Week 30

We're getting into a new routine and I'm trying to come up with fun things to do on the days we don't have music or swim class (which is a big enough event for the day). On the one hand, I don't want to add anything else in as I think two set activities that are each week is enough, but I also miss meeting up with other moms on the days I don't have classes. As I've mentioned, a lot of the moms I've met have either gone back to work, or their baby's schedule doesn't match up with mine. It seems like many are available to meet up after the afternoon nap, but that's when I have the help and try to get some stuff for myself taken care of.

We've been visiting the park with the swings a lot. It's a good walk, plus with the babies moving, laying out a blanket at the other park just isn't as easy as it used to be. The babies like the swings and now I let them crawl around a bit too. George is obsessed with leaves. I let him explore but a few have slipped in the mouth. I think they're pretty clean... They're boys though, I'm prepared for them to get dirty.

On Monday, an old colleague of mine who is pregnant with twins came over to see how I do things. I worked with her years ago so it was fun to catch up and I love sharing any tips I can to potentially help twin moms-to-be. That evening Morgan came over for dinner. This is such a great way to see people since the boys are now eating at 6:45 and going to bed around 7. My evenings are a lot less rushed and I'm able to pump and get dinner started all before the guest(s) arrive. Dave and I have been eating dinner at the table every night for the past week or so as I don't feel so much pressure to pump before dinner. Now I'm able to feed George at 6:45pm and then I usually don't pump until we sit down to watch TV around 8pm, then pump again at 10pm since the babies aren't waking up for that feed anymore. This is so much better as I really didn't like the habit of eating in front of the TV but was usually too starving to wait.

Tuesday was the New and Expectant Moms Group and this time we had a great turnout. We actually ended up chatting almost 2 hours, with 3 new moms there with their babies (all between 5-8 weeks old), a mom of 7-month old twins just a week or so older than mine, and 3 pregnant moms. We had a great discussion and I was happy to hear that some of my tips have already helped one of the moms. Seems like the schedule is a saving grace for others just like it was for me. I know I regret not feeding more on demand, but for the other moms who have done this, and I've shared that I did the 3-hour schedule, once they've switched, they said their life got so much better, so maybe I did have it right despite my doubts. What really amazed me was that the 7-month-old twins who were there, were able to sit in their car seats and play with their toys the entire time. Like for 2 hours. No crying. This would *never* happen with mine. I kept commenting to the mom and it sounds like she knows she has 'easy' babies. Not even that mine would cry the whole time, there's just no way they would sit in their car seats and be content for that long. But, those babies weren't crawling yet, so maybe that makes a difference.

Dave and I got out for a quick happy hour on Wednesday night to check out a new company right next door to our building who had an open house 'thank you' party for our building since there had been a lot of construction. Really cool space and it was fun to be able to see the inside after months of work. The next night Dave and I had our date night and it was the first time we went to a pop-up. So trendy of us, I know. A pop-up is basically a temporary restaurant, sometimes they evolve into actual restaurants, but they operate out of spaces that aren't used for dinner. So this one was at the brunch spot Kate's Kitchen. We were almost scared off by the 'cash only' and BYOB policies, but I'm so glad we went, the food turned out to be great at Chaparrel. We split a gnocchi/arugula/quail egg app that was so unique and delicious. I went for the braised beef for my main and Dave had the Dakota Quail, which we were informed, 'the guy sitting at the bar was actually the one to shoot it in one of the Dakotas'. He couldn't pass that up.

Friday we had our swim lessons and the boys did so well! Some classes are better than others, but they're getting so comfortable in the water. I almost let go of William doing the back float as he totally had it! My mom is really enjoying coming to these classes with us.

Dave was on duty Saturday morning again while I was at my Junior League 101 Training at SFCAPC. I had worked really hard to put the training together, on the topic of 'Tips for a Successful School Year' (thanks for my expert guest speaker Annie!) as well as 'How to Keep Kids Active Over Thanksgiving Break' (thanks to all I asked for tips, especially Lori!).  It was great to put my training and facilitating skills to use and hopefully we gave some of these parents some ideas they'll use.

