Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Boys Last Synagis Shots and Busy at Work

The boys had their last Synagis shot of the RSV shot yesterday. Leo took them as I had to get ready for a meeting with Internal Audit at work. Very frustrating that they ended up rescheduling for Wednesday. Anyway, as part of the Synagis shot process they got weighed, so their latest weights are:

Tommy - 20 lbs 7 oz (9.27 kg)
Liam - 17 lbs 4 oz (7.82 kg)

I need to take some video of Liam rolling now that he's doing it more faithfully. He's not crawling yet, but he's managing to get around a bit more by rolling and wiggling. Tommy's been cutting the top two teeth lately, which has made him miserable. I've been giving him Motrin before he goes to bed at night to keep the pain from waking him up in the middle of the night. I don't give pain meds for all teething, but I've found that the top two and molars are the worst that wake them in the middle of the night with pain.

We also took the boys out to dinner on Saturday and it went great. We went to the new Cheesecake Factory that opened near us and they were fabulous to take twin babies too! On top of enjoying our beloved avocado egg rolls, they brought the boys their own plates of bread and sliced bananas when the waiter came with the bread for our table. They called it their "baby plates". You usually always give babies the bread from the bread plate anyway, but this way they had their own and they loved having bananas too. They got tired at the end, but they were stuffed with food and just wanted to go to sleep. I teased Tommy when I changed their diapers after supper as Tommy's jean button had come undone. I guess he needed to make room for all that food!

Work is getting really busy and that's going to keep me very occupied for the next few months. I'm hoping to make some good headway on getting my to-do lists shorter but I think the more I do, the more I'll end up adding. This morning I have to give a presentation on some UNIX system tips. I'm all ready and my handouts are copied. Now I just need to get in early and look at emails before I'm stuck in this meeting for 2 hours this morning. My presentation is 15 minutes, but I need to be supportive of the other presentations in the forum, so I'll stay for the whole two hours. I should make sure I have a fresh cup of coffee before I go in there!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Baby Food, Schedules and Nicknames

So the boys are interested in giving up baby food. Especially Tommy. He'd much rather feed himself. Liam doesn't mind, but after awhile he seems to get tired of feeding himself and wants somone else to put the food in his mouth. He doesn't mind if it's a smooth puree like yogurt or if it's a tiny chunk of cooked carrot for him to mash what few teeth he has on it. Tommy's still working on teeth, LOL. He has ***1*** tooth. That's it. On the bottom. The two on the top look like they want to break free and the other one on the bottom is thinking about it too, but he can eat solid food like a champ! Here's an example of what they might have for a daily menu:

Breakfast: Cheerios and fruit (cut up into cubes)
Lunch: pizza (cut into cubes) and peas
Dinner: fried noodles with veggies (basically what we're eating but cut up the noodles into little pieces and cube up the veggies in it after it's all cooked)

Their overall schedule seems to work very well. When we were visiting family over the weekend, we stuck to it, although if we were out during naptime, we'd just encourage them to sleep in their infant carrier. On Saturday we were at my grandmother's during their afternoon nap time and when they got really cranky from being tired, we put them in their infant carriers, but didn't strap them down like we were going in the car, and put them in my grandmother's bedroom. They fussed for a few minutes, but then they had a blissful nap until it was time for their afternoon bottle which we gave them and then left. Here's how our days go:

6:30 AM - boys usually wake up and talk/play in their cribs
7 AM - boys come downstairs, get diaper change, Tommy gets Zantac and they get their AM bottle
8 AM - breakfast
9:30 AM - morning nap
11 AM - boys wake up from nap, another diaper change, lunchtime bottle
12 PM - lunchtime
1:30 PM - afternoon nap
4 PM - wake up from nap, another diaper change (LOL!), afternoon bottle
6 PM - dinner with all of us together
6:30 PM - clean up from dinner, bath time every other night for the boys
7 PM - bedtime for babies
8:30 PM - Phoebe's bedtime

I think starting next week, we are going to try to drop their 11 AM bottle and give them lunch with a sippy cup of formula. They've been working on sippy cups and seem to be doing very well. I figure if we transition each bottle separately to a sippy cup, by the time they are 12 months old they should be completely off bottles. That is the thought. We'll see what really happens.

