Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sick again

Great. Just when we had a few weeks in the clear.

Shannon has had a cold for about a week so I guess it was inevitable.

Adam's cough started back up a few days ago so I resumed the breathing treatments.

Sara woke at 2:30am last night coughing. We snuggled on the couch all night. She was running a fever this morning and Adam's got a stuffy nose.

I can feel it starting in my throat.

Go away!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Touchdown!

I felt like Adam saying "Touchdown" needed it's own post! Like most mothers, I tried raising the kids' hands in the air and saying "So big!" It was a chore getting Sara to do it and Adam was an even bigger struggle. We weren't sure if it was related to his tone at the time but he would lock his arms absolutely tight and not want to raise them. I didn't really worry about it. I think Shannon decided "So big" was a little lame so instead he and Adam would say "Touchdown!" Every now and then we would throw "Colts" on the end, especially if it was football season or Shannon was wearing his Colts hat. Sometime last week Adam was reading a book and kept repeating a word over and over that we couldn't figure out. We looked at the book and what he was pointing at. There was a roller coaster in the book with kids riding on it, raising their hands in the air. Shannon said, "He's saying 'touchdown!'" Sure enough. Now we hear it coming from the monitor when he wakes up. And it's his main phrase for praising himself. Sometimes he still claps for himself, but if he knows he accomplished something (putting his blankie back in bed, putting a puzzle piece in appropriately, stacking a block), instead he raises his hands and gives himself a "touchdown!"


Talking up a storm

It seems like the kids' vocabulary has just exploded in the past 2 weeks. They try to say everything. Most doctors or speech therapists say that by the time they are 2 they should be saying 50-70 words, half of which are understandable by someone who isn't around them all the time, and putting 2-3 word phrases together. I think we've made that goal! Adam is usually a little chattier than Sara, even though they say girls usually win over boys.

The 2 words phrases I have heard is "Mom help" and "Dad home".

I'm not going to continue counting how many words they know but the next time someone asks me, 'are they saying at least 50 words?' I can say YES!

  1. Mama
  2. Dada
  3. Puppy
  4. Ivy
  5. Woof
  6. Meow
  7. Squeak
  8. Moo
  9. Roar
  10. Frog
  11. Bug
  12. Spider
  13. Bunny
  14. Duck
  15. Quack
  16. Tiger
  17. Eye
  18. Nose
  19. Hair
  20. Hat
  21. Coat
  22. Sock
  23. Shoe
  24. Shirt
  25. Toes
  26. Foot
  27. Blankie
  28. Baby
  29. Bubble
  30. Clock
  31. Cracker
  32. Cheese
  33. Pie
  34. Cake
  35. Hi
  36. Bye
  37. Home
  38. Pen
  39. Milk
  40. Book
  41. One
  42. Two
  43. Three
  44. Four
  45. Ni-nite
  46. No
  47. Yes
  48. Potty
  49. Poop
  50. Bib
  51. Toast
  52. Pizza
  53. Na na (Banana)
  54. Snack
  55. Am (Adam)
  56. Sa (Sara)
  57. Slide
  58. Puzzle
  59. Medicine
  60. Block
  61. Snow
  62. Help
  63. Play
  64. Truck
  65. Bag
  66. Pretty
  67. Rock (rocking chair)
  68. Light
  69. Ball
  70. Done
  71. Down
  72. Boo
  73. Moon
  74. Star
  75. Tree
  76. Touchdown!

Night terrors and raisins

I think I'm still recovering from last Friday night. Or early Saturday morning I guess you could say. I should do some reading on it but I'm pretty sure Sara struggles with night terrors sometimes or at least very vivid dreams. She woke up at 2:30am screaming. I could tell she wasn't really awake when I went in her room because she didn't stand up in her crib to be picked up. So I walked out and stood in the hall. She was quiet for a little bit. Then she cried again. I went in and rubbed her tummy--that was all I could reach as she was laying against the back. She pushed my hand away and got quiet. It's a challenge sometimes trying to figure out whether or not she needs/wants to be picked up. I had already let her cry for a while and she wasn't calming down. She finally woke enough to stand and we moved to the living room to rock.

