Monday, June 30, 2008

2 feet 1 inch

We just got back from the girls 6 month check up. Here are the stats:

6 months (1 week & 3days...)
Madeline:
weight -13 lbs 4.5 oz
length - 25 inches
head circumference - 16 1/4 inches

Isabelle:
weight -13 lbs 1 oz
length - 25 inches

head circumference - 16 1/2 inches

These stats put the girls in the 75th% for height and 50th% for weight on the preemie chart. Doc says they are growing great! Overall the doc appointment went well. Of course there were some tears, but Dr. Lanman said that both girls look great. We'll start solids as soon as they are feeling better from their vaccinations. There is no point in starting something new when the don't feel good. The last few vaccinations they've slept and had mild temperatures for a day and half. Now they don't have to go back until 9 months and there are no shots at that appointment!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Dinner party at the Dittlinger's

Whew today was a very busy day! It was fun though. The girls Grandpa came over at lunch time to visit for awhile which was nice. Although, they were pretty fussy the whole time he was here. I think their teeth were hurting at that point.

Then this evening the Shaw's (Ashley, Dustin and their twins Zella and Lila) came over for a dinner party. I did make your own pizzas and had a yummy dessert pizza too. We had fun comparing baby notes. Her girls like playing with their feet. I was commenting that our girls haven't discovered their feet yet. The next thing we know, Maddie reached down and touched her toes! It was perfect timing.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Bath in kitchen sink

Maddie and Izzie are feeling much better today. Izzie even went shopping with me at Walmart. Here she is trying to decide which type of mustard we should by for Daddy. (I took the photo with my cell phone, so it isn't the best!)

We decided to do two naps today. Their first morning nap was only an hour long, but everyone (John and I included) needed it! Then we played for a while after the morning nap. I slathered them in sunscreen to go on a walk but it is so hot outside that we just all got super sweaty. I know personally I wouldn't want to go take a nap that sweaty so we decided to have a bath in the sink. Not that it was any easier, since most of their bath stuff is upstairs, but I figured something different would be fun for the girls. And it was. Izzie was looking around trying to figure it out. It was cute. Maddie actually started splashing the water with her fists. It put them in a better mood for nap. And I'm all about the nap!

Izzie


Maddie

Izzie teething

Well, the other day we thought only Maddie was fully teething and Izzie might start soon. Well, yesterday Izzie surpassed her sissy! The little white bump in her gums is more defined than Maddie's. Basically it just means we have two teething babies in our house right now. They were actually pretty good yesterday, it was only toward evening when they started getting really fussy. Then it took us over an hour to get Maddie down to bed. I think she was just feeling miserable.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Blue eyes


Izzie



Maddie

Mom and baby astrology

From Parents.com:
  • Mom
    Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
    The Archer

    Sagittarian moms are freedom-loving, eternal optimists. You're the mom who will tell your little one he can succeed at whatever it is he wants to try -- and you'll encourage him to go for it. With your love of travel and exploration, you'll make sure your family is always trying new things -- and your adventurous nature will help you find creative ways to make learning fun for your child. It's not uncommon to find a Sagittarian mom with a yoga bag on one arm, a baby in a sling, and a travel book about Italy in hand. With a fantastic ability to multitask, you can bring your baby everywhere you go -- all the better for fabulous bonding. Just remember that if your child is not as extroverted and eager to explore as you are, he may need a bit more downtime with Mommy and Daddy at home. While your enthusiasm is wonderful, sometimes your bold ideas and opinions can feel overwhelming to family members.
  • Baby
    Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
    The Archer

    Optimistic, outgoing, and content, little Archers are true explorers. Put your baby in a carrier or stroller and she'll happily go wherever you lead. Spend time roaming around the backyard and checking out the neighborhood: She needs lots of exercise for her physical and mental health. Your child will bounce back quickly from little spills and failures. But she also gets bored easily and constantly needs new toys. To hold her attention, read lots of stories about exciting adventures in faraway lands -- and promise that she'll get to visit them someday too.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Teething has begun

