Monday, December 15, 2014

Almost 18 months!

Adam and Scott will be 18 months on the 23rd of December, a whole year and a half. They are learning new things every single day, it's amazing. Things are going pretty smoothly; We dropped to one nap about 2 weeks ago and it was a bit of a difficult transition. Previously the boys would be up at 7, nap at 8:30 and then again at 1. Naps were anywhere from 30 mins - 1.5 hours, sometimes more in the afternoon. Now they're up around 7:30 (or later) and nap at noon. Anywhere from 1-2 hours, but they seem well rested so I guess that'll all it'll be. It was tough though at first, they were overtired all morning, and then barely napped at all in the afternoons. Yuck. Although I miss my morning showers and free time, it's nice to be able to be out of the house before 10:30! As far as overnights go, the boys are still down by 7:15ish, and lately they have only been up once, around 5 or 6! It's awesome. We have bad nights here and there, but nothing like before... Fingers crossed it stays that way. It's about time!

Big news! The boys had their first sleepover last weekend! They stayed with their Gramma and Papa (Jamie's parents) and had a fantastic time. They've been put to bed by my inlaws at home a handful of times, but they have never not had me there in the middle of the night. But they proved that they are now big boys, and did great. They went to bed without a fuss (Adam needed a couple more minutes of cuddles, which is pretty standard) and were only up once at 3AM. Went back to sleep and although Scott was up at 6 for the day, Adam slept until almost 8. We got pictures and videos while they were gone and it was so cute to see what a great time they were having. All smiles and laughs and giggles. They had so much fun. I was worried about them not having breast milk because they're still nursing about 5-6 times in a 24 hour period but they were fine. Went about 20 hours without milkies, so I was a little uncomfortable though, haha. My parents are excited for a turn for a sleepover soon too, and hopefully I'll actually sleep instead of being up worried for a frantic 'come get them' phone call. I was so sure they would be overnight nightmares!

Our Christmas tree has been up since late November. We went fake this year, and don't regret it one bit. It's a really nice looking tree and it's awesome not having needles all over the place! The boys are obsessed with it. Constantly pointing at it, and they have to say goodnight to it (well, point at it and give it a kiss at least) before bed every night. The boys love all of the Christmas lights in the that are up too. On our way back from our afternoon walks they really like staring at all of the decor in our neighbourhood. I can't wait for Christmas this year, it will be so fun with two little monkeys! Oh - and we saw Santa... Scott was unimpressed, Adam made out like his arm was being chopped off. Made for a funny picture at least! I have taken them back about half a dozen times, but Adam wants absolutely nothing to do with Santa!
A & S with 'Scary Claus'... 
The boys are probably around 21 lbs now, I need to weigh them again soon. How things have changed since the early days when I weighed them every Tuesday and Friday. They are in 18 month tops, and pants are a mixed bag. Sometimes 12 month is too small, and in some brands they're still wearing 9-12 months. They are little stringbeans with super small waists, so it's tough to get those pants to stay up. We're glad that Gramma is a great sewer and can make clothes wearable! They are still in size 3 diapers, but are probably ready to switch over to size 4 soon. They are good eaters, but monsters when it comes to throwing food. Both absolutely obsessed with books - they want us to read the same ones hundreds of times a day.

They have made huge advancements pretty much everywhere aside from talking. They are now walking (not crawling) up and down the stairs, using the wall as a railing. They follow commands and love helping clean up, especially putting clothes (and everything else on the floor) in the laundry hamper. Every night after their bedtime nursing, I tell them to 'go find Daddy' and they bring in my bra and sweater first before getting Jamie... every single night. So cute. They love clapping whenever they do anything as well. Ate a bite of beans? CLAP CLAP CLAP. Put their sleepers in the hamper? CLAP CLAP CLAP. They keep us laughing all day long! I love being the Mom of two toddlers. It is crazy and LOUD, with the occasional tantrum, but it is so so so much fun. Love my little dudes!!

S & A enjoying a cookie at the grocery store
Adam (with his beanie boo, Tabitha) and Scoot (you can see Rocco in the background)
A & S clapping on their couch 
I was really excited at finding coordinating shirts...
Until I discovered Adam's shirt is actually for girls. Sorry about the neckline buddy! 
A & S wearing blue with Mommy on World Diabetes Day
A & S having the time of their lives digging in the flower pot. 
S & A - dressed up for to meet Santa again... which didn't happen! 
S & A - Santa's helpers! 

