Friday, January 30, 2009
The girls have been waking up a little earlier than usual. Well, to be truthful Anna Claire has been waking up earlier than usual - between 6:00 and 6:30 AM. In the darkness of the nursery, Anna Claire is happy to coo and "talk" and shriek - not crying, mind you, but playing - until we come and get them at 7 AM. Anna Claire screams at the top of her lungs with a smile on her face. It is so funny - and loud! It's amazing what Mallory can sleep through, but eventually Anna Claire does end up waking her sister. Mallory, too, is happy playing in her crib, waiting for us to come into the nursery at 7:00.
This morning, though, Anna Claire got her foot stuck between the bars of her crib even with her sleep sack on, so her playful screams turned to real screaming. Needless to say, the girls were up - and ready to eat - even though it was only 6:30. While I finished getting ready, Walter had to "simulfeed"...
Someone told me we would only get maybe three months use out of our bouncy seats until the girls grew out of them. At almost eight months old, we still use them EVERY day!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
How cute is she?
Monday, January 26, 2009
The girls don't quite understand they have to tip the cup up and pretty much just use them as teethers. Tonight, however, Anna Claire was lying on her back and picked up the sippy cup laying among her toys. After gnawing on it for a few seconds, she must have sucked once or twice and instantly had it figured out. It was all I could do to get the sippy cup away from her.
Anna Claire and Mallory also played in the empty (finally, but nevertheless, not for long) laundry basket...
Playtime in our newly converted pack & play...
No longer needed as a bassinet, the girls now seem to like using it as a play pen. Now that they like to roll around the floor, I can keep them contained for a few minutes if I need to leave the room for a quick second.
One of the girls new favorite past times is to sit next to their toy bins and empty them of their contents. I go behind their backs and put the toys back in and they pull them out again. We do this over and over getting a good twenty minutes of fun out of this activity!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Ironically, Walter and I were talking at the dinner table tonight about "teaching" the girls to talk. We always practice mama, dada, papa, baba, etc. He was trying to get the girls to say dada as they sat in their high chairs, and I told him that most babies' first "word" is dada and that I was resigned to that fact. And then what does Mallory go and say just a few minutes later during bath time? Mama! Walter was in the bedroom, so he had to admit he heard her. That's my girl!
So, does it count as a "real word" if she wasn't referring to me or even looking at me when she said it? I think it does. ;-)
We know she needs to drink AT LEAST 24 ounces a day and she is barely making that mark most days and not at all on others. We mix her breakfast and dinner cereal with formula to make sure she is getting another couple ounces, but that hardly makes up the difference some days.
We did visit our pediatrician last week, and she suggested offering her a "filler" bottle of about three ounces between her 11:30 and 3:00 PM bottles if she's gotten off to a bad start with her morning bottles. We try to take away all distractions so playtime doesn't look so attractive. She also suggested Mallory may have finally figured out that the taste of Alimentum is disgusting now that she has a newly acquired taste for pears and peaches and squash and the like. Could my little girl already have acquired such a discerning palate?
We had planned to switch back to Similac Advance next week since we just stopped their prevacid. We didn't want to change too many things at once. Tuesday wasn't a good day at all, so we went ahead and switched formula and yesterday was better - Mallory didn't get off to a great start, but she finished strong. So far today she left two ounces in her 7 AM bottle which is great compared to what she has/has not been drinking.
Hopefully this is just a phase she's going through right now and hopefully she will figure out that regular similac tastes so much better.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
"...The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness....Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations."
While I am certain Anna Claire and Mallory had no clue what was happening on the TV, I do think it's pretty darn cool that one day I will be able to tell them that in their first year we elected out first African American President. I am hopeful about the life they have ahead of them.
And as if that's not exciting enough - it snowed today! Okay, there were maybe five snow flakes, but schools and the district office were closed at 2 PM. You know everything shuts down around here at the first mention of either hurricanes or snow. Anna Claire and Mallory had no idea there was any snow at all and it was way too cold to take them outside to "see" the few flakes that were falling.
Basically, the girls went through this momentous day completely oblivious to all that was happening around them - both historic and weather-related.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
When I first put the "ears" on the girls they just stared at each other. They could not take their eyes off one another. I laughed so hard at the expressions on their faces... I was finally able to get them to look at the camera, sort of...
...but the hats are so big, they kept slipping down over the girls' eyes.I can't wait to take the girls to Disney World one day; though I imagine it won't be anytime soon. I can't fathom doing diapers and bottles at Disney...although our new van will make traveling much easier!!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
They screamed their heads off a good bit of the time we were there - especially Anna Claire - when the nurse weighed and measured them, when Dr. Tillman examined them, if the nurse left the room they calmed down, when she came back they cried again. Dr. Tillman even called Anna Claire's behavior "stranger anxiety." The poor thing absolutely sobbed her heart out.
Or maybe they just knew they were getting three shots today. :-(
Monday, January 12, 2009
The girls have their six month check-up tomorrow even though they are seven months old. We had to get off schedule a bit just to be able to see the pediatrician we like best. I think it's crazy the girl that books appointments will only schedule us for two back-to-back appointments - which are hard to come by - even though we never need all that time.
Check back in tomorrow to see how much the girls have grown.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Anna Claire looks a bit worried that Mallory might crank up and take off any second, and Mallory looks a little too excited to be sitting in the driver's seat. ;-)
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Do you know when they were newborns, I actually tried to pose them this way because it's so darn cute so I could take Anna Claire's and Mallory's pictures while they were napping one day. They wouldn't pull their knees up underneath them for anything. Now, this is one of Mallory's favorite napping positions!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Since I still haven't been able to find the perfect teether, Mallory has taken things into her own hands. I guess she's desperate...
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I went to my mom's for lunch and Mallory was unusually fussy. I figured it was her teeth, but she wouldn't let either of us anywhere near her mouth. My mom just called to tell me she was finally able to take a peek, and sure enough, the tooth has cut the surface!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Mallory was so into playing with that little shape from her playhouse I could not get her to look at the camera.
My mom has been here the last two days helping me get the whole house reorganized which now includes turning the FROG into a guest room/office. They play room still has a little ways to go. I haven't yet decided what I want to put on the walls and there are some storage bins I want from Target. When I went back to get them they were gone; hopefully they'll get more in soon. All in all, though, the room looks good. It's a great place to keep all the girls new toys, and Anna Claire and Mallory love all the space they have on the floor to play and roll around. And...there's a dog gate, so Tanner and Cody won't be stealing anymore of the girls' toys.
In this picture, Anna Claire has actually scooted herself all the way off the blanket so she is behind the ball crawl toy. That expression on her face is saying, "Yep, I'm stuck -- again." And I guess it's time to get covers on those electrical outlets!!