I think Maddie is officially teething and Izzie probably isn't too far behind. Maddie spent the afternoon crying her poor little heart out. I finally gave her some tylenol since nothing I was doing would soothe her. I tried cool chew toys, a wet washcloth, an ice cube in this nifty little teething toy. Nothing. I tried rocking and singing and walking around. John looked up a list of symptoms and found that the girls behavior in the past few days matched up with most of the symptoms on the list. Especially the fussiness, clingy behavior, and chewing on everything, When Izzie started crying because she wasn't getting any attention, I called in reinforcements. Mom came over for about an hour and just sat with me holding babies and then helped me put them down for a nap. John bought baby orajel on the way home. Hopefully we will get through the evening with as few tears as possible.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mishap in Target

This morning I took the girls to Target. Mostly I just wanted to get out of the house, but didn't want to be outside. My plan was to go to Collin Creek Mall just to walk around a bit, but the mall doesn't open until 10am and we were ready to go somewhere at 8am. So, Target it was. I was just wandering around the store, picking up odds and ends that we were out of when Izzie looked up at me, smiled and then proceeded to throw-up everywhere. Oh ick. I wiped up as much as I could with my burpie cloth and then beelined for the check out. We got checked out, Izzie was fine. I hardly think she even noticed. I think I just jostled her too much getting in and out of the car. Who knows. Anyway, I ended up changing her outfit in the trunk of my car. I opened the trunk, layed out the changing pad and got her cleaned up with wipees. A lady stopped by and said to me, "I remember those days!" I'm sure every mom has experienced multiple changes in various parts of a car. Too bad I didn't have my camera for that shot though. Izzie looked kinda cute in my trunk.

Since I've been sick the past few days, I haven't taken the time to take many pictures. Here are some that I did take:

A few days ago, Izzie fell asleep all sprawled out in the downstairs crib. Maddie got tired too, but there was no room for her. We made her a pallet on the floor.


Izzie being cute in her highchair.


Maddie didn't feel good on Monday. She fell asleep with Dolly.


Izzie last night before bedtime.


Maddie posing perfect last night.

Which brings us up to today:

Izzie thinks EVERYTHING is tasty lately.


Maddie studying the toys.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Splish splash, Maddie, Izzie and Momma in the bath!

This evening I took the girls (one at a time) in the bath with me this evening. They had an absolute blast. I did this once or twice before when they were just a few months old, but it's been awhile. This time, they were laughing and splashing. It was very cute. It has been a long day. I still think the girls aren't feeling too well. Maddie especially. It's made for very long days lately. Thank goodness they are still sleeping at nap and nightime well. (Knock on wood!)

Although I think Izzie is going through a growth spurt trying to catch up in weight to her sissy. The last two nights she's awoke wanting to eat. Once at 5am and last night at 2 am. I guess she knows that there is a doc appointment coming up and she doesn't want to be too far behind!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Update

I don't think Maddie is sick after all. I think she was just having a bad morning. After naptime she was much better. And when John came home she was even happier! I think she just was in a needy mood this morning and wanted lots of cuddles.

As for me, I'm feeling better. Still have a sore throat, but it isn't as bad. John has been a trooper. He's been awesome. Taking the girls out on walks and doing everything he can to make it that much better while I'm not at 100%.

Uh oh

I'm beginning to suspect that Maddie may have caught whatever I have. I've been trying to be very careful, washing my hands a million times a day, not coughing on the girls, that sort of thing. Hopefully I'm wrong, but she has been whimpering and crying all morning. This is totally out of character for Maddie. Especially when she was whimpering while I was holding her. My heart just started to break. I finally gave her some Tylenol at 9:45, thirty minutes later she's now sleeping. Thank goodness Izzie is in high spirits this morning. She's just been playing by herself happy as a bee while I've been attending to Maddie. But, now that Maddie is comfortable, I'm going to go spend some time with Izzie. She's being such a darling.

Both girls have gone down for a nap. It's been a little over two hours. I hope they sleep their usual three. John has to work a little late today. I'm hoping Maddie was just "off" this morning and not really sick. I don't think she has a sore throat like me, because she is nursing really well. I didn't want to swallow anything when my throat was at its worst.

I spent naptime making dinner for the next few days. It's really the only time I get to cook. I think it will be fun in the future when the girls are old enough to "help" out in the kitchen and then even older when they really will help. I hope they share my joy of cooking one day!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday



These are swimming pictures from the other day. Maddie is in the ladybug and Izzie is in the flower.

