Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kid update and park adventures

I haven’t really been writing lately.  I want to be documenting the kids’ EVERYTHING because it pains me to think how incredibly amazing EVERY SINGLE DAY in their lives is to me, and yet so much of it will be lost forever.  I want it all to be on record!  Well, OK, maybe not ALL.  But all the good parts at least.

Emily is full on rolling now.  She rolled from her back to front for the first time maybe a week ago but then she didn’t seem bothered to do it again for a few days.  Well today especially she was rolling like crazy!  She is also getting her first tooth, it’s the middle bottom tooth on the left.  It has just broken through the skin today.  My mom discovered it.  So cute!!  Other than massive amounts of drooling at times, she has shown no symptoms of getting teeth – as in none of the more negative symptoms that some babies get.  No extra fussiness.  Andrew breezed through getting his teeth in the same way so hopefully, fingers crossed, our girls are both champs about it!
Margaret is sitting up unassisted now.  She started a few days ago but still wavering and falling over easily.  The past few days better and better, and today she was just sitting there pretty much as sturdy as her sister.  She’s smaller than Emily, I’m going to say there’s about a pound difference between them (at their last vaccinations they were 2 oz apart although I really don’t believe it…Margaret has always felt significantly lighter.  She was even lighter in utero!  Not by much, but still!) 

My girls are growing up before my very eyes!  It’s so amazing, these firsts they are experiencing.  I’m loving that they can both sit up now, I really feel it will make life a little easier.  Not in the sense that they’re going to be crawling and walking and then running but sitting up without help means they can while away some time just sitting there playing.  Oh, but I can see some fights ensuing…Every time I handed Emily a toy today, if Margaret was sitting beside her she would grab it away from her sister.  She’s a bit stronger with grabbing things so she wasn’t giving Emily much of a chance!  And sometimes she would pull at Emily’s bib and pull her right over, and then she’d fall over too and they’d knock heads.  Yes, never a dull moment with twins!!  But they are SO cute and SO MUCH FUN!

Andrew is loving his preschool class, and he’s also taking a gym class that he’s doing great in.  He absolutely loves going to ‘school.’  He’s really exploring his imagination lately, and comes up with stories for all his toys that are really elaborate.  One of his favourite things right now is taking pictures of groupings of his little plastic toys and then because I take the pictures on my iphone, they upload to TV, and he scrolls through and looks at them.  He also loves looking up superheroes (well, mostly villians) on the internet and having those pictures uploaded to the TV, too.  We’ve also been making little books lately, such as his latest ‘Mischievous Megatron and the Missing Hat.’  I staple paper together and he draws pictures on them and I write what he wants the pages to say.  It’s a lot of fun!  I love watching and helping him be creative.

 We got out to the park yesterday after one of his classes.  I felt brave going it alone, as it’s not without challenge to go to a park with all 3 kids by myself.  I did OK, and I’ll definitely do it again, but I definitely would prefer to have someone go with me where possible.  It’s hard because obviously I need to look after the girls and be watching them, but I don’t feel comfortable not watching Andrew like a hawk, too.  The name Michael Dunahee comes to mind.  I wouldn’t be able to cope if something were to happen to one of my kids, and while I do feel pretty safe at the parks in our neighbourhood, I’m sure Michael Dunahee’s parents felt safe in theirs, too.  You just never know.  Without scaring Andrew, I’ve talked to him a bit about stranger danger and to never go with anyone who isn’t the person he went to the park with, etc, but still, I can’t help but worry.  So I’m not comfortable not watching him, and besides he could also fall and need me…which would be difficult because I can’t leave the babies unattended to go running to him…I hadn’t thought of the logistics of going to the park with all 3, and I know it will get more challenging once the babies are toddling and I have to try to keep everyone in close proximity!  But we did it, and it went well, and Andrew was really good about staying close or asking if he could go to certain areas of the playground.  The babies chilled out on the grass and seemed to enjoy themselves.  It felt SO good to be out in the sunshine and actually feel some warmth!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My sweet babies

I can’t believe my baby girls are 6 months old already.  Some days definitely drag on, and I’m always relieved when I hear the key in the door telling me James is home from work.  But really, when I think about it, I wonder where the past 6 months went.  It feels like just yesterday the babies were still inside me, and now they’re half a year old already.  

