The little ladies are 5 months old! They are getting so big and strong and I can hardly contain my excitement for all of the things they will learn to do next.
This month has been one of the hardest, I must say. Maybe not as hard as the very first month home with them, but definitely hard. They decided sleep at night would return to our up every two-ish hours to eat routine, and naps during the day (which were once amazing) have been treacherous. This is partly because Annie learned how to roll from her back to her belly and it was no longer safe for her to be swaddled while she slept. So, out with the swaddles. This proved to be our biggest challenge to date. While it wasn't safe for them to sleep in swaddles, they didn't realize that it was nap time without it. Especially with their wild hands that keep reaching for their soothers and yanking them out.
So we decided to do all the hard stuff at once. We decided unintentionally one night to sleep train. I was nursing them to sleep because it was just so easy. One night they both woke up after we put them down and didn't swaddle them, and the crying began. We decided after doing much research that we would start sleep training. This has seriously changed our life. It has been the most difficult thing I have ever done in my entire life, the sound of their sweet cries makes me so sick to my stomach, my heart aches so incredibly much. I can hardly breathe at bedtime. But they went from waking every 2 hours at night to waking once to eat, with no swaddles. It truly has been incredible. They haven't quite mastered going to bed yet, but it is coming and being able to sleep at night has truly made me a better, more patient mom.
We haven't progressed much on the nap front, but I no longer have to rock them to sleep and continue to rock them for the remainder of their nap. However they only nap for about 30 minutes, which doesn't leave much time to cook, clean, do yoga, or much other than shower and get ready for the day. I'm seriously missing their hour long naps...
Other than that, like I said, Annie can now roll from her back to her belly and her belly to her back so she is officially mobile! Sybelle can still roll from her belly to her back and is super close to doing back to belly but just isn't very interested in it quite yet. She is so content to lay on her back and gaze up at her toys, however she does really like tummy time now.
Both girls are supper close to sitting up unassisted for a few moments. Sybelle loves her Bumbo chair, Annie isn't a huge fan. Annie loves the exersaucer, but Sybelle isn't super fond of it. It's so fun learning how different they are. Annie is definitely more of a busy body, and Sybelle is happy to watch the world from her quiet little spot.
Annie was 12lbs at her 4 month check up and Sybelle was 11.6lbs so I'm sure they've gained at least a pound since then! They are chunking up so well and it makes me so proud of us and our breastfeeding journey! Their thighs are simply outrageous and I love them so much. They wear mostly 3-6 month clothes but still fit some 3 month stuff, and wear some 6 month sleepers. They just graduated to size 2 diapers this last week!
The weather has been incredible this month so we've done a lot of walking outside which the girls absolutely love. They especially love their fancy stroller from their great Aunt Susan and great Uncle Paul. It's been so nice to break up our day with some outside time. We've also gotten a bit more confident in going out on our own. Once a week I take the girls down the street to Subway and we have a little lunch date together. I always really look forward to these days (because I love Subway and also feel like superwoman with a carseat in each hand).
We have had so much fun this month and I have also learned so much patience and perseverance. I am so thankful for Kyle who is such a steady hand in our chaos. I am so thankful for my family and friends who offer endless support when things are hard and love when things aren't. I am just always amazed at the village that my girls get to be raised by. It is so much more than just Kyle and I and for that I will always be grateful.
I hope you are well, lovely! Take good care,