I didn’t mean to take a few weeks hiatus there, but I guess sometimes life just gets the best of you! The babies had such a wonderful first Christmas and received TONS of presents from Santa, Grandma and Grandpa and all of their aunts and uncles. We are so thankful to have such thoughtful and caring family and appreciate everyone making their first Christmas a special one!
Our new year was also very quiet. Thomas and Skyler ended up with their first fevers a few days after Christmas and I was under the weather as well so we decided to spend new year’s eve at home which I was perfectly OK with. We ordered Chinese food with my parents and watched a couple of movies until it was time to watch the ball drop. The babies didn’t make it to anywhere near midnight and I’m so surprised that I did!
And now Thomas and Skyler are officially TEN months old! I absolutely love watching them grow into their own little people with their own personalities. They are so different and balance one another out in the perfect way. Skyler is so rambunctious and outgoing, while Thomas is quiet and laid back. They are both very mobile now and cruise around our living room every chance they get. Skyler started to do the “no hands” thing which means walking is probably right around the corner for her! Watching them together is pretty comical. Skyler wants everything Thomas puts his hands on and just pulls it right from him. If one of them is near me or daddy, the other has to make their way to us too as to not be left out. Once in a while they will look at one another and just smile, which is the absolute cutest thing, and I haven’t been able to get a picture of it!
Thomas and Skyler are still drinking five bottles a day with fruit and cereal in the morning, veggies with meat in the afternoon and Greek yogurt with mango around 5:30pm. They both have great appetites and usually give me no problem eating and drinking their meals.
We have made major progress with sleep and I am SO thankful! A few weeks ago we made a slight adjustment and shut off the lamp in their room at night and only put a small nightlight in the corner to make the room as dark as possible. We also purchased a sound machine which we play for them all night. This seems to be working most of the time. Skyler still has a few bad nights here and there but certainly not anywhere near like it was. Thomas gave us the ultimate Christmas present and stopped waking up for his middle of the night bottle on Christmas Eve night! They also started sleeping until 7:30am while I was home for the holiday break which was such a treat for us! So all in all sleep has made a huge improvement in our house.
- Eating, babbling, cuddles, kisses
- Being tickled
- Elmo and Sesame Street
- Mickey Mouse
- Animal sounds and the ABC’s
- Cars, trucks, the remote control
- Eating, babbling
- Cruising, standing on her own
- Being ticked
- Watching everyone and everything around her
- Elmo and Sesame Street
- Mickey Mouse
- Funny noises, animal sounds, the ABC’s
- Musical toys, toys that light up, the remote control
HOW I’M DOING:
I’ve been feeling pretty well since sleeping has gotten MUCH better over the past few weeks. I still haven’t gotten back on track with a workout routine and I think it’s because of the season. It’s already dark by the time I get home and settled in and the cold weather is just so un-motivating! I had put myself on a pretty strict diet over the past couple of months and I did end up losing a few more stubborn pounds that I was having trouble getting off, so I’m super happy about that.
I absolutely LOVE motherhood. I don’t love working so much and spending so much time away from my kids, but I know it’s what I have to do. I want to be able to give my kids everything they need (and want) as they grow up, but I would be lying if I said I enjoy being a full time working mama. I just look forward to that moment every day when I walk in the house and see their faces smiling at me like I am the best person in the world; because it means I am doing my job as a mother, no matter how many hours I’m away from them.