Archive for June, 2009
A couple of status report updates:
- Yes, 247 days old. Crazy.
- Still no actual crawling. Will does this funny frog hop that I can’t catch on video, but trust me, it’s hilarious. They are, however, developing calluses on their elbows from army crawling.
- A few new foods that are going over well: toast, shredded cheese and this weird frozen baby food mix of banana, black beans and quinoa that they LOVE. Same company makes a “baby dahl” with lentils and spices that was not as big of a hit the first time, but we’ll try it again.
- We hit the zoo this weekend with Simone and Anna and it was FUN times. Andy was just about ecstatic in the bird room (the kid loves to look up), and I almost died when a bird buzzed my head. Ugh, birds. AND we even went out to eat afterwards, and the kids did pretty darn good, even though there was a serious lack of napping going on. Makes me relax a little on the whole “outing during nap time” thing. Which is a good thing because I have a feeling there won’t be a whole lot of napping in CA when we fly down.
- One of Andy’s upper front teeth broke the surface about 2 days ago, Will doesn’t have any in sight.
- The playroom is coming together, hopefully we’ll get pictures up soon. All I can say is that I’m SO glad we went with robots/space vs. safari. Much cooler.
Now that they’re 8 months old, here are 24 new photos. Included: Simone and Anna’s visit, eating fun and playroom hijinks.
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Gratuitous video, in case you wondered what playtime looks like. It also shows you the poofy hair stage. Both of them had this totally poofy spot on the top of their heads for about 3 days. I found the shot of Andy at the end particularly endearing. Melts your heart.
As an aside, we actually escaped from the playroom yesterday and made it out to open gym at Gymboree with a number of other twins and their moms. It was quite a rockin’ good time. Will nearly got stuck in a bucket. The boys were AMAZED by the bubbles and the multidues of 2 year olds that could actually walk…and climb….and not drool gallons upon themselves.
Also, I feel like crawling could be just around the corner. Of course, neither child has any desire to sit up for any length of time, and instead chooses to fling themsleves upon the floor in order to beat their brother to the nearest toy. Because why would they choose to do something useful (like sitting calmly and peacefully for long periods of time) when they have the option to carouse around the playroom. Not these two.
I have never been a particularly crafty person. Adam recounts with great glee about my foray with knitting. All I can say is that the kit was $13 and it came with a DVD. How hard could it be? Not one stitch. I watched that stupid DVD 15 times, and I couldn’t even manage the first stitch. And I have a very bad habit of starting things and not finishing them. My one attempt at a scrapbook made it all of 2 pages in before I lost interest. Right now, as we speak, I have all of the parts for a glorious box frame celebrating my 1/2 marathon completion. Well, it’s glorious in my head, as I haven’t quite gotten around to actually assembling the thing just yet.
This long intro is simply to justify using this blog thing as a baby book, because Lord knows, I probably would have made it about 1 page in (DOB, weights etc) before giving up. So here I get to commemorate at lease some of the baby book worthy notes without a giant scrapbook staring me down.
What does a day in the life of 8 month old twins look like, you might wonder. And if you don’t wonder, I’m not sure you’re in the right place. oBviously, this would be a good day. A day where kids sleep as long as they should. A day where there isn’t teething or itching or general fussiness. In other words, an imaginary day.*
6:15am Wake up, usually in a good mood. Grab feet, scootch around, chew on blankets
6:30am Breakfast bottle. Goes a bit slower now that we can hold our own bottles.
6:45am Play time!! Usually start in one of the containment vessels (Exersaucer or Jumparoo) to try and prevent any post-bottle eruptions. Then we move to the floor to get our groove on with in the toy explosion called our play room.
7:30am Finally, a proper breakfast. For now it’s a choice between squash and sweet potatoes, along with some sort of fruity oatmeal. Banana is a favorite, but also pear, peach, apple, mango, blueberry or apricot are options (or some mix). We also just started yogurt, and that’s going well too.
7:50am Relax with a nice cup of water while we read a story. Dr. Seuss is on current rotation.
8:15am Down for nappies
—–mom crosses fingers that they stay asleep past the 45 minute mark, because if they do, they sleep for an hour 45 or 2 hours—-
10:15am Up again to repeat the morning
10:30am Bottles again
10:45am Play time part 2
11:45am Lunch is some sort of veggie, plus fruity oatmeal again. Maybe a hard-boiled egg yolk too.
12:30pm Naptime again
—–mom does the tribal chants to ensure they make it past 45 minutes again—–
2:15pm A little play time in the cribs
2:30pm What, another bottle!?!? This is our third one already!
2:45pm Short play time or maybe a story
3:00pm We get the heck out of Dodge and run errands or go for a walk.
5:00pm Dinner time. A little pureed (*barf*) chicken, some Baby MumMums, a few pieces of mango and we’re good to go
5:45pm A visit to the spa, complete with a facial, lotion massage and new PJs.
6:05pm Last bottle of the day
6:20pm In cribs, on our way to dream land
—-mom and dad pray to avoid the dreaded 2:00-3:30 am wake up call. It’s not every night, but it’s a real bummer when it shows up—-
Pretty repetitive and boring. But I suppose that 8 month olds aren’t super picky. When scrunching the empty baby wipe container is the highlight of your day, I don’t think they could handle too much more stimulation!
*To be fair, they are actually pretty good about staying on schedule, and being happy lovable kids.
Freshly uploaded for your viewing pleasure, 22 new photos of the boys. Included are the first posted shots from the new 5D Mark II.
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I haven’t posted in a while, so here’s one of my famous lists of current events:
- I bought a Canon 5D Mark II, which rules. No photos posted yet, but some will be up soon.
- Desktop computer upgrade is imminent, I can’t watch the full HD video from the new camera without it being extremely choppy, not to mention that none of my 3 screens are running a resolution of 1920×1080 or larger.
- We’re having visitors three weeks in a row, culminating in a trip down to the Bay Area for work (and play).
- Played through Diablo twice, now on Diablo 2. Good stuff.
- The Flip video camera is quite convenient, as you’ve seen in Bekki’s recent posts. Expect a fairly constant stream of videos.
- The boys are scooting all over the place, but no official hands and knees crawling yet. They’re fully mobile, moving around with determination.
- If you haven’t noticed the Twitter feed in the upper right of the site, I’ve been Tweeting a bit more. Whee for microblogging.
And on that note, Happy Father’s Day!
See I promised. All video, all the time. We have two for your viewing pleasure.
1) Andy yells. He yells a lot. This is a minute and a half of yelling. Now multiply that by about 400 to estimate about how much yelling I’m blessed to hear in a day.
2) We have cleaned out the new playroom (aka the downstaris living room) and let the boys loose. The music covers up my incessant ramblings of “Oh, do you want the ball? Look at you go! You are such cute babies!” and an incredibly loud crinkly sound from the empty baby wipe package (their most favorite toy). (It’s the Snoopy version of the song, in case you were wondering. I know, travesty.) (Can I use any more parentheses?) (Maybe)
Ah, self-indulgent video of my children. That’s what this blog will soon become.
Presenting Will demonstrating his AWESOME drum and singing skills. All while covered in crackers. That takes talent.
In food related news, recent favorites include zucchini, mango, blueberries and Baby Mum Mums (rice crackers that star in the above video). In semi-food related news, the boys are now able to sit in the grocery cart sans infant car seats. Which is a great thing considering we had to retire the infant car seats, due to the aforementioned food consumption. The babies are approaching giant status.
Mobile boys. I think that’s all I have to say to elicit fear in most parent’s minds. I offer video proof of their impending world domination:
And no, I have no idea what prompted Andy to mimic a cow chewing cud. But it’s pretty funny.
I forsee much video in the near future, as my super spiffy Flip video camera came today, and it’s great fun. The video editing software it comes with is so unbelievably easy to use. Lots and lots of video montages await.