Oh Adam, my little cuddlebug. Adam is such a little sweetie, and obsessed with trees. Seriously, every single tree gets a pointing at with 'Dah!!!' He is fairly low key, and loves sharing things with Scott. His newest thing is to throw his food on the floor, and then drop to his knees and eat like a puppy. Super silly, but if that's what it takes to get him to eat his carrots, he can eat like a puppy! He is pretty good at staying close when he is walking out to the car, which is nice too. He is still awesome with pointing out body parts, and especially loves his feet. He's still not talking, but can understand us no problem. He always puts his jammies (and Scott's too) in the hamper after getting dressed every morning... Although he tends to add everything else from the floor to the hamper as well. Apparently stuffed animals need to be washed too! He loves superheros still, especially Superman. Adam has 12 teeth, and the next 4 are about ready to pop through any time now. He is quite clingy and when he's shy he is like superglue to my legs.

Smiles before his bath 
Someone is almost ready for his first haircut 
Hanging out in the baby gate 
Pointing at a tree
Nice face! 
Showing off his belly button
Cuddling a stuffy at IKEA 
Scott was still napping, so solo snack time with Mom 

Oh my crazy Scoot Scoot! Scott is my little ball of energy. He figured out how to stand up on his own about a month or so ago, and has been on the move constantly since then. He loves climbing up and down the stairs like a big boy, using the wall as a handrail. He is so sweet, but little man has a bit of a temper. It's frustrating at the moment, but then he turns around in an instant and has the cutest smile in the world! He's not talking yet either, but can imitate a few animals sounds, a firetruck (wee oo wee oo) and he says 'Up!' when we're walking up the stairs. I'm thinking he's going to just explode with his speech soon. Fingers crossed. He has 13 teeth now, and more on the way soon I'm sure. He loves his 'beanie boos' and cuddles with them every night. When he wakes up to nurse he almost always is holding a stuffed animal when I lift him out of the crib. He is my adorable, spirited little man, and smart as a whip! I love him so much!
Holding two dollies in his crib 
Someone found the puffs in the diaper bag! 
Smiling at the dentist. First checkup went great! 
He loves pushing the firetruck around the yard! 
Pushing his grilled cheese around in the train
Showing off his toothies 
Snuggling with Grampy 
Helping decorate the tree 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fall Festivities!

Just a quick picture post here. I am long overdue for another update (holy crap, things are happening fast) and I also have to do a Disneyland post, my Mom and I went again at the beginning of November!

But for now...

Thanksgiving! We had a family brunch at my parents house (my Mom makes some good waffles) and a delicious turkey dinner at my inlaws' house. Somehow I have no photos from my parent's place... Bizarre!!
Scott in green, Adam in blue. Ready for turkey with cousin Abrielle! 
Family pic! Scott with Daddy Adam with me 

Pumpkin patch! We had to take the boys to the Pumpkin patch - We went to Hazelmere, and it was great. The boys had a fantastic time looking at the animals, playing in the dirt, and especially riding through the mud on the tractor! Once we got to the back of the farm, we went through a little corn maze to get to the pumpkins. We picked out a few and headed home. Of course, we didn't do much of anything with the pumpkins the boys chose, but hey - it's the thought that counts!

Adam liked that one! 
Scotty riding a pumpkin back on the tractor 
Adam in the dirt  
Scott wanted a big pumpkin! 

Halloween! Halloween was so so much fun. Adam was dressed up as Dracula, and Scott was Frankenstein (or Frankenscoot as we called him). After their morning nap, we went to Willowbrook mall, thinking it would be fun. Turns out, the mall has some event in the evening, and no one really cares about kids in costumes during the day. We saw a couple other dressed up toddlers, but not many! Wandered around for a little while, got some Disney Itty Bittys for our trip, and of course hit up Starbucks. For the evening, we had both sides of the family over, and went through the neighbourhood for some Trick'r'treating! The boys had an amazing time with their cousin Abrielle, and I was blown away with how well they did. We covered a lot of distance and they never once complained or got tired. They were just constantly on the move, and loved going up all of the porches and getting treats. Well, mostly just poking at the plants on porches, but you know. SO proud of them. Can't wait for next year!
Ready to go to the mall (A & S) 
Dracula (Adam) on the move  
Dracula and Frankenscoot saying hi to Nana
Adam & Scott with cousin Abrielle  
Scott with Mom and Grampy 
S & A trick'r'treating! 
Our attempt at a family pic... Notice tired Scott rubbing his eyes

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Finally updating again!