I am finding that I love the 6 month age.  I love all the stages for different reasons…I miss my teensy little under-6-pound one-month-early little darlings.  The way I could scoop them both up from their bassinet and hold them both at once.  Their tiny little bodies swaddled up  in blankets.  But there’s something about 6 months.  They are discovering the world in new and exciting ways.  They are sitting up.  (Margaret is starting to sit up, she still falls over easily but she’s getting there – I think within the next week she’ll have mastered it if we continue to practice.  Emily has got it totally down pat!  But still doesn’t roll…Margaret is seriously working at crawling and I wouldn’t give it much longer before she has to really be watched like a hawk…)  I love that they are showing interest in things.  The look of concentration they get when they’re working at grasping an object, and the way they analyze it.   

They’re trying more foods, and I made some homemade purees today – carrots, and sweet potato, and I’ve frozen some so they have easy ‘meals’ on the ready.  I can’t wait till the summer season when I can get lots of fresh fruits and berries to make yummy foods for them. 
They’re just so darn cute, what can I say.  A lot of work, yes, but so adorable, they just melt this momma’s heart.  Andrew too, of course!  He’s so hilarious and I love his banter (most of the time).  The babies look at him with such awe and admiration, it’s so cute to watch.  Andrew loves it.  They just can’t get enough of him!  Tonight at dinner he was nattering away to them in gibberish and Emily started shrieking, she was so excited about whatever she thought he was saying!  Too cute.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Almost 6 months...Where does the time go?!

In 3 days the babies will be 6 months old.  How crazy is that?!!!!
Margaret continues to enjoy rolling, and is really working on full on crawling.  She pushes with her legs and gets a few feet from where she starts off, so she’s definitely getting there.  Yesterday Emily started doing the same thing.  Usually when I put her down for some tummy time she manages to roll from her tummy to her back fairly quickly, and then she just lays there.  She’s not quite mastered rolling from her back to her tummy yet.  For a few days about a month or so ago I thought she was going to, but then she stopped bothering to even try.  I think she figures, why bother, what’s the fun in that?!  She prefers sitting up on her own without anyone’s help.  She started being able to a week or two ago but only for a few seconds without falling over.  Now she can sit up for a long time on her own, at least several minutes.  She loves to have toys placed in front of her and she picks things up and checks them out.  It’s so cute!  Margaret can’t quite sit up on her own yet, but she also loves to play with toys.  Emily does reach out for things but Margaret is VERY grabby.  She will grab anything.  I’m a little concerned for my nose stud, because she sees the little shiny thing and her hands just go for it!  Watch your glasses, because she’ll rip them right off your face!  If there’s nothing to grab, she’ll just grab at your cheek, hair, WHATEVER, it doesn’t matter!!  Both girls love to stand (obviously assisted!! Though Emily is particularly strong on her feet, Margaret moves around sort of frog-like, it’s very cute).
The babies are both loving their pureed foods, and have tried several more varieties in the past few days.  I should probably try feeding them more times with solids through the day than what I’ve been doing as I’m sure they’d take to it.  They both still nurse and we were at about 50/50 there for a while, once I stopped pumping milk and was OK with more formula.  But now I’d say were more like 60/40 with formula winning out.  I blame it on my stupid cycle…Both ovulation and my period make the babies not nurse as well, so every 2 weeks there are days of not-so-great breastfeeding.  It’s frustrating, but affected me a lot more when I was still pumping/obsessing over my milk production.  I always offer breast first but if they get weird about it I don’t try to force it, and I don’t worry about it either.  I’m OK with switching to mostly formula.  I wish it was easier for me to switch entirely because I honestly think it would overall be better for me, but at the same time I still hold onto this desire to continue nursing.  We’ll see how it goes.  Just a few more months and they really won’t need it anymore, anyway.  Tear, tear – my babies are growing up way too fast!  But they’re so delightful.  A lot of work, yes, but oh so cute and I love watching them grow and learn new things every day.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

A rare afternoon date (at the car wash!)...and chair shopping

Last night Andrew slept over at the mil’s and this morning when she brought him home, James and I got the chance to go out for a few hours on our own.  For a date.  I almost forgot what a ‘date’ was.  !!!  Our time just the two of us is so rare these days, it feels like such a treat when we get to go out.