Sunday we headed to church... and got paged not even 10 minutes in as William was not happy in the nursery. But he managed okay the rest of the time, then we picked up food in the Mission and went to Dolores Park for an improptu picnic. So much fun! We had never been to the playground there, but it's a great one. The boys were introduced to sand for the first time. Now I'm a bit nervous for Florida as they seemed to like the taste. For the first time, there was no line at Bi-rite creamery so I finally got to try their ice cream; I went with snickerdoole and then a scoop of honey graham cracker. Delish! It would have been a great week if it didn't end with that terrible Niner loss :(

Week 29

The boys are on the move. Now both William and George are 'creeping' around. George can move pretty fast, and far (so now he's 'trouble'), William moves just far enough to get what he wants. I'm glad we did some child-proofing about a month ago. We definitely need it! Next up is getting rid of our coffee table; our ottoman should be arriving in the next few weeks. I wanted to keep the coffee table around long enough for the book club meeting I hosted last week. This time we read How Children Succeed. It was interesting, but we all agreed that we'd like to read something that is more relevant to our children and offers idea on implementation, which this did not.

The boys are still enjoying music class, although George is pretty independent and crawls away. William is becoming much steadier when sitting so that's nice to free up my hands a bit. I can't wait for Dave to come to one of the music classes! We had swim lessons and earlier in the week we had a fun visit with Ashley and London, including a visit to the Exploratorium.

         I had a great weekend. Megan came up to the city on Friday and we got to go out to dinner that night. Then the next day we had a spa day with Ashley. Trying to get in some good girl time before the new baby arrives. We were gone for a couple of hours; first with lunch at American Grilled Cheese, then a massage and mani-pedi. I walked in the door as Dave was dealing with a massive blowout from William that required a bath. I guess George had stored up for Dad too and saved two poops for him in that span of time... That evening I met Annie to work on some Junior League stuff, then stayed out in Walnut Creek for a movie. I actually hadn't seen a movie in about a year-and-a-half. Annie is my old movie partner so it was nice to see something together, and luckily we picked a winner: Almost Time with Rachel McAdams... so good!

We took it easy on Sunday and hung out as a family. Dave took the babies out in the afternoon so I could get some cooking done: tri-tip chili, pumpkin oatmeal protein muffins (great for me to grab in the mornings) and some pumpkin molasses sandwich cookies, already featured on the blog. I'm loving the fall cooking! We were definitely still cheering on the Niners though. Tough loss.

Hats are already too small! (makes George look tough;))
The biggest update of the week is solids! We started with avocado a little over a week ago, did the 3-day thing, then onto banana, and now they've had butternut squash and sweet potato. I was a little concerned about William as he really wasn't eating anything (though wasn't upset/crying) which was a relief), but whenever anything did go down, he'd gag it up. Apparently by 6 months, their gag reflex should be relaxed enough to be eating solids. This was my concern as opposed to him not eating as I know he's still getting all his nutrients from milk right now, and will continue to for a while. Of course, I called the doctor on Monday and she said to give it a few weeks, offering food only if he seems interested (and always set him up to eat with George) and if by Thanksgiving, he still wasn't eating, then we'd go back to the feeding clinic. Here we go again... But luckily he ate better last night and then did great this morning. I think it may be that he needs it really pureed, whereas George can have some texture to it. It's so fun now that they're eating different things, though I'm more excited for the stage where I can start mixing different things together and making 'meals'. Right now I'm really just giving them one thing at a time, or combining two foods that they've already had, though I am adding some spices like cinnamon here and there.

Oh, and I almost forgot, we dropped their dreamfeed! And without a hitch! I was a bit hesitant to do it, but the doctor seemed surprised we hadn't yet based on how they were sleeping so we just didn't get them up at 10pm one night to feed them and that was it. They still didn't wake up until morning. The very next day William adjusted how much he ate naturally; he was able to take a bigger bottle at the first feeding. So now he eats 6.5oz, 6, 6, 6, 8oz for a total of just over 32oz. So nice to drop a feed, now I just pump at 10pm and can be asleep by 10:30. I'll take another half hour gladly!

