Tuesday, August 26, 2014

All Caught Up!

Yesterday we took the twincesses for their 15 month check up.  Along with (count them, we did) THREE shots each, we were given the news that the girls are ALL CAUGHT UP developmentally.  WOOT! No more preemie charts!

Here's the scoop on our favorite little poopers:

Jane


Measurements (as of August 25)
Weight:  20 lbs 14 oz
Height:  30"  
Head size:  48.8 cm (99th percentile! LOTS OF BRAINS!)
Diaper size:  4/5
Clothing Size:  18-24 months
Teeth:  34,803 (got them all while on vacation)
Bottles:  Nope.
Fave foods:  chicken nuggies, peas and carrots, any/all fruits
Fave toys:  Still Daddy's iPhone 5; any remote; the play kitchen that I bought the girls when I realized how much time they were spending under my feet in the kitchen!
Favorite thing(s) to do:  Watch Sesame Street and clap for the singers; dance; play in her "kitchen"; 
smack pet the kitties; throw all of her lunch off of her plate and onto the floor - sometimes 
breakfast and dinner, too!
Least favorite thing to do:  be strapped into her car seat - she makes this crazy grunting 
noise for the first 5 minutes in it
Major Milestones for This Month:  TOOFS, a little bang trim, and TWO peepees on the POTTY!!!!!!!








Emma


Measurements (as of August 25)
Weight:  20 lbs 14 oz (same exact weight as Jane!)
Height:  30.75"  
Head size:  48.2 cm (96th percentile!)
Diaper size:  4/5
Clothing Size:  18-24 months
Teeth:  34,802 (got them all while on vacation)
Bottles:  Nope.
Fave foods:  pb&fluff on whole wheat Ritz crackers, corn, blueberries
Fave toys:  this Hape Color and Shape Sorter; Fisher Price Cookie Jar (she's really good at getting the shapes in the right holes!); and the play kitchen 
Favorite thing(s) to do:  Watch Sesame Street, especially Elmo's World; dance; sort shapes; SPIN!


Least favorite thing to do:  get changed on the changing table - I'm about ready to throw that thing out the window
Major Milestones for This Month:  TOOFS, a little bang trim, and lots of words (hot, hiney, Jane, more, moo, HI DAD, Mama)!!!!!!!








As you can see, any attempts that I make at putting their hair in pigtails usually goes awry.  I'll just keep trying.




American Plastic Toy Deluxe Custom Kitchen 
It's a little bit flimsy, but that's good because when the girls pull it down on themselves, it doesn't hurt, just scares the everlivingshit out of them (and me!).  We'll get them a nice Pottery Barn Kids one when they get a little bit older, and hopefully less rambunctious!




This month has been full of new friends and experiences, play dates, and a multi-city tour of many, many playgrounds.  These girls are busy with a capital B.  My head is spinning just thinking about all that we've done.  I can't believe that we are back to school one week from today.

A big special thanks to my hair stylist, Sara, for putting up with us at the Beauty Lounge in Westwood today.  She is seriously the sweetest, most patient person EVER, and she gave my babies their very first hair trim.  Emma was a little cranky from a lack of nap today, but Jane just marched around the salon, watching as Sara washed my hair and inspecting all of the shampoos, just like a little girly-girl.  It was THE best.  

The finished bang-trim product can be found on my Instagram page.  Follow me to see the pics!  Or you can like my Facebook page to see all of the pictures from my Instagram account, along with frequent updates and some great mommy discussions!

We're getting ready for some pretty big changes around here.  I can't wait to share all that we've done with all of you!  Thank you all for being so sweet and understanding, and for continuing to follow us on this crazy journey of ours.  You're all AWESOME!

Lots of love for the rest of your week!  xoxo

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Monday, August 25, 2014

New Blog Series: Girls About Town

I've been trying to get into the swing of blogging more regularly, but with Jane and Emma constantly On.The.Go, it's hard to find time to sit down to write.  So I started making a PLAN for when I write, and what I write.

