Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The last day of '08

Izzie and Maddie January 1, 2008

Maddie and Izzie December 31, 2008.

Today closes out the end of a very eventful year. I look back to last year when the girls were only a few days old. We've come a long way. They are so active with little personalities of their own. I look forward to this time next year. I'll have two, two-year olds and all that entails! What a fun filled year I have to look forward to.

This year we have been very busy. Here's 2008 in review:
Ditt house: The big event was leaving the house with twins! We made it over to Grandma's house and Nana's house. Both were big events.
Outside world: Presidential Primaries begin, Bush delivers last state of the union, Fed slashes interest rates by .75% the largest single day reduction in the banks history.
Ditt house: Took the girls out to a restaurant for the first time. Threw John a 30th birthday surprise party.
Outside world: Writers strike ends
Ditt house: John and my 5th anniversary, the girls get baptized.
Outside world: Government Intervenes to Avert Financial Crises
Ditt house: Sabrina was born, I go out on a Mom's Night Out. John goes to England for a week, we go on our first family trip out of town to visit Mema and Pepaw.
Outside world: Olympic Torch Relay draws protests and is extinguished several times.
Ditt house: Girls sleep in their own room, I have my first mother's day, I threw a Memorial day party that had 3 sets of twins, a 3 month old and a 3 year old!
Outside world: The Polar Bear is designated a Threatened Species.
Ditt house: the girls go swimming, they get their highchairs, John's first Father's Day, John goes to LA for a week, the girls sit up for the first time!
Outside world: California performs same sex marriages
Ditt house: Started solids, 4th of July party, another trip out of town to Mema and Pepaw's house.
Outside world: California Bans Transfats in Restaurants
Ditt house: Eating solids great now, Dana announces her pregnancy, I get a minivan named Lucy, I go to a Spa for a massage, the girls start finger foods, my friend's baby (Noah Popp) is born.
Outside world: Summer Olympics begin, Michael Phelps wins 8 golds in one olympics and sets the world record for 11 career golds.
Ditt house: John goes to Chicago, Tahoe Trip, First time on a plane, Greek festival
Outside world: Hurrican Gustav hits New Orleans as a Category 2. Hurrican Ike hits Galveston and causes massive destruction.
Ditt house: the girls get a baby gate, I dyed my hair "red", John goes to San Fransico, We have crawlers, the girls dress up as princesses for Halloween.
Outside world: Obama and McCain hold debates, Senate passes bailout plan.
Ditt house: Girls start taking bath together, we visit the Dallas Arboretum, We visit the zoo, I take the girls with my sister, Rhonda, to Mema and Pepaws, first Thanksgiving.
Outside World: Barak Obama is elected president as the first African American President.
Ditt house: The girls start saying words, They turn one, 2nd Christmas
Outside world:Unemployment rate goes up.

Well... that's a wrap!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


This year is flown by so fast. I just looked over at my calendar to see what day it was and noticed that there are only two more days until the end of the year. Today and tomorrow and then it's 2009. This year sure was a special one. It's kind of neat that the girls were born so close to the end of a calendar year. I was a little sad on their birthday because it marked their one year, but I'll also be a little sad at the end of this year. I'm eager for my girls to grow, but the first year just goes by so fast! It's hard to believe that a year ago they were 5lb preemies and now they are big 20lb toddlers. But I'm also so proud of how they are growing so big. They are such happy babies. Of course they have their moments, every baby does, but in general they have pretty easy going temperments.

Last night was pretty good. The humidifier worked wonders. Maddie hardly coughed at all during the night, and we all got decent sleep. She slept better than I did, since I was up several times a night checking on her. I was too worried to sleep! This morning, Maddie has had some ups and downs. When she gets upset and wants me to hold her, Izzie gets worried. The look on her face is, "Is sissy okay? What's WRONG?" Even though Izzie tested positive for RSV also, she isn't exhibiting many symptoms, thankfully! One baby that doesn't feel good is enough to handle at once. (Knock on wood!!!!)

Monday, December 29, 2008


Izzie sharing her piggy that she got from Jim and Judy last night.

My little Maddie doesn't feel good, and you can tell by the look on her face.

