Well, its August 29th, the boys were 8 months old on the 17th. To be honest there have been many a day (or loooong night) that I didn’t think we’d make it this far. Part of me is extremely glad that my sister has already gone through this and I have her for support. I can see how they survived, pick their brains for what worked, what definitely didn’t and things that may be ok to try with my boys. Overall we are still having challenges finding alone time for our 2 1/2 year old, its even harder to find alone time for myself and my husband.
We went to a baseball game the other night (my company sponsored a work outing for the Manchester Fisher Cats) so we packed up the babies in their double stroller and took our son to his first baseball game. By mid 2nd inning Tristan was bored, and I’m fairly certain we left by the 5th due to several meltdowns in a row. But we had made it out, to somewhere that was not family related, with the twins doing normal family stuff. That has been my biggest challenge, getting out of the house and back to “normal” or whatever “normal with twins” resembles. (By the way as I type this I am experiencing the equivalent of those wonders of the universe like Halley’s Comet or when all the planets line up… Tristan, Marcus and Kieran are ALL napping) In other news, here’s how the boys development progressed this summer. Six month well visit on June 22nd: Marcus was 14lb 6oz and 26 inches; Kieran 14lb 3.2oz and 25.5 inches. Doctor wasn’t super concerned about Kieran but said if he didn’t gain weight or hit a growth spurt by end of June she was going to force us into formula feeding for a possible failure to thrive. We started the boys on their first solids on the 22nd, baby cereals, basic veggies and fruits. I made a good portion of my own, but also buy Beechnut (LOVE that its organic, but as a mass produced product you’ll still want to watch out for recalls). Recalls and cost are the main reason I make my own baby food, with Tristan I bought a Beaba Baby Cooker (you can steam and then blend in the same container). July we had first 4th of July for the boys, walked down the road to watch the Sky Show here in Manchester, by the 9th of July Kieran had started to crawl, Marcus was a day or so behind. We took all the kids up to North Conway, NH to see Thomas the Train. The difficulty rating that weekend was by far a 9.5 or a 10, we had the twins who were new crawlers, our 2 1/2 year old and my husbands 4 1/2 old daughter.
The train ride was awesome, the inevitable meltdown shortly after made the day a disaster (I don’t recommend big outings/events with infant twins if the older kids are still in the toddler group, perhaps if it was just 1 of the bigger kids it would have been ok, but both the older kids were atrocious… you’ve been warned). By July 22nd Kieran was pulling himself up to stand/beginning to furniture walk, and about 5 days later Marcus began doing the same.
We are teething in full force, stock up on the natural, homeopathic remedies, stock up on the tylenol and ibuprofen. Try to get some sleep, the end is there, we just haven’t seen it yet. Today though I realized it’s almost September, the 9 month visit is coming very soon, there are only a few short months and it will be a full year.
I guess it will slow down eventually, but until then, hold on tight and enjoy the ride right?