Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Excitable Boy

The cubs slept in until almost 9 a.m. today!  And Mommy was right there with them snoozing away.  I guess we all needed it after a restless night.  I went to bed around midnight, then they were up being restless around 3 a.m. and I changed Alex.  Then they were up at 6 a.m. for a feeding, but went back to sleep directly afterward.

By the time they were waking up at 9 a.m. Alex was laying in his crib just a chattering away.  He's trying so hard to form words, he almost has his Mmmmm sound down so I'm hoping he will spit out a momma here soon.  He was chattering so much that as I was changing Calista on the changing table she was craning her neck around to watch him and listen to what he had to say.  Could be that twin talk starting up, in which case they are already ganging up on me and Ed.

Although I love being able to sleep in like that, we did have a busy day ahead of us.  We were going to meet Daddy and Grandma Edwards for lunch.  So that meant I had to get them fed, bathed and dressed in an hour and a half.  Not to mention making sure I have baby food and a diaper bag packed.  But when you've packed them up this many times you become somewhat of a pro at it and I ended up with a little time to spare.

We had lunch at Cafe Athens and it was really nice.  My real reason for wanting to take them out for lunch was to show off the new matching outfits I had made them.  These were the Fourth of July outfits that ended up being finished on the Fifth of July instead.  Hopefully they can wear them for the rest of the summer before they outgrow them.

After lunch we got home, I unloaded the cubs fed them a bottle and they went down for a nap.  I was feeling so tired from getting 3 hour stretches of sleep overnight that Ed suggested I lay down as well.  Right now it's hard for me to lay down or work on a 'fun' project.  We've been cleaning out Ed's mom's house to get it ready for sale which means we have things piled everywhere in this house.  I needed to find them homes and try to get organized before I could really rest.  I did get my old dresser cleaned out and all of my clothing put into my 'new' dresser.  After that I tried to take a little nap.  I managed to close my eyes for about 20 minutes and then Calista woke up.

We went through our normal routine, dinner for the cubs around 4 p.m..  I gave Ed some chores to do around the house when he got home, after he was done with those the two of us had some dinner.  Then off to the nice cool basement with a couple of bottles for the babies.  Now this is where the 'Excitable Boy' comes in.

I few days ago I bought them sippy cups with the handles on them.  Well I think something clicked with Alex holding that and realizing that if he would just hold his own bottle he could control the food coming to his mouth.  Tonight he grabbed hold of his bottle with both hands and then got so excited that he was kicking and flailing his arms about so much that he couldn't keep the nipple in his mouth.  In the end I did have to keep one finger on the bottle to keep it tilted in just the right direction for him to get the formula out.  But all in all, he did a really good job holding it himself.

The worst part of motherhood for today was the babies waking up every 3 hours overnight.  Just when you think you've got that sleeping thing down, they have a restless night and you find yourself tired and unprepared for it.  (Especially if you stay up until midnight like a dummy).

The best part of motherhood for today was listening to Alex and his babbling.  Such different sounds coming out of him, I wonder what it all means?

Monday, July 5, 2010

A Week of Milestones

First I'd like to wish everyone a safe and happy 4th weekend.  We were very low key here for the fourth of July.  The cubs were in bed by 8:15 and Ed followed them directly after by being in bed by 8:30 himself.  This left me up alone until midnight working on the matching Fourth of July outfits that wouldn't be completed until July 5th.  Oh well, I guess they can still wear them and look cute.  I'll see if I can get some pictures of them in these outfits for my next blog.

So our week in review!  Tuesday we saw the emergence of 2 teeth in Calista's mouth.  The two bottom teeth just sort of appeared out of now where.  We learned a game of peek a boo with either baby can cause buckets of squealing laughter that has a tendency to get adults laughing just as hard if not harder.

Wednesday the cubs officially turned 7 months old.  I did my best to get pictures, but both babies were more interested in grabbing for the camera than holding still for a photo shoot.

This week also found them almost sitting up by themselves.  I can set them down on the floor between my legs and they need little or no support from me and are able to keep themselves upright.  The crawling/scooting is also coming along.  So much so that Ed and I now have our baby gates and are all ready for the big crawling moment.

Thursday ended up being my day out and I went to go see The A-Team with Mom and Dad.  It was the 2nd time I'd seen it and the first for them.  I think they enjoyed it and it was better than I expected.  In fact it's one I'll be putting on my Blu Ray wish list when it comes out.

Friday was a shopping adventure with Mom and the cubs.  We were up, fed, bathed, dressed and out the door by about 9 a.m.  Not to bad for twins if I do say so myself.  We stopped at the bank then went for some Mom juice (a.k.a Starbucks), but there was a line for the drive thru clear out to the curb.... so I had to go caffeine free (a fate worse than death!).  Then we met Mom and JoAnn Fabrics.  They had their McCall patterns on sale for $.99 and I'm really starting to have a love/hate relationship with my sewing machine.  I love to try these new patterns, but I hate it when I can't get them right.  But I keep practicing and reminding myself that when all my friends in high school were in Home Ec. I was in Auto Shop.  I think it was probably easier to learn this stuff at a younger age.

Anyway, we toodled around JoAnn's for quite a while and then took the stroller through the shopping mall there in Loveland.  We stopped at a couple of clothing stores, Ross and Marshalls where I found some really cute bath toys for the kids.  Both of them are getting really grabby in the tub, so some bath toys were in order.  These are little sea animals that squirt water when filled up.  The kids hands are not quite big enough to go around them or squeeze water out, but they sure do love looking and grabbing at them while in the tub.

By now it's noon and I was starting to get hungry, so Mom and I decided to head over to Panera for lunch.  Since I hadn't expected to be out that long I hadn't packed any baby food for the kids, whoops!  However, Panera sold some Yogurt in a tube and Mom and I, each holding a baby on our lap, squeezed yogurt into their mouths.  I had Alex and I think he wore more than actually made it into his tummy.  We each tried our soup on them as well, they didn't care too much for Mom's tortilla soup, but my Clam Chowder was a huge hit.  They also had a taste of a yogurt smoothie in both Black Cherry and Mango flavor which they liked.  Luckily I did have a change of clothes for Alex since he was not just damp from food spillage, but the kid was actually gooey from head to toe!  Calista was a little cleaner so she got to stay in her outfit.

After lunch we made a quick run into Staples so I could pick up a few office supplies for and our shopping day was finally at an end.

Saturday turned into a moving day as we tried to clean out Ed's mom's house so she could get it put on the market.  We made a very small dent in what needs to be done and I'm sure I'll be spending at least 1 day a week over there in the near future.

The worst part of motherhood for this blog is being a Mom out and about town and forgetting something like baby food.  When you realize you've done it you have such a DUH moment and think to yourself, 'even if I didn't think we'd be out this long I still should have put some in the bag just to be prepared for the unexpected'.

The best part of motherhood for this blog is the hilarious game of peak a boo we played with the kids this week and how hard it got them both laughing.  If I can I'll get the video posted on Facebook to share with you all.  Should bring a smile to your face.