Scott & Adam - such big boys now!!! 
Adam and Scott are 16 months old now. I haven't updated in months, and so much has changed. We have two little walkers, who are so full of personality. I'm really having trouble getting started here... I asked Jamie what to write, and his response is: 'They're cute'. YEP. Sounds about right.

Well, to start. We just got over a pretty terrible cold. The boys were sick for about a week and turned into about the worst sleepers ever. Up constantly (which is one thing) and wouldn't go back down in their cribs (which is a whole different ball game). I spent most of the night sleeping uncomfortably on the chair in their room. I tried co-sleeping, but Adam would cuddle while Scott would roam around, so I was scared he'd fall off the bed. Even sleeping on the chair wasn't a good solution because they both move so much. Scott would be rolling around on my lap, and Adam would be boob obsessed all night.... Don't even get me started on the snot. The poor boys were sooo congested. Ugh, it sucked overall. But we seem to be past it now, and they are finally sleeping better again. It's hard - you want to be with them whenever they need you when they're sick... But then they get used to that, and it turns into a bit of neediness at night. Let's just say I was over tired and grumpy for a little while. They napped great during the day though, so I (finally) did the whole 'nap when the babies nap' thing - amazing! Overall with sleep... They're crappy sleepers. We have good nights, but they're not exactly consistent. It's official. At least when they're older I will cherish all of the extra cuddles I get in with them.... right?

The boys are usually up around 7, and have breakfast after getting their diapers changed. We play in the family room, read books etc, and then it's milkies at about 8:15 before their morning nap. They're usually asleep by 8:30, up anywhere from 9:30-10. Sometimes one of them will surprise us though and nap for 2 hours. After the nap, we usually run errands or go shopping. We also go to 'stay n play' at the rec centre every once in a while, the boys really like that. Basically a big gym with toys, and you can let your toddlers run wild for an hour or so. It's fantastic. Lunch around noon, milkies, and nap by 1. Sleep for an hour or two, and then we have time to do whatever until dinner. Usually we just hang out or go for a walk though. If we're out and about during the day, we can also just go out for lunch and do a stroller nap too. I like the naps at home though, because it's time to just hang out in peace and quiet for a while. Dinner around 5:20, then down to the basement to play, have a bath, and off to bed by about 7 or 7:15. Of course every day is different, but having a schedule has worked pretty well for us. My Mom and I are taking them to Disneyland next week (again, I know. We like Disney, okay?) and I'm really curious how they will do with everything this time! I'm no longer nursing 'to sleep' so I'm kind of scared as to whether or not they will fall asleep on their own in the playpens.... We shall see!

The infant development lady came out again and assessed the boys. They both did great - except for communication. The boys can understand tons of stuff; they can point to their heads, hair, nose, ears, mouth, foot, 'piggies' (toes), clap, do peekaboo, blow kisses, give kisses, do mad face, silly face, make fart noises on command... Plus much more. They just refuse to actually talk. They have their own little language, and 'talk' to each other often. We're not worried about it though, they will talk when they're ready, and I'm sure they will never ever stop talking at that point! Jamie and I were both late talkers apparently, so maybe it runs in the family! They LOVE giving kisses lately, it's adorable. They'll kiss each other, and then wander over and give Jamie and I big kisses too, so cute.  Also, the funniest thing ever as of late is to touch index fingers and we go 'Bzzzz!!!!'. Apparently it's the funniest thing they've ever seen, so now they're constantly strolling around with their fingers up wanting to touch and hear 'bzzzz!'

They are now in 12 month pants, mostly 18 month shirts, and size 3 diapers. Both of them have 12 teeth - the 4 front teeth (top and bottom) plus 2 molars on the top and bottom. Favourite things to eat lately are PB & J, oatmeal cookies, peas, pasta, yogurt, cottage cheese... all sorts of things. They got a little bit pickier when they were sick last week, but the appetite is coming back. They are both a bit over 20 lbs, and 31 inches tall.

Okay, time to let (way too many) pictures do the talking... we've had a busy few months! And then on to their separate pics and updates, because they are such different little dudes!

