Sunday, July 27, 2008

Avery is growing up!!!

Look at that sweet little face. She's too little to have her first tooth, but she does. I'll try to get a picture of it, but it's going to be tough. Every time we tried to pull her little lip back, out came her tongue to lick our fingers and obscuring her gums...

The tooth is on the bottom right side of her mouth. It's amazing how it just appeared out of nowhere. I have a finger in her mouth several times throughout the day for one reason or another but mostly because she prefers a finger to suck on over her binkie these days, which is a huge pain. I was playing with her this morning and I was running my finger back and forth across her bottom gums and I felt something kind of rough, but dismissed it as her gums. What an idiot I am!! I've been told so many times and most recently by our pediatrician that even though they may be showing signs of teething you don't see teeth until about 6-10 months old and she's not yet 5 months old. I just figured there's no way that she could have cut a tooth already. Tonight Court brought Avery upstairs and said, "I think she has a tooth!" and she was right. When I felt it tonight, it was much more definite than it was this morning, it's amazing!
I can't wait to see a little toothy grin soon...


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Rolling Over caught on video


My apologies for the poor videographing at the end, I wasn't about to put the camera down.

At one point it looks like Avery is trying to help Jack over, how sweet!

Unfortunately, I have no video of Avery yet. She rolled twice and both times I didn't have the camera on.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Ohhhh Courtney!!

I have always teased Court about the way she applies chapstick. She very quickly and generously applies all over her lips and the outlying areas. It makes me laugh every time and she just looks at me and rolls her eyes as if to say, "what does it matter, you can't see it anyway..."

Well, last night she was back in the office printing off boarding passes and fiddling around on the computer. She came out to the family room to ask me a question looking like this.....

I almost died laughing, but I first got out, "Go look in the mirror". It turns out that while she was printing the boarding pass she spotted some Burt's Bees lip shimmer in the drawer and thought it was chapstick. The shade is called "coffee", need I say more? Her response was that it was Burt's Bees and she didn't think they made anything but chapstick. Funny, funny, funny!!

It took me a few minutes to take the picture because I was laughing so hard I had tears running down my face.

Thanks Court, for being such a good sport and for always making me smile!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Friday twin group - Woodland Park Zoo

We met up at the Woodland Park Zoo this Friday to walk, visit and play with babies. We got to see the new flamingo exihibit. Cindi and I were remarking at how not pink they looked. I remember the flamingos at the San Diego Zoo being brilliant pink and she is from California and remember the same from wherever she saw flamingos. They must have a different diet up here or be a slightly different species because they are more corral colored than pink and it's very faint. They are still very beautiful.

I was a dummy and didn't check the camera before packing it away and the battery was dead dead dead so I got zero pictures. Cindi took a lot so I'm "borrowing" from her collection. Thank you, Cindi!

The little ones are getting more and more active. Cindi's boys are about 2 weeks older than Jack and Avery and they are rolling over like champs. The rest of the babies are about 1 month younger than Jack and Avery. I held little Violet who was born on April 5th and she felt so tiny!! It's hard to believe that mine were ever that little...

Cindi got a lot of cute pictures of the little ones. Here are a few.

left to right: Jake, Miles, Ian and Jack
Flamingos
Avery playing with Jack

The group hanging out for a potty break. We always get such interesting comments and questions when we are together. We meet lots of twins, mothers of twins, friends of twins, etc....

Friday, July 18, 2008

Going Home - A Final Farewell


The Cunniff Basin - The Rocky Mountain Front - 25 miles SW of Augusta, MT - July 8th, 2008

My family settled this area circa 1875 from Ireland. On this beautiful summer Montana day, three generations of the Cunniffs returned to the Basin to fulfill my parents final wishes. My brother Lloyd, my beloved Aunt Georgie and myself, stood on the highside of the hill, with the wind at our backs and released their ashes into the rose garden that was planted all those years ago. It was a fitting farwell, particularly for a man who considered those mountains and that basin his sanctuary. With so much to write about that perfect day, I will refrain and leave you with a few photos of the day, and let you enjoy this perfect and magical place and think of both of my folks that left us entirely too soon...



