Sunday, January 31, 2010

He Rolled Again!

Last night I found Liam on his stomach in his crib, so he had to have rolled from his back to stomach! The last time he did that on his own was 12/28/09. He's really taking his time learning how to move around on his own. Makes me think I should be afraid when he finally starts moving for real. He'll have some serious exploring to catch up on.

When I got all excited about Liam rolling last night, Leo told me he saw Liam roll the other day when he was in the living room. I asked if it was back to tummy. He said "No. It was tummy to back." I told him that didn't count as he doesn't like to be on his tummy, so he loves to get himself to his back again.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Yin and Yang - The Twin's Personalities

I have to admit the boys are like each other's opposites which is really really funny. Here are some of their differences:

Demeanor
Tommy - Very very happy baby. He does get mad sometimes when he's tired or hungry, but sometimes you don't realize it's coming on because he's such a happy baby. Which is why we usually watch the clock to realize when he needs to eat or sleep. He loves everyone and is a big flirt. I'll actually see him look at people when we're out and doing something like "Do they see how cute I am?"

Liam - A very serious baby. He looks at everything quite warily, not sure if he's going to like it or not. Thankfully, by now, he knows us and if he's not getting hungry or tired he smiles a lot at us. But he easily begins showing he's hungry or tired by moaning. He's adorable in public and people seem to notice how cute he is, but he plays hard to get kind of smirking to himself like he's thinking, "Yup. Eat your heart out! Maybe I care, maybe I don't."

Physicality
Tommy - A very sturdy baby. He's not overly chubby, but he is stocky and loves to roll and eat his toes. You pick him up and the word that comes to your mind is that he is solid. He loves roll around and move his body, grabbing at everything he can, being curious with everything around him. He seems to have very strong legs and abs, and not so much upper body.

Liam - I wouldn't say he's a skinny baby, but he's very wiry. After picking up Tommy, you feel like you could hold two of Liam. Sometimes I think it's also the tension Liam holds in his wiry body that makes him feel light too. He's not as interested in moving and exploring his body as Tommy is. He's content watching people, like his brother, do things. I don't know if he's studying how to do something before he tries or if he just likes watching. I have a feeling though that when he starts moving, he's going to be my monkey boy that climbs all over things, as he doesn't have much weight to pull around. We've also noticed he has better upper body strength than his brother.

Babbling
Tommy - Loves playing with vowel noises these days. Mostly "dada" or "baba" or "mama".

Liam - Still coos a lot when he's happy. Vowel sounds that have come from him are "vava" and "fafa". I think it's because he's playing with how his teeth feel on his lips.

Teeth
Tommy - still toothless!!!

Liam - 4 teeth. I'm sure he will be doing more soon.

Eating
Tommy - Opens his mouth like a bird. Can't get enough of food. He spits up a lot because he works his stomach muscles so much, but he will eat and eat and eat.

Liam - Plays hard to get with food, just like he does with people. Doesn't open his mouth as much as Tommy, but you know he wants the food.

What they both have in common right now with eating is they both seem very very interested in regular people food. Last night when friends were over, we let them have some hummus on pita chips. Tommy sucked the hummus off the chip and Liam ate the hummus, but wanted to bite the pita chip, so I made sure he just got small bites not to choke. This morning they had some little pieces of blueberry muffins and for dinner had mushed up chicken noodle soup I made yesterday. They loved the muffins! We've been giving them little bits of noodles or bread here and there for the past week and they've been loving it. I think I might let them try some little wedges of rye toast at breakfast this weekend. As long as we don't leave the room, I'm sure they will be fine and love it.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Twin Boy Pics! - 7 1/2 months

Here are some updated pics of the boys some are from yesterday, but others are from within the last two weeks. First. Here's "my little destroyer" aka Tommy. He tipped the whole baby gym on it's side when he forced himself to roll over when he was at the end. Sorry if Tommy is out of focus, but this was the best pic that showed the carnage.



Here's some pics of Liam and his beautiful teeth! All four of them. Tommy still has none! But Tommy loves to eat teething biscuits and Liam hates them. I needed to take two pictures to get both top and bottom teeth captured. You have no idea how many pictures I took to get these. Liam will laugh and smile, but the instant he sees the camera he goes all serious and won't smile again.





Here's a cute photo of Tommy's face. Poor thing has these little blemishes around his top and bottom lip from the way he sucks his fingers and/or thumb. He has such sensitive skin. I'm constantly putting lotion or some kind of cream on his skin. Liam on the other hand has gorgeous skin all the time!



Here's Liam with his gorgeous skin (and check out the perfect eyebrows!) He reminds me so much of Phoebe when she was a baby. She just had a lot more hair.



Here's Tommy doing his best "superman". Tommy is the active boy. He's on the verge of crawling. Yesterday Niki and I saw him push himself forward using his toes. He has been trying to get his toes underneath himself lately, but yesterday was the first time he actually did something from it. He's also pivoting on his belly too, which the PT says is a precursor to crawling too.