Yup. The girls have RSV. Otherwise known as Respiratory Syncytial Virus. It is a very mild case. But, let me start at the beginning. Yesterday, Maddie started coughing. It got worse as the day went on. By evening she was coughing almost continously. Last night was rough. She coughed all night long. We hardly got a wink of sleep. Luckily she and Izzie slept through most of the coughing. Until about 2:30, when Maddie woke up with a fever. It wasn't too hard to get her back to sleep and we all got a few hours of good sleep after that. So first thing this morning I called the doctor to get an appointment. Mom with with me to the doctor. I am SO glad she lives right around the corner! I could do it myself (maybe???) but it is very helpful to have her avaialbe to assist me. The doctor checked their breathing, and their ears and throat. Everything looked pretty okay. Then she did a nose swab to test for RSV. They run it in a machine and it tells you whether or not you have it. They registered that they had a mild case. Even Izzie who isn't coughing.

They both took a great nap today and seem to be in a good mood this afternoon minus the runny noses.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Last day

John has to go back to work tomorrow. It was his last day of vacation. Although technically he did work from home some last week, but it was real slow, not many emails to work through. It was a good Christmas. Tomorrow will be interesting with just me and the girls. Hopefully tonight won't be too rough. Maddie has had a pretty bad cough all day long. I might end up calling the pedi tomorrow morning to see if she wants us to come in. So far the girls haven't gotten really sick. We've had a few runny noses, but nothing terrible. I've been dreading that full on cold that every kid gets. I want to put it off for as long as possible!

Today flew by. Somehow it just disappeared. The girls didn't go down for their morning nap until 11:00, which I think is the latest morning nap we've ever had. Maddie slept for 2.5 hours, but I think it was because she wasn't feeling well. Izzie only slept for an hour. Nana came over for a short visit around lunch time. I gave the girls some avocado slices, cheese, wheat bagel and a bit of banana for lunch. Maddie who usually loves pureed avocado hardly touched the sliced avocado. She's is beginning to frustrate me. They aren't picky eaters, but they do switch off on who is going to be "pickier" at the moment. It trades back and forth. Right now, Izzie is eating pretty much anything I throw at her. They did do better with their milk today, so that's a plus.

This evening we went over to John's aunt and uncles house for a gift exchange and dinner. We had a good time, although neither one of the girls was feeling great. Izzie just sat in my lap with her head on my shoulder, which is totally unlike her.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Pajama day

Today was mostly a pajama day. We haven't done too much other than play with the girls. I spent some time organizing files on my computer. John's been playing some video games. Christmas presents still need to be organized and put up, but we are just having a lazy day. This morning we thought we were in for a day of stormy weather and I think that put us in the lazy mood. It was fairly disappointing when the storm blew through in about 15 minutes. We were in putting the girls down for a nap, so we missed most of it anyway.

Yesterday was the first day I tried dropping the middle of the day nursing. I seriously think I was attached to it more than the girls. For one thing, it's convenient. It's so much easier to nurse than get them in a high chair for a snack. I really enjoy the bonding too. Now, none of us are ready to give up the morning or night time nursing. It'll go away when it's right. Just like this one did. Maddie tried to "nurse" once during the afternoon yesterday, but that's when I gave her a snack and everything was good. As for the whole milk. I'm working the issue. I gave both girls pumped breastmilk in a sippy cup yesterday (and a couple of days before to as a tester.) Izzie wouldn't have anything to do with it and Maddie drank it with no problems. Today I gave them cold whole cow's milk. Izzie practically guzzled it down and Maddie threw her cup across the room. She did drink some of it eventually. They will get there, it's a process. Also, yesterday and today I gave them all finger food meals. They did great. I incorporated their dinners into what we were eating. Last night we had a homemade shrimp & spinach pizza with roasted garlic. I cut a slice up for them and they loved it! Tonight I made baked chicken tenders with mashed potatoes and peas. Instead of giving them mashed potatoes, while I was boiling our potatoes I threw in a sweet potato. I chopped that up and gave it to them. Izzie ate every single last morsel off her tray. Maddie... not so much. She loved the chicken but almost ignored the potato and peas. Which is strange since she loves pureed sweet potatoes and peas. You just never know. I just offer it over and over. One day they hate it, the next they love it.

Friday, December 26, 2008

New wheels

Daddy, Izzie and Maddie in their new wagon.

