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
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
Bonnie with Jake and Violet and Helena with Adriaan and Carlena
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
Friday, June 13, 2008
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
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...
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
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
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
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!!