Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Baybay & Baybee: Week 74 (1/2-1/8)

74 weeks old!

We kept noticing things this week that the girls could do easily now, that last time we checked, they couldn't. For instance, they effortlessly climb in and out of their rocking boat, and we don't worry (much) about them falling anymore. They can pull the cord on the flashlight to charge it all on their own (something they used to struggle with and be afraid of because of the loud noise it makes) and they are getting so good at climbing stairs (especially the ones leading to our basement, which they LOVE). All of their clothes (12 & 18 months) are getting small. Maya and Ella are almost a year and a half old -- amazing!!

"Hi, Maya!" 
Now-a-days, climbing up and down from the learning tower is no big deal for these two.

Grocery shopping with Dada.
Having one girl standing in the back of the cart feels a lot safer now than it used to.

We had a couple outings this week, besides grocery shopping. We went to the farmers market on Saturday, and out to breakfast one morning at the Green Bean with Selena. After the breakfast out, we stopped at the Parents Center for a short play-time. Maya wore underwear the whole time we were out and she stayed dry the whole time! She used the toilet at the restaurant (with our little seat) and she was very proud of herself. Ella had a diaper during our outing, but didn't pee (though she did sit and try) until we got home.

Maya and Brett walk down the stairs in Thorne's Marketplace, heading to the farmers market.

Ella (people watching) at the farmers market.

Carrots! We bought a huge bag of carrots.

If Maya could, she would probably say, "Selena, I love you!"

Hat, gloves and boots on all by herself! Could she look any prouder?

Our Christmas tree is still up. It hasn't been pulled down by Maya or Ella and we're still enjoying the pretty lights in the evening. When the girls get up in the morning and we go into the living room, they say, "Hi" to the tree first thing. I hope they aren't too sad when we eventually take it down.

Maya gives the panda ornamant a kiss.


Ella helps Dada with his Scrabble game.

We discovered that a bowl of snow to play with inside, was a lot of fun.


"Try some, it's good!"

It was a brilliant way to keep two toddlers occupied and quiet for 20 minutes!


Maya is cute.

Sleep has been much better this week! The only complaint we really have is that 4:00 a.m. is just TOO early to wake up. Someone (Maya!) seems to think that this is the best time to wake up, because she's been doing it consistently for days. Often her cries wake her sister up and I end up nursing them both. We've had some success with putting the girls back to bed after they've nursed for a while.  That usually gives us another hour or so of sleep. It's not terrible. But, it's not great, either. Naps have still been easy and consistant, except for a couple times recently when one or both of the girls have decided not to take a second nap. I'm curious when they will make the switch to only one nap, instad of two. It's hard to imagine that will happen unless they start waking up later in the morning. 


Boat rides are fun.

Rubbing her sister's hair.

Ella.

Maya. (And the seahorse, aka worm, which she can turn on and off by herself now!)


Howdy, partner.


Looking at a favorite book together.

Maya invented a funny game this week. When we are nursing, she will pretend that she is "all done". She waves her hands (the sign for "all done") and pulls my shirt down. I respond by saying, "Okay, all done!", to which she grins and signs "more" and "nurse". I pretend to be surprised and let her nurse more, and this goes on over and over again. Ella has started doing it, too. They both think it's pretty funny to "trick" me.


My little munchkin.


Toes!

Ella in her stripes.

She can get down from this chair by herself, but sometimes, she doesn't want to.

We had a cute little photo shoot one afternoon.


Hug.


Holding hands.

Practicing their dance moves.

Maya really likes holding hands.

Smile.

And lastly, but not surprisingly, one of the main highlights of this week continued to be playing outside in the snow.

"I'm outside! Yay!"

"Can we climb on it? Can we push it?  Can we eat it?"

Trudging around in the snow.


Sitting. It's a lot of work to get up once you're down.

My sweet husband.

Maya.

Ella.


We made some hand prints.

Sled ride! 


Adventures in the snow.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Baybay & Baybee: Week 73 (12/26-1/1)

73 weeks old!

