Thursday, June 26, 2008

Video from new camera

The camera takes video in HD so in order to upload it here I have to convert it to standard def and it really seems to make the quality worse. At least you can see the little ones...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Ostergard Family at Lake Tapps

We spent the day today at Lake Tapps for an Ostergard family get together and we had a great time. Auntie Donna, with help from her mom Mae and Nancy, coordinated a wonderful event. We congregated at Lake Tapps where both Mae and Nancy live. There is a beautiful park there for members of the community to use and it was a perfect location. There were lots of water toys for the kids, I don't think they were out of the water for more than a few moments at a time. We took lots of pictures and I'll post a few here. The link to the rest of them is below if you'd like to see all of them.

http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=15llxh0h.9i835r4l&x=0&y=4xrwsd&localeid=en_US

Jack and Avery behaved well. They got held the entire time, even took their naps in someone's arms so they weren't complaining. Hopefully they don't expect that from me tomorrow because they will be bitterly disappointed. I think all of the excitement wore them out. They screamed the entire 45 minute drive home until we got within about 2 miles of the house (of course). They were sound asleep just as we pulled into the garage...must be Murphy's Law. They normally have their final feed at about 8pm and go down for bed at about 8:30pm or 9:00pm. Well tonight they ate at about 6:30pm and went straight to bed. I hope I don't pay for it in the night. Either way it's good because it's giving me time to load all the pictures and write this post!!

Next week is going to be a busy one. Court and Stef are flying to Jacksonville for work on Monday and they'll fly back late on Thursday night. I think their plane lands at about 11pm. Mom and Dad are taking a road trip to Minnesota to visit Uncle Roger Sr. I'll be on my own so I think I'm going to visit Maren and Julian and the kids during the week just to pass the time. I'm sure Suzie will come and visit during the week if her schedule allows it, too. It really is amazing how fast the days go by now with the twins. They are both getting up at 6am lately and you'd think the day would never end getting up that early, but it is dinnertime before I know it.

Anyway, below are some of the pictures from today...














Friday, June 20, 2008

Twin Walk

When I was pregnant, we signed up for a parenting class specific to twins. Everyone in the class was expecting twins and they were all first time parents. It was an excellent way to meet other people in the same situation. Anyway, one of the moms, Cindi, has been very good about coordinating regular get-togethers, mostly walks. We finally made it to the walk this Friday at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Here are some photos:

Bonnie with Jake and Violet and Helena with Adriaan and Carlena

View from Olympic Sculpture Park
Another view from Olympic Sculpture Park
The Group: Bonnie with Jake and Violet; Cindi with Ian and Miles; Melanie with Jack and Avery; Helena with Adriaan and Carlena; Amy with Henry and Oliver; Angelica and Stefan with Stella and Fiona.
Amy, Henry and Oliver
Court, Jack and AveryThis is a photo that Cindi's husband, Monte, spliced together from a lunch that they all had. We weren't able to make it but I think the picture is fabulous. I am sure they got a lot of attention from all the babies!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

No more pets...

I swear I question whether I ever want another pet as long as I live. We have had the worst luck lately. In the last 8 months we've lost 3 of our cats. First, we had to put Bill down at 18 years old. He was in failing health and it was the humane thing to do; that was in October. Next, the week we got home from the hospital with the babies, Cole got really sick. We later found out that she had been sick for a while and was suffering from some sort of liver failure. She was going to die an unpleasant death if we didn't intervene, so we put her down the second week of March. And now it's Jo...

We rarely let Jo outside and she seldom asks to be let out, except for on sunny days. Well, today was a sunny day and she asked to go out the front door. I let her out and didn't think another thought about her. She never leaves the yard. She always hides out in the bushes and watches the birds and who knows what else. Anyway, about 30 minutes later I hear a knock on the door and it's our neighbor from down the street. He's all shaken up and has tears in his eyes and asks me if we have a white kitty. I say yes, and ask why, and then I look over his shoulder and see why... He hit her while driving down the road. She was killed instantly luckily and I believe she didn't suffer at all. What a sad thing to happen all around. I feel badly that our neighbor had to experience that (with 3 of his kids in the car) on Father's Day and I feel badly for Jo because she was only 9 years old and perfectly healthy and I feel badly for us because we've already lost two cats in the last several months. Don't we get a reprieve for a little while?

Anyway, she was a very cute little kitty.


Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday the 13th

The title of this post has nothing to do with anything other than that today is Friday the 13th and I think that's cool.

Below are some pictures from the last 24 hours.