She nestled right in and I thought she would quickly fall back asleep but she tossed and turned and seemed like she couldn't get comfortable. Usually she doesn't sleep well on the couch because she thinks it's a game to play on the couch. We gave it a try. She was quiet for a bit but not really. Sucking on her thumb pretty hard, I asked if she needed a snack. Adam usually responds fairly clear when you ask him but Sara can just look at you. I asked again, "Do you need a snack?" Nothing. "Do you need some cheese?" She popped upright. Okay, that must be a sign of something.

We wandered out to the kitchen and blinded ourselves by the refrigerator light, at which point she decided cheese is not what she wanted. I noticed the clock on the microwave - 4am. Ugh. Back in the dark, I tried plan B. "Raisins?" An excited response. Okay, raisins it is. She sat in my lap at the kitchen table feeling around in the dark to get handfuls of raisins out of the palm of my hand. Of course she can't take just one or two, but has to work until she gets the entire handful and then cram them all in her mouth.

10 minutes later I explained we were all done with snack and it was ni-nite time. I was going to put her in Sara's bed for ni-nite and mama was very tired so she was going ni-nite in her bed. Outside her room, I asked for a ni-nite kiss and successfully received one, laid her in her crib and walked out. Silence. Whew.

4:35 and she's crying again. That 25 minutes of sleep just didn't do me. I feel so bad for her when she has these dreams. I brought her in bed with me. I have never had her fall asleep in bed because there are too many things to play with--push the buttons on the clock, pick up the baby monitor, shake Shannon's eye drop container--but I was so exhausted I thought I would give it a try. Shannon was sleeping upstairs because he was sick. And she really didn't seem awake. She tried to get up once and I told her it wasn't time to play and if she got up we would have to leave mama's bed. She laid back down and fell asleep. 3 more times in the next hour she woke up crying. Then at 6 I heard her talking in her sleep and saying "no" before finally sleeping sound from 6-7.

Thankfully, we all napped from 10-12 but it was still a pretty laid back day.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Watch out ladies!

I have been trying to teach the kids to wink...Adam has found some success!


Pie

I wonder if I should start a tally of how many times I post about pie!

I made a new twist on a pumpkin pie the other night - it had a cream cheese layer on the bottom. Shannon decided it would be their bedtime snack. When Sara heard she was having pie for snack, she was wandering around the leaving repeating over and over in the sweetest little voice "pie...pie...pie...pie." I think she is the only person I've heard who makes pie a 2 syllable word! You have to listen closely at first because she is saying it so quiet.





This is her post-pie sugar rush!


Bubble

Sara kept saying this word over and over at dinner, pointing. I had a hard time figuring out what word it was until I looked at what she was pointing at.



Potty chairs

Last week Adam started a new thing in the morning as I was changing his diaper. I would take the nighttime diaper off and go to put the new one on and he would say "no" and push the diaper away. Interesting. You don't want a diaper on? "No." After a few days of that, he started telling me when he would poop. Recently he has even had a time or two when he would tell me before he did it. So I brought some little potty chairs down from upstairs just to get the kids introduced to them. They were very excited about their potty chairs. They moved them to exactly where they wanted them in the bathroom. After sitting on them in the bathroom for about 15 minutes, I asked if they were done. Sara said "no". Since we were just trying them out with their clothes on, I tried to tell her we were all done with the potty and opened the bathroom door. She leaned forward from her potty and shut the door!

About once a day I take off their diaper and let them sit on the potty until they say they are done. It doesn't last long but at least they are getting used to the idea.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Let's play in the snow!