Well, I'm still sick. And since I wasn't getting any better I decided to fill the prescription the doc gave me. She said to fill it only if I didn't get better on my own. Last night was miserable. I think a sore throat is the worst symptom of a cold. So, this morning Maddie and I went to Target to fill the prescription. The rest of the day has been pretty low key. Izzie only went down for an hour and half nap Maddie just woke up from a 3 hour nap. We are going over to my mom's house in a little while for swimming and burgers. Their friend, Wilbur, is up from Houston visiting and he wants to see the girls. I don't know how much swimming I'll do, but at least the girls will be entertained. This is my first time to get sick with children and they just don't allow you to curl up in bed for a few days to get over it. Not that I ever did that anyway.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Nanny!

Today is Nanny's birthday! Nanny is the girls' Great Grandmother on their father's side. We are going to take her and her sister Betty (who is down from Wisconsin visiting) out to lunch for her birthday. The rest of the family is getting together tonight for cake and ice cream, but we didn't want to keep the girls up past their bedtime two nights in a row. Although I do have to say, they did good last night.

Speaking of last night, it was Tom's Retirement Party. I was sick, but I really didn't want to miss it. It was a good time. We still ended up leaving early, when the girls got fussy. Overall though, they were really really good! They are finally starting to get over their separation anxiety. There was probably over 100 people at the party. It just goes to show how many friends Tom has made over the years. The speeches were warm and fuzzy. The greatest line was when Jackie said that he may have retired, but he has a new boss now, referring to herself of course. John had to add in that all retirement meant was that he wasn't getting a paycheck for all the work he's going to be doing. Maddie even wanted a chance to talk. During John's speech she started babbling away at the top of her lungs. It was so cute.



Friday, June 20, 2008

.005 centuries old

Pictures of Madeline - 6 months old!





Pictures of Izzie - 6 months old!





Pictures of Maddie and Izzie



My girls are 6 months old today! See how tired I am? I forgot to mention it earlier. I can't believe it's been half a year since they were born. It really does go by so fast! They are taking a nap right now (thank goodness!) but I do plan on taking lots of 6 month pictures. Hopefully soon, we are going to get some professional pictures done of them. At 6 months they are both rolling over. Maddie is more of a pro than Izzie. Maddie has started sleeping on her tummy. Izzie loves her hands in her mouth and she likes to explore the world more by tasting everything. Maddie prefers to sit back and watch. They both like to "talk" and Izzie likes to "sing." They absolutely love being outdoors. I think they would like to live outdoors if they could.

Not a good night

Last night was pretty rough. Izzie woke up at midnight. Wide awake. She just wouldn't go back to sleep. John tried rocking her, but it didn't work. I ended up feeding both of them because trying to get Izzie back to sleep, Maddie woke up to see what the commotion was all about. I thought that at least they would sleep in since I was feeding them in the middle of the night (Which I haven't had to do in at least 2 months!) Wishful thinking on my part. They both woke up at 6am. Finally at 6:30 I fed them. I tried to put them back down, but they weren't sleepy. I guess they caught up on all of their sleep since they slept a lot yesterday. Now they are wanting to play, but I'm tired and still sick. Luckily they are at an age where they entertain themselves for short bursts. I play "musical chairs" with them. In no particular order I move them from the excersaucer to the jumperoo from the floor mat to the crib. By the time they make the "circuit" it's usually time for my morning walk. (I don't think I'm up for it today!) then naptime.

John is playing golf with his dad. Today is his big retirement party. Jackie scheduled a golf tournament for the men this morning and then tonight is a big celebration.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I'm sick

Ick ick and yuck. I'm not too bad off, but I had the worst of worst of sore throats last night. This morning I was achy all over and had a headache to match. I called mom to help me with the girls, because I didn't have the energy to cope with them. She actually came over and then sent me to the doctor. She was afraid what I was describing was flu symptoms. Turns out, I don't have the flu or strep, but just your every day common viral infection. Doc said I should be better by Saturday. She did give me a prescription in case I wasn't better by Saturday. I haven't gotten sick in over a year and half. I'm a whiny sick person too. All I do is moan and groan. At least John is a good "taker care of" person. He says I'm a horrible sick person though.