I've always had a habit of giving the boys nicknames. Some for Tommy have been "my little brick wall" and the latest has been "Stinker" mostly because of his spitup, but now that he really doesn't spit up often and when he does it's not sour, I still like calling him Stinker as he gets into everything as he crawls around. Liam has been known to be called L.I.Am like the guy from the Black Eyed Peas. But last night I came up with a new one "Keebler" as I was telling him he was "elfin goodness". He really does look like an elf. Which reminds me of Phoebe as a baby. She was "Our Little Gelfling". For those that don't know the movie "The Dark Crystal"



Basically more elfin goodness. I've also thought of calling Liam "Legolas". Usually I don't find blonde men attractive, but I think Orlando Bloom and my boys pull off being blonde really well. Yum!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thank you so much for the advice on the stroller. I think we're going to go with the Maclaren Twin Techno, which was an option I didn't notice we had yet, as I was just looking at the Twin Triumph. I did look at all the other ones people mentioned, but I want a side by side that can still go through doors and folds up easily and as small as possible for storing while at restaurants.

We had a great weekend visiting my family about 3 hours north of where we live. We visited my grandmother at her place and then my grandfather who has Alzheimer's at his nursing home. Phoebe amazed me with how wonderful she was with him, making funny smiling faces at him as he's very hard of hearing. He smiled a lot and it really seemed to perk him up. He only knew my mother when we first got there, but by the end of the visit he remembered us all and even commented that Phoebe must be in 2nd grade now. He was close, she's in 3rd grade.

The boys had a great time. Tommy explored the floor of my mother's place as much as he could. Chasing her cat by crawling across the room. Liam was doing great moving more and rolling over on his own more often. He wasn't rolling a lot yet, but he was doing it much more frequently. We're now pursuing having Liam seen by the physical therapist weekly instead of every other week, and I hope that paperwork goes through soon. I think he could use the encouragement.

Here's a cute pic that I haven't posted yet. It's of Tommy kissing Liam, but then you realize in the next pic I took that he was licking him. I love Liam's faces in these pics as they go from smiling to "What???!!!"





Friday, March 19, 2010

Need Twin Stroller Advice

OK, my twin moms out there, I need twin stroller advice. I'm about to purchase one other than our snap and go for the infant carriers and I'm thinking between the Maclaren Twin Triumph and the Combi Twin stroller. Anyone have any advice or experience to share about their twin stroller? What do you like or not like?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

9 Month Check Stats and Hamming it Up for the Camera

I have lots to update everyone on. The boys had their 9 month check last Thursday and their stats were as follows:

Tommy: 29 inches long (73.7 cm), 19 lbs 12 oz (8.96 kg)
Liam: 28 inches (71.7 cm), 16 lbs 12 oz (7.6 kg)

So now that Tommy is spitting up less, he's back to being 3 lbs more than Liam. The doctor did say to encourage Liam to eat more. She wasn't acting like it was a big deal, but she did say that he's in the 5% for weight for his age! She also recommended a neurologist consult and a hip xray for Liam as a precaution that he's not as interested in moving as his brother is. We'll definitely do it, but I'm thinking that he just needs the light switch to go off in his head telling him it's time to move. Which seems to be true because all of a sudden last night, he wants to roll to his stomach when I'm changing his poopy diaper on the floor. He kept fighting me like Tommy does. Once I got his bottom cleaned, I let him finish his roll and we all clapped. He looked at us like "What! I could do this all along. It was a personal choice not to."

The weather is getting nicer around here. Spring is in the air! It's gotten into the 60s for the past few afternoons and today it's supposed to hit the 70s! We love it and we've started taking walks in the afternoon when I get home. Here's a pic of the boys all ready for a walk. I love how cute they look in their Phillies baseball hats!



We've been putting Liam on his stomach all the time now to encourage him to strengthen his upper body and think it's an OK thing to roll. The boys have been getting used to playing with the same toys, especially since Tommy can be across the room, but if I put Liam down to play with something, Tommy makes a beeline for his brother, because that must be much more fun than what he's playing with. They are both starting to become hams for the camera, immediately smiling as I try to take a picture. Here's them playing together the one morning this past week.



You gotta love a picture of a baby covered in cookie goo, so here's Tommy with his teething biscuit for your entertainment.



