Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Baybay & Baybee: Week 14

14 weeks old!

A big accomplishment for both girls this week was figuring out that their hands belong to them and that they are TASTY. They are in love with sucking on their hands. They haven't gotten the thumb all by itself yet, but they really love trying to fit their whole fist(s) inside their mouth. This occupies most of their wakeful hours.

Maya, exploring her hands.

Naps have gone so much better this week! I bought the girls this pink seahorse (which we have affectionately nicknamed "the worm") that plays music. When they seem tired, we've started swaddling them, giving them their pacifiers and turning on the seahorse before we tuck them in for a nap. They are usually asleep in minutes. It's amazing.

In this picture, Ella was "talking" to her new friend before her nap.

We had a few visitors this week. On Saturday, Hannah came down for a short visit, and to pick up a sink for their house. Later that afternoon, Brett's aunt and uncle, Karen and Randy, stopped by to visit and meet the babies.

Karen holds Maya, who is showing off her pretty new hat from her great-aunt. Ella got a matching hat.

Tuesday morning, Selena came over and helped play with the babies while Brett was working. They napped really well and I got to take a walk and a long shower while they slept and Selena stayed with them. In the afternoon, Kathy came down and spent a couple hours with the girls so we could get some packing done for our trip to Florida. She also washed all of our dishes!

Kisses from Selena!

Ella, telling her grandma a story.

We also got to do some visiting ourselves this week, with a nice afternoon spent at Benita and Sam's house. Their twin boys, Avery and Jonah, are the same age as Maya and Ella and we had a great time talking with Benita and Sam, and playing with all the babies!

Three out of four...

...Ella didn't want her picture taken at that moment. She just wanted to be held and stand up (her new favorite activity, other than sucking on her hands).

We tried again to get a group picture, but everyone was over tired.

We ended this week with a flight to Florida very early Wednesday morning. We didn't get much sleep the night leading up to our trip, but the girls slept in the Moby's the for the whole three hour flight! We were so happy to spend the week with my family in the warm weather. More about our vacation in the next post! Until then, here are a few more pictures from the week:

Brett and Ella read the mail.

Some sweet one-on-one time nursing Maya.

Maya finally fits this onesie that I bought before they were born.

Big smile!

And another big smile!

Our two amazing daughters.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Three months old!

On November 10th, Maya and Ella celebrated their three month birthday! It's hard to believe that three short months ago we weren't parents. We can't imagine life without them.

Looking back in time...

Just a few days before the twins were born.

Four days old.

First family photo.

One week old....

Three months old!

Two weeks old...

Three months old!

Some of my favorite memory photos:

They were so small!

Tiny toes!

Getting used to the camera.

One of Ella's first baths.

One week old Maya.

Baybay & Baybee: Week 13

13 weeks old!

Sleep! It went better this week! We started paying close attention to how long the girls have been awake throughout the day, making it easier to catch their naps. They seem to get tired every hour and a half, and will usually fall asleep fairly easily if they don't get over tired. Their naps last anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending of where they are sleeping. Most of the time they sleep for about 45 minutes, but not necessarily at the same time. I think the daytime napping has paid off because this week was one of our best for night time sleep, too. Both girls have gotten a consistent 6-7 hour stretch (!!) in the first part of the night. After a feeding around 2 a.m., they are back to sleep again until about 5:30 or 6! We are still tired, and we feel like all we do in the evenings are get the girls to sleep and then go to bed ourselves, still, this is progress in the right direction and I hope it lasts!

Jenny cuddling a sleeping Maya before putting her down for a nap.

On Wednesday, the girls had one of their happiest days to date. They were smiley, content and just a pleasure to be around all day long. It was a nice way to start off the week and hopefully we can look forward to many more happy days to come.

Ella thinks I'm so funny!

I just love this picture.

This one is pretty great, too.

Ella, especially, has been very "talkative" lately. She has a lot to say. One of her favorite activities is being held while standing on our knees and looking into our eyes. She will babble away the whole time and try to imitate our sounds (or maybe we are imitating hers... either way, it's fun!) She LOVES when we pay attention just to her.

Ella's hair is starting to look more like a mad scientist's hairdo as the days go by.

Maya is quieter, but still tells wonderful stories when given the attention. Her favorite song is the ABC's, and she really follows our hands when we sign the letters along with words as we sing. She will listen quietly the whole time and smile with a delighted squeal at the end.

Thinking about reaching for toys occupies a lot of Maya's time these days.

Something different this week was splitting the twins up on two different occasions: one with me, the other with Brett. The first time was a car ride to Springfield and back for Brett and Ella, while Maya and I walked around downtown doing some shopping. The second time, I took Ella out to the grocery store (and to the voting booth because it was Election day) while Brett and Maya stayed at home. Both times I found incredibly relaxing! I felt strange about splitting them up before we did it, but after trying it, I really liked it. It is a weird feeling to be out in the world with just one baby. People still stop me to ogle over whichever girl I have with me, but we don't get stopped nearly as often and when we do, they have no idea that I have another baby at home who is just as cute.