Adam and Scott in their playhouse (which we've since outgrown) with Daddy 
Mommy with her boys! S & A  
They are obsessed with the car shopping carts! A & S
S & A - we went to the aquarium with Nana in August! 
S & A with Gramma, Poppa, and Abrielle at the PNE! 
A & S - PNE again with Nana and Grampy! Scott's shirt disappeared on the green screen! 
Augtoberfest at the Dutzi's house! A & S - little German babies! 
S & A - Boxes make the best toys!
Scotty loving on Adam at Costco. 

After our first swimming lesson, enjoying the last bits of summer! Adam in the front. 
Adam and Scott showing off their 'mad faces' 
Adam and Scott - Silly faces! 
A & S - Little bookworms! 
Trying out potties! S & A 
A & S playing like big boys at the park
S in white, A in gray. At Stay n' Play! 
Swimming lessons! A & S 
Look at those faces! S & A 
New playcube! So fun! Scott at the top. 
Wearing their flannels. S & A... These were the first sweaters we bought when we found out they were boys! 
We participated in the breastfeeding challenge at the Surrey Public Health Unit! A & S
The boys love painting! A left, S right
Happy Thanksgiving! Scott with Daddy, Adam with Mommy 
A & S driving Uncle Andrew's Razor! 
We switched to new clip on high chairs! Eating at the table like big boys! A top, S bottom. 

My Adam! He is such a little sweetie. Adam is obsessed with his superhero 'itty bittys', and loves to carry them two at a time. He is a star at pointing out his body parts, and loves making fart noises on command, clapping, playing peekaboo etc. Adam has a fantastic 'mad face' and pulls it out pretty much every time I put on the front camera on my phone. It's so cute, he actually shakes when he does it, just to show how MAD he is! He has two signature dance moves - the 'open mouthed head nod' and the 'shoulder roll'. His hair is getting wilder every day, and it's even kind of turning into a little bit of a baby mullet in the back. When he wakes up, it tends to stick up in 50 different directions too. He loves to hand us stuff. He'll pick up tiny little pieces of fluff off of the floor, and put it in our palms. Once that fluff is gone, he'll just pretend to put things in our open hands, several times. He is walking everywhere, it actually looks weird to see him crawl ever.  He has gotten great with crayons, and loves to colour. Hes adorable and I love him so much!! 

Carrying his itty bittys! He loves the superhero ones. 
Sweet smile from my boy! 
Showing off his new jeans.
Mommy's little weightlifter.
Sick, but still smiling. We were watching Peoples' Court! 
Getting too big for the doll stroller! 
He missed his morning nap, and crashed right after lunch on the couch. 
Those eyes! 
Cheese smile with Mommy at the aquarium. 
At the Doctors. He had little mouth blisters for a few days. Turned out to just be a mild virus. 
Colouring at the Pantry
Watching a show at the PNE. Somehow we convinced him to keep on the hat! 
Baby selfie! 
Reading the newspaper with Grampy 
Case of the Mondays 
Just hanging out with Superman 
New trick. Closing the van door while I take Scott out of his car seat. 

My Scoot Scoot! Scotty is the funniest little guy. He is really starting to get chatty, and likes to imitate. He sings along to songs (mostly just humming mmhmmhmmm!), knows how to make a fire truck sound, and what sounds a puppy and a cow makes. I swear he said 'tree' today too, but I'm not quite counting it yet. He will yell 'MUM' at me if I'm not listening to him. He loves trying to say 'bzzzz' during the pointer finger game too. Adorable! He has a great new face, we call it his stank face. He does to be silly, usually when he's trying not to smile. As far as walking goes, he is great, but he likes to use something to stand him up, like a wall or a piece or furniture. He has gotten up on his own in the middle of the room a handful of times, but isn't quite confident enough yet to do it regularly. He still knee walks quite a bit too, but I'm sure he'll be walking full time before I know it. And then he can stop wearing out the knees in his pants! He is a very dainty colourer, and likes to do dots rather than lines. He is the funniest little dude, he makes me laugh constantly. I love him so much! 

Too big for the sling! 
Baby selfie! 
Those eyes!!
Hanging out in the toy box. 
Silly boy pushing buttons on the TV. 
Taking a break with Mom. 
Snacking at Starbucks. 
Check out that smile!
Sweet baby boy! 
Showing off his dirty hands. 
Crazy hair, with food on his forehead! 
He's obsessed with trying to hit buttons on the keyboard. 
With Mommy at swimming. 
Walking home from the park. 
Just hanging out.
Cutest smile.
He climbs EVERYTHING! We need to take that drawer pull off of the stove!