On my birthday, I took pics of the boys of what they were doing at one point of time on my day. Here's Tommy commando crawling into the kitchen from the family room.



And Liam was playing in the exersaucer, again smiling for the camera. What a ham!



And saving the best for last, here's both boys smiling for the camera in their "Kiss me I'm Irish" t-shirts they wore for St. Patrick's Day. I love how Liam is really showing his personality. He used to always look so serious for the camera, but yesterday he was just so expressive.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

By the Way I Forgot to Mention

Today is my birthday! I am 39 now. Officially in my last year of my 30s. I'm very excited. I love birthdays!

Boys Baptism - 3/7/2010

I'm really late in getting these posted, but hopefully I can get caught up on some good stuff over the next few days. I'm working with my diet as it comes to the exhaustion and my acidic stomach I've had lately. I broke out my Traditional Chinese Medicine cookbook to guide my way and it's been very helpful.

This picture is my favorite and Phoebe took it. I wish we had one as good of Liam.



Here's a pic of Liam from Phoebe's camera



Phoebe took this one too of us. She really is a great photographer for a 9 year old.



And here's a pic of all of us together. Liam is popping his head up, but he was asleep on me, which is why I didn't turn him facing the camera. The boys didn't take their morning nap before going to the church, so they were both exhausted.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Tired

I've been really really tired this week. I think I need to start drinking a cup of nettle tea again to make sure it's not low iron. Because of that, I've been losing things. I lost my car keys yesterday, wedding ring last week, and now I can't find the thing to get the pics of Phoebe's camera. So I'll entertain you with pics from our camera of Phoebe from her show. Check out all the stage makeup! They had to wear foundation and powder that was one shade darker than her skin tone to make sure they didn't look pale onstage, so if you see that it's not matching her neck, that is why.

She had a great time with the show, but it was tiring! No more plays until this July's summer camp when they will do Disney's Aladin. I'm trying to get her encouraged enough to audition for one of the more prominent parts (doesn't have to be a lead). She is just so funny and I wish she'd feel confident enough to share it with others. This show was Disney's Mulan and she did her version of Mushu for us at home and it was hysterical!







Monday, March 08, 2010

Great Weekend!

Had a very busy weekend. More busy than most. Phoebe had two shows on Friday and two shows on Saturday. She had some cousins sleep over Saturday night as they came to see one of her shows. And then we had the boys' baptism on Sunday during noon mass. I have to admit the whole weekend when I look on it was surreal. Just unbelievable to think we now have three wonderful, healthy, happy children. When I think of eleven years ago having an anxiety attack coming home from visiting a new nephew and we had no children or pregnancy to speak of yet. We had been married for four years at that point and wanted children so desparately. Then even after having Phoebe, going through almost 9 years of not knowing we'd have any more children. And here I was holding Liam while he was baptized in the church while my husband had just held Tommy through his! I almost cried during that moment.

I always swear that it's the odd moments that hit me and make me emotional. Never the ones you think of. I was happy when the boys were born, but still so nervous about them growing and getting out of the hospital, I didn't have time to get emotional. I had to be in "get it done" mode. But then in that moment of standing in front of the baptismal font with my husband standing next to me, us holding our two wonderful boys and our beautiful daughter standing across from us with her camera taking our picture, I almost broke down and cried with happiness. For so long I never thought we would achieve that moment. But I made sure I composed myself and didn't cry. I didn't want to look cr@ppy in the pictures!

I have pictures of Phoebe in her Chinese dress and full theater makeup and the boys in their white suits on the camera, but I haven't had time to download them yet. i promise to share them all soon!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Living a Full Life and It's a Bumpy Ride!!!

I can't remember which blogger, but someone said they feel you should live a full life and blog about it later. I love that statement and it was especially true yesterday.

First off, Tommy's doing great! The first 24-hours on Zantac and thickening his bottle-feeds and he's almost completely spit-up free! And when he does spit up, it's such small amounts. He was also always a happy guy, but now he's even 10 times happier. Except now he's noticing that his teeth are bothering him. I guess when the stomach pain went away, he got to notice that there was pain elsewhere. He did also pull himself up to stand on one of his toys yesterday. I wasn't there to see it, but it's no less exciting. Now if we could just get Liam to roll more!!!!

