Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Baybay & Baybee: Week 72 (12/19-12/25)

72 weeks old!

We started off the week with a doctor's appointment for the girls. We went to get the vaccinations and blood draws that had been postponed at their last check-up. Sadly, we forgot to bring pacifiers with us, so there was a lot of crying and two very upset little girls by the end of the blood draws. The worst part (at least for Ella) was the numbing bandages that were put on arms in preparation for the blood draw. She did NOT want those bandages on. Her crying set off Maya (cue concerned look and the sign for cry) who, though reluctant to let the nurse come near her, might have held it together had her sister not been so upset. The next time they need blood drawn, we may skip the numbing step. We will, at the very least, ask how important it is. 

They had no negative reaction to the shots (PCV-13, Chicken Pox, and MMR) this time, except a small rash and redness where the needles went in. I know that vaccinations are good and what we've chosen to do, but every time they get them I still worry. 

 Attempting to get a good picture of both toddlers in front of the tree. One smile!

One smile. One blank stare.

Maya is done sitting.

One half asleep and one half smile. Time for bed.

On Friday afternoon we went to see Kathy sing with her group at the hospital. The concert was during the time that we usually have lunch, and though they had a snack, Maya and Ella weren't in the best moods for sitting and listening to music. They excitedly pointed to Grandma and then squirmed around for the rest of the time.

Hanging out with Grandma after the concert.

They were very happy to finally be able to give her hugs. Once or twice we had to restrain them from running up to her while the group was still singing.

We stopped at Green Fields Market for some lunch after the singing.

Selena came over later in the week and we made another attempt at getting a good picture of the girls with the Christmas tree. When two of the four subjects are in constant motion, it takes a lot of pictures to get a good one.

Once again, Maya and Ella did not want to sit still. 

Just the two of us. Much easier to get a good picture.

Brett's brilliant idea.

Story time with Selena.

Happy to be outside on a sunny day.

Hats to keep the feet warm.

Is he asleep? <poke, poke>

After meals, we have started a great routine where one of us (usually me) will go wash dishes while the other stays in the living room with the girls, handing them items from the table to bring to the kitchen. Maya and Ella will take turns busing dirty dishes from the table to the kitchen until everything is put away. Brett calls this "chore tennis" because they both run back and forth with such gusto. I am greeted by the cutest little girls with the biggest grins ("Look at me, Mama! I'm carrying this BIG plate AND a fork!").   In return, I present them with the clean (just washed) dishes, which they excitedly carry back to Brett. They love to help. And it helps us clean up. Definitely a great routine.

On Monday, we were so impressed with Maya and Ella. We only had one banana, and they both wanted the whole thing. After some explaining and a bit of initial help, they ate the whole banana, together, taking turns (handing it back and forth) until it was gone.

Standing on the chairs in the living room is the best thing. Maya and Ella can get up and down safely on their own now! 


Adventures with paint (and it really was an adventure, one not to be repeated anytime soon).

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Baybay & Baybee: Week 71 (12/12-12/18)

71 weeks old!

We got our tree this week! Maya and Ella helped me pick it out. It's small, but very cute. Brett and I set it up in the evening, after the girls were in bed. We put the lights on that night and the next day the girls helped us add the ornaments.  So far, they have been good about being gentle with the tree. We tell them to just wave to the ornaments, or touch very gently.


Maya, especially, has been having more tantrum-like behavior when she doesn't get what she wants. It could be anything from wanting her sister's socks, the boots Ella happens to be wearing, a toy that Ella is playing with (are you sensing a pattern here?), a specific color pacifier, or a different bowl for eating out of. Maya will shake her head profusely, while waving her arms around and yowling. On the other side of things, often she has been good at waiting for things and sharing. It all seems to depends on her mood and how tired she is. Ella is still pretty easy-going and doesn't often get too upset when things are taken from her or don't go her way.

This box was the favorite toy this week. 

It became very colorful as the days went by.

But this box was more than just a place to color with crayons - it became the best climbing-sitting-jumping-off place in the house!

Ella, ready for her dismount...

...the jump (what form!)

She nails the landing!

Back for more!

Life is good.

Unfortunately, life wasn't so good for some of us over the weekend. On Saturday night, I came down with a horrible stomach bug. Both Maya and Ella had thrown up a few days before, so I likely caught whatever they had. While we were worried about the girls when they were sick, what they had seemed to pass quickly and there were no other symptoms along with the bit of nausea. Not the case for me. This was the worst sickness that I've had in, maybe ever. Brett got it the night after I did and we were both out of commission for a good day and a half following the worst of our sickness. I am so thankful that we weren't ill at the same time, so that we could help each other cope. I also feel lucky that the worst of it happened for us in the evening, after the girls were asleep for the night.

Brett, reading the book "All the World" to the girls. I took this picture during a brief moment of not laying in bed.

This is after I was feeling better, but still weak. I was very happy to have the energy to move from the bed to the couch for some snuggles with Maya.

Brett, on the mend, but during his day spent in bed. Maya and Ella joined him to watch a video while I made us dinner.

