Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
I knew there was teething going on, but when I checked her gums yesterday I couldn't feel a thing. Today, sure enough, there's a little tiny tooth on top. I haven't seen it yet, but I have certainly felt it. It was dangerous to put your fingers in her mouth before. Now, she let's you know she doesn't want you anywhere near her gums by chomping down - hard!
Pictures soon, I hope.
We all went to his party Saturday afternoon and had lots of fun. The party was outside and the weather was perfect. Anna Claire and Mallory played in the sand box and even got a little taste of birthday cake and ice cream! Yummo! What I think they enjoyed most was watching all the other children running around and playing.
The girls paid close attention (and so did mommy and daddy) so they would know what to expect in less than six weeks weeks when they will have their own first birthday party!
We got home late and the girls didn't go to bed until eight o'clock! Of course, that didn't mean they slept any later Sunday morning.
Here they are seriously studying all the goings-on...
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I am not kidding!
She spoke it perfectly. Of course, I couldn't get her to say it again for all the fruit puffs in the world! It's been kind of like the time a few weeks ago when I asked her where her nose was and she put her hand on her nose...and hasn't done it again since!
I don't think Walter believes me on either account, but I'm standing by both. ;-)
Didn't seem to bother Anna Claire one bit, though. Mallory was better off; at least she was wearing pink on pink. Not a great match, but at least she didn't look like she had been dressed by a color-blind daddy.
Thank you, Walter, for letting me rest this afternoon!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Anna Claire has mastered pulling herself up to standing, but she has been having some problems getting down. Mallory just lets go and plops down on her bottom with out a care. Well, Anna Claire didn't like that idea. After a couple of weeks of hemming and hawing and whining for me to help her get down (at which point I would take her hands away from what ever she was holding on to and lower her onto her fanny to the floor), yesterday she decided she had a better way of doing things. She just kneels down to the ground and she's so cute doing it! So smart. Why didn't Mallory and I think of that?
And Mallory can climb stairs. Holy cow! Just today she climbed up four steps to get from the living room to the kitchen at my parents' house! Some major baby proofing is going to have to occur!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Michelle may have some better ones on her camera, but this is the best one I was able to get, and it wasn't easy! (How do Jon and Kate do it with eight?)
Aren't they cute?
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Before lunch, we took all the kids outside to take their pictures in the beautiful weather. What and adventure trying to get three babies and an almost-five-year-old to let us take their pictures. (Any chance Aunt Michelle will let me post that picture?)
Other than the fact that Anna Claire would not take her afternoon nap (and you never would have known it -- that girl is a live wire!), the girls had so much fun today!
Happy first Easter, Anna Claire and Mallory! We love you!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
First, Grandmom came over for a quick visit and brought the girls an Easter present. Then, our long-time friends and identical twins, Kristy and Kelly, stopped by on their way through town to visit with the girls. They are living the single life in Charlotte, and we haven't seen them since Anna Claire and Mallory were about three weeks old. We miss them!Later, Aunt Pam and GiGi came over to give the girls Easter cards and cute pink bunnies. We had lots of visitors today and lots of fun playing with everybody. We love you all!
Friday, April 10, 2009
We had such a good time outside today on our new picnic blanket. We also went on a stroller ride, went for swings, and met our new neighbor, Nancy. When we finally came in for the day to have dinner, Anna Claire projectile vomited. Poor baby got so upset she gagged herself again and puked through her nose. I think I had more pasta and bananas on me than she did.
Later that day Cousin Connor came over and opened the eggs and ate all the candy, which was probably a good thing; otherwise, I would have eaten it all myself!
And speaking of eggs, can you see the goose egg on the side of Anna Claire's forehead? She was trying to pull up on a toy which slid out and away from her and she bumped her head on the way down -- harder than I originally thought. The scary-looking bump is gone, but now she has a nasty bruise.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Loves to keep you guessing...absolutely. I love the girls' zodiac onesies from Baby Gap (so soft) - especially since I think it's way cool that my twins' zodiac sign just happens to be Gemini (which happens to be mine, also).
Gemini is the third Sign of the Zodiac, and those born under this Sign will be quick to tell you all about it. That's because they love to talk! It's not just idle chatter with these folks, either. The driving force behind a Gemini's conversation is their mind. The Gemini-born are intellectually inclined, forever probing people and places in search of information. The more information a Gemini collects, the better. Sharing that information later on with those they love is also a lot of fun, for Geminis are supremely interested in developing their relationships. Dalliances with these folks are always enjoyable, since Geminis are bright, quick-witted and the proverbial life of the party. Even though their intellectual minds can rationalize forever and a day, Geminis also have a surplus of imagination waiting to be tapped. Can a Gemini be boring? Never!
Since Geminis are a mix of the yin and the yang, they are represented perfectly by the Twins. The Gemini-born can easily see both sides of an issue, a wonderfully practical quality. Less practical is the fact that you're not sure which Twin will show up half the time. Geminis may not know who's showing up either, which can prompt others to consider them fickle and restless.
They can be wishy-washy, too, changing their mood on a simple whim. It's this characteristic which readily suggests the Mutable Quality assigned to this Sign. Mutable folks are flexible and go with the flow. Further, the Twins are adaptable and dexterous and can tackle many things at once. It's a good thing, too, when you consider their myriad interests. The downside of such a curious mind, however, can be a lack of follow-through. How much can any one person do, anyway?
Monday, April 6, 2009
We don't take bubble baths very often, so I couldn't resist snapping some pictures...
The coveted pink hippo. The girls fight over this one toy every night. Notice Mallory eyeing it.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
The girls are so amazing at this age. They are both so vocal. I think they're going to just open up thier mouths one morning and sentences are going to come out.
Both are pulling themselves up to standing and Mallory will actually let go. She is getting very good at keeping her balance, but she hasn't tried to take any steps yet. Spring Break has officially started, so we're going to have plenty of time to work on walking. Anna Claire is doing much better getting up and down, but she still won't let go with both hands.
Friday, April 3, 2009
What a long week it has been. Mallory has chosen 3 AM as her new wake-up time, and she's decided to let the whole world know with loud sobbing. Three of the last four nights, Mallory has been crying -- real crying with huge tears -- in her crib anywhere between 3 and 3:30 AM.
I know she is teething, but I think we've also got a little separation anxiety going on as well. Dr. Tillman warned us this sometimes happens around the girls' age, but we've been super lucky when it comes to sleep issues up until now.
I've tried letting her cry for five minutes before going in, hoping she would fall back to sleep. No chance. Five minutes seems like forever, and I'm so afraid she'll wake up Anna Claire, that I end up rushing in to get her. As soon as I crack the door open the crying stops. This is how I think I know nothing is really wrong. I've tried laying her back down, but she pops right back up crying again. I just end up picking her up and rocking her back to sleep (no complaints whatsoever from her).
So, after three nights of this, I figure I've now allowed her to start a habit.
Last night I pulled out my baby sleep books and began re-reading (I have already pre-ordered Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins, by the way). Everything I was reading seemed to make perfect sense for Mallory, so I created what I thought was a pretty good plan to address her middle-of-the-night crying. Guess what? She slept all night long without a peep. Hooray! You'll get no complaints from me that I didn't have to let her "cry-it-out" -- not that I would have anyway.
Nevertheless, I'm afraid we may have just gotten lucky last night. Both girls have been amazing sleepers since day one, but I know all babies go through phases. I just hope this one is over with soon. I will continue my reading tonight - I just can't let her cry - and hope that this habit isn't too hard to break -- for either of us!