Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What we're into now.

A week from today Bailey and Cooper will be 10 months old. They are getting so big and their personalities are really showing. I try and record a lot of what is going on in their lives in a journal but I thought I would share some of the things going on in our home.

Bailey and Cooper are no longer on bottles. Last week I went to Romp 'N Roll on Monday as usual and I was talking about middle of the night feedings and how sometimes Bailey and Cooper would wake up and want a bottle and I would put them back to bed with a bottle and every single mother there jumped on me about giving a baby a bottle in bed. I felt terrible. Really. I felt like the worse mother ever who was allowing her children's nonexistent teeth to rot. I decided that I didn't want to ruin my children's teeth so I would change this immediately. I decided that as of Monday night they would have sippy cups, no bottles and that they would have to learn to go back to sleep on their own, and pronto. Now over a week later our children have not had a single bottle in over 8 days and they have not had a night feeding. I thought it would be terrible for them. Turns out, I was the one who was debilitating my children. They were ready for it way before I was apparently. Sure, they still wake up but I let them fuss it out and only once have gone in to check on them, they fuss a little and go back to sleep, often times easier than I do. I had been jumping up and making a bottle and letting them feed themselves as soon as I heard them cry at all. I am only a new mother, I don't know everything but I learn quickly, or so I think.

Since then Bailey has gotten four new teeth. Apparently, they were just staying hidden from fear her mother was trying to rot them out before they exposed themselves. So she now has six teeth. Four on top and the two bottom. Cooper still has only four, two top, two bottom.

Thanks to all those teeth the twins are eating and eating everything in sight. Like their mom, they love bread and things closely related to bread, toast, waffles, rolls, etc., etc. They also love fruit and puffs and Cooper is a fan of Carrot Wagon Wheels. Actually I had been on a huge goose chase looking for more Carrot Wagon Wheels when I eventually found them yesterday at Wal-mart after looking at Target, three grocery stores and Toys 'R Us. I aim to make them happy.

Speaking of Wal-mart. I have started taking the kids out more by myself. It's fun but can be rather tricky because I have to either use the double stroller or find stores with double carts. Sam's is my favorite because of their double carts. We have done Target on our own several times and we have now done Wal-mart. If you have small children Wal-mart baskets suck. Unlike both Sam's and Target where the children are seated higher and side-by-side, Wal-mart's seating is lower to the ground and the children sit across from one another. Bailey was tired. Cooper was kicking her. Over and over again. Bailey was crying. Cooper was laughing. Bailey's screaming was so bad that when I was waiting in line they opened a new line for me to go through even though there were loads of other people in front of us and in other lines. I don't know if it was the sleepiness or the kicking but the child was bloody unhappy. It was not fun. But then Wal-mart is never fun.

Though they fight over toys and kick each other in shopping carts they also have a lot of fun together. Yesterday, I had them in their room while I was putting laundry away and every time I walked past from the Guest Bedroom to our Bedroom (I have a system, not entirely efficient but a system nonetheless) they were laughing and chasing each other and what almost appeared to be tickling (I know where to stand so they can't see me but I can see them playing). It was really touching. It's things like that display of affection that make me delighted they are not going to be only siblings no matter what the future may hold.

Bailey has a terrible diaper rash, worse one either of them has ever had. We called our pediatrician yesterday and they called in some Greers Goo without us even having to make a trip in, I love Dr. Mutch. So far I haven't seen much difference but it has been less than 24 hours.

I don't know if it's the rash or the teething but Bailey wants to be held all the time and Cooper most of the time. She cries for me to pick her up and I am torn between letting her cry it out or picking her up and risking 'spoiling' her. I don't mind the crying but I also don't want to appear cold so I have been trying to do a little of both. Funny how much thought I put into it when all she wants is for me to pick her up.

Neither of them are walking yet but they LOVE their little tikes Walk 'N Rides. Cooper likes to push his from the side instead of the back so that the wheels are being pushed across the floor instead of helping him move. Bailey is right along side Cooper pushing hers. She can stand up for a few seconds longer on her own then Cooper. Everyday they get closer to walking I am torn between them walking and continuing to crawl. Cooper can get his leg over his Walk 'N Ride and sit on it by himself and move it a little that way. He can also push it up to a cabinet, stand on it, attempt to open a drawer and proceed to fall. Over and over. What a routine. And the pantry, which almost always used to be open, is their favorite "No" spot. They know when the door is open, they appear to be magnetically attracted to that room and all the goodies it has to offer. More than a couple times a day I find myself removing one or two children and one or two Walk 'N Rides from the pantry. You would think I would just keep that room closed but it is a hard habit to make for some reason.

All in all, our children really do rock.

Here, see for yourself:

That is not a brush, it is the case that holds their forks and spoons.

Now it needs to be washed.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween Bash

This weekend we had a Halloween Party for Friends and Family. We made a lot (too much) food and socialized. It was a very fun (and exhausting) time. Here are some jumbled picture from the evening.

I made a pumpkin spice bundt cake and Todd decorated it. I think he did a pretty good job, it looked like a pumpkin to me.

We decorated the front yard with tombstones that Tyler and Jordan helped us with.
And two creepy Gargoyles from Target.

We got these cute PJs that Glow in the Dark for the twins.

And made a gross Kitty Litter Cake, that was a hit with both kids and adults.

And we dipped everything in sight in chocolate, yummy!

Xavier came dresses as a DINOSAUR, not a DRAGON.
He made for a pretty cute dino.

