Wow, it’s already been 3 1/2 months since our boys were born! It’s seriously amazing (or super alarming, depending on how you look at it) how fast time goes by now that they’re here! Days literally feel like minutes now.
I have always known that my wife would be a fantastic mother, even back in the earlier years of us dating. She was always so good with any kids she was around, not to mention the enormous amount of love that she had for Camden (nephew) back then (and of course, still to this day). But once our boys were here…man. She exceeded everything I thought she’d be. The boys are super lucky to have such a great mom and I’m blessed to have such a great wife / mother to my boys! Thank you for everything you do, Alicia <3
The boys have changed so much since my last post! They’re both holding their heads up so much better nowadays, they’re smiling a whole lot more, and even doing a little giggling. We haven’t hit the full-blown laughter stage yet, but they’re getting close. They’ve started cooing too. I love hearing the sounds that they both make! It’s like a preview of their “voices”. So exciting!
Another big change has been the amount of time they spend asleep at night. We’re now successfully getting a minimum of at least 7 to 8 hours every single night. We’ve even had a 9 1/2 hour night before! I’m super proud of our boys and how well they’re both doing with everything! I’ve got to say that having a wife that actively helped out so much with her nephew when he was growing up plus all of the years she worked at a daycare helped us handle our two boys at once. I honestly don’t think they’d be sleeping for as long if we didn’t have them on a schedule, and they definitely wouldn’t do as well with their feedings if they weren’t on a regular schedule either. When we first got home we were feeding them every 3 to 4 hours and Alicia would go to bed around 8pm and I’d stay up with the boys and feed them at 11pm, then Alicia would get up with them around 3am to feed them while I slept. It was tough, but we did it! Having said that, I like our current schedule way better, heh. They go to bed around 10:30 and sleep until somewhere around 6:30ish am every morning. It’s nice! With multiples, having a schedule is an absolute necessity. Our lives would be utter chaos if we didn’t stick to it!
Over the last few months they’ve grown from around 4lbs 3oz when we brought them home to close to 11lbs. I think it’s safe to say that our boys are growing like crazy! They’ve both come so far from the NICU and we are so very thankful for that! Phoenix was the one that was a little lazy with his eating back in the NICU and had to have a feeding tube for a little bit, but now he’s like his daddy and he’s decided that food is good, haha. He now weighs about 11oz more than his brother!
Because they were premies, we’ve had to really be careful with things that we expose them to over the last few months. Their risk of getting RSV and other illnesses was so much higher because their immune systems aren’t as tough due to them being born early like they were. We’ve done our best to keep them away from any/all risks. At times it was difficult, especially with people that didn’t really understand why we had to be so strict, and I’m sure that our strictness probably got some eye rolls along the way and I honestly could care less about that — the important thing is that because of our dedication to it they’ve been able to stay healthy and avoid making a trip back to the hospital! Their safety and well-being trumps everything else and it always will.
Now that it’s getting warmer, we actually ventured out for our first meal out in public as a family a couple weeks ago! We went to our favorite place, Jefferson’s. It was so nice to get out and to be able to actually take the boys with us! I’m not going to lie, we were nervous before we got there — worrying about people coming up to them and touching them, touching their hands (which go straight to their mouths, which is a bad thing when you’re worried about germs!) — but everyone was so respectful and just great. They didn’t get in their faces, touch their hands, or anything like that — they just looked at them and talked to us about them, which was so awesome and definitely relieving!
We’ve got some exciting events coming up in the not-so-distant future that we’re really looking forward to. We’ll be attending the 2013 RNICU Reunion at UAB at the end of the month and getting to see/hang out with the amazing people that took such great care of our boys for those 2 1/2 weeks they were there! In addition to that, we’re going to make a trip to the ART Fertility Clinic and let the staff there meet the boys and thank all of them again! Kingston and Phoenix wouldn’t be in our lives today if it weren’t for those incredible people — and for that we are forever grateful!