Christmas Day was spent with Brett's family (plus my Aunt Anne!) in Leyden. We woke up, had a snack, packed everyone (and everything) into the car and stepped out into the snowy morning. We made it to Brett's parents house by 7:30. It felt like we were packing for a weeklong trip with all the stuff we brought with us. It's a good thing we were smart and packed most of it the night before.

The tree.

All the stockings.

Ella sits with her Great Aunt Anne while we open stockings.

Sorting game pieces by color.

Maya and Grandpa.

Up the stairs!

Ella's turn.

Ornaments.

Pretty.

One of the first presents that the girls unwrapped: Raspberries!

Ripping the paper.

This lift-the-flap book was an immediate favorite.

Kathy, Aunt Anne and I took a walk together.

There were some impressive icicles.

Wow!

This was a very exciting present.


 New bike.

We had a race with all of the wind up toys.

We got lots more snow later in the week! Our first attempt at taking the girls out to play in it was a complete fail. They were tired. Ella didn't want to wear her snowsuit. Maya wanted a different hat and insisted on being held. It was a very short excursion. The second attempt, on another day, worked out much better.

Watching Dada shovel.

There he is!

The best part was when he threw snowballs at the window.

But just the shoveling was pretty fascinating all on its own.

Our second adventure in the snow.

Ella was much happier this time.

Maya thought it was fun to get the snow on her glove (but it had to be wiped off before she could dip her hand in the snow again.)

Both girls thought that falling down onto the snow was hilarious.

"Help me, please!"

Helping her sister brush the snow off of her gloves.

Maya tries her hand at shoveling.

It feels like our nights are slowly getting better. We've had fewer wake-ups in the middle of the night then usual. Maybe we are turning the corner? It's so hard to know what to do about sleep. Maya and Ella get up so early! Why?! I am just hoping for the best at this point, and trying to appreciate the good nights when we get them. 

Maya and her cat purse. This was a Christmas gift from Grandma Kathy. I'm not sure that I've ever seen Ella play with it, but Maya carries it around all the time, often with different animals or toys inside.

Another new toy. They are still a little young for this, but have been enjoying it anyway. One side is a chalk board and the other side is for dry erase markers.

At the end of a long day, Dada gets a massage.

Ella's cozy reading spot. Both girls are getting so good at climbing on and off the couches. They LOVE to hide behind the cushions  Another skill that Ella picked up this week is, nodding "yes"! She does it very slowly and deliberately -- it's very cute. Also, both girls think that walking on their tip-toes is lots of fun, and funny to boot!

I got this table at the thrift store for a couple dollars. It goes well with the chairs.

We've been using it mostly as a drawing table. It's great!

When I came home from doing some errands one day this week, I found these cute pictures on the camera that Brett had taken of Maya.

My, what a lovely hat you have.

Eating is serious business.

Even and Merry were away for a while over the holidays, so we got to take care of their cat, Mocha. Maya and Ella LOVED going upstairs to see her. In this picture, Maya is trying to give Mocha a kiss.

The snow didn't stop some of us from riding in the swings!

All bundled up.

Watching Dada getting ready to leave for work.

Ella can turn this light on and off now!

Maya can, too.

Me and Maya.

Jim came over for a visit. He and Ella had fun putting a puzzle together.

Uncle Guy and Becca also stopped by for a visit this week. That afternoon, we told the girls that Guy was coming over in a little while and until he arrived, "Guy" was the most popular word in the house. But the real question is: What do you do with a bucket of pens?

Dump them out, of course!

Snow!

Toby arrived for a visit on Sunday evening. He will be staying with us for about a week and a half. Maya and Ella slept terribly (one of their worst nights in a while, with so many wake-ups) that first night he was here. I have no idea why it was such a hard night, but hopefully it won't become a pattern.

I will leave you with a few more pictures of the girls playing in the snow. Happy New Year, everyone!

We love the snow!

Smile for Mama!

Uncle Toby with the twins.

Down!

So many cute pictures!

"Um, a little help please."

Happy Ella.

Following in her sister's footprints.

A few seconds later.

Ella up! Maya down!

First snow angels.

Bonus video!