little girls. They are so full of energy, wonder, love and happiness (95% of the time, 5 % tantrums).
Jemma, my first-born, who truly acts like a first born, is my strong-willed and determined one. She wants to do things her way and will fight to do so. But, she is the first to give hugs and kisses and tell us “I love you forever”. She is patient with her little brother and is the first to help me with him. She’ll bring him a toy if he’s crying, will give him puffs if he seems hungry and will always grab a diaper/wipe/bib, etc if I ask her to. She LOVES to sing and is now getting into dancing also. Her favorite movie right now is SING and it’s been on repeat in our house. Jemma also loves the water, we recently spent a long weekend in Central Washington and she declares the pool was her favorite part of the trip. Jemma has four loveys-zebra, bunny, Sophie and her small blankie. All four go everywhere with her and she is devastated if they can’t be found.
Zoe, the “middle child” is our more easy-going, calm one. She is spunky but doesn’t get as easily upset as her sister does. Zoe is full of giggles and loves to talk, talk, talk! She is also very sweet to her brother, but gets more bothered if he touches her, her toys or crawls towards her-“Davis is getting me!” Zoe also likes to sing and really enjoys coloring and art projects. Zoe loves to run, but she is also our accident-prone child. She is always falling down, hitting her head, tripping, etc. Zoe is boy crazy! And she loves older boys, I told Hubby that we are going to be in trouble with her when she gets a bit older. Zoe has one lovey-lion. She isn’t as attached to him as Jemma is with her loveys, but she still likes to sleep with him every night.
Jemma and Zoe won’t have their three-year check-up until next month-I’ll have to update their stats with another post. Jemma is about 1 1/2 to 2 inches taller than Zoe and about six pounds heavier. At birth they were only 2 ounces apart, but obviously their size difference is more significant now. Zoe wears 2T-3T clothing and Jemma is in 3T-4T, it’ll be interesting to see how tall they will be when they finish growing-hopefully all three kids will get Hubby’s height!
Jemma has been potty trained since we did training last August. She didn’t wear underwear for almost a year, but has been wearing them for at least a few months now. When we followed the Oh Crap method the first time, Zoe wasn’t ready. She had accidents frequently and wasn’t bothered by wet clothing. Since their preschool requires them to be potty trained, we knew it was crunch time. We retrained Zoe after our 4th of July beach trip and it’s been successful-Hooray! We told her the diaper fairy came and took all of the diapers except the night-time pull-ups and she has done awesome. She’s had a handful of accidents, but otherwise is trained. She went commando for a few weeks but is now wearing underwear also. We haven’t nap or night trained them yet since they still sleep in cribs, but I’m sure it’ll happen once they move into big kid beds. Zoe almost always wakes up dry in the AM and after nap and Jemma wakes up dry most of the time. We still keep two potties in our main floor powder room, but they use an added child seat on a regular toilet in their bathroom upstairs. It’s so nice to only have diapers for Davis now!
Jemma and Zoe have been amazing sleepers almost their whole life. They slept together in one crib until about 5 months and were sleeping about 12 hours straight starting at 4 1/2 months. They have continued to sleep about 11-12 hours every night and take a 2-3 hour nap most days. There are some days when the nap time chatting/banter doesn’t quit and we have to get them out of bed after about an hour, but if they don’t get their nap-they are crazy lunatics! They share a bedroom and we had to resort to a large curtain hung on a tension rod in the middle of their room to create a sort of separation for naps. It worked amazingly well at first, but nowadays, if they want to talk and scream, they will do so, even if they can’t see each other.
They use to be great eaters and would eat almost everything-today it’s all about kid food. They love pizza, “cheesy noodles” (mac n’ cheese), chicken nuggets, quesadillas, grilled cheese, etc. They at least love fruit and most proteins (especially fish), but it’s a struggle to get them to consume any veggies. And like Mommy and Daddy-they both love their desserts/sweets! Jemma has developed a berry allergy, so we don’t buy many berries any longer-she is getting tested this week, hopefully we’ll find out exactly what berries trigger her rashes.
Jemma and Zoe definitely keep us entertained-they say the funniest things!
“Candy makes me crazy”-Zoe
Jemma growling one day:
Me: “where did you learn to growl?”
Jemma: “From Daddy”
Me: “Daddy doesn’t growl.”
Jemma: “From Mommy”
“Mommy is the boss, Daddy is the worker” or “Daddy is the boss, Mommy is the worker”-Jemma and Zoe
“I love Johnny”-Zoe about the gorilla from the movie SING
“Don’t look at me!”-Zoe (she is so bossy!)