What We Ate Wednesday

Salted Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies
I've come across so many fun recipes on Pinterest lately, many pumpkin-themed recipes and to be honest, since I can't seem to eat enough right now with feeding two babies, I'm taking full advantage of being able to have some extra calories. It helps that Dave isn't into pumpkin desserts, so I'm not tempting him. I'll have a few, and then have been giving the rest away to my brother, the security guards in our building, etc.

Pumpkin Cookies
When I had book club last week, I made two different cookies. The pumpkin cookies turned out great, but these Salted Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies will be on my recipe list forever. So decedent!

Finally, this past weekend I made Pumpkin Molasses Sandwich Cookies with a cream cheese frosting. Those of you who know me well, know I'm not a fan of cream cheese, but add in 3+ cups of powdered sugar and some vanilla and trust me, I'm down.

I don't mess with recipes when baking, so I'll just link through directly to the sites where I got each recipe.

Pumpkin Molasses Sandwich cookies

Salted Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies from How Sweet it Is
Pumpkin Cookies from My Baking Addiction
Pumpkin Molasses Sandwich Cookies from My Baking Addiction


A bit late on this but we finally got the photos from Yaboo! We had so much fun at Dave's work's Halloween party.  Everyone loved our Goldilocks and the Three Bears costume :)

Fifth- and Sixth-Month Favorites

It's amazing how quickly you go through some items and favorites from one month may not even be used the next month, but then there are others that while not on the list, are still heavily used. From the last favorites post, the mobile is still a hit and still really calming for the babies, but they're also more active with it too. They love to be held standing near it and try to pull the moving animals. The picnic blanket will also be used for a while to come, though we're not going to the park/laying on the blanket as much. I've been taking them to a different park and putting them in the swings more. The bibs are also a popular one still, though luckily their spitting up has slightly subsided. Of course, like at the park last week, not even a minute after I took off the bib (a good almost 2 hours after eating), William decides to spit up :)

There are probably a bunch of toys that could be on this list as well and the boys seem to enjoy and play with most of them, especially since I try to swap out the options with new ones every day. Their current favorites seem to be a kitchen whisk, measuring spoons, catalogs (they love crunching the paper and chewing on it) and the tubing to my breast pump -- especially when it's still on but not connected, so suctioning air at the ends. Something else that's been a hit and should probably be on the list above, are Indestructibles books. Great to chew on, but can also be rinsed on when spit up on.

This time I didn't focus just on stuff for them, but in general things that have been well-used in our home over the past two months.

1. Tempur-Pedic Sleep Mask - I originally purchased this several years ago as the blinds in our room don't really keep out the light that well and I think I was still used to the amazing blackout shades from our Swiss apartment. I highly recommend this for moms though, as it stays on, is super-comfy on the face and blocks out light completely. Perfect when going back to bed at 6:45am and trying to get a bit more sleep, or for moms who are trying to get a nap in during the day. I even gifted our night nanny with one of these.
2. Boots No. 7 Protect and Perfect Hand Cream SPF15 - Between trying to stay clean for the babies and washing bottles and pump parts seven times a day, it's nearly impossible for my hands not to dry out. I've been good about lotion, but I keep this on the console table by the front door and apply before I leave the house. Especially now that we're heading into winter and my arms are covered more, it's still nice to get sunscreen on the tops of the hands since they're in direct sunshine when pushing the stroller.
3. Cortizone10 Intensive Healing Eczema Lotion - Although the doctor doesn't seem to think George has eczema, he definitely has sensitive skin and had a flaky scalp and dry patches on his arms and legs. I've tried lots of lotions, but this one really made a big difference fast.
4. Gerber Sleep-and-Play 3-pack - I have a selection of organic cotton sleepers and trust me, they're nice, but these fit so well, zipper so super easy to get on and off for diaper changes and they're a perfect weight for William who tends to get hot. Great price too!
5. Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra - Definitely my favorite nursing bra, I can't believe I just have one of these. Can mostly do one-handed which I feel like is key for a nursing bra, super comfortable and somewhat supportive (none of them are too supportive). On a side note, definitely get a lot of use out of this pumping bra.
6. MacBook Air - Dave asked me back in April if I wanted a lighter computer, but always one to push off spending more money when I had a perfectly good MacBook, I declined. Dave went ahead and got it for me for Mother's Day and it was one of the top presents, usage-wise, he's given me. It is soooo light which makes moving from the couch to the floor to the bed so easy. I don't bother with my kindle fire except for reading as this is just so light and convenient.
7. Huggies Overnights Diapers - I'd say about a month and a half ago, the babies were starting to occasionally wake up wet through their sleeper. They were sleeping longer stretches at night and at the 10pm feed, they'd wake up when we changed their diaper. Luckily these have done the trick and we've had very few accidents since. The diapers do weigh about 3lbs when we take them off in the morning, but they work from approximately 7pm-7am.
8.  Amazon Prime - I'd say the #1 thing moms should subscribe to. There are so many things you end up needing for babies, big or small, and going to the store or to a Target to get them is just such a pain. With prime, I can have it in two days and you can find just about everything you need, at a great price. With Amazon Moms, you also get 20% off diapers and wipes and we combine that with Subscribe and Save so every month we get 20% off our whole order of the things we use most.
9. Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo - I was so against bringing these huge pieces into our room, but they've been a hit and now that both babies are moving around, it's a great spot to keep them contained for a few minutes. We bought them used from another twin mom (also got the baby einstein one) so got a great price.