We had to pick up a painting smock for Andrew because he’s starting a preschool class soon, so we hit up the mall.  While we were there, we checked out a few furniture stores looking for a new accent chair for our living room.  We have one that in theory I love – it’s antique, about 100 years old or at least close to it, has been in my family forever.  I love the look of it, but it has been creaky for a while, and a month or so ago Andrew broke one of the springs while jumping on it during a bit of a temper tantrum (!) so it’s toast to us – we don’t want to spend a lot of money to have an old chair repaired.  My brother is going to take it and have it fixed, which is awesome because it keeps it in the family and it will go great with their décor more so than ours.  So to make a long story slightly shorter, we are in real need of a new chair!

We’ve now looked at 4 stores and I’m realizing how difficult chair shopping is.  James and I aren’t totally agreeing on what style we want, but the price point is also of issue – for both of us.  We don’t want to spend a small fortune on a chair that is undoubtedly going to get stuff spilled on it by 3 children…but we also don’t want to compromise on the comfort level it provides.  I also want it to go with our décor and look like it belongs, of course.  Decisions, decisions!  I guess we could check out Ikea, I’m just not sure if I trust the comfort level of their chairs, as we had a couch from there years ago and it turned out to be a total dud.  (I LOVE Ikea and we have a ton of stuff from there, just not sure about chairs, but might be worth looking into).  Not that my blog gets many comments but if anyone has any suggestions on great places to buy chairs for a decent price, I’m listening!

After our quick stop at the mall, we went to Brown’s Socialhouse for lunch.  Sooo good.  I LOVE their spa veggie burger.  There isn’t a whole lot of vegetarian options on their menu but I love the veggie burger so much that I wouldn’t likely want to order anything else anyway.

After lunch we stopped by Home Depot for a few things we needed.  I was hoping to look at wall decals, particularly something for the babies’ bedroom (I’ve been obsessing over some on Etsy but the issue is not wanting to spend an extra $20 on shipping when the decals are already pretty expensive given what they are) but I didn’t find any there at all.  I might just have to order something so I can stop obsessing, and feel like their bedroom has finally come together.  It still feels unfinished when I go in there and I want it to look awesome.  Other than seeming slightly unfinished, I have to admit when I go into the kids’ rooms I feel so happy – I love that our children have their own rooms (well, the girls are sharing, but at this stage that’s best for them anyway!) and have such cool rooms.  When I see the brightly coloured walls it puts a smile on my face!

Anyway, the COOLEST part of my day – and you can judge me all you want, I don’t even care – was taking Ramona (that’s the name we gave our van, LOL) to a full service car wash.  As in driving through the thing with the big brushes that washes the car for you.  I’d never been in one before but I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try it, and I was so excited when James finally agreed to do it.  Ramona hadn’t been washed since BEFORE THE BABIES WERE BORN and they’ll be 6 months old in 8 days (which is CRAZY, but anyway…)  The van was in desperate need of a wash, that’s for sure.  Not a top priority given all else we’ve got going on, so it felt so good to finally accomplish that AND cross something off my bucket list (going through one of those car washes, ha!)  Because the weather was a bit nicer than we’d expected for today, we also stopped and went for a short walk along a trail near where James bikes to and from work, and when we got home I vacuumed out the van and cleaned the inside.  I’m SO happy to have Ramona spic and span!  I don’t think we’d do the drive through car wash most of the time – I actually noticed it was so harsh on the paint that in a few places where there were tiny scratches they’re slightly larger now…plus it was crazy expensive, but it was done in like one minute and I think that’s pretty darn cool.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

What the girls have been up to...

Today the babies shared an entire jar of pureed carrots.  Once they’re eating more, I’ll start pureeing stuff myself and not buy the jars because with two babies that would add up REALLY fast.  But for now it’s just to give them a taste, and I seriously have no clue where I’m going to add ‘puree food for the babies’ to my to do list…

So far the babies have loved everything they’ve tried!  They’ll be 6 months in 2 weeks minus 3 days.  When Andrew was their age, he was getting his 2 bottom teeth already (the girls are definitely teething but I can’t actually see any buds poking through yet).  He was a nurse-aholic and was latched on ALL THE TIME which is probably why solid foods didn’t interest him all that much.  He would have a couple of bites but mostly just make a mess.  I’m not sure when we introduced hummus but he LOVED that from earlier on than you’d usually expect, and he liked yogurt as soon as he tried that, but the other purees not so much.  In contrast, the girls will eat a bit of yogurt but it’s not necessarily their favourite (well, Margaret’s not super keen, but I think Emily might eat just about anything!) but they both love sweet potatoes, apple sauce, strawberries, bananas, and carrots.  Neither of them really took to the ‘baby oatmeal’ I bought them but I can’t blame them – I tried it and it tasted pretty awful (of course, most of the purees do, too!)  I just think it’s amazing that they’re eating so well already.  I need to do a grocery shop soon and I plan on getting some tasty treats for them – maybe even try them on hummus and see if they take after their big brother for liking that!