Jack just loves his Exersaucer....he's in it a lot
Isn't that a cute smile?
Avery was flirting with me while I was changing her diaper so I had to snap some photos
This was taken last night while Nana was visiting. I realized that I always place them with Jack on the left and Avery on the right and this time they are opposite. Come to think of it Nana put them on the mat so it wasn't me. Not sure why it always works out that way but I think that every picture I've taken of them together has Jack on the left and Avery on the right.

I took this picture this morning because they were so cute in their crib and both still sleeping soundly at 7am. Unfortunately the click of the camera ruined the moment...And no I don't let them sleep with that big fluffy blanket. I had put it on Jack because he loves his fuzzy blankets. He was starting to wake up so I put it near his face so he'd go back to sleep...and it worked.
This is the picture just after I took the first one...She's awake!
I came downstairs this morning and had to laugh to myself. Look at what has become of our family room. It's looks like a daycare. How ridiculous...

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Exersaucer and Sleep Update

We've been starting to have some fun in the Exersaucer. It took a while for their feet to reach the ground, but they finally do. Jack and Avery are both impressed with all of the colors and flashing lights. I took a few pictures this week of them in it.

This first picture is Avery in her new shirt from Auntie Suzie. It's a Disney shirt. Jack got one, too, but he wasn't wearing his this day.
Jack tolerates his Bumbo seat, but isn't very impressed with it. Anything that has him in a sitting position is not something that interests Jack. While awake he wants to be standing in one way or another, either on your lap, in the Exersaucer or anywhere really.

He is much happier in his Exersaucer, almost smiling...

Avery really likes the Exersaucer, too. Look at those big eyes!!



As far as the sleeping is going, we are on a slight hiatus. Court is in Jacksonville this week and I tried to give them both bottles myself but Avery wouldn't take the bottle from me. After two nights of trying and total meltdowns, I gave up. We'll try again when Court is back in town. I have been able to keep them in the crib in our room though which is nice. The white noise machine is great. Last night I got 3 hours between the first feeding and then 2 hours after that. At least, they are consistent. Avery is an early bird and wants to get up between 6:30 and 7:00. Jack, on the other hand, likes to sleep until 8:30 or 9:00. I think it's almost easier that they get up at different times. That way I'm able to get one up and changed and downstairs before the other one is up and ready for some attention.

Yesterday, they took every nap at the same time and it was so nice. I had a few chunks of time throughout the day to do housework and respond to people on email. Today I haven't been so lucky. They have been taking turns napping. The older they get though, the more they are able to entertain themselves with their toys. I'm sure it will only get easier, too.

Court gets home late tonight. It will be nice to have her home and I'm sure she'll be glad to see the little ones. At least the weather is supposed to improve over the next few days... that's what I heard a day or two ago anyway. We've got sun out here and it's such a welcome change from the drippy grey weather we've had.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Night 4 of Crib Sleeping

I have to say that last night was slightly better. Amber Wadey, Julian's sister, had a great suggestion. I can't believe I forgot we had the swaddling blankets. We haven't used them yet. Amber told me that she uses hers every night on her daughter and it works like a charm. We got out the ones we have and filled the little ones up with about 4 ounces of formula each. Jack needed a little mom time as well. Avery went to sleep easily as usual. Jack took some more effort but they were both down by 10pm (Avery at about 9:15). Avery woke up at 1:15am, yippee. I quickly fed her and quietly hoped that I could get her fed and back in the crib before her brother woke up. Sure enough, I got her down and at about 1:45am Jack woke up for the first time. I think that's the longest he's ever slept in his short life!! I actually woke up before both of them because I must have felt strange sleeping for longer than 2 hours at a time.

They got up at shorter intervals from that point on, about every 2 hours, but I got 4 hours out of both of them so I'm happy. Thanks, Amber, for reminding me about the swaddling blankets. They are fabulous. Jack is a little Houdini though. He's so strong that he wiggles and squirms and unfastens his swaddler. Every time I went to get him his arms were flailing around and the swaddler was around his waist. Avery behaved herself and stayed in it. I did find that she wiggled her arms up to her face so she could suck on her fist though.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Courtney-isms

Last night in the wee hours when the little ones were not sleeping I was thinking about the funny things Courtney says now that the babies are here. She makes analogies when dealing with the babies and they all tend to revolve around cars and motors. I'm not sure why because she's not a big car buff. Here are a few of them.

Carburator - When we first got home from the hospital, Jack needed formula supplements to help get rid of his jaundice. We used a couple of different approaches, but one was a little syringe that we would fill with formula or pumped milk and squirt in his mouth while he was trying to nurse. Court nicknamed it the carburator because it was the little kick start he needed to keep him going.

