Saturday, April 28, 2012

Baybay & Baybee: Week 36

36 weeks old!

Books! Maya and Ella have finally realized the joys of being read stories! Until recently, all they wanted to do was eat the books. Now they will listen to a short story and seem to really recognize and enjoy the books we've read over and over. We have a low shelf in the living room devoted to board books now. Maya and Ella (often at the same time) will pull a book off the shelf and then look at us expectantly. We've been enjoying this new development and are working on showing the girls how to turn the pages with their hands, not their mouths.

"Ten Little FINGERS and Ten Little TOES" by Mem Fox/Helen Oxenbury, is their favorite book. When we read it, we change the end a little, pluralizing "baby" so that it includes everyone in our family. They just love this book. A huge thanks to Mark and Kate for giving it to us!

As Maya becomes a more confident crawler, she is also increasing her bravery and speed. This is the first week that she has ventured out of the living room on her hands and knees. She will now follow us into the kitchen, or peek into the bathroom on her own. She has also discovered the shoes in the hallway. She LOVES shoes. Mostly for chewing on, which isn't probably the best use of them.


A confident little crawler.

On April 10th Maya and Ella turned eight months old! They are such little people now. Both girls "talk" all the time and think it's hilarious when we make silly sounds and hold them upside-down. Ella still enjoys playing on the little piano and Maya is really into cars and balls that move around (things she can chase after). Their favorite foods are oatmeal and broccoli. When they are very tired, both tug on their ears. Maya is in love with my computer, and our phones, and she will try desperately to gain access to these things once she notices their presence. Many of the girls' clothes are getting tight, and a few of the "12 months" things we have now fit them. Ella's hair is so long that it sometimes gets in her eyes. Maya tries to give kisses--or she could be trying to eat our noses, I'm really not sure. We still love them both girls a whole lot.

Big girls!

On Friday, April 13th, Maya and Ella's Great Grandma Mary turned 91 years old! The four of us took a drive up north for a short visit. Brett's mom and Aunt Marilyn where also there for lunch and we got to see Uncle Ray as well. Mary had a great day and LOVED holding Ella. Maya was in a shy mood, but Ella was happy to sit on her great grandmother's lap for much of the visit.

Ella sitting with her Great Grandma Mary and Great Aunt Marilyn.

8 months and 91 years!

We spent some time outside this week working in the yard and getting the garden ready to plant. The girls helped, and when they weren't trying to eat the grass, leaves, and dirt clumps it was relaxing and fun to be outside working together.

"Somebody has to turn the garden. I better do it."

"That's a lot of work. Better take a break. Hmm, maybe this stuff is good to eat..."

Mmm, dirt!

Finishing the job Maya started.

Ella mostly hung out on the blanket while we worked in the garden.

When she wasn't playing with toys, she watched her sister crawl around and did a good job, I think, of not getting too frustrated that she wasn't able to join her.

The twins had their first ride on swings this week! We took them to a park and they really enjoyed it. We will be getting swings to hang at home soon!

First pushes!

Maya rides with me on the big swing.


Three people, one swing, lots of fun!

A couple things we were proud of this week: finishing our taxes and making a few really yummy meals for ourselves, not just for the babies. Sometimes we feel like we really don't do much besides spend time with Maya and Ella, taking care of them, every day. It's easy to lose track of the big picture when we feel like that. I find that it helps me stay positive when I step back and remember that this is a very short time in our lives. They won't be babies forever!

Here are a bunch of extra pictures to enjoy!

Ella, determined to eat the grass at the park.

My favorite picture of Maya this week.

My favorite picture of Ella this week.

Benita and Jonah stopped by for a short visit! We were so glad that Benita made this happen because we really enjoy spending time with her and her lovely family.

Ella and I decided that it was too early to wake up, so we went back to sleep while Maya and Brett played in the other room.

Happy girl!

"Now, how does this thing work?"

It's always good to do your daily stretches.

Before-bed story-time with Uncle Guy.

