Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy 1st Birthday Wyatt & Grayson

Dear Babies,
Did you know that the moment you were born the nurses laid you together & you immediately held hands? This whole twin mom adventure has been so incredible. From finding out there were two of you, seeing you through weekly ultrasounds to the magical day you were born & watching you grow this past year. You are the best babies &  I feel so lucky to be part of the twin mom club. I can't wait to see more of the special bond you share. Right now you mostly just scream &  pull each others hair, but I know there are so many amazing twin moments to come. Thank you for turning our world upside down in the best way!!! Mama & daddy love you so!! P.S I still can't believe there are two of you!!

Wyatt,
 My sweet baby A, oh how mama loves you. You are the laid back, great sleeper. You'd easily sleep 12 hours/nite and take extra long naps if your brother wasn't always waking you up. You started crawling around 10 months and we call you our  little explorer. You have no time for laying around drinking a bottle. You're too busy crawling around the house playing with all the match box cars you can find. You can sit up on your own and wave Hi. You can say mama, dada, nana & Mia (which sounds like eeeeee-ahhh). You also say uh-ohh. You've got one top tooth and 2 bottom. You were officially diagnosed with a peanut/tree nut/egg allergy at 9 months old after getting hives around your mouth. You love watching Baby Einstein Farm Animals, playing Peek a Boo & pulling every one's hair. You have a birth mark on your leg & make the funniest facial expressions so we always know it's you. Ever since you had croup last November your voice is very different then your brother's, so we can usually tell if it's you babbling or crying. You wear 12/18 month clothes and weigh around 19.5 lbs.
Grayson, 
My feisty Baby B. You make sure everyone knows you're unhappy with this crazy shrill scream we call baby  Black Canary. You just started crawling at 11 months but you prefer to scoot on your butt to get where ever you want go. You can't sit yourself up & don't really like rolling onto your belly very much. You're a great sleeper but ALWAYS wake up first!! You love playing peek a boo & being held. You  wave Hi & can say mama, dada & nana. You just started saying, uh-ohh. You love torturing your brother by reaching over & eating the food off his tray or pulling on him until he cries. At 9 months you were diagnosed with a peanut/tree nut/egg allergy after getting hives around your mouth. You only have two bottom bunny teeth, weigh around 19lbs & wear 12/18 clothes.
Dear Wyatt & Grayson,
Did you know that just after you were born the nurses laid you in a bassinet together & you immediately held hands? This whole twin mom adventure has been so fun. You are the best babies & I feel so lucky to be part of this club. I can't wait to see more of the special bond you share. Right now you mostly just scream & pull each others hair, but I know there are so many amazing twin moments to come. Thank you for turning our world upside down in the best way!!! Mama & daddy love you so!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Year of Change

Happy Birthday to my Wesley David.  His 3rd year was so full of change & growth. Just six days after he turned three Wes became a big brother to TWO baby boys. He transitioned amazingly well. Maybe because his behavior wasn't that great to begin with, (hahaha) we didn't notice a huge change. He has always been gentle, kind & interested in his brothers. It was the realationship with his big sister that was at constant odds. For 9 nine months they fought, bickered, called each other names and pretty much made each other miserable. I thought for sure they were going to grow up despising each other.
Then they started swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School. After the first few weeks Wes still wasn't sold. He didn't want to go (just like pre-school). He'd fuss before the lesson saying he wanted to stay home. He hated wearing his goggles and never wanted to go under water. It got to the point I thought about not taking him anymore. As the weeks progressed Mia was having more & more fun. She was excited for her lessons, getting more comfortable in the water & showing off the ribbons she was earning with each new skill.  Around the end of the year something started to change in Wes. He would put his goggles on before class started. He started going under water with no complaint & and he would yell for Mia across the lane to watch him.
It was here I could start to pinpoint a change in their relationship. Instead of having one day a month where they might play nicely together, they would have 3 or 4 days in a row!!! I'd find them in Mia's bed sharing the ipad for morning cartoons.  He no longer fusses when it's time for school although I still think he would prefer to stay home & play with his friends all day (who wouldn't?).  His teacher said he has recently started taking more time & is showing pride in his  projects, AKA he didn't give a crap before. I've noticed at home too, all of sudden he loves coloring and will spend an hour on one picture. It's so funny because usually he only uses one color crayon. I'm so glad I stuck with taking both kiddos to their swim lessons. It's not always easy to find the energy after working all day to haul both kids every week but the pay off has been SO WORTH IT On so many levels!!!
 
