Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Birthday To My Baby Boys!

Birthday Boys! Scott & Adam 
Adam & Scott are officially one year old as of June 23rd... I am the mother of two toddlers! They are amazing - growing so fast, and doing new things every day. The last month has been more of the same... Not amazingly great weather, but we've still gotten out for lots of walks and outings. They are still my little porkers, and seem to eat more and more every day.

Let's see - in the past month we had a new railing installed, got babysat by Gramma & Papa so Jamie and I could go to a friend's wedding, played in the yard lots, ran a 10k, went to Grampy's 65th birthday party, discovered a love of shopping at superstore (they always have bouncy balls for the boys to hold - and double carts), swung on the swings at the park lots, and went through Mommy having mastitis... It's been a busy month!

My usual - sleep. We've had good days and bad days. More bad than good lately. They've been waking up more at night again lately, which is frustrating. I think I am too quick to nurse them overnight, and they are used to just getting milk whenever they want it. It's tough though, because they barely nurse at all during the day if we're busy. It's hard to get them to settle down and just EAT. I think this is actually why I developed mastitis. The boys love to start to nurse, then get distracted and leave to go and play. I think that led to a clogged milk duct, which led to mastitis. Basically I went from having a sore boob at dinner, to a 102 fever with chills, sweats, shakes - the whole nine yards just a few hours later. I had about an golf-ball sized lump in my left breast, and even after nursing, it wouldn't go away. Luckily, antibiotics cleared things up pretty quickly and I am feeling 100% better. Back on topic though - the boys have some nights where they're up 2 times a night (usually around 2 and 6) and other nights where it seems to be constant. I really think they 'should' be sleeping through the night, but at the same time want to let them progress on their own... I guess we'll see how things go. I think there's another sleep regression at 12 months old, so I'm sure it will pass soon.

After joining the gym, Jamie and I took the boys to child-minding twice. The first time was great - they were the only kids there. The second time however, the staff was way overworked with far too many kids and babies. The boys both developed colds 2 days later and they lasted for over 2 weeks. They were in great spirits the entire time, just snotty snotty snotty. So glad that has finally passed. We've decided to just not bring them in until they'e a bit older. We're all for building up their immune systems, but at the same time - we don't want sick kids. I don't know how clean everything is there, so better safe than sorry. Jamie and I just take turns going to the gym after the babies are in bed. Yay for 7PM bedtimes!

The boys are still in size 3 diapers, and now in mostly 12 month sized clothing. They've both gotten taller, and Adam is now 29.75 inches, with Scott right behind him at 29.50 inches. They love to eat EVERYTHING. I honestly can't really think of anything they won't eat. Still not crazy about eggs, but other than that, they're bottomless pits. They drink water out of sippy cups now. We use the ones with straws and they love them! It's so great how quickly they caught on. I try to get solo time with them as much as possible. If Jamie is home and I need to run errands, I will often bring only one baby with me, so we can each have some alone time with them. I really think it's important that they aren't always sharing us, it's great to get that one on one bonding time. And going out with only one kid is like a vacation, so that's a plus!

We celebrated their first birthday party on the 22nd and it was amazing. We went with a dinosaur theme and had the party at my parents' house. About 15 family members came, and the boys had a ton of fun. They got some great gifts; fun stuff to use in the summer like an amazing red wagon, and money for their education funds...Surely one of the two will end up being a doctor, right? They were actually late to their own party... Figures, the one day they nap late is their party day. I went to my parents house early to get ready, and Jamie came with the boys when they were up. Good thing is that they were well rested, and we didn't have overtired grumpy birthday boys. Jamie and I made them dinosaur cakes, and I also did a 'who's who' contest with older pictures which was fun. I will do an actual post about their party with more pics soon!
Cake Table
I can't really even comprehend that they're one already. It seems like just yesterday I was in the hospital finding out that I had HELLP syndrome and that the babies would be coming nearly 2 months premature. I always expected them to be a little early, and possibly have some time in the NICU - that really helped me accept it all when it happened. But I sure wasn't thinking they would be quite as premature as they were. We've been amazingly lucky. The boys are thriving and healthy. We haven't had any issues related to their prematurity, only a very very long newborn stage. They are sweet and funny and engaging and so loveable. I feel so lucky to have them, lucky for the 50,000 questions and comments every time I visit Costco, I love it all. As one of the rare people who never yearned for twins... They're pretty awesome. There is absolutely nothing cuter than watching your babies laugh and giggle with each other as they play peekaboo with each other behind the curtain in our bedroom.

