Monday, December 21, 2015

1 & 2

My blog updating is pathetic.  My poor children will wonder why they don't have baby books and have months on end missing from their subpar replacement - this blog.  I'm sorry babies.  Today I did the math and Jacob and I are up and busy 7 days a week from 5:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.  16 hour days 7 days a week always  About every other weekend, we master getting both the babies down for nap at the same time and get a 1.5 hour nap in ourselves.  Otherwise, we are busy busy every day, all day - and we are always still behind.  I think I would rather spend time kissing on the babies than mopping the floors though, so we will probably stay behind. 

All in all, things are going well.  The kiddos are really quite good children and it's getting easier to take care of them.  I think if Jacob and I would stop getting sick after they do, we'd be pretty settled. 

The babies turned one and two over the last month.  We had family and friends over for their joint birthday party and it went well. We took them in for their one and two year check ups last week and they are happy, healthy, super smart, perfect children. 

Emerson and Ben both weigh in around the 26lb mark.  Emerson is in the 60th percentile for weight and 40th percentile for height.  The doctor thinks she'll grow a  lot over the next few months because she had 3-4 weeks being pretty sick with a double ear infection that wouldn't go away.

Ben is in the 96th percentile for weight and 90th percentile for height.  Big Ben lives up to his name.

Emerson's language has exploded and she speaks 4-5 word sentences now.  She is so smart and understands everything we say to her.  She loves on us a lot and asks us for hugs and kisses before bed.  "One more hug momma" - so precious. She is starting to count, and really likes singing songs.  She knows so many words to our favorite songs and can sing along very well for being 24 months.

Benny is really taking off with his walking and has almost stopped crawling completely.  I would say by the time he's 13 months he'll be 100% walking.  Ben says buh-bye, momma, dada, diaper, no no no and a few other words currently.  He loves "Jingle Bells" and when I start singing it, he says "Ha ha ha".  He also loves Itsy Bitsy Spider and does the spider hand movements.  We're working on the rest.

We're excited for Christmas with the kids and happy we have everything we need.  We are so blessed to be happy, in love, and have such wonderful babies.


Friday, October 9, 2015

Oops. 22 months/ 10 months

Dear babies,

Do you know why Mommy doesn't update your blog?  Because you don't sleep.  How can Mommy sit down to type when you both are working together to keep me from a full night of sleep for 10 months now?  Let's not even add in that I didn't get good sleep while pregnant with either of you  and that you're 12 months apart so basically it's been like almost three years since I could take an Ambien and actually rest. 

Anyway, Emerson is so great.  What a funny kid she is.  She's able to have conversations now with a few words together and really communicates what she wants.   She says yes and no which is super helpful and she is starting to sing songs.  

We did have our first serious hiccup with Emerson.  She had a diaper rash that turned into an abscess.  It didn't get better over a few days and I had to take her to the doctor.  When the doctor saw it, she told us that Emerson would have to go to Children's hospital the very next day to have it lanced.  To make matters even more scary, Jacob couldn't go with me.  Things were fine and she was doing well being in that environment and was quite the trooper.  I only lost it when they told me they were going to put her to sleep and I wouldn't be able to stay with her the whole time.  I only cried when they made me leave.  But 20 minutes later we were reunited and all was well.  Hopefully we don't have to do anything else like that for a long time.

Benny is great too.  He just exudes joy.  What a happy baby.  He started crawling really well at 9 months and now a few days into being 10 months, he's standing everywhere he can and is trying to cruise too.  He doesn't want to sit down anymore and he loves to go go go.

Emerson and Ben have started really playing together and it's so wonderful for Jacob and I to watch.  We have waited a long time for them to like each other and it's such a blessing to see them bonding and loving each other. 

I think all else is well.  Now for more photos.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Checking in - 20 months/ 8 months

Sometimes I think I want to write a blog.  Like really commit to it a few days a week.  I love reading other blogs and sometimes I even think up funny little stories that I'm going to post - which will of course go viral.  After that I will sit at home with my laptop and just let the money roll in.

