Oh geez... less 3 weeks until the babies turn 1.
And, again, I am over a week late with their monthly update. Oops. It's not like chasing these monsters around keeps me very busy. I should have had this ready the day of...at least that's what I promised I would do last month...and the month before that... But, if you really know me, you know that I am a huge procrastinator. So maybe, just maybe, the boys won't mind if we push their birthday back a bit, right? right?
To say they are a blessing doesn't even begin to sum it up. They are two huge blessings. They are hilarious, stubborn, smiley, well behaved (for the most part), cute, drooley, biting little monsters. And I love them a bunch. Like, a whole, whole, whole, whole bunch. Their personalities shine brightly and are so very different from each other. But all it takes is a look from his brother and the others eyes start to twinkle. They already have their own sounds and looks that only they can understand. It's crazy...and really just awesome to watch.
Bottles: Still on 4 bottles a day. But, I think we are about to drop one and go to 3. How am I going to do that? I don't really know...but I have this sneaky feeling that they are working on changing their naps so somethings gotta give. I'm thinking about dropping the 11:30a bottle and just going to a larger lunch. Hmmm...gonna kick that one around as long as they let me.
We have introduced them to whole milk. They don't hate it and don't love it yet. But it hasn't bothered them so hopefully they will start gobbling it up closer to their first birthday. It hasn't bothered Arch a bit which makes me very happy. Hopefully his milk protein allergy is gone...although I am really leaning towards a different theory on that issue. I kinda don't think he ever truly had an allergy. I think it was a temporary intolerance due to the mega dose of antibiotics from his stomach surgery...his symptoms popped up less than a week after surgery...call me crazy but I think he never really had a real problem. Nothing we can do about it now, but that's my theory and I'm sticking to it.
Solids: They eat what we eat. No more baby food for the most part. We usually have oatmeal in the morning with fresh fruit and cheerios. Sometimes we top it off with yogurt, sometimes we don't. I do have to puree their fruit because they spit out anything slimy. Pretty much a banana is the only fruit they will feed themselves. They go nuts over avocado but I still mash that up and spoon feed it. We do pancakes, waffles and french toast on the weekends when daddy is home. They like a little scrambled egg too :) Lunches are kind of random, it depends on if we are at home or out and about. They love grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken and cheese quesadillas, leftovers from dinner, bananas, avocados, yogurt, goldfish ect. Kashi TLC cereal bars and Dole Squeezems are our go-to when we are out and about running errands. They eat what we do at dinner. Pioneer Woman Chicken Spaghetti was a huge hit this weekend. They love meat: chicken, steak, bits of hamburger, turkey breast are their faves. Sweet potato fries are so easy to make and for them to eat and they can't get enough of them. Green beans, steamed carrots, corn and squash are regulars at dinner. I need to revisit peas but last time they didn't get too excited. And black beans were ok...but they had more fun smashing them than actually eating them. Mac and cheese is also very nummy nummy in their tummy. We also do healthy, lower-sodium soups. We strain the broth and give them the guts. The veggies are already soft and flavorful. They dig it. But that has to be on a bath night because they get "soup hands" which...frankly, is kinda stinky.
I think we have some big eaters on our hands. I can't image what our meat bill will be in a few years.
|Spaghetti night was fan-tastic!|
Oh yeah...Prevacid. Today is our first day completely off of Prevacid. We had a few pills left last week and decided to split the pill between them instead of one pill each. It went well. Today has been fine. Fingers crossed we have outgrown the reflux and we can scratch that mess off our list!!
Oh yeah, yeah...a few more weeks of bottles. Yeah!?! Kinda?? I think?? They just had to start liking their bottles lately and not paying as much attention to their cups. Thanks, kids. I really appreciate it. So, hopefully the transition will go ok. Tips/tricks? Send them my way, k? Thanks. :)
Naps and Nighttime Sleeping:
Naps: Still two naps a day... for now. They are not wanting to go down for a morning nap until close to 10am. And they could probably stay up longer but I have been putting them in bed anyways. Usually sleep until 11:30/11:45a and then go down for the second nap around 2pm. Again, they could continue to play but I have been putting them down anyways. So they chatter and play until 2:15 or so before actually going down and are usually back up around 3:30/3:45pm at the latest. So, I wonder how long they would make it if I let them stay up in the morning and how that would make the rest of the day play out? I am too chicken to find out so I'm gonna keep putting them down at 10 and 2 until they just won't sleep. I think. Maybe. Crap...I really just don't know. *sigh* (i hate changing the schedule)
Nighttime Sleep: Bottles are usually in mouths around 6:30pm and they are in bed with the lights off by 7pm. No fuss or fight...nighty, night! Their teeth have been coming in so we have had a few nighttime cryouts but nothing to go in their room for. I have been letting them wake on their own and they are usually up by 7:15am. Smiling, laughing and ready for the day.
