Friday, August 31, 2007

Somebody pinch me because...

Relaxing in the shade by the stream.
Anderson and Mommy.
Jake and Daddy.
My bubbies.
Anderson swinging.

I swear that I am making this all up in my head. I feel like these wonderful and beautiful human beings and the joy they bring Kevin and I are some eleborate lie that I have made up. I just can't believe that these precious gifts are mine and I'm not going to wake up from this life.

We spent the afternoon at Rochester Park today. The boys spent time on the swings, ate their dinner on a blanket next to a stream and dipped their feet in the water while watching the ducks swim by. Kevin said it was his best day as a father yet and I couldn't agree more. Sorry I'm so dramatic about being a mommy to my little guys, I just can't help myself.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Go Lions ! ?

Jake (L) Anderson (R)

Maybe Anderson and Jake can bring some good luck to the Detroit Lions? Probably not, the Lions seem to stink no matter what.
A funny story I wanted to share...We've been on the hunt for bicycle helmets for the boys so that we can pull them in the bike trailer. We searched high and low and finally found helmets small enough for their heads for ages 1-3 years old. We thought they might be a little big but we could always fill them with some spongy foamy pieces or something. WELL.....we brought them home and opened them up and to our surprise they were WAY too small! Do we really have babies with heads the size of a large pre-schooler?? We aren't sure what we are going to do now. I suppose we'll go back and try on the next size up. Let's hope head/brain size is a predictor for a high IQ and thank goodness I ended up with a c-section!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Fantastic Frankenmuth

Fantastic Frankenmuth!

Tina, Kevin, Grant and Claire aka "The McBrides"

The family pic.

Jake at the Fudge Shoppe.

Papa James and Anderson James.

Uncle Kevin, cousin Grant and Anderson. Jake was napping.

Papa, Nanny, Claire and Grant.

Anderson and Jake took their first mini-vacay on Sunday to good ole Frankenmuth. As a child my family would go every year, Mom, Dad, Tina and my Grandparents. I have some very fond memories of those family days spent in Frankenmuth, so that is what we did yesterday and it was very nostalgic. We did some shopping, ate the famous chicken dinner at Zenders and shopped some more.

The boys seemed to enjoy themselves. They liked riding in their stroller and looking at all the sights. Dinner was a bit of a challenge. It last over 2 hours, which is about one hour and 15 minutes too long for a baby. We took the boys to a toy shop and they sat on the floor to play with some balls and stuffed animals. They especially liked being carried around by everyone.

Jake had a frightening moment that kinda became the highlight of the day. Since Zender's is famous for their chicken they have somebody dress up in a chicken suit to come into the dining room and greet the children. The chicken didn't really come too close to our table but walked about 7 ft. past where Jake was and he was pretty spooked by the chicken. He let out a high pitch scream loud enough to break glass but then he quickly recovered as the chicken moved farther away. Poor Jake, he's such a nervous nelly but the rest of us thought it was pretty funny.

The boys were pretty wound up by the time we got home. After sleeping in the car on the way home they were ready to party when we got home. Bedtime was a bit stressful but after lots of soothing the boys drifted off into wonderful dreams of Fantastic Frankenmuth.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Our Friend, Baby Ashley

Ashley (L), Anderson (M), Jake (R)

I think it's impossible to get 3 babies to smile simultaneously.

The babies were goofing around before bed.

We met up with our friends, Jason, Heather, and Baby Ashley yesterday for dinner. The babies had fun interacting and talking to one another. Anderson managed to make Ashley cry in the first 10 minutes of seeing eachother. He grabbed for her face like he does so often with Jake but she wasn't used to another baby attacking her. It doesn't phase Jake one bit, he is used to loving cat scratches all over his face and neck. At one point Jake put his arm around Ashley and leaned over to give her a wet slobbery kiss on the cheek. It was very endearing to watch the babies size eachother up.

Friday, August 24, 2007

More pictures

We don't want to wear our diaper and jammies!

Elmo is pretty cool.

Um, you're a little too close Elmo!

Elmo, you're my favorite.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Rain, rain go away

So we can go outside to play and our Mommy will stop taking so many pictures!
Jake Thomas doing a serious profile shot for the camera.

Anderson doesn't have many serious moments. Here he is covered in prunes.

Okay, I take that back. He does get pretty serious about his ice cubes in the mesh bag.

This feels so good on our tooties!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Pots and Pans

Awww, I love this picture of the boys. They usually look very different to me but in this picture their smiles look identical.

Anderson often falls asleep with his bear on his face. When we lay him down for his nap he immediately picks up his bear and squishes it all over his face.

Jake (L) and Anderson (R) playing with pots and pans.

Jake eating a whisk. Where's the cake batter?

Anderson and Jake have become pretty serious about their playing. Today they played pots and pans for the first time. My mom used to always give me kitchen stuff to play with and it was fun to watch the boys do the same. They were more interested in eating than cooking as you can see from the pictures.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

New Pics

Anderson and Jake are practicing trying to hold their own bottles.

Anderson showing off using only one hand. We're not sure how he pulled that off since he never holds his own bottle.

Jake chillin like a villain.

Hey, I'm not a villain! I'm a sweet little guy!