Or I will barely remember to post every month because I have minimal free time and when I do have free time I choose to sleep.  Irish Twins are rough. Just pure time needed to have two babies at once who are not on the same schedule as far as what they eat, milestones, etc.

Jacob and I did find time last week to get him a little snip though, so HAP HAP HAPPY ME, we are done having children.  Unless one slips by next year or something, and in that case, you must clearly be happy because God went out of his way to send you another baby.  Practically immaculate conception.

SO, what's been going on with the babies....

We took them to the zoo last week.  I'm trying to really get out of the house more.  I'm so tightly wound that I don't like to leave on the weekends and I don't think it helps the kids at all, since they love being out and social.

Emerson was slightly hard to contain because she wants to run/walk where ever her heart desires. 

Ben was a PEACH.  This boy sat in the stroller for 2.5 hours and clapped his hands and sang and smiled.  Happy as can be.

Ben got two teeth at the same time this weekend.  He's 8 months old so I was wondering if he was ever going to get any.  He's been pretty crabby but I think they've both broken through so maybe it feels better now?

Emerson loves puzzles and has started to really like baby dolls, but still nothing compares to her love for puppies.  Nothing makes her more happy than watching puppy videos on youtube.  We have to keep it at 2 videos a day so she doesn't become one of those zombie children that live on technology.  So tempting to let her zone out though - especially when Ben has just puked or I need to do the dishes.  She's talking a lot, but still not all the time.  She can say whatever she wants and probably has a few hundred words in her vocabulary if I took the time to count them all.

Ben is finally starting to get up on his knees a little bit so hopefully he'll start crawling this month.  Emerson was further ahead than him at this time but he's so big that maybe he needed more muscle to lift that 23lb body.  He does love to stand though, so maybe the crawling to walking will be quick.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Eek! Forgot to post! 19 months/ 7 months - Irish Twins

It appears that I may have neglected to update this as of late. I  meant to do it after our checkups (18 months/ 6 months) and failed.

SO, lets start with that.  We booked Emerson and Ben's check ups on the same day.  We basically had the doctor from 3:15 - 4:15.  As always, it is a lot of planning and organizing to have them out anywhere. I would imagine moms of twins feel the same way.  Toys, snacks, extra clothes, leaving the office early to get to the daycare and then to the doctor, timing around naps, all those things.  It's like I'm a project manager of babies.

Emerson weighed 24 lbs., 1 oz at the doctor.  She was 32.5 inches tall. She is hitting all of her milestones and is always impressing us with new things she says and how she is starting to put together phrases.  She knows so many animals (turtle, squirrel, snake, zebra, elephant, giraffe, cow, dog, cat, bird, lion, tiger, alligator) and can do those wooden puzzles really well. She's showing signs of being ready to potty train so we will be working on that in the next few weeks some more.   Emerson is very smart when it comes to understanding what you say.  She can follow several steps of directions and is aware of what she can and cannot get away with.  She is sweet sometimes and sometimes sassy.  She loves momma and daddy and still doesn't give much thought to Ben.  Sometimes Em does get mad if Ben is playing with a toy that she wants, but now she will go get him a different toy and trade him, so it's a little progress.

Benjamin (AKA Big Ben) weighed 22 lbs., 15 oz at the doctor.  He was 28 inches long.  Ben was 6 months old, but about the size of a 16 month old.  He and Em are one pound apart.  Benjamin is the sweetest, happiest baby I have ever met.  He is loving and smiles so easily.  He can sit up now and started holding the bottle himself this week.  He likes the TV, toys, and just saw a dog for the first time this weekend.  He laughed SO HARD.  He is just joy, pure joy in baby form.   He is starting to consistently sleep all night and that makes me so happy.

And one of us. Love this husband.