Thursday, March 31, 2011

9 months old!

9 months...really??  I feel like I say this every month, but seriously, life is moving so fast!  Between working, my husband traveling here and there, the babies learning something new, where does the time go?  The babies are doing so well and I love them more and more with each passing day!  As you can see from the photos above, the babies are busy, nosey, interactive, involved, curious, and learning to test their limits and boundaries with each "step" they take!  So here's my "baby book" update for 9 months...

Vivian at 9 months..."V's" hair is finally starting to lay down!  Although if not properly brushed after a bath she can wake up with some "crazy hair" as we call it!  We visited the pediatrician this week for the babies 9 month check up and Vivian weighed in at 15 pounds, 14 ounces (7th % but growing appropriate for her growth curve) and 26 and 3/4 inches long (24th %)!  She's still just a little bit of a thing!  She is wearing 6 month clothes, size 2-3 diapers in the day and a size 3 diaper at night.  She is sleeping 7:30ish PM to 7 or 7:30 am.  Vivian takes 4 bottles a day averaging about 18 ounces per day!  She's eating all sorts of foods and is much more willing to try things if she sees me eating them. Tonight after about 4 or 5 different attempts she finally put some watermelon in her mouth and enjoyed it because she saw me eating some!  She's enjoys eating cheese, crackers, puffs, kiwi, Cheetos, bananas, bread and baby food to name a few.  She does not enjoy yogurt, squash (which I used to think was her favorite), or cooked carrot pieces...does anyone really like cooked carrots?  Vivian is a rolling like crazy and gets where ever she needs to by rolling as her number one form of transportation.  She loves to stand with assistance!  She's spending more time on her belly and can move around in a circle.  Vivian enjoys sleeping in her sleep sack and is now taking 2 naps per day, but can fall asleep in the car in less then 2 minutes if we run out but can happily live on much less sleep then her brother. Vivian is becoming a side sleeper.  Last weekend I finally lowered both of the babies cribs to the lowest level so there is no over board babies!  Vivian loves to munch on board books, playing during bath time, sucking water from the wash cloths in the bath and nibbling on her toes.  Her favorite toys include: iPhones, the remotes, mommy's necklace, the laptop, the video monitor, the big purple ball, jewlery, the camera, Sophie the giraffe, board books, and Oliver's pacifier (preferably the one in his mouth!).  Haha...truly she loves just about any toy you give her or she can get her little grubby paws on...if they make noise and light up, all the better!

Oliver at 9 months... "O" is finally growing some hair and it's longest right behind his ears...haha!  Oliver weighs in 21 pounds 6 ounces (68th %) and 29 inches long (76th %).  Oliver is still wearing 9 month clothing and has been since he was about 3 months old! (disclaimer: they were big then and they are getting kinda snug now but with the changing of the season I've stopped buying new winter clothes. He fits nicely into the 12 month summer clothes that we've had the luxury of wearing 2 or 3 times on those warm spring days, so we look forward to having more of them soon!)  Oliver is still wearing size 3 diapers in the day and size 4 diapers at night.  Oliver takes 4 bottles per day averaging about 24-28 ounces.  Oliver is also trying all sorts of new foods.  Tonight he too put some watermelon into his mouth and enjoyed it!  He likes puffs, kiwi, Cheetos, crackers, puffs, bananas, bread, puffs, Cheetos, crackers, cheese, and "baby" nutragrain bars and baby food or course...this is just a short list!  This boy likes to eat!  He DOES.NOT.LIKE yogurt (warm, cold, plain, vanilla, blueberry), he does not like it!  As my mom said, "I've never seen someone gag so hard and not lose their entire lunch."  Shocking for a boy who likes to eat everything!  Oh well...  Oliver's preferred mode of transportation continues to be rolling and he seems to be able to get anything and everything he should and shouldn't have by rolling.  Oliver LOVES standing with assistance and gets angry to be sat down.  He still occasionally forgets he has a twin sister who requires and deserves equal attention.  Oliver loves to be held and sit in your lap.  Oliver is taking 2 naps per day but occasionally still needs that 3rd evening cat nap.  Oliver is a side sleeper who moves all over the crib!  Oliver loves bath time, can finally consistently grab his toes, and is a toy bulldozer who tosses everything out of the way!  Oliver's favorite toys include:  iPhones, mommy's necklace, the big purple ball, Vivian's soothie pacifiers to "gnaw" on but doesn't know how to actually suck on (preferably the one in her mouth), the big purple ball, knocking down a stack of blocks, the big purple ball, his bottle to play with after he eats.  Did I mention he loves the big purple ball?

The babies still love, love, love their "lovie" (read "burp rag").  Oliver will play peek-a-boo for a long time with or without someone else playing with him.  Vivian loves to play with her hair while leaning against you while enjoying her bottle...Amen, this is such an accomplishment for our little lady.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring is so close we can taste it!

Big swing, little lady!

Even a big swing makes a big boy look little!

 Swinging with Daddy is fun!

On the swing with Mommy!

A slide made for two!


All it took for the babies to try and actually enjoy the kiwi was seeing Mommy eat it...then they were sold!

Not that flash again, Mommy!

Yum, a big bite of a bagel!

Getting the hang of this sippy cup!

The weather was in the the high 70s so we had to get out for our first ride in the stroller like big kids!  Displaying his 2 teeth with pride!

Stroller ride success!

Many more stroller rides to come!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Time change, change?

Man this time change is throwing us off!  Combine that with 2 babies who grow and change everyday and I'm all confused.  When do we get up?  When do we nap?  Some people probably think I'm overboard with my "schedule" for the babies but I have to be in order to have any sanity for myself (time to start laundry, dishes, shower for work, etc)!  I'm not one of those mom's who can fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to our daily's just not practical when you have two babies.  We've got a pretty good schedule going and it works for us and that's all that matters.  Until...we changed times this past weekend and we "sprung" forward.  Most of you would say, great...we all get to sleep a little bit later each morning....well, that's what I thought initally too.   But, that puts us to bed a little bit later too (9pm.. and this mommy needs some mommy time before I crawl into bed at 10 and by the time we clean up, eat dinner and make bottles it IS 10pm) and that on top of I think the babies are trying to eliminate their third nap, which currently is just a 30-45 minute "cat" nap.  This is fine by me because over the past few weeks it's been more of a question and sometime a fight then it's worth!  Will they take it, or won't they, will they cry to be put down because they really aren't that tired? (typically they both lay right down for their naps and put themselves right to sleep)  We'll figure it out, we always do.  Maybe I'll just start waking them around 7 (which was their typical time to get up), "gasp, never wake a sleeping baby you say?!?"  Well, I've done it before and I can do it again...that rule does not apply when you have twins!

Vivian's new sippy cup, she likes it!

Still learning!

Yummy crackers!

Finger lickin' good!

Trying a carrot!

"What is this?"


or carrot?

Carbs always win!

Mommy and her happy boy!

Aunt Mindy came to visit!

Listening very closely to Aunt Mindy!

Happy babies! 8 1/2 months old!

Mommy and her girl...Vivian loves jewelry, like the necklace around my neck!  But what we are really showcasing here is her cute ruffle bottom tights!

Oliver..."what's going on?"  Vivian..."why are you lifting up my dress mommy?"

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011