Henry & Julianne’s First Year, All In The Length of a Song

13 May

The Twins’ First Birthday

12 May

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Daddy Josh, Julianne, Papa Matt, and Henry, on the twins’ first birthday.

Eleven-Month Twin Photo

14 Apr

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Julianne & Henry in their nursery.

10 months already?

10 Mar

This week, Henry and Julianne will be 10 months old.  I can hardly believe how quickly they are changing from tiny, milk-hungry blobs into real human beings!  Julianne often smiles with her one gummy tooth and mutters PaPaPaPa… I’m not sure if she understands what she is saying or is just mimicking, but either way, it’s amazing.  Henry can pull himself up into a standing position, but hasn’t quite figured out how to get back down.  Our days tend to repeat themselves on the same sleep and feeding schedule, and I wouldn’t change a thing.  Here are a few pics:

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During my downtime (ha) this week, I want to write an update on the second parent adoption process in the state of New York.  We seem to be moving in the right direction, but it is taking much longer than we anticipated.

-Matt

Henry & Julianne

14 Feb

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Five-Month Twin Photos

14 Nov

The 10 most-liked photos of Julianne and Henry from their fifth month.

Now five months old, Julianne and Henry are able to roll over and are just starting to laugh. :)

Now five months old, Julianne and Henry are able to roll over and are just starting to laugh. :)

Sleeping beauty. :)

Sleeping beauty. :)

A girl and her dog.

A girl and her dog.

At five months old, adventures in solid foods are under way. Last week we started with baby oatmeal; this week it's squash and carrots. Julianne mastered spoon feeding right out of the gate. Henry is now starting to catch on, too.

At five months old, adventures in solid foods are under way. Last week we started with baby oatmeal; this week it’s squash and carrots. Julianne mastered spoon feeding right out of the gate. Henry is now starting to catch on, too.

Daddy Josh and Henry. :)

Daddy Josh and Henry. :)

Henry in his first button-down shirt, ready for a day of touring Washington, DC.

Henry in his first button-down shirt, ready for a day of touring Washington, DC.

These faces brightened a Monday right up.

These faces brightened a Monday right up.

Julianne on her way to tour the Capitol.

Julianne on her way to tour the Capitol.

Babies after breakfast.

Babies after breakfast.

(The most-liked photo from the kids' fifth month, a throwback to 11/11/11): Five years ago today we met. Two years ago today we got married. And, oh my, just think of all that's happened since. ;)

(The most-liked photo from the fifth month, a throwback to 11/11/11): Five years ago today we met. Two years ago today we got married. And, oh my, just think of all that’s happened since. ;)

–Josh

Fourth-Month Twin Photos

19 Oct

I take a lot of photos of our twins–nearly 1,000 a month, according to the camera roll on my iPhone–and sometimes it’s hard to pick which ones to post. In sharing some of the twin’s photos from their fourth month, I decided to take an easier, democratic approach and let the most-liked photos from our Instagram account become the official selections.

So, without further ado . . . [drum roll]

Julianne's favorite movie is John Hughes's "Pretty in Pink". ;)

Julianne’s favorite movie is John Hughes’s “Pretty in Pink”. ;)

Julianne and Henry go for a stroll in our NYC neighborhood.

Julianne and Henry go for a stroll in our NYC neighborhood.

"Good morning, Daddy!"

“Good morning, Daddy!”

Henry and Julianne already have inside jokes. ;)

Henry and Julianne already have inside jokes. ;)

Pajama party!

Pajama party!

Ta da! The most-liked photo from the twins' fourth month. This is when Julianne and Henry were really becoming aware of each other for the first time, and Henry was feeling pretty excited about it all. ;)

Ta da! The most-liked photo from the twins’ fourth month. Julianne and Henry were just becoming truly aware of each other for the first time, and Henry was feeling pretty excited about it all. ;)

–Josh

Three- and Four-Month Updates

30 Sep

Julianne & Henry 3 months photo

Julianne & Henry 4 months photo

I blinked, and suddenly Julianne and Henry are four-and-a-half months old.

Honestly, I don’t know where the time went.

I feel like there’s been this snowball effect in how quickly the changes are coming. Henry started babbling first, quite a while ago, with Julianne following not long after. They love to tell me squeaky, animated, smiley little stories during the day now (and groan away when it’s nap time ;)).

Just last Monday (less than two weeks ago) Henry turned from his back to his front for the first time, and he’s been taking advantage of his new-found skill ever since. Almost every nap and overnight is now on his tummy, which at first freaked his poor dads out. We of course are always putting him to bed on his back, but he flips to his front pretty much right away, pops in his thumb, and conks out. We’ve been watching the video baby monitor like crazy to make sure he’s got his head to the side so he can breathe properly, and so far so good on that front.

Julianne can turn about 85% of the way from back to front, but she still gets stuck on her right arm and can’t quite complete the turn yet, but I’m sure she’s not far behind. In the meantime, she does a lot of sleeping on her side, with her legs in scissor kick formation. Julianne has the most amazing all-gums smile that Matt and I just live for. She smiles slightly less often than Henry (and he has a megawatt smile), so when you get a big smile out of her you really feel like you’ve hit the lottery.