What We Ate Wednesday

No, I haven't given up on What We Ate Wednesdays. I've been cooking a fair amount, keeping with my at-least-one-new-recipe-a-week thing, but what I've been awful about is taking photos. And posting about a recipe without a photo isn't very much fun. But I'm making more of an effort.

The weather has still been sooo nice (73 degrees today!) but I love soup season and it's November, it's time. I made my favorite sausage, bean and pasta soup last week, and brought a batch to my brother's family, but alas, forgot to take a photo. Luckily I won't mind having that one again soon. Expect a lot of soup and butternut squash/pumpkin recipes in the coming weeks!

Red Lentil Coconut & Sausage Soup with Homemade Naan
Adapted from this recipe

1 package turkey kielbasa sausage
2 cups red split lentils   
1 onion, finely chopped   
1 red bell pepper cut into 1/2 inch dice   
1 fresh jalapeno or serrano chili, finely chopped, including seeds   
1 tablespoon fresh peeled and minced ginger   
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped   
1 tablespoon curry powder   
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp paprika 
2 teaspoons salt   
1/3 cup tomato paste   
5 cups water   
1 can unsweetened light coconut milk   
1 15-ounce can of chickpeas   
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice   
fresh cilantro for serving

Heat the tablespoon of olive oil in a dutch oven and add the sliced sausage; cook until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onions, bell pepper and jalapeno and cook for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables have softened.  Add the garlic, ginger, spices and tomato paste and continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes until fragrant.  Add the water, coconut milk, lentils and chickpeas and cook uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes adding the lime juice at the end of cooking.  Taste and adjust with more salt or more lime juice if desired.  Stir sausage back in. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with chopped cilantro and homemade naan. Recipe here. (It's really easy! Just plan ahead to let yeast activate and dough rise).

6 Months Old

It was just about one year ago that we found out you meant two. And I can't believe you've been with us 6 months.

This month George and William grew by leaps and bounds as far as what they're doing. I write down one highlight of each day for each of them and in the beginning while it was mostly something simple like 'we walked to the Ferry Building', now every day has something exciting to report. They also grew in size. I was at a twin meeting a week ago and held 8-week old babies (who were born 5 weeks early) and were probably the size of William and George when they were born. They feel SO much bigger now, and really, they are. It's fun dressing them more in outfits than just the sleepers I used in the beginning, though when I have them fully dressed in shoes and hats, which actually is most days, they really do look like little boys.

I'm happy to admit that people were right -- it just keeps getting better and better. They're becoming more and more fun each day and the absolute highlight of the month was all their interactions with each other. While they were noticing each other last month, this month they're 'talking' to each other, grabbing each other and best of all, laughing with each other. So.much.fun.