After the big snow storm last weekend, we couldn't pass up our opportunity to play in the snow for the first time. This is one of the things I underestimated how big the undertaking would be. I got both their snow pants on and they had fun walking around the living room listening to the swish, swish, swish. Then it was time for boots. Good, Lord, why didn't someone warn me? How do you figure out if a small child's foot is all the way down in a boot? I would think I had it and then Sara would stand up and the boot would fold over sideways so apparently I didn't. I finally had to take Adam's boot lining out because no matter how hard I tried I could not get his foot in there. Maybe you are supposed to buy a size big if there is a lining. Sara's were a size big and even hers were hard. I finished bundling them up and quickly got myself dressed before they overheated. Shannon was getting the sleds blown up.

Adam decided to venture out into the deep snow.


The biggest challenge was getting them to keep their mittens on.


Surprisingly, Adam enjoyed this fast ride with Dad.


Sara's biggest struggle was staying upright. And once she'd fall over, getting back upright.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Twins Christmas Party

I have never seen Sara get up from a nap so quickly as when I asked her last Saturday, "Do you want to go to a party?" With all the snow, our plans for the day changed so we decided to take the kids to the annual twins group kids Christmas party at a local church.

It gave the kids a chance to see other kids their size and burn off some energy. They had a cookie for a snack, which they just wanted to eat the icing off. Then they spent some time coloring. Of course, they found this little chair and Sara had to sit in it while Adam pushed her around.


They took in the Christmas tree...





And then when it was time to take a picture with Santa, they had a death grip around our necks. No way were they going to sit in that man's lap! Even the beard was real! We took a family photo instead. Mrs. Claus was nice enough to take 2 photos. The first Sara wasn't looking and the second Adam wasn't looking. Typical!

The first snow of the year

Last weekend we had our first snow of the year. It started Friday afternoon and we woke up Saturday morning with about 5 beautiful inches. It was so much fun watching the kids look out the window, point, and say "SNOW!"









Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Listening in

I was making breakfast a few days ago and it seemed a little too quiet. I snuck up on them and this is what I found...


They had pulled both blankets off the couch, drug them across the living room, and laid them on the floor in front of our bedroom doors. Then they were just laying there kicking their legs up and down, rolling over, etc.

It's so funny to watch what's going on in their minds...



Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cribs

These are the crib contents I find a lot of times at the end of nap time. Would you like to guess who's is whose?




Crib #1 - contents...nothing
Crib #2 - contents...2 blankets, 2 animal blankies, and 3 stuffed animal bunnies.

Sara is Crib #1. She throws all her stuff over to Adam's crib and he gladly accepts it all!

Sliding and swinging

The kids received this little playground set from my aunt for their birthday last April. They really loved it but weren't coordinated enough for me to trust them alone with it at the time. So we moved it into the dining room and had supervised time on it. Thanksgiving day, we moved it back into the living room to see how they would do. The timing was perfect for their skill level. They can climb the rock wall in the back and don't tumble off the top. They get into the swing by themselves and then reach up and give themselves a push. And they absolutely love going down the slide. They climb on it together, laugh and play, and crawl underneath to play peek.


It works great to occupy their time and give them something to burn off energy now that the cold weather has hit in full force.

Adam was a little hesitant at first - he wouldn't go down the slide without someone holding his hand and he would say "help". Sara - forget it, she's all in. My little daredevil. She could fly off the side of the slide on her way down and get back up laughing. I know this because I've seen it!









Saturday, December 4, 2010

Yo yo yo

This one goes out to all Adam & Sara's "homey's"...what up?! Feel free to come hang out in our crib sometime!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Thanksgiving leftovers

We were all set to head to Iowa for Thanksgiving to visit Shannon's parents when his mom came down with a terrible chest cold. We stayed home instead. Thanksgiving Eve the kids decided to be awake in the middle of the night so we had cheese and crackers at 2:30am. We all slept in a little and I made pancakes. I thought they would nap quite a while after breakfast but they decided they wanted to watch the last half hour of the parade. They loved the music and danced around the living room. Then the real excitement came - the National Dog Show! They pulled their little rocking chairs to the center of the room and kept saying "woof woof woof woof"!