On a more positive note, the girls are doing terrific. They've been very happy today. Although they've been particularly sleepy too. Maybe it's the start of another growth spurt?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

All about sitting up

This evening, about thirty minutes before it was time to put the girls to bed, John and I took them outside on the back deck. The breeze was blowing and it just felt really good out. The grass looked too tempting for me to pass up. I jumped out of my chair with Maddie and said to John she needs to feel the grass! So I sat down and put Maddie between my legs. She reached down and grabbed the grass. It was so cute. I balanced her in a sitting up position and then let go. She sat unassisted for a few seconds before she wobbled and leaned back into me. We did it over and over. Then John said he had to get in on the action, so he brought Izzie to sit in the grass too. She also loved the grass. John did the same thing with her, and lo and behold! She sat unassisted too! I couldn't believe it! I told John that I was going to "call it." The girls both sat up unassisted on the same day. Sure, it isn't for very long. Maybe 10 seconds, but we all have to start somewhere. 

 And on an unrelated note, here is Maddie and Izzie in their swim floaties!

Play area in Willow Bend Mall


Maddie and Izzie "playing" at the mall.


The play area in Willow Bend Mall.


Today I took the girls to their first PAMOM event. Some of the MOM's were planning to meet at the play area in Willow Bend Mall. First off, Willow Bend Mall is very ritzy. It was really nice. I think I'll have to come again sometime to do some actual shopping. Anyway, I made my way through Neiman Marcus and found the play area. I was sad that I wasn't 1.5 years old so that I could play. Why didn't they have such neat stuff when I was a kid? The whole entire play area was made out of foam. It was geared towards toddlers and nothing was over a foot and half high. It was like an episode of "Honey, I shrunk the Playgroup!" It had gigantic silverware, cups, eggs, etc. It was a lot of fun watching the toddlers crawl over it. I knew my girls weren't old enough to play, but I figured they'd really enjoy watching and boy was I right. Maddie and Izzie both were delighted! It was like going to a play for them. They were giggling and having a grand ole time. Izzie was kicking her legs so hard, I could just tell that she wanted them to work so she could go play! I told them we'd come back in a few months when they were older.

The whole morning went very well. I took the jeep stroller so that they could both see all the action. The only thing that went "wrong" was me not paying attention. When I parked my car, I carefully check to see what marker I was at. I was parked directly in front of A12. I was parked right next to a big white SUV. As I was leaving the car, I noticed that the other side was A11. I was so proud to remember to pay attention to where I parked! So I'm tired, the girls are tired and it's time to go home. I head out to the car. I see A11, I see the big white SUV. I don't see my car. I start to panic. I walked around. Sure enough, A12. No car. Anywhere. I'm starting to get sick. I seriously am thinking my car is stolen, but for the life of me can't figure out why they would steal my Mazda with two carseats in it when there is Lexus's and BMW's and Mercedes's all over the lot. Then I look around and notice that there is ANOTHER A12. And there's my happy little car parked right next to a big white SUV. Why they had 2 A12's is beyond me. But at least my car was there and I was able to go home.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Playdate with the Imes twins

Today Angela came over. I met her at my last PAMOM meeting. She brought her girls Andy and Alex and they stayed over for a little while this afternoon. Her girls were so cute! They are 8 months old and sitting up. Andy was a crawling pro, while Alex was just getting the hang of it. Andy kept trying to take Izzie's pacifier away which was funny since they don't even use paci's her mom said. Here's a picture of Alex siting on the floor with a toy and Andy in the excersaucer.



Izzie had a turn too!


Maddie playing in her new jumperoo!

We miss you daddy!


Maddy after we finished swimming.


Izzie sitting with Popo after swimming.

John's been in LA since Sunday evening. He comes back tomorrow night. Yesterday went pretty well without him (although, we did miss him!) The girls and I went over to mom's house to go swimming and we ended up staying for dinner. Mom then followed me home to help me put the girls down to bed. They went down a lot easier than on Sunday night when I did it by myself. I think on Sunday they were just over tired from all of the father's day activities. Yesterday was mostly low key. We did go swimming for about thirty minutes. The girls swam in these cool floats I bought at Target. We forgot to take pictures. I'm so good about pictures, but occasionally, I just live in the moment and forget! Anyway, one float is like a flower and the other is a ladybug. I'll get some pictures of the girls in them eventually.

This morning I went on a looooong walk. I took Ripley around the block to get him tired and then I brought him back in when he got pooped out. I continued around with the girls. I met a few neighbors today. A lady down the street, Terry, who has almost 5yr old triplets. Then I met a grandma and grandpa who were so excited to see the girls. And last I met a guy mowing his lawn who had to stop and say hi. Somedays I meet the whole neighborhood and some days no one is out.

