Sunday, January 25, 2009

Leah's boo boo's

It was a very busy weekend but I do not have the time tonight to write about it all. (nor the battery life on this computer). But I had to show my poor baby's "Ba Ba Ows" (anyone else ever heard that phrase before? Maybe it was just in our house)

Anyway, Friday as I was driving home from work my sister called and told me that Leah dropped a LARGE can of peaches on her toe. The girls like to stack cans from the pantry. Leah was of course screaming in the background. I asked what it looked like and she said her nail was black, but not her toe so I figured there was nothing that could be done.

It definitely hurt her, and Friday she made sure we knew that. Saturday though she seemed fine, except it was a little tender.

Then, to top off her weekend Hannah bit her tonight. They were in the tub and Hannah was blowing bubbles on Leahs tummy, and somehow, as Hannah's head was turned away from me, and Leah was laying down in the water, Leahs thumb ended up in Hannah's mouth and screaming then erupted. We have not had a real biting incident before now but there were lovely teeth marks on Leahs thumb and it immediately turned red and swelled. Nice. Luckily she was over it quickly. I kept repeating to Hannah that WE DO NOT BITE at which point she would put her own thumb in her mouth and bite down. What does that mean? Hmm...

Here are some lovely pics to document these wonderful memories...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I love this age

At not quite 16 months this is becoming one of my favorite ages. The girls are so much fun and they amaze me every day at how much they are taking in. And in a way it is a little bittersweet because they just seem so grown up now that they are both walking everywhere and really communicating to us.

We are all very ready for some frequent outings, so I have been working on getting them down to one nap a day. And after a few weeks, they seem to have adjusted pretty well. Leah was not going to sleep at night so I thought also that one nap instead of two would do her good. So now they go down for an hour or two after lunch which leaves the whole morning to play.

We have gone to the park a number of times and we went to McWane Science Center this past Friday. My sister in law has been taking her kids for a while now, and since Leah is finally walking so well, I thought we would give it a try. Oh my gosh they played harder than I have ever seen. We got there at 9:30 and left around 2! We took a lunch break but they went right back to playing. They especially loved the water table, which of course resulted in an outfit change. They had a blast though!

Along with our little adventures (which I am always looking for things to do with them when I am off work if you have any ideas) they are changing every day! Its amazing to realize how much they understand. I told Hannah the other day "Lets go get sissy" (Leah woke up from her nap after Hannah) and Hannah got so excited and ran to Leahs door, then when we peeked inside she kept saying SSSSS SSSSS! (sis) and Leah would respond "Nana!" (Hannah). Then they laughed and held hands between the crib slats.

I tell them to go brush their teeth and they both go to the bathroom and sit on their stool awaiting their toothbrushes. Or to go to the bath which they respond "Bubbles! or BA!" and run to the bathroom. I can even say to go get their pajamas and they go to Leahs room. And at night when we change them for bed I lay out their pajamas and diaper and they each lie down on top of them ready to be changed. When I say snack, they go to the high chairs, and play with their kitchen when I ask them to go cook.

We are still working on them responding to the word "no". Unfortunately they still think that is the funniest word they know.

They are just amazing and I feel so blessed every day that I get to spend with my wonderful little family. And we have just come so far from this time last year.

These are just some cute pics I took tonight

Friday, January 9, 2009

How to take a picture of a toddler

I saw this and cracked up so I thought I would share

How to Take A Picture of a Toddler

1. Decide where you want the picture to be, take out your camera and meter the
2. Place toddler in selected spot.
3. Retrieve toddler from top of bookshelf and return to selected spot.
4. Get lollipop from cupboard.
5. Put toddler back in selected spot and give her lollipop.
6. Wipe lollipop smear from toddler’s face, top of bookshelf, and fur of cat.
7. Get out bubbles.
8. Return toddler to selected spot and blow bubbles to keep him interested.
9. Stop to mop up spilled bubble liquid.
10. Light has moved. Pick new spot and meter.
11. Put a basket in new spot.
12. Put toddler in basket.
13. Retrieve toddler from behind chair where he is playing with the outlet.
14. Remind self that you do NOT want a call from preschool in which the teacher
inquires where your child learned to say those words.
15. Put brand new toy in basket along with toddler.
16. Throw broken toy away, retrieve toddler from kitchen where he is eating cat
17. Consider putting bowl of cat food where the light is good. Reject this idea.
18. Sew velco to butt of toddler pants and onto pillow. Place child on pillow where
light is good.
19. Remove pillow from child’s behind and re-stuff with something heavier. Reattach
20. By now the light is gone.
21. Put camera away, pour self drink.