Although we didn't have anything fancy to eat or special to do, it was nice to spend a day down as a family. We haven't had that in a while.

A few days later, my mom came to visit and brought some pumpkin pie leftovers from my aunt Robyn. The kids seemed to really enjoy it...I think they had a little pie with their Cool Whip!




Need help with swiffing?

Adam is showing his skills to help with household chores. Give him a swiffer and he can stay busy for quite some time. He might not get in the corners but he covers the high traffic areas pretty well! For hire at $12/hr. but we do have to abide by the child labor laws!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Finally better

Finally. Adam is 95% better. I am very thankful for the breathing treatments and how quickly they helped dissipate his cough. We've had 3 nights now that he has only coughed once in the middle of the night and it hasn't woken him up. Sometimes he still gets a tickle enough that it causes him to gag and spit up a little. Vastly improved, though.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

X-rays and breathing treatments

Another week had passed with Adam's cough so I called the pediatrician again on Monday to update him. His cough is still as bad but it seems to be more of a dry, hacking cough now. Still no fever, which is good because that rules out many things. Dr. Neese had us come in yesterday morning for a breathing treatment with a nebulizer. A small hose is attached to a machine, the other end attached to a container holding the medicine and a mouthpiece device. The machine converts the medicine to a vapor, which is inhaled through the nose or if Adam chooses, he can put his mouth on the mouthpiece and breathe it in directly. The process takes about 10 minutes. He was very good for his first administration - a new toy to a 20 month old is so very intriguing! He put his mouth on it quite a bit and I think it made him feel better. When we were done and he had a coughing fit, he pointed to the machine like he wanted to do it again.

Dr. Neese was still perplexed. I told him I don't want to be one of those nagging moms but on the other hand, I want to call at the appropriate times. He assured me that I was doing fine and he wasn't happy with Adam not getting better. All signs indicate he should be improving by now. He called in another doctor to trade opinions on the situation. He even paid me a really nice compliment when she entered by saying, "Now let her tell you what's been going on--she's the calmest mom of twins you'll ever meet." The doctors decided to err on the side of caution and send Adam for a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia or something else more serious. With the holiday coming up and his office being closed Thursday and Friday, they felt like they couldn't monitor him as closely.

So off we went to Saint Francis. We arrived just before 11:30 and took advantage of their valet parking. For over an hour we went through the process of being passed from waiting room to waiting room. The last one we sat in by ourselves for 40 minutes with no one to update us on how long it would be. I was very thankful Shannon stayed home with Sara but I also had a boy who was tired and hungry and running low on patience. They finally took us back and were amazed at how still he laid on the table for the first shot. She had a hard time figuring out when he was breathing so she could push the button for the x-ray. Usually kids are screaming so it's easy to tell. That was short-lived, though, as the novelty had worn off and he was tired of being messed with. I had to come out of the protective booth for the 2nd film and wear the heavy apron to help hold him down. We waited a bit longer while a pediatric technician made sure the films were readable. Another 15 minutes of waiting for our car to be retrieved from valet parking and we were on our way. Adam was asleep before we hit the interstate. I wondered how long it would last with skipping a meal but I guess we wore him out as it was quiet in the nursery from 1:30 when I laid him down to 5:15 when I woke him for dinner. Even Sara took a long 3 hour nap.

I spoke with Dr. Neese last night and the x-ray results are clear. I borrowed a nebulizer machine from a friend to use at home. We are to administer treatments every 4-6 hours for a few days and then we should be able to skip some. He only woke once last night with a coughing fit. It was a little hard getting him to sleep because the medicine makes him shaky and his heart race. In hindsight, we should have done it a little earlier so it gave him time to calm down. This morning was more of a challenge. Shannon wasn't home so I'm trying to hold Adam, hold the device, keep him from pulling on the hose, keep him from sliding off my lap when he's saying 'down', and keep Sara from pulling on the hose, too!

