Saturday, August 25, 2007

Must be fair

M sitting up! She's leaning on her hands but is able to balance herself for a very long time.

M's first do

J and Grandma

J and Auntie

J is rolling over too and he was mad that M got her aire time so he showed off for the camera this morning.

This is M eating her feet. Yes, she's in a boy outfit so I put a clip in her hair :-)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

August 22

The other day Jackson was fussing in the pack-n-play and kind of annoying me because he was fed and clean and surrounded by toys so there was no reason for him to be fussing. I finally went over to jokingly yell at him and found them like this. Apparently he was fussy because his sister was kicking him in the face! Then I sang and they both smiled ear to ear.

Chris got Madison rolling over on video last night but it's on the fancy HD video camera that I have no clue how to use so I was able to get one of her from my digital camera this morning.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

August 21

Yesterday was lots of fun. The babies, my mother, and I drove into Boston with my Aunt Judy and her two grandsons, Ben and Jack. We parked at the Museum of Science where the duck tours leave from. My mom and Judy had already purchased tickets online. I wasn't sure ahead of time if I was going to make it so I didn't have a ticket. I was hoping there would be one available when I got there but I knew there was a chance that we'd have to wait for them to get back. Sadly the boat was full so M&J and I walked around a little. We saw a really pretty park across the street (and across the green line) so I pushed the stroller across the street. The park was surrounded by fencing. I kept walking around in the hopes that there would be an opening but there wasn't. I saw a woman across the street pushing a double stroller and of course wondered if she had twins in there. Since the park was obviously closed for some reason I turned back to go back to the museum and walk around in there. I ended up bumping into the woman with the stroller and she was also curious what I had in MY stroller. We were thrilled to find that we both had boy girl twins born in the same hospital! Hers were 1 year old. They looked so big compared to M&J! She asked for my email so we could keep in touch and said I was welcome to join her playgroup. I've never looked into joining one but I bet it would be fun.
Ok, sorry for the tangent.

I made my way back to the museum and went into the cafeteria to grab a snack then we walked around the building to the water. The Charles looked beautiful with all the boats and the classic Boston skyline in the background.
It was a perfect day right around 75 degrees. M&J were perfect angels all morning long and ended up falling asleep in the stroller. I took this sleeping moment to cut their nails!!
I was able to see their boat coming back right by where I was standing. That's Ben in the red shirt. The duck tour was eventually over and we all went to the cafeteria to get lunch. That was the most chaotic mess I've ever seen! But I did randomly bump into my friend Borina that sits next to me at work! What are the odds that we would both be at the MOS and at the cafeteria at the same time?? M&J woke up once we got in all that noise so of course they wanted to eat when we were trying to eat. My mom fed Jackson who proceeded to spit up all over the front of her shirt as she was demonstrating to Ben why we can't play "Super Jackson" after he eats. (Super Jackson...or Madison is a game we play where we put them high in the air like they're flying. They both get the biggest grins but it can be dangerous if Tank has just eaten). I think she asked for it. I fed Madison who again didn't finish a whole bottle.

We wanted to get out of the city before the traffic got too bad so we made our way back to Stoneham and went to the Stone Zoo. Look how cute Jackson is!!! Ben's not so bad either ;-)
Jack had fallen asleep on the way there so I put Jackson in the baby carrier while Jack shared the double stroller with Madison.

We were pleasantly surprised to find a LOT of animals there. I think we had heard bad things about the place so we weren't expecting much but we saw eagles, tigers

a jaguar a snow leopard, meerkats a spider monkey, these other monkeys that looked like skunks owls, a yak, other monkeys and pink flamingos!!! There was more than that but that's all I can think of right now.

They didn't have much in the way of good snacks so we left and went to Jordan's to get ice cream. I couldn't stay long because I had to get back home to get ready for work but it was a fabulous day.

Monday, August 20, 2007

August 20

Crying, hungry babies...


Since the 2004 summer olympics aired the women's beach volleyball event Chris has been a fan (sadly, not because of the sport itself). We've been watching it on TV ever since. He found out that the AVP tour was making a stop in Boston so he bought tickets. We went yesterday. It was televised on NBC and when we watched it back we actually saw ourselves on TV!!!

Misty May-Treanor has the record for the most team wins and is certainly the most well known player. She was signing autographs after one of the games so I was able to get her to sign a picture for me and for our 9 year old friend Matthew who is currently in the hospital getting better from Leukemia. (Hi Matthew!)
You can visit if you're interested in finding out more.

Misty (olympic gold medalist) and me (mom of that close?)

This is a video of Misty May-Treanor winning a point...

Friday, August 17, 2007

Letters 5 Months

Dear Madison and Jackson,

5 months old already. I can’t believe the dramatic difference in you both from what seems like yesterday when we brought you home. You both are still a dream to take places and we are often not home. Grandma always laughs when she calls me on my cell phone and we’re not at home. She says "Are you EVER home??" Daddy and I fall deeper and deeper in love with you every single day. Not a day goes by where we don’t tell you how beautiful and handsome you both are and how much we love you. I couldn’t even count the number of kisses you get. It’s astronomical. You both eat 7-8 oz of formula 4 times a day and wear size 2 diapers (a little big for Madison but just fine). I think you’re both starting to teethe. You drool a lot and love to chew on things. You’re both still content to lay in the pack-n-play, which I cherish because I know someday this will not be the case. You are really noticing each other more and more. I often find one of you staring at the other followed by a grin. It’s so cute! Both of your eyes are still a dark color that I can’t even describe…not blue, not brown so your eye color is still up in the air.
Putting away your preemie and newborn size clothes was so sad. It was incredible to think that such a short time ago you fit into those tiny outfits! Your schedule hasn’t changed much in the last month. I thought your daytime napping schedule had no rhyme or reason to it until I thought about it. You both eat at the same time in the morning, 30 minutes later Jackson falls asleep for 30 minutes just as Madison is falling asleep. Then When Madison wakes up Jackson goes back to sleep. You both manage to be awake for the next feeding though! You alternate naps all day long which means I can’t get ANYTHING else done. I am attempting to put you both down at the same time after eating in the morning and if Jackson wakes up after 30 minutes I’ll give him a binky and he’ll go back to sleep and you’ll both sleep for 2 hours. I just need to make the effort to do that every day…every day that we’re home, that is. This month we stopped swaddling you in your miracle blankets to see if you'd sleep later by being able to suck on your fingers if you woke up. It hasn't worked. I suppose the next milestones for you both are sitting up and eating solid foods which we'll try you at 6 months unless you start showing signs you're ready before that.