Izzie and Maddie thoroughly enjoying themselves.

"Go FASTER Daddy!" (Daddy, Izzie & Maddie)

Grandma and Grandpa bought Maddie and Izzie a green wagon for their birthday. We got to use it this afternoon. It was a major hit! They both loved it. Maddie was rocking back and forth trying to make it go faster and faster. Izzie just kept looking all around and grinning. They definitely love their new wheels.

Christmas Day

Maddie and Grandma

Dana with her Bear-foot and Pregnant shirt.

Jackie's Village. It's amazing! This is only half of it.

Grandma and Izzie

John and me.

Julie and Sabrina

Nanny with Sabrina

Maddie and Izzie

Maddie and Izzie's toys. Sammy liked them too!

The Christmas Tree.

Yesterday was a long, fun and exhausting day. But that kind of exhausting that is very satisfying. The kind where you know you had a good day and will remember it for years to come. This was technically the girls 2nd Christmas as they were 5 days old last Christmas. But this year, they sure had fun. They loved the chaos of all the boxes and paper. Who cares about the toys, bring on the boxes!

We arrived at John's parents house at around 8am yesterday. We sat around visiting until Julie, Chris and Sammy came over. Then we plowed into a yummy breakfast. There was a ton of food! After our tummies were full we opened presents. Jackie and Tom out did themselves this year. It took us two hours to open all of the presents. The girls got some cute outfits and lots of toys. I got a new henkels knife for my kitchen collection and a GPS for my car. There were lots of little fun gifts too, like a garlic keeper, bath oils, dish towels, muffin tin and many more. Grandma gave me a beautiful throw blanket for my living room. John got some tools and clothes. I got him a t-shirt that says, "Now all I need are Minions." I told him that Maddie and Izzie are his minions! My favorite gift of the day was a t-shirt Dana got that said "Bear-foot and Pregnant" with a big bear on the front. She's expecting little Whosit Klement in April.

Family friends stopped by to visit after gifts and we sat around visiting. Then it was time for Christmas dinner. We had a yummy smoked turkey, a ham, a couple of casseroles. It was fantastic. By the end of dinner, the girls were tired, we were stuffed and sleepy. We headed home and after a little playtime, baths and putting the girls down, John and I laid in bed and watched a movie. It was a great end to a great day.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas. I hope Santa filled your stockings high!

ps... To Pepaw- "Christmas Eve Gift!!!"

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve at Nanny's

In the Dittlinger household Christmas Eve is traditionally spent over at Mary Daniels house. That is John's Grandma and the girl's Nanny. Usually the family gets together for a Christmas dinner, Christmas Mass and family presents. This means all of the presents that aren't from Santa. Those are reserved for Christmas morning. This year was a bit different since the girls are a bit young and can't stay up late. Some years we didn't get home until 11pm there was so much gift giving going on! John, Maddie, Izzie and I went to see Nanny and the rest of the family and have some dinner. I gave Grandma her Christmas gift which was my handmade gift of the year. I made 60 envelopes out of scrapbooking paper. I pre-return addressed them and put double stick tape to seal them.

Colorful envelopes I made.

Here's Nanny opening her present.

I know it seems like a strange gift, but Grandma and my mother-in-law, Jackie are both really into Contesting. They enter contests as a hobby and they have won a lot of things and trips over the years. The colorful envelopes give them good luck they say.

The girls and Sabrina were very cute tonight. It's getting harder to see the 3 month age difference. They were all crawling around chasing each other and stealing each others pacifiers. I asked Sammy what Santa was bringing him for Christmas. His answer: A garage, a windmill, 2 trains and some cars and trucks. He's all boy. The windmill must be because Grandpa has a decorative one in his backyard that Sammy likes to play with. I'm sure Santa will follow through.


Izzie with her spoon.

Maddie with hers.

I've been meaning to give the girls a spoon to hold while they eat their finger foods. Today on a whim, I put one in their hands. Maddie just held onto it, Izzie tried to get it into her mouth, but forgot to put food on it!

Merry Christmas Eve

Maddie riding her car. She woke up from nap before Izzie did.

This is Izzie when she woke up from her nap. She must have slept hard. Her hair was sticking straight up and her cheeks were all rosey.