In the beginning of the week, there was still some snow left on the ground from the Halloween storm. We took a lot of early morning walks this week because we made a pact with each other that we wouldn't go on the computer (even to check email) before walking around the block, at least once, first. It's been a great goal and it has felt great to get outside so much.

Frosty leaves.

Another walk with our pram stroller. We got this used from someone on Craiglist. Both girls fit in it still, but won't for much longer.

A neighbor came over this week with a huge box full of 3-9 month clothes that she was finished with. We both had fun sorting through them and Jenny had fun dressing the babies up in new outfits.

A story before bed: Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Out doing errands the girls take a break to rest in a chair at the bank.

I love these faces.

A race for purple doggy!

Some tummy time together on the bed.

Napping in the same positions.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Baybay & Baybee: Week 12

12 weeks old!

This week marked the first time that the girls looked at each other and smiled at the same time. They stared right into each other's eyes and smiled and smiled and smiled! It was so exciting to watch, and it has happened a couple more times since.

Look at that! It's another baby!

Along the same lines as noticing each other, we feel like they really started to respond to us more. Maya laughed at me for the first time! I was kissing her cheeks and she let out this beautiful laugh/squeal type noise. It was beautiful and I keep giving more kisses to see if I can get her to do it again, but so far no such luck. They are both "talking" up a storm and adore when we spend time making noises or sticking our tongues out at them. When I play with them, I find myself saying, "That's a good sound! How about 'Mama'? Can you say MMmm... mama!?". I have noticed that Brett does the same thing, only swapping mama with "da da". We wonder which word they will say first...

Aunt Anne came for another visit on Thursday. Again she brought a delicious lunch that we all enjoyed, complete with cranberry apple pie! It's such fun that she lives close enough to us that she is able to be a part of her great-nieces' lives. They are changing so quickly at this stage.

Aunt Anne with both babies!

I couldn't decide which picture I liked best!

We were really excited when we received a package in the mail from Amber, full of cloth diapers that she wasn't using. We are now totally set for diapers, hopefully forever! So Awesome! She also included some old clothes from when we were babies, including two shirts that say, "organically grown" on them. They won't fit Maya and Ella for long, but are very cute.

Maya wearing her new old shirt while siting in her new Bumbo chair. We got this at a kids-only charity/consignment sale on Saturday. The girls seem to really like sitting in it. It has been useful so far for taking cute pictures, and as another place to put a baby when we need free hands. It can also go in water, which we've tried in the bath. That was fun!

Brett was back and forth to the Springfield house almost every day this week getting the 3rd floor bathroom remodel going. We finally hired someone to redo almost everything in there to get rid of the leak once and for all. By the end of the week, the project was almost complete and we are looking forward to a less busy month of November. There were some pretty stressful days this week because we were both so tired and busy, me from so much time alone with babies, and Brett from driving and dealing with the house.

On Saturday, we had the first snowstorm of the year! Here are some pictures from that day and the few that followed:

Babies first snowfall!

The snow continued to fall all afternoon and into the night. Our power (and almost everyone else's for miles around) went off that evening around 6pm. It stayed off for two days! Above is a picture of us playing a game with Evan and Merry that night by candle light. We feel really lucky that our power was only off for two days, when some communities around us had to wait about a week.

The next morning.

We got over 10 inches!

It was beautiful (though a little eerie) to see the contrast of colorful leaves on the trees with the white snow on the ground.

Evan and Merry built a "stego-snow-rus" in our front yard!

On Halloween our power was still off, we were running out of clean diapers, and our house was getting chilly, so we headed up to Leyden to spend the day in the warmth of Brett's parents' house. I snapped this picture when we stopped for a break on the drive up.

The girls in their pink snowsuits.

Closeup of Maya.

We are so glad we spent the day in Leyden. Brett got to take a long nap; I got to carve pumpkins with Kathy!

I took so many pictures this month and 90% of them are of the babies. They are just so darn cute. Enjoy!

Maya's adorable grin.

She thinks purple octopus looks tasty.

And a big smile!

Ella has started trying to grab at things. Sometimes I think it's even on purpose. She also rolled over this week, while on her tummy, for the first time! Go Ella!

"Mama, you're taking so many pictures!"

Mama and Papa both had birthdays this week. Here is a sign that Maya and Ella made for their Grandma, to celebrate her special day.

Bath time! Not that I particularly want to remember it, but I think it's worth noting that Ella pooped on me while we were taking a bath together this week. Needless to say, next time she had a bath, Brett went in with her.

While Brett was doing his Pedal People route on Tuesday, the girls and I took a long walk down the bike path to the grocery store. It was a beautiful day. After shopping, we all got tired, so when Brett was done working, he came and picked us up with the car and brought us back home.

Maya caught a leaf!