EAT: William really took a turn for the best in month 5 and this past month, he's continued to do well. There are days he doesn't each as much as normal, last over the past few days, but he purses his lips when he's done and I'm much more comfortable reading these signs and respecting that he's had enough. Best feeding trick of this month is that William is now holding his bottle pretty well, and can take it out of his mouth if he wants to take a break, and then find it back to his mouth. I wouldn't say he's exclusively feeding himself, but many times I can set him up with his bottle and just focus on George. What's really funny is when I've fed them at the 10pm 'dreamfeed' by myself (usually Dave feeds William, and holds him in the rocker). When I've done it, I've set William up on the boppy next to me on the bed, set him up with his hands on the bottle and he proceeds to feed himself the whole bottle, while fully asleep. So cute!
There's not much to report for George, he's still been eating really well which I'm grateful for.

Unfortunately I don't think the prescription medicine has helped my supply much, if at all, and it's definitely been past the maximum amount of time they say you should see results. But I continue to take it, I guess in fear of my supply going down. It's fine though, it's still pretty steady that between the approximately 70 ounces they take between the two of them (totally an estimate for George though, basing it more on Williams 34oz), I'm using about 8-12oz of formula a day, although there are the random days I don't need to use any. I'm fine with this and having now made it 6 months, I just hope I can maintain what I have been producing until they're more fully on solids.

Another big milestone, though they didn't officially start until today -- solids! More to come on that, but despite all the mess, I'm so looking forward to this phase.

SLEEP: I feel so blessed that they're doing so well. They're still going to be around 7:15/7:30pm and sleeping through the night. We're still waking them at 10pm for another feed, though I think once we survive the time change this week, we'll drop that completely. They've been fully asleep for this feed for the past 2 weeks so I think they're ready. It will be nice to be 'done' after the 7pm feed and just need to pump at 10pm instead.

They've been great about sleeping all the way through, although their wake up time varies. I would say once- to maybe twice-a-week, they'll sleep all the way through, without a peep, until 7am or maybe even slightly later. Then another two times a week, they're rolling around when i wake up to pump at 5:50am, and the remaining days they wake up and are moving around sometime between 6:15 and 6:45. The good news is, they can roll around and play in their bed for a while before they actually start crying to get up. If I hear them moving around when I'm up to pump, I go in and give them their paci as many time that will help them fall back to sleep for another hour (sometimes 2.5 -- William finally woke up at 8am the other morning!). Since I'm up pumping already, I don't mind that they get the paci at this time which possibly buys me another 30 minutes to an hour of sleep (I go back to bed around 6:40am, until they wake up, or if Dave doesn't have to leave early, many morning he gets up with them and let's me sleep until about 7:45 when I have to wake up to feed George). Overall, it's a good system and I'm thrilled they're not having any middle-of-the-night wake ups.

With that said, you're never done with the sleep thing. Next up, the time change, which we've been preparing them for all week by keeping them up 10 minutes later each night so that they're up until 7:50pm tonight so they'll be back on track tomorrow. We'll see if it works...

 As for naps, William is still the champion napper. I keep thinking we'll need to consolidate their naps from 3 to 2 as they have been getting shorter, but the truth is, William still needs three naps, George can get by with two. William mostly sleeps longer, but a big change for George is that he now goes down much better for naps. Not as good as William, whom I put down in the crib, he rolls over and goes to sleep. George likes to play and roll around, but I don't think he needs as much sleep as George, but I need to keep them on the same schedule. The good news is, now George can play around until he's ready to nap, instead of crying like his did before.

PLAY: So much to report in this category! Rolling over is mostly old news, although it's still the mode of transportation William is stuck with, not that he's happy about it. George is crawling, well, creeping, but he's able to get where he needs to go and pretty quickly. George is into everything, loves exploring and studying everything. William is sitting up pretty well, though I still always have my hand near him as he'll eventually fall over. George pretty much falls backwards immediately; why sit when you can crawl? William wants to crawl, and is so much better on his tummy, but he more does a superman thing where he lifts his arms and legs off and then starts squirming, but the only place he's made it is backwards. William is playing more with toys this month too and doesn't necessarily instantly cry every time you put him down.