It has been chillier the past few days. We are looking forward to the warmer weather so everyone doesn't have to be so bundled up to go outside.

This pretty bluebird lives somewhere in our neighborhood. We often see it as we stroll around the block.

Those are the same booties that I wore when I was Maya's age!

Extra videos!


Spinning in Dada's chair.


I amuse myself (and the babies) with pull toys.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Baybay & Baybee: Week 35

35 weeks old! Maya and Ella brush their teeth before bed now! The girls were in such silly moods when I snapped this photo. I've included additional pictures from this series at the end of the post.

The big news for Ella this week is that she is getting her bottom teeth! The left one is coming in a little faster than the right, but they are both poking their pointy, white tips, through the gums. Ella has been noticeably more clingy and cranky this week, which I totally understand given the circumstances.

Push-ups!

Both girls have been saying, "Ma ma ma" and Da da da" a lot. I know they are mostly practicing these sounds right now, but it's fun to hear our names. We have taken to asking them to find us, "Where is Dada?" (Along with a look or point in the appropriate direction and an excited, "There he is!" when found.)

Brett has been getting up with the girls a lot in the early mornings so that I can rest for a little longer before starting the day. Even though I often can't sleep any more, it's really nice to have a little time to myself. 5:30 is too early to start the day, which is when Maya and Ella have been getting up lately.

We had one awesome night of sleep on Saturday, where the girls didn't wake up to nurse until 4:00 in the morning! Most nights are still not so great though, and we have been feeling very worn out.

Special one-on-one nursing time for Maya.

Spring flowers are blooming all around! I love this time of year. We haven't had much of any rain yet, which I hope we get soon. It's so exciting to watch all the flowers and plants come up.

Lilacs are going to bloom early this year. They are already all budded out and it's not even May yet!

Daffodils.

Hyacinths blooming in our front yard.

Our girls love to eat! They especially like to eat anything that they can feed themselves. Some of their favorite things currently: oatmeal, broccoli, cottage cheese (spoon fed), sweet potato, bread, pasta, squash, peaches, quinoa (spoon fed), scrambled egg, and melon.

I thought it would be a fun thing to give the girls hunks of stale bread to gnaw on. I had NO idea how much they would enjoy this. They wouldn't give them up.

Looking back on all the pictures, it seems like this was a busy week for us!

We had our first HooteNanny class, taught by the Nields, on Wednesday. We've enjoyed the music and concerts of the Nields for years, so it was a treat to play and sing with Katryna. We are really looking forward to the rest of the series which is about ten weeks long! Oh--Maya and Ella seemed to enjoy it, too, though they didn't like giving up the sticks they were lent.

Music time!

We went to the Saturday farmer's market with Guy and Jim and spent some time playing at the library after we got our vegetables. We checked out the book, "The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey" which is the second in the series, and we're both looking forward to reading it. The library was a fun place to play with the babies, especially now that they are starting to move around more.

Jim plays his flute outside after the farmer's market.

Coloring with crayons and eating puzzle pieces at the library.

Hannah and Max came down to visit us! We had lunch together and the babies played and napped while we talked. Max has just started to roll over and he gives the best smiles when you talk to him. We were so happy to spend time with them both.

Such love.

Josie and Dave stopped by to see us while they were here for a visit with Selena. They brought Mikey with them (he lives at Selena's house and is also a Pedal Person) and we got to play a game of Ticket To Ride all together while the babies took a nap!

All of us pose for a quick picture on the picnic table.

Selena and Ella having fun together.

The twins' first bath in the tub by themselves!

"Okay, we've got all the tools, now, what can we take apart?"

I keep forgetting to mention that I went out to a concert with Selena at the Iron Horse (in the evening!) at the beginning of the month. We saw Swing Caravan play and I had a nice time being out at night without Brett or the babies. This was a first for me since the twins were born. It felt so strange to go out in the evening. Brett took good care of the babies while I was out (Ella had a rough time getting to sleep and finally drifted off after a ride in the Ergo) and I did a good job of not worrying.

