The twins came with this double boppy. It was an absolute lifesaver for the first few months.
Feeding bottles to two babies at once is pretty intense. A friend commented that we must have been relieved when they started holding their own bottles. The thing is… they still don’t usually hold their own bottles!
I really had fun shopping for twin clothes on Amazon. We ended up picking very few identical outfits, but instead coordinating ones like these adorable ketchup and mustard onesies.
We had to quickly learn about bottles and formula and cribs, things we never dealt with when our bio kids were babies.
At the beginning they ate about every three hours around the clock. That added up to a whole lot of lost sleep.
When the babies were four months old, Hank Smith, who has school age twins, tweeted that having twins means it’s 3am and he’s holding a baby, his wife is holding a baby, and all four of them are crying. He was not wrong.
Having twins isn’t like just having the work one baby twice. It’s like you have the work of 47 babies. There are just so many babies.
Infant carseats are another thing we didn’t really do with our bio kids. We went right for the convertible seats. With twins infant seats are a downright necessity.
I think the Harry Potter onesies I got for the boys were my favorites of all their clothes. Got to introduce them to an amazing fandom early.
They napped a lot on that twin boppy. It was always really funny when they would end up laying the same way. They are definitely twins!
After naps one day I put Joel in Noah’s crib to take a picture of them as the Hulk and Spidey. They immediately linked arms.
Sitting on Santa’s lap their first Christmas did not even phase them. I’m not sure it’ll be so easy this year. Stranger danger is strong with these two.
The best and worst thing about tiny twins is being able to dress them in matching clothes and having to buy two of each of those outfits. I was surprised how long they were willing to leave on their Santa hats.
We didn’t expect to have the twins as long as until Christmas and definitely not into the new year. By the end of 2019 we had said we would adopt them (plus their older siblings) and it looked like that was really where things were headed.
These two born together boys are indeed friends forever. They recognized each other early on and I think they realize at this point that there is something special about having a same age sibling. They really have a special bond.
One minute they are planning some scheme to carry out together. The next they are in a WWE knockdown, dragout fight.
Jamie’s gotten good at carrying the twins at the same time. That is a lot of baby. At this point we’re talking 50 pounds of baby.
Church with twins means you hear and see nothing, but instead are just hanging out with the twins in a place you don’t normally hang out with them.
These expressions are pretty common ones for the boys. Joel is always getting into stuff and Noah is always looking at him like why did you do that.
This might be the moment the twins became friends. They sat looking at each other for a really long time “talking” back and forth.
When one twin is sad, the other twin will often try to comfort him. This includes when the source of sadness is their twin.
They egg each other on about carrying out plans like trying to get through the doggy door (poor Lola… she has to bark at the door when she wants to go out now since the doggy door almost always has to remain locked right now).
They enjoyed smashing up their cupcakes and making a general mess at their first birthday party.
I don’t get nearly as many pictures of the twins together as I used to because they are just always on the go and don’t tend to both sit still at once anymore.
One day the babies were being entirely too quiet in the kitchen. Upon investigation I discovered they had gotten a thing of oil out of the cabinet (a cabinet they had previously broken the child lock off of), opened it, poured some out on the floor, and were having a great time playing it in. The oil got moved up high that day.
Sometimes the twins divide and conquer. In October, Joel learned how to open our front door and quickly learned how to see if it was locked (can’t get out) or not (can get out). One day, as I chased Joel down in our front yard, Noah stayed inside happily banging away on my laptop.
Having twins is fun, exciting, difficult, trying, and never a dull moment. I never wanted twins, but it sure is a blast having them.