Wednesday, January 14, 2009

6 months

I can hardly believe the boys will be 6 months old on the 16th. The time has gone so quickly. I love this age. At 6 months you can really play with babies, instead of playing at them. They interact,t laugh and want more! Charlie is starting to crawl already, well more of a dragging himself across the floor. Simon not so much, he tends to puke as soon as you put him on his belly so that is hindering his enjoyment and I can't blame him who wants to play with a face full of puke. But he loves to sit in the bouncer and the jumparoo thing. It is amazing to watch the development of twins. They do things so differently, one is good at one thing while the other is good at something else. Charlie is great at gross motor skills like crawling, pulling himself, kicking- while Simon is very good at fine motor things such as picking up small objects, turning his pacifier around the right way and sticking it directly into his mouth. Charlie tends to stick it in his eye, cheek or nose first (he doesn't suck on it, he uses it as a teether). Charlie likes to pull the pacifier out of Simon's mouth, but it takes him a few tries to get...which means he knocks Simon in the head once or twice before he can get ahold of it. It is so funny to watch then interact. I can only imagine the wrestling matches in a few months from now.

I thought it would be fun to look back at all 4 when they were 6 months old. I know they are mine, but come on these are some pretty kids!!!!



Sophia - look at those eyes ...







Abby- excuse the drool! It seems we didn't take many pictures of Abby in her 6th month, lots in 4th and 7th though.





Simon and Charlie looking like they are about to attack.

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Day in the Life of Abby - Booger Treasure Chest & Nipples

I have been informed that sap and sentimentality don't suit me, so after ringing in the new year with emotions, I'm back with raunch, foul language and humor! This household seems to be overflowing with it these days, mostly revolving around my dear Abby...

I'm sitting on the couch "doing a double" otherwise known as feeding both boys at once. The best way to "do a double" is to use my giant U-shaped pillow. Well this pillow has a pillowcase with a zipper that Abby likes to play with. Side note- Abby has had a nasty cold. As I'm feeding the boys Abby kept coming over zipping and unzipping and pretending to put things in the pillow, or so I thought. Previously the pillow is where Abby kept her pretend money, bugs, lunch... Hmmm when did the pretending end? I asked Abby what she was putting in the pillow this time and she proceeds to tell me it is her treasure chest. Oh how cute I think, she has been really into pirates lately. "Wow Abby are you putting jewels in the treasure chest?" I ask stupidly. "Nope (pause as she puts more treasure in) It's boogers Mommy. This is my booger treasure chest." And no she wasn't pretending. Arrrr Matey!!!!

Let's move onto nipples shall we. Our house is full of boobs, boob talk and now nipple talk. For the majority of the last 4 years there have been 1 and now 2 children feeding off of me! Modesty is no longer an issue for me and if you really have a desire to see boobs feel free to stop over any time. There maybe a baby blocking your view, but you have a 50/50 shot of me getting distracted and forgetting to strap them back in as I walk around the house with my shirt resting on my boobs instead of over them. So needless to say nursing things is the norm for my girls-dolls, stuffed animals the giant Halloween rat that is still out... Not sure if it is because of this or not, but Abby is now obsessed with her nipples, she talks to them, she shows them off, she pulls on them and she now tells them that when she gets older they will have boobies just like Mommy!
Abby is the coolest kid, with an imagination like I have never seen before and I would pay any amount of money to know every thought in her funny little head. She may be from outer space, but we love every little booger in her treasure chest!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Simon Needed a Haircut



For those of you that have seen Simon lately you know he was in need of a haircut. He had bald spots, long strands and a wicked comb over. So with some reservation we did it, well Rich cut and I tried to hold him still. I think it looks great, he looks older and more like Charlie! Check out my little man.
BEFORE
And yes it looked this crazy with no help from us!











AFTER

So Handsome!!!!!!!!

Tired out from the makeover.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

2008
In my life with 4 children, I sometimes get caught up with the monotony of diapers, naps, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, baths...you get the picture. At times one week can seem like a year and a month like a decade. But as I take the time to look back a this past year I realize the vast amount of "things" that have happened. I have had more good and exciting things happen in the past year than many people have happen to them in a lifetime. I am truly blessed in more ways than I could ever have imagined.
I think back to New Year Eve and what it was 10 years ago...(I won't write it, as some information could be incriminating and my children may read this one day). I remember the fun and the recovery needed on New Years Day. Now we eat a lot, we drink a little, we spend time with our kids let them stay up late and do whatever they want. New Years Day is for hanging out watching movies and eating leftovers.
For possibly the first time ever I am finding myself nostalgic this year. I'm not sure why. I know it has to do with where we are in our lives and where we go from here. In this past year we have moved into the house we plan on staying in while our children grow up and for the first time in 5 years we are not thinking about having babies (we will not be having more children no matter what the rest of you think) . We have moved into a different stage of life and I don't think I realized it until this Christmas. Our "plan" for what our family would be is completed (plus one...over achievers) that is one giant checklist that we can be done with. Now we enjoy what we have built. We continue on to the next stage of life- parenting and family. I look forward to every aspect of it and what every new year has to bring. And I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.