31 March 2009

YUCKY, Mommy

We tried green beans today. You would have thought I was poisoning the poor babies!

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26 March 2009

A Lot To Update

First Off, this is a little late.


Our little men are FIVE months old already! Actually they turned 5 months over a week ago. I am amazed at how fast time is going by. Lately I've been having a range of conflicting emotions. I can't believe its been 5 months since they were born. I love seeing them grow and develop. I love all their milestones and every new thing they do. At the same time, they are 5 months. It means that M has missed 4 months of their life. Yes, there are only 3 weeks left until we're all together again, and I am so excited and anxious for it to be here. I just hate that he has had to miss so much of the beginning of our life as a family. He wasn't here to experience those first smiles or coos. He didn't get to see the first tummy rolls. Or revel in the first nights they BOTH slept through the night, not that happens frequently still. He did get to experience their first bites of baby food via webcam though. And I made sure to get a picture of G's smile the second time he did it. I've tried so hard to capture every moment so he can share it with us, and I just feel like I've failed.

I am thankful that soon this will be a distant memory. That he isn't going to miss them starting to crawl. He won't miss their first experience with juice or a sippy cup. He may even get to be around for the first tooth because even though they both have been drooling, chomping, teething maniacs, those first teeth have not popped through yet. I'm glad that I won't have to feel joy and twinges of sadness when new things happen. I am ready to start our life together again.


And on to brighter things!


The boys had a doctor appointment this week. Along with a well baby check up they got their second round of shots. And they are such big boys! They only cried for a few seconds after the shots and that was it. In fact, G cried worse because he had to put his clothes back on than when he got the shots! They are growing like weeds! G is 15lb 5oz and 25 1/2" long. Z is 13lb 6oz and 25 1/4" long. Z has decided he is terrified of the doctor and had the most heartbreaking cry every time he saw her. His entire face became a frown and he'd start crying. With tears even. It was so pitiful and sad.


The doctor was a little concerned in their size difference. Along with seeing Z spitting-up. She informed me that he is throwing up not spitting up, but I don't like to think of it that way. He isn't sick. She sent me to get an ultrasound of his tummy done that afternoon to make sure his pyloric sphincter wasn't blocked and he didn't have this thing called pyloric stenosis. He of course does not. I'm hoping he'll outgrow what ever this is soon. I'm not concerned too much with the difference between G and Z's size. I just hate to see my Z-boy throwing up all the time. And it makes a mess.





Today G&Z became federal officers.






M bought these shirts for them. They say "CBP Junior Officer". They were very proud to wear them and show off to every on that they are Officers.

And G is closer to the camera. And sitting on top of Z, hence the reason he looks so much bigger. They really aren't that noticeably different. I was just going to move Z and get him out from under G when he spit up carrots all down his shirt... no more pictures for mommy! Here is a picture I got of Z by himself while G was protesting against pictures...




20 March 2009

Already?!

The other morning I left the room for a minute. I hear G start to fuss. Half a cry, half a laugh. When I went back into the living room there was Z. He had scooted his way around and was kicking G in the stomach.


So it starts this early huh?


18 March 2009

Relief

We have a house to move to! I'm so happy to finally know where we're going to be living. We haven't seen the house, but it sounds nice and is close to what we're looking for size-wise and more importantly rent-wise. They have no problems with our dogs and aren't even requiring us to put down a pet deposit. The house isn't where we were originally looking, but is on the west side of the state. Only 35 miles from Montana in fact! Its a small town, but sounds great and has every thing we'll need. I can't wait for April to get here and make it our home.

The boys have been the most perfect angel babies the last week. Right now G is in the exersaucer and Z is rolling around on his back, grabbing at his feet, and watching G play. They are starting more and more to recoginze and interact with each other. I love it when I come into the room and they're laying on the floor looking at each other talking and laughing.

Z just rolled from his back to his tummy! He's done it only 2 times before. Once was unintentional. He was mad when I laid him down for a diaper change and rolled over. The other time I don't think he was expecting it either as it scared him and he cried for a good period of time afterwards.

On Monday we finally got our new fancy, dancy stroller. It is the most amazing thing in the world! Definitely worth the money my dear parents paid for it (smile). We went for a walk the day it got here. Yesterday we went up to Sangertown Square and met with (my) Grandma Bette and Grandpa Ray for lunch at Friendly's. After lunch Grammie Jill needed to find shoes for Aunt Summer's wedding. I really got to test the stroller out, and it is incredible. Pushes like there is nothing in it. Can turn on a dime. And one of the most important features, I am able to push it with ONE hand! Now its ok if I have to carry a baby the entire time I'm out some where! [Not really boys, don't get any ideas].