I think at this point I am in agreement with Madelon's mom--preemie lungs. Madelon has the same thing in the winter and they have to do breathing treatments when she gets a cough. While the kids look perfectly fine at this point and are developmentally nearly caught up, their lungs are still quite behind. Anything related to the chest just hits them harder.

We are all just ready for Adam's cough to be gone. Soon, I hope, before the week is over.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Updated tooth tally

I haven't posted an updated tooth count in a while. They are finally tied again with 12. Sara finally had both first molars break through on top about a week ago. So they have all four in front on the top and bottom, then a space for the canines which should come next, then all the first molars on top and bottom, and a space in back for their second molars which probably won't come until sometime in their 2nd year of life.

I wonder if the top molars coming in are still bothering Sara a little or if she has some canine teeth not far off. She has been sucking her thumb a lot lately and she seems to suck it more if she's hungry, tired, or in a little discomfort. You can rule out tired and hungry when she's sucking it all day...at some point those are taken care of.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Am

Adam has been saying Sara's name for weeks, or his shortened version anyway 'Sa'.

Sara finally had a breakthrough yesterday and said Adam's name...again, a shortened version 'Am'.

Big load

A few weeks ago, Shannon's dad helped me clean out our garage a little bit. We loaded up a big wagon of garbage so it could be wheeled right out to the road. On a day when the weather was still nice, Adam found gold when we were out playing. Adam's philosophy is the bigger the better--anything bigger than him is what he likes to haul around. And I guess the bigger the load the louder his motor sound to run it.




P.S. Don't turn me in to What Not to Wear for my outfit in this video. I'm pretty sure it was a day after being up half the night with one or both the kids so I picked a comfy mom outfit. Plus, I love my orange crocs!

Mini "T"

You know how it is when you first meet someone and start to care for them--you create little pet nicknames for them. It's been 14 years since Shannon and I were in that stage. He was always my "T", my Tenderheart. Adam seems to be a chip off his daddy lately. All day long he is finding things to kiss or hug--Sara's bunny, a picture of an animal in a book, Sara. It's so adorable! Here he is loving on his tiger.



Friday, November 19, 2010

Raspberries and donuts

No, not raspberry donuts. Although I must say I enjoy a good raspberry filled jelly donut from time to time.

Raspberries. We haven't had them for a while. They are really expensive so it's more like a treat. The kids have discovered they fit on your fingers really well for eating! Reminds me of my cousin Ann and her olives at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Except raspberries are WAY better than olives.




And little powdered sugared donettes. Who doesn't love a good, fresh donette? With powdered sugar-coated mouth and hands, Adam is giving the sign language signal for "more"! Actually, he is supposed to be touching his fingers together but he has made his own adaptation by using his knuckles. We still get what he means.

Teaching the kids a few signs has come in handy the past number of months. I had worked with them for a long time when they were babies but they didn't seem to catch on so I gave up. Sometime over the summer, I asked Sara at lunch if she wanted more and she put her hands together to tell me. Out of the blue. It amazes me how much like a sponge they are right now. The ones they use most are more, all done, and thirsty. I've also worked on hungry and ni-nite. But when they say ni-nite and walk to their room, it's pretty self explanatory. The past few days when they are pointing to something and grunting at meal time, I've said 'Sara tell me with your hands' and then she will sign it.


Sara is showing us her empty hand that she would like filled with the same thing that's in the left.

You're not supposed to be up there

A few days ago it seemed a little quiet while I was making lunch. I went to the living room to peek on the kids and what do I find? They are sitting next to each other so quiet. Sara was reading a book. Adam was reading another book and then picked up a musical toy and was dancing. Awh, that's so sweet! Except the spot they picked was up on the fireplace hearth!

You're not supposed to be up there! They just looked up at me and grinned.

