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How busy are we? It took me three days to finish this post. That’s how busy.

December 16, 2008

My mother-in-law told me that things must be very busy around here because I haven’t updated my blog in a while…and she was right! We’ve had a lot of craziness going on, and I’ve got a lot to catch up on. I’ll try to keep it as short and sweet as possible….and in trying to keep our lives looking as perfect as can be, I’ll leave all the bad parts out (you don’t want to hear about it anyway…Joseph’s expensive car repairs, followed by his car accident and the extra money it will cost us in insurance surcharges, the awful color correction that our Christmas cards came back with, or the day that Joseph’s phone was destroyed when the car door knocked against his pocket and obliterated the screen…and no, it isn’t covered by the warranty).

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that the front rail on Emmy’s crib had a loose screw that needed to be tightened. The rail had to come off in order tighten the screw, so I decided that we might as well take the rails of and give it a shot with letting the babies sleep in their cribs-turned-toddler-beds. I had no idea what to expect. Two toddlers in the same room, behind a closed door, with freedom to get out of bed whenever they want was a little nervewracking! The first night was a bit of a challenge, and we had to put Owen back in bed several times. Naptime the first few days was a disaster. But, we’ve worked them into a nice routine. Bedtime is a breeze and naptime, while not as long as it used to be, has worked itself out as well. I think we’ll definately be ready for big beds come summertime!

It’s not uncommon to find them having fun together in the morning!

Thanksgiving was fun this year as well. We had a small gathering at our house and dinner was yummy! Joseph braved the crowds early the next morning to get a few items he had his eye on, and stayed warm and snuggled up in bed. Owen got a nasty ear infection and we had to take him to urgent care. We helped our friends, the Browns, move into their new home. I didn’t take a single picture all weekend long. Thankfully my sister did, so these are stolen off of her blog!

 

 

On December 4th we took the kids for a ride on the Polar Express. The movie was one of the first the Ryan ever latched on to and we took him last year and had a great time (after I recovered from the adventure of getting there). Since kids under 3 are free, we decided take the whole family this year. Owen was a stinker for most of the ride, but everyone else had a lot of fun. My mom, sister, and nephew came as well.  I have a ton of pictures from the train ride, so these are just a handful of the highlights.

 

We had our first big snowfall of the year this weekend, and Ryan has had so much fun playing outside in it. It brings back many memories of the hours and hours we spent outside during my childhood, trudging up the awesome sledding hill just beyond our backyard. I was beginning to worry that we wouldn’t have a white Christmas this year, but we definately will!

We also saw Santa for the second time this season at our ward Christmas breakfast.  Ryan was excited to sit on his lap this year.  We’ve managed to miss any opportunities to visit Santa until this year, so I made sure the twins had a chance as well.  Every child needs a picture of themselves screaming on his lap, right?

The next couple of weeks promise to be super busy as well, but we’re excited for the extra time we’ll have to spend with our families!  This time of year is so much fun, but I have to admit that I’m looking forward to some lazy days after the new year arrives!

The Boys

November 20, 2008

It’s things like this that make all of the hair-pulling moments of parenthood worth it! Owen is usually pretty quiet, so it’s fun to hear his deep belly laugh!

Looking for a reaction…and he got it!

October 4, 2008

Dinner last night. Everybody’s happier when Daddy’s home! At one point, Ryan said “Mommy, Owen’s trying to sign ‘spit’!”. We’ve been working on signing at our house, but spit hasn’t been on my list to teach….guess I need to get on that.
(and for the record, we discovered that the booger was actually a piece of pancake 😉 ).

18 month check-ups

September 2, 2008

Owen and Emmy saw the doc today for their 18 month well-child checks.  Owen was soooo good and Emmy was a little pill!  Just getting weighed was traumatic for her this time around!  I had Ryan with me and can I just say that I am so happy that preschool starts tomorrow??  He’s driving me nuts today and he wasn’t helping matters at the doctor’s office.  Thankfully, our doctor doesn’t seemed bothered by chaos!

Developmentally, both kiddos are doing well.  Owen’s improvements were fun to report and the doc was pleased with his progress.  However, he’s still having weight issues.  He hasn’t lost weight this time, but he’s not gaining much and his growth chart is showing a downward trend.  For now, we’ll just keep up the high fat/calorie diet and hope that he eventually starts to catch up.

They got one poke each and enjoyed their very first sucker for enduring it as well as they did!

Emmy’s 18 months stats:
24 lbs. 9 oz. 51st %tile
31 inches 18th %tile
47.5 cm head 74th %tile

Owen’s 18 month stats:
21 lbs. 9 oz. 4th %tile
31.5 inches 10th %tile
47 cm head 25th %tile

 

A day of great progress!

