NOTE: Sorry for the lack of posting. Just having fun with life with three kids! (And, you know, trying to catch-up on all the housework that got pushed to the side while I was pregnant.) But I really want to get back to posting more frequently, especially memories and thoughts as well as the monthly updates on the now kids, as in plural. Phew, cah-ray-zee.
I can't decide if I want to separate the girls' updates out into two separate postings, one for each gal, or if I'm cool lumping them into one. Twins make things a little awkward, haha. But I think I'll stick to one lump sum of girliness for now and we'll see how we feel about it later.
So, wow. They're here and the first month went by so fast. It seems like just yesterday we were having hordes of random visitors in the hospital to come see the "big twins". I'm still shocked that they weighed as much as they did at birth! (Birth story to come later.) These girls really are wonderful. The transition to three kids hasn't been hard at all because they're seriously just bosses! And they beautiful. SO BEAUTIFUL. And yet so completely not-alike-at-all. They're definitely fraternal.
Sofia is petite, coming in the lower percentile for height and weight. But her head is in the 65th percentile! So she's got an Anderson noggin! She was born with brown hair but it looks like the new stuff is coming in blonde, which is going to look awesome with her eyes when she grows up! Her eyes are just bright blue and so gorgeous. They're even more noticeable because she's the queen of eye contact. You pick her up and hold her and she'll just make severe and serious eye contact the whole time. We love it!
Sofia has her dad's full lips, just beautiful. She's also got Brad's skin tone. And, okay, she just really, really looks like her dad. He holds her and it looks like they're the twins. It's so freaking adorable. Seriously, you get a picture of newborn Brad and newborn Sofia--nearly identical. And hey, we can now see that should Brad ever want to Caitlin Jenner himself, he'd make a gorgeous woman. So there's that! However, she looks super Anderson as well. When my dad holds her, she looks like him. She also looks a lot like my sister, Alix, sometimes. I'm not sure what family genetics are going to pop as she gets older, but either way works for me!
Maren is so not petite! She's in the 85th percentile for height, she's a tall girl! But her head is tiny. So tiny. I can't remember the percentile, but it's below 50th for sure. But she's got some big doe eyes that are so dark blue that they're basically black right now (DEMON EYES. C'mon, Supernatural, it's awesome). Maren was also born with some dang shockingly dark brown hair. I'm talking my mom's hair color over here, and I love it. I really hope it stays, but genetically speaking neither Brad nor I have hair that dark so I'm wondering if it's going to lighten up. So far it hasn't fallen out or gotten darker, so we're waiting to see what new hair growth looks like.
While Sofia looks remarkable like her dad, Maren looks just like her mom. Again, we found a picture of me as a newborn and it was identical to newborn Maren. It's kind of hilarious that we each have a mini me right now! Maren kind of butt-kissed with the ears though as we can see that she has one ear that's like mine and one that's like Brad's. The one on her left side looks like my ear, and the one on her right side looks like Brad's ear. It's super cute. And it's just like her Uncle James, who has the same thing.
Sofia and Maren's personalities are totally different as well. Seriously, SO different, it's been hilarious to see their personalities develop and to see how clear and distinct they already are at a month old.
Sofia is utterly outspoken, or "Screamin' Sofie". Not only does she cry louder, but sometimes she cries out like a raptor shriek and it makes everyone laugh. Before she starts crying she'll basically yell at you like, "AHH!" in a high pitch yell, basically to call your attention to her. Sofia loves to remind you that you're not making awkwardly long eye contact with her and, again, it makes us laugh. She's a funny girl, that Sofia. She's so social, so unlike her mom. She loves attention, being held, being cuddled--so much like her dad already. But, like her mom, she's an observer. She'll just watch you for a long while. Until she decides it's time to be held, that is. And when she's held, she loves to be completely engulfed in snuggling, totally tucked into your hands and arms, she's not being on hanging free. She really loves her dad for this reason--he's the best at snuggling her. She adores him, seriously.
Maren is our "Mellow Maren". For how rough her start was in this world, she's just so mellow. When we went to their two-week appointment they had to get a PKU and Maren didn't flinch or cry about it, she was totally fine. She's just that kind of girl. However, as mellow as she is, she's all a stress case and we find it to be super entertaining. She's easily startled (and so I like to call her, "Little Bird" because she scares easily, haha) and when she gets startled she throws her arms in the air and her legs stretch out completely, totally stiff. It's so adorable. And funny, so funny! Instead of really crying at first, Maren makes noises of panic. It's freaking cute. It just makes us laugh. When she's really crying, though, it's sort of the saddest cry ever! Maren is still just the chillest gal on the block. She'll just sit quietly and look around. She's not into eye contact like Sofia, when you hold her she's looking at everything around her. But still, this girl loves a good snuggle just like her sister. Also like her sister, Maren adores Brad.