This weekend, we were chock full of a good time. We came home from Avalon last Wednesday and got right back into the swing of things. Saturday morning we met up with our friend Erin and her daughter Olivia for a walk at the duck pond.  That afternoon, my family joined us for a little shindig because my aunt was in from Texas and she has not met our little twincesses yet!

The girls really took to Aunt Michele.


My Nanny was in all of her glory with all of her girls around her.


Emma hammed it up for the camera.


The next morning, we met up with Erin and Olivia again for a walk at the Ramapo Reservation.  My glutes were so not ready for that hike, but the girls were!  Despite the looks on their faces, they had so much fun gabbing it up with their little friend Livy.




Emma and Jane absolutely LOVE being outside, so I'm hoping that this beautiful weather that we've been having will last for a while.  I cannot believe that next week school starts.  Where did our summer go?

What are you doing with your final moments of summer?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great week everyone!  xoxo

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Vacation - Toddler Style

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that we have been on vacation for the last week and a half, and I have to be honest with you -- it was a struggle to find a moment each day to post for my #100happydays challenge!

As in the past, we jammed lunch down the girls' throats and threw them in the car right at nap time, to try to make the most of their time asleep in the 2.5 hour car ride.  I had just gotten Jane and Emma into a new routine to match their new day care schedule (more on that in a future post), so of course, they did everything to buck that routine the second our feet hit the shores of Avalon.


We quickly settled into a vacation routine, which actually means NO ROUTINE AT ALL.  Sleep when they want (which was hardly ever), do whatever we could to try to wear their energy down, and then wake up 6-8 times each night, at least 3 of those wakings being Hershey and I trying to calm them both down since they woke up scared shitless since there were other people in the room with them...and then starting all over again between 5:45-6:15 every morning.











It also didn't help that on day 2 of vacation, both girls started getting in every tooth that they didn't already have when we left for vacation.  I mean it.  Every.Single.Tooth.  We should have taken out stock in baby Tylenol and infant Motrin before we left.  Who knew?

That all being said, there were glimmers of hope in those 10 days.  First of all, we are LIGHT YEARS from where we were this time last year.  Last year, the girls were still on apnea monitors, and we were still getting up every 3 hours to feed them, and we didn't even step foot on the beach.  And right when I thought I was at my breaking point between exhaustion and patience, Hershey and I got to sneak out for a night for dinner after the girls went to bed.  It was so nice to reconnect and decompress, especially since it's been forever since we've been on a date!

The bonus to being in Avalon for the week and a half was that there was constant entertainment there for Jane and Emma.  That constant entertainment was a mixed blessing - we were really happy that the girls got to spend time with everyone in Hershey's family...BUT...the girls also then fought sleeping and eating because they were so excited (although they DID eat a LOT of sand/rocks/shells/baby clams), which was frustrating for Hershey and I because we wanted to enjoy our family, the beach, the girls, and our vacation, too!  We just kept on looking back at last year and thinking of how far we've come, and hoping that next year will also be better!

We were also really super happy that Jane and Emma finally got to know everyone!  Up until last week, the girls were so scared of every stranger they met, and weren't retaining who people were, so they would cry hysterically every time they saw Hershey's father.  By the time we were about halfway through vacation, they really latched on to their grandpa, and were loving every second that they got to spend with him.



The greatest part about our traveling this year was that I had enough foresight to leave some staples in Avalon (such as bath toys, vitamin syringes, towels, shampoo, and wipes)  so that we didn't have to bring QUITE so much stuff with us.  I also didn't have to pack bottles, bottle warmers, and cases of formula.  However, I did spend a pretty penny on snackies, which they were totally into since they weren't eating their meals because they were busy making faces at and flirting with everyone they could get an audience with!

We start back at school in just over a week, and I am not going to lie -- I'm dreading having to leave my babies again!  But I'm looking forward to the new year and all of the exciting changes that it will bring.  I love seeing all of the new skills that the girls learn every day, and I can't wait to hang up their little art pieces that they do at "school".

Hope you're all enjoying these dwindling days of summer.  Don't take even a MINUTE for granted!

xoxo








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