Sunday, May 5, 2013

Baybay & Baybee: Week 80 (2/13-2/19)

80 weeks old!

We started out the week with a check-up for Maya and Ella at NAP (Northampton Area Pediatrics), followed by the first HooteNanny of the season!

The waiting room at the doctor's office is always the best part of the visit.


Maya and Ella are still getting up very early in the morning. They are also still taking two naps during the day. We have been wondering when they might decide to move to one nap, but they just don't seem ready yet. A couple times recently, one or the other has stayed awake for a nap while the other slept. I go to check on them and find the awake one quietly sitting up in their bed playing with their socks or doggies.

In the early morning, Maya and Ella usually come into bed with us and I nurse them and we all cuddle for a while. Often some of us will fall back asleep. Ella, especially, is the sleepyhead of the family.  One morning this week, we had all been up for a couple hours before Ella finally woke up and decided to join us.

We got some more snow a couple times, but nothing like the big storm last week. It is pretty to see the ground covered with fresh white snow. I will admit though, I'm getting tired of all the clothes: boots, hats, gloves, snowsuits, etc.  It's a lot of pieces to get on (and off) two little ones.

Early morning calm.

Hi, Ella!

Trailer # 7 in off-duty hours.

This is how our stroller walks end up most of the time.

Bike rides are fun, even in the snow!

On Saturday, Brett took the girls to visit Spartan, Hannah and Max. I stayed home and rested. I was having a tough day and it was good to have some time alone. I missed seeing everyone, but I got to take a much needed nap and clean up the whole house.

Spartan, Maya and Ella making some music.

Out for a walk.

This was one of Max's first walks on his own feet (Hannah usually has him in an Ergo). He only learned to walk around Christmas.

A few other exciting things this week: Selena came over for a visit, Maya learned how to say her name (or at least the first part of it), and, Ella signed "share" to Maya! Maya was playing with crayons, putting them from one container into another. Ella wondered over and wanted some crayons. Maya got upset and tried to stop Ella from taking any crayons. Ella looked at Maya and signed, "share" - and Maya did! It was a very Proud Mama Moment for me.

Reading books together.


While Ella was sleeping in, Maya and Dada made raspberry pancakes for breakfast!

Ella signs "work" as they watch Brett get ready to ride off with the trailer for Pedal People.

Every once in a while Maya takes a longer nap than Ella.  Here Ella enjoys the whole bowl of popcorn all to herself--a rare treat indeed for a twin.

Climbing the stairs to the 2nd floor apartment while Merry and Evan are away to help feed Mocha the cat.

A style all her own.

We ended the week with visit to Leyden. Both girls wore underwear instead of diapers the whole time (and whole rest of the day!) with only one accident which happend after we got home. Though we rarely use diapers at home anymore (except for naps and night) we've only recently started forgoing them while out and about. It feels scary to go without diapers while out, but so far so good.

Ella, climbing on the potty chair at Grandma and Grandpa's house. This is the same potty that Brett used when he was a toddler!

Playing with toys.

I will leave you this week with some bonus pictures of two silly-sillies in the bath!

Necklaces in the bath!

That's one way to wear it...


"Look at me! Look at me!"

"I'm wearing my necklace, too!"


Baybay & Baybee: Week 79 (2/6-2/12)

79 weeks old!

We started the week with a visit from Aunt Anne! I was pretty tired that day, but we had a nice visit and I even got to take a nap. We had some lunch together and then all went out to Cup and Top to play for a short time.

Aunt Anne tries out Maya and Ella's rocking boat.

Starting a game of Scrabble while Maya is still napping.


Down the slide at Cup and Top.

On Thursday, I had my first cooking class. It's a series of classes with Paul Sustick, the owner of Paul & Elizabeth's restaurant. We made so many different dishes in the two and a half hours during my first class! I wasn't sure what to expect, but I think it's going to be really fun.  

When I got home that afternoon, I took Maya and Ella over to Benita's house for a short visit. It was good to see Benita, and fun to see her boys. We didn't stay very long, but Maya and Ella got tired and hungry, so it was an ordeal to get them back to the car when it was time to leave.  Sometimes it's really hard to be one parent with two babies who don't want to cooperate: when one is ready the other is running away, and when you catch the second the first has long since taken off her socks and shoes. GAH! 

Avery and Jonah have this great slide in their living room!

There was a line to go down...

...Pinky dog got to go first.

Friends playing the piano together.

On Friday, it started snowing. By Saturday morning, we woke up to more snow covering the ground than I've ever seen around here in one storm!

Watching the snow fall.

One of the first things we did once the snow started to cover the ground was to bring some inside.

Brett and the girls also did some shoveling.

The next morning, out the back steps...

...that's a lot of snow!

How do we get out of here!?

Maya and Ella make their own path.


Video documentation.

A break from shoveling to pull the girls on the sled.

They didn't want to stop.

My turn to pull everyone.

We have a long driveway. It took a long time to shovel.

Our snow-covered river.

On Saturday, we received a wonderful package from Florida full of oranges, and a few other goodies! We have all been enjoying fresh squeezed juice for breakfast. Thanks Mama, Papa, Timmy and Malory! 

Maya, enjoying some fresh squeezed juice. She even squeezed it herself!
These necklaces arrived in the package, made by Grandma. They were well-loved immediately.

Ella's first pig-tails! They only stayed in for a few minutes before she pulled them out.

I don't usually let the girls play with my wallet, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to get a few minutes to yourself.

Heading out for a bike ride (before the huge snowstorm!).


This large pad of paper from Aunt Anne has been a lot of fun. 

Notable things this week include: Both girls now know how to say "Papa", and both girls have been making strides in being able to put their own shoes on (and take them off).   

General silliness. 

On Sunday, my babies celebrated their second half birthday! Yay! Happy year and a half, Maya and Ella. We love you!