August 28, 2008

I mentioned a couple of days ago that we’ve just barely started to see some of the fruits of Owen’s tube surgery, and today we got a whole bushel full! We’ve been working on signing with him for a quite a while now, and he occasionally would sign “more” and “please”, but hasn’t shown ANY interest beyond that (and even those were tough to get out of him). This morning, Emmy found a hat and brought it to me, saying “hat”. Owen immediately made the sign for “hat”–no prompting, no modeling, just totally on his own. And, if that weren’t shocking enough, at lunchtime he initiated “more” on his own several times, and then signed “all done” when he was finished. Being unsure if that’s what he actually did and really meant, I asked “Do you want more?” and he firmly shook his head “no”. I was so surprised that I started laughing, which he thought was great.

Later this afternoon we were having some quiet time and he was pointing to his nose, so I started labeling parts of his face. He picked up on those very quickly, and then after poking me in the eye I taught him the sign for “sorry”, which he responded to very well. It was a really rewarding day for me, as we are used to getting just little bits and pieces of progress at a time. I can only hope that he keeps it up!

$100 in copays later…

August 25, 2008

We spent a good share of Friday at doctor’s offices, dropping $$ on copays like it grew on trees! All three kids saw the opthamologist in the morning for their yearly checkups. Preemies are at a higher risk for several eye conditions, so we’ll continue our yearly visits until they hit age 7, and then per the doctor’s orders from there on out. All 3 were really good when it came to put the drops in to dilate their eyes and all 3 came away with clean bills of health!

Owen had his post-op visit with the ENT on Friday. We were feeling a bit concerned about having not seen any changes in him after getting the tubes put in. Perhaps my expectations were a little too high–nearly every parent that I’ve talked to has said that they noticed almost immediate changes in their child after getting tubes, so when we didn’t see the same in Owen, I started to worry a bit. But, he passed his hearing test with flying colors. The doctor was really pleased with his results. However, given that his speech/communication skills have been so far behind, he suggested that we continue with therapy and then follow up again in about 6 months. He said that we know he’s hearing now….we just don’t know how he’s processing what he hears. If we haven’t seen a significant improvement by then, we’ll get a referral to see a developmenal neurologist. In the last day or two, he has started to imitate more sounds and seems to be more aware of what we’re saying to him. So, that’s a good sign!

18 months

August 13, 2008

I can hardly believe that it has been 18 months since we became a family of 5! Isn’t it funny how the instant your family grows, you can’t remember what it was like to have it any other way? Life with just Ryan seemed hard at the time (and it was in many ways…he was a tough baby), but if I could go back–knowing what I know now–I’d have complained much less about all the energy it takes to be a mom! If I’d only known!

On the lines of energy, I’m one of those bad moms that deprives her children of the opportunity to learn the skill of feeding themselves. I’ll admit it–I HATE the mess!! It exhausts me to think about how much energy it will take to clean everything up after a meal where self-feeding has taken place. I’ve recently read on several of my friends’ blogs about their little ones learning to feed themselves….and they are all much younger than Owen and Emmy are. So, this morning, at the tender age of 18 months, I allowed my children to hold a spoon for the first time and dig into a bowl of yogurt. We bought new booster seats last night, so the trouble of cleaning up the mess from the cloth on the old seats was no longer there to make an excuse out of. I expected nothing less than a disaster, but the whole thing went over much better than I had anticipated. The mess was minimal, and most of the yogurt actually made it into their mouths. I was surprised at how well they were able to take those spoons and actually make them work!

Do I deserve a bad mom award for waiting so long to introduce this skill? Maybe. But at least I’ll have a nice clean counter to put it on 😆

Tubes are in place

August 11, 2008

All went well! The doctor suctioned out a TON of infected gunk, particularly in the right ear–crazy, because he’s NEVER been treated for an ear infection. Had it not been for his failed hearing screening at early intervention, who knows how long before we’d have noticed there was a problem.

Every kid that came out before him was screaming, frantic for their parents. The nurse came out with Owen and he was as happy as could be! The only time he fussed was when I had to take his Cheerios away so that we could head home. She said that he couldn’t drink his Motrin fast enough and then looked at her like “Hey, give me some more” when it was all gone. I’m pretty lucky to have kids that take medicine so willingly!

Hopefully we see some big improvements in him in the next few days. There’s still a chance that there is an underlying hearing problem, given his other risk factors, but it sounds like those little ears of his were pretty clogged up. We’ll have a repeat hearing test in about 10 days.

My friend Crystal had her twins in for tubes this morning as well, and we enjoyed hearing Gabriel in his post-op chatter in the recover room next to us! Hope everything went smoothly with both of your boys as well Crystal!

Sorry…more of the twins!

August 8, 2008

Yep, another cute video clip of Owen and Emmy! They are interacting so much these days, and it’s so much fun to watch!

Twin funnies

August 4, 2008

Owen and Emmy were in rare form yesterday (particularly Emmy), and we caught a few of their antics on camera. You’ll have to excuse our half-dressed Sunday afternoon…and in the first segment, I was multi-tasking, so you get half of a phone conversation–sorry about that! They also shared their first brother/sister kiss last night, which we unfortunately didn’t get on camera. They’ll be grateful for that, I’m sure!