Christmas Eve is finally here! We've spent the morning getting ready for this afternoon and evening's festivities. The girls decided to throw a curve ball and wake up at 5:30am. I told them Santa doesn't come until tomorrow, but I guess they got excited anyway. I also told them that Santa was going to Grandma's house this year so they wouldn't be worried when they didn't have presents in the morning. We'll go over there tomorrow as early as we can get it all together!

As soon as Izzie wakes up from her nap, we'll go over to Zella and Lila's birthday party! They turn one today! I can't wait to see them, since it's been a while since I've gotten together with Ashely.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Last minute

Ack! I lost track of time. I was so focused on the girls birthday that I have barely thought about Christmas. I mean, John's side of the family Christmas that we are celebrating actually on Christmas. That and Zella and Lila's birthday party. They turn one on Christmas Eve. We are going to stop by their party before heading over to Grandma's house for dinner. John called me this morning from work and asked if I had their present. I said, yes, but I've still got lots of time before Christmas Eve. He said, nope, that's tomorrow! I never lose track of time. I'm great at time management. And truthfully, I still have everything under control (with the help of John's reminder.) I have all the gifts bought, I just need to go into hyperdrive and get them wrapped. I'm still working on one gift. Every year I like to hand make at LEAST one gift. This year, I'm cutting that close!

The next two days are going to be fun and busy. I can't wait to see Izzie, Maddie, Sabrina and Sammy all opening presents at the Grandparents house. Jackie has a big house, but our family is starting to stretch the limits of her family room! Next year we'll add in Dana's little one too! I'm so lucky to be part of a big bostrious family. I was really close to my cousin Lisa growing up and I am so happy that my girls will have lots of cousins to grow up with.

So Merry Christmas Eve-Eve as I like to say. And make the most of the last minute rushing around.

Monday, December 22, 2008

One Year Check-up

This afternoon, Mom and I took the girls to visit Dr. Lanman for their one year check up. Everything is looking great! They are developmentally on track and growing well. Izzie was very so slightly anemic, but Dr. Lanman said that fluctuates pretty easily and she was just barely. Maddie has some eczema (dry skin problems.) And both girls might be suffereing from allergies. We are going to put them on zyrtec for awhile to see if that helps their continuosly runny noses.

Here are the official stats:
Madeline Elizabeth:
Weight:19 lbs 13 oz - (75th percentile)
Length: 29.75 in. (50th percentile)
Head: 17.75 in.

Isabelle Dawn
Weight: 19 lbs 4 oz
Length 29.5 in
Head: 17.25 in

They got their immunizations for this round. It seemed like it took forever to get Maddie calmed down. Izzie cried for a while, but then they both settled down. Now they are taking a nap.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Merry Christmas at Nana's house

Rhonda and Izzie handing out gifts.

Maddie surveying the toys.

Mema, Ryan and John

John and Rhonda in front of the Christmas tree.

Maddie and Izzie in their Twinkle outfits.

Santa stopped by Nana's house a little early this year. Today we celebrated Christmas with my Mom, Chris, Mema, Pepaw, my sister Rhonda and my cousin Ryan. The girls, having opened presents the day before, kinda got the idea. They liked the paper. They got a ton of really great toys. I have no idea how I'm going to store all of these toys! Of course, I'm going to put some away and bring them out slowly. Otherwise, they will just all get lost in a big jumble. I am also excited because I got an All-Clad skillet from John to add to my kitchen collection and a Roomba from Mom. I think Roomba is the neatest thing ever! I'm so excited to try it out but it has to charge over night. I got a beautiful necklace from Mema and Pepaw.

Mom made a yummy Christmas dinner. I think it should be a new tradition. We had a ham, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole and roasted brussel sprouts.

I did take a lot of pictures, but I'm still trying to sort through the birthday pictures from yesterday!
This coming week is going to be catch up. I've ignored laundry for the past few days so it's starting to consume our closet. I've got to organize all the new toys the girls got and do a general pick up after the party. The girls have their one year check up tomorrow! I don't want them to get a shot, but I am curious to what their official weight and height is!

Birthday memories

Izzie and Maddie's birthday cakes that Nana and Popo made for them. They are SO cute!!! These cakes were for the grownups to eat.

Izzie and Maddie eating the cakes that Grandma made especially for them!