Dear Jackson,

You are a tank! I know I said at 4 months that you had started to really put on some weight but all of a sudden look like a completely different baby. Your face is so big and round and your neck seems to have disappeared. Auntie thinks we need to give up our dreams of you being a golfer because you’re going to be a linebacker. You are now reaching for things but haven’t quite mastered holding although you desperately want to bring everything to your mouth to chew on it. You now gurgle on top of cooing. Even I don’t know how to do what you do! You seem quite impressed with yourself so you do it often. You are wearing 3-6 month sized clothes. When you chew on a frozen teether (which you seem to enjoy) you end up getting cranky. Probably because it starts to hurt! You definitely love the exersaucer/jumper although you spit up every time you’re in it. The play mat is still a lot of fun for you especially now that you can reach out and touch things. You are not very interested in rolling from your back to your belly although you totally know how to do it. Your brown hair is almost completely gone now which has left the softest fuzzy head that is fabulous to touch. You are very close to laughing so we keep tickling and doing raspberries on your belly to get you to. I can’t wait to hear you laugh! You found your feet today! It was kind of funny though because you were trying so hard to grab them but your chubby belly seemed to get in the way. Your head is starting to get flat in the back since we stopped swaddling you and sleeping you on your sides with the sleep positioners (those are gone now too). Madison flips over as soon as we put her down so her head is fine, but you're content to just lay on your back. You must figure it's not worth the effort to roll over. I guess I have to make more of an effort to have you not laying down during the day but if you're sitting up in your bumbo or exersaucer or doing tummy time you seem to spit up more.
No injuries this month :-) oh, unless you want to count the circumcision.
New names I call you…Tank, Chubbo, Chubbaroo, Big guy.

I love you more than you'll ever know.

Dear Madison,

You are a peanut! Suddenly in the last couple weeks the difference in weight between you and your brother is so apparent. You wear size 3-6 month sized clothes although they are a little big and you can still squeeze into a newborn onesie. You now reach for things but not aggressively. You are more interested in looking at your hands. You study them like they’re a novel. The concentration on your face is priceless. You are a professional flipper. You flip and roll over in your crib. I never know what position you’ll be in when I go to get you after a nap but it’s NEVER the same way I put you down. You talk so much now…mostly to yourself and if we come near, you stop. A lot of times it sounds like you clearly say "HI!" or "HEY!" It’s really funny. Your hair is still very red and today I realized where it is growing in the front it has a curl to it! Basically you just have longer hair on the top of your head. The sides and back are mostly bald. You also like the exercauser/jumper and play mat. The bouncy seat now that we’ve put on the tray with toys on it is a hit with you too. You have laughed a few times when someone "eats" your belly or neck but even if you don’t laugh your huge wide smile is fabulous! You even smile and almost laugh when I shake my hair in your face. So far your laugh is adorable and I can’t wait to hear more of it. You've been grabbing and looking at your feet for a couple weeks now. It's so cute when you grab your feet then roll to the side.
Injuries this month: I didn't want you to feel left out of the "cutting the skin off the tip of your thumb" club, so I (accidently of course) did that for you a couple weeks ago at Auntie's house. You cried and cried and bled. I reacted much better than when I did it to your brother at 2 weeks old but I still felt horrible. Auntie got a bandaid for you and you were fine in a couple minutes.
New names I call you…Peanut, Baby peanut, Flippy girl. Mostly I still call you Baby Girl.

I love you more than you'll ever know.

Funny photos from 5 month old photo session (by me)

These are some funny photos I just took today. I will post the best ones with the letters later.

This was basically all Maddie did was eat her dress through the whole shoot


"Whatchoo talkin bout Willis?"

Monday, August 13, 2007

Sunday, August 12, 2007

One more

Look how chubby he's getting. We've taken to calling him Tank lately. We surely crack ourselves up.

August 11 and 12

Last night we had Crazy Grandma and Crazy Grandpa (all close relatives are now lovingly referred to as crazy...fill in the blank. You'll see a demonstration of why in the following video) over for dinner to celebrate Crazy Grandpa's 56th birthday.

The video part of my digital camera doesn't handle motion very well but you get the idea.

Grandpa and Papa with M&J with their party hats on.

Grandpa, Grandpa, M&J

Mommy and Maddie

My pretty girl

Madison's bum

Jackson's bum

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Video for your viewing pleasure

August 9

I need some help. I am putting up a whole bunch of framed photos of kids in Dr. C's office in hopes to build up some clients. I took a bunch of Madison today and can't decide which one i like best. Please go here and vote for your favorite. It's going to be printed in 16x20.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

August 4 & 5

Jackson was actually kicking and moving his arms and getting his face wet! This was at Gia's pool last night. Maddie went in too but we didn't get any footage of it. She liked it too but didn't kick like Jackson.

This Madison talking and smiling...

Another pro photo shoot

I had another nice photographer looking to build her portfolio come out and take pictures of the twins. Here are the highlights.