Sunday, May 29, 2011

11 months...

Yep...I'm behind, again.

Our days are busy, fun-filled with playing, napping, crawling, eating, play dates, running errands, a full-time working Daddy, a part-time working Mommy, eating, family events, napping, pulling up on everything, cruising, napping, bath time, get the idea...we are just busy having fun!  Can you believe it, I can't........ Our babies are 11 months old!  We are just a few weeks away from their first birthday!  We are survivors.  By we I mean, Matt and I, Oliver and Vivian, my Mom and Dad for their endless daily sacrifices (for example: Granny sitting, calling my dad in a panic to come hang the curtains in the babies room due to the 6 AM wake ups we've been having because of an earlier sunrise), my sister for her multiple consultations and babysitting, Granny Pam for her Granny sitting, and our many, many friends for their chats, dinner fun and late night Target runs!

So at 11 months...Vivian is a big girl, growing every day.  She is still eating 4 bottles per day taking an average of 18-20 oz per day.  In the past week I introduced whole milk into her sippy 1-2 times per day.  Her interest in that varies from day to day taking maybe an ounce or so.  She really enjoys drinking water from her sippy cup!  She will drink up to 3 or 4 ounces at a time.  She's eating table food pretty much exclusively now.  Favorites include: peas, green beans, pear pieces, blueberries, turkey dogs, yogurt, peach pieces, cheese slices, gold fish crackers, cheetos, turkey lunch meat, black beans.  Not so keen on carrots or ground turkey.  Vivian is working on tooth number 7 and 8 this week, 4 on top, 4 on bottom!  She's now wearing size 3 diapers in the day and at night.  (Only because pampers stopped making her size 2-3 diaper).  She is wearing size 6-9 month clothing and still some 3-6 month clothes.  She is just a tiny little thing and I haven't weighed them recently so I'm not quite sure what her exact weight is but I'll try to do that tomorrow.  She is crawling on all 4's and is fast...very, very fast.  She knows all the "hot spots" and when I'm not looking she can be to those "hot spots" in a flash!  Vivian can pull up on anything and can cruise one or two steps.

Oliver is still a big boy but with his new found love for crawling and cruising, I honestly think he hasn't put on any weight.  He's getting longer and leaner.  He's still eating 4 bottles per day taking an average of 16-20 oz per day.  He too has been getting some whole milk in his sippy cup 1-2 times per day.  He is not into it at all but I'm sure with time he'll learn to enjoy it :)  Oliver will drink some water here and there but still seems to prefer his bottle.  Oliver loves table food and is pretty much exclusively eating that now.  Occasionally, I can talk them into sharing a jar of fruit but both babies much prefer to feed themselves.  Favorites are pretty much the same as Vivian's with the addition of watermelon!  He loves watermelon!  He too is not keen on carrots and only semi-interested in ground turkey.  Oliver is also working on tooth number 7 and 8 this week, 4 on top 4 on bottom.  He is wearing size 4 diapers in the day and a night.  Oliver is wearing size 12 month summer clothes!  Let's hope it stays warm because his 9 month warm clothes are getting a little tight!  Oliver is crawling on all 4's and he's fast, fast, fast!  This mommy doesn't do much sitting any more!  He crawls, pulls up on anything and can walk behind his push toy.  He's pretty proud of himself when he does but can't quite figure out how to make it turn so when he hits the wall, fireplace or back door he plops down on his bottom and crawls to his intended destination.  He too know where all the "hot spots" are and can be there in a blink of the eye.

The babies favorite toys right now include the Fisher Price "door" which we've had for months but they've taken a new liking to it now that they can crawl and pull up on it and play.  They both still enjoy reading books (Vivian still enjoy nippling on their corners), Oliver enjoys the push toy and both enjoy bouncing balls and rolling cars on the wood floor.  Oliver is big into giving hugs and kisses but mostly to Vivian and Zoe, the pug.

I talked about "hot spots" and those are as follows:  open doors into rooms they are not allowed (bathroom, spare bedroom, laundry room etc.), the night lights, the dog's food and water bowls!, the cell phone charging cord, the dog's bell they ring on the back door to go outside, the door stops, the fire place, the curtains and blinds if not appropriately get the point!

We've got a summer vacation planned this summer and we are sooooo looking forward to having a week away, yet nervous for our 12 hour drive and our new sleeping arrangements.  The babies are flexible so we are just going to keep our figures crossed for a fun, fun week!'s to some practice naps in our pack'n'play staring this week!

We are 11 months old today!

We are learning to like sitting in the grass!

We don't usually sit in the grass in our diaper but... who knows....

