59 weeks old!
Brett and I did something this week that we haven't done in over a year -- we went away for the whole day together, without the babies. We were gone from 6:30 in the morning until 9:00 at night. We spent the day at the Newmarket Heritage Festival, teaching juggling! Selena and Kathy stayed with the girls and it was a surprisingly relaxing and positive experience for me. Leading up to the day, I had been so nervous and wasn't sure how I would manage a whole day away from my girls. While I did miss them (A LOT!), I was able to mostly let go, not worry too much, and just be at the festival with Brett.
Here I am showing some kids how the diablo works.
Brett juggling clubs.
This little girl had a blast decorating Brett's hair with the juggling scarves.
It REALLY helped me knowing that the girls were with two of their favorite people. They didn't even cry when we left in the morning. We all got up around 5:30, after snuggles and nursing in bed. Selena came over shortly after that and Brett and I said our goodbyes as the girls were sitting down to breakfast. They gave us hugs and kisses and we left. They knew we were going to be gone for the whole day (we had told them a few times that morning) and they were excited to see Selena and eat their food. The lack of crying when we left helped me relax so much! Selena played with the girls and put them down for their first nap in the morning. Kathy came over while they were still asleep (around 9:00) and spent the rest of the day with them. I left a little milk in bottles and they did drink some of that during the day, but were mostly just happy to play with their Grandma.
Swinging and watching people at Maines Field.
I'm so thankful to Kathy for taking some pictures so that I could see how happy the girls were while we were away!
Maya and Ella like to put this colander on their head and peek through it. It's a funny game we play together and they decided to shared it with their Grandma.
We had an odd mix of warm and chilly days over the week. One sunny afternoon found us outside playing in the garden in short sleeves, while the babies wore nothing. Then the next day we were all bundled up in long sleeves and socks just to go for a walk. I'm not sure I am ready for winter just yet.
Warm sunshine on little bodies.
I want that one!
The babies and I went on a few adventures on our own this week, giving Brett some alone time for a few hours. Brett also took the girls on a couple bike rides and I got to spend some time on my own at home. I realized after doing more of it this week, that it's not as difficult to take both girls out on my own as it used to be. It's still tiring and a lot, but, if we have time and aren't in a rush, outings can be fairly relaxing and fun for all three of us.
On Tuesday, we had a picnic lunch at Childs Park.
And rode on the swings in the YMCA playground!
Ella wasn't sure what she thought about the sand all over the ground.
On Sunday, I took the girls to a play group while Brett stayed home. It was nice out, so we played in the grass outside the Midwifery Center. I brought our fabric tunnel for the babies to crawl through. In this picture, Liz watches as Maya, Lexi, and Ella all try to make their way through the tunnel at the same time!
Ella comes out the other side!
Getting out of the trailer to play at Maines Field with Dada.
Ella shows off her climbing skills.
Both girls, though especially Maya, have been fascinated with sitting and standing on things. They try to sit on everything: toy boxes, cups, books, hats, stuffed animals, etc. It's hilarious to watch! Another new thing is that Ella has decided she is in love with cats. She gives them kisses when she sees them in books and shrieks with joy when one happens to wander by while we are outside or looking out the window. Maya yearns to share Ella's love, but she's also afraid of the cats, so clings tightly to us while eyeing the furry creatures whenever they come around. Also, though most of the pictures this week are of smiling, happy girls, we had our share of crankiness and tears. I think more teeth are coming soon.
Maya is working on being able to sit down on the potty on her own!
And a more succinct video.
Oh the joy to get to stand on the table!
Ella playing near the window to best be on the lookout for cats that might walk by.
In the boat with helmet.
Bath time bubbles.
Hugs are a somewhat recent and adorable development. They also sometimes give each other kisses.