And a quick update about me; I decided to resign from my job after my maternity leave runs out (aka now). There wasn't a suitable part time position available, so I decided to just take the summer off and revisit everything in the fall. You only have 1 year old twins once, and I want to spend every moment with them. Luckily, we have some money in savings that we can use over the summer, and I am planning on going back a few days a week in Octoberish most likely. My only concern is that I had our benefits through my work, and so we are going without for now. Luckily I am almost at our pharmacare deductible, so the province should help out a bit until the end of the year at least. Also, I went off of my pump a few weeks ago, and back to using pens. I like to give my body a bit of a break, and it's actually gone amazingly well! Fingers crossed it stays like this. It is great not being connected 24/7.

Picture time and then updates on each of the boys!

Grocery shopping with Twins at Save On Foods (no double carts) A in the cart, S in the ergo
Adam & Scott after a walk at Tynehead Park
Adam & Scott at Costco - we go every week!
Adam & Scott watching our new railing go up
Scott & Adam out for a walk! Cheerios everywhere as usual
My sassy Scott and smiley Adam 
Adam and Scott LOVE the swings!
Finishing our 10k! We did it in 1:09:54!
A Fathers Day tribute to Jamie - a truly great Dad! 
Scott and Adam grabbing lunch with Nana!
Think they're identical? Scott left, Adam right. 
Scott finding joy with a balloon, Adam being a big boy
Adam & Scott shopping for their Birthday Party!

Adam
Birth: 3 lbs, 15 oz
1 Month: 5 lbs, 5 oz
2 Months: 7 lbs, 6 oz
3 Months: 9 lbs, 12 oz
4 Months: 11 lbs, 10 oz
5 Months: 13 lbs, 8 oz
6 Months: 14 lbs, 2 oz
7 Months: 15 lbs, 3 oz
8 Months: 16 lbs, 1 oz
9 Months: 16 lbs, 9 oz
10 Months: 16 lbs, 14 oz
11 Months: 18 lbs, 1 oz
12 Months: 18 lbs, 7 oz

My Adam - AKA 'Butt Butt'... somehow that is the nickname of the month. Adam is my little sweetie still. He is getting so silly, and recently loves being 'comfortable'. He will spread out on the rug on his tummy and smile up at us. Of course, he'll sit up just to flop down again, so cute. He loves dancing, and is a pretty clean eater! He likes to pick up his food one piece at a time, and carefully put it in his mouth. He learned the hard way that bouncing around in the bathtub is a bad idea - He flew right out a couple weeks ago. Luckily he was okay, just shaken up. Needed a couple minutes of cuddles and he was back to normal in no time. He is pretty careful, I think he is starting to learn how to go down stairs backwards, instead of just flying up them and heading back down face first. Such a smartie! He still has 7 teeth, no change in a few months. Not walking yet, occasionally letting go while furniture cruising, and he does like to 'walk' while holding our fingers. Other than that, he would much rather drop to his knees and crawl to get around, or use a walker. I have a feeling it's going to be a while before he's actually walking on his own two feet. Adam is a big 'reader' - he will sit and flip the pages of board books happily. He likes to sleep on his tummy with his butt up in the air and his legs curled under him. He is adorable, I love him so much! 
Paying for lunch, so generous! 
Selfie with Mommy while we wait for Scott to wake up after our walk
Reading his book
Playing with the pop up toy 
Getting drowsy in his car seat

Snuggling with Mom
Crazy hair! And soothers make great toys
Uncle Andrew gave him a mohawk for Grampy's birthday party!

