Today is May 8th, which means the twins are six months old. Which means its their half birthday. Which means I am officially surviving for six months without proper sleep. Hashtag team no sleep? Raise your hand!
I’ve been told babies would probably start sleeping through the night by five months. Mine didn’t. And then I read they’ll eventually start sleeping 6-8 hours by six months. Well, last night I still woke up in the middle of the night to feed. I know babies have their own developments but I am still hoping that my babies’ sleeping habits are the same ones that I’ve been reading on the internet. Well, there’s still hope. They haven’t reached their first birthday anyway.
During this month, the most popular milestone would be their first try on solid food. Its pedia-recommended although some babies would start at four months old. A month ago, I was already thinking of things to prepare once they start eating. Since our house isn’t that big, I opted to buy booster seats instead of high-chairs so we won’t add up extra space in our dining area. We just have to put the booster seat on top of an existing dining chair and that’s it. I bought Mamas and Papas Baby Bud – Pink one for Naya and Teal for Nate. The pink one was on sale at 10% off so I thought it was a good buy. I think they’re starting to like it. I also bought suction bowls and soft spoons from Nuby. All Nuby items were at 30% off when I bought them so that was also a good buy. I bought all these from SM Aura’s Baby Company inside their department store. I also thought of buying those silicon plate mats but I think they’re too young for that so I started with the bowls first.
Look at how they enjoyed their first solid food – sweet potato! Naya and Nate seemed to enjoy it though a huge portion were falling off their mouths. Its okay. I mean its their first try anyway. I also love how cute and adorbs they look at in their booster seats. And their facial expressions were so cute too.
Last week, I was putting on their sambot pajamas and I was surprised on how its super sakto on their legs already. You won’t really notice it but they really are growing up fast. Sooner, their onesies won’t fit anymore too. On the happy side, I enjoy more on dressing them up at this stage as they can now wear shorts, shirts and pants. Since its summer here in Manila, I think I started buyung summer outfits for them for the past month. I also love how less fragile they are now when we carry them, having their bath and dressing them up. Oh and can I just share how adorable it is to dress up my little girl? I’ve been keeping myself from buying a lot of clothes for her though. Haha.
You may also ask, how’s my milk supply by now? The thing is, the supply is still the same but their demand has increased. Before they only consume 3oz per bottle but ever since they turned 5 months, they started to consume 4oz per bottle. Sometimes, they even cry after finishing a bottle so I think they still want more. At this stage, I have reached my goal of exclusive breastfeeding as they hit their six month mark. I no longer see any issues with them drinking formula milk.
I’ve been stressing myself with the idea of introducing formula before. However, I know its inevitable that there will come a time that I won’t have enough milk to bring home to. Or I may arrive late to bring the milk that I pumped for the day. Do I let my babies starve? I shouldn’t, right? So Nayj and I agreed to buy a small can of formula milk for emergency purposes – during times when I won’t be able to pump enough milk for the next day or if we were stuck in traffic and I am an hour late from their usual milk time. For a day, I can pump 28oz of milk total and that’s for 7 feedings the next day. That’s the most number of milk I can pump. I don’t put them on milk bags and freeze anymore since they’ll consume it the next day anyway. Easier to thaw for the nannies and easier to prepare. I’ll put them on storage bottles instead so its reusable and of course, environment-friendly. I am also starting to get busy at work now so pumping every now and then can be a hassle. Good thing I have found a nursing cover tent by Nanay at Ako at Babymama.ph. It covers the front and the back which is perfect for use when I pump at my desk. Now, even if I’m busy, I can still follow my 2-3 hour pumping schedule.
I’m almost at the stage of weaning them from the breast. Breastfeeding isn’t easy. Its also a commitment. When you get back from maternity leave and you start to work, you won’t produce the same amount of milk all the time. And as much as I want to produce a lot, there are times when your body won’t produce as much. There’ll be factors like pressure at work, a little bit of stress, less pumping time and sometimes, you just forgot to take your supplements. Besides, they’re already six months so they won’t have a harder time digesting formula milk now. I don’t see any issues with mix-feeding them.
The twins have been getting good feedbacks – weight gain, how strong they are and also their milestones so far. However, just recently, Naya had sipon and now Nate has it too. Nate finds it hard to sleep at night so he wakes up around 2am and cry it out. It pains to see them get sick even if its just sipon because I see them not with their usual self. I hope it goes away in a few days.
In a few months, we’ll be a parent of toddlers now. Would you believe it? Iba talaga takbo ng oras when you have babies with you. I look forward to their next milestones. Excited but at the same time I want to stop time at some point. But yeah, I want to get my 8 hour sleep at some point too. Haha. Happy half birthday Nate and Naya! On that note, I think I should start planning their first birthday. 😱