All About Bean – 10/11

Well, our poor little Bean this morning got sick for the first time since the girls have been eating solid foods. Russell had gotten up and tried to feed the girls breakfast (which wasn’t very successful since they had eaten bottles at 6am) and when he was finished we took a family trip up to get some Krispy Kreme doughnuts. On our way up there I happened to look back at Bean’s mirror right as she threw up. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It was a winner too since she had only eaten yogurt for breakfast. Needless to say our car smells wonderful right now, as does Bean’s car seat.

On a happier note, she is getting close to crawling. She is doing a lot of the lunging and backwards crawling Kylie did before she really took off. Lissie is a lot better at precision rolling than Bear was. And she seems to be a little braver, exploring over near our bedroom and down the hall towards their room. She does have a few common spots in the house that she ends up, which we call Lissie’s corners. We are thinking about making little signs…

Anyways, she is napping now and will hopefully feel better this afternoon.

Published in: on October 11, 2010 at 10:06 am  Comments (2)  

A Monster under the bed

At about 5:45 this morning both girls woke up. I went in first and picked up Alyssa. What I didn’t know is that Russell was following not far behind me.ย  For those of you who don’t know I startle VERY easily. You can tell me you are going to scare me and I will still be startled. So, when I walked out of the nursery carrying my daughter into the dark living room and almost ran into my husband I was very surprised. I gasped loudly and even let out an “oh my God!”. Russell hurried in to pick up a still crying Kylie (he is used to scaring me accidentally). But apparently our kitty Leila had heard me freak out about him and felt a need to protect the baby from him, so when he tried to pick Kylie up Leila bit his leg. It is the first time any of out pets have seemed protective of the girls, and while Russell was mad at first after we realized what she was doing we were very proud.

(FYI- Leila’s nickname is Monster)

Published in: on October 11, 2010 at 8:13 am  Comments (1)  

Happy 8 Months!

Today is my twins’ 8 month birthday!!! They have officially been outside of me longer than they were inside. They are more beautiful and healthy than we could have ever asked for. Thank you God! Here is a sneak peak of their monthly photo shoot (which is getting harder and harder as they are more mobile). The first few are just to make you laugh. Have a great weekend everyone, and Happy 8 Months, Bean and Bear!!!

Published in: on October 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm  Comments (1)  

All About Bear – 10/8

Sorry for the late post everybody! Yesterday was a little crazy. Russell had the whole day off for the first time in a couple of weeks and I needed to get some serious cleaning done. Also, it was the last day I had to write my reviews and get my $25 Amazon gift card… so those took priority. I’ll try to make two posts today to make up for it ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, it is 4am right now and I am awake… again. I only got to bed after 1am. Don’t I have nearly 8 month old babies? Shouldn’t I be somewhere past these sleepless nights? The Bear has actually only been up twice but even that in uncommon for her. She is my good night-time sleeper. It is more unusual for her to wake up once than it is for her to sleep a good 10+ hours straight, now if only her sister would join her in that!

Bear has finally started to explore outside of our living room and has discovered a love affair with the pet’s water bowl. I guess we’ll need to find another solution for giving the pets water as she is a little young to fully understand “no”. There have already been a number of occasions where she has tipped the bowl onto herself and needed a new outfit. Her increased mobility was also the cause of my deep cleaning of the house. Yes, since they were born I have slacked off a little in keeping it perfectly clean all the time, but she was finding dust bunnies and clumps of pet hair all over the place and something needed to be done!

She is what we call a “people climber”, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. She loves to climb up all over people. Legs, arms, chests – it is all fair game when she is around. And not to be upstaged by her sister, Kylie also decided to pull herself into the standing position… even if it required a little help with foot placement from Daddy.

Published in: on October 8, 2010 at 4:23 am  Comments (1)  

A strange, familiar place

Yesterday Russell was off early in the day, which allowed us some time to run a few errands around town. One of those was a trip over to the hospital where the girls were born to drop off a letter update and a few new pictures for the NICU staff. I realize this might seem foreign to some of you, but our babies were there for nearly a month and we still feel a connection to many of the nurses who took care of our girls. This is not the first time we have done this either. We even made 4 trips up there in one week when the girls were about 3 months so we could see all of the nurses on all the different shifts. This was, however, the first time it made me feel very uncomfortable to be there. I never felt that way, even on the countless trips I made there during those long 25 days. In fact being there used to give me good feelings because it meant I was getting to spend time with my little ones. But for some strange reason this time left me feeling uneasy. Getting into the elevator, walking down the hall past the blind-covered windows, and ringing the bell to alert a nurse of our arrival was more uncomfortable than it ever was before.

I had a similar experience a couple of weeks ago. Russell’s parents were in town visiting and due to my father-in-law’s pet allergies they are forced to stay in a hotel. We took the girls over there for some swimming pool fun (which turned out to not be as much fun as we planned because it also coincided with their nap time). Anyways, Kylie crashed right after getting out of the pool and so my mother-in-law stayed at the hotel with her to let her sleep, while the rest of us came home. She called as soon as Kylie started to stir and I began to head over to pick the two of them up. Their hotel, I should mention, is just past the hospital. As I started to drive in that direction, and turn onto that street it brought back so many memories of not having my Bear home with me. Suddenly I felt like I couldn’t get there fast enough. My heart raced and my fingers rapidly tapped on the steering wheel. By the time I arrived at the hotel I was practically running to get inside. Luckily, my mother-in-law and Kylie were already waiting for me in the lobby.