Checking out the fountain rock at Uncle Andrew's with Gramma
Enjoying some chicken fajitas
Drinking like a big boy

Scott
Birth: 3 lbs, 9 oz
1 Month: 4 lbs, 13 oz
2 Months: 6 lbs, 12 oz
3 Months: 8 lbs, 13 oz
4 Months: 10 lbs, 8 oz
5 Months: 12 lbs, 8 oz
6 Months: 13 lbs, 8 oz
7 Months: 14 lbs, 11 oz
8 Months: 15 lbs, 13 oz
9 Months: 16 lbs, 4 oz
10 Months: 16 lbs, 11  oz
11 Months: 17 lbs, 13 oz 
12 Months: 18 lbs, 8 oz

Scotty! My BIG boy! Little porker has officially overtaken Adam as the 'big baby' and now has 1 oz on him. Scott is hilarious. He has recently become very chatty and is always saying something, or squealing. He has started having 'conversations' with us, it's the cutest thing in the world. He still loves to shovel food in his face, literally. He will pick up handfuls at a time to eat, and it's a common occurrence for him to have blueberries on his forehead after breakfast. He is a wild guy, very daring - and obsessed with water. Bathtubs, washing his hands in the sink, the water table... Anything for an excuse to splash. He is the reason I am soaked after their baths; He will sit and splash and squeal happily the entire time. Scotty still has 7 teeth like Adam, and isn't too interested in walking either. Crawling works for now I suppose. I guess I should be happy - they are already so fast, I can't imagine chasing after running toddlers. Scotty keeps me on my toes, and is a bit of a ringleader when it comes to playing with the Telus box, pulling books off the shelves etc. But he is a little baby too sometimes; We've given the babies soothers in their car seats for a while, usually they just play with them while I drive. Lately though, Scott has started actually using the soother! It's so cute, especially if he's getting close to nap time. Luckily, he doesn't seem to care once he's out of the car seat, we don't want a soother dependence to start at 1 year old. I love my Scotty so much, he keeps me laughing every day, and his joy is so contagious.
  
Scott climbed into the toy box
Mmmm, PB & J, with some peas! 
Not impressed with having to wear a hat 
With Daddy - this was when he was feeling pretty sick
I love that little grin! 
Dimples on the swing
Riding in Daddy's truck
Baby spoons - another favourite toy
Matching with Mommy
Playing at the childrens' table while Daddy renewed his insurance 
Big boy drinking water

Friday, May 30, 2014

11 Months Old!

Big boys - 11 Months old! 
In less than a month, my (not so) little dudes will be ONE. I can't believe it. Maybe I can just pretend that they're not actually 1 until their due date, that will buy me more time before I have to face my babies growing up...  Life has been awesome! We've been having so much fun, and we're really starting to get (some) sleep around here. The boys are plumping up nicely, mostly due to the fact that they are bottomless tanks when it comes to eating. I am afraid for our future grocery bills....

Lets start with sleep - We finally seem to have an overnight schedule that is awesome (for us). The boys are down by 7, with a feeding between midnight and 1:30, and another one between 5-6 AM. They then stay in bed until around 7:30-7:45. I know they're still up twice a night, but I am so happy with that. I go to bed after the first feeding, and so it's really only like one waking for me. The boys occasionally wake up at other times, but put themselves back to sleep within a couple of minutes. It is pretty great. Still nowhere near perfect or full on sleeping through the night, but I am glad we're not going backwards at least. Naps are a little less successful. They typically go down about an hour after they wake up, and that is about 30 minutes for Adam, maybe 45 for Scott. Adam also likes to skip that nap sometimes too. They nap again after lunch - about an hour, max. Occasionally we'll get a late afternoon nap in too, usually if we're driving home from somewhere or out for a walk though. Not fantastic, but it is what it is. Good thing I'm quick when it comes to showers.

