Sunday, March 13, 2016

Finally - an update!

2.75 years!! How are they this old? I have been meaning to do an update for months... The jumps in development are absolutely crazy lately, and they have been growing in leaps and bounds since my last update when they were 2 years old. They are such amazing, sweet, caring, polite little boys. They have their 'toddler moments' of course, but overall, they are just such great kids. I am an incredibly lucky Mom! Truthfully, I don't even know where to start. This is why I always say I will post more frequently, but that never happens. Their speech has exploded - they're now saying full sentences, and they're learning new things every day. They know almost all of the car makes now (every walk is a chorus of 'Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Vee-Dubowu!'), every team in the NHL franchise (it was a given, I suppose), shapes, numbers, letters, the whole nine yards. I think back on the stress I had about their speech, and am so relieved they are on track now.

They are not the tiny preemies they once were; 27 lbs for Adam, and 27 lbs 6 oz for Scott. They're both somewhere around 36" tall, but Scott is just a smidge taller. After 2.5 years (almost to the day), the boys have completely weaned from breastfeeding. They were nursing just morning and night for a long stretch, and eventually I managed to get them to go to bed without milk one night and it was done. They asked every once in a while but we told them that the milkies was broken ("Daddy fix!!") and they got over it pretty quickly. I am happy they're weaned, but every once in a while (usually at a completely random time) I will suddenly think about the fact that we are past the stage where they 'need me' and I want to burst into tears. It's hard having your babies grow up. Breastfeeding was my number one goal when I found out I was having twins, and I am so happy and proud I was able to nurse them for 2.5 years and that we were all able to receive the health benefits of a long nursing relationship.

The boys potty trained themselves in mid January. Scott had been pooping on the toilet since he turned 2, and Adam finally figured that part out in late November. Truthfully, I wasn't too eager to fully potty train because they were already telling me when they had to poop, and (pee) diapers were just so easy for our busy days. Then one morning, Adam decided he wanted underpants (so of course Scott did too) and we just went with it and haven't looked back. Scott still has the occasional accident during nap time, and they're both in diapers at night, but other than that it's just done. I am shocked at how easy and stress free it was - I was expecting a terrible battle to play out over the whole thing, but it's been easy as pie, thankfully.

What about me? I don't really ever update on myself, so I guess I can throw this in; I have been working at least 21 hours/ week since June - I do Mondays and Thursdays, both 9-9 shifts. I pick up the occasional Friday or Sunday here and there as well. The days are long, but they really do fly by, and I love (usually) having 5 full days with my boys. I'm lucky to work in the mall, so my Mom often brings the boys by to say hi on the days when she is watching them. As far as my diabetes goes, I went off of the pump in August 2014. Going back to shots was okay at first, but I became a bit complacent and my A1C has slowly crept up a bit, I think I'm around 6.5% right now. After a long wait (and incredible luck that my work has switched insurance providers) I am now a Dexcom G4 user and couldn't be more excited. It is absolutely life changing and has opened up a whole new world of diabetes data for me. I'm excited to see how it helps improve my numbers in the long run!

I have started and stopped this post about 5 times over the course of the past couple of months, so I'm determined to get this done tonight. I have a million things I could say - That the boys just finished their first round of skating lessons which they love, that they are signed up for preschool in the fall, that they're the best of friends in the entire world and I love watching their special bond grow every day, that Adam has about 150 stuffed animals in his bed every night and Scott is currently obsessed with a stuffed unicorn and a plastic my little pony doll from a happy meal..... But I need to accept there is no way I can fit everything in to these blogs. They are just the most special little boys in the world, and for me (because I know I'll re-read this back in the future) I'm happy if I have something posted, even if it's not as extensive as I would like for it to be.

So, now to let the pictures do the talking :)

I was getting blood work drawn this day - S & A were such good blood lab sidekicks! 
First day of skating lessons! S & A 
Cuties after getting haircuts - S & A 
This was celebrating day 4 of underpants with booster juice! A & S 
Adam and his love of books 
The day I realized that they are growing too fast (Scott) 
This is just a small handful of their bedtime 'friends' (S & A) 

S & A helping Daddy bring in their hockey bag 
Some skating pics! 
Adam didn't want to go for a walk, so Scotty and I had a day date and walked to Starbucks 
A & S knocking things over in soccer class 
Uni's first bath - Scott was very good at drying her off! 
The boys and I had lunch down at the beach - they were so well behaved! A & S 
Best friends - Adam & Scott 
S & A helping me get ready for work in the morning 
Daddy with his hands full - Adam on the shoulders, Scott in the arms 
How cool are they? A & S 
Parachute time at soccer! Adam in red 
Some brother love on our bike ride 
Joys of being a twin - Adam blue Scott green 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Christmas 2015!

Seeing as I've already done a post about all of the fall festivities, I figure I'll keep this simple and just share some Christmas photos before (finally) doing a big update. Which will take me another 6 months, of course. Oops. 

The whole Christmas season was so much fun this year! The boys did (reasonably) well with Santa, and we did a little advent gift thing for them this year, with a different (dollar store) present every day. They were always so excited to run downstairs and pick from the box every morning. They were a huge help decorating the tree, and even went ice skating for the first time (we're now doing lessons), to really get in the spirit. Christmas Eve was spent at my parents' house, with an afternoon church service and dinner. We went to my inlaws' house for Christmas morning, and then back again after nap time for another turkey dinner. Overall it was a great December and holiday season. 

