And Then There Were Five

We are officially a family of five. August was released on Friday and I’ve spent the last few days figuring out the reality that it having two newborns at the same time.

The schedule is pretty good. They eat about every two and a half to three hours and while no one is getting oodles of sleep, no one is dying either. August is extremely easy-going, which is good because Louis is pretty demanding. I also think it’s funny that August, who spent eight months squished by Louis, HATES to be free. He either wants to be bundled up in blanket or right next to Louis. Louis couldn’t care less, but Auggie needs to be squished a little. I am tired. It’s not the worst thing ever, but man oh man am I looking forward to the weekend. We’re gradually moving the twins over to formula, but I’m still pumping about six times a day, so that’s also adding to the sleeplessness. Neither has been especially good at breast feeding and I’m too busy to push it with two babies. It’s enough work just figuring out how to feed two kids as once, much less teaching them how to nurse on top of that.

baby looking at camera

The two babies thing is presenting a lot of challenges for us–mostly because we keep putting off what we want to DO about certain things. Like cars–we still have two cars and three car seats do not fit in the back. We’re going to look at mini vans this weekend. We also don’t have a stroller for three. I debated whether or not available models would provide enough support for Charlie and now we still don’t have one. That’s on my list of things to do, but further down than “buy a car that holds all of us.”

twins sleeping

And Charlie! A lot of people have asked how Charlie has handled the new babies and I can say that he has been incredibly gracious. He has gone from being THE focus of all our attention to sharing it with two other people and he is really handling it well. He has his moments of aggravation, but I’m working hard to carve out little moments for just the two of us and that seems to really be helping a lot. That, plus an avalanche of visits from his grandparents.

We’re working things out. It’s a process, of course, but we’re getting there. Maybe one of these days I’ll even get to vacuum or something.

twins sleeping

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Comments

  1. They are too cute! Glad they are home and things are going well.

  2. They are beautiful. I remember those days well. So hard. But I promise you it goes by fast. It seems like yesterday but mine are about to turn 4. Hang in there!

  3. Justine says:

    Gosh, you have the cutest little boys, EVER! So glad that they’re home and doing well.

  4. so happy you’re all home, happy and healthy! yes, it will be tough for a while, but remember He doesn’t give us more than we can handle. You are doing a great job for all those sweet adorable boys!!

  5. Oh, those two pictures of them snuggled up together are so, so sweet!!!!

  6. So happy to hear that everyone is home now and you are all adjusting. So glad that Charlie likes his brothers. :)

  7. They are absolutely gorgeous. It’s wonderful to read an update, see photos and hear how Charlie is adjusting to being a big brother. Good luck with that list. Thinking of you guys!

  8. Hooray!! Welcome home August! And now you’ve got all your sweeties home with you. So nice!

    So sweet that August is loving snuggling again with his brother. Bet he missed that. Ours also loved snuggling. They shared a crib for quite a while actually. Probably till about 5 months or so, when they really started being able to roll over back to front.

    Feeding was rough, but we finally got the hang of feeding them both by bottle at once. I have photos somewhere on the blog i’m sure. At first we used two boppies, one to each side as one of us sat in the middle of the sofa. Or later it worked even better to have a pillow on my lap in the recliner, then have them with their heads on the pillow right in my lap, and their feet angled out to each side of my waist. Then the bottles were right there in front of me. That helped when they were so little that they didn’t have much head control. Now, burping was still an issue though. I got pretty good at flipping them up to my chest and patting each one with one hand, but it wasn’t the most efficient way to burp.

    I’m sure you’ll find what way works best for you guys, and be sure to get some photos of it! I spent so much time feeding them, but now I don’t know if I got any/many photos capturing those moments.

  9. That is WONDERFUL news! So glad you are all together under one roof. The pictures are great – they are both so cute! Happy to hear that Charlie is taking all of the changes in stride. Don’t worry about the vacuuming – enjoy your boys!