We've gotten rid of the mamaroo and the other bouncer seats and replaced them with massive jumpers, which they love. Both of them have always loved standing and jumping just when anyone's holding them on their lap for example so we knew these would be a hit. Now that George is mobile, it's nice to have somewhere to have him contained for a few minutes. We keep bringing in more toys, and they like everything, but their favorite has to be the tubing from my pump. Go figure. My mom brought out a bunch of measuring spoons, the salad spinner, a whisk, etc, and those have all been big hits. Their coordination is much better, they're doing happy baby, love grabbing their feet, can put everything in their mouth and a sad trick of George's, at least as far as William is concerned, is George will crawl across the room, take William's paci from his mouth and put it in his own. Dave got the funniest video of this.

So update on the paci. I finally gave in and bought some 6+ month pacis. I still want to get rid of them, but what I realized is that I okay with them if they really help and not just used every time one fusses. So William still gets his a fair amount, George really only has it at the end of the day when everyone is fussy. William was just in such a bad mood most of the time that I didn't feel like it was worth it to try to get through the day without it. Though once he is soothed, I try to take it away as soon as i can.

Both boys are enjoying swim lessons and they've actually just outgrown the puj sink tub we were using and have now moved to the big bath. They're not sitting up steadily enough that we can bath them together so right now they're bathed separately in this cute inflatable duck tub.

To my boys...

There is nothing sweeter than witnessing you two interacting. I took you out of the stroller the other day and after I was done changing you, I went to get William's bottle ready so I put the two of you in the same crib. As I came down the hallway, I heard you both laughing and laughing. I grabbed my phone and got the cutest video of you grabbing each other, rolling around, 'talking' and giggling. It makes my heart melt and I hope you always will be best friends.

Wilhelm. My favorite photo of you this month, which ironically came after an especially tough morning where we drove around trying to find parking at Golden Gate Park for about 40 minutes, with you making a terrible screeching noise until I finally, finally gave in and gave you the paci. You're more vocal than ever, but you're finding many more pleasant sounds as well. Come to think of it, I don't think I've used the white noise app for the blowdryer to calm you once this month. No absolute meltdowns. That's a big improvement! As they say happens around this age, you're making more recognizable syllables like daaaaa (sorry Daddy, I don't think he's saying 'Daddy' yet). All your sleep is putting you in a better mood in general, though you do not like to be woken up. You used to fuss at the dreamfeed, now you just sleep through it. Anytime you're really tired, we put you in your crib, you pull you arms in to your chest and roll on your left side. You're mostly a side-sleeper. You're still eating great and it is such a huge relief; I still can't believe you're the same baby that gave me all that trouble eating for the first few months. It's so cute when you latch on to your bottle and your eyes start rolling around in bliss, your long lashes flickering back and forth as you gulp down your milk. So calm and satisfied, it's a miracle! Despite some grumpiness, we still get plenty of smiles and lots of belly laughs from you, almost always when you have one-on-one attention. You are playing a bit more on your own with toys, but for the most part, you're happiest sitting on my lap on the floor while your brother is roaming the rest of the room. Though you are a fan of the new jumper. You are the roll-master. I can tell you really want to crawl like your brother and you're doing a rocking motion, but you either end up moving backwards, or your momentum leads you to roll over. You'll get there. Your brother was a bit of a bully to you this month and I keep encouraging you to stick up for yourself, but I think you'll get the hang of it once you master forward motion. You're so strong and sturdy, I was blown away to see that you and your brother weigh exactly the same. You are doing so well with sitting up but I know once you can stand up on your own, that will really make you happy.

