Wednesday, 21 August 2013

2 Months!

How can it be that my little babies are already two months old? Every once in a while I look at them and just can't believe we have twins! It's been a whirlwind few months, as it always is with newborns. They have grown so much and they are finally fitting into their "newborn" clothes.

The day of their birth - May 20, 2013. They don't look very small here, but they were tiny! 

Love this photo of me and my girls - this was the first time Elena held one of her sisters. 

 We were a little concerned with their jaundice, but after a few times in the sun, it was all resolved. As you can see, the girls really look very different. As the weeks have passed, we've seen their appearance change and their own unique personalities coming out. In two months we've learned a lot about our little ones; we can tell their cries apart! Lisa has a croaky, plaintive cry and Leila is our snorter. Lisa is our spitter and loves to bounce in her baby chair. Leila is very laid back and always falls asleep lying flat on her back. Both love to be swaddled tightly and only rarely use their pacifiers.

 They do everything together. It's really the only way to do it with twins. The older kids are on school holidays for the month of July so our routine has been pretty flexible, but when August hits, I'm sure the feeding/napping/bathing/playing schedule will be a little more structured.

 I get lots of help from the older kids. Still very much supervised, but it's fun to see them loving (gently) on their little sisters.

Here are a few stats on my little ones at the two month mark:
Height: Lisa - 54.5cm, Leila - 55.7cm
Weight: Lisa - 4.06kgs, Leila - 3.77kgs
Feeding: We keep a loose 3 hour feeding schedule, always nursing first, and then supplementing with formula. I had hoped to be able to exclusively breastfeed, but with two other kids to look after I just don't have the luxury to feed all day long, or pump after feedings to try to increase my milk supply. Maybe once the older kids start school I'll be able to try that.
Sleep: They usually nap pretty well during the day, 3 or 4 times. Nights have improved vastly from the first month, but they still wake up at least twice for feeding/changing. Although, last night Leila slept from 10-ish until 4am, but Lisa was up at 2:00. So, hopefully they'll both start sleeping for longer stretches. The girls share a crib in our room, but are getting so long already that I don't think we'll be able to have them sharing a bed for much longer. We're getting their own room set up sometime soon.

It has definitely been an interesting and exhausting couple of months as we adjust to life as a family of six. The twins are such an integral part of our family already, I can hardly remember what it was like to have only two kids.

We are so thankful to God for our little girls and love seeing them grow and develop.


  1. Hi Taara. I always check your blog for a new post. 2 in a short span of time is a good sign!! I love the little details about your girls and how unique and individual they are. Fun to see how Lucas and Elena are interacting with their sisters too. May you all stay healthy and get into a routine that fits for everybody (especially Mama!)
    Love, Aunt Barb

  2. Yay! It's so nice to finally see some more pics of your little ones. Glad to hear things are fairly settled too. xx

  3. They are beautiful. So glad to see you around more. You have been missed and prayed for.

  4. Lovely photos, taara! 'twas nice to see you today!

  5. Our twins made us a family of six, too. :) This brought back many memories for me. Many blessings to you as you settle into this new family life! :)

  6. so adorable, they get so big so fast. I love how I am learning to relax and enjoy each moment.

  7. Your babies are so cute! It's nice to hear that things are getting a little better at two months. My twin boys are going to be one month old this week, and things are still a little rough, at night especially :)

    Stephanie @ She Turned Her Dreams Into Plans

  8. What beautiful babies! You do have your hands full. Praying that start sleeping longer stretches for you soon. A good nights sleep does a momma a world of good :)

  9. Wow, you're awesome. Big hugs for you, David and ALL your wonderful cuties:)

  10. So cute! Kudos to you for being able to breastfeed twins. That's great! I see you did the new mama hair chop. I did that when Summer Elizabeth was born too. So happy that you're all getting involved in baby care & those girlies are growing well.

  11. My goodness doesn't time fly - so glad they're doing well. Definitely so great that you're able to breastfeed. Pumping really does take time doesn't it. Not sure anyone with older kids can manage it. Alice @ Mums Make Lists x


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