  10. Yay!! I am so happy to read this. The boys are gorgeous–just like Charlie! All three of them look just alike, in my opinion. Congratulations!! Good luck with van hunting.

  11. Thanks for taking the time to update the blog.
    Your tiny twins are as beautiful as their big brother. August eyes are so blue and big. It’s sweet that he loves to be near Louis:)

  12. I swear you have some of the most beautiful children I’ve ever seen. Ever.

  13. Bugladynora says:

    Precious! I always wanted twins. Glad things are going well. Good luck on the van hunt. Can’t wait to see them with big bubba. No habla, hilarious.

  14. Let me know when I can come visit and snuggle those two sweeties!!! And meet Charlie too. I promise not to bring any germs. Or was my hands a lot. Whichever. 😉

    Glad to hear things are going pretty well.

  15. August and Louis are so adorable! I’m glad they are both home together. My twins came home a month apart. And then the youngest twin was readmitted back into the hospital for another mother. Talk about a hectic schedule, but it finally worked itself out:)

    It’s awesome that you have that one on one time with Charlie! He’s a big brother now. So cute!

    We bought a Ford Freestyle before the twins were born. Now we are looking around for a minivan. Our family of 9 needs more room… LOL! For now we usually transport the kids in two vehicles.

    Don’t worry about vacuuming – get some rest and sleep when possible!

    Hugs and Mocha,
    Stesha

  16. “Another month:)”

    Hugs and Mocha,
    Stesha

  17. You had your twins! Congratulations!!! (I’m hopelessly behind on reading tweets, obviously). So glad your little boy is taking it all in stride, sounds like. Good luck with the stroller / vehicle situation. Sounds challenging, but like a lot of fun, too. Congrats again!

  18. Who gives a rip about the floors or vacuums!! Cuddle those babes, all three of them, and soak in every detail!! So glad you all are well, home, and adjusting… I have thought about you and these two new ones in recent days as I’m just adjusting to one new baby. Two seems CRAZY to me but how blessed you are.

  19. Cute babies!!

  20. It’s funny you chould mention the touching thing….my friend has twin brothers and they STILL to this day have to be touching, even if it’s just a hand on the arm, when they’re relaxing and watching TV. They used to put them in their little baby burritos apart from each other on the living room floor and some how, some way, would make their way back to each other.

    Glad to hear things are going well even if you’re not getting much sleep.

  21. You will get it all worked out… I have faith in you.

  22. Glad to hear that you are all home together ….as hectic as having 3 little ones is, it has to feel great to finally all be under one roof….Just like everyone else says, dont worry about the vacuuming, if someone comes over and doesnt like it, show them where the vacuum is….LOL…Enjoy your time with all 3 of your boys and also try to get some rest whenever you can….And thanks for the update and sharing the pics with us….they are adorable…..

  23. so glad that Charile is adjusting well

  24. They are so sweet and squishy. Love them together.

    Van advice, I know it wasn’t asked for, but I LOVE my sienna. It really is awesome and has a smooth, quiet ride. Good luck with finding a stroller for them all.

  25. Louis looks just like Charlie.
    They are both soo sweet!
    We put off the car issue till what seemed like forever… the fact that we barely left the house for the first year and a half didnt help the procrastination with that decision.
    My bigger twin was and is the most demanding as well. Isnt that strange.
    My smaller girl she liked being swaddled as well.
    it is so amazing the little similarity that twins have across the board.
    Enjoy them. All three.
    Hugs to Charlie

  26. Wow–have you got your hands full! If you ever vacuum again, I’ll be impressed! Good luck! I’m glad Charlie is adjusting so well.

  27. Who needs to vacuum when you have such precious little ones to take care of? When I’m tempted to complain about being busy with my 3, I will come over here & remind myself what busy really is. :) Praying for you!!!

  28. So sweet and handsome! Enjoy! Glad Charlie is taking things in his stride. We also had the car problem and bought a new one – which we couldn’t really afford. Was a bit of a bummer.