From the very first ultrasound we had and we heard “Did you know there were two?” I was prepared for a NICU stay. I knew the odds, I was ready for what would happen. On the other hand, I don’t think I prepared myself well enough for the day one came home and I left one behind. The day that we went in, packed Alyssa up in her car seat, took our goody bag of free pacifiers, bulb syringes, diapers and wipes, and came home was one of the hardest things I have ever done. While I wanted to be happy for the one who is coming home, how could I not feel sad for the one I was leaving there. Now, Kylie didn’t know what was happening and I don’t think she felt at all abandoned, but to me that was all I could think about. I had to turn my back on my little baby girl, and leave her there all by herself. For the first time ever not with her sister. STILL not with her parents. It breaks my heart to think about it still.

These are the same feelings I felt yesterday being back in that oh so familiar place. And as we loaded the girls into the car I gave Kylie a couple extra kisses and told her how thankful I was she was still coming home with us.

Published in: on October 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm  Comments (1)  

I need a husband that won’t drive me crazy – 10/5

I will say it again… I have a wonderful husband who I love very much. He is attentive, loving and supportive. I am very lucky. The purpose of these posts is more to poke fun at me and how anal I am about a lot of things. As you come to read more and more of these you will probably be saying โ€œwell I wish my husband would even do that!โ€.

I was tempted to do a post like last week because Russell watched the girls for me last night so I could go to my LV MoM’s meeting. Both girls were even asleep when I got home @ 9:30. That is quite a task in and of itself! BUT… I can’t let him slide two weeks in a row ๐Ÿ™‚

As you may have read in the first installment, Russell used to leave the cabinets unlatched and or open at our apartment in Durango. Well, not much has changed in the last 3 years, if anything his lack of closing things has evolved into new areas. He leaves the cabinet in our bathroom open frequently, and when he puts his dishes in the dishwasher (or empties it — see I told you you’d be saying “I wish my husband did that!”) he doesn’t push the rack in all the way and it makes the door stay slightly open. It drives me crazy!!!

Published in: on October 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm  Comments (3)  

All About Bean – 10/4

I mentioned in an earlier post, Bean hates sleeping. I think she is afraid she is going to miss out on something so she will often times fight sleep with everything she has. This also includes waking up in the middle of the night to check and make sure nothing is going on. She wakes up and squirms and cries so we go in and take her out of the nursery (so she doesn’t wake Kylie) and bring her out to the couch in the living room. She isn’t hungry, she isn’t wet, she doesn’t have a burp so as soon as she sees nothing is going on she goes right back to sleep… within like a minute or two. But she does this sometimes 4-5 times a night. So much for getting a good nights sleep! If we didn’t have twins we would probably just let her work it out herself in the crib, especially since we know she doesn’t need anything, but it isn’t fair for the Bear to be woken up all the time. This is making it into today’s post because last night was one of those 4-5 time kinda nights. Hopefully it is something we will get figured out one of these days. ๐Ÿ™‚

In other news…. Lissie pulled herself up to standing all on her own! The day I got the new crib set up we let the girls sit and play in it for a little bit while we enjoyed some ice cream. We have it set up with some toys and stuffed animals since we are not using it as a sleeping crib for the time being. Anyways, Russell was sitting on the floor and I was sitting on the bed, Bean and Bear were in the crib and out of nowhere Alyssa grabbed onto the railing and just pulled herself up. She stood there for almost a minute on her own just looking around. She didn’t seem surprised or proud of herself or anything. She just stood there like it was nothing!

According to Baby Center, pulling oneself to standing is an advanced skill for babies 8 months old.ย  Advanced meaning only a few kids can do it. I was SOOO proud. Go Bean!

Published in: on October 4, 2010 at 8:57 am  Comments (4)  

Updated Nursery

So, yesterday I wrote about the changes going on in our nursery.ย  Today I thought I would show you what those looked like.

Here is what it looked like before

Here it is with the new crib

Leila testing it out

and finally the girls give it a try!

That stupid crib took me ALL day to set up. (No instruction manual and not seeing it taken apart made for a lot of trial and error) I didn’t even get the changing table taken apart -it is just sitting in the hallway- but at least the room was done enough for the girls to sleep in there last night.

Published in: on October 2, 2010 at 10:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Turn! Turn! Turn!

As The Byrds sang (and Ecclesiastes told us before that) to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

In our home today we are experiencing a couple of “new seasons”. First of all, today is Oct. 1st which to me means the day I get to decorate for fall and for Halloween! Even though it is still predicted to be in the mid 90s today, the weather seems to have gotten the message that it is no longer summer. It is overcast, and even drizzling a little. The forecast also has us in the 70s-80s over the next week!

The other big change taking place is the removal of the changing table, and the setting up of the second crib in the nursery. I can’t believe my little girls have already outgrown the changing table. They bump their heads, and are always trying to roll off… so it is time to say goodbye to it. With that gone from the nursery we will have room for the second crib. And while this does not mean we are necessarily separating the girls at night, it does give us the option on certain nights if the need arises.

For those of you who know me well, I do not always embrace change that well, and this is no exception. While I am very proud of my girls for growing and developing so well, it also makes me very sad to see some of these changes take place. The changing table was one of the very first things we had set up in the nursery. I would sit in there and imagine having my little babies in there with me. Has so much time really passed that we no longer have a need for it? And to think of them sleeping separately makes me long for the days when they would be snuggled together under one receiving blanket (folded in half!). I wonder how they will feel about it too. Will they be glad to not be kicked or poked and awakened throughout the night, or will they wake up and feel scared and lonely? Since Kylie came home there has not been a night they haven’t slept together, and since they can’t tell me how they feel I just have to wonder (and worry) for myself.

These feelings are not limited to big changes such as this. I feel a pinch of sadness every time the girls outgrow another set of clothes. I try to make them stay in clothes as long as possible because I am not ready to say goodbye to them.

I wonder if other moms out there feel the same way I do… and is it weird to become sentimentally attached to your children’s clothing?

Published in: on October 1, 2010 at 9:47 am  Comments (5)