Monday, May 28, 2012

Baybay & Baybee: Week 39

As you know if you follow the blog, we try to take a photo every week of the girls in their diapers laying next to each other. Well, as they have gotten more mobile, accomplishing this has become more and more of a challenge. It might be just about time to give it up...

...suffice to say, there is no picture this week.

I have been meaning to mention this for a while, but keep forgetting -- Maya and Ella have started (sometimes) crawling to the potty when they need to use it! We first noticed that they were doing this on the 17th of April, and it's been happening on and off ever since. This is really exciting to us! EC is one of the most rewarding things we've experienced as parents so far.

On Monday, we went to the first EC group meeting in town! There were only three other parents, (including our friend Hannah!) but it's just getting started so I'm sure it will be better attended once more people find out about it. We really enjoyed talking with everyone and are looking forward to next month's meeting!

Kathy came with us to HooteNanny this week! We all had fun singing and playing together, then Kathy stayed with the girls while Brett and I went out to an appointment later that afternoon. She took them for a stroller walk and they had a good nap.

Not the greatest picture, but it shows some of us playing at Hoot.

Maya is getting so sturdy and strong on her feet. She is noticeably more stable this week than last and she's really starting to move around when she's holding onto furniture while standing up.

Up, up, up!

The girls are getting good at turning the pages of books! Ella is a little better at it, and more interested, than Maya is, but both know how to do it. Another fun thing is that we recently realized that they recognize their names! A few of the games we are playing these days are, "Pat pat pat!" where they (mostly Maya) pats my belly. Both think it's funny when I put a toy on their head. They just sit there trying to look up at it until they lean back far enough for it to fall off. Then they want me to put it back. I think that Ella is saying the word "up" when she wants to be picked up or when she wants to be up. She may just be practicing that sound, but she does seem to say it at the right times. Ella's crawl is a little different, but she is getting faster every day and can almost keep up with Maya. This was the first week that the girls really started to explore the house. I think that Maya was just waiting for her sister to be able to crawl around with her.

Ella's cute crawl.

On Sunday we went to the monthly twins group meeting. It was nice and warm out so everyone met at the Montesorri school playground. The meeting was very well attended, with at least eleven families, but most of the twins were around two years old. We tended to group together with the folks who have twins about the same age as Maya and Ella. Our friends Kelly and Chris and also Benita and Sam were there, as well as a couple we hadn't met before. The parents had fun sharing stories and the twins had fun sharing toys as we all sat together.

Our little group.

The dads and babies on swings.

I had a little cold for a few days -- I think I caught whatever Maya and Ella had (which only seemed to give them a runny nose) and I was sick with a fever for a day, followed by a couple days of a runny nose and sore throat. By the end of the week I was feeling better.

Wearing jeans and holding a juggling ball.

"Okay, enough pictures already! Just read me the book!"

Luckily, this was a better week for night-time sleep, especially for Maya. She probably got the most sleep of all of us, often waking up only once to nurse. One night she woke up around 2:30, cried for a few seconds, then happily crawled out of her bed and pulled up herself up to standing by holding onto our bed! I picked her up, nursed her, and she went back to sleep. The time in the morning when the girls wake up and stay up has become consistently earlier than we'd like, with them wanting to be up for the day around 5:00 a.m. We're not sure how to help them sleep later in the mornings. Sometimes if we put them in the Ergos they will fall back asleep for a little while longer, but that requires us getting up, so it's not really that useful.

Brett and Ella take a nap.

Selena came over on Saturday and after going to a plant swap with me, she took the girls for a walk. I got a lot of garden work done and Brett and I worked on baby-proofing and cleaning up the house. We are also making progress on the somewhat daunting task of taking up pavement out back! We want to make a nice little grassy spot for picnics outside. A fun thing that I did for myself this week: I got my hair cut! It's now shoulder length, which feels a lot nicer, but actually didn't accomplish the main purpose, which was to make it less "pullable". Oh well.

Evan helps move some of the heavy pieces of asphalt.

Progress so far!

Jumping fun with Selena.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Baybay & Baybee: Week 38

38 weeks old!

This is what happens when both roll toward each other on the way to getting up.

Well, I've gotten a few weeks behind again on posts. The days feel like they are moving so quickly right now (maybe because both girls are on the move!) and it's amazing to me that it's already been 9 months since the girls were born. I really can't remember what my life was like before I was a Mama. I know I got more sleep, but I have no recollection of what that felt like.


Even though it was somewhat cool this week, I made the time to work outside in the garden. So far we have kale, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, swiss chard and bok choy planted. Mainly what I've been working on though, is weeding the flower gardens in the back yard. It always feels great to get outside and do something in the garden, even if it's just for 10 minutes.

Maya Lilac.

Ella LOVES our new swings.

So happy!

I could swing all day!
(Notice Ella's adorable bottom teeth in this picture?)

Video of the week!