Here are a few more pictures from the week. On Thursday, Brett and I both had dental appointments and we took the girls along. I don't have any pictures from that day, but Ella enjoyed watching Brett get his teeth cleaned for a few minutes. Maya, however, desperately wanted him to be "all done". She kept signing "all done" over and over, clearly anxious to have Dada out of the dentist's chair. Shortly after, I took the girls out to the waiting room, and we had a good time playing while Brett got the rest of his teeth cleaned.   

Mama's boots are the best.

Apples are pretty good, too.

Ella's turn with my boots. And she has her rain jacket on, too, just in case it gets especially wet inside the house.

Big boots, little girl.


Ella and Maya learned how to open the tabs on this pill container this week! They've been able to close the tabs for a while, but always hand it over to us to be opened again. As cute as it was, I'm pleased that they can do this on their own now.

Sweet hugs for Uncle Guy at the farmer's market. Guy was so nice and brought us ginger ale and homemade miso soup when we weren't feeling well.

After the farmer's market, Brett took the girls up to Cradle to use the bathroom and play for a few minutes. The baby doll is always a favorite.

Where are Maya's hands?

Where is Grandma?
Kathy also came down while we were on the mend and brought us food, hugs and good company.

My yogurt.

It's difficult to make it all the way from the cup to the mouth without dripping some.

At the end of the week, Toby and Sabrina visisted for a day, on their way back to New York City from Burlington, VT. We are looking forward to seeing Toby for a longer visit in a couple weeks. 

Getting a game in while the babies nap.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Baybay & Baybee: Week 70 (12/5-12/11)

70 weeks old!

This week consisted of a lot of playing dress up, pretending to be asleep and then awake, laughter from being put in the other girl's bed after getting up from a nap (apparently the funniest thing EVER), climbing, reading books, and plenty of eating. I got to go to a couple thrift stores on my own, which I really enjoy. One was combined with a trip to collect rent in Springfield (the Savers thrift shop in West Springfield has so much stuff!) and the others were just quick stops while out doing errands in town. 

Maya, looking very cute in a dress/vest combo she picked out herself.  The dress is new from the thrift store this week and the vest was mine when I was a toddler. Both girls love to wear the vest because they can take it off by themselves.

New chairs. Also from the thrift store.

Good for standing on.

The big chairs are good for standing on, too. It's easier to reach the food that way.

And Mama's water glass.

Pick me up, pick me up!

Bunny plates! The one on the top, I ate off of when I was little. The one on the bottom I found at the thrift store for 59 cents! I'm so excited to have two now, so Maya and Ella can each use one.

I found these adorable little dolls at Savers. I paid $4.00 for all of them. Looking them up online, I found out that they are Honey Hill Bunch Dolls made by Mattel from 1976-1978. They are worth about $10.00 each!

On Sunday, we met Chris, Kelly, Olivia and Evelyn at the Universal Kids play area. It was our first time there and the girls had a blast. There is a big play area with all kinds of toys in different themes (which wasn't particularly exciting) and a room with ball pits and slides, which was VERY exciting!

The ball pit was a HUGE hit for everyone.

Ella took a little longer to warm up to the ball pit than the other three, but she did have fun once she was in. It also helped once Dada got in.



She had the best crazy static hair!


Oliva and Maya climbed out of the ball pit themselves.

Getting ready to jump back in...

Wait, I'm not ready...

You're coming with me!



Where is Ella?

It's a lot of work to climb out!

We all enjoyed some popcorn.

Everyone was supposed to wear socks in the play areas. Ella kept taking hers off. This provided her with the special super power of vertical slide assent. Maya was jealous.

This would have turned out badly, had Brett not intervened.

Up the slide and down the other side, that's how Ella rolls.

Speaking of rolling, this car was probably the best thing in the whole place. Everyone got a turn or two to ride it and the others helped push. Chris was awesome, helping the girls push/steer for a LONG time.

Olivia's turn!

Maya was SO pleased whenever it was her turn!

Here are some other highlight photos from the week.


Sweeping. Ella says, "I think you missed a spot."

Maya, playing peek-a-boo, using the curtain in her room.

Selena time!

After-nap reading.

Olives. They taste best if stuck on your finger before they are eaten.

Nose kisses.

Playing outside and trying out new gloves.


Helping Dada clean up the front yard on a drizzly day. Maya has also been enamored with pockets. She's delighted every time she realizes that what she's wearing has them.

If you are Maya, and you are hungry and outside, the kale in the garden looks pretty tasty.

On Monday evening I took the girls out to a choral Christmas concert at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel in Northampton. Kathy came with us and Brett stopped by after dropping the equipment off at Scrabble Club. We didn't stay the whole time because Maya and Ella started getting giddy-tired and wanting to crawl down the aisles. Brett biked back to Scrabble Club while Kathy and I took the girls home and put them to bed. They went to sleep easily after quite a few games of hide-behind-Grandma's-back-and-pretend-to-be-gone-only-to-run-out-laughing-a-second-later. 

There you are!

Tired hugs.