Feedings: Brayden is drinking about 4 ounces of milk, about every three hours during the day and goes about 8 hours without milk overnight. Julie’s taking 5 ounces every three hours, and goes about 10 hour overnight. We still do one formula bottle every night and I am back to pumping around every 4 hours. We’re still doing 1T in the overnight bottles and may be increasing Brayden’s bottle rice intake at the doctor’s direction to help with his reflux. We’ve also introduced rice cereal by spoon regularly, with each eating about 2 T of rice mixed with milk. We’ve also introduced baby banana and they share ½ a container when we offer it. They still have quite a bit of the tongue thrust reflex, but like to lean towards the spoon and get in about half of what we offer.
Daytime: Babes are spending even more awake time. They like to get cozy, and sit on our tummies when we’re laying flat, with their back’s on our theighs. The babies got their first puppets for Easter (a Duck and a Bunny) which they love. With the bunny we sing Little Bunny FooFoo and the one about a Rabbit in the Wood. With the Duck, we sing Five Little Ducks (the one “with a feather on his back” and the one that “went out to play over the hill and far away). Favorite toys include the mesh balls, the Blue Elephant/Yellow Giraffe sensory toys, the Play Gym (now reaching for toys and putting in mouth), and have gotten super active on the bouncy seats. Feedings are 6am (B) 9am (J and sometimes B), Noon, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, 11pm
Nighttime: I do realize how lucky I am here – I swear! I have the best sleeper babies ever… Nowadays, both babies are going to bed at 11pm, with Brayden waking up around 6am to eat with Dan (sometimes 8ish when not woken) and Julie sleeping until 9. Maybe she’ll be a “prompt” person throughout her life, because she ALWAYS wakes up at 9am on the dot!
Schedule: I think I would say, we officially have a schedule! Celebrate good times!
6:30 a.m. – 4 oz bottle for Brayden, then back to sleep (Mamma stays up and cleans)
9 a.m. – Julie wakes up for a 5 oz bottle then goes back to sleep. Sometimes Brayden would like milk too – sometimes not.
11 a.m. – Wakeup for Bubble Guppies and Mike the Knight
Noon – 4 oz/ 5oz bottle and maybe another nap
3 p.m. – 4 oz/ 5oz bottle
4 p.m. – Fussy time for both babies. We occupy them by being active on the floor, singing songs and playing with puppets.
6 p.m. – 4 oz/ 5oz bottle and Rice Cereal (maybe a little “nanners” too)
9 p.m. – 4 oz/ 5oz (Julie typically crashes in her swing at this point)
11:00 p.m. – Bottle and Bedtime
11:15 p.m. – SLEEP
Outings and Events: Our babies are still really really good when we go out. Big trips this month included the babies first “out of state” experience to attend Aunt Megan’s bridal shower in Buffalo, New York. Both spent the afternoon with Dad and Grandpa Coleman and behaved beautifully. We also celebrated Easter in all of our Sunday best.
Milestones: Both babies are grabbing at things, and are doing much better at strengthening their necks with Tummy Time and sitting up in their Bumbo Seats. Brayden is wearing some 3-6 month clothes, and Julie is in all 3-6 month clothes. Brayden has begun rolling over – both from Back to Front and Front to Back. Way to go little boy!!! Brayden also likes to giggle when we blow raspberries on his tummy. Julie loves to play Patty Cake and squeals with happiness. We joke that the babies sound like “pterodactyls” because of the loud noises they tend to make from time to time. Julie is an extremely happy baby when she wakes up and very rarely cries. Their eyes are still both blue, so fingers crossed they’ll be staying that way!
Each day with them is truly a joy…
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