Wow, it’s already been three months (almost four) since the boys were born. Boy does time fly! On one hand I feel like it was yesterday that Sally was walking into childbirth classes ready to pop at a moment’s notice but on the other it feels like we’ve been parents forever. We’re really starting to get into the groove, and the boys are helping tremendously.
We finally have routines that we can count on. Our night time routine, which I discussed earlier this month, gets the boys to bed by about 9 PM each night. Zach usually sleeps through the night and Adam usually only wakes up once. We now have a morning routine too. The boys usually get up at 4 or 5 AM, we feed them, go back to bed (if possible), and get up at 5:30. We eat our breakfast, play with the boys, take a shower (the boys usually fall asleep), fill out the day care log, dress them, and off we go. We even have an after-work routine that involves feeding them, feeding us, and then going for a family walk around the neighborhood.
Daycare is going well. We are very pleased with our decision and are satisfied with the care that they are receiving. They have a lot of friends and are spending a lot of time learning from other babies. The teachers are caring, competent, and communicative. Each week we receive pictures or see a piece of artwork that the boys have created. They even have theme days to keep things interesting. It definitely keeps us busy but its great to see all of the effort they put in, even for the little ones who might be just as happy sitting around all day.
I think my favorite part of the third month is that the boys are starting to grow and change. Adam smiles, giggles, and coos. Every morning after he eats we are greeted with smiles and a story. He’s quite the little charmer. Zach is grabbing and grasping at things and loves to lay on the floor and wiggle around. Put him under the mobile in his crib and he’ll smile and have a conversation with it. In fact, I’ve been greeted with a smile each time I’ve gotten up to feed him in the morning.
It really is true that the first three months of a baby’s life is more like a “fourth trimester”. They are trying to get acclimated to a new world and as new parents, we are trying to get acclimated to them. It doesn’t matter how many books we read or classes we took, we would never be fully prepared for parenthood. It’s hard. Once the boys became a little bit more independent it got a little easier. The next step of course is to transfer them out of our room and into their own. They are getting to the point where they kick each other in the crib at night, so it’s about time to move them. I’m sure that, combined with Adam’s teething, will bring a swift halt to our respite, but what are you going to do?
Regardless of any of that, we’re at a really happy place right now. The boys are finally starting to do stuff. I know a lot of people love babies when they are little and cute and all that, but we need the boys to be just a bit more active to keep us sane. We’re so excited that we can sit on the floor and play with them now! There is so much more to come, and I can’t imagine where we’ll be at six months!