Top Off - Whenever I feed the babies and I hand one over to Court to burp, she hands them back and asks if they need to be "topped off", just like topping off the gas tank.

Vapor Locked - Sometimes when one of them has a big gas bubble and needs to burp they get really fussy from the discomfort. Jack gets stiff as a board and screams and Court tries to talk him into calming down. She tells him that he is vapor locked and once he gets the burp out he'll feel better.

Apparently some of these terms came from her brother, Lloyd. I just told Court about this post and she said that the vapor locked phrase was one he used on his kids. Lloyd is big car buff so that makes more sense. Anyway, it makes me smile to hear these little phrases used on the babies, especially since I know nothing about cars. Court had to explain the vapor locked term to me, I had no idea what it meant.

Update on the sleeping progress - we've made negative progress. We gave the babies formula last night. They each ate about 3 ounces and seemed really full and wouldn't take any more. They both passed out in their crib in our room with their white noise machine and they both promptly woke up two hours later. Ugh. It was like that the entire night. I just went onto amazon.com today and ordered some parenting books specific to multiples and hopefully I'll get some ideas. Wish me luck! If they were better about taking binkies I think I would be better off. They only way they will take a binkie is if you hold it in their mouth for them. If you don't hold them in, they spit them right out...not how I want to spend my nights :)

Anyway, off to enjoy the day. It's a rare sunny day in North Bend and the thermostat outside shows 60 degrees in the shade. It feels wonderful.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Already 3 months old!!

I know I keep saying this, but I can't believe they are 3 months old already. The time has flown by...

Our video camera died so once we get a new one, I'll try to post some video of them. They are starting to smile a lot and coo regularly.

Our newest challenge is trying to get them to sleep through the night, or at least longer than 2 hour stretches. We bought a white noise machine and I reverted to swaddling them again in hopes that they would sleep longer. Thursday night was the first night and it failed miserably. They were back in bed with us after a midnight and 2am feeding. Anyone with any advice?? I'm all ears. The other challenge is that I can get one to sleep but then the other one squirms or snorts or grunts and wakes the other one up. Someone starts crying and everyone is up. It's a cruel joke at 4am!!

We tried again last night and had a little bit more success. Court and my good friend April both suggested trying a bottle of formula before bed time. Each of them took another 2 ounces after nursing for about 10 minutes. Avery was milk drunk and was out before her head hit the crib. She was such a good girl and slept for 4 whole hours!! And after her next feeding she slept for 3 hours. It was a wonderful thing!! Jack, on the other hand, slept his usual 2 hours at a time and by about 2am ended up in bed with us again. I think he's going to be a challenge.

We have discovered that they both nap well in their swings so Nana and Grandpa picked up another swing at the consignment store in Issaquah. The only reason I'm able to write this post is that they are both napping in their swings right now. Yippee!!

Let's see, what else has happened since the last time I posted? There have been lots of changes at work and I'm a bit glad that I have been away for all of the drama. I hear bits and pieces of it from Stef and Court and that's good enough. I've been fretting over returning to work and not really wanting to leave the little ones but knowing that the extra money would be nice. Anyway, over the last week, the final announcements were made at work and I learned that all manager and director level positions in the finance group were eliminated so my job is gone. The decision has been made for me!! I'm glad that I won't have to leave the babies, but it will be strange not to work. My mom commented that I have been working for almost 20 years straight and I hadn't really thought of it that way. I started working in High School when I was 14 and except for a few breaks in employment, have been working ever since. I guess I can take a break and try something different. Anyone who says raising twins isn't like TWO full-time jobs is crazy. It's the hardest job I've ever had. And just as everone says, it's also the most rewarding.

Enough of the blah blah, I'll show pictures which is what everyone is interested in anyway!!
Baby Maggie had her dedication this last Sunday and Mom brought her dad's (William Donald Fryer) baptismal gown for Maggie to wear. Apparently it didn't fit her so Mom wanted to make sure to get these little ones in it before they grow out of it. She put them in it after their baths and took the picture of them with Court's baby blanket in the background. The first picture is of Avery:
And this is one of the few pictures that there will be of Jack in a dress! He didn't seem to mind it so much...
This is Jack and Avery in one of their cribs. This picture makes Avery's little Buddha belly look so big! She does have quite the tummy these days.

You can see Jack's wet chin in this picture. They have started drooling so much lately and they are really chewing on their fists. I think they are too young to be teething, at least I hope they are. I'm not ready for teething yet!!