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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

First "real" food

Okay, so I'm going to be honest and admit that this wasn't actually her first real taste of food.  I let her lick my spoon at Red Mango (natural yogurt) and let her lick the ice cream off the spoon at EZ's once.  Neither of those REALLY counted as eating, but in the interest of full, honest disclosure I thought I should just get them out there on the table.  Can you tell this is the third baby?  Last time I would have NEVER done anything that wasn't expressly permitted/recommended by the American Association of Pediatrics, and this time I rarely, if ever pick up the baby books.

Uncle Andrew and Aunt Holly are here for a visit, and today we were all hanging out in the living room with Mimi and Popo, so I thought "Now's a good a time as any..." so I went and made her a little bowl of rice cereal....and put the bumbo on the coffee table. (Again, a "third kid" thing to do.)  We made sure everyone was watching, and lined up all the requisite items.  Bowl and spoon?  Check.  Camera? Check.  Box of baby wipes?  Check.  Bib?  Check.  (who cares that it was a Halloween bib, right?)  Drumstick, bottle of pink nail polish and one lone sock?  Double check!!  (What is all that stuff doing on the table, anyway??)

I'm not sure exactly how much food she actually ingested, but she didn't hate it.  That's a start I guess.  Understandably, she has no idea what is going on, so she kept sticking her tongue out and pushing out all the food, so the bib was put to the test.  By the end of this first attempt, she was actually opening her mouth when she saw the spoon coming, so I call that a success!  Now did we REALLY think this girl wasn't going to like her food?? :)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Five month update

I cannot, CANNOT believe this baby is already almost half a year old!!  It feels like only yesterday we were bringing her tiny (okay, not THAT tiny) self home from the hospital and settling into a "Party of Five" routine.  Five months has FLOWN by, and I am torn between wanting time to stop indefinitely and hurry up and get past the phase where I have to have plastic swings and bouncy seats in my living room.
At five months, Livi can roll from back to front and front to back, and does it every time you lay her down.  She sleeps on her back, and still wears the swaddler to sleep at night.  (We learned our lesson about trying to put her down without that thing on...can you say "Wake up all night long?")  She lays down for the night at about eight or nine, and makes it until about five thirty in the morning.  I know that's a long stretch, but it's not "all night" by my definition....we have let her cry it out once, and she made it until eight, which is MUCH better.  We need to make her cry it out a few more nights in order to get into a better schedule, but personal nursing discomfort keeps me from doing so most nights. (Moms, you know what I mean!)

She makes ADORABLE noises, and loves to be talked to.  She still loves me best, although I am not deluded into thinking this is for any other reason than that I am her "milk truck" as Shawn puts it.  She is clearly a genius: the smartest baby that ever lived. :) She fusses when she is tired, and goes to sleep easier if the room is noisy.  Turn on the vacuum and that baby is OUT in a few minutes flat.  She sometimes gets so busy smiling at me that she forgets she's nursing, which is hilarious.  She claws all over me while she's nursing, and "makes biscuits" (like a cat)...which sometimes makes for some painful feeding sessions.  She can sit up for a few seconds on her own, and LOVES the doorway jumper and the exersaucer.  (thanks, Nat!)  She loves taking a bath with me rather than getting one in the sink, which works fine for us because frankly sister is too big to fit in the sink!  The babies seem to like her....Cale more than Hayden.  He will pile her little baby toys around her if she fusses, or cover her if she kicks her blanket off.  He talks so sweetly to her when he thinks no one is listening.  Hayden is another story.  She either baby talks to Livi and wants to kiss on her, or tells me, "I'm going to smack her.  I'm going to stomp her." which I hope doesn't indicate some kind of Manson-ian problem.  I try to remember the twins are just babies, and having a newbie at home isn't easy.  It's hard to remember how tiny they are because they talk so well....I forget they aren't even three yet.  So far, they have been sweet to the baby (with the exception of some verbal threats) and she loves to watch what they do....the louder and crazier they are, the more interested she is.
She is about to try rice cereal, which I hope will help her make it longer at night.  She pulls her little knees up under her tummy when she's laying down, and if I didn't know better, I would think she was getting ready to crawl already.  I am loving this phase because she is all about interaction now, but I can't help but miss the tiny bird phase a little, too.

We are slowly but surely recovering from the fiasco that was Christmas 2009.  Despite all our efforts to talk about what Christmas was really about, and focus on fun traditions (rather than "stuff") we ended up with a lot (read: LOT) of stuff in this house.  We are so grateful, because so many people love our kids and want to give them something for Christmas...they have loved playing with all their new toys, and combining them all together.  (For example: the Fisher Price bride and groom are in the new grocery cart with pots and pans and all the pieces of the doctor kit.  This drives me to the brink of insanity, but I am refraining from sorting and trying to let them play without my interference.)
Christmas Eve we went to Shawn's grandma's where the babies were SHOWERED with gifts from Nana, grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Everyone picked things that were perfect for them, and they wanted to open everything at her house (and take out all the tiny parts) but we held them off until we got home.  We hustled them into their jammies (Santa still had work to do and needed them to get into bed!) and Daddy read "The Night Before Christmas" to them.  All I wanted was one bucolic photo of the father of my children and his three adorable children in matched jammies, snuggled together reading the classic Christmas story...what I got was a series of photos in which Livi was SCREAMING in desperate hunger, and Hayden was starting to meltdown because she realized her greatest fear was upon her.  (Santa coming inside her house)  He read faster and faster until he was practically skipping pages until the story was over.....we laid out milk and brownies for Santa, and I ended up getting another photo of Hayden with her whole fist in her mouth, crying and saying "I don't want it to be Christmas!".  I am POSITIVE I am the only person on the planet who's kid went to bed in a fit of terror over it being Christmas.  After convincing her to sleep alone, we finally got to bring everything out and get the last of the battery operated items running.....They were overwhelmed in the morning, but have played with all their new things NON stop since opening them.  We might have to rethink the amount of stuff they get next year.....I am thinking "Santa" might be able to take a year off since so many family members get so many nice things for them.  All things considered, Christmas becomes more and more fun now that we have these tiny people to share it with.....I love that everything is so fun and exciting for them!  Now if I can only muster up some energy to take down all these decorations I'll be just fine....