Both girls had runny noses (Maya's was a little worse than Ella's) all week. We haven't noticed any other signs of a cold, but their naps haven't lasted long (sometimes as short as 30 minutes--eesh). so they have both been tired and cranky. We are all so, so, tired. When will we feel fully rested again? Maybe never, is what it feels like some days. I've been thinking that it would be immensely helpful to have a babysitter come play with the girls for a couple hours, maybe twice a week. Hopefully, I can make that happen soon.

Reading stories before bed.

Maya's newest thing is to pull up onto EVERYTHING. She has become quite skilled at it. So much so that if you are walking by and stop for just a moment, you will have a Maya standing up attached to your leg. She is working on bending down to pick up toys from standing, (while holding on with the other hand) and she is just starting to work on cruising along the furniture.

I can stand!

Playing with her sister.
(Really what was going on here was a game of steal the pacifier.)

At the play group on Sunday, Maya (on the right) and her friend Olivia, have fun standing and patting the radiator in the room.

A great thrift store find! Brett shows the girls how to build a really tall tower with our new Legos.

Plus, they came in a really fun box!

We look forward to Wednesdays, when we get to go to HooteNanny! Maya and Ella seem to be enjoying it every week, and Brett and I have a great time singing along to all the songs. We have a CD from the class, which we play at home sometimes. The girls already seem to recognize the songs.

Maya sits in the middle while everyone dances around to one of the songs. Ella was happy to play with her toy and listen.

Maya was fascinated with Katryna's guitar. This is the first class we've been to where she could really crawl around. She moved herself into the middle here and for a few songs just sat and listened. So cute!

My favorite picture of Ella this week.

My favorite picture of Maya this week (saving some broccoli for later).

Ahh, two sleeping babies.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Then & Now...

Left: My Mama nursing her babies, Amber and me. (1981)
Right: Me nursing my babies, Maya & Ella. (2012)

My first Mother's Day! I am looking forward to a relaxing day spent with my family. My one goal: I hope to take a nap.

To my Mama: Thank you for taking care of me and for nursing me when I was a baby. You have always been there when I needed you the most. You cuddled me when I was small and you held my hand while I learned to stand on my own. You were there to kiss away the hurt when I stumbled, and your shoulder has always been the best to lean on when I have been sad. You are supportive and caring and you remember to laugh. When I have some exciting news, you are still one of the first people I want to tell. Thank you for loving me and being my Mama. Happy Mother's Day to you!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Uncle Guy

Dear Uncle Guy,

This is Maya and Ella, writing from Mama's computer. She doesn't know that we snuck on here, so don't tell her. We just wanted to tell you that it was fun to see you tonight and that we love it when you come over to visit. Thanks for reading us stories and playing silly games with us before we had to go to bed. Come back to visit again soon, okay?

Maya & Ella

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Baybay & Baybee: Week 37

37 weeks old!

We put up swings! I had the idea to put swings in our yard for a while, but I couldn't figure out where they could hang. I was so excited when I realized that we could hang them from the carport!

Brett works on hanging the second swing, while Ella watches and waits for her turn.

Family photo.

Can you tell that we have kids?

Playing in the box the swings came in. Ella says, "No nap for me thanks, you go ahead and I'll just hang out in here."

We had a little photo shoot in Child's Park on a particularly lovely day this week. Spring is so beautiful with all the flowers blooming. I love being able to show Maya and Ella the world for the first time.


Two girls in spring dresses.


Telling jokes.

"I love you, Dada"

Serious about picking up little sticks in the grass.

"I see you behind that camera!"

Over the weekend, we had a visit from Ann and her boyfriend, Mike. Ann loved getting the chance to see the girls in person for the first time, and although their visit was short, it was fun for everyone.

Ann makes faces at the girls as she snaps a photo.

Thanks to Ann for this nice family portrait.

Another fun thing we did this weekend was participate in the Great Cloth Diaper Change just up the road from our house at the Florence Community Center. This was the local instance of a worldwide event trying to break the world record for number of cloth diapers changed at the same time. There were twenty-five in Florence, and it was fun to be two out of twenty-five, but I was a little sad we didn't win any of the door or raffle prizes. Oh well--maybe next year!

Ready to change babies!

Changed! Yay!

Lilacs are in full bloom! We've always loved lilacs, but now they're also in the family, so to speak.

Sometimes I just watch from a distance while the girls play together...

...but in this case, Ella, I apologize for taking a picture instead of saving you from Maya's determination to get to a toy that you happened to be in the way of.

We had a nice visit from Kathy on Monday. She brought us some fencing that we plan to use for our cucumbers, a chive plant (which she also planted!) and of course, played with Maya and Ella. Jim stopped by later that afternoon and he and Brett took the babies for a walk together. That evening, Guy came over for a visit and I got to work in the garden after the babies went to bed. While I was planting carrots, I found a tiny peach tree that had sprouted and was growing in the dirt! Yay for compost!

Trying out the adorable (reversible) dresses that Grandma Kathy made.


A classic example of how a non-toy becomes a favorite toy.

"Ha! I got the spoon!"