Here"s the two of them playing on the floor. I couldn't get Liam to look at the camera. They spend a lot of time on the floor with their tons of toys, although you don't see any of the toys in the pics. I wanted to make sure you could see the babes. They can get lost in all the toys! By the way, Liam still refuses to roll over to his stomach. We help him all the time so he can get good tummy time and then sometimes he'll roll over to his back, but he looks stunned if he is successful.



At lunchtime yesterday, I got some good pics of the boys. I was working from home, but I took a break to help Niki feed the boys and take some of these cute pics. Here's a rare pic of Liam's happy face.



Here's Liam unhappy face.



Here's Tommy sucking his thumb.



Here's Tommy after I pick his thumb out of his mouth looking at me like "What did you do that for?"



And here is Tommy looking up smiling at his Aunt Niki. Hope you all enjoy the pics!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Doctor's Visit - RSV and H1N1 Take Two

The boys went to the doctor yesterday for their second month of RSV shots (Synagis) and their H1N1 flu booster shot. The exciting part was that they were weighed yesterday to know what dosage they needed for the Synagis shots. They both needed two shots for this time because of their weight, but that's not the exciting part. What was so exciting was that they are only 2 pounds different now instead of three! I thought Liam was starting to catch up in weight. Their weights were as follows:

Tommy: 17 lbs 15 oz (8.14 kg)
Liam: 15 lbs 15 oz (7.23 kg)

The boys are starting to look a lot more like each other that you have to think pretty hard as to who is who. Which is funny considering they were so different looking at birth. Although if their mouth is open, it's pretty easy to tell. Liam has four pearly whites that peak through with every smile. I'm working from home today as the boys have their physical therapy appointment at home in the morning, so I'll try to get some updated pics.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Movie Time!

We bought the movie Julie & Julia and watched is Sunday afternoon. It was a very good movie, but I frequently found myself jealous as I saw both women spending lots of quality cooking time. I realized I haven't been able to cook dinner without babies screaming in the background in seven months. I love the little buggers, but my goodness! From 5 PM until they go to bed at 7 PM, it's usually a mess at our house. The babies are tired, but won't nap. They just want dinner, bath and bedtime as quickly as possible. Sometimes they have been so tired, they've fallen asleep by 6:30. This usually leaves me trying to prepare our dinner in a few stolen minutes during this chaos. Last night, I was trying to make a pot of three bean chili while I was alone with the boys. We were expecting Leo's parents for dinner and Leo had to go take Phoebe to the children's opera rehearsals she started this weekend. I was really ready to cry a few times. I was exhausted after everyone left last night and I passed out quickly.

The other thing I realized though about the movie is that it's supposed to be about life-altering experiences. I think surviving the craziness that is two babies is becoming my life altering experience. Someone at Phoebe's ice skating school once watched me feed one baby a bottle in my arms while using my foot to rock the other in the stroller. They gave me the usually line of "Wow! Twins! That's a lot of work!" I told them I now feel qualified to teach a class in creativity!

So as I'm surviving this crazy time, Here's a list of ingredients for my three bean chili. I don't measure anything for this. I eyeball everything in the pot, depending on how much I want to make and how much ground meat I have.

Turkey Three Bean Chili
Ground turkey
Garlic, crushed
Onion, chopped
Black, kidney and roman beans
Crushed tomatoes
Stewed tomatoes (cut up a little - I like the chunky tomatoes from adding this)
Frozen corn
Chili powder
Salt
Pepper
Paprika
Cumin
Cayenne Pepper
Oregano
Bay leaf

I usually saute the garlic and onion in some olive oil first and then brown the ground meat. I then add all the seasonings and mix thoroughly before adding the tomatoes, beans and corn. Let it simmer on low for about an hour to let all the flavors meld. See if it's missing any taste from the seasonings after an hour. I never add too much salt during cooking. I'd rather need to add at the table, but I usually don't feel I need to.

The other thing I liked in the movie is Julia Child saying how much she loves to eat. That is the whole reason I love to cook. Right now I'm eating a croissant spread with Nutella along with my really really strong coffee. The croissants aren't homemade. I bought them at BJs. I'm hoping when the boys get older and I have some quiet time in my kitchen, I can learn to make a delicious croissant. They are heavenly! And Nutella is from the gods! I introduced Phoebe to it in the past year and she wants to put it on practically everything!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

The Joy of Cooking

I had to share some pics from December of the new dishes and pots and pans we bought from a very very good sale in Delaware. Apparently the American distributer of Mauviel pots and pans and Emile Henry bakeware and dishes is located about 30 minutes from our house and has a warehouse sale up to 80% off every December. This was our first year we knew about it and we've had our eyes on the Mauviel copper pots with bronze handles for several years now, but the cost in stores is way out of our range. BTW, Leo and I both love to cook, so we've been researching what new pots we wanted for awhile now. The ones we had were from when we were first dating in college! So they are more than 15 years old, Eeek!

Anyway, between how desparately we needed new pots and how our everyday dishes were chipping from our granite countertops (that is a drawback), we were very happy with the very reasonable prices at this sale. We showed up at 8:30 AM and there was already a line to get in! Glad we came early and on the first day. Here's the pics of our loot!