We’ve been all about organization and planning with sleep training and daily scheduling, and consequently the kids are really quite content and hit their feeding and sleeping marks well throughout the day. They now feed about every four hours, starting around 7 a.m., with final bottle around 7 or 7:30 p.m. Two hours after a feeding they go down for a nap, sleep for about two hours, and then are ready to feed again. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Once the twins are in bed for the night, they sleep until around 2 a.m or 3 a.m., then I feed them a bottle, and they sleep through to about 7 a.m. That means they usually get in a 6-7 hour sleep stretch overnight, which is pretty good. They’re also up to five-ounce feedings (150 mL), and Julianne, who’s a little shorter and lighter than Henry, can sometimes eat more than her brother. She’s a growing girl. :)

Having the kids on such a good schedule has made my life as an at-home dad pretty manageable. They hit nap time and Daddy can throw in some laundry, do a load of dishes (and bottles–oh, the bottles!), and sometimes get in a little Dad time (a few pages of a novel or a magazine, or a sandwich and a few minutes of a TV show on Hulu).

At their last check-up (at four months and one week), Julianne weighed 12 lbs. 12 oz. (5.75 kg) and was 23.25 inches tall (59 cm). Henry weighed 14 lbs. (6.35 kg) and was 24.75 inches tall (63 cm). They’re both healthy and doing well, and (knock on wood!) haven’t been sick yet.

They’ve both grown out of the Kirkland Size 1-2 diapers, and are now both in Huggies Size 2 diapers. Henry will probably be graduating to Kirkland Size 3 pretty soon, though.

The other day Matt and I went to a Carter’s store in Queens and kind of accidentally had a Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman-style baby clothes shopping spree. We bought 6-month sizes, all warmer stuff for the cool autumn weather that’s creeping in. When we were picking the clothes out I was thinking to myself, “What are these, toddler clothes? They’re huge! They won’t fit the kids until Christmas!” And then we got home, tried them on the kids, and they pretty much fit. My heart broke a little bit. The clothes are cute, and the kids are happy and warm, but they’re getting so big.

I know. We’re going to be saying that a lot, I’m sure. I’ll try not to sound like a broken record.

Other than that, things are going pretty well. More soon! I’ll try not to let time slip away from me like that again. But, you know, things have been a little busy. ;)

Josh

VIDEO: Gay Dads Matt & Josh Bring Their Twins Home from Mumbai to NYC

11 Aug

Back in May, when our twins were first born (via surrogate), we made a video of going to Mumbai to meet Henry and Julianne for the first time.

Twenty days later, we brought Henry and Julianne home. On our way home from Mumbai, we brought the kids to Wilmington, NC, to meet Matt’s family. Then we rented a car and drove back to New York City.

Here’s that journey, all in a few minutes. :)

Two-Month Update

19 Jul

julianne and henry two months

Julianne, just over 4 lbs. at birth, now weighs 8.5 lbs. Henry, just over 5 1/4 lbs. at birth, now weighs 10.5 lbs. Both have doubled their weight since birth, and have grown more than 1.5 inches each since their one-month visit to the pediatrician.

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Part of all this growing means that they’re both now too big for their newborn clothes. Henry hasn’t been able to fit them for some time now, but Julianne has now joined him in wearing 0-3 months clothes. Packing up these tiny little outfits–the torso barely bigger than an iPhone–made me a little nostalgic. They weren’t joking: it really does go fast.

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Both of the kids have begun social smiles. Henry gives them a little more readily than Julianne as they approach nine weeks old, but when either of them smile like that our hearts melt.

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Fresh-scrubbed little girl.

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Fresh-scrubbed little boy.

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A girl and her dog.

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At feedings, the kids both drink about 3 ounces of formula now. Julianne eats every 2.5-3 hours, and Henry likes to eat every 3-4 hours (but has gone as long as 5.5 hours between feedings).

Early on, our little girl was more apt to cry and need a little extra attention. They’ve now switched, and Henry is a little more apt to cry and need the extra TLC, while Julianne has become our mellow baby. But I’m sure they’ll switch it up again sometime soon, just to keep their daddies on their toes. ;)

I’m averaging about 4 hours of sleep a night (as Matt has taken on the 11 p.m. feeding, my one solid sleeping block for the night), and can get 30-45 minutes of napping in during the day. “Sleep when they sleep” is well-meaning advice, but with twins, and twins now on slightly different feeding schedules, that means different daytime nap schedules, and a little less napping time for Daddy Josh.

But, of course, this stage will pass, and (supposedly) not long from now. They say that when both babies are either 12 weeks or 12 lbs. you can start doing sleep training and get them to start sleeping through the night without a feeding. I’ve had 7 hours of sleep exactly once since they were born 68 days ago, and often get about half that much sleep, so I have to admit I’m a little excited at the prospect of 5-6+ solid hours of sleep in a night.

That’s Henry and Julianne at two months. More soon. :)

–Josh

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