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January 2011

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No Naps

For me, not them!


We have turned a new page in 2011. I told the boys that their New Year Resolution was to wake up after 6am. They listened!!
I don’t want to jinx it, but I am optimistic of the new trend.
Since we moved out of ‘their’ room, Chicken and I are getting MUCH better sleep. There are no more middle-of-the-night wake ups for us OR the babies. (Or rather if the babies are waking up in the middle of the night, I don’t hear them fussing and they go back to sleep).

Plus, my trouble with insomnia seems to be GONE. I am a big ‘read in bed before I go to bed’ lady and for the last year I have not had the opportunity to do that. Now that we are out of the boy’s room, I get to read again! I am reading my first real book (that has nothing to do with sleep habits or parenting or anything baby-related) since they were born. It’s fantastic. And I go to sleep with no problems. I’m loving it.

Gone are the 4 am crying jags from Grunter.
Gone are the 5 am wake ups.
Gone are the 6am get-me-up-or-else crying threats from both of them.

They have been consistently sleeping from 6:30pm-6:30am OR even (gasp!) 7am every day for over a week now.
If they wake up before 7am, we let them play in their cribs and then go get them at 7am to start the day.
It’s working very, very, very well.

We always said that if WE could get a solid 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, it would be like a whole new life. And it is! I get up and start my day. I don’t go back to sleep. I don’t nap with them. I don’t nurse Whoop Whoop to sleep at the 9am nap. (I do miss that part.)

It’s amazing how great I feel and how productive I am now that I’m not losing my entire morning either grabbing bits of sleep or lumbering around in a hazy sort of half-awake-state.

And now that I’m dropping pumps as well? Geez. This year is gonna be AWESOME. I am feeling like ME again. It’s about time.
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Sippy Cup Down!

We’re done with the sippy cups. As of this morning, I only offered the straw cups and everyone is as happy as can be.

That was easy!
I know it will sound crazy, but I bought 2 sippy cups when they were about 6 months old and those are the ONLY sippy cups they have ever had.
The boys usually (weather permitting) go out for a walk every morning after their nap and we would strap the sippy cups on, then take them off for lunch, then put them back on the stroller if they went somewhere in the afternoon and then back off for dinner.
Sounds crazy. Two cups that I washed off/out multiple times a day.
This is how frugal I am!

For the straw cups, I’m going to do something really crazy. I’m going to go buy two more so I don’t have to move them on and off the stroller! Plus, I know they will use these longer than 5 or 6 months, so I will get my money’s worth, for sure.
After their first birthday, we’ll put milk in them for their meals and see how that goes….

By the way–the brand that we use is Tommee Tippee. BBRUS usually has them buy one/get one 50% off. They don’t spill at all and the boys love them. The only thing you have to watch out for is if your kid throws them repeatedly, there is a piece inside which comes loose and you have to unscrew the lid and put it back in. If that piece is loose, they can spill a little bit.

How many sippy cups or straw cups do YOU have for your child?
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So Long Titty Vaccuum

I spoke with my LC yesterday and we worked out a schedule for weaning.

Yes, the boys will be one in about 2 weeks and I am SO ready to stop pumping!
I’d like to keep up some of the nursing sessions, but cut out the daytime sessions so that I have a bigger chunk of my daytime free.

Right now this is what my breast feeding/pumping schedule is like:

7am BF
9am Pump (when they go down to nap)
10:30am BF (when they wake up)
11:30am Pump
12:30pm BF (when they are done with lunch)
1:30pm Pump (when they go down to nap)
3pm BF (when they wake up)
5:30pm BF (after dinner)
6:30pm Bottle of BM at bedtime (7-8 oz)
7pm Pump
9:30-10pm Pump

As you can see, that doesn’t leave me with much time in between pumping or nursing. Quick runs out of the house but always with a “tick-tock” going to rush back in time.
Of course there were days, I simply had to be somewhere (doctor’s appointments, etc) but most of the last year has been spent focused on feeding these boys.

I remember my LC saying to me a few weeks after the boys were born: “Don’t expect to have a life this year. If you are committed to breast feeding twins, you aren’t going to have much of a life.”
She was not kidding. It has been hard, hard work, but I’m so happy I stuck with it. I also had the opportunity to stay home and do it. There is no way I would still be breast feeding my babies if I’d had to return to work and pump. My pumping output just wouldn’t have been enough for them. I struggle to make the 2 bottles a day. Some days I get 14 ounces total. A lot of days I’ve had to supplement. But overall, they’ve been 90% breast fed and I’m beyond pleased with that. It has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done but also the most rewarding.

Those of you who work and keep this up are the true superstars of breast feeding, not me!

First things first: Drop a pump every 3 days. (If your titties are sore, ice them.)

First drop 1:30pm
Second drop 11:30am
Third drop 7pm
Fourth drop 9am
Last drop 10pm

This should take me to their birthday and we will start to introduce *cow milk in **straw cups as we wean them from the day nursing sessions.
I’m hoping my milk supply will hold when I drop the pumps as I’d still really, really like to continue to nurse them in the morning and evening.
We’ll have to see.

If anyone else out there reading has any wise words about weaning, please let me know. I am both happy to stop pumping, but sad that the end of my breast feeding days might be in the future. Ideally, I’d love to keep going but my body will be the judge of that.
Just this week, I gave away my double breast feeding “EZ to Nurse” pillow and I cried a little. Things are changing.

*As an experiment the other night we put cow milk in their sippy cups at dinner. They freaking loved the stuff. Chicken and I go through a gallon of milk just between the two of us every 2 days, so I see a daily milk run in our near future.

**We have been trying to get them to use straw cups for over a month now, putting them out with water at every meal, but they loudly protest and then throw them over the side of the highchair demanding their sippy cups.
Yesterday, I tried something new. I filled the straw cups up with water and put them in their play area. Guess what happened??? Like magic. They drank out of them all day long. Babies are crazy to figure out.
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Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah!

Right before Christmas, Grunter learned how to clap. He was a spastic clapper, mainly swinging his arms around in a circle and hoping they landed together at some point all the while squealing with glee. It’s hilarious.

True to form, W2 patiently watched and waited and when he decided to clap about a week later, it was with great deliberate precision. A perfect, delicate clap.
Now, if I ask them if they are happy, they sometimes clap–even though I’ve only sang the song to them a handful of times. They do hear it in music class so I guess they were paying attention all those months after all.

Last Friday, as I was doing a morning goat feed, W2 popped off, smiled at me with milk dribbling out his mouth and started clapping.
Could my heart swoon anymore?
Why yes, it could.
Because today, Grunter did it, right before W2 and he’s got his clapping skills down, just like his brother.
Watching your babies clap as they take a break from breast feeding is joy to the world.
I like to think they are just so happy with the boobies, they can’t help themselves from clapping.
Cute. Cute. Cute.

These developmental milestones blow my mind. Every day is a great, precious gift with these guys. I feel like the luckiest person on earth.