Dear Josephine and Mable,
4 months... 1/3 of your first year of life has already flown by... I'm pretty positive the next few months will come and go just as quickly (but we don't want to talk about that)... They say "time flies when you're having fun..." I'd have to say that it describes the last few months perfectly. Difficult, yes.... but oh so fun.
Mommy's camera broke this month, because of a careless thing she did (she left it in Daddy's truck bed while helping Marley ride her bike...forgot that it was there, and it rained and pouredThis last month you two have stayed awake SO much more than you have in past months. You're taking everything in, observing, tracking, paying attention to your surroundings... You two love laying side by side one another. You play so sweetly laying on your backs... and occasionally look over at one another. Mable, you noticed Josey a long time ago... but this was the first month where Josey started to pay attention to you. She usually is so occupied playing, that she completely tunes you out. But now, she senses you, looks over at you, and then carries on with playing. You two kick your feet around like crazy... you could probably march across the United States if your steps counted for something. Mable, you roll from side to side... and Josey you kick so hard that you move your body up or down. You definitely get your energies out, because when it's time to nap or go to sleep for the night, you two are completely tuckered out.
You both are sleeping through the night (for the most part). You go to bed between 7:30-8:30, and wake up close to around that time. Sometimes you wake up for a quick feed around 3 or 4 am, but you go right back to sleep. It's a glorious thing. We've only had a handful of nights where you two have tag teamed against Mommy. Those nights make her feel like an 80 year old woman the next day, so we are beyond thankful to you for not doing that all the time, and only during growth spurts. We're starting to create more of a nap time and night time routine, which helps give you two cues as to what's about to happen... and usually you don't fight sleep at all. We're pretty excited to move you into your own room sometime at the end of this month, or beginning of next month.
Josephine, our sweet Josey Jo... you darling have really started to chunk up this month. Tomorrow we head to the doctor for your 4 month check up/vaccines, and we're excited to hear how much you've grown. This is a BIG month for you... it's the month where we will head up to Seattle for your pre-op appointment (to make sure everything is in place and ready) and for your surgery. We're trying to take in all the last few memories that we can, with your face having that sweet little perfectly imperfect lip. You have the sweetest smile... a smirk really. You've figured out how to blow bubbles through your cleft. It's hilarious... seriously, one of the cutest things we've seen. We've embraced that little lip of yours. It's going to be strange seeing you with something different. This time next month, your photo will have your new lip with stitches, bruises and gunk... We've been preparing your sister and brother with the news of this surgery. They are not excited about the idea of you having stitches, and that you're going to be "cut"... Marley especially says she wants your lip to stay "broken"... she doesn't want to see you in pain or sad.
Mable, our Mabey Mabe... we've finally figured out your problems with spitting up! After taking you to the doctor, and not seeing a HUGE growth from the last weigh in, the doctor recommended putting you on Zantac for your reflux (to see if that made a change)... and boy did it. In one week, you gained 8 oz! Your appetite also went up. You've never been cranky/crabby... so we didn't think it was a big deal, but apparently the idea of spit ups looking like volcanic eruptions, is cause that something is up. You're our one and only baby to ever deal with this issue. You still spit up, a little here and there... but it's NOTHING compared to the amounts that used to come out of you. You're still a peanut, but I think you're just supposed to be our tiny one. We will see how things are going when we head to the doctor's tomorrow for your 4 month check up. Mable, you laughed and giggled before your sister did. It's the cutest, and it has been documented... we NEVER want to forget that sound. Your sister finally giggled the day after you. It takes a lot more energy to get her to laugh, than it does getting you to laugh. You love to be ticked around your neck folds or chest... it's the sweetest.
This month is a short one, so we are certain it'll pass quickly... but don't grow up too much. We keep wishing for you to be big enough to sit on your own, eat on your own, be out of diapers, or dress yourself, etc.... but really, we are soaking in the now... because we know those days will come eventually. We love seeing how much you two enjoy each other... we're starting to catch on and understand the whole, "it's a twin thing" phrase... and have a feeling that it'll make even more and more sense the older you two get.
We can't get over how much Charlotte, Marley and Finn love you two. We knew they would... but man, not a day passes where you don't get smooched on x100. When you cry out at all, or make a little peep, Marley comes running in wanting to help you however she can. Charlotte rocks you so sweetly in her arms. Finn likes to show you all his animals. They each have their ways of loving on you. Both of you smile at them all day long. You love when they show you any bit of attention.
You two are quite the "hit" when we are out and about. People love stopping us to know all about you. They keep asking Mommy if she's had two sets of twins, because your brother and sister Marley are so close in age and looks... but you two are the ones that made me a "twin mama."
You two, totally complete our family... we love you dearly,
Daddy, Mommy, Charlotte, Marley and Finn.
Take a look at their birth story, 1 month post, 2 month post, and 3 month post.