"Can you believe we are 5 months old?!"
In summary, Cullen and Everett did indeed have undiagnosed TAPS at birth (a form of twin to twin transfusion) which caused Cullen to become severely anemic. That's why Everett was red and Cullen was so pale. Cullen got a blood transfusion a few weeks ago and his hemoglobin levels have increased and are heading in the right direction. I will feel much better once everything is in the normal range.
Now for the fun stuff! These boys are both rolling all over the place. They also are trying to crawl by tucking their knees up and then pushing. They grab their toys with their hands and put them in their mouth. They're such big boys I can't even stand it. They also both sleep on their bellies at night now (although Cullen starts off on his back and doesn't turn to his tummy until after midnight).
- Cullen -
Still my prince charming but definitely more lively now. He is catching up to Everett quickly. He rolls onto his tummy almost as soon as we put him down. He has started to do this long yell thing if we aren't paying as much attention to him as he would like. He loves to make me laugh and smile.
- Everett -
Still a mam's boy and a cuddler. He is getting so big and so strong. Everett has started this growl thing that is hilarious. I always know when it's him crying now because it has a loud growl at the end. He is a little beast. He also loves his brother and will lock eyes with Cullen and try to get him to play.
They are still so happy (almost) all the time. We got Everett to laugh a few times and Cullen is nearly there. He gets a giggle out every so often but not quite a full belly laugh. They both love to be tickled and surprised. They interact more and more with each other every day it is seriously just melts me every time.
I think they have begun teething because everything is going in their mouths and they have tons of drool.
Sleep. They were rockstar sleepers! They went to bed at 6:30 pm and only woke up 1-2x around 12 and sometimes again at 4 before waking for the day at 7 am. But...they have started to wake back up every 90 mins - 2 hours for the first half of the night (noooooo). I am experimenting with when to give their iron drops to see if that was causing some tummy issues leading to the wake ups. Wish me luck!
I just can't believe they are already 5 months old. When my hubby get back from work next month they will be eating solid foods and probably nearly crawling! Time is in warp speed around here.
I am still adjusting to the mom-of-four thing. I just cannot do everything I want to do. I haven't been to the gym at all since Cullen's hospital stay. I told Brandon that lately it feels like I'm failing at everything all at the same time. I need to wrap my head around the fact that I won't be able to live my life to the same standards that I used to. For some reason, that's a really hard pill for me to swallow. I want my house to be clean, organized. I want healthy, homemade meals every night. I want to be in great shape again. I want to be a great mom who loves playing and spending time with her kids. Unfortunately, most days it just feels like whack-a-mole where I am just running ragged but not actually solving or finishing anything.
One day at a time. I am experimenting with new systems to simplify things and help me get back on track. That's all I have time for now so I will leave you with more cute boy pictures!