Tuesday, June 22, 2010

January 2010

Time is going very fast- especially with so much to do over the holidays I hardly had time to think. Now I am already busy getting ready for birthday season, a baby shower, and a trip to Florida!

The babies are just such a dream right now. They are so full of love and sweet innocence and curiosity.  I go to work and wave goodbye, they vigorously wave in return with a huge smile on their face, not minding at all that they’ll be gone for a few hours.  We have totally given up on baby food now. They hate being spoon fed. One morning I got up and made them their oatmeal and (I forget which of them- I think Stella) wanted nothing to do with. Same thing next day.  Since that was really the only 1 time a day I spoon fed them anyways, we were done.  Their favorite foods are noodles and they LOVE lasagna and Italian in general. They also like fruits like pears (which we eat a lot of to keep things moving!) and still love broccoli and cauliflower.  Lately they really like Club crackers and those oat & fruit breakfast bars for snacks too. For lunch today they had chicken picked out of the skin of Culver’s chicken strips and bits of grilled cheese sandwich that the big girls didn’t eat. Oh, and another favorite – pancakes! Stella also likes hardboiled egg quite a bit! One day I thought I heard Nora say ‘cracker’ but wasn’t sure. So I told my mom to keep her ears peeled for that while I was gone. Later on when I got home, my mom was standing behind the counter and Nora was in her high chair playing a fun game pointing at her and saying ‘kah kah!’. All of the sudden grandma noticed the box of crackers right in front of her on the counter top – Nora was saying “cracker”!

We've still been up a little at night. Stella still wakes occasionally, but is actually doing better and now NORA is the one who’s been up more.  In fact the very first night Stella actually slept all the way though, Nora decided she was going to be the party-pooper and wake us up at 2am! I double checked that we had them in the right cribs just to be sure ;)  In fact, because of all this nocturnal activity, we decided to finally break down and get a king size bed! It is SOOO nice and very close to the ground and now we can comfortably fit a baby with me and Mike and a big kid on our feet! (yes, Ingrid has been waking up lately too!) It is quite the sight, but we will do anything to get a couple extra winks in this house!

Other fun milestones: Nora and Stella have both said ‘Dadda!’ Stella crawled right up to dad when he was reading sister a story and she said ‘Hi Dadda’ clear as day! CUTE! Nora also smacks her lips when she is waving bye-bye…like she is doing kisses! Everyone is also learning how to stand and walk. Stella can now stand unassisted for a few seconds, and Nora surprised us by walking with her walker straight across the kitchen floor! It won’t be long now…

 Nora & Stella love playing 'peek-a-boo' in their crib!
(they bend down behind the slats, the pop up!)

 Our Squirrel friend comes to visit and provide mid-winter entertainment.
 The babies enjoy their first bath together!

 Helen & Ingrid LOVE to wear their leotards and dance!

Nora takes off with the walker across the kitchen floor!

Nora & Stella are almost one year old already...

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