Izzie and Maddie rocking in the chairs that Mema bought for them.

Yesterday was a fun-filled, very busy day. I think the girls had an absolute blast. The morning started off mostly normal, except for the fact that I was dashing around the house trying to get last minute things done. I had the bright idea to do a video picture montage for our tv to have playing during the party. I had this bright idea about two days before the birthday and I've taken approxiametly 4,500 photos this last year. There wasn't a moment I didn't want to catch. Needless to say, that many photos was a lot to go through to pick out the very best for the video. John and I finished it up about an hour before the party.

Mema, Pepaw and Ryan were the first to arrive. Then Mom and Chris came with the Winnie-the-Pooh cakes. They worked all through the night to get them iced up. They turned out fabulous. Then everyone else arrived: John Chenault, Grandma Bettie, Grandpa Jimmy, my aunt Tanya and Uncle Jim with their daughters Madison and Taylor. Next came Jackie, Tom and Grandma. Then came John's aunt and uncle Judy and Jim. We had a full house.

The girls were very dainty eating their cakes. It took a while for them to really get into it and start smearing it around their faces. I didn't want to cut into the Winnie-the-Pooh cakes, but I had to. The girls got a ton of awesome toys and a few outfits. By the end, they were worn out. Luckily the party was winding down, and the birthday girls went upstairs to take a long nap.

One of the highlights for me was seeing Izzie sit in the rocking chair that Mema bought for them. Jackie put her in and she sat there and started rocking herself. She looked like such a big girl. I thought for sure she would topple out of it, but when she was done, she just slid to the edge and stood up. I put Maddie in her rocking chair and they were both rocking back and forth. They both just looked so big sitting there together.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Maddie and Izzie

Well the day is here. My babies are now ONE year old. One year ago today I was in the hospital getting ready to change my life forever. Little did I know what that really entailed. I'm learning each and every day a few things:
1.Life will never be the same.
2.Each day is a new adventure.
3.Never ever say never.
4.Love just grows and grows
My girls have taught me so much and each day I love them more and more.

At one year's old they are:
Pulling to a stand on everything and occasionally letting go for a few seconds
They are cruising the furniture
They are babbling a lot in conversation flow
They have a few words
They know what the signs for Milk and Eat mean. (Those are the important ones!)
They are singing (They know E-I-E-I-E)
They are learning to share... they like to give each other their paci's.
They are excellent eaters
They are beginning to manipulate toys, like putting the right shapes in the right holes.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my beautiful girls!
Madeline Elizabeth and Isabelle Dawn.

Friday, December 19, 2008

I've been busy

Dresser with TV on top. Travis making a cameo appearance!

Our brand new bed. I LOVE it. It has drawers on the sides.

The veggie pizza appetizer I made for the Cookie Party.

John's cookies of the year! Mexican Chocolate Macaroons. They were a HUGE hit.

All the cookies this year looked so beautiful!

I thought some were store bought! Everyone did a great job. (John's are on the left on the silver platter)

What a busy couple of days trying to get ready for the girls Birthday Party, Andrea's Cookie Party and having our new bedroom furniture delivered!!! Yesterday was so crazy! I'm glad John was home to help with everything. John was baking cookies for me for the Cookie Party, I was making an appetizer to bring, we were clearing out our bedroom to make room for the new furniture and the finally dealing with the furniture delivery guys. They were fun guys, they kept waving and talking to the girls. One guy even wanted to hang out and play X-Box with John! We told them thanks for delivering the furniture and have a very Merry Christmas and sent them on their way. But at least they were smiling, happy delivery guys. Instead of an entertainment center, we bought a tall dresser to use as a media center. The bedside tables barely fit by the bed, if they had been 1/8 of an inch longer they wouldn't have fit! I love the new furniture and can't wait to get new curtains and decorations!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The day to day things

Maddie and Izzie eating lunch.