“Mommy-you are a woman?”-Jemma
My friend bought me a book called My Quotable Kid-it’s been great to write down all of the funny things the girls say.
Jemma and Zoe had an ice cream themed 3rd birthday party. They LOVE ice cream, so they were very excited to have ice cream sundaes for their birthday dessert! We had my Mom and in-laws over for a small family party on their actual birthday and then had a kids party the day after. We missed Papa at their parties since he was home in Yakima. The girls received balance bikes from us for their birthday-they aren’t too interested in them yet, but hopefully they’ll get the hang of them soon.
Last weekend we enjoyed a long weekend with most of our twin friends from our multiples group at a resort community in Central Washington called Suncadia. We rented a big house and had 4 families all together-it was so much fun and a little chaotic at times. Davis was the odd one out being the only singleton!
My heart keeps growing and growing with how much I love my twin girls. They drive me crazy at times, but they also fill my heart with so much joy. When life gets a bit hard, I just have to remind myself how much I prayed and wished for these two amazing little ones. I hope they continue to love life and see the world with so much wonder!
I love you Jemma and Zoe to the moon and back!
I can’t believe another month has gone by…..seems like I was just typing Davis’ eight month update yesterday! We are loving our summer, the sun finally came out here in the Pacific Northwest and it has been nothing but sunny, warm, gorgeous days! I’m sad that next week is already August, summer is flying by much too quickly!
Davis is all over the place, he is crawling non-stop and you can’t turn your back for more than a second before he is all the way across the room or getting into something. And oh my goodness, he pulled himself up to standing last night! Everyone was upstairs for bath time and then next thing I know, he is standing up holding onto the side of the tub. The tub is the last place I want him to lose his balance and conk himself on the head!
Davis is continuing to enjoy eating solids-still loves avocados best, but also enjoying some fruits. We’ve tried pears, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarine, banana, watermelon, and cantaloupe.
Most meals/feedings are four to six ounces of breast milk with 1/2-1 pouch along with either multigrain cereal for breakfast or solids/finger foods for lunch and dinner. Bedtime is still a six to eight ounce bottle that he usually starts dozing while drinking.
Davis is consistently sleeping through the night. He is usually down around 9 PM and sleeps until 7-8:30 AM. Naps are less predictable, but most days he takes two naps. Usually a shorter morning nap-45 minutes to an hour and an afternoon nap (most days at the same time as the girls) for about 2 hours. Davis naps in his crib, we gave a borrowed rock n’ play back to our friends and the swing will be moving up to the attic soon. In fact, we are moving his bouncer and jumper up there as well (not for any more of our babies, but for hopefully cousins down the road).
Davis is in 9 month clothing and wearing size 4 diapers. He has his 2 lower incisors and the top 2 central incisors are almost through with the top lateral incisors shortly behind. Davis does still bite on occasion when I nurse him, so now that the upper teeth are almost through, I’m quite anxious to nurse him. Most days I exclusively pump, however, my milk supply is starting to go down, so the ol’ milk factory may be shutting down soon.
Davis LOVES our cats, he literally crawls around chasing them and will tackle them if he gets the chance. Maya, our 14-year-old tabby, seems to be just as fond of Davis as he is of her. Bode, our 6-year-old Maine Coon is less fond of the chasing and tackles.
This boy is ALL smiles!
I know I sound like a broken record-but I can’t get enough of my baby boy!
This little guy is growing up too fast-crawling, sitting up, eating…..he’s hitting so many milestones!
A little after seven months, Davis was up on hands and knees and rocking back and forth, he only army crawled for a day or two and since then has been crawling like a champ. He manages to get around very quickly and especially likes crawling on the hard floor where he can make a little more progress. He often stops and then sits up. He is sitting up very well and rarely tips over. We took down on our baby gate at the bottom of our stairs, but it’s going back up very soon. The girls have been good about putting their small toys away, it’s easy to forget how infants like to put EVERYTHING in their mouths.
Eating was a bit of a struggle at first, Davis gagged constantly and spit up often if things got too far back in his mouth. However, he is now enjoying foods.
Foods we’ve tried:
-avocado-he loves it
-nectarines-likes it but can be a little fibrous
-pear-he likes them
-steamed carrots-he likes them okay
-peanut butter mixed with water-he loves it
-yogurt-only tried it once, he thought it was okay
-baby cereal-he likes it best mixed with breast milk, but I’m mixing it more with water now since I prefer to give him my breast milk for his bottle feeds
-baby food/purees-he prefers the fruit ones to the veggie ones
-baby puffs/mum mums-he loves them!
