Tuesday, November 15, 2011

18 Months

Hello babies!  I guess I should just say toddlers, but I just can't seem to make myself.  So, the "babies" are growing and thriving and turning into little people right before my eyes. The past month has been full of changes.  Mostly good, but some challenging.   We have noticed that they seem to look more alike as they get older.  Yes, they are identical, but we have been blessed to be able to easily tell them apart.  But...it is getting a little harder to tell them apart with just a glance.    They are continuously on the go.  They play hard and fast.  We are almost doing a full out run.  Stockton likes to throw his hands behind his body and just take off.  They love to push their Tonka trucks through the house every morning after breakfast going 90 to nothin'.  And they put their milk cups in the back of the truck so they can stop for a drink when needed. 
Just another day mowin' the lawn...


Stockton

Doing a little automotive repair...

Archer


Sleeping:
Still the same.  In bed around 7/7:30pm and they wake between 7:30a and 8a.  Although, for the last two weeks Archer has been waking up screaming for a few minutes at 5:30am then going right back to sleep.  It's just enough to wake me up, check the monitor, fall back asleep then J's alarm clock starts going off at 6:30a.  I hope this passes...and quick! 

Naps are still x's 2.  Morning nap at 10:30a until noon.  Afternoon nap around 3:00p until 4:00p/4:30p.  If they keep sleeping, I'm gonna keep putting them in bed!  Good job fellas...keep up the good naps.

Eating:
Doing a little better at veggies...but not much.  Avocado is still their favorite veg.  Sweet potato fries used to be a go to veggie but I think they are tired of them. I am going to try some pumpkin soon and broccoli cheddar biscuits again. 

Fruits are hit or miss as well.  They love apples and applesauce.  Archer loves bananas but Stockton has pretty much veto'd anything that's not an apple lately. 

They still love chicken and most meats.  Even pheasant! 
Jimmy is finally letting Archer play with him!!

Just checking out the leaves...we love our camp chairs!

Stockton
The Happenings:
  • Words: Here you go! (here go), Dude, hello (heyo), blanket (sounds like 'pretty'), milk (mil), okra, sock (dah), blocks (bah), lemonade (memonay)
  • Will go "udden udden" when they see a car of a picture of anything with wheels. 
  • If you ask Archer how old he is, most of the time he will say one and try to hold out a finger.  If you ask Stockton he says "free" (3) and holds out four fingers.  We might need to work on that. 
  • When they see a Sonic they yell out "bapple!" because they know they get a package of apple slices when we go there.  (momma likes diet cherry limeades during happy hour!)
  • They still love to kiss.  They have started kissing the dogs on the mouth.  Rebel doesn't mind but Jimmy isn't too fond of the idea and doesn't stick around for it. 
  • Fits of rage.  Stockton has started throwing some sort of fit. He gets really mad and will throw food or objects, when you go to correct him he just loses it.  Must be an attention issue and we are working on it.  I could write pages about the 'fits' and how much it frustrates and makes me sad but I won't.  He's testing my limits and I know it.  Guess it's time for the not so fun part of parenting... Just ordered Dare to Discipline from Dr. Dobson...hope it helps give me some insight. 
Throwing leaves is FUN!

Archer

Stockton

We love our little men more than life itself.  I pray every night that God will give me the patience and ability to lead by example when it comes to raising my children.  So far he has blessed us in more ways than we can count.  The kisses and twinkle in their eyes just make me melt.  What amazing miracles our babies are.

 Happy 18 Months Arch and Stock!!
My Loves

Friday, November 4, 2011

Halloween 2011

Halloween 2011
It was epic when it comes to cuteness.
The boys went as Chippendale dancers...
the cute version.

Before you judge...these boys like to dance.  They bounce to any beat and laugh at themselves.
It just popped in my head one day when they were dancing to a commercial in their high chairs. 

Costumes were super easy to make.
Black pants with iron on letters on the butt.
Black and white felt cut and hot glued to look like a collar & bowtie and cufflinks.
And a white shirt for the actual trick or treating part.

"Dale" aka Archer

"Chip" aka Stockton



Hold my cuff will ya?









All in all it was a total success!  The boys trick or treated for about 45 mins.  They would hold their buckets and walk to the door with us.  We rode around in the Ranger until 8p then headed to see nanna and pop pop for a few minutes on the way  home.   They ate a little candy but were more interested in all the people and costumes.

It was a great night....good times had by all!
Love my little Chip & Dale!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Anatomy of a Kiss

Kissing is the new big thing with the littles. 
They kiss their mommy, their daddy, the puppies, grandparents and almost anyone else
they come in contact with.

Oh, and they love to kiss each other.
Pretty much melts my heart every.stinking.time.




I just love my kissy-face sweetie pies!

Friday, October 14, 2011

17 Months

Hello cutie pie babies! 17 months old and getting cuter by the day. The past few weeks have been fast and furious. They have learned new things, mom has tried new things, then gone back to the old way - sometimes you have to learn the hard way not to mess with a good thing (more on that in a minute). They continue to amaze us on the little things they pick up on. I can just see the wheels turning in their little brains all.day.long. They just never stop. I think the only time I have been able to just cuddle my baby lately is when Stockton had yet another double ear infection a few weeks ago. He actually let me hold him for an hour while we watched cartoons. That absolutely never happens. They typically have no interest in any tv...but that was a special time. And I loved every second of it.