Some pics...
Santa 2015 - Scott & Adam 
Their box of advent gifts
"It's beard season" - Scott & Adam 
Books! Adam & Scott 
Some Christmas Crafts
Christmas brunch at my Parents' house - Scott & Adam 
Christmas Eve church service - Adam & Scott 
Cuties leaving out treats (and booze) for Santa - Adam & Scott 
All was calm, all was bright... 
Christmas morning chaos 
Trying out their new rides from Gramma & Poppa with Abrielle! S & A 
Christmas Dinner! 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

July - September update

I am long overdue for an update on how much the boys have changed over the last 6 months. But I am so behind and can't imagine not documenting all of the small stuff that happened in the meantime. So, for the sake of organization (in my mind at least) I'm going to just attempt to break this down month by month to bring my blog back into the current day. So, here we go.

In July, we had Canada Day, swimming - where the boys learned to jump into the pool by themselves and paddle with their muddy buddies, and a trip to Osoyoos. We were in the middle of a heat wave, and spent a lot of time outside! Lots of walks to Starbucks and time playing out in the kiddie pool in the yard. The boys started increasing their vocabulary more and more, and also graduated from their clip on high chairs to booster seats! 
Canada Day 
Cuties in the pool - Adam with the hose as always 
Scott jumping into the pool 
Sleepover at Nana's - A & S 
Adam & Scott with cousin Abrielle 
Scotty with his new monkey towel in Osoyoos 
We popped a tire on the BOB, Adam was happy to carry it back once it was fixed! 
S & A - First time at Booster Juice! (They're obsessed now) 
Ride on Uncle Andrew's boat! Scott & Adam 
Adam on the trampoline 

August was a great, busy month! We started off by switching the boys to toddler beds, which was a huge success. Thankfully it went really well. The boys had no problem staying in bed, and still very very rarely get out of bed. It was a huge change getting rid of the cribs though! I remember the day we decided it was time; Jamie and I were sitting downstairs when the boys were supposed to be napping... A few minutes later we hear both of them giggling as they come down the stairs, and both of them stride into the kitchen, obviously very proud of themselves! We also had an audition for X-files, which didn't go well. It was a swimming audition, and the boys normally love the water. I had to work that day so my Mom took them in the water while I watched, and they weren't a fan of me staying on the sidelines! Win some/ Lose some, right? The boys got Strider Bikes from Gramma and Poppa, and absolutely fell in love with them. The first month was mostly just walking rather than coasting, but they caught on quickly in September. We had an eye exam, which went well. They were just getting checked to make sure there were no issues from their prematurity. There was a lot of time spent at Nana's picking blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. We went to Splashdown Park and had a great time, especially hanging out in the hot tub. Another awesome trip to the PNE with Nana and Opa, where they had a section set up for kids to learn about farming - they had so much fun! We also got another TV show role, on Minority Report. It was all day at a park in North Vancouver waiting for our 10 minutes on set, and the actual role ended up being less than 3 seconds. But Adam sure looked cute in it!!! Sadly, there was a part of August that wasn't great. Our dog Roxie got out from my parents house and wasn't found. They live on 5 acres in a very rural area, so I fear that a coyote may have gotten her. We searched for days to no avail. Roxie was 13 years old, and loved exploring.  She had been living with my parents for a while, as she didn't take too well to the boys. We take comfort in knowing that she had a long, happy life. 
Bye Bye Cribs! 
Scott & Adam all dressed up for their X-Files audition! 
Adam picking Strawberries at Nana's 
Strider Bikes! Wearing gloves because they had blisters from riding so much 
Day at the waterpark - S & A 
Scotty getting his eyes checked out 
Scott @ the PNE 
Adam learning how to milk a cow 
Scott & Adam on our way to film on Minority Report!  

September started with Jamie and I going out of town without the kiddos for the first time ever! We went up to Predator Ridge in Vernon to attend our friends' wedding. We missed the boys, but it sure was relaxing having two whole days to ourselves! The boys spent the first day at my parents, and the second day with my inlaws. I think they had a better time than we did! We got the boys passports, and spent a day at the zoo, which they loved. I'm excited to take them to the Seattle zoo again one day soon (if the CAD ever improves that is...) because that zoo is 1000 times better than ours. The boys went biking almost every day in September, and we spent many evenings after dinner at the BMX park. The boys caught on really quickly and absolutely love zooming through the track. September was also the month that the car obsession began. The boys love cars and pointing out all of the different makes as we go for walks around our neighbourhood. It was a great end to the warm summer season.
Adam & Scott helping us pack! 
Riding bikes with Uncle Andrew 
On a hike near our hotel! 
Scott & Adam @ Gramma & Poppa's house 
Passport pics! S & A 
Scott & Adam at the zoo 
A & S with Mom before going to a car show 
Ripping through Tynehead park! They biked the whole 5k this day. 
Scott & Adam - cutest little clients at work.
We got Muddy Buddies! S & A
At the BMX park 
Adam & Scott with Daddy 
Adam & Scott modelling the new Mickey jammies made by Gramma! 
Scott biking 
Adam on the teeter totter