Lloyd and I (with Avery in the bjorn) spreading their ashes over the yellow rose garden.

Godspeed...You were the best.



...He is not here;
but far away
The noise of life begins again...


--Alfred Lord Tennyson



L to R- Three generations of Cunniffs:


Kilian Dale Cunniff

Lloyd Dale Cunniff

Jack William Cunniff

Georgie Cunniff Sokoloski

Courtney Cristin Cunniff

Avery Dale Cunniff

Kegan James Cunniff





My brother and I at the Basin holding Jack and Avery. The yellow rose garden is in the background.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

4 Month Check Up

So it ended up not being as bad as we anticipated. Last time Avery freaked out from the shots and looked at us like we had completely betrayed her. It was horrible. This time she cried really hard during the shots and I nursed her right after and she was fine in about a minute. It was a good thing because Jack went second and he screamed so hard that he couldn't breathe. His face was bright bright red. Avery quickly lost her position since she wasn't screaming any longer and I traded with Court. Jack was screaming so hard that he couldn't even latch on...something he's never done before. He was so sad... It broke my heart.


They recovered relatively quickly and we got them dressed and headed for home. They both slept all the way home. That's one advantage for living in the boonies, it takes a while to get home so they get a little mini-nap no matter where we go. It's now 4pm and their appts were at 2pm. Jack is playing in his exersaucer and Avery is hanging out on her activity mat. I think they are doing alright.


I got smart this time and gave them Tylenol before we got to the doctor's office, actually we were in the parking lot, but it gave it enough time to kick in.


So here are the stats:


Jack

15lbs 6oz - 55th percentile

27 inches - 96th percentile

Avery

13lbs 11.5 oz - 50th percentile

24 3/4 inches - 50-75th percentile

They got the thumbs up from the doctor. He suggested we start giving them vitamins for Vitamin D since they don't get formula. He also wrote a prescription for antibiotics for Jack's eye. It's been red the last couple of days, but it comes and goes. It was acting up while we were there which is good so it can be treated.


They got the same sequence of shots they were given at their 2 month appointment and they seemed to do alright at night then. I'm hoping they will sleep okay tonight.

We are going to the zoo tomorrow with our twin group so if they are feeling yucky it might be good to get them out of the house for a change of scenery. They really enjoy being outside.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Twin Walk and Gift from Aunt Brenda

Brenda got Jack and Avery the coolest thing...She attended a party (kind of like Party Lights or Tupperware) for something called www.uppercaseliving.com. You are able to create phrases, words, etc. and have it printed out on something that sticks to your walls but is easily removed. It reminds me of those removable college logo stickers you can place in your car window, kind of rubbery. Anyway, she had one made that says, "Twins, count your blessings two by two". We tried to take a picture of it tonight with Jack and Avery beneath it. It was right before bedtime and Jack wasn't too eager to cooperate. I can't say that I blame him, he's in pink and blue jammies...how awful is that? The saying from Brenda turned out really well, though. Thank you Brenda, don't you think it looks good?? You are going to have to figure out how to post a comment so that you can respond ;)

We went down to my parents' house on Sunday for a visit. It was so toasty warm, we ended up hanging out outside and Mom and Dad took the pak n play and the swing outside so we could hang out. Below is Avery in just her diaper enjoying being naked, or mostly naked!!
Jack is below, playing with Grandpa's hands.
This last picture is from our latest "twins walk". We met up at Gas Works Park and walked around a bit, then spread out our blankets in the shade and enjoyed the warm weather. Look at all the babies..can you find Jack and Avery?? Avery is in the aqua tank top with the little denim capris and Jack is next to her in the white top with the navy Hawaiian shirt. Counterclockwise from Jack are: Violet and Jake, Miles and Ian, and Stella and Fiona.

Monday, July 14, 2008

It's a Miracle!!!