This afternoon the girls and I are looking forward to a playdate. A lady I met at my PAMOM meeting last Tuesday is coming over. Angela with her twin girls Andy and Alex.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Shrimp boil

Yesterday at Jackie and Tom's house, we had a shrimp boil for father's day. It was a blast. Jackie covered the kitchen table with butcher paper. Tom cooked the shrimp boil out back in the turkey fryer. It gets hot enough to boil water too. It had shrimp, potatoes, corn on the cob, and kielbasa sausage. Tom dumped the whole mess on the table and we each squirted butter and cocktail sauce at our places on the table. Then everyone dove in. It was very tasty and there was hardly any leftovers! Julie, Chris, Sammy, Sabrina, Grandma, Jackie, Tom, John, Maddie, Izzie and I were all in attendance.



Sunday, June 15, 2008

John's first Father's Day

Happy Fathers Day to John! It didn't start out so great for him. First of all, Izzie had a rough night. We were both up with her a lot. Then she woke up at 5:30, when we are used to her sleeping until 6:30 and sometimes 7. I didn't want to wake up Maddie, and Izzie wasn't hungry, just awake. Maybe we should have just let her played. She wasn't crying. I was afraid she'd wake up Maddie. Which wouldn't have been the end of the world. But at 5:30, when I've been up several other times through out the night, I wasn't thinking clearly. So I tried getting her back to sleep. Didn't work. I just made her mad and then she started to cry. So finally at 6 I decided to wake up Maddie and just feed them. I put them back to sleep and luckily it worked! So I got some more shut eye. John was sleeping through most of this, although he did come in to check on us at one point.

So when I woke up this morning, I was hungry and still sleepy. I came downstairs and started to grab something to eat. When John realized I wasn't going to offer to make him breakfast for father's day, he said as much. I felt really really bad, because I wasn't even thinking about it. I was just still sleepy. Doubly in trouble because the first thing I said to him this morning was, "Can you please empty all the trash before you leave on your trip?" What a wonderful Father's Day. Considering it's still before 9 am, maybe it will only get better from here?

I do want to take the time to say how wonderful a father John has been these last 6 plus months. I say 6 plus, because he started being a great dad even before the girls were born. Just by taking care of me when I was on bed rest, he was taking care of his little girls. But after their birth, he has been 100% hands on awesome. In the beginning he did more diaper changes than I did! He woke up for every single night feeding to help me, even though I was breastfeeding. Even now, with no night feedings he still wakes up a few times a night to help me when the girls want their paci's in the middle of the night. He's always thinking of his little babies. He loves to hug and kiss them and just hold them. I really couldn't ask for a better father for my precious little baby girls. He's the best husband a woman could ask for. Here's some photos of John with the girls in those early days.


Saturday, June 14, 2008

Busy weekend


Today I didn't have many plans, but it ended up being a full fun day. The morning was pretty laid back, but at 10:30 I had a community newsletter meeting. I ended up taking Maddie with me. I took Maddie to the store with me yesterday, so it would have been Izzie's turn except I took Izzie to the last newsletter meeting and I wanted Maddie to have a turn. Not that I am always going to keep everything exactly even and fair in their lives, but I do want to have some sort of balance. So anyway, Maddie and I went to a "labeling" meeting. The newsletters should hit mailboxes next week.

When we got home, it was time for a nap. The girls slept really good at naptime. When they woke up, all four of us went over to my mom's house to go swimming. The girls did so good!! Maddie is a natural waterbug. She was kicking and have a grand old time. Izzie, is a bit more cautious, but she likes the pool too. We were swimming along and then Maddie's eyes caught sight of the fountain that is in the hot tub. She was fascinated. Absolutely fascinated. When we tried to do something else with her, she cried until we showed her the fountain again. It actually cycled off and she got so upset that Popo had to turn it back on for her! We had a good time. I'll put pics up tomorrow of the girls in their new (gently used) swimsuits.

Tomorrow is John's first Father's Day. We are going over to his parent's house to celebrate with the family.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Happy Friday the 13th!


This morning, Maddie was playing hard, while in the crib next to her....

Izzie was sound asleep!

This afternoon, I took Maddie to Target with me to buy more diapers, and we ended up buying a bouncy that hangs from a doorway. The girls LOVE it. They were spinning themselves in circles. Here's Maddie:


And then Izzie had a turn.