Today is a very drizzly day. Where you can't even consider it rain because it's more of a mist that is hanging in the air. I had to make a run to the grocery store for cookie ingredients for Andrea's annual Christmas party. I decied to take the girls with me even though John was home on vacation. They've been cooped up in the house for a few days because of the cold weather and were getting stir crazy. John helped me get them all ready and then we went to the car. I didn't realize it was drizzling or I would have said no way, but we had them all bundled up and ready to go, so I just went with it. Normally, when I get to a grocery store, I scan the parking lot. Not for the closest parking spot. I don't have that luxury anymore. I have to park next to an abandoned shopping cart. This way, I can put both girls in the shopping cart without leaving them in the car by themselves. Well on this drizzly, wet day there of course were NO shopping carts in the parking lot. So, I get Izzie out of her carseat. Then I sit her on the floorboard of the van in front of Maddie's seat. I get Maddie out of her carseat while holding Izzie in place with my knee. So I'm holding Maddie and I lean over and scoop up Izzie. Can I mention now that I really appreciate the automatic doors on my van? Now I'm holding both girls and I make my way up to the store. We secured a cart and off we were to shopping.

Sometimes it's the little things that you have to figure out with twins. It's the logistics of how to move two babies. It's one reason I've been nervous about joining playdates. I play it through my head. How does it work? Can I figure out a solution? I can just see pulling up to someone's house. Then I have to do what I did in the parking lot of Krogers and find a way to ring the door bell. Or I leave the girls in the car, knock on the door, plead for help from the playdate mom to help me bring my girls in. Then there is the question of keeping the girls wrangled in someone else's house. The thought sounds exhausting! I know I need to do it one of these days. I joined a great group of Mom's in the Wylie Mom's Meet-Up group, but so far the only activity I have attended was one I could keep the girls in strapped in their stroller!


The proofs are in from the girls photo shoot last Sunday at Brannick Photography. Take a look at them and let me know which ones are your favorites! Also, to all the relatives, anyone who wants to order some, let me know and I can place an order for you. Sharon's price list is right HERE. To view the proofs please visit this LINK.
Username: izziemaddie
password: 12142008

So, help me decide which ones are your favorite!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I went and got highlights put in my hair this morning. I really love the way they came out. I went with red and blonde on top of my brown.

Monday, December 15, 2008

BRR Cold

It is a very cold day. Well, at least for us Texans. I know all of the relatives up in Wisconsin 32 degrees may be "normal' but for us, it's cold! We've got the fireplace going and are all snuggled up. My mom came to visit the girls today. She and Chris have been sick and therefore banned from the household. Now that she is better she said she wanted some "twin-time" as she calls it. They had fun playing with her for a while this afternoon. After she left, I fed them lunch. I need Mema to bring me some of HER greenbeans when she comes this weekend, because apparently MINE aren't god enough for the discerning tastes of my (almost) one year olds. They ate about 1/2 of their portion, which is still great, but last time we were in Bryan, they couldn't get enough of Mema's greenbeans. Mostly my girls are pretty good eaters for this age.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Storytime! Momma reading Billy Goats Gruff to Izzie (lap) and Maddie.

Izzie has (almost) learned the words to her very first song. Whenever you sing Old McDonald Had a Farm (E-I-E-I-O) Izzie starts singing along. Although she replaces the O with another E. At first I thought that she was singing this particular song, but then I realized that that is her word for ANY song right now. Earlier, I was singing On Top of Spaghetti and she chimed in with E-I-E-I-E! It's really cute. Once she starts talking, I have a suspicion she won't every be quiet again.


This morning John and I took the girls to get pictures done for the first birthday. (I love you Uncle Darrin, but you live too far away!!) So we went to Brannick Photography. She's a mom of twins herself so I knew she'd have patience with the girls. It was exhausting! But I think we got some great pictures. At first they girls just sat there with wide open mouths. They didn't know what to think. Then Izzie thought it was hilarous to do exactly what we didn't want her to do. I spent an hour chasing her around the studio. In the end, I think we got some great 1 year old birthday shots. My favorite was the cake scene. We stripped them down to their bloomers and stuck a cake in front of them. They went to town, it was adorable! Then we dunked the girls in Sharon's bathtub, because they had frosting everywhere!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Maddie in her newest nighgown. I love the polka dots! It's hard to believe they are already outgrowing their 12 month size clothes! It just seems like yesterday when I was trying to find a bunch of 12 months because they were outgrowing their 9 months.

"Whatcha lookin' at?" - Maddie and Ripley (or dig-ee!)

Izzie playing her latest game. She hands you something, and you say "Thank You." Then you have to give it back to her and she tries to say "Thank you" back.