Here's the bumpy day. I went to work, knew I had to leave early to take Phoebe to perform with her Opera Delaware group at an elementary school and thought everything would be manageable with my work schedule that day. Well.... my boss and some others dump a lot of last minute stuff on me, I rush out to get her, we're late to the elementary school, and she throws up in the parking lot from nerves! I thought we were going to go back to the house, but she rallied and said she wanted to go in and perform. Got her in the school, she's the last one getting costume and makeup on, but she made it on the stage for the practice before the kids came in. Whew! I sat in the theater to make sure she wouldn't get sick again before the show, talked to some of the moms asking them to keep an eye on her and went out to my car to take a conference call to deal with one of the bombs that got dropped on me at work. Went back into the school, watched the end of the show, got her out of costume and took her to my work. Bought her a fruit smoothie at the coffee shop at my work (mmmm... could use a chai latte right now!), and an orange for a snack, took care of more work stuff, got her to dress rehearsal which was 5PM to 9PM. Helped her touch up her stage makeup. Went home, gave Tommy his Zantac and fed the boys dinner. They are eating more people food and feeding it to themselves, so they had chicken nuggets (cut up into small pieces), mac and cheese and peas. Perfect finger food! Liam has a great pincher grasp. Tommy shoves his whole fist in his mouth to get the food in. Cut the boys fingernails and toenails as they were getting waaaaayyyy dangerous and put them to bed. We had dinner, watched a taped episode of House (favorite TV show) and went to pick up Phoebe from dress rehearsal. Found out they are supposed to be there tomorrow at 4 PM, but she doesn't get off the bus from school until 4 PM! Oh well, she'll be there at 4:15. At least she's not one of the leads. We rewarded ourselves by stopping at Wawa (local convenience store) and getting milkshakes.

If anyone read all that, you now only feel a fraction of the amount of exhausted I was yesterday. I was ready to pass out asleep by the time we were leaving to pick up Phoebe! It was good though. A lot of living happened and I went to bed tired. And that's the way it should be. But soon I think we need summer and to take a vacation! I think sitting on the beach for a week will suffice this year.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Tommy Has Reflux

Believe it or not all the copious amounts of spit-up from our 9-month-old really was a problem. I broke down and took him to the pediatrician today after his physical therapy appointment that I swore we thought he needed an exorcism. I finally started piecing things together over the past few days: the arching of his back, preferring to sleep on his stomach, spitting up large amounts at any time of day (it could be hours after meals), the spit up smelled really sour and being very mad when his bottles or food was over. We really just thought this was something he'd outgrow, and I didn't want to overreact knowing that he seemed happy and like nothing was wrong and some babies just spit-up, right?

But the physical therapist confirmed what I'd been thinking. That at 9 months this should have been gone by now. I called the pediatrician and they had us come in this afternoon and after meeting with the doctor, she confirmed that he seems to have reflux and she put him on Zantac once a day and said let's monitor it after a month on it. She also recommended putting rice or oatmeal cereal in his soy formula. We did for his afternoon bottle and gave him his first dose of medicine and so far so good. There's still been some spit up, but not as much as usual. Let's see how tomorrow is. I'm so glad we have answers. This just may save my washing machine!!!!

More Exercise and Seeing Blog Buddy!

Yesterday was another good day of accomplishment. I got my car repaired, inspected and registration renewed. All while I was at work. I love my car dealer!!! I also did another 30 minutes on the elliptical machine and the Gentle Hatha Flow #2 from yogadownload.com. I have to say I really liked that one.

Today, I have more to get caught up on tackling both my work and personal To-Do Lists. Phoebe has ice skating tonight and Niki has curling, so I'll be taking the babes with me to ice skating. I know we'll get back pretty late for me to fully work out, so I think if I at least do a yoga practice when we get back, I'll be happy.

I also need to get my bills done today as we had a great surprise on Sunday when I was about to start. My fellow blogger, Merlot, that doesn't live that far from us happened to be at the vineyard around the corner from us and did we want to stop by? The boys were down for a nap and Niki didn't mind keeping an eye on them and Phoebe, so I jumped at the chance! We had a great time. They really are such lovely people and I got to meet LG for the first time!!!! She is even cuter in person than the pictures on the blog. Thank you, Merlot for calling! We should do that again soon. Or I could make my husband cook for you guys.