My Mom and I took the boys to the beach for the first time - it was a lot more work than you would think! I of course brought everything but the kitchen sink... and sun hats. Mommy fail! We got there and made our way down to the tide pools. Adam instantly loved sitting in the water (and eating the sand) but Scott had a little bit of a meltdown to start. Eventually he joined in the fun and they both splashed and ate sand for a little bit. We had to leave quickly of course (due to the lack of hats) so after that we got some ice cream and went for a nice long walk. Over the May long weekend, I took the boys to the rodeo with my parents. Jamie isn't a big fan of fairs, so he stayed home and did some pressure washing - works for me! We mostly just walked around and looked at things, but the boys had a lot of fun! We actually ran into my inlaws too, what a small world! Can't wait for next year when the boys will be flying around the rodeo... Actually, maybe I can wait.

I recently rejoined the gym, so the boys have been to childminding a few times now. They do great! It's such a proud Momma moment to see your little kiddos interacting with someone who is not immediate family and being okay. They're growing so fast right before my eyes! We still go on lots of walks, and they are finally able to use the BOB snack tray. It holds lots of cheerios for them, which they love. They eat everything. They love grilled cheese, PB & J sandwiches, pasta, peas, corn, BBQ pulled chicken, cheddar bunnies, cheese, applesauce, fruit pouches, cheerios, broccoli, pancakes, french toast.... pretty much anything and everything. I can't think of anything they actually don't really like, although they aren't quite as fond of eggs as they used to be. I am still nursing them several times a day, and don't see them weaning any time too soon. They are still in size 3 diapers, and for clothes we're kind of between the 9 month and 12 month stuff. We've been stuffing them into some 9 month sleepers and I think we're almost at the point where that's not working anymore! I love how they get into mischief together, they're always off exploring different things and causing trouble.  I wish I could express how much I love them, but I don't know how to explain it. They make my heart explode dozens of times a day though, even when they're driving me crazy.
Cutest little bums! Adam & Scott
Buddies at the activity table! S & A 
Apparently I am a all you can eat buffet - Adam left, Scott right 
Just another day at the office! Scott & Adam 
Cheerio-face and Scott at Superstore getting more diapers! 
I love them. Adam & Scott
Those faces! Scott & startled Adam
Num nums! A & S 
Bathtime cuties - A & S 
Scott running over Adam with the walker
Adam stealing Scott's Costco card
Giving Scott some milkies down at the beach
Scott and Adam trying out sand for the first time
On my birthday! Scott & Adam 
Family pic! (Minus my Dad, taking the pic) Adam with Andrew, Scott with Daddy 
Scott & Adam with my parents at the rodeo 
Scott snoozing, Adam ready to party - at the rodeo
I was in the kitchen and heard splashing... the bathroom door stays closed now! S & A
Scott and Adam picking out their own toys from the bins 
Costco trip with Nana! Adam in the cart, Scott with Nana
Adam & Scott playing outside 
Now Scott is awake and Adam is snoozing
Scott & Adam - this picture sums them up perfectly
Adam & Scott smiling at Daddy 
Adam says 'No Scott! It's MY princess chair!!'