I went to Bloomington last week for 2 nights away with some of my bestest college friends to celebrate my friend "Red's" bachelorette party, aka Allison!  She's in the black dress on the left, next to "Bean" aka Colleen,  above her is Lesley, me, snuggled in next to me is Lisa, under her is my friend "DUB" aka Katie, next to "Nan" aka Emily.  We had a GREAT time!

My sister happened to be there for a girls weekend with her girlfriends as well so we had a chance to hang out too!

Our first dip in the kiddie pool.  It was an unintentional dip, we just meant to put their feet in but with the splashing and the kicking and the reaching out for the water we just plopped them in the cold water!

 They seemed to like it!

 Family shot!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Picture fun!

Bath time CRAZY HAIR!


Josephine struggling to give Oliver a fact he should be pushing her, he does weigh more!

 Vivian's turn!

 Watching Elmo with Aunt A.  

Hanging with Papaw, who stopped by for a quick visit while out on a bike ride.  

 Josephine modeling at the park! 

 Bouncing at the park...

 Aunt A and Josephine go down the slide!


 Ahhhh....that's a bumpy ride!

 Oliver...not such a fan of grass....

 Vivian says "don't put me down!" (you know I love those mad faces!)

 Oliver realizes it's not so bad....

reading a book before bed with Daddy in our new jammies!

Life is changing at the Hursh home...we are busy, busy busy!  Both babies are crawling, pulling up, jabbering, exploring and learning new things!  We are really enjoying this age and each baby as they change and grow each day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

10 months!

 Our photo shoots are becoming harder and harder...

Where's that piece of paper?

Funny faces...

We LOVE paper!

Are you done yet?  I'm outta here!

Our babies are getting so BIG!  

Let's start will our little Miss V.  She is weighing in at 16.5 pounds (on our home scale).  She's wearing 6 month clothing (truth be told she can still wear some 3 month clothes and she even wore a 0-3 month dress a few weekends ago).  She's still wearing size 2-3 diapers and a size 3 diaper at night.  She is eating well still taking 4 bottles per day averaging about 18 ounces a day.  She drinks from her sippy cup a couple times a day too.  She is loving table food and eating less and less baby food.  Some of her favorites include:  green beans, blueberries, bananas, yogurt, pear pieces, cheese-its, cheetos and crackers.  She has 2 bottom teeth still and recently 3 teeth on top have broken through her gum line.  Vivian can  be very vocal and and definitely lets you know when she unhappy to be put down or walked away from.  Vivian loves books...nibbling on books, reading books and touching the Touchy Feely Usbourne books my aunt gave them are definitely a favorite!  Recently, Vivian has become a whiz at army crawling, which is now her preferred mode of transportation.  She can get anywhere she wants!  Vivian will lean in for a kiss but isn't too fond of giving them out although she has a time or two.  Vivian gives the most precious "pat pats" as a sign of affection to me and to the dogs when they sit close enough. 

Mr. O is weighing in at 22 pounds (on our home scale).  He's still wearing 9 month clothing (12 month summer clothes because I refuse to buy any more winter clothes).  Oliver is still wearing size 3 diapers and a size 4 diaper at night.  He is still eating 4 bottles per day averaging 20 - 26 ounces per day.  Oliver is drinking from his sippy cup a couple times a day.  Oliver loves table food and he too is eating less and less baby food.  His favorites are pretty much the same as Vivian's: green beans, blueberries, bananas, yogurt, pear pieces, cheese-its, cheetos and crackers.  Oliver has 4 bottom teeth and 2  top teeth that have recently broken through the gum line.  Oliver can say MaMa...which was his first word!  Recently he's been making all sorts of sounds...many more words to come!   Oliver loves to give his Mommy open mouth kisses, he also loves to bear hug the dogs and his sister....none of them appreciate this type of affection just yet. 

Favorite toys right now include the car ramp, which they have learned cars, balls, pacifiers, blocks and rings will travel down, unlike the remote, large balls, bottles and phones which don't fit!  The Fisher Price Kitchen is a hit and both babies love books.  Both babies are toy stealer's and pacifier stealer's (right out of the other one's mouth!) from one another.  However, they love to offer me their pacifier and laugh hysterically if I pretend to put it in my mouth!  Both babies love to stand with assistance.  We took them to church on Easter and they were so good.  Vivian sat in my lap with her head against my chest for the first 15 minutes and played shy and Oliver was busy entertaining the 5 or 6 rows behind us in Matt's lap.  Both babies gave many smiles away but Oliver too was quick to lay his head down on our shoulders and act shy.  With every new development and new milestone met I realize my babies are growing into little now I must go stop Oliver from pulling down the curtains because that boy is on the move....