Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The boys got their first taste of school today, sorta. Uncle Jared and I took the boys to storytime at the library. It was their first experience in a "structured" environment so I was a little nervous about how they might cooperate. I'm happy to say they exceeded my expectations! When we first arrived Anderson and Jake were able to look at books, sit at tables made just for them and socialize with the other babies. They were the youngest in the 12-24 month group, most of the babes were 15-18 months old.
When it was time for circle time the boys sat on our laps, turned the pages of their book as the storyteller read and listened quietly. Then the real fun started....we sang songs, watched a finger puppet story, clapped our hands and for the big finale there were bubbles. The storyteller had a little machine that made lots and lots of bubbles and Anderson and Jake crawled all around trying to touch and pop them. Many of the songs that were sung were ones I sing to them at home so it was great that they were already familiar with them. You could see in their little faces that they were having such a good time. It was a very special experience for me, I just wish Kevin had been there to share it with us.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Anderson at lunch sportin his new do.
Messy faced Jake feeling like a new man.
My babies are turning into mini-toddlers...sniff, sniff. We took them for a haircut today and they did so well. Curious of the snipping happening around their ears but cooperative nonetheless. All it took was some bribery...balloons and puffs. The hair cut ladies were very nice to us and didn't make us feel like crazy overbearing parents as we snapped pictures and videos the whole time. They even gave us keepsake cards with the boys hair inside.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Playing their favorite game where the balls spin round and round.
Brrrrr, it's cold outside! The single digit temps kept us in the house today. Much too cold for tiny fingers, toes and fat cheeks. We had big plans to take a mall trip but decided to stay in since the boys are still recovering from their awful colds. Their noses haven't stopped running, its just a constant drip of icky boogers. And the worst part is the little twin boogers don't want to have their boogers wiped. They fight us, run away and/or start screaming their heads off. It's really quite a lovely production they put on.
Tomorrow Kevin has the day off of work for MLK Day and I am so happy! A day with Kevin home is like a vacation day for me. I get to experience the luxury of dumping half the workload on him. Today Anderson really pushed us to our limits with his cranky behavior and Kevin was clearly frustrated and at his witts end. Makes me feel a little less crazy to see someone else pull their hair out.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
After teaching for almost 10 years I've seen my share of tears shed from children who have been disciplined and actually had no trouble holding my ground. I was a tough cookie. But today the ice on my heart melted. It is so different when it is your own child. I had to pick him up. I had to give him reassuring hugs and kisses. I had to tell him it was okay. I had to forgive and forget.... and I'm not making any apologies for it either.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Another hell of a day around these parts. Anderson woke up congested and coughing but no fever as of yet. Both little stinkers refused to take a morning nap but definitely needed one! When afternoon rolled around they both went down for naps and a half hour into it the dang cable guy showed up and unfortunately had no idea what an "inside voice" was. They both started crying from waking due to pure exhaustion and the cable guy continued to make loud phone calls, slam our doors, and yell from across the house. As you can imagine the boys were unable to nap.
So to top things off tonight after putting them to bed I hear Anderson fussing and whining in his crib. I go in to check on him and smell this awful stomach turning smell. The poor bubbie had thrown up everywhere. His lovey was covered in yuck, his bedding was soiled and his jammies weren't spared either. So out he came while I changed his bedding and jammies. He seemed unaffected by it all which I guess is good. Right now I've got his monitor cranked listening for any little sound out of the ordinary. Fingers crossed that we've now seen the worse of it.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Today Jake started to feel better. He and Anderson were scheduled for their one year well visit this morning so off to the dr's we went....for a 8 a.m. appointment I might add. The dr. said Jake's lungs sounded clear and his ears looked good so we were relieved at that. The boys are growing well, they are in the 75th percentile for height and weight. Anderson was 22lbs. 14ounces and Jake was 23lbs. 6ounces. We were kinda surprised that they hadn't gained more than that but they are much more mobile these days and hardly sit still for longer than a minute so it looks like they are burning a lot of calories. Neither one cried when they were poked for a blood sample to check their iron levels and considering we were in a tiny 5x8 room for an hour and a half with them they were pretty cooperative.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Poor Daddy came down with the stomach flu yesterday so we are all on baited breath waiting to see who it might strike next. Claire had it too so I'm convinced someone brought it to the birthday party. So far so good with the boys. There is no sign of anything sinister. I, on the other hand, feel paranoid after last February's hospital stay for the "maybe its rotavirus, maybe it's an infection from surgery" debacle I experienced. I'm almost positive that I had the rotavirus stomach flu and it was one of the worst experiences ever! So naturally I've been microanalyzing every little symptom I may or may not be having. In the meantime I am fumigating the entire house by wiping down everything with my handy antibacterial clorox wipes.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Awww, sweet little one year olds. Jake (L) Anderson (R)
Singing Happy Birthday.
We did it! Kevin and I actually pulled off a successful kid's birthday party. In the days leading up to it we kept saying we felt too young to be doing such an "adult" thing like planning a birthday party for two babies. Nevermind the fact that 32 is only 4 days away for me. The party went great, we invited around 60 people and we had around 40 come. The menu was pasta, meatballs, cheesy taters, chicken wings, veggies/dip, taco dip, cocktail wieners (gotta have those at a party) cheese and crackers and lots of other yummy snacks. The boys enjoyed sharing their playroom with all the little ones that were there. At one point we had five babies under a year of age, not to mention all the big kids that were there. By 6:00 the boys started to cross over to the "get me outta here" stage and we brought them upstairs, gave them their bottles and off to sleep they went. They were a little cranky this morning but that might have been because we TRIED (unsuccessfully) switching out their morning bottles for a sippy cup...they weren't having it. Better luck next time suckers.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Waiting patiently as cousin Claire reads the card.
Sesame Street Garage and tunnels to climb through
Watching the movie in our finally finished basement.
Grant and Claire helped the boys open their gifts and when that was done we all settled in to watch Ratouille on the new home theater. It was the first full length feature film the boys have ever seen and they only saw 20 minutes of it because it was off to bed. Happy First Birthday Anderson and Jake...ilywamhasfeae!
The boys had an exciting first birthday. We met Daddy for lunch and the boys enjoyed a mexican dish...chicken and beans. After lunch we came home for a nap and the McBrides called asking if they could bring pizza over to celebrate with the boys. Anderson and Jake loved having Grant and Claire over for a visit. They watch their cousins with big eyes and laugh at the goofy things they do.