They are both able to stand for extended periods of time without holding on to anything. They still need something to hold onto to get in the standing position. They can stoop to pick up small objects and stand back up most of the time. Both have attempted to walk...yay! Archer has taken 3 hesitant steps on his own before sitting down or putting a hand down. Usually it's just one or two but he REALLY wants to walk. Stockton has taken a step or two with some prodding but he's just content to stand or crawl right now. They both practically run if you are holding their hands or they are pushing their walker.
Both clap like it's going out of style. They get so excited and proud of themselves the give their own little standing O. And they love to bang block or wooden puzzle pieces together. Or tupperware...pretty much anything they can drum to their own little beat.
They still won't wave. Seriously. I know they are not waving just to spite me. I'd almost put money on it that they wave at each other from their cribs once I shut their door. I guess I need to watch my video monitor more (but be proud, because I am not as obsessed with it as I used to be!). I know, I know...they will do it when they want to. They won't be 18 and not know how to wave.
They chitter chatter all day. At each other, at me, at their toys. Lots of dada, mama, vava, bobo, wowo, iyiyi...nothing with meaning yet though. Again... I tell myself they won't be 18 and not know how to say mama. But they "talk" to each other, and give each other "the look" all day. I really need to research twin talk. 'Cause I know that's what is going on around here.
And they understand "no". Probably because they hear it all day. But, they stop and look at me and drop their hands. They usually try to open that door or pull that flower a few more times before getting a flick on the hand. It is funny though...when they look at you after you tell them no it's like a standoff. If you even smile with your eyes they laugh and go back to being naughty. Smart little turds.
|He may look terrified, but he was having a grrrreat time :)|
It's on...all day, every day. They chase each other around, chase me, bang toys together, play in their tunnel, push their walkers, ride their little bike/rocker-thing, play in the tupperware drawer, swing on their new swingset...pretty much anything to exert some energy and they are on top of it. And they absolutely love cars. They push these little wooden cars I got at Ikea around the house all the time. If they could say "vroom vroom" I bet they would. They have also taken a huge interest in the dogs as of late. Rebel is so good natured and lets them crawl all over her and pull her ears and hit her on the head. The little dogs hang out on the top of the couch most of the day. They haven't quite taken to the boys charm yet.
Everything else and then some...
Sweet Baby Stockton... he is one of the funniest little monsters around. He is a total mimic. He likes to fake cough and will stick his tongue out at you if you do it to him. He shakes his head no-no and will move his shoulders side to side if you want to dance with him. He gets the giggles like no other. He has a new giggle too...he sounds like a little chipmunk. I couldn't imitate it if I tried, but it is presh. He is very independent and likes to play alone and for me to read him a book. He really studies the mechanics of how things work. Opening and shutting the nursery door is always a good time. And he loves to stand outside the end of his crib with me in front and look at me through the slats of the crib, then he leans to the side so there is nothing in his way and will just grin. It's like he's playing peek-a-boo but not really! Stock loves to kiss. Most are closed-mouth kisses now...but if he leans in with his mouth open you better watch out... he bites. And he bites HARD! He has bit my lips, cheeks and mostly my neck. I need a button for him to wear... watch out: I bite.
Silly Baby Archer...he finds the humor in almost everything. He is very headstrong but also can be such a lover. His laugh is infectious and his kisses so sweet. He too, kisses mainly closed mouth, and will actually pucker and kiss back. He bit es also, but it's mainly on the neck. Vampire baby. He likes to crawl around and get into cabinets he isn't supposed to. He loves to chase the ball and open and shut the nursery doors and doors on toys. He likes to be read only half of a book then he is over it. See ya! He is also developing an extremely shrill/blood curdling scream. He does it when he's happy and he does it when he's mad. He is also throwing fits...like, throwing himself face first on the floor fits. I don't really know what to do about it except ignore it. It usually happens when I put him down from carrying him or take a toy away. I am just ignoring it right now...tell me it's a phase and it stops!?!? He makes strange noises just to amuse himself. This week he is braying like a donkey. Strange? Yes.
Last month we FINALLY started bathing the boys together in the big boy bath tub. Why it took us so long, I don't really know? They love it and we do too. They love to splash and play with their toys. They scoot around and stand up (oops) like pros. Bath time is seriously one of my favorite times with them. They are so soft when we get done and so cuddly in their hooded towels. Plus, seeing these naked little butts just makes my day!
|Yes, our bathtub is avocado green. Don't be jealous. I actually like it since it blends well with my shower curtain.|
They each have five teeth right now. 3 on top and 2 on the bottom. It looks like each has another top tooth coming in right now as well. The drool is in full effect...as usual!
I guess that's about it... We are so thankful for our sweet, crazy, stinky little babies. (they don't really stink...I just like to call them my stinky babies)
I just love 'em.