Adam
Birth: 3 lbs, 15 oz
1 Month: 5 lbs, 5 oz
2 Months: 7 lbs, 6 oz
3 Months: 9 lbs, 12 oz
4 Months: 11 lbs, 10 oz
5 Months: 13 lbs, 8 oz
6 Months: 14 lbs, 2 oz
7 Months: 15 lbs, 3 oz
8 Months: 16 lbs, 1 oz
9 Months: 16 lbs, 9 oz
10 Months: 16 lbs, 14 oz
11 Months: 18 lbs, 1 oz

Adam, Adam, Addy-Cadabby. My big boy! Adam has really started getting around this month! He was crawling great before, but now he is a pro with the walker, and has figured out how to get from his tummy into a sitting position. It was so cute, he first did a sort of mermaid pose on his side, then he turned that into a goalie pose (one leg out to the side, one leg behind him) and now he can finally get situated right on his butt to play with toys. I love it. He loves his rubber ducky and rubber froggy (fwoggy) and will happily crawl around with one in his mouth, one in his hand. He'll be so happy when he can finally walk so he can have two hands to easily hold things. He is a pro furniture walker, and has started to 'let go' while standing to see if he can balance on his own... Which he's no good at yet. He is super ticklish, very chatty and a giant Mommy's boy. Adam has a growl like no other. He'll be playing with toys and growling away like crazy, too funny.  He likes to crawl around things and under things, always exploring. He tends to steal from Scott too. He'll have a full tray of food, and he'll be reaching across grabbing food from Scott's tray. He now has 7 teeth (4 top, 3 bottom) and I'm sure that 4th bottom tooth will be coming through eventually. He loves to throw toys out of the tub during his baths, especially soaking wet wash clothes. He is so precious, I love him! 
Crawling through the tunnel at play group
Helping Mommy with the laundry
Adam wants to go to Vegas! 
My little mohawk baby!  
"Is there something on my face?"
Eating cheerios from the stroller
Having fun on the swings 
Out at Starbucks in his jammies 
He loves sticking out his tongue! 
At the rodeo with Mommy
Someone had a case of the Mondays! 
His goalie pose
Banging two toys together

Scott
Birth: 3 lbs, 9 oz
1 Month: 4 lbs, 13 oz
2 Months: 6 lbs, 12 oz
3 Months: 8 lbs, 13 oz
4 Months: 10 lbs, 8 oz
5 Months: 12 lbs, 8 oz
6 Months: 13 lbs, 8 oz
7 Months: 14 lbs, 11 oz
8 Months: 15 lbs, 13 oz
9 Months: 16 lbs, 4 oz
10 Months: 16 lbs, 11  oz
11 Months: 17 lbs, 13 oz 

Scoot Scoot. My little goober! He is still just the funniest, goofiest little guy. We call him a 'slack jawed yokel' when he has his big grin, it's so cute. Scotty is a Daddy's boy, through and through. I mean, he loves me to death, but man - he loves his Daddy! He is so silly. When he eats something yummy, or after his finishes nursing, he will (loudly) smack his lips for a few minutes. He still loves 'eeeee-ing' but is starting to babble way more now, catching up to Adam! He is a very messy eater, and loves to shove handfuls in his mouth at once. He likes blowing spit bubbles and raspberries all of the time. He has learned to problem solve, like how to hold open the toilet lid so Adam can splash in there. What a helpful brother! He loves when Jamie puts the pond game on the iPad, and he will happily splash, but always wants to see the bottom of the iPad too. I don't think he quite understands how the water sound works! He is a great sleeper, and usually sleeps on average 30-45 minutes more than Adam each day. He has 7 teeth (4 top, 3 bottom) and more to come soon I'm sure. He loves furniture walking, but isn't super comfortable letting go to try to stand on his own yet. He will often grab the walker and go across the kitchen on his own too. I still can never get him to sit on his bum; he always wants to be kneeling or crawling. Hard to get little man to sit still! He is so funny, biggest grin in the world, and one of my little sunshines. I love him!
King Scoot
Having fun at playgroup 
Pulling out his toys 
Shoving cheerios in his mouth
He woke up before Adam and just cuddled and stared into my eyes for so long.
 Sweetest thing ever
Happy camper 
Doing yoga during our walk
Grocery shopping with Daddy
Trying on helmets 
Big smiles with Nana at the rodeo
Filthy face after eating beans 
He loves that inch worm
Excited boy throwing his hands up