First: thank you all for all the love on my last post. The internet CAN be a friendly place, and I so appreciate all of your messages, comments, and prayers. Thank you, thank you, thank you <3
Now, on to some adorable pictures of babies, and some catch up on what the last couple months have held for us :-)
This was our second session with Robert at No. 9 Images Photography, and really solidified with us that as long as he's willing, he's our family photographer :-) The session was so easy on all four of the humans in our family (Charley wasn't thrilled at being leashed a few yards from the action, haha). We dressed the kids, and Robert did the rest. Ethan and I pretty much sat back, held babies as needed, and smiled for a picture here and there. Robert captured the little details - hands, feet, profiles, Abbie's tendency to tuck her knees up under her chin, Sam's tight fists ;-) - that make a momma melt, and caught lots of sweet expressions and moments that will always remind me of that time in our family life. We did this session as their three month pictures, and they just turned five months a few days ago, so I've been hanging on to these photos for a while ;-) Good news is, hopefully we'll have some more to share in just about a month! Haha!
At five months, both babies are very interactive, smiling and laughing. Sam has a very ready smile, and laughs fairly often. Abbie is a little more serious, and while Momma, Daddy, and Charley get lots of smiles, other people have to work for them :-)
|Why, yes, this face DOES get him anything he wants. How did you know?|
On our pediatrician's recommendation, we introduced rice cereal at about four and a half months. They did fairly well eating it, but some extra fussiness and... interesting... diapers made us decide to back off and try again in a few weeks when their little systems had had a little more time to mature.
Sam rolls from belly to back and back to belly. He has been sleeping on his belly for a month or so now... we lay him down on his back, and within a few seconds, he's on his belly. Abbie has successfully rolled from back to belly a couple of times, but never from belly to back. She HATES tummy time with a passion. We brought down the pack-n-play and put one of our floor mat gym things (what are those really called?) in it for Sam. He rolls and scoots so effectively, he can be halfway across the room before we know what's happening.
They have been sharing a crib in their nursery since about 13 weeks, and we don't have any immediate plans to separate them. For now, they seem to soothe each other back to sleep when one wakes up, resulting in 8-12 hour nights, and a much better rested Momma. ;-) As soon as they do more aggravating than soothing each other, we'll separate them, but for now... sleep is nice!
Momma and Abbie have been having fun on Instagram as brand reps for an etsy shop that sells really cool hair bows and headbands. So cool that I actually had to get a couple for myself so Abbie and I could match ;-) Visit Lovelies by Lesa if you'd like to see what I mean. :-)
We have committed to a church home. Our movement doesn't have membership rosters, so I can't say we've "joined" or "become members," but we are at home there and intend to worship with that family for a long while. We've scheduled the twins' baby dedications there for a Sunday in December, and look forward to raising them in the most loving congregation I've seen in my adult life. :-)
There we go... I think you're all caught up on what the twins are up to these days :-) I think each stage so far has been my favorite... what is the best thing I have to look forward to in the next few months?