In the online world of message boards and in mommy clubs, MNO stans for Mom's Night Out. What a great concept. Usually a bunch of Mom's from playgroups get together for dinner or a movie. Last night wasn't an official one, but I just needed to get out of the house for a while. The girls have been great all week but every once in awhile, I just want adult conversation that isn't with John or my Mom. (Even though I love them both!!!) The problem is, when I get like this, it's usually sudden and not something I plan for. I called up my new friend/PAMOM buddy Sarah and luckily she was avaialbe to go out to eat last minute. Since she's pregnant with twins and I have twins, we did talk about babies some, but it was so nice to talk about other things too.

We went to Zenna's a Thai and Japanese restaurant that was really great! I get to where I only eat at Olive Garden, On the Border and Chili's and so I asked Sarah to pick. I'm glad I did. I got to try something new.

John did great with Maddie and Izzie and I was home in time to nurse them and tuck them in bed. He said that he had fun playing with the girls. They were mimicking him. He put a toy on his head, and then Maddie and Izzie would do the same. It sounded so cute!

Today also marks ONE WEEK from the girls 1st Birthday! I can't believe it. It seems like yesterday I was nursing the girls and thinking HOW can I do this for a whole year? Now, I'm not ready to stop! We've weaned down to three nursings a day, and soon will replace the mid-day one with whole milk. As for the morning and night nursing, for the moment I'm just playing it by ear.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Bathtime fun

Last night at bathtime, Izzie decided to learn what the word "NO" means. I've been saying "No" to them for a few weeks now and I've been lucky with their reaction. Up until this point my stern voice has been enough of a distraction for them to go onto something else and leave the "No" thing alone. The TV buttons, outlets (that have already been covered) and Ripley's water bowl are some of the things we've been repeatedly saying no to lately.

Well, last night I had both of the girls taking a splishy-splashy. They were having their usual grand ole time, splashing the water, fighting over the best toys and just having fun. Then Maddie's hair caught Izzie's eye. I think because it was wet and sticking up sort of funny. Well, Izzie reached up to pull on it. I said "No, Izzie!" and put her hand on a toy. Up until now that has been fine. Last night, Izzie looked back at me and said, "OOOH!" and started shaking her head vigorously. I didn't realize I shook my head when I said no, but apparently I do, because she had to learn it from somewhere. The look in her eye, was like, "Hey, I figured this out!" Then she reached up and tried to pull Maddie's hair again. I removed her hand and said, "No, Izzie." And again, she looked at me said, "OOH!" and started shaking her head. I was trying so hard not to laugh and to stay stern. Luckily she wasn't pulling hard enough to make Maddie cry. We did this dance about four times, before I finally was able to get her to stop. I was telling her, "Izzie when you pull sissy's hair it hurts and makes her cry." I mean, I know she doesn't understand all of that, but I was just trying to keep from laughing. She looked so cute shaking her head and saying no.

Well the girls continued to play for a little longer and Izzie's bellybutton caught Maddie's eye. So Maddie kept trying to stick her finger in it. This of course bothered Izzie. I tried to show Maddie her own belly button, but she couldn't see it. She could feel it and she kept trying to turn herself upside down to get a look at it. She started sucking her belly in and everything. It was so funny! Then she figured it was just so much easier to play with Izzie's belly button, so back to the no. As in "No, Maddie, leave Izzie alone." It was a pretty eventful bath but one that really made me smile.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Lunch with John

Today I picked John up from work with the girls and we all went to Casa Milagro, a little Mexican restaurant. It was super crowded, but luckily they had a table for us. It's so neat seeing us sit at a table for four. Just a year ago we were a family of two (a year ago, all of our dinners were in our bed since I was on bedrest...) but now we are a family of four. Seeing the girls sit up at the table, instead of their fluffy highchairs at home, really made them seem so big. They are starting to look more like toddlers and less like babies each and everyday. Yesterday I kept them in their footsie nightgowns all day because it was so cold. They looked so cute and babyish. Today I had them dressed in a t-shirt and jeans and they look like they are ready to go to pre-school. Okay, not quite, but close! They are such big girls in restaurants. They eat their finger foods and love to join in on the conversation. Izzie sometimes has very imporant things to say, even if we don't quite understand what all of it is!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008