Monday, August 11, 2014

Time Goes By...

Scott & Adam - One year photoshoot
Scott & Adam are now 13.5 months old! Every day is something new, they are growing so fast. I can't believe since my last update we've had more teeth, a vacation to Osoyoos, a trip to the zoo, a preemie assessment, tons of new skills learned, went raspberry and blueberry picking, started sleeping through the night, first steps... It's amazing. I am such a lucky Mommy!

Okay, so - sleep! We have had a great streak (aside from a couple nights) of them 'sleeping through the night'. This really usually is just one waking, but I'll take it. We've had a couple nights of them sleeping 7-7:15, and the other ones have just been a feed between 4 and 6. I am so excited to be done with that midnight feed. It felt like it was never going to happen, but then they just went ahead and did it. I remember Jamie waking me up at 6 to them crying and asking me when the last time I was up was.... And how shocking it was when I realized I HADN'T been up! Knock on wood, but it's been pretty stable now, so hopefully this is our new overnight pattern.
Naps on the other hand... We had a couple awesome days with super long naps, but also a few in the past week where they've skipped their morning nap. Luckily, they seem to function pretty well whether they get 35 minutes or 3 hours of day time napping... We just expect a lot of rubby eyes if they skipped one. If they sleep in later than about 7:45, it's usually a given that they won't want to go down in the morning. I don't want to drop that nap yet, it's when I shower!

We had the boys assessed by IDP (infant development program) because they were nearly 2 months premature. Luckily, they scored pretty well in most things. They were right where they should be for many things, great crawlers, nearly walking (at the time), very good hand eye coordination etc. They were a little low on a few areas, but I really felt like it's me to blame. They asked me if the boys did a few things like 'colour with crayons', 'put toys away', 'stack blocks', 'hand me toys' etc. These are all things that I hadn't even considered showing them how to do! I've gone over these things with them after she left, and they're catching on to everything no problem. Proud of my boys!! They are also a bit behind on communication (not saying any actual words yet) but she said that is most likely because they're twins, and that it's very common for twins to be a bit behind with language skills. I'm not worried at ALL, and she'll follow up again with us in a few months. It's reassuring to have someone come out and see the boys, and I'm glad that she went over some things I can do with them to help them continue to grow and develop.

The boys had another role as extras. The first one was for 'If I Stay' which is coming out in a couple weeks. This time, they were in a new Bravo series coming out later this year. They were 'playing the part' of babies in a photoshoot for baby jewellery, and basically it goes awry. It would have been totally fine if they were grumpy and crabby and crying, but they were actually in fantastic moods the entire time! They were so cute, and we had so many comments on what well behaved babies they are. I was so proud of them, they only napped 30 minutes in the morning, and didn't get another (30 min) nap until 3:30, but the boys were both great. I was worried they'd be crying and grouchy, but they were soooo happy. Maybe a little overly-tired-goofy, but it was adorable. I was grinning ear to ear pretty much the entire time they were on set. I hope we can get a couple more of these extra roles, it was fun, and the boys really seemed to enjoy themselves! I think it's something they'll be happy we've done when they're older, so why not.

They are both still nursing about 4-5 times a day (depending on what we're up to) and they are eating a ton of table foods too of course. They are still not very picky, and they are absolutely obsessed with fruit, especially blueberries. We've started giving them almond milk here and there, and they seem to love it. Other than that, they love water. They want their water bottles every time we are in the stroller or wagon! They are in size 3 diapers still, and 12 month clothing. I still haven't brought myself to purge the 9 month stuff... Add that to my to-do list. Speaking of which, I need to start buying clothes for fall... ahhh. Both babies can point to their (and my) bellybuttons, put away toys, and 'go night night'. They are learning how to blow kisses too, but it's not quite there yet! Both babies can get up AND down stairs/ couches like pros. They are great at turning their little bodies around and getting down safely, it's amazing.

There is way too much that I'm missing, as usual, so I'm just going to go ahead, put some pictures and update on the boys separately. They are such characters and SO different in many ways. I wish I could remember everything I want to say in these blog posts... Afterwards, I am always kicking myself thinking of all of the things I missed, as small and insignificant as they may be. I just want to remember every moment, because I'll never have them be this little again. I love my boys, and am so proud to be their Mommy!