Now every time I hear a noise like things are being cleared off a table, I find them emptying books and toys off the hearth so they can crawl up and sit there. Kids will be kids. What am I going to do - tape off the entire house? They have to learn at some point and so far it hasn't been a huge safety hazard.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chicken finger race car

Adam loves making car noises. Sometimes it's at cars. Or sometimes it's for fun pretend time - gotta love a little one's imagination!




In case you were wondering, he did indeed spit the food back out, zoom it around his tray more, and then eat it again...all followed up with a yum!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Still sick...

Adam has been sick since October 28. *sheesh* His nose is finally better but it's now settled into his chest. Throughout the weekend he would cough so hard he would gag. Last night it was so bad it woke him up and he was crying because it hurt. The pediatrician today was shocked to discover that his lungs are perfectly clear! He's hoping I didn't come a few days too soon. We are to watch closely for a fever, run the vaporizer at night, and try some delsum before bedtime to help keep it loose.

Sara is just about back to normal. Her nose just runs occasionally. She has a hacking cough but nothing like Adam's. Dr. Neese listened to her, as well, just in case while we were there. It can pass between twins so easily.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rearranging

About 2 weeks ago the kids were playing in the living room while I was making breakfast. Shannon and I heard a strange jingling noise. When walking back into the living room, we found Adam on the other side of the footstool. The jingling? The container of dog toys. We asked him how he got there but he just smiled. Up until this point, the couch/footstool combination blocked the back corner of the living room where we had "forbidden things" stored...the stereo, CDs, etc.

I found him over there 3 more times over the next few days before catching him on video. I was certainly curious to see how he did it because he made no noise and didn't fall. I think he had just studied the layout long enough and had been waiting for his height to get to the point that he could try his plan.

Just swing a leg and roll...




After we put the kids to bed for the night, Shannon and I had some work to do. We decided rather than having that area forbidden, which makes them want to be back there more, we would open up the access and make it safe. All CDs were put away and we made a little fortress around the stereo. Since they love to push buttons right now, I unplugged it until they leave it alone more. Otherwise we had the on, off, on, off, on, off madness going.

Behind the couch is now one of their favorite hiding places. I often find Sara back there waiting. There was one morning I actually snuck up on her and peeked over the top of the couch. Then I watched her quietly walk back and forth to each end, looking around the corner to find me. When I started laughing, she looked up and started giggling, too. So much fun!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Update

Wednesday night Adam woke at 2:50am. I spent time unpacking my bag of tricks with him until 4:30. Shannon took over and got him back in bed at 6. Sara then woke at 6:30 for the day.

Thursday night we cut a break and they slept all night.

Last night Adam never fell asleep. That's not quite true. I had him rocked to sleep around 9 and safely put back in bed. Until I opened the bedroom door to leave and the light from the living room woke him up. Shannon tried for the next hour. After that I got creative and set up the pack n play next to our bed thinking it would calm him to sleep next to me instead of needing to be held. At 10:15 when we were going to give it a try, Sara woke up. Unfortunately, her cold advanced very quickly and is much worse than Adam's. Her nose runs like water during the day and is stuffed at night. She hasn't napped or slept well and she has a terrible cough from all the drainage. Thankfully, the pediatrician gave us an adjusted dose of Dimetapp to try so that his helping as best it can. Around 11 things got pretty ugly. Adam was screaming crying no matter what I did. I think he was so exhausted at that point he was mad at everything. Sara couldn't hardly keep her eyes open so I rocked her to sleep while Shannon tried to figure something out with Adam. I finally got Sara back in bed around midnight and Shannon was successful with Adam not long after.

They didn't nap much today but went down easy tonight. We're praying for an all-nighter...in bed that is!

Undressing

For some reason, Adam has been trying to take off his shirt after mealtimes. He gets a little annoyed during part of the process but usually works long enough to celebrate success.






Hiding

I was going through some old photos and forgot to post a few from one of the kids' favorite new activities - hiding! Sara, especially.

