Yet another update on our twin girls!
In the last update, I mentioned how poorly they had been sleeping (for months). In early January, I decided one night to night wean, cold turkey. The girls were eating twice a night (but waking FAR more often), and they were never hungry in the morning. When I was trying to give a 10 pm feeding, Beatrix was more playing than eating, and Oona bit me as soon as she latched on, and in that moment, I had had enough! No more! They clearly were not hungry throughout the night, and I was quite sleep deprived at this point. The first night, both girls cried a good bit. We were there for them in any other ways, but I did not nurse them. The next night, I slept upstairs while Andreas took nighttime duty, and one of the babies slept through, while the other woke once. By the fourth night, the babies had both slept through the night.
So for us, night weaning was clearly magical. The girls don’t sleep through every night (we have multiple teeth trying to come into their tiny mouths) but because my boobs are no longer part of the equation, we can take shifts (10-2 and 2-6) which means that there is always the possibility of a good chunk of sleep for each of us, and things are so much better than they were a month ago. Naps are also pretty great. We’re on the tail end of transitioning to two naps per day, which works pretty well for our schedule.
The girls are also doing really well with solids. They have three to four meals a day–usually some puree or porridge, and then finger foods on the side. The only things I’ve really noticed a reaction to are broccoli and zucchini, so those are temporarily off the table (literally!) but otherwise they are doing really well with their variety of foods.
At eight months, Oona had started scooting to reach things nearby. Both girls had been rolling both directions for a while, and Bea was starting to sit unassisted. They are the very last babies in my mom-group to be doing these things, and I was just teetering on the verge of being a little worried, but I no longer am. I know babies do things at their own pace–it’s just so hard not to get a little wrapped up in it!
Their personalities are really shining through, and they are two very different little girls! Beatrix is quite tempermental in general, with not very much patience, and clear favorites as far as toys go. Oona is a little more easy going, but when she is mad, she is MAD. She has also been more content lately because she is more free to go get what she wants, whereas Bea can’t quite, so she is rather frustrated. Oona smiles more easily, but when you can get one from Bea, her whole face lights up at you, and it’s really priceless.
They often reach out for the other, especially when they are sitting in their high chairs, and food and toys are inevitably stolen and traded. Their interaction is still somewhat limited at this point, they don’t really smile and laugh to/at each other.
Both of them like to use one finger to examine things, and when I mentioned that to my mom, she laughed, saying I did the same thing as a little kid.
I’m so looking forward to what the next few months will bring, but also a little bit apprehensive about two mobile babies!!