Monday, July 23, 2012

Baybay & Baybee: Week 48 (7/4-7/10)

48 weeks old!

By the end of this week, Maya and Ella were just one month shy of a year! How quickly the time has gone by. I think turning 11-months-old was a fun day for the girls -- they played in the yard, swung on swings, ate yummy foods like blueberries and corn and got lots of hugs from their adoring parents. Maya is getting better at walking every day and Ella is so excited to practice her standing-up-by-herself skills. Another recent accomplishment has been learning how to use spoons when they eat! They are not even close to perfecting it yet, but they sure have fun trying to get those spoon-fulls of food up to their mouths. It quite a task to clean up the floor (not to mention the babies) after every meal.

Maya and Ella turned 11-months-old on July 10th!

Kisses and hugs from Mama.

Dancing in the garden.

A pretty picture of Maya and me.

"Ooooo! I can get it! I can get it!"

The flowers and berries in the back yard were at their peak these few days. Each morning we would check on my lilies to see how many new blooms had opened.

Five blooms close to opening!

One of the first.

A few days later.

Underside.

Butterfly on Echinacea.

The monthly multiples group meeting was held at the Montessori playground on Sunday and we stopped by for a short time before going grocery shopping. The slides were a huge hit with the girls!

Getting ready to slide!

Maya says, "I'll catch you, Ella!"

"You slid down!"

Static hair and beautiful smile.

So happy!

Ella LOVED sliding. She would have stayed much longer than we did. Maya slid down a few times too, but was more interested in finding things to examine on the ground.

It's good to have a sister.

I took so many pictures this week. Sometimes I feel like I must be putting too many photos on here, but it's just so hard to leave any out -- they all give such a great
glimpse into the week!

I picked blueberries and raspberries! Yum!

How did all the berries end up on the floor?

My camera.

Ella tries out the new potty seat that I got for the toilet.

We've all been enjoying fresh cucumbers for snacks. Especially Ella.

We are working on learning the animal noises. Maya and Ella love when we point to the cow, sheep, horse or pig and say the sound that they make.

"Mama, please, please, blow bubbles for us!"

Ella loves her books.

Maya is not as into books as Ella, but she enjoys this animal one.

More walking from Maya!

We do a lot of laundry.

Both Brett and Ella look a little sad and tired in this picture, but for some reason, I really like it.

I wish this one weren't blurry.

Enjoying a ride in our neighbor's hammock during a Fourth-of-July party in their backyard.

Cottage cheese: good to the last drop.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Baybay & Baybee: Week 47 (6/27-7/3)

47 weeks old!

A lot happened this week, but the biggest thing is that Maya and Ella have been consistently sleeping through the night! The change started last Monday evening. I was home alone while Brett was at Scrabble Club. The girls were sleeping, and Ella woke up 45 minutes after they went to sleep, which is something that often happens. Normally, we go get them when they cry and I nurse or we walk around to help them back to sleep.

Well, this time, Ella's crying woke up Maya and since I couldn't easily help both girls at once, I decided to let them cry for a little while to see if they could get themselves back to sleep. I put Ella back down, gave them both kisses and told them what I was doing - that I would be right outside the room if they needed me, but that I knew they could get themselves back to sleep. Then I left the room. They cried. After 5 minutes I went back in and reassured them, but didn't pick them up. Maya cried for a total of 10 minutes and then fell asleep. Ella kept crying on and off for about 20 minutes. I went back in a couple times to reassure her during that time. After 20 minutes (which was as long as I could stand it) I picked her up and nursed her. She fell asleep and I put her back in her bed.

We have continued with the idea of letting them cry/fuss through the night when they woke, going in once or twice only to comfort them for a short time. It was very difficult to hear them cry, but they did catch on and figure out how to get back to sleep by themselves after a few days. We did the same thing for naps and it has made an amazing difference for everyone. We now put the girls down, give them their pacifiers and say, "Have a good rest, we love you!" and they GO TO SLEEP!

Our new set-up in the babies' room.

Maya sleeps.

Ella sleeps. The first few days in the new beds, Ella would fall asleep sitting up! Fortunately, by the end of the week (most of the time) she started laying down before she fell asleep. This is her usual position: with a pacifier in the mouth, pacifier in her hand and purple doggie tucked under her arm.

In other news, Maya is really getting into walking! It's so great to see her excited about moving around by herself. A fun game for all of us this week was, "Walk to Mama"/"Walk to Dada!" again, and again and again.

Yay, Maya!

We had a nice visit with our friends Dan, Darlene and Lydia at Look Park. We had planned to ride the tandem there, but Maya was having none of going in the trailer, so we ended up driving. A big congratulations and welcome to Emily, the newest member of the Buttrick family, born just a few weeks after this picture was taken!

We had a very fun afternoon on Friday playing at our neighbor Chrissi's house. Maya and Ella loved the kiddy pool, watching the other kids, and the sprinkler.

Ella says 'hi' to friends, Sia and her daughter, Josephine, at the neighborhood play group.

It's corn season!

Delicious!

The big tree in our next-door neighbor's yard was taken down this week. There were a lot of big trucks and chainsaws involved. We had a good time watching.

Playing outside with Grandma Kathy.

Sharing toys with herself.

Maya and Ella are very good at strewing their toys all over the floor.

The backyard flower garden is beautiful right now! We have been spending a lot of time with the babies in the swings enjoying the flowers and black raspberries.

My Canada Lily buds get bigger every day!

Coreopsis and Black-Eyed Susans.

Purple Echinacea blooms opening.

Black raspberries!

Two happy babies eating black raspberries.

Bonus video! Eating and swinging.