Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Weight: 21 lbs. 5 oz.
Weight: 21 lbs. 6 oz.
Yay, Anna Claire. She's catching up to her sister. Everything checked out fine as far as verbal and motor skills go. We don't really have any feeding or sleeping issues at the moment and other that the diaper rash/yeast infection issues we've been having (more on that in a moment), and the fact that both girls screamed their heads off the entire time (more on that in a moment) the appointment went quite well.
We were back to the doctor again yesterday to have Anna Claire checked out. While Mallory is doing great, it's been two steps forward, two steps back with Anna Claire. Much to our surprise, we found out Dr. Estock, our favorite, is back in town. She saw Anna Claire yesterday, took a culture (duh! why didn't anyone else think of that?), confirmed there was NO infection, and gave us a new pink (!) over-the-counter ointment called Calmiceptine to use. We used it last night and, lo and behold, Anna Claire woke up this morning completely healed. Dr. Estock is not allowed to leave town again!
Both girls get very upset at the doctor's office. It seems they have learned visits to the doctor often involve painful shots, and they still experience a little stranger anxiety at times. They also tend to upset each other in this high-stress situation; when one starts crying, the other isn't usually far behind. Since I have to book double appointments anyway, and I certainly get charged double, I think we're going to start taking the girls back one at a time to be seen. Last week there were seven people in the tiny examination room at one point and two of them were screaming at the top of their lungs. That's just crazy! And it stresses out me and Walter too. I hope we're not back at the doctor's office anytime soon. Our next scheduled visit is in September, so will have to see how it goes.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
When does the summer fun begin?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
And Happy Father's Day, Papa, who rescued us not once this past week (a run to the store for Triple Paste) but twice (bringing us home in his
We love you!!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Last summer I was home with the girls on maternity leave for four months from May 30 to September 29. This summer we'll have to make the most of six weeks of summer fun!
One of the girls' favorite birthday presents...their school bus ball pit.
Mallory prefers crawling in through the window!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
We'll be going back next week for the girls' one year check-up! Stay tuned...
Monday, June 8, 2009
Two hours was the perfect length for a party with many little ones in attendance (I actually put on the invitation 5-7 pm). The kids played in the backyard from 5-5:30 until the rain came. We ate from 5:30-6, sang "happy birthday," blew out candles, and ate cake and ice cream from 6-6:30, and opened presents from 6:30-7. The timing could not have been more perfect.
Here are just a few of the highlights from our perfect evening (so many pictures!)...
Mallory has the keys to her new buggy and is ready to go for a spin. Anna Claire couldn't be happier to have her own buggy (yes, we have two). No more having to share with Cousin Dylan!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I couldn't believe it, but Anna Claire and Mallory would not smash those giant cupcakes no matter how hard I tried to get them to wriggle their little fingers into the frosting and the layers of the cake. Seriously. I was all ready for them to get as messy as they've ever been - covered in sticky frosting from head to toe. Oh, well.
First we sang "Happy Birthday" and helped the girls make wishes and blow out their candles.
Then, we gave them free reign to dig right in. Both girls were content to gently scoop up the frosting with their little index fingers and ever-so-daintily lick the frosting from their fingers. Don't I have sweet little girls?I think Mallory got some frosting on her bib, but that was as messy as things got.
Wait, am I complaining that the girls didn't make a huge mess by getting frosting and cake all over themselves and the kitchen? But, oh, what cute pictures that would have made!
A special thanks to our official photographers and videographers Aunt Michelle, Aunt Dot, and Uncle Brian. We love you!
First, our theme: cupcakes!
All the "party in a box"-type cupcake-themed decorations weren't really our style, so I just shopped around for any and everything I could find with a cupcake on it.
I love this happy birthday banner. We had to string it from wall to wall in a corner of the living room after having to make a last minute decision to bring the party inside due to threatening rain clouds. I think it would have looked adorable anywhere.The girls' smash cakes - made by my mom. Could they be any yummier? Pictures of the girls' "digging in" coming soon!Their bibs which they wore while smashing into those yummy cakes... ;-)
I think it turned out adorable that things weren't too matchy-matchy. To be honest, I may have been the only person who actually realized there was a theme (I hope not!) Regardless, I had tons of fun shopping for everything to make Anna Claire and Mallory's first birthday party special.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
When I look at them now, it’s hard to believe how much they have grown and changed. Anna Claire can say mama, dada, ball, bubbles, (which sounds an awful lot like ball, ball), and uh-oh. Mallory can say mama and dada. She can also say all sorts of other words; we just don’t know what they mean. They can wave hello and bye-bye and can point to what they want. Both girls have taken some steps (Mallory has taken the most), but I’m not sure we can actually say they are really walking yet. Crawling is still their preferred way to travel.
Anna Claire and Mallory love to drink milk and eat table foods. We said goodbye to formula and baby food a couple weeks ago. Today for example, they shared pancakes, a fried egg, and yogurt for breakfast and a turkey sandwich, green beans, and mandarin oranges for lunch. They both love to eat. Mallory can’t shove it in her little mouth fast enough, and though Anna Claire is a slower eater, she is still a great eater. So far, they’ve never met a food they didn’t like.
Mallory is the fearless one. The older she gets, the more daring she is. Anna Claire is more hesitant. Whether she’s meeting someone new, adjusting to different surroundings, or getting used to a new toy’s bells and whistles, she needs to take her time.
The girl’s twelfth month brought lots of fun firsts…their first trips to the beach and the river, their first swim in the pool, helping me celebrate my first mother’s day, lots of new and exciting foods, and of course their first birthday!
They don't go to the pedi for their twelve month visit for another couple weeks, so I'll have a weight and height update later.
The girl's party is Saturday evening, so I probably won't post again until after the party - lot's to do between now and then. Hopefully I'll have lots of fun pictures to post!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Pampers...we're now in a size 3. The girls came home from the hospital wearing preemies but soon moved up to the newborn size which is the one pictured here.
This is one of the sun hats the girls wore last summer and the one they are currently wearing this summer.
*I wrote this last night and scheduled it to post this afternoon, as I often do.