G is still waking up at least 3 times a night crying. I've been able to give him just his pacifier or let him cry himself to sleep. In some ways its easier than getting up and feeding him, but in other ways its harder. If I just fed him then he would sleep more soundly for the rest of the night. BUT I don't want him to think that its ok to wake up and eat all night long. He has been doing really good though. Friday and Saturday night he slept through the entire night. And since then he hasn't got out of his crib until after 5am, even though he wakes up during the night. Z of course almost consisitently sleeps through the night. Last night he went to bed at 7:30 and still slept until around 7 this morning.

Last night the boys had peas for the first time. And they LOVED them! They must have been extremely hungry last night because they split a 4oz jar of peas, G had a 2.5oz jar of sweet potatoes and about an ounce of formula on top of that and Z had all but a few bites out of a 2.5oz jar of sweet potatoes and then had a bottle about 1 1/2 hours later.

M is doing good. He got the rest of his graduation uniform this week, and its starting to feel more real that this is almost over. Only 3 weeks and 5 days left until I see him!

15 March 2009

Super Cool

Yesterday G and Z wore their Nike Track Suits for the first time. They were one of my eBay deals and I got the both of them for less than $15.00!






We had spent the night at Aunt Summer's on Friday and Saturday morning we got up early, packed up the babies and headed to Syracuse for an indoor rummage sale hosted by the Mom's of Multiples club there. The sale was a lot smaller than I expected and after the initial disappointment of seeing how small it was I zoomed around the room and was able to get 2 of the 4 things I was looking for. Along with some smaller things I wasn't looking for. Summer was able to find some adorable outfits and shoes for Ariana along with a few toys. $35.00 and 30 minutes later we were on our way to the Carousel Mall where we spent the day shopping.

G fell asleep shortly after we got home, so I didn't want to disturb him. Z was thrilled that he got to show off his new stuff though!









11 March 2009

Big Boys Eat the Big Boy Way

Grammy and Gramps went to Ikea this past weekend. While they were there they picked up two highchairs for G & Z. Here is their first meal in their big boy chairs!















Unfortunately they are still just a little too young for the design of the chair so that has been their only meal in the chairs. Minus the attempted breakfast the next day that resulted in G screaming for a LONG, long time afterwards.

As for today...

G only got up once last night. 2:30am more specifically. I tried to let him just cry and figure it out on his own. Which is really just being kind. I made a desperate attempt to drown out and ignore his cries and screams so I could stay in bed. I recently read that you shouldn't pick them up, but just pat their back, rub their head, etc. while they are still laying in their crib during the middle of the night. Well, after one very pointless attempt to give G his pacifier and calm him down I let him cry for a few more minutes and gave in. Off we were to the land of milk and bottles (aka, the kitchen). He drank about 2 ounces and was falling asleep so in his crib he went. He did then sleep until 5:30 this morning when, miracles of miracle, I was able to just give him his paci and he slept for a whole other HOUR! So, we still ended up with our normal "6:30 and I'm so awake for the day" time. He has been cute and charming though and spent nearly 30 minutes on his tummy before getting fussy about it (see video clip below!). Right now he's taking a little nap in his swing.

Z on the other hand did not wake up at all last night. And the precious boy is STILL sleeping!

Its a gray, rainy day here today. Maybe I should take advantage of the miserable weather and start packing. Or maybe I should just play with the boys all day and watch movies. I'm pretty sure that I like option two better.

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Make sure you have your volume turned up! The video is some what boring without the sound.

10 March 2009

Again, Finally!

G slept through the night again! Its only been, oh say 3-4 weeks or so since he decided that he really HAS to wake up at least once a night. Preferably two or three times though. Last night though, gorgeous sleep. He slept through the night. Z slept through the night. Mommy slept through the night. Its going to be a good day!

I can actually here him stirring in his crib now. He was up at 5am to eat, and he normally feels that his day starts around 6am. Which is a drastic improvement over the previous 4am. And today its OK that he wants his day to start now because I was able to get a full night of sleep! In fact, that is why I'm blogging and not sleeping right now.

I am getting excited as there are only 5 weeks left until M's graduation. 5 weeks until I see him again. 5 weeks until we're together as a family. At the same time that I am supremely excited and happy, I'm also starting to feel stress. 5 weeks to get every thing ready to move. 5 weeks to figure out all the small details. And some larger ones. Like where exactly we're going to live. The excitment outweighs the stress. I am so very ready to have my family together again.

Well since I am awake and feeling pretty good from having slept all night, I'm going to go let the dogs out, do pilates, drink a cup of coffee and take a shower before the boys decide they're done with being in their cribs.

06 March 2009

An Almost Spring Day

Today was a gorgeous day. Well, almost. It was actually cloudy and gray most of the day, but it was warm and delicious feeling outside. Summer came over this afternoon and we had fun with her camera. Here are some pictures from our little photo shoot this afternoon.