Friday, December 17, 2010

7 Month Mighty Men

Last Friday the boys turned 7 months old.
I am a week late writing this, oops! 

I have laughed more over the last month than I have in a long time.
They just tickle me every day. The smiles, giggles, kisses and of course buckets of drool.
I know I am biased...but dang, they are cute!

Stockton is an animal! He lunges and is totally on the verge of crawling...eep!

Archer preferred to "do the swim" earlier in the month

'Ol Blue Eyes

Always animated...beware monk-monk, Archer is gonna eat you!
Our 7 Month Stats:
Archer - 17 lbs 3 ounces    27 inches long
Stockton - 16 lbs 15 ounces    27 inches long

We are still on a 4 hour feeding schedule.  It looks like this:
7am - wake, meds
7:30 am - 8 oz bottle
8:30 am - oatmeal and fruits
11:30 am - 8 oz bottle
3:30 am - 8 oz bottle
6pm - veggies/dinner
7pm - 8 oz bottle

I need to add a solids feeding for lunch...but I am just not ready yet. I feel like they eat all the time!

I still make their veggies, their fruits are mainly Gerber.  The only food they haven't loved are green beans....everything else, especially peas and squash, they gobble up.
They take their bottles in the nap nannies...they sometimes hold their own bottles but it's rare and short lived.

They are really hard to feed...I write this more for me and their baby books...but it's a constant battle of the wills when it comes to taking a bottle.  They try to roll out of their chairs, refuse, eat, blah blah blah.  It's not a reflux thing, it's a total battle of the wills.  We already have to tell them "no"... fun fun  :)

Naps...oh sweet, precious naps.  They used to be dependable, like clockwork.  But lately they are short...too short!  They usually go down for their first nap around 9:30am. Typically someone is up by or before 11am.   The second nap is around 1:15ish and has only been lasting 45 mins to an hour.  So they are back up around 2p and have decided to pretty much drop the last catnap so they are up from 2p to 7p. So they only average 2.5 to 3 hours of naps per day.   I am just thankful they are happy when they are awake, but my productivity has reached an all time low lately...not helpful since its Christmas!! But the good thing is that they rarely fuss when awake, they just want to play, play, play. 

Arch has his two bottom teeth...I feel bad he didn't get his own post like his bro.  Oops!
 What's New
We have started puffs and mum mums...they love them!  They pick up the puffs with their fists...haven't quite been able to use their fingers to pinch and pick up yet.

Started working on sippee cups too.  They grab the handles and chew the spout.  It's way more fun to bang them on their high chair trays than actually drink out of them.  It's definitely a work in progress :)

Stockton is my little animal.  Always on his hands and knees lunging around.  Even in bed.  I have lowered the crib once already, but I think it's time to do it again! 
I see you!
They still love their cars.  And are getting very efficient manuevering around the front part of the house. And, they are really fast...they back up, turn around and go with a purpose.  Archer made it into the kitchen this morning and pulled open his first drawer.  Time to start really baby proofing!

Archer still loves his car

Stockton has a new smile...I call it his scrunchy face.  And he has turned into a little mimic.  If I scrunch my face up he will too and he caught on to "no no no" and shakes his head no. 

They love to bounce...bounce, bounce, bounce!

They each have two teeth and are working on more.  We have decided teething stinks.  Poor Stockton's cheeks and chin are chapped from all the drool! And I tend to blame everything on the teeth...the short naps, lack of naps and fussing to teeth.  I know deep down that's not really it but it makes me feel better. 

They sit unassisted for extended periods of time now.  And when they fall it's more controlled and they don't plunge head first to the floor any more. 

They are so close to crawling.  I see them starting to inch one leg forward instead of hopping and rocking all the time.  Stockton has started lifing one hand, all he really needs to do is coordinate the effort and he'll surely take off.   Arch is rocking a bunch and bringing a knee up.    They both roll, scoot and pull themselves where they want to go. 

I guess that's about has been a big month!

Let's pray that they decide they love naps again...k, thanks!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Embracing Santa's Little Helpers ... December 9

I was THAT mom yesterday...
My little monsters were transformed into little Santa's Helpers, hats and all!
and boy, were they c.u.t.e.

I am sure they will love these when they are 16!

Happy Thursday!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sitting Pretty

We are starting to do some big boy stuff lately...

Sitting - briefly - being one of them!

We  are still working on balance, but these little guys can finally sit!
They stay upright longer if they have a toy to hold on to.
But, they are getting stronger every day!



And Stockton is still rocking away...but I think every day we are closer to REALLY being mobile...eep!! 

Stockton rocking and blowing raspberries

Rebel just fascinates them...

Ummmm, yeah...let's NOT suck on the dogs foot, thanks!
They are growing up so fast!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Embrace the Camera ... December 2nd

It's a Daddy Embrace Day!

These guys have an awesome dad.
He loves them so much.
He LOVES spending time with them. 
He can make them giggle with just a glance and saying "poop poop a doop"
(We're not sure why it make them laugh, but boy does it get them going!)

He spends every evening after work helping me feed, bathe, play and put to bed.
I'm telling you folks...he's a keeper!

Not only is he a great dad...he's an awesome husband.
He's my best friend, he knows my faults and loves me anyways.
He works hard so I can stay home and raise our boys and he wouldn't have it any other way.
His first thought on a night without the babies is to take me on a date. Just the two of us.

Happy Thursday!