This will be a brief...only a few things have changed since the last update.

The Happenings:
  • Words: They repeat almost anything you say...new words include: Popcorn, Stockton (and he points to himself), elmo (mel-mo), cheeto (they love the natural cheeto puffs), peekaboo, swing (wing!!), bite, eat and apple (bapple)
  • Kisses. I mean the pucker up, close your eyes, lean in and go mmmmmm kind of kisses. Melts me every time. And they kiss each other. Archer initiates more than Stockton but it's adorable to watch them kiss.
  • When asked they show you their belly - by pulling their shirt up and rubbing it and their feet - if standing they will raise one foot or if sitting will grab their feet.
  • They have started walking backwards to their chairs or wherever they want to go sit down at. Even if it is all the way across the room. I love it when they walk backwards...adorable!
  • They love to go to restaurants, the store or just an outing. Always well behaved, rarely to they shout or get loud. I am so thankful for that. They love to look and flirt with all the people they see.
  • They are almost running. If they could just pick those legs up a little higher they could be little speedsters.

I love Archer's smile! Wish his eyes were open...

Stockton...such a little lover boy!

Stockton

Archer

Sleep:

Here's where momma made herself a little crazy last week. I thought I had this nap thing all figured out. We were good at two naps a day....then we had stuff for a few weeks that required just one nap. The boys did great... it was different but no big deal. So I started talking to Justin and he said I should pick one and stick with it and I picked one nap. Why not, right?!? Wrong. They first few days were fine. Then it was a nightmare for me and them. They were cranky and Archer was not wanting to sleep longer than 1.5 hours which just isn't gonna cut it in this house. I think I shed a few tears along with them. So...we are to two naps at about 1.5 hrs each. Morning starts around 10:30a and afternoon around 3:00p. Sometimes they don't sleep long in the afternoon but play in their beds. Totally fine with me. I think they need to two breaks in the day. Maybe if it were just one baby a single nap would work, but trying to coordinate the both of them and they play so hard with each other all day. Simply put, they just need two rest times a day. The occasional day we have things going on that necessitates one nap we will go for it. But this momma is happier, the babies are happier which means the home is happier. Yes, Please and Thank You!

Night time sleep is the same 7pm to 7:30am.

Archer: dirt is goooood!

but kinda yucky too!

Eating:

The boys have their days when they eat a ton, and then have days where they don't. I assume it's typical for this age. They will eat when they are hungy. Somedays are picky eating days - which drive me crazy - others are a free for all. I try my best to make sure they eat enough protein, grains, fruits and veggies. Veggies are still hit and miss. They have their share of snacks that probably aren't 'healthful' snacks but whatev. They like their natural cheetos and the occasional dorito or three or four. They are still long and lean babies so as long as they are eating mainly healthy I'm not worrying about it.

They are doing great on drinking their milk. Almost 3 full cups a day now. They still love crystal light lemonade (half lemonade/half water) as their day drink. They even dig a little gatorade now and then. They usually get that when we are out playing and I need to refill their drinks from the outside 'fridge.

Stockton

Archer


Sweet baby Stock

Archer...wonder what he is thinking?!?

Archer: Don't worry! I've got my rock!!
I guess that wraps it up. Growing boys that love to play, hug and kiss. I'll take it.
I love my babies more than anything. Happy 17 months fellas!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Petting Zoo Fun

The Tulsa State Fair is in town and I have been dying to take the boys to the petting zoo.  Before kids, the fair has always been one of my favorite partsof fall.  The rides, the food and definitely the people.  We haven't been in a few years but I wasn't going to miss it this year.  So, I loaded up the boys and picked up my mom yesterday then headed to the fair.  It was a beautiful day and it wasn't very crowded at all.  The boys enjoyed a hotdog, part of my gyro and some cherry limeade for lunch. 

after lunch...let's get this show on the road!


grandma and the boys

We hit up the livestock barn first: 
what does a cow say??  moooooooooo!
Then we released the beasts at the petting zoo.  You weren't allowed to take strollers in so I had to leave the BOB tied up outside.  Wasn't too happy about that, but she was there when it was time to leave thank goodness. 

The boys LOVED seeing all of the animals and being able to touch them.   They did so well, just running from one cage to the next.  Their eyes would get so big and they would just stare at the animals.   

helping gma feed the animals
 Stockton got to see nature at its finest... what's funny about this is that when they see something they like, their little mouths turn in to 'O's and they go "oooooooooooooooo" in their sweet baby voices.  So...picture Stock seeing the sight below yelling out "oooooooooooo!!!".  Too funny, I almost lost it, and of course had to get a picture of it.,

ooooooooo!



Archer LOVED the goats.  Absolutely loved them!





if you didn't already know... I LOVE these baby boys.  Adore them.
But, it is so hard to get a picture of them both looking at the camera!!



After I quit hugging on them we went back to the animals:


Stockton is such a happy boy!!

Archer looking at the cow
It was a great day.  The boys were so well behaved.  They loved the little field trip and actually fell asleep on the way home that evening...that NEVER happens!!