They hide behind the rocking chair in their room. I can see them out of the corner of my eye peeking around the corner of the chair, then they move to the other side. When it's really quiet, I find Sara standing behind some piece of furniture just waiting for me to come looking for her. Or I'll whisper to Adam 'where's Sara? Can you find her?' He'll run over and find her and they just bust out laughing together.

We went outside to play and I was pulling some dead off my flowers. I look around and had trouble finding Sara.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Retraction

After last night's bedtime ordeal, I think I might retract my earlier post about easy shots. Maybe I spoke too soon. I would rather have had some screaming kids for 5 minutes at the clinic instead of what we went through last night.

It might have helped if they took an afternoon nap instead of laying in bed talking to each other. But that's how it goes some days. Sara tells Adam stories about her stuffed animal bunny she sleeps with. Adam tells Sara stories about the puppy dog blankie he sleeps with. They toss them over the side to see which one might be able to fly. Anyway...

Last night was a bit of a struggle anyway because Shannon didn't get home until late, pajama time for the kids. So fixing dinner, cleanup, taking care of the dog, and pajamas was all on me when that is usually a shared duty. They were saying ni-nite extra early but snack time took extra long as they kept saying they were still hungry. Finally at 7:45 we put them to bed. And they screamed right away. And they kept screaming. We tried all the tricks we knew. At 10:00 I finally resorted to rocking them both at the same time. Adam climbed down and let Sara get sleepy enough to lay her in her crib. Then I rocked Adam for about 5 minutes and he was totally out, snoring in my arms. 10:15. Over a two hour process.

Fast asleep in bed, I heard that screaming again. 3:15. Sara. Sometimes she calms herself down. Not tonight and she woke up Adam. Shannon and I were tag teaming again trying everything. Just when they would fall asleep we would lay them down and they would wake up. I finally told Shannon to go to bed at 4:30. I got Sara quiet in her crib but Adam would start to calm down and then scream again. Thankfully when I left the room with him Sara didn't wake up. I cleared his nose, gave him more Tylenol, found another blankie, and tried our luck on the couch at 5:10. He fell asleep laying against me and I laid him down in his crib and dragged myself to bed.

Success!

6:10am.

I think we both feel like we've been run over.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

That was just too easy

Shots. When are shots ever easy? I definitely got a break today, a double break even!

Pam met me at the health department clinic to help wrangle the kids while I filled in the paperwork. It didn't take as long this time and they enjoyed being distracted with the little toy she brought for them. I opted for 3 shots this month--their 2nd Hepatitis A shot, 1st flu shot, and measles/mumps/rubella. One in both legs and one in the arm. Adam was up first. No crying from either leg shot. They had forewarned us that the arm shot would hurt. He did cry a little with that, I think mostly because it bled quite a bit, but it didn't last long at all. We swapped kids. Sara squirmed a little with the 2nd leg shot and cried a little with the arm but not even as long as Adam. Pam didn't even hear them from behind the curtain. We had a little snack, put on our jackets, and were on our way.

What a nice surprise gift to my day that the process went so well!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cold season already?

Lots of sickness is going around in the area so I guess it was inevitable we would take a turn at some point. I was hoping we would put it off a little longer or miss out completely because we avoid a lot of high traffic germ areas. Adam woke up with a bit of a runny nose yesterday but he had a very low fever and kept putting his hands in his mouth so I thought he might have been cutting another tooth. But the more than usual white color of his face last night and droopiness of his eyes made me think otherwise. It was confirmed this morning with his runny nose and sneezing. Sara seems like she isn't far behind. Hopefully it won't last 5 weeks like last spring!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rockin' monkeys

It's fun to see how much they love playing together!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Updated family photo


Two kids holding still, looking toward the camera, mom and dad smiling...whew!

