Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Two Under Two'sday

Updates from last week...


Kenley has started wearing 3-6m clothes... at 7 weeks old.  Insanity.  I'm sure a lot of people had their babies grow quickly, but I don't think Ashlynn started wearing this size until she was pushing 4 months.  Just so different!  She still fits in the 0-3, but she's pretty much the full length and learning from mistakes with Ashlynn, I always seemed to wait longer than necessary before moving her up.

Which leads me to the theme of the week, comparisons.


So far the old adage of "your next baby will be completely different" is ringing true.  Sure the kids look a like (check the side by sides below), but almost all their habits vary.

Ashlynn was never a great sleeper.  Part of that was because she was born pre-term and we had to wake her to eat every three hours for a few weeks.  And then also my new mom neuroses of constantly checking on her, feeding her, etc.  She was also never tightly swaddled.  She seemed to sleep well enough being swaddled in a A+A blanket and once she started fighting it (3 months or so) we just switched her to a sleepsack.

Kenley was fighting her swaddle from day one, so I now either use the Miracle Blanket (aka, the baby straightjacket) or a SwaddleMe.  As long as she's swaddled tight, she sleeps amazing.

She also is a top-notch nurser.  She came out of the womb knowing how to eat, where with Ashlynn again a combination of my lack of experience, her jaundice, and pre-term status, set up for some major struggles early on.

Ashlynn received way more attention and rightly so, there wasn't a needy toddler around to distract us.  Kenley gets far less tummy time, but I try do what I can when I can and get my snuggles in during Ashlynn's nap.

Also, we never received/purchased a swing prior to Ashlynn's birth and once she was here we never felt we needed to get one.  With Kenley's nightly fuss fests, we asked a friend if we could borrow theirs and it has been our little baby whisperer.  I actually have two free hands and am not a human pacifier during the evening.  Amazing.  I will be sending our friends a very nice gift for giving my arms a rest!

Obviously not a ton to compare at the moment since Kenley is only 7 weeks.  Hopefully I can keep up with these posts, even as we pass the two under two threshold.  I realize it's probably terrible to compare your children, but not sure why recording sleep, eating, growth, favorite interests, would be bad.  It's not like I'm comparing school grades and accolades, right?  I love hearing the stories how my brother and I were different growing up.  Ok, enough internal reflection... picture time!

Ashlynn 3 wks | Kenley 2 wks

Look at the size difference in these babies!  (and yes, clearly my preferred hair style)  I post some side by sides on Instagram when I notice a picture I took of Kenley reminds me of one of Ashlynn, but it's hard to see how much bigger Kenley really is.  This comparison is insane!  

Ashlynn was born at 5lb 1oz, Kenley 7lb 9oz.
Ashlynn at 1 month was 7lb 10, and Kenley 9lb 11oz



Ashlynn 6 weeks | Kenley 2 weeks


Ashlynn 7 weeks | Kenley 3 weeks

Ashlynn and Kenley both 4 weeks
(Ashlynn was still a bit jaundiced, hence her coloring.  You can also tell their size difference in this one and how much fuller Kenley is in the face.)

Ashlynn and Kenley both 4 weeks

Ashlynn 11 weeks | Kenley 5 weeks

Ashlynn 7 weeks | Kenley 6 weeks

And there we are, scanning my photos for similar shots was not an easy task.   Especially when I have way too many pictures of Ashlynn and only iPhone pictures of Kenley (second child syndrome much?).  Nevertheless, still pretty fun seeing their similarities and differences. 







21 comments:

  1. It's amazing that while there are so many differences that they really do look a lot alike! They are both so beautiful!

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  2. It's not a bad thing to compare kids---it's inevitable. So much fun to read about how different/similar they are. Love the side by sides the most.

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  3. Two cute and how fun. I cannot wait to be able to compare side by sides with our daughter and the next bundle. Curious also to see when baby #2 will make an appearance. I am still betting an early arrival - but could be wrong:)

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  4. Definitely inspired by your Truman and CC posts, can't wait to see who's getting a mini!

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  5. Their cheeks!! I die!!! Seriously- they're totally sisters!! And I'm glad the second one can be different- although it makes me wonder what a terror number two will be for us since lex was fairly easy!

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  6. LOVE the side by side pics. What a sweet and fun idea. Heart ALL of these...having a sister is just inexplicably the best :)
    xx

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  7. LOVE the side-by-side comparisons! They are both DOLLS!
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  8. Oh my gosh...I LOVE the side by side! They really are identical! So so fun!

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  9. My favorite is when you can tell siblings are related without even needing to ask! My sister and I look NOTHING alike so I always hoped all my kids could pass as twins!

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  10. I love seeing the comparisons, and I think there is nothing wrong with comparing their stats -- like you said it's not like you're comparing their grades or whatever. In the picture of Ashlynn in pink at 4 weeks she is totally making a face I've seen her make in more recent pictures! Isn't it neat watching them grow, but still seeing the newborn "them" in there sometimes?

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  11. Laura @ happilyeverparkerJanuary 21, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Oh my goodness they look so much alike! Beautiful children.

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  12. That is such a cute idea!!! Definitely taking this for my baby#2. Your girls are so sweet!
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  13. I feel bad for my daughter, she's the second child and we don't have nearly enough pics of her as we do her brother. Hopefully she forgives me ;)

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  14. crazy how a full term baby is SO much bigger! I LOVED the side by side shots so thanks for taking the time to do that! ;)

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  15. I love these pictures! How fun to see how similar your girls look!! Also you look amazing in both! Thank you so much for sharing I love this!

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  16. I'm going to try to keep up with it! Will definitely be fun to see as they grow :)

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  17. I hope so, I love comparing them to my baby pictures and husbands too, so interesting to see who they resemble

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  18. I love this post. What a cool comparison to see how different (and similar) they were. K really is bigger! You look amazing in both photos - are you sure you just gave birth?

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