In the business of life, the babies suddenly became 10 months old! Yipes! How can they be almost a year already?!? To celebrate, mommy forgot completely but life went on;)
|The babies right after the "official 10 month" day- we had a lovely bbq with friends & babies did awesome!|
|The girls playing with hat strings- I love how they interact with each other! They are very girly together and I think they will be such good friends as they grow.|
|Earlier on the same day, Jenna went to her friend Reagan's birthday party and had a blast!|
|The day before, Jenna's school had a field trip to a local horse farm. She loved it!|
|I am totally loving get-togethers where the kids outnumber adults!|
You might ask, Becky, why have you been distracted (besides the usual)? Well, our family hit a milestone this past week...
Our *baby* graduated--- from Pre-School! I thought I would not be emotional over this, but when she came home on her last day of school with a graduation hat in her bag & she placed it on her head, tears welled up in my eyes and I realized just how fast time flies! She then, like a good little girl, started to re-assure me by saying, "It's OK, mom... I will still be your little girl even when I graduate".
Andy and I are so proud of her and thank God daily for the gift of Jenna in our life. Grandma & Grandpa also came to watch the ceremony:
|The kids performing a song for the audience. Jenna is front & center. It was so cute!|
And the babies? They are getting more and more independent by the day! The days feel busier and busier too, which is ironic because I thought with their growing independence I would have more "time", but nnnnnnnnno. Quite the opposite, let me assure you!
First of all, they are very serious about being busy. Below is what our living room looks like these days, but to maintain realism also picture it gated in on both sides, toys everywhere, babies getting stuck under toys & crawling over one-another, a puddle or two of spit-up, the smell of poop in the air, Jenna picking them up haphazardly, Curious George on TV, and me frantically doing what needs to be done next. And that scenario is just at 8:15 am!
|It never looks this clean. This is after all are asleep & I have cleaned up & sanitized the mats.|
Seriously- they change daily! Here is where the babies are today:
|A typical feed. The boys are nice & neat- because they don't like to pick up & eat food! Hannah is ready to jump out of the highchair she is so happy over food. Lauren is messy & happy. The floor? ugh. Don't get me started.|
HANNAH is the fastest crawler in the Mid-West. We now have the play room gated but if we leave the gate open, don't you know there is a happy little escapee on the loose. She likes to steal toys and is mesmerized with every finding. She is dangerously close to pulling herself to stand and is so proud of her endeavors.
|A typical Happy Hannah Face. That girl has such a zest for life!|
|"Oh Lauren, what a pretty bow you have! It's just like mine!"|
Hannah does not babble much, but she is very animated and gasps, giggles, and "ooohhhh's" a lot. She is a happy girl and still a spark-plug, and we love her so very much!
|"Yo. Whats up. This is my serious face."|
Tanner's reflux is kept at bay with Prevacid and he still does not like food with texture. I try to offer him a variety of foods in a nonchalant way, and the looks he gives me are hilarious. He is slowly getting textures down: he will take ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, and level 3 chunky baby food, but is not at all interested in picking something up with his fingers and placing it in his mouth. Yet. Tonight I did sneak a teeny piece of pork in his mouth and he did not throw up. So let's call that progress.
Tanner is not much for babbling yet. He will coo & say "hi" and "hey" (not sure if it's purposeful or not) but he is a smartie. I know he is figuring things out in that handsome head of his, so I just continue to model lots of sounds & give him opportunities to grow. I am so glad I am a pediatric OT and these are not my first children, because it helps me not worry so much. I am doing all I can-- and I am confident he will get it in his own time!
|Lauren doing her "scrunchy face". It is Trademark Lauren: she scrunches her nose and breathes in & out fast all the time, just because!|
Lauren can roll anywhere really, really fast but she is also starting to realize there are other modes of mobility. She is learning to get up a little more off her belly & move in that prone position. She also watches the others for tips, I think. Lauren has made such gross & fine motor progress in the past 2 months that I am certain she will be crawling soon!
Lauren likes solid foods and is learning to eat at a regular pace. She gets as much food on the floor as she does in her mouth sometimes, but she is exploring and liking the foods she tries. Tonight she enjoyed the pork & potatoes, but she also gummed & rolled the food in her mouth for a while before swallowing it as if to savor it (vs. Hannah, who I think just inhales & swallows).
Tyler, like Tanner, is not a big talker or babbler but he LOVES to scream and laugh. Man, that boy giggles. He just cracks himself up! And, if you hear a high-pitched scream just for the heck of it, chances are it was Tyler. He gurgles and coos but is not too interested in saying mama or dada... yet. Food-wise Tyler is like Tanner, but every day he seems to tolerate more. He can eat some textures and he also did not puke everything up after I snuck a small piece of pork in his mouth tonight. So, yeah. Progress!
So that is what's new. I can't believe the babies are almost a year old and I need to start planning a birthday party for 5! (Jenna's BD is the day after the babies, so it will be busy). I am hoping the nasty mosquitos get better soon, because they are putting a serious damper on walks lately. Hannah has 6 bites on her face right now! Vampires. They must think she is sweet, too!
Have a wonderful Memorial Weekend!