Margaret tends to eat somewhat daintily and doesn’t make much mess.  Emily, on the other hand…The other day she took to flailing her arms in anticipation of the spoon and in so doing would hit said spoon and cause pureed food to go flying everywhere!  Then today she didn’t flail her arms but did this thing with her mouth where every time she took a spoonful, she’d splatter some of it out of her mouth!  She’s a messy eater, and she loves her food!  She’s very much like how I was as a baby, or so I’m told!  And Margaret is very much like James.  I still find it interesting that their looks also coincide with that.

Margaret started sticking her tongue out yesterday and making funny noises.  She’s done it a few times since, and then if I look at her when she’s done it she grins at me like it was the funniest thing ever.  She’s rolling so much now that you really have to keep an eye on her because she can get up to some mischief if you’re not careful.  She’s also crawled a little bit, although not a ton as in full on crawling across the room.  If she sees something she really wants, though, she will figure out a way to get to it.  She’s also grabbing at everything, pulls my hair, almost had James’ dinner plate on the floor tonight!  She’s a very busy girl.

Emily takes everything in but she’s content to stay in one spot for the most part.  She can roll from her tummy to her back (to end tummy time when she’s tired of it!) but she’s not rolling back to front yet.  She likes to flail her arms and legs around a lot!  And she’s gotten pretty close to rolling several times but then she’s content to just hang out on her side and look around.  She’s not grabbing at things quite like her sister, not with the same force at least, but she will grab a hold of toys and things if you put them near her.  They both particularly love the glow worm Andrew got them before they were born, and they’re becoming more enthralled with the toys on the play mat.

When we go out, Margaret is more content to sit in the stroller and either look around or, more likely, fall asleep, whereas Emily likes to get out of the stroller for a better vantage point to look around.  She’s very curious about everything and I think ultimately she’d rather skip rolling and crawling and one day just stand up and start walking.  She LOVES to stand if you hold onto her hands to support her.  Her legs are so strong that she can basically hold herself up, whereas Margaret can do that too but to a lesser degree.  Although Margaret seems to like the Jolly Jumper more than Emily!  They both love their exersaucers, though.  Emily can sit up on her own, unassisted, although after a short while she’ll fall over, but she’s getting stronger at it already.  Margaret is pretty close but can’t quite do it on her own yet.

It’s amazing how different they are!  And yet they are so in tune with each other, which is something I find so incredible to witness.  For example, it’s often the case that if one baby starts having a bit of a nightmare, the other immediately starts to fuss.  And it’s not because one has woken the other with noise – I might be looking at Margaret and just see a silent expression come across her face that tells me she’s having a bad dream, and I look over at Emily and she starts to flail or show me that she’s seeing it, too.  It’s hard to explain, but it’s not a fluke, it’s definitely a twin thing. 

They are starting to look at each other a lot more, and smile at each other.  You can tell that they love each other!  Any time they are put down side by side, they hold hands, it’s the cutest thing ever.

Margaret has started to say, ‘Mum mum mum mum mum’.  She also does her usual cooing that she’s been doing since about 8 weeks or so.  Lots of ‘talking’.  Emily likes to ‘talk’ too, and also let’s out these adorable little ‘screams’ when she’s excited about something.  I love both of their voices!

A few days ago Andrew held out his arms and said, ‘Guess what Mommy, I love you and Daddy thiiiis much!’  I told him I love him too, and I asked him, ‘How much do you love the babies?’  He held his arms out as wide as he could and said, ‘Thiiiiiiiis much!’  I asked him, ‘You love the babies more than you love me and Daddy?!’ and he replied, ‘Yes, I do.  Because they are my babies!’  How’s that for big brother love?!
Which reminds me, the girls are sooooo enthralled with their big brother!  They absolutely ADORE him!  They grin at him all the time, and they’ve started laughing a little bit when he talks gibberish to them or gets really close to their faces.  It’s so cute, and of course he laps up all the attention!

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