Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Oliver Speaks

Vivian Feeds Herself

Everyone survived...including me!

This past weekend Matt and I had our first trip away from the babies.  We went to Austin, Texas to help one of my bestest friends from college celebrate her wedding!  My mom stayed with the babies with help from her friend Joyce Anne, my dad, my sister and Grandma Pam!  Everyone survived!  We were supposed to be  home before bed on Sunday night but due to a flight delay which caused us to miss our connecting flight we weren't able to get home to shortly after 11 Sunday evening.  So I thought I wouldn't be able to see my beautiful smiling babies until Monday morning...wrong!  They were up "partying" from 2:45 to 5:15!  They have seriously never done that so as pleased as I was to see them, it was a bit of a long night and sleepy day for this mommy yesterday!   I have posted just a few pictures from our weekend and a video my sister sent me of the babies while we were away!
Allison, Lesley the bride, Lisa and myself

Stacey and Lesley are twin sisters!  

 Me, Colleen, Allison and Lisa
My wonderful husband and I

Since my kids weren't there I played with Lisa's adorable children, Avery and Wyatt...also known as the flower girl and the ring bearer! 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Just some pictures....

 Vivian loves to fly!

Aunt Amy and Josephine help celebrate my moms retirement celebration.

 Vivian is partying!

Vivian got partied out!

Oliver taking it all in.

Granny Bender is retired!

Oliver loves to jump!
Let's give this "food" stuff another try. 

Oliver really liked what he actually kept in his mouth.

Vivian got some good tastes in too!

 Photo shoot..Oliver wasn't too interested in giving up any smiles. 

But aren't we CUTE!?!?!

They love each other too!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Not too much new to update, so I'll just give a brief update on each baby (more so when I look back on day I'll remember what the heck they were doing and when!).

Vivian is happy, smiley and our dainty yet independent little lady!  She enjoys playing on the play mat and sitting up in the Bumbo and "playing" the piano that lights up and plays music.  Vivian likes to put anything in her hands into her mouth.  Recently, she's become more of a fan of her thumb verses her pacifier but this Mommy is still pushing for the pacifier!  She is eating 5 bottles per day and getting much better at doing so!  She taking anywhere from 2 to 4 ounces per feeding.  She is now sleeping 11 to 12 hours at night sleeping in our office in the pack n play.  This weekend we are going to attempt to reunite our babies in the nursery where Oliver has been sleeping.  We'll see if it works or not but we thought we'd give it a try on the weekend just in case it's a rough night.  Vivian LOVES "naked time" before bedtime and squeals with glee every time!  Bedtime is around 7:30 pm or so.  She is still wearing a size 1 diaper but as soon as we use the last of them up she'll be moving to size 1-2.  Vivian can roll from her tummy to her back and pulls her knees up to her chest and rolls to her side all the time.  Soon she'll be rolling all over the place!  When Vivian smiles her eyes disappear into squints just like her Aunt Amy and Granny Bender.  Her gummy smiles are the best!  She wakes up in the morning happy and kicking her legs with excitement.  Even though I'm tired (I'm not really a morning person) it's so fun to get her up in the morning.   

Oliver is a big, smiley, happy boy.  He loves the Jumparoo, playing on the play mat, putting anything and everything into his mouth.  He enjoys chewing on his fingers and hands and is drooling a lot!  He's eats 5 bottles per day anywhere from 4 - 6 ounces per feeding!  He is sleeping 11 to 12 hours per night in his crib.   Bedtime is around 7:30 pm or so.  He likes toys that light up and play music.  Oliver loves "naked time" before bedtime each night and still enjoys his pacifier.  He can roll from his tummy to his back and is rolling to his side so I don't think it will be long before he rolls from his back to his tummy.  He giggles with delight when you talk to him and make silly noises or faces.  Oliver is wearing a size 2-3 diaper.  Oliver has a open mouth grin that could melt you into a million peices!  Oliver wakes up a happy baby too and he too makes getting up so early not too bad! 

Jeans day!

We spent Halloween at Granny and Grandpa Benders.

Matt and I went to the IU verses Iowa game.  It was nice to get out and spend time with adults!

Vivian is sporting a bit of a mullet.  

A hand-me-down outfit from Josephine....too cute not to share!

Vivian sleeping with her lovie/burp cloth.

Oliver sleeping with his lovie/burp cloth.

Gummy smiles = squinty eyes.

Playtime after a nap in Oliver's crib.   The mobile is very interesting!


"Aren't we staring to look alike?"

Why so serious? :)