We feed him in a high chair at home usually first with solids and followed up with a 6 ounce bottle. It’s been nice when going out to eat that we can put him in a high chair also, he loves to sit at the table and be with the rest of the family. He gets around a 7-8 ounce bottle right before bed, I use to nurse him after his bottle, but a lot of times he is already asleep after the bottle.
Davis is in mostly nine month clothing and size 4 diapers. He sleeps through the night, usually from nine PM to six AM, he woke up around 12:30 AM twice and woke up at 5:30 AM when we were just on vacation, but that was out of the ordinary. We have him in a larger sleep sack now and just like the girls-he sleeps with a fan and a white noise machine.
Davis still only has two teeth, his two lower incisors, well behind the number of teeth the girls had at 8 months. I can’t complain, as he likes to bite on occasion when nursing and I can’t even imagine how much it would hurt if he had more teeth.
I’m mostly pumping at this point, Davis rarely nurses these days. I was thinking of actively pumping until Davis is nine months, but then I go back to pumping until I know that he’ll have breast milk until one year. I have a good amount of frozen milk, but now that he drinks more per feeding (usually 6-8 ounces) I’m having to dip into my frozen supply. I’m currently pumping about four times a day and it’s a commitment. I do think the thought of “Fed is Best” helps.
Davis loves to be held, he is happy as a clam if he’s being carried around. He LOVES to be in the Baby Bjorn and squeals with delight when you first put him in. He continues to be happy and calm, we just could not ask for a better baby.
The twins turn three next week! Time is going so fast, we are loving every minute of it (well, almost every minute of it, minus the tantrums). We are back to potty training Zoe, it’s round two for her. I’ll post on how it’s going soon.
Hope all of you had a great Fourth of July! We had a great Oregon Coast getaway and are back in Seattle enjoying the sun with a few more days off this week!
In April we ventured with the three kiddos and my parents to Maui. It was our first vacation with all three kids, so inviting my parents along was a great help to have extra hands.
We always fly Alaska Airlines, but flew Hawaiian Airlines this time, the seating arrangement was perfect for us. The Airbus plane is two seats by the window, aisle, four seats in the middle, aisle and two more window seats. Hubby and I sat in the middle area and sandwiched both girls and took turns holding Davis. My parents sat in the two seats by the window across the aisle from us. I don’t want to jinx us for future flights, but this was our best flight to date! The girls are old enough now to watch movies and Davis is young enough to sit still and nap on the plane. I debated about taking my Boppy pillow to Hawaii, but I am so glad that I did. With the Boppy I was able to nurse Davis on the plane and have it to nurse him while we were in Hawaii. It was a little cumbersome to travel with, but much easier than trying to prop him with pillows. I also brought along my Medela pump and pumped while we were in Hawaii.
We again stayed in the Kaanapali area of Maui and rented a condo along the beach boardwalk, it was the perfect location for access to the beach and to walk to the Whaler’s Village shopping and restaurant area. The girls slept in one bedroom in their Guava travel cribs, Davis was in our room in a rented crib and my parents slept in the open den area. We again traveled light……just kidding…..3 large suitcases, 3 carseats, 1 stroller, 4 carry-ons, plus my parents luggage this time! We have it down traveling with twins, so adding 1 more wasn’t too bad.
The girls really enjoyed the pool and beach and Davis enjoyed the pool as well. The condo complex had a great kiddie pool that was only about 1-2 feet deep, it was the perfect place for our family to hang out and enjoy the sun. We enjoyed lots of good food while there and were so thankful to have my parents there so we could enjoy a date night! Hawaii continues to be our happy place, we love spending time with our family and taking time to relax, we really have no agenda while there except to soak up some sun and eat lots of good food at our favorite spots.
We only had one mishap while there and that was when I shared an acai bowl with Jemma one morning. We have known that Jemma has a berry sensitivity (she is actually going to be tested for allergies at the end of this month) but I didn’t realize that acai is a “berry” and shared bites with her, later that day she broke out in an angry rash and soon it was head-to-toe and she was itchy all over. Poor girl was so irritable due to the itching and had trouble sleeping. We tried a Hylands natural remedy, but finally had to go to Benadryl to give her some relief.
We are enjoying the weather here in Seattle now that it is warming up a bit and the rain is less frequent, it’s nice to spend time outside and the girls can burn off some energy running around. Davis is up on his hands and knees and is starting to crawl! Our twins didn’t start crawling until around 9 months, so he is definitely moving early, trying to keep up with his big sisters I’m sure!
The girls are turning 3 in exactly one month!!! Where has the time gone? I love the little people they are developing into, but miss my babies. The saying “days are long, years are short” is so so true!
Happy upcoming summer!
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