The first question everyone seems to ask is, "How are they sleeping?" Uhh, like newborns, I guess? Haha. Actually, they sleep great. They aren't up all night. They slept in their cribs for the first two weeks but then it was just too much with breastfeeding so we moved them into our room in their bouncers. When we switched to formula because of my postpartum depression the bouncers were just super convenient so we stuck to it, hahaha! But we'll move them back to their cribs next month, once we get the swing of things when Brad goes back to work, I think. They just loved their cribs and they slept for forever in there! The bouncers they still sleep great, especially at night. Wake up, eat, go back to bed, usually from like 8:30 PM to 7:30 AM they'll do that cycle, probably waking up every 2.5- to 3-hours. I don't feel sleep deprived at all; I think it's because with pregnancy I seriously never slept, I'm super used to going without any sleep now, haha.
To continue the, "How are they sleeping question?", lots of people also like to ask, "Who sleeps better?" Which, you know, why people want to know that I have no clue, haha. There's not real answer to it, anyway. They both sleep great, to be honest. We can lay them down awake and they'll go to bed. It's fairly easy. Maren falls asleep the fastest and Sofia sleeps through anything. But, at the same time, Maren can sleep through both her siblings' sobbing and crying, which is impressive because, seriously, Sofia has a set of lungs on her!
Right around three weeks they started just chugging their food, eating on average four ounces a feeding, it was nuts! There's no where for that junk to go, little ladies, your bellies are like nonexistent still! They started water fountain vomiting around that time as well so we had to make them eat a normal amount, like two ounces, just more often. That's worked so far to keep them from Pukefest 2015!
Both girls like to fart smile and have actually given us a few real smiles and man, we love them! They're also both just big farters. Seriously, they fart like men. All the time. People will hold one or the other and say something like, "Oh, we've got some toots!" and I'm just like, "Yeah, that's how they do!" It makes us laugh all the time, they both really know how to rip one.
To continue on the TMI Train, they both also poop. All. The. Time. Seriously. So much. I've never changed this many diapers in my life. And maybe it just seems like a lot because we're changing two babies' bums, but it seriously feels like SO MANY. I can't imagine the amount of diapers we've got through so far. Mountains, I imagine. There's some hobo out in the dump out there cursing our names because our daughters' diapers--which have the lovely odor of fish, yes, indeed--are stinking up the entire place worse than normal. Maren is also a total piddle monster. We have to be extra careful, you let her go two seconds too long in a diaper and she'll totally fill it beyond capacity.
We noticed that Sofia had a lot of white on her tongue but I always just assumed it was milk leftover from feeding. However, when I tried to wipe it off it wouldn't come off. At one point I was in Relief Society with the girls and when I made another attempt to wipe off Fifi's tongue it actually made her bleed! We went Googling and figured out it was thursh and that Maren had it as well, so we went to the children's instacare at my doctor's that Sunday night and got them some meds. We've still yet to completely rid them of it, but it's totally mellowed out so we're just hoping for it to run its course and go away already!
These girls also looove their baths. Run some water on either of these babies and they totally relax and just chill out. It's super adorable.
These gals have a buttload of nicknames. Sofia is Fifi, Fi, Beauty Fi, Fia, Sofie, Sof, Miss Sofia, Miss Fi, Sofie Bug, and Maren is Mimi, Mare Bear, Mare, Minnie, Miss Mimi, Miss Maren, Little Bird, it goes on. I'm sort of out of control when it comes to nicknaming people.
Mimi enjoys talking in a series of grunts. Fifi loves to squak and gurgle. Fi's sneezes are hilarious because they're often like eight in a row that end with a super cute gurgled, "Oh!" We love it. We die every time she does it. Maren's sneezes are quite forceful and, again, eight in a row that end with a shocked, "Oh!" Also super cute and causes death by cuteness when listened to!
Both girls just LOVE their dad. Whenever Maren is in panic mode, just hand her to her dad, he'll lay her on his chest, and she's out like a light. Whenever Sofia is yelling, just hand her off to Dad, he'll lay her in his arm and she'll happily awkward-eye-contact him for hours. Seriously, Brad's ladies just adore him. He's definitely the favorite!
When Maren when in utero she was actually breech, so coming out she was in this bruised crouched position. I think that's why she has this need to stretch her legs out as far as they will go at the time, hahaha. Sofia just mimics what she did when she took up all the space in there, I suppose, as she's pretty keen on basically planking her limbs out straight!
Maren hates diaper changes, they make her sometimes panic to the point of puking or peeing (Maren it notorious for peeing as you're switching from dirty diaper to clean diaper). Sofia hates bows with a passion, she yells at whoever's putting them on--I'm slowly training her to wear them because I'm a cruel mother like that!
Overall, it's very weird to see how much these girls have changed in just a month. This is especially true for Sofia, who has filled out amazingly. I knew that she was tiny when she was born but holy cow, she was TINY. I can't believe how far she's come! And Maren is just a big girl, she feels like a four month old already for some reason! Sofia and Maren are just incredible, they've been such a blast and they've made this so easy it's insane.