First Christmas

Joel and I have always had a chaotic Christmas season with our families. I do not use the word chaotic as a horrible thing, just a way to describe the madness of traveling all over to make sure we visit with everyone at Christmas time.

My parents are divorced and both remarried. They fortunately live in the same city, just opposite sides. Joel’s family lives four hours from our house. We always rotate major holidays between his family and mine but make sure to see all of them before the holiday season is over. This year was our year to be at his parents’ house for Christmas. So, all of our visits with my family were done before Christmas. We saw my dad and step mom on Saturday. Then we celebrated Christmas with my mom and siblings on Sunday. We left for Joel’s parents on Monday to celebrate a few days with them.

Although it is a bit of madness and takes some strategic plans, the girls were surrounded by loved ones during this special holiday season. This Christmas was the girls’ first snow. It snowed Christmas night covering everything in a beautiful, small white blanket. This is so special to us because we do live in the south and snow isn’t something we have very often. We took the girls outside, all bundled up, to feel the snow on their faces. Of course, they wrinkled up their noses and were not pleased about the cold. 🙂 It was still very special for the rest of us.

The girls loved the Christmas tree! They watched all of the lights and bright colors. We put them in their bumbos and let them sit up and watch the tree. It was a mesmerizing moment for them. Another first was the fire place. My father-n-law has a big wood burning fireplace. We all love to sit around the living room and talk after Christmas dinner with a warm fire. The girls had never seen a fire before and just loved staring at it. I have pictures of Brooke turning over just to stare at the fire.

Presents were not as fun as I am sure they will be in the future. Since the girls are only four months old they are not interested in opening the gifts. None of it was as fun for them as it was for us. I am sure that future holidays will be more exciting for them.

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3 Month

Bailey
Height – 23 in
Weight – 13 lbs
Sleep – 8 hours at night, still multiple naps during the day
Eat – 4 -5 oz formula, introduced apple juice, and cereal in bottle
Accomplishments – Play with my hands, rolled over, lift head up while on my tummy

Brooke
Height – 22 in
Weight – 13 lbs
Sleep – 8 hours at night, still multiple naps during the day
Eat – 4 -5 oz formula, introduced apple juice, and cereal in bottle
Accomplishments – Play with my hands, rolled over, lift head up while on my tummy
**This month we discovered that she has acid reflux. The doctor put her on zantac daily to help with the extra spit up.

Baby Wise Schedule
7:00 am – Wake, feed, get dressed
9:30 am – Wake, feed, change diapers
12:30 pm – Wake, feed, change diapers
3:30 pm – Wake, feed, change diapers
6:00 pm – Wake, feed, change diapers
7:30 pm – bath time
8:00 pm – Wake, feed, change diapers
11:00 pm – Wake, feed, change diapers **Cereal in bottle

This month we had to take Brooke to the doctor because she has been spitting up a lot. It is really chunky and it is usually 30-45 minutes after she has eaten. The doctor put her on AR (Acid Reducer) formula and Zantac medication. Joel and I flew to Midland to look at houses this month. We were only gone one night but it was the first time away from the girls. Grammy (Joel’s mom) came in to stay with the girls. Although I know she can take care of them, I was still really nervous and anxious about leaving them. It was a very long 24 hours for me.

The girls are growing so much each day. I am loving all the time with them. I feel tired each day and try to find time for a small nap when they are sleeping. They have been in their own room since the end of September with makes things easier for us at night. I still wake up and watch the monitor to make sure they are breathing. I wonder if this will ever change or if I will always watch them.

 Brooke

Bailey

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