I was seriously crying from laughing so hard. Maybe its just me.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Hannah's "new" room

After months and months of us having the pack n play set up in the play room, thus giving us the option to separate the girls if needed, we have finally made it more permanent and moved a crib in there so the girls have their own room. Temporarily I hope. I cannot count the times I have struggled about whether or not to let one baby cry back to sleep risking waking the other, or actually had to go in to tend to one child and the other been half awake. My presence makes that child fully awake and now there are two to deal with in the middle of the night. When the girls have a bad phase Hannah gets shipped to the pack n play (I think it was Hannah because she was more adaptable around 6 months when we started the CIO thing and so therefore she became the one to move.) I honestly did not see things getting to the point where they would magically be able to sleep in the same room without a hitch for an extended period of time. So, the crib has been moved.

Now Leah is sleeping under a big "Hannah" sign, but oh well :)

I really thought the crib would take up the whole playroom but I forgot how much LESS room only one crib takes up, so it is not too bad. She seems to like it anyway. When they are both old enough to be in toddler beds and I can tell them to lay down and they DO it, they can go back together I am figuring.

What is funny is this new phase the girls are in. Mainly Hannah. Today they took a nap around noon after their appointment and slept for a long time. I had not planned on putting them down again. Around four, Hannah grabbed her blanket and her cup and looked at me and said "nigh nigh" then walked to her crib. I simply turned out the light and laid her down, taking Leah out with me. She just wanted to sleep!

She did the same thing tonight. 8:00 is their bedtime and I had not been paying much attention to the time. She got her blanket and promptly at 8 said "nigh nigh" again and went to her crib and tried to climb in! I changed her and offered her some yogurt but she kept saying nigh nigh and going to her room, so I laid her down and she curled right up. So cute. I hope this lasts!!!

Unfortunately, Matt was laying Leah down and about 5 minutes after I came out of the one bedroom, Leah comes out of the other laughing. Matt threw up his hands in defeat saying that he had already read her 4 books and she couldnt decide what book she wanted next. Just kept saying "buk buk!". Can you say SUCKER? I let her watch a few minutes of blues clues, read her ONE book and put her down. She wasnt thrilled but she eventually started playing nicely in the crib. Last night we heard her playing for at least 2 hours. Well, as long as shes not screaming - whatever. I think she is growing out of the 2 naps a day now. The only reason she got two today was I wanted Hannah to sleep and she was clanging pots :)

So this is a wonderful change. I never thought this day would come. The day when bedtime consisted of a story, a sip of water and a blanket. I do not want to speak too soon, but I hope this lasts!!!

15 month checkup

This past weekend Hannah has been so pitiful. On Friday night we had Katy and Jason and the boys over, along with the Wyrosdicks. So we had lots of kids. After dinner, I put the girls in the tub and when we got Hannah out, she was shivering uncontrollably. This has never happened before. After I got her warmed up I figured she had a temperature but couldnt tell after the bath. She started playing anyway after some motrin. Around 7:15 with all the kids running around LOUDLY she grabbed her blanket and climbed in my lap. Poor baby started to fall asleep with her head on my shoulder. I changed her and she fell asleep on the changing table. She was ready for bed.

That started our weekend of a very fussy Hannah with a moderately high temp even with constant medication. No other symptoms though so I figured she could wait until their appointment this morning.

We made it through the weekend and she was seemed awful. Her eyes said it all, and she had two MAJOR tantrums after naps yesterday that were uncontrollable. She only wanted to be held but not sitting down. It was fun.

This morning she still had a temperature around 102 so I knew we would not be getting her shots today but at least we could get to the bottom of this!!!

As usual both girls did great at the pediatricians. They chase each other around the little bed in the room. Dr. Bo checked out Hannah and found no obvious reason for her to have fevers, so he did a CBC and we tried a urine bag to check for a urinary tract infection. She never would pee in the bag of course so they had to do a quick cath on my baby. That hurt me. Both results came back fine. Diagnosis is a fever virus, which I do not even understand except it must make her feel awful and theres nothing more we can do for it but give motrin and tylenol.

Leah got her shots today though and was very upset until she got her Mickey Mouse sticker. She is a McCay most definitely :)

Here are their measurements:
Leah: 30 1/2 inches - 90%
Hannah: 31 1/2 inches - 90%

Leah : 26lbs - 93%
Hannah: 25lbs 3oz - 85% (She has lost some since she has been walking!)

Head Circumference
Leah : 18 inches- 50%
Hannah: 18 1/2 inches - 90%

So those are my tiny little babies that I brought home 15 months ago at around 5 lbs each, 5 weeks early. Haha, I am glad they told us how important it was to make sure they ate! :)

Anyway, when we got home the girls took a great 2 hour nap and I think Hannah's fever finally broke. She seemed to have that sparkle back in her eyes so hopefully we are on the downslope. Dr Bo told us to expect her to get a nice little rash. I guess that will be our clue that it is almost over!