Family pic on Canada Day! 
Adam & Scott  munching when we went raspberry picking
Scott & Adam love their wagon! 
A & S - They LOVE lying on pillows! 
Happy boys (S in back, A in front) on their way to their photoshoot!
Spray park - twin Mom style. I'm holding Scott here
Adam & Scott keeping cool! 
Scott and Adam with big sis Holly in their stroller! 
I love these faces - Scott & Adam 
Having a rare late afternoon nap - S left, A right
First time painting (with flour)! A Left, S right. 
At the zoo! Adam left, Scott right 
Scott REALLY wanted us to rent the bike at the zoo. Next time! 
Scott & Adam trying painting again! 
Scott & Adam reading books with Nana before bed. 
Scott found the soothies, Adam found the spoon. Can't keep anything from these kiddos! 

ADAM

Oh, Adam. Adam is growing up so fast. He has officially taken his first steps! He had been trying out standing for a while, but never really did it for that long. We started holding his hand and he would walk with us, and now he has taken quite a few unassisted steps! He can't get up into a standing position without grabbing onto something yet, but once he's up, he can make it about 20 steps to get to us. He's like a little drunk man, balance is not his strong suit, that's for sure. We now have TEN teeth - the 8 front, and two upper molars. The molars popped up in the past week, and (knock on wood) it's been pretty easy. He is a little porker still, and loves his food. We went blueberry picking today, and he had a great time picking them right off of the bush himself. He is very chatty, but mostly 'ahh's and uhh's, 'mama's and 'dada's'... Not really any actual words quite yet, and he sure still has his demon growl. So funny. Adam has the most wild hair, it cannot be tamed. It is getting pretty long, but it is very fine... So he gets a mad case of bedhead, which tends to last all day. I love it so much. He is great with the push walker, and can now turn it to get where he wants to go, without any help! He loves watching Jamie in the backyard, and stands on a box to look out the window and bang on it for Daddy's attention. Adam loves to 'read books'. He will sit and turn the pages, and chat away to himself, reading the pages. He is my little snugglebug, and I just love him so much.

With Holly. We're still working on 'gentle pets'
Walmart shopping with Mom! 
Hanging out in the wagon! 
Love x a million
Picking some good raspberries from the bucket
Wild hair flapping in the wind as he blows bubbles. 
Playing (aka throwing) with his dollies
Selfie with Mom! 
Getting safely off of the chair 
Walmart doesn't have double carts, so Adam goes in the ergo! 
Looking out the window 
Picking out toys! 

SCOTT

Scotty, my little man! Scott has turned into my little brainiac. He has figured out so many things. He can stack blocks, up to four high. He is the best at putting away toys, and tries to help me clean up all of the time. I feel like he's learning and retaining new things constantly. He has located (and is obsessed with) his bellybutton, and likes to poke at mine while eating too. He has 9 teeth (8 front, and 1 top molar), and number 10 should be popping through any day. He is such a happy little guy. He was so great on the TV shoot - as soon as we'd get to set, he'd want to be held by one of the actresses, so cute. Apparently he's into blondes. He doesn't have too much interest in actually walking yet, he's convinced he's walking, but he just uses his knees instead of his feet! He can motor around pretty good on his knees, so I don't blame him for being happy with that. He's a chatty dude too, no real words yet either though. He does seem to know 'Dada' is Jamie, but I'm not 100% sure when he says it, that it's what he really means. Today, he figured out how to get out of the seatbelt in the wagon, and spent our time blueberry picking standing on his seat. The cutest thing is his block stacking though - every time he gets one he looks at us with his arms out and goes 'ah!' or 'uh!' like 'Mom! Look!!' He can get 3 high no problem, but 4 has only happened a few times so far. He is a closet soothie user... We put away all of the soothies, but every once in a while he'll find a wubbanub (or 2) and instantly starts using them. Luckily, he forgets about them when they're gone... A part of me just wants to give them to him all the time, he looks so CUTE using a soothie!!! Maybe I just want him to be my baby forever.... I love my little Scooty so much, he's growing up so fast!

Love x a million 
Raspberry face!
Someone smeared raspberries all over his pants and had to drive home in a diaper! 
Cute messy face
Drinking some almond milk 
Selfie with Mom 
Happy boy at the mall 
Excited about something at lunch! 
"Scotty, go night night!"
He stole Adam's dolly too! 
My sunshine 
Showing off his bellybutton! 

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