Happy Birthday baby! I'm so proud of all the things you accomplished this year! Starting pre-school, being the best big brother & showing excitement for learning & adventuring. Every year with you gets better & better.
                               This post is in partnership with Goldfish Swim School.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Wyatt & Grayson: 11 Months

The babies were officially diagnosed with allergies to peanuts, almonds & cashews. We were advised to avoid all tree nuts as a precaution. I'm having a really hard time with it.  I can't help but read stories like Oakley's and suddenly feel like that could be my child at any moment. I'm not kidding when I tell you everything has peanut in it. I mean seriously, Keebler's Cheddar Crackers, why in god's name do you need to contain peanut flour?  I'm anxiously waiting for the cure  the allergists say IS COMING, in the form of OIT, a patch or maybe even a vaccine! In the mean time we keep our Epi Pens close & pray no well meaning someone gives our a babies a bite of contaminated food. Wyatt (Left) Grayson ( Right)
Grayson has one lonely bottom tooth that has just barely popped through. He learned to wave & always has his hand in his mouth.Wyatt has no teeth & loves worm crawling around the house as fast as possible. I layed him on his Boppy with a bottle, ran down to grab his bro & came up to find him gone. He had crawled into our bedroom & I nearly died from a heart attack seeing the empty Boppy. He loves to lay head to head  & stoke/yank our hair. When he smiles he wrinkles his whole face.
After a bout of sickness they were both back to waking multiple times a nite. After two nites of me blocking them out with my rainy nites white noise on Youtube they are back to mostly sleeping from 6:30 to 5:30am. Grayson is always the first one up. We love playing peek a boo & their gummy happy grins melt this tired mama's heart every day. It's hard to believe we are in first birthday party planning mode already. It takes two to make a thing goooooo right!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Vertical Adventures

We have been a living a bit of Groundhog's Day over here lately. The monotony of working, parenting & the constant barrage of political unease has me all like "holy crap I need an escape!!" We are so lucky to live in CBUS!! It truly is an amazing city and has so many things right close to home that can make you feel like you've gone off the grid, even if it is for just a few hours!!!!
Vertical Adventures is a serious adrenaline boost just waiting for you!! VA is an indoor climbing facility that allows all ages (even little ones) and experience levels to come in and climb. Here are some FAQs. On Saturday morning Damon & I  took the 90 min Rope 101 class. We learned about the equipment,  how to secure ourselves to the (think lots of figure 8 knots) rope, and safely Belay each other.
We also used the auto Belayer (they have 5) if you don't have a partner or just don't want to learn to Belay. The auto was way scarier for me. I got to the top and realized no one was holding me. I had to just lean back, trust the rope & nothing else. I was almost frozen up there but Damon talked me down, reassuring that I could let go and the rope would do its job! I can't quite explain how refreshing it was to get out and do something totally out of our wheel house. For those couple hours we weren't the butt wipers or the unappreciated chefs. We were ourselves. Free to seek adventure and conquer the day instead of just surviving. The Rope 101 class includes a two week pass to return and climb as often as you like.Seriously put Vertical Adventures on your list to try out. You don't have to be have any experience climbing or be a super athlete. Just being an Adventurer Seeker will suffice!!!
This post is in partnership with Vertical Adventures.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Around Here

We survived (barely) Mia getting her tonsils and adenoids removed. It was hellacious to say the least. We had six nites of waking, screaming bloody murder EVERY TWO HOURS.  Once she recuperated we had a week of no one being sick and 60 degree January weather. It was heaven . Then the twins got a respiratory virus. Cue worst week every. Grayson got so dehydrated from refusing the bottle I spent a whole day doing nothing but giving him pedialite through a medicine dropper. We avoided an ER visit by a hair. Both babies are feeling better but still have hacking coughs and runny noses. They are also back to waking twice a nite wanting to eat. At ten months I would be very inclined to let them cry it out but their room is attached to ours. It stinks. Not to mention, if one screeches for too long there is a good chance the other baby will wake. It really stinks and Damon and I are completely exhausted.
My kindergartner had her first Father/Daughter dance! She was super nervous daddy wouldn't want to dance with her. Don't you know daddy's always going to be there for you , little girl. Even if he hates dancing, especially in public. They went and had an amazing time!!!
Lara (my college roommate & bestie came up from Florida to snuggle the twins for the first time. The big kids were so excited to see her. Mia said, I'm going to get dressed for Auntie Lala, and came down in a 1920's flapper costume covered in sequins. I was dying!!!
I hate the cold so even though the winter weather hasn't been terrible we've been in hibernation mode! Trying to survive by doing all the indoor winter activities. Kinetic sand, play doh, paints, Crazy Eights, War,  Magna Tiles & of course swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School! We've watched some new movies & had make our own pizza nite! The original Annie, Snow White and Finding Dory are some of our favs. We went thrifting and had Teddy Bear picnic day at Preschool.  Everyone is growing like a weed and WE CAN NOT WAIT FOR SPRING!!!!!
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