Georgie. Curious George, though I don't call you that, that's exactly what you are. I always assumed William would be the trouble-maker based on the tough start, but now I see you're the one I'm going to have to keep my eye one. I can't believe you're moving already. You really didn't want to give me a break, did you? You're our little engineer already. You've been so focused on people and things right from the start, but now more than ever, you're trying to figure it all out. You grab onto the buckle on your seat and pull at it, you go straight for the screws on the base of the jumper, love the clips that connect the gym to the activity mat. Forget toys, you go for corners, knobs, buttons and the like. I had you on the floor in front of the washer as I was loading it one night and as I broke off the knob to start it, I got out Daddy's leatherman tool. I set it on the floor maybe a foot away from you and that was all it took to get you to crawl... You're already getting into things you shouldn't, finding my stack of cards that I write to you and your brother daily. You've drooled on a few. I'm glad we had the childproofer come, you've already gone straight for some of their work. You have started to bulldoze your brother, which I'm not really a fan of; you come along like Jaws and snatch away his paci, acting like nothing happened as he's screaming next to you. Daddy even got a video of it to prove it to you. I have no doubt William will find a way to pay you back at some point. You've become more vocal over the last month and you're smiling and laughing a lot more. I absolutely love your belly laughs. Your hair really has come in lately too, unfortunately for you, your brother has so much dark hair that it overshadows any growth of your lighter, finer hair, but that's okay. Your eyes aren't quite blue anymore but we're still not sure where they're going to settle. In some light they look greenish, other times grey so maybe a hazel. I'm so proud that you've figured out your naps, though you'd still like to be up exploring the world. If you're not ready to sleep, you just roll around, playing with the railing or the shade. Although I think you still prefer the paci, you can soothe yourself with your fingers, your left pointer and middle fingers together help you calm down. You're a tummy sleeper, mostly hunched up with your knees under your tummy, butt up in the air. Dad and my favorite time of day is first thing in the morning when you're both so smiley and happy, but almost better is during the dreamfeed when you just collasp into our shoulder as we lift you out of bed. There's nothing like that feeling. I absolutely love the way you look up at me when you're nursing, and now you love to grab my face and my nose. I can already tell you're going to love eating solids and can't wait to whip up different concoctions for you.

6-month stats
weight:  17lbs 5oz (15lbs 6oz 2 months ago), 50th percentile
height: 25.75 inches, 25th percentile
head: 43.5cm, 50th percentile

weight: 17lbs 5 oz (15lbs 3oz 2 months ago), 50th percentile
height: 26.5 inches, 50th percentile
head: 43cm, 50th percentile

Can't believe you weighed exactly the same! You still fit in some 3-6 month stuff, but I've moved in a lot of 6-12 as well, though the pants definitely have to be rolled up a bit. You just moved into size 3 diapers.

Compared to Daddy at 6 months -- He was exactly 2 lbs bigger at 19lbs 5oz and definitely longer at 28 inches. Looking back in his baby book, he was eating solids at 3 months and regular milk and table food at 6 months though so that probably made a difference. I figure that if either of you were single babies instead of twins, you probably would have been bigger at birth too. Daddy crawled/creeped at about 7.5 months so George is ahead there and he sat about the same time that William did. Dave walked at 10 months so we'll see...

Mom update:  I feel like I've established a good routine, but just like with babies, once you figure something out, everything changes again. I was meeting with several moms on Mondays but one went back to work (that keeps happening...) and the other's girls' nap schedule changed. I've taken the lead on the twins playgroup for their age range but have only managed to meet up with one other mom twice, and she goes back to work in January. The neighborhood playgroup doesn't seem to be taking off either due to conflicting schedules. I also just started baby sign language playgroup on Monday, more because I was interested in meeting more moms and babies in the neighborhood than the sign language part. I feel like I was getting involved in so many different things, knowing that the dust would settle on a few that were the right fit so hopefully that will still happen. I feel like the babies have been more social, it's funny that exchanging phone numbers becomes common when I couldn't imagine asking a girl I just met for her number so we could meet up :) It's really been nice though and I think it's brought me out of my shell a bit more to have the babies as a buffer (and with twins, I always attract attention). I do feel like I'm getting out plenty, at least once a day with the babies, almost always meeting up with other moms and several times a week on my own/with Dave so I feel like I have a nice balance. Getting more involved in Junior League has definitely helped. One thing that I shared with Dave that has been a true change is how much more connected I feel to our neighborhood. Now I walk around and actually run into people I know. I love that feeling when living in a city.