And finally, here are some extra silly photos. Brett was making the girls laugh.










Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Laughter.

We decided to dig up more of the asphalt in our back yard to make room for more garden. This required a lot of sledgehammering. Ella thought it was hilarious.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Baybay & Baybee: Week 34

34 weeks old!

Maya is on the move! It's been amazing to watch over the past few weeks as Maya has progressed from scooting backwards, to rocking on her hands and knees, to finally crawling forward! Along with her new found mobility, she has started to notice that there is more to the world than the things that lie directly at her eye level. We have witnessed, on more than one occasion, Maya, sitting quietly in the middle of the room, her gaze focused upwards, as she surveys her surroundings. Then she is off, to that shelf which is just out of reach, her arms stretched upwards as her swift fingers pull all the books and toys to the ground.


She is so excited to be able to get around!

In the crawling department, Ella is still pushing herself backwards the majority of the time and then flailing like a penguin because she is frustrated. She has progressed to pushing up onto her hands and toes, which is what Maya was doing shortly before she figured out the forward crawl, so we think Ella will get it soon!

A pause for a picture while playing in the exersaucer.

I rearranged the babies' room this week, moving some play-mat and toys around in there and pushing their futon against the far wall. This gives them more space to move around on their bed at night and us another place to play during the day.

Dada reads stories to the girls in their room before a nap.

Grandma Kathy demonstrates how to gently stroke Ella's hair, rather than grab a handfull and pull, a skill which Maya already knows.

Jim stopped by for a visit one afternoon and took a nap with the babies.

We had a couple of outings all together this week. Wednesday morning we went to the Springfield house to show the apartments to a couple of prospective tenants. The girls slept on the way there and on the way back, and happily hung out in the Ergo's while we walked around the house and talked to people. They were so good the whole time; we were very impressed.

Thursday, the girls had hip ultrasounds at the hospital to check and make sure that they don't have congenital hip dysplasia. The doctors wanted them to be checked (because of their breech positions at birth). Usually this is done in the first few weeks after babies are born, but we were told it was somehow overlooked at that time. At their most recent appointment, they first said that it was too late for the ultrasound to be effective and that x-rays would be necessary to tell for sure. We were very reluctant to have the girls x-rayed, and were very happy to be called a few days later and told they were scheduling an ultrasound after all. In the end, the ultrasound indicates that the girls are fine and most likely do NOT have the condition.

On Sunday, we went to Liz's weekly play group in the afternoon and had fun chatting with the other parents while the babies shared toys and crawled around together.


Both girls have been very clingy recently, especially when I am around, but also wanting to be held by Brett when I'm not around. It's been challenging for me to be alone with both of them because they try to climb up on me at the same time and it's really only manageable to hold one baby at a time. Maya is often especially adamant about being picked up and isn't as patient to wait her turn if I happen to be holding Ella when she wants my attention. On the other hand, there are times when both babies will happily play on the floor together, sharing toys back and forth, for long stretches on their own.

Ella has had some trouble this week getting to sleep at night. We've resorted to Brett wearing her in the Ergo (which calms her right down and puts her to sleep eventually) after trying for a while in her bed with no luck. She seems to get overtired at night and then very wound up. She has also been waking in the night and not wanting us to leave once we come in to settle her back down. I feel like this goes along with the clinginess that has been happening during the day. It's a little frustrating, but also sweet that they love us so much.

Because of the trouble sleeping, we have started lying with the girls when we put them down for naps, and sometimes to bed at night, until they settle down. While they used to be good about getting to sleep on their own after we put them down, unless they are very, very, sleepy, now that they (particularly Maya) can move around, nap time quickly turns into a rambunctious game of, "practice sitting up and rolling off the futon" or "exchange pacifiers and steal my sister's doggy", both of which are not very conducive to sleep. Lying with them works well, especially if we're both with them, and usually they fall asleep in less than 10 minutes, though a few times it has taken half an hour. Sometimes we fall asleep, too.

Look! A rainbow!


Ella has talent!