Coloring

We tried out our new crayons and coloring pad recently. They really loved it. Sara loved it so well she tried to eat it. Adam loved it so well he colored his shirt and the carpet. We'll bring it back out when I have an area set up and some coloring smocks for them to wear.




She looks like such a little girl laying on her tummy to color!

Ackerman Farms

A few weeks ago we met other families from our twin group at Ackerman Farms in Morton. I never knew the place existed before. It is a small family farm that has been passed down through the generations for over 100 years.

Our day started with a fun time of the owner explaining all the different types of pumpkins and gourds and what they are best used for. Obviously our kids were a little young for this but it will be a neat experience for them when they are older. For now, they enjoyed wandering the grounds and smacking all the different sized pumpkins.

We then loaded up his double trailer and he took us on a hay rack ride through his apple orchard and pumpkin patch. A few years ago strong winds came through and within 10 minutes, 500 trees were damaged. They are still recovering. As far as pumpkins, they pick over 500,000 alot of which go to the local Libby pumpkin plant.


Last, we walked through the family grounds to see their animals. Chickens, roosters, peacocks, goats, bunnies, pigs, and a few others. This was fun because we had been working on animal noises. So every time we went to a new cage, they would practice making another sound. At the end, we got a nice grab bag that included a mini pumpkin they have been carrying around when we play outside and a nice coloring book. They enjoyed lunch in their stroller before heading home, at which point a very friendly kitty decided to join them!


That was all fine and dandy until the kitty tried to jump down! Look closely...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Trunk or Treat

Yesterday after the Small Wonders Walk, Shannon and I worked on decorating the trunk of our car for the annual Trunk or Treat festivities organized by the Peoria Mothers of Twins. We met in the parking lot of a local city park and trick or treated from vehicle to vehicle, trunk to trunk. It was a great idea for our first-time trick or treaters.

Since Sara was going to be a tiger and Adam was a lion, I had the idea about a month ago to decorate our trunk like a safari zoo. Here it was the afternoon of the event and we were putting it together at the last minute. But it couldn't have gone more perfect! I wanted to put down a tarp and have lawn clippings to look like grass. It rained most the morning so I was disappointed that my plan wouldn't work out. Instead, a better plan formed. I looked around the yard and saw some tree branches that needed trimmed and tall perennial grasses that could be cut down in time for winter. I put bundles of them together with zip ties to look like trees and clumps of grass. Then I laid the rest down like a field. Shannon was even nice enough to lug a heavy rock from the back yard so the lion could sit on it. Don't you always see a lion up on a rock when you go to the zoo? I enlisted the help of my friend's niece for more stuffed animals. Shannon made bars out of dowel rods to cover the front and spray painted them to look like a metal cage.


The group voted and awarded us 2nd place! The winning car had a pirate theme with a pirate sitting in a rocking chair and a treasure chest. Because their decorations were more Halloween focused, apparently it gave them the edge.

We were certainly a hit with all the kids, though. This little girl just had to have her picture taken with our car because it matched her safari costume so well! Sara wanted her monkey.


There were about 100 kids there, consisting of 25-30 families.


These 3 little bees were very cute. Other memorable costumes were a lamb and a duck, Mario and Luigi, superman and superwoman (including the mom who was also dressed as superwoman), a pair of monkeys, a couple pigs, some princesses, and a couple crayons who also had their stroller decorated like a crayon box. One of the girls was okay with her hood being up (purple) to show the point of the crayon and the other wasn't (yellow). It made me laugh when the dad said 'that's okay, there's a broken crayon in every box!'

Adam and Sara loved walking to each car, picking out a treat, and putting it in their pumpkin. Some cars they visited twice.


Even though we had practiced putting on their costumes 3 or 4 times, Adam was still totally annoyed by it. As much as Sara loved having her tiger costume on and like the hood up, Adam felt the opposite about his mane. He was okay with the outfit in general but not with the hood up. This is about the best shot I could get quickly before he got mad.


Here's Sara loving her tiger. She waves at just about everything lately!