Back in February when I was hugely pregnant and had the pregnancy dumbs (not sure those are gone yet), I lost my purse. Well I think I lost it long before February, but it didn't dawn on me until then that I had no idea where it was located. I had quit carrying it with me a few months prior and just carried my wallet around. Since then I have periodically gone into a panic and torn the house apart looking for it. Every so often I obsess about it and begin another full search of the house. I have annoyed everyone in the family on multiple occasions asking them to look for it. I can't tell you how many times I've asked Mom to check in her closet and around her house "just one more time" for my purse. On the few occasions I have visited work I have looked all over my office for it, under my desk, in drawers, etc. to no avail.

Anyway, Stef called me today to tell me that Court had something of mine that I might be interested in having...yep, my purse. Court and I had talked about me coming in on Wednesday to visit so that everyone can see Jack and Avery and I can start cleaning up my desk and packing up my stuff since my official last day is August 7th. Well, Court went in there because I had mentioned to her that I had snacks in my cupboards and she must have been hungry and was looking around for something to eat...she found my purse instead. Yipppeee!! Mystery solved, I couldn't be happier. My social security card was in there as were a set of keys that I don't use very often but that would be a major pain in the butt to replace. Not to mention that it was a very very expensive purse that I had received as a Christmas gift from Court.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who helped to search for it and thank you Court for finding it!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

4 Months Old, New car, trip to Montana, etc...

I'm surprised I haven't received personal emails from some people for being so delinquent with the blog postings (Jen :) )....Anyway, life has been busy lately so it's been difficult to get pictures/videos loaded until now. The babies were 4 months old on July 2nd. Nana was out that day so she is holding Jack and Avery for their 4 month photo. Avery had a growth spurt and no longer fit in any of her jammies so she is wearing a pair of Jack's jammies. She is on the left and Jack is on the right.They are changing so quickly now and doing new things every day. Avery is becoming a real talker and can just about keep up with Jack although she can't beat him in volume. I don't think I know of another baby who can out-scream Jack actually. He has quite the set of lungs on him. Both of them have rolled over now. Jack has gone from tummy to back which several of us have witnessed. Avery has gone from back to tummy which nobody has seen. I only know she did it because I set her down in her crib one night after a late night feeding and proceeded to feed Jack. About 2 minutes later Avery was hollering and it was quite muffled. I was confused so I set Jack down to check on her. She was face down and rather unhappy about it. I actually questioned whether I set her down in the crib on her belly in my exhausted delirium but then realized that it is almost impossible to be cradling a baby and set them down on their tummy, they just don't bend that way. Anyway, I'm pretty sure she rolled over onto her tummy, but I didn't see it myself!

Avery has started sucking her thumb and it's the cutest thing ever. She hasn't figured out how to bend her fingers to keep them out of her face and she looks so cute!! Below is a picture of her doing it.


The other news is that we caved and bought a minivan. We've been talking about it since I was pregnant and I was the one who didn't want one. In the last couple of months it has become evident that a minivan would make our lives so much easier. We broke down and bought one a couple of weeks ago and I LOVE it!! I'm still figuring out how to use all of its buttons and things, but my favorite thing is that I can sit in the front seat and when the babies cry I can just get up and go back to the back seat and check on them. I'm not stuck in the back seat anymore. Below is a picture of the sexy new car!!

We just got back from visiting Court's family in Montana for the 4th of July. Brenda was able to use her connections to locate a bunch of baby gear for us to keep us all sane during our visit. Below is a picture of their poor living room. Not only have we turned our house into a daycare, but we succeeded in turning their house into one as well!! This is only part of it, too. There were two pack 'n play's in the bedroom, too. Thank you Brenda and Lloyd for letting us take over your house. We really appreciate it.And the last item is of Jack in the new jumperoo I got for him and Avery. Avery isn't that interested in it yet, she's more entertained watching Jack enjoy it. We all enjoy watching Jack in his jumperoo. See the video below for a smile...

video

Court will post about our trip to Montana and some pictures of our visit so stay tuned...