Bailey' friend Callie came, she is only a few months younger than Bailey.

Finally, we put the kids costumes on. Cooper was a monkey.

Bailey, a ladybug.

Xavier doing tricks.

This is Shamiya, she is Ed's neice and about two years older than the twins.

This is Coop, doing whatever he can to be dangerous.

Callie, 5 months.

The kids socializing.

The Slayers, Vampire slayers, that is.

Our vampire friend Lauren and her boyfriend Gerald.
Callie and her daddy, Lavont.

Erin, the Geisha.

Chris, the Hot Topic Employee, off-centered.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

More Video!!!! Lots and Lots More!





My Nikon D80 doesn't have a video option but my older digital camera can record up to a minute of video at a time so needless to say I have been carrying that thing around with me the last few days, there is just something about video that is closer to really seeing people in person. Hope you all enjoy!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

She Offered


Grandma Pam's brother Mike and his wife Wanda are here in Lynchburg visiting. They came over this evening for dinner. The kids decided they couldn't wait for Lasagna so Grandma offered to feed them.

Friday, October 17, 2008

In the Danger Zone


Rainy Day Fun



Finally, some video of our adorable offspring!

And Happy 8th Birthday Brandon!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

You Asked For It, You Got It...Weekly Update

What a seemingly long and endless week. Sunday the twins were nine months old. To celebrate, sort of, we (I) decided to have a photo shoot. It didn't go so well. We started with Halloween Costumes, I didn't post any Halloween Photos here because those of you who are close to us will get one in the mail via a Slim Line Holiday card from Ritz, they weren't cheap so I am not going to spoil all the fun by posting the pictures here. I didn't get any great ones and after the Halloween Costume session the photo session fell apart. Maybe we'll try again this week. Here is Bailey minutes after our photo session. This was all that she still had on of her costume.
On Monday Bailey and Cooper decided to ransack the diaper bag and Mom didn't stop them. Instead she egged them on by filming it.

On Tuesday we went out with Great Grandma Lois. We were hungry and something possessed me to go to Red Lobster. The kids had a huge melt down and I was so flustered. Unfortunately, there are no photos of that enlightening experience.
On Wednesday I decided I wanted to finally clean the house after several months of not doing so. I thought a good place to start would be the cleanest room in the house, the Formal Living Room. I decided I would take every single book we own off of the shelves and dust. Todd added more braces to the sagging shelves and I was going to put the books back on the shelves the next day.

This picture doesn't do the mess any justice.

On Thursday I woke up sick. The end. Really sick. Grandma Pam came over and helped us though and we all survived, there are no pictures from Thursday. Friday I had to put all those books back on the shelves.
All week Cooper has been standing and Todd makes him walk everywhere. He loves it.
All week I have been dressing Bailey in clothes I think are adorable. I think I am the only one who thinks they are adorable.
On Saturday Todd was sick. Because it was finally clean I decided while Dad and Cooper were sleeping I would introduce Bailey to a room in the house she has never been in, The Living Room.

She loved it. Especially all of those games I kept asking her not to play with.
Also on Saturday we finally started decorating for Halloween. We bagan work on new Tombstones (our origianl ones were lost in the fire, I mean thrown away when we moved here). Tyler and Jordan have been coming over and helping with the tombstones the last few weeks and they look far better than our original ones but I am getting worried they won't be done in time for Halloween.

This is Jordan working diligently.
Her best work and my favorite tombstone. Todd, Tyler and Jordan didn't believe that the Potters died on Halloween, I had to get out the books and prove it to them. Harry Houdini also died on Halloween.

Todd made these Pedestools but not the Gargoyles. We still have a lot of work to do and Bunko is this week at our house so it should be another interesting and busy week we are going into.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

9 Months

Sorry, I know I said I was going to post this on Monday but I am a busy person.

The visit went fine and other than a Flu Vaccine that I don't think we needed and a finger prick to check lead I don't see why we even needed to go, but at least we got measurements.

Cooper is 19 lbs 5 oz. and is now 27 3/4 inches tall. He sounds and looks great, but I could have told you that without a visit to the doctor.

Bailey is 16 lbs 12 oz and is 25 1/2 inches tall which is in the 5th percentile. She is a little thing.

They told us not to give our children popcorn, hot dogs or hard candy and I wondered, What are we going to have for dinner now?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Weekly Update (Sorry It's Late)

I am rather frustrated with Blogger, I seem to be only able to upload one picture at a time and not having all that much time lately I haven't been able to post here in a little while.

Yesterday (the 5th), marked 9 months for Bailey and Cooper. They are growing so fast, too fast. Cooper is standing on his own for a few seconds at a time and Bailey is cruising more and more. I an envisioning the state of our Christmas Tree in a few short months, it doesn't look pretty :)

Today is their nine month check-up (with no shots!) so I will post any news and heights and weights this afternoon.

This week we tried this little baby tool for eating foods, it was a waste. Too messy and hard to clean and didn't really help with eating anyways. Not highly recommended.
The kids love Todd. I mean really love Todd. Makes me jealous.
Until they reach for me. Then I feel a little better. But only a little.
Cooper is getting really excited about Christmas. His Grandma came over with this outfit and forcibly put it on him. Looks thrilled, doesn't he?
Darling Bailey. We went to a festival in Amherst on Saturday, the kids were pretty good.
All three of them.
It's getting chillier and chillier here in Virginia. Long pants and sweatshirts are becoming more and more a necessity.