Monday, July 30, 2012

Buddha Belly

We have had this phrase with the kids for a long time. I have no idea how I came up with it. We talk to them a lot about only needing to eat until their tummy is full or they might get a Buddha Belly. The past few days Sara has been eating a ton and then needing a snack an hour later, packing away more than Adam at some meals, which is shocking considering before then she would eat about 5 bites and say she was full.

For breakfast today she had 1 waffle, 1/2 banana, and 2 glasses of orange juice. An hour later she was starving for a snack and I told her not yet since it was only 9am. I held her off another 30 minutes and she ate a cereal bar and a thermos of water. An hour later she was asking if it was lunch time. It was only 11am! For lunch she had 2 bagel bite mini pizzas, 2 glasses of milk, 20 grapes, and 2 handfuls of penguin crackers. When she got up from nap she wanted another snack so she ate a cup of carrots. At dinner, it was applesauce, 7 sweet potato fries, 1/4 of a brat with bun, another 1/3 of banana, and 2 more glasses of milk. An hour later 1/2 cinnamon pretzel with icing fresh out of the oven.

After dinner she held up her shirt and was exclaiming how big her tummy was so we just had to take a picture! It was hard as a rock. When she went outside to help water the flowers, she kept holding her shirt up because she said her tummy was hot. Ah, Sara...

Maybe she is finally hitting a growth spurt again. I couldn't believe when I measured the kids the other day. Adam has grown another 1 1/4" inches since his birthday April 2, putting him at 38 1/8". Sara grew 1/2" to 36 3/4". For their entire first year of life they were within ounces of each other and very close in height. Adam seems to be on this path of grown 1" every 3 months for the past year. I think this winter might be the first time they won't be in the same size clothes.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Little patch of green

With the extreme heat and lack of rain we've had this summer, it has left our grass quite crispy. Except for the few spots where our buried downspouts provide some extra moisture. Sara was running thru the grass the other day and her finding this live patch of grass was like a moth to a flame! She went right to it, bent down and rubbed it with her hands, "ooohh" and then laid down in it! Adam saw her and immediately said "I need to get my camera so I can take a picture."

Of course, I agreed!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

No more glasses for Sara

Do you recognize this little girl?

Get used to it - this is the new Sara! The doctor deemed her glasses-free this morning! She went from an astigmatism of 1.25 in both eyes a little over a year ago and now it is down to 0.5 in one eye and nothing in the other. So excited! She did a great job of sitting still in the chair by herself, getting drops in by herself, and reciting all the letters he asked on the eye chart. Even tonight at dinner her eyes were still dilated. It was kind of freaky because one eye was dilated more than the other so it made her eyes look really weird.

And this is Adam...still no glasses needed! He was such a big boy. He even got to put on cool round glasses with one lens red and one blue to test for color blindness. I was a little worried lately because he keeps saying orange things are yellow. There was also a big pair of black sunglasses he wore that made things 3-D. He had to pick which bug stood out the most from the page and push on circles that were jumping out at him. The funniest thing of the day? He saw a man outside the eye doctor's office smoking and he said "Mom, he's got a smokearette!" I guess that's what he calls a cigarette now!

As a side note, I had to add a picture of Sara's braids. I got creative today with our extra time and did a little half braid on both sides. This picture doesn't totally do it justice. It was so adorable!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Out of the mouths...

Last Thursday I had my twins group meeting and the kids were in bed by the time I got home. Shannon said they were still awake, so I decided to go in and tell them good night.

I leaned over Sara's bed and she said to me, "Doesn't it smell good in here?"

I agreed, "It does - it was bath night, wasn't it?"

She continued, "It was. Smell my feet" and she held up her foot for me to smell.
"Smell my arm" and she held up her arm.
"Smell my hand" get the idea.
Obviously she was still awake because she was so busy smelling herself!

And the next morning, what was the first thing out of her mouth when she opened her eyes and I saw her?

You guessed it..."Smell my feet!"

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Responsibility Charts

I found these magnetic responsibility charts at Target during our recent Wisconsin visit. We had been looking for something age-appropriate for the kids. I was super-excited to find these and even more excited at what a big hit they were!

They each got one and we hung them up in a reachable area. We went thru what each of the "chores" were and by the end of the first day, they could both recite back what each one was. I thought they would get confused whose was whose without having their names on them or decorated in some way but they always knew.

Sara totally rocked it all week and got a praise magnet for every item...she is definitely showing her excitement!

There were quite a few chores that can grow with the kids thru the years, and some blanks to make our own. The ones we picked are:
  1. Make bed
  2. Take care of pets
  3. Brush teeth
  4. Get dressed
  5. Put away toys
  6. Get ready for bed
  7. No whining (at bedtime, which meant no talking and no getting out of bed)
We had been having some issues with Adam going to bed at night. The very first night, he was in there, quiet, and didn't get out once so he could pick his magnet the next morning. 5 nights out of 7 he had a great night! Also, every morning when he got up, he made his bed before he came out of his room.