Friday, August 17, 2007

The blog lives on

Jake having fun sitting up. They love being able to sit up now and play with their toys.
Anderson showing off his new teeth that are coming in. He is getting all 4 front teeth at once

Handsome Boys.

So we had a little problem with the blog. It was infiltrated by someone (with twins) we don't know who apparently felt she had really gotten to know me through the blog. I'm not sure what her motivation was or why she felt compelled to write such things but it makes me uncomfortable to have people like that reading about the boys and getting a little glimpse into our lives. Before the boys were here I used the blog to write about my personal feelings and I rarely do that now because for the most part all I ever care to do is to obsess over them. But on the occasion I do feel like making my own personal statements I think I should be able to do so without some crazy "telling me like it is". If you don't like what I have to say then you shouldn't read the blog or you always have the option to talk behind my back :).

I am grateful that the majority of those who read the blog are great people that leave encouraging and loving comments for our family. I appreciate the interest you have in the boys, its means so much to Kevin and I.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Playing Together and Jake milestone

Anderson wondering if Jake can really fit that in his mouth.

I like playing with Anderson, he's a pretty nice brother.

Uh oh, near collision of giant baby heads.

Anderson and Jake working together to put the lid on.

Anderson and Jake played so nicely together today. They spent at least 15 minutes (that's like 2 hours in baby time) sharing blocks, eating them and taking them away from one another. No one shows themselves yet as the aggressor, both little guys are pretty easy going. Jake did a little bit of shrieking at the end but that was because he couldn't reach the block he wanted.

The three of us did some shopping for baby food today and met Daddy for lunch. I usually don't venture out too much on my own, but the boys did great. I also forgot to mention previously that Jake sits up unassisted now! Yay Jake!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Busy Weekend

These bubbies look up to no good.

Jake giving Daddy a big smile on Sunday morning.

Anderson feeling happy after bathtime.

Anderson and Jake had a busy weekend. On Friday we went to the McBride's house for dinner and then on a walking trip to get ice cream. Grant and Claire both took turns pushing the stroller and the cousins all had fun hanging out. Anderson and Jake just stare in awe of their big cousins and they love the attention from Grant and Claire.

On Saturday we went to Grandma's house for a b-bq. There were lots of family and friends there to meet the boys and the boys had a great time checking everyone out. Aunt Diane and Uncle Karel made a special visit from Canada to meet the boys and brought them special gifts.... ROBEEZ! Yay, we love our Robeez! A big thanks to Aunt Diane and Uncle Karel for being so thoughtful!

Sunday was a busy day as well. We made our usual Costco visit and later in the day we met up with Grandma Sandy, Great Grandma, Great Grandpa, Uncle Joe and Uncle Matt for dinner. It was nice to see everyone and spend time together. The boys had lots of family time this weekend and they really seemed to enjoy themselves.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Update on the boys

Anderson James

Jake Thomas

Anderson and Jake have been busy growing lots of teeth the past week. Both of them seem to have 3-4 tooties on their way. Today we took them to Children's Hospital to for their 6 week check-up with the cranial/facial specialist. It's been a week since Anderson stopped wearing the helmet and the dr. confirmed today that he is good to go. She said he had "beautiful results" and she will check in on him when he turns one but it looks like his misshapen head days are behind him.
Jake will continue to wear his cranial remolding orthosis. Oddly his head now measures symmetrical but looking at the shape it is easy to see he still needs some fine tuning. He has come a long way from where he started so we are very happy about that. We got a peek at the x-rays taken of his skull before the helmet and what a difference! We couldn't believe how severely flattened his head was just 3 months ago, he looks great now. We are proud of them both! It has not been an easy task for them to wear them 23 hours a day, during naps, sleeping at night and sweating like little hot boxes when we take them outside. They are such sweet and cooperative babies.
Unfortunately Jake's torticollis (tight neck muscle causing head tilt) has not been improving despite two days a week of physical therapy. We have decided to step it up a notch and take him to the chiropractor twice a week as well. We have a wonderful chiropractor that has lots of experience with infants so we are hopeful that she will be able to help improve Jake's condition. The dr. said there are some other treatments to consider as he gets closer to a year old but we are trying to avoid those if possible. A neck brace is one of them and a new form of treatment for Torticollis is BOTOX injections into the neck muscle. Neither of those treatments sound desirable to Kevin and I so before that time comes Kevin and I want to do everything we can for Jake to avoid that.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Meal Time = Silly Faces

The bubbies at dinner time. Anderson (L) Jake (R)

Jake looking like he's had enough of lentils and rice.

Lentils and rice do funny things to Anderson.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Momma's bubbies strike again

Jake looking so darn cute. He's such a serious little guy.

Jake in his new walker. This is the face he makes whenever he wants to show off one of his tricks and he's looking for some applause. It's such a cute expression he makes. He's like "Hey you, what do you think of me?"

Anderson was helping me fold some laundry...he swung it in circles.

Anderson (L) and Jake (R) relaxing after their walk outside. They were so hot so I stripped them down to their diapers. They really seem to enjoy being naked.

Anderson trying to figure out how his walker works. They've both figured out reverse but not forward.