Thursday, October 30, 2014
Parenting Twins -The First Year (Month Seven)
I am once again a week late on getting this month’s post up. On the 22nd our little guys turned seven months old! Personalities have really started to develop, as our pictures will show. Aaron has proven to be our serious one, while Ethan is definitely our silly little guy!
There have been so many firsts for the boys this month as we entered the busy fall season. We’ve taken them to the apple orchard, the pumpkin patch and the zoo, and now we are looking forward to their first Halloween!
Aaron also got his first tooth this month! He actually got two teeth in one week. Ethan has two shiny bottom teeth and is working really hard at cutting a top tooth. I'm waiting for it to poke through any day!
As far as development goes, we have seen HUGE progress in sitting up independently this month! The babies pretty much got the sitting up thing under control. We still surround them with soft pillows, only because we don’t have carpet in our house and they still wobble over from time to time. Three or four weeks ago, neither baby could not sit up independently at all, so they’ve come along way this month.
We are also pretty sure Aaron is going to start crawling soon. He can move 360 degrees when put on the floor and can also scoot himself a few inches. As soon as he figures out how to stay in crawl position, he’ll be on the move! I think it’s time to baby proof the house this month! YIKES! We’ve been looking forward to this and dreading it all at the same time!
Ethan has no interest in crawling. He still won’t stay on his stomach. I’ve said all along that he will probably skip crawling and go straight to walking once he figures out how to pull himself up. His legs are strong. He stands in his exersaucer without leaning on it for a good while, and he can bounce the heck out of the jumperoo for 30-40 minutes at a time! But for some reason, he will NOT stay on his stomach! He rolls to his back as soon as he is put on his tummy.
Sleep patterns this month are pretty much the same as last month. Ethan goes to sleep at and wakes up at almost every single day. Aaron goes to sleep at and wakes up after 4-6 hours most nights. We still have to pull him out of the nursery when he wakes up, because he is loud. Once I get him back to sleep we try to put him back in his crib, but honestly there are some nights where we fall asleep before he does, and the next time he wakes up, usually around for a bottle, we realize we still have a baby in our bed. So there is still some work to be done with Aaron, but compared to where we were when he was 4-5 months old, we’ve made great progress.
The babies are also eating more this month. I pretty much make all of our baby food unless we are out and about somewhere. I’ll try to get a blog post up about making our own food sometime. There isn’t anything they won’t eat, and I’m looking forward to starting them on soft table food in the next few months
I want to finish this post by saying that this is the first month where I think I can say that this twin thing has finally gotten easier! That’s really another post for another time. I’m not saying we don’t have crazy days around here or that I’m suddenly no longer living with sleep deprivation. I’m just saying it’s gotten easier…that’s all:)