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Cool fridge magnets

I have tons and TONS of little index prints laying around.  You know what I'm talking about....the little tiny prints sent to you when you order pictures.  I'm not really sure what they're for.  My mom and I have used them to slide into tiny sterling silver frames for necklaces and bracelets, but other than that...what are you supposed to do with them?  Throw them away, I guess, but that is hard to do when the tiny pictures are of your adorable tiny people.  There is something so cute about a little, itty bitty tiny picture of your kids.  So over the years my stack of these index prints has piled up.  Considerably.  I have been thinking and thinking about what I could use them for when finally an idea came to me!  Fridge magnets!!  I think these are super cute!!  I bought some "Glass Gems" from Hob Lob for 2.77 for a big bag of them.  Then I mod podged the picture to the back.  But then there was a weird space around the picture, so I mod podged a circle of cute scrapbooking paper to the back of that.  But then I didn't like the way the backs looked, so I mod podged cute fabric to the back of THAT.  Finally, when they were dry, I trimmed off the extra fabric and super glued on a circular magnet....(found those at Michael's)

 A set of six magnets fits perfectly in these adorable tin boxes (again, Michael's...meant for gift cards, I think....they were at the checkout).  And voila!  Stocking stuffers for people who like my kids!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

We Decorate. Then we redecorate. (The random holiday update)

Everytime I think I'm done decorating for the holidays, I find another cute idea online and I have to go attempt it.  Add that to the the fact that Bubby thinks he can remove ornaments from the tree and place them all over my home in inconvenient locations.  (Kelly says it's because he helped decorate it...he thinks he has free license to do whatever he wants with the ornaments!) At least Sissy seems to be uninterested in the tree.  She still remains concerned about Santa coming to her house.  Twice, she has told me, "I don't want it to be Christmas.  I want it to be Halloween." (which proves Shawn is her father, for any of you who might have been wondering.)  My mom and I took her to Bracken for the little Dicken's Christmas thing, and we encountered Santa on one of the walkways there.  The minute she saw him, her arms went up and I heard "Hold me, Mommy!"  She let me stand next to him holding her while Mimi took our picture.  She wouldn't get any closer to him, and didn't want to talk to him...until we were about ten feet away she hollered "A KITCHEN!" at him, just to make sure he knew what she wanted.  Again in the mall, she saw Santa sitting in front of Picture People, and she said "A kitchen." at him again.  She's not sure she likes him, but she wants him to know about that kitchen!  Bubby claims he wants a kitchen, too....and I'm sure he'll enjoy it, but sometimes I think he is just sucked into the gravitational pull that is Sissy, and ends up liking stuff she likes.  He isn't as terrified of Santa as she is, but we'll see how he REALLY does when we see Santa this Friday at a Christmas party.  He keeps talking big, like he's going to sit on his lap but I'm interested to see how that turns out.  As we wait for Christmas, we're enjoying driving around looking at lights (including the ones on our own house...the babies say "Thank you Daddy!" every time we drive home and see them) singing Christmas carols, continuing to talk about those less fortunate.  After being told it wasn't nice to holler "You don't have a family!" at people, Hayden has changed her tune and now yells, "YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU LIKE!" Yesterday I heard Bub in the car telling her, "It's not nice to tell me I don't have a family."  Sigh.  The things that twins inflict on each other.  A singleton wouldn't have to worry about what these two do, but they probably don't have half as much fun either.  We've hit two fun Christmas parties so far...the pictures above are from my mom's church Christmas party where Bub laid on the stage during the presentation, and from Shawn's work party where Sissy spent half her time there breakin' it down Flashdance style on the stage.  I added the picture of the girls in matching jammies so that my readers would know that Livi still lives here.  More on her later....she's been doing SO many new things and seems like such a big girl already! At least she's not pulling ornaments off trees or screaming at Santa this year.

Friday, December 4, 2009

I've been busy.....which is so sad because this house is a disaster.  I have definitely been neglecting other household duties, but I can't help myself!

The aprons are a result of my trying to come up with homemade gifts the kiddos would like.  The shirts are just because I wanted them to have something cute to wear the next few weeks that was "Christmassy".  This is really outside of my comfort zone, because I am usually not a "theme" clothing kinda girl.  Can't see making a cute shirt that they can only wear three times....and let's be honest, the laundry sits around long enough that sometimes that cute little themed shirt might get worn ONCE (hot off the sewing machine) never to be seen again.  Plus, you can't exactly hand down a monogrammed shirt! I also made a cute little crayon roll for Hayden, and I'm working on Cale's right now.  I think these are really cute stocking stuffers, and might make a few for some other kiddos I know.  You can find the tutorial here if you want to make one too! There are lots of other handmade ideas on this cute site (It's called Skip to My Lou) I cracked up laughing when perusing her site, because one of the craft ideas is for a "Duct Tape Bullwhip" which sounds REALLY, REALLY fun for a little boy, but like a NIGHTMARE for his mother and sister.  I'm not THAT fun.