The Beans

From Jerry’s camera roll

About a week ago, I asked Jerry if I could text myself some pictures he took of us so I could use them on the blog.  When I was going through his camera roll, I noticed about 50 pictures he and our nurse took on Birth Day.  Pictures I had never seen before.  Now, let me ask you…would you want to see pictures of your babies taken minutes after they were born?  Oh I don’t know…perhaps it would be nice to get a glimpse of THESE photos???

Seconds old Fynnlee

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And seconds old Greyson

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Um yeah…somehow he forgot to share these with me.  Oh and this one.  Of me and my freshly born son.  Snuggling for the first time.  In all of my bloated bliss. (wow that’s a puffy face!)

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And these ones.  I

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And these

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And this one.  Of our babies being reunited after Greyson’s 48 hour stay in the NICU.

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And this one of me taken exactly one minute before I became a Mom.

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And teeny Greyson in the NICU

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And being held for the first time by Grandma (I actually don’t know which baby that is…)

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And little tiny Beans getting ready to go home.

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While I gave him a hard time for not showing these pics to me…I was so happy that he actually took them!  He earns big time bonus points for that.

These Beans are growing like weeds! Our 4 month post is going to be a bit delayed because they don’t have their check up until the 10th. So stay tuned for that.  But just to hold you over (in case you don’t follow us on Instagram)…here’s a little dose of adorableness.

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Baby “Stuff”…what we love, what we don’t (3.5 months)

So we’ve been at this baby thing for almost 4 months now (what the what?!) and we have definite opinions on what we (we being Greyson and Fynnlee) like and don’t like.  I know all babies are different but here is our two cents on all the gear we’ve tried.

Love:  Fisher Price Bouncer

Worth every penny.  I don’t know how I would have survived days at home alone with these two without these bouncers.  Fynnlee and Greyson would sit in front of me while I bounced them with my feet and eventually they’d fall asleep.  I couldn’t move. But I got to work on the computer/watch TV/eat lunch without much issue.

Now, I must say…if I could do it all over again, I would get this one.  It’s the one they have at their daycare and they are huge fans!  It’s cheaper and they love that little toy bar in the front.

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Don’t love:  4Moms Rockaroo (and Mamaroo)

This is a tricky one.  I shouldn’t say they don’t love them.  They go in phases with the ‘roos.  They have a few days where they love them and will happily chill or nap while bouncing around in them. But also days where they scream if they’re in a ‘roo for 2 seconds.  Plus they are pricy and if given the option of getting only one baby thingy…we would chose the Fisher Price Swing.  We’ve gotten so much more use from it and both babies love it consistently.

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Today she loves it…tomorrow, probably not.

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Love:  Fisher Price Rock n Play

If there is one thing every single Mom told me to get, it was the Fisher Price Rock n Play.  And I totally understand why. The Beans slept in these things for the first 3 months of their lives and they LOVED them.  I didn’t even really need to use the vibration much.

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Don’t love: Moses Baskets

Not to have them sleep in, at least.  Greyson rolled onto his side the first night home and ended up centimeters away from having his face smushed into the side of the basket.  End of that story.  The rock n plays held them in place better.  We still used the baskets for carrying both babies up and down the stairs at once.  And for photo ops.

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Love:  Baby sling – Essie Designs

I just adore this sling.  The price point is excellent, it’s well made and comes in a plethora of patterns.  I have two of them.    And there are other carry options for when they’re bigger.

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Don’t love:  Moby Wrap

Yet. We don’t love it yet.  Maybe we need them to be a bit bigger for the Moby.  I never felt comfortable with them in the newborn hold and Fynnlee really hated it, anyway.  She likes facing out a bit more and I think we’ll get more use out of it now that they’re a little more stable.  Stay tuned.

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Love:  Zip Front pajamas

Old navy, Gerber and Carters Just One You (Target exclusive) are our favorite.

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Don’t Love:  newborn onsies and anything with snaps

Alright, alright…I just wanted an excuse to post a couple of pictures of itty, bitty Greyson and Fynnlee!  Gah…so tiny!

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Of course I didn’t listen to anyone (and everyone) who told me not to buy any many newborn clothes.  I couldn’t help it!!  They are so teeny. So cute! And so dumb. The onsies are not practical at all (it’s zero fun trying to jam a baby’s head through that opening…poor things), even if it’s hot outside.  Trust me on this one.  They LIVE in newborn sleepers for the first few weeks.

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And don’t waste your time with snaps.  I’m a broken record but why do they even make these!?  Zippers are the way to go.

Love:  Boppy Pillow

I didn’t use the boppy pillow for nursing. The beans slept like this everyday for the first 6 or so weeks they were home.  We now use them for tummy time or to assist with sitting up.  LOVE the Boppy.

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Don’t love:  Bumbo

Fynnlee didn’t mind it much here but she literally screams if I try to set her in it now.  Anyone want a purple bumbo?  Greyson is OK in his for short periods of time but he eventually gets sick of it and cries to get out.

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Love:  Wipe Warmer

This was on my list of “not a chance I am wasting my money on this” items.  But Prince Greyson loathes anything cold being anywhere near him and the primal screams that came from this child during diaper changes made me reconsider.  We have two at each changing station and we love them!  Totally worth it.

Don’t love:  Bottle warmer

I bought this when we moved to exclusively formula feeding and it’s just not needed.  Both babies will drink their milk right from the fridge.  I still use it for their before-bed feedings because warm milk = sleepy baby, but it was definitely a waste of money for us.

Love:  Okiedog Diaper Bag

I have a diaper bag that I love but after our Florida trip, I determined that it was just too small.  I also decided that a backpack bag was the way to go (hands free for the win!).  So I did a search on Amazon and came across this Okiedog bag.  After watching the video, I wasted no time ordering it and it is amazing!  It’s not huuuuuuuuge, but it fits so much stuff!  It has 8 billion pockets for organizing along with easy open velcro closures.  You can use it as a backpack or tuck the loops away and use it as a shoulder bag.  I’m in love with it!  No, it’s not super stylish…but no one’s ever accused me of being stylish so I could care less.

Love:  Play Mat

We have two Tiny Love play mats (Sunny Day and Nature Pals)…and they LOVE both of them.  I touched on it during our 3 Month Update, but they will hang out for 30-45 minutes just kicking away & talking to their friends.  The obsession hit around 2 1/2 months and hasn’t gone away.  Thank goodness!

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Love:  4Moms bathtub

Seriously, this tub rocks.  The temperature gauge works way better than your elbow and the tub is nice and sturdy.  Clean water pours in and dirty water simultaneously drains right out…helpful for when your son pees or your daughter spits up 1/2 her dinner during bath time. It’s pretty big but it fits perfectly in the double sink in our kitchen.  It does not, however fit in our bathroom sinks. I’ve also tried to use it in our bathtub and it’s kind of a hot mess.

Don’t love:  Baby bath towels

What is up with baby towels? They’re cute, for sure, but they kind of suck at being towels.  We got some little hooded ones from babies r us and they are super thin and not absorbent at all.  And we got these adorable ones from PB kids that are unbelievably cute and very absorbent but are pretty small.  I need to work on designing the perfect baby towel.

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I’m sure I’m forgetting some things and I’ll try to keep a better list for our six months update.  We have an exersaucer, jumparoo, and other fun gadgets to try out so it’ll be interesting to see what these Beans like and don’t like.  Any must haves I should pick up?? 

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Life with Greyson and Fynnlee – 3 Months

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Everyone told me that each day gets a little better.  They were right.  Holy geez…these Beans are so much fun right now!

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I know, I know.  Shut up.  How are 12 week old babies fun?  They are!  They laugh, and coo and speak their own little Bean language.  I was told by someone smarter then me to mimic their sounds and I’ve been doing just that.  Greyson likes to “Oooooo, Oooooo, Oooooo”…like a monkey.  So I do that.  And Fynnlee likes to squeal and yell “ACK!”  So I do that.

I sound like a lunatic but I don’t care. They think I’m hilarious.

They’re also grabbing all kinds of things (my hair, my shirt, my fingers) and kicking up a storm.  They will play under the activity mat for a loooooooong time, talking to Mr. Sunshine and swatting at Mr. Frog. (old picture, same concept)

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They love to lay around naked (well, in a diaper…I have my limits)…and have a dance party.

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They are such a perfect compliment to each other.  Fynnlee is the Yin to Greyson’s Yang.

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Unofficial weight – 13 lbs

Unofficial length – 24 inches

Size 1 diapers.  Size 0-3 clothes (some 3-6 depending on the brand)

The race is on to catch up to Fynnlee!  He is currently just as long as she is but he’s behind her in weight by about a pound or so.

I die over this kid. He is so stinkin adorable.  And he looks like such a big boy in his bumbo…<sniff>

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Mister has traded in his chicken legs for some deliciously chunky thighs.  And his hair is growing back.  He looks like he’s headed to college in this picture.

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Sleep

We put him down around 7ish (drowsy but awake) and most of the time, he’s asleep within 10 minutes.  But this child will entertain himself in his crib for up to an hour before crying out of boredom.  He wakes up anywhere from midnight to 2:30 to eat but he sucks down a bottle and is back in the crib within 15 minutes.  He’s back up again between 4-5 and generally is not a fan of going back to sleep afterwards.  We typically get a 30-45 minute nap in the morning and afternoon and one big 2-3 hour one mid day.

So not too shabby overall.  At the time this post went to press, we had a solid 7-4:30 nights sleep.  I can’t complain about that!

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Eats

We made the switch from Newborn to Infant formula around week 11 and it was pretty seamless.  Greyson will consume around 30 – 35 oz of formula in a day.  I’m no longer feeding him at regular intervals.  He lets us know when he’s hungry by getting fussy and screaming for his food.  It’s generally every 2-3 hours.  But our little guy is putting on some serious weight and all of this chowing down is helping him to fill out.  And catch up to his sister.  He’s no longer my little peanut.

Big fan of shark week.

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We had our evaluation with The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers and Greyson qualified for treatment with a mild case of Torticollis.  Developmentally, this was the only thing of concern for the therapist which is a great sign.

So we meet with a fabulous Physical Therapist once a week and she gives us stretches and suggestions for treatment.  Most of what I’m doing for him now is positioning him so he has to look away from the direction he favors.  For example, I make sure he’s on the far left side of his crib so that he has to turn his head to the right to see his mobile (he favors the left side).  And we do some positioning that will give him a gentle stretch on that tight side.

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I’ve already seen marked improvement in just 2 weeks.  I’m so thankful that this program exists!

This little boy has completely stolen my heart.  He has the most delightful personality and remains the sweetest, most agreeable child I know.  That’s not to say he doesn’t have fussy times but I completely forget about them as soon as he flashes his signature smile.  We have special little games we play and I love that I can get him to laugh.  He has changed so much over this past month.  I swear, every morning when he wakes up, he’s gotten bigger!  And more handsome.

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Greyson Paul, you are simply amazing.

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Unofficial weight – 14.5 lbs

Unofficial length – 24 inches

Can squeeze into Size 1 diapers but Size 2 are going to be the norm within the next week.  Busting out of the 0-3m & mostly into 3-6m clothes

Seriously… I can’t even take the sweetness of this little girl.

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That’s right, I said sweet.  She’s still spunky but there is a new sweetness to our little Miss and it just makes her even more irresistible.

Eats

Fynnlee also handled the transition from Newborn to Infant formula without issue.  She’s consumes about the same amount as Greyson, sometimes a little less.  Girlfriend has chosen sleep over eating at night and her naps are often twice as long as his.  We give her a mix of 4 and 6 oz at a clip.

Soooooooooooo big!  Ugh, those cheeks are so pinchable.

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We love to joke about Fynnlee’s size but honestly, she’s pretty darn perfect.  She’s solid but she’s not super pudgy.  We just tend to compare her to Greyson, who is on the lanky side.  That belly…it’s fabulous!

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Hates the bumbo, loves to sit up (and watch TV).  She is killing it in tummy time too.

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Sleep

Fynn is a champion sleeper.  She loves her naps and will crash for 3-4 hours in the afternoon.  And we had our first solid 10 hour overnight stretch a few days shy of 12 weeks and she’s been sleeping through the night ever since.  She is the happiest baby in the morning.  Honestly, this is how she wakes up every day.

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And though she be but little, she is fierce…”

Forget that I thought that quote was from Beyonce, (embarrassing yet true) but wow does it sum up Fynnlee!  She is the perfect combination of determined, spirited and charming.  She will wrap you around her little finger in a split second. She wants to be independent but not at the cost of being all by herself. She does not want to miss out on anything! I can’t wait to watch her grow and see that little personality blossom even more.  Oh, this one is going to keep us on our toes.

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Fynnlee Ann, you are the little girl I’ve always dreamed of.

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Back to work

After 12 amazing weeks at home with my Beans, it is time to come back to work.  I am so fortunate that I got to spend so much time with them in these early days.  And I’m even more fortunate that their daycare is right at my office.  It’s a Bright Horizons care center and the staff is fantastic.  They made the transition back to the working world pretty easy on me.

Do my children look like they’re suffering?

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They send us daily updates on the Beans and I get to pop in and visit a couple of times during the day.  All of the babies in their care are very content and happy.  In all of the times I’ve stopped by, there is rarely any crying!

They read books and make art projects and take trips outside in the stroller.  We made a great choice with Bright Horizons!

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Crib Transition

Jerry We decided to move the babies out of our room into their nursery around 10 weeks.  Up to that point, they had slept in their rock n plays right next to my bed where I wanted them to stay forever.  So we kept to our bedtime routine of bath, swaddle, bottle, shush and placed them into their cribs.  Turn on their new mobiles and within 10 minutes, they were out.

What the hell was I worried about?

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My babies are rockstars.  This is crazy easy…

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BAM!  They woke up about every 2 hours for the first 2-3 nights.  And then it took forever to get them back to sleep.  WHAT HAVE WE DONE!?

I’m happy to report that we stuck it out and by the 4th night, they were sleeping soundly with one wake up a piece.  Jerry was right (don’t tell him I said that)…they love their cribs.  And by the 10th night, Fynnlee slept from 7-5 and Greyson from 7-2:30.  We are learning that babies need an adjustment period and we just need to have some patience.  They will eventually figure it out.

3 Month Photo Dump

BFFs.  She suddenly has to be touching him if they’re laying next to each other.  #heartexploding

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We are never going to let the babies sleep in our bed.  Ever.

Well, maybe just in the mornings.  For extra snuggles…

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Feeling crabby

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Hanging with Oliver on the 4th of July.

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I know I’m biased but these are the most beautiful babies that ever existed.

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Yep, he’s flipping me off over this outfit.  I don’t care…they’re adorable.

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Pants are for suckers.

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They’re liking their car seats a lot more these days…makes getting out and about for dinner or shopping much easier!

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We selfie.

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Jerry’s soccer number on Grey’s Pirates shirt